Monday, June 8, 2015

Werner Baumbach as a Flight Guest in the Cockpit of Heinkel He 111

Bomber ace Major Werner Baumbach (left, Gruppenkommandeur III.Gruppe / Kampfgeschwader 30 "Adler") as a "Fluggast" inside the cockpit of a Heinkel He 111. In the pilot seat at right is Leutnant der Reserve Herbert Kuntz (Flugzeugführer in 3.Staffel / I.Gruppe / Kampfgeschwader 100 "Wiking"). This picture was taken by Michael Sobotta in 1942. During World War II, Baumbach was Germany's leading bomber pilot. He flew the Junkers Ju 88 two-engine bomber on a number of fronts. He also got pulled out of combat in the middle of the war to help develop the "Mistel", an unmanned bomber. Shortly before the end of the war, he got put in charge of a secret, SS-run squadron known as KG200, which he reorganized into a special escape squadron to fly high-level Nazis out of Germany to safe havens abroad. They used any available aircraft, including captured B-17s, to do this!

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