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Mission: Defence of the Reich.

Date: 4
th May 1944

Unit: 6 Staffel./Jagdgeschwader 1

Type: Focke Wulf Fw 190A-7


Coded: 13 + (Yellow).

Location: Goettingen, Germany.

Pilot: Unteroffizier. Willi Siewers.


On 4.5.44 at 0922 hours I took off as section member of the 6th squadron of II./JG1 following a period of “ground readiness.” At 1050 hours I reported to my section leader the need to land at Goettingen due to a lack of fuel. After overflying the airfield I made my landing approach during which I was attacked by two Mustangs. They came out of the clouds from above and to the left (of my aircraft). I immediately turned and as I came out of the turn shot at a Mustang that was in front of and below me at a distance of 300-500 meters. During my attack I observed a dark smoke trail. I managed to score hits on the engine and radiator and lost the Mustang from my view. A further attack on the second Mustang was not possible as my cockpit was covered in oil and visibility was nil (due to oil on the windscreen). I climbed my fighter and then jumped with the parachute. While hanging in my chute the second Mustang shot at me with two short bursts of fire. I landed on the gable of a house in Goettingen.

Note: Only one P-51 Mustang is listed lost on this day in Germany. This aircraft, P-51B Serial No.43-6873 (YF-V) of Lieutenant. Donald M Martyn 358FS, 355FG failed to return from operations and is listed as killed. I would tend to believe that this is the aircraft that Uffz. Siewers reports he hit during combat.

JG 1 Siewers
Willi Siewers pictured in flight gear (Jeckel).

JG 1 Siewers Combat Report
Copy of Willi’s original combat report in German (Jeckel)

Researched & compiled by Melvin Brownless with thanks to Horst Jeckel and Dave Kirby (March) 2013.