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By Wolfgang Fischer

Within weeks of struggle being declared, Wolfgang Fischer had volunteered to affix the Luftwaffe and spent approximately 5 of the succeeding six years of hostilities in uniform. in this time he was once given a succession of postings various from a long-range recce unit; as a decoder in a met place of work in occupied France; to a bomber squadron; and as a flying teacher, ahead of becoming a member of a squadron of the well-known Richthofen Geschwader in Italy, from the place he was once shot down in his FW a hundred ninety by means of Mustangs en path to Normandy.

By now a Lieutenant, he survived to fly offensive rocket assaults over Gold seashore on D-Day, in basic terms to be shot down back on D + 1, and captured and despatched first to a health facility within the united kingdom, then into captivity within the united states. He used to be ultimately repatriated in April 1946. His description of these kinds of occasions is pleasing and well-written, starting from comedian to tragic. it really is designated in taste, giving a priceless perception into the undeniably standard lot of these serving within the air arm of the 3rd Reich. Expertly translated and edited via John Weal, this can be a priceless accompaniment to Norbert Hannig’s ‘Luftwaffe Fighter Ace’ released by way of Grub road in 2004.

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One other, Professor Ruckdeschel, a just a little awkward and clumsy person, used to be an unashamedly dedicated follower of Hitler. He could deliver the Völkischer Beobachter, the reliable newspaper of the Nazi get together, into classification with him and browse one or of the day’s articles out aloud to us. Our arithmetic instructor Professor Hämmerlein, who had fought within the nice warfare, was once extra circumspect. He was once the single one to pour chilly water on our excessive spirits. “Just wait,” he warned us, “when the weapons commence going off you’ll quickly commence making a song a unique track. ” yet his phrases fell on deaf ears. there has been an excessive amount of to determine and to do. It was once no longer lengthy after this that our small Flieger-HJ staff used to be given the opportunity to play an element within the 1936 ‘Deutschlandflug’, the once a year aggressive air rally that toured nearly every thing of Germany. We jumped on the supply and have been taken to within sight Prien airfield, with reference to Lake Chiem, which was once one of many stops at the Bavarian leg of the contest. The small grass box used to be jam-packed with dozens of sunshine plane of each type. We had by no means obvious such a lot of machines in a single position prior to. Our tasks have been only menial, in fact. We washed windscreens and cabin home windows, wiped clean the flooring of the cockpits and helped push these plane making an in a single day cease into the hangar. however the adventure whetted our appetites for the area of flying even more–this doubtless being the entire item of the exercise–and, as an additional bonus, we acquired to determine a number of the top activities pilots of the day: humans like Hanna Reitsch, Elly Beinhorn and the pinnacle of the nationwide Socialist Flying Corps, normal Friedrich Christiansen. sooner than leaving Prien each one people used to be provided with a wide oval plaque inscribed Deutschlandflug 1936 in attractiveness of our efforts. 1936 used to be an altogether eventful yr for the Fischer relatives. We moved into our new condominium in Rosenheim and father went to paintings in South Africa. The plot of land in Rosenheim used to be a lot smaller than the single we have been abandoning at Thansau, even supposing through today’s criteria it used to be nonetheless huge, measuring an exceptional 3,000 sq. metres. the home itself was once amply large enough for the 4 people. Surrounded by way of greenery, it used to be inside of effortless jogging distance of the city centre. It provided some distance much less scope for outside actions than we had develop into familiar with at Thansau. yet this was once not rather so very important. Our infantile video games of cowboys and Indians had by means of this time given technique to extra grown-up ambitions. Father’s journey to Africa took place as an instantaneous results of the political weather we have been residing in. The Schlossmanns, the Jewish relations who owned the farm property round the corner to us at Thansau, had develop into solid neighbors. that they had 4 little ones, boys and women, of whom the elder of every was once concerning the comparable age as my sister and myself. Helmut, the oldest boy, was once within the classification lower than me in class. His sister Edith attended the secondary sleek institution in Rosenheim. occasionally, on hot sunny days, their maternal grandmother, Frau Bondy, could set up for her chauffeur to select us all up from institution and force us out to Lake Sims to head swimming.

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