Focke Wulf Fw 190 A-2

Black 1, flown by Unteroffizier Friedrich "Fritz" May, 8./JG 2, Théville/France, 10 June 1942

On this day, on 10 June the No 10 RAF Group escorting Boston bombers that were attacking Lennion. Oblt. Stolle claimed one of the Spitfires during the clash, however all fighters from No 313 and No 313 Squadron return safely to their home bases. On the other hand, one Boston from No 107 Squadron was lost during this engagement. This Boston downed over Lorient was the victim of Uffz. Fritz May from 8./JG 2, hereby claiming his first abschuss of the war. Friedrich "Fritz" May that have joined the III./jG 2 as late as in June 1942 was however not able to score his second until November 1942. By this time he seams to have got "his shooting eye". Just in time for the 8th USAAF to commenced their powerful bomb-offensive. On 23 November he started by downing a B-17, then followed another four machines shot down in 1942. During 1943 he would add another 22 confirmed victories, including 10 "heavies", 4-engine bombers. He would claim his last on 14 October 1943, by then flying in 2./JG 2 he downed a B-17 Southwest of Verdun for his 28th and final abschüsse. Six days later, on 20 October 1943 while flying his last combat mission, when shot down and killed Northeast of Pont Audemer, near Rouen in his Fw 190 A-6 during combat with a Spitfire. Oberfeldwebel Friedrich "Fritz" May was posthumously awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold on August 4, 1944.

Note this rather worn and repainted Fw 190, perhaps a sign of that this was a machine that he flew in at a later stage of the conflict. Note also that the outer 20 mm MG FF canons had been removed, a way to increase agility and the edge even further over the RAF fighters.

This is the last of of my 90 captions for Profie Book No 11 written by me during the week.

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