War Wounds

War Wounds

On the second day in the morning the pilots 'Normandy' ground attack was accompanied by 224 th Air Division. Covered up by French pilots of the IL-2 have successfully completed a combat mission, and returned without loss. Attempts to attack the enemy fighters were stopped by the French assault on time pilots. In afternoon pilots 'Normandy' was asked to cover the crossing. Eight crew headed by Captain Litolfom on the Yak-9 flew to the area of the village Durneva (in the south of the Kaluga region). Hardly 'yak' has over cover the subject, as on the radio about the approach from the west of enemy aircraft.

At the command of a leading French pilots went to meet them, and boldly entered the fray. In the ensuing brief skirmish Captain Litolf, Lieutenants Durand and Kastelen shot down one Me-110 aircraft. Others 'Messers' randomly bombed and left in a westerly direction, without causing any harm to our troops. National holiday in France (July 14, 1789 insurgent people captured the Bastille) was marked by victories: one aircraft shot down Puyyad Major, Lieutenant Albert and Kastelen. However, the French with a mission did not return pilot Jean de Tedesco. What happened to him, no one knew. July 16, 1943 Squadron 'Normandy' cover for the advancing troops of the front. From the west appeared two fighters of the enemy 'Focke-Wulf-190'.

No sooner had the group turn to the west of tulle, as show the 15 bombers, disguised fighters. First with two other pilots in the operation of enemy aircraft crashed Litolf captain. It was followed by three more 'yak'. Captain de Forges occupied an advantageous position to attack the bombers from the bottom rear. Coming up in four Nazi fighters prevented it from opening fire, but for that one lost his life. While six of 'yak' dealt with 'Junkers', tulle and covered her from Albert attacks of enemy fighters FW-190. Dropping bombs, enemy bombers turned to the west. At this point, Lt. Leon saw the plane Litolfa and followed him Kastelena fighter. Pursuing the 'Junkers', they were preparing for another attack. Unexpectedly they were attacked from above just came up to the battle six 'Fockers'. Leon rushed to the aid of their comrades and the trailing pair of compartment fire of enemy planes. He knocked down a fascist and burned another. As long as this short fight on a bend, the rest attacked the enemy planes and Litolfa Kastelena and left for their bombers. In this battle, died Litolf, Kastelen and Bernavon. The loss of three pilots for a day grieved in the squadron. But "Normans" do not lose heart, they were determined to avenge the death of their comrades. July 17 during the fourth day of combat flight was killed, Major tulle and were shot down by two pilots – Lt. D. Begen and graduate student F. Vermeyl. The first of them could then come back and the circumstances of the death of the second, as well as tulle, remained unknown. The death of Major tulle and other military friends grieved in the squadron. Do not become military commander 'Normandy', fine pilot, modest and sympathetic person, a true son of France and a great friend of the Soviet Union. French pilots became sad. After all, now was not with them ten brave volunteers who gave their life for honor and freedom of his people. Major Puyyad, as senior officer on the eve of the appointed Tyulyanom his deputy, took over command of the squadron … Full Text Source:

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