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Siegfred Schubert claiming two Bs downed another is claimed by other pilots. His wingman also downed a B One Komet was shot down by bomber gunners. On 7 October two Bs were claimed, but two more Komets were lost.

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Siegfred Schubert claiming two Bs downed another is claimed by other pilots. His wingman also downed a B One Komet was shot down by bomber gunners. On 7 October two Bs were claimed, but two more Komets were lost. By 24 September JG had 11 serviceable Me s available, but was short of competent pilots to fly them. The Komets flew operationally on 5 days during the month, but highest number of rocket fighters involved was on 28 September, when 9 were committed.

This theoretically gave the pilot two chances to aim and fire a few bursts of 30mm cannon fire before gliding back towards the home airfield. Allied fighter formations countered the Komet in several ways; the extremely short endurance was soon noted, and once in a glide the Komet was highly vulnerable to any escort fighter.

Many other tactical issues faced the JG pilots apart from the inherent instability of the aircraft and its fuel. It was found very difficult to aim and fire the guns accurately at such high approach speeds.

A number of solutions were tried out, the most innovative being fitting a battery of six 50mm mortars , firing upwards. The mortars were fired by activation by a photocell in the upper surface of the aircraft. When the Komet flew under the bomber, the shadow of the aircraft above triggered the mortar rounds to be fired. Gruppe disbanded at Husum.

Pilots Oberleutnant Adolf Niemeyer flew a more than 30 combat missions in the Komet, developing the variant equipped with 24 R4M rockets mounted under the wings. Kurt Schiebeler flew 20 missions in the Me , gaining two victories both B 17s in September—October Rolf "Bubi" Glogner claimed a single aerial victory in the Me when he claimed to have shot down a DeHavilland Mosquito over Leipzig on 16 March The Mosquito however NS of No. IV, No. Siegfried Schubert was considered the most successful pilot with 3 four-engine-bombers confirmed.

He was killed in action 7 October Fritz Kelb claimed a B with JG on 10 April , and also claimed a victory flying the Me , before being killed on 30 April

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Jagdgeschwader 400

Siegfred Schubert claiming two Bs downed another is claimed by other pilots. His wingman also downed a B One Komet was shot down by bomber gunners. On 7 October two Bs were claimed, but two more Komets were lost.

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Without its own contingent of fighters, II. In November , the unit was designated as II. He shot down a bomber, but his Focke-Wulf Fw A-5 sustained heavy damage from return fire. In March , Jagddivision of which JG was a part was switched to day fighting as a part of Reichsverteidigung Defense of the Reich.

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