Just for the taste (sorry if it's incomplete but I was in need to leave). From the perspective of the 4./JG52.
Friendly: The XIV PanzerDivision advancing toward had been stopped this morning. The XIV PanzerDivision will hold their position for re-organisation. Elements of the 6th Army will resume their advance when the VIII Fliegerkorps will neutralize the threat of the sky.
Enemy: The 64th Army seem to retreat from Tormosin. Some armored column seem to heading toward the east banks of the river.
Weather: Partly Cloudy with winds from the Southeast.
The 4./JG52 will escort Ju-87 from the StG/77 toward Tormosin and/or Lipovskiy.
Phase1: Take-off from Chernishkovskiy and join up with StG/77
Phase2: Nav toward Verhnegnutov and Tormosin
Phase3: Bombing/Decision point
Phase4:Nav toward Chernishkoskiy and landing.
3XJU87 StG/77 : Kondor, CorZero, Tzigy
4XBf109G2 4./JG52: Manu, Mann, Neun, Weiss.
2XBf109G2 7./JG52: Curious Gambler, Corley
We followed the JU87 who took off at 08h34 from Chernishkovski Airfield. The formation took a heading of 180 toward the southern forest of Verhnegnutov. We formed up in 4 ships at closed escort formation weaving inside their 4 o’clock and 7 o’clock between 500 -700m above them. The rotte element of 7./JG52 stayed above and behind, acting as ‘’reserve escort element’’. When we met the Verhnegnutov forest, the formation took a heading of 090 toward our primary objective the airfield of Tormosin (Zahorov). When we passed the enemy lines the Ju87 told us to climb higher. We were at 3000m, 1000m above the JU87. When the JU87 get visual on the Zhorov airfield, they noticed that the ground forces had neutralized the airfield. They took the decision to hit the second objective, the Lipovskiy airfield. They took a north-east heading following the west bank of the Don River. We arrived at the Lipovskiy airfield under heavy flak. The Ju87 dived from 2.500m with their siren on the airfield. The first element followed them and stayed at 1000m above, the rest of the formation staying right above us. I saw at least 3 direct hit on the airfield and a lot of fleeing troops on the ground mostly afraid by the sound of the siren. The Ju87 punched toward the west and stayed low. The JU87 called for bogey coming toward their six. I wasn’t able to have a visual on the bogey. After nearly 45 sec I saw a contact, a Yak (probably a prototype he was all in red). We confirmed that the Ju87 wasn’t under threat and we decide to engage it. The contact was under 700m and I was at 1500m. I saw a 109 (need to confirm it) been engaged and he evade the Yak. I follow him above and dived on him 2 or 3 times and damaged it, was smoking. Neun keep pressure on the ‘’Red’’ Yak but he was engaged by an another one on his six. I saw is plane exploded I was south of him at 1km away. I began to climb and to turn left when the same Yak (with a red nose) jumped me on my six and disabled my engine. I was able to bailed-out but was under enemy territory. I followed a south-west path toward our lines.
Was picked up with Neun by element of the XIV PanzerDivision and we we’re bring home. I didn’t been able to met my comrades but I heard by the HQ that the flight of JU87 made back.
Edited by 4./JG52Manu653, 07 February 2016 - 20:58.