reply to post by karl 12
In the winter of 1945 my friend's father was working as a conductor for a Coventry based bus operator. His regular run involved dropping the early
shift off and picking up the night shift from a factory on the outskirts of Coventry almost next to the airport there Baginton. There was a 20-30
minute turnaround between the two journeys and he and his driver use to park up alongside the airport fence, turn the lights off and sit having a cup
of char and ciggie in the back of the bus. One night that winter as they were doing exactly that, they saw a bright light heading for the airfield
that seemed to come closer and closer.
The next thing they knew, the light shot past them just inside the fence about 4-5 fee from the ground. he described it as only 3-4 feet in diameter
and as it shot past them it turned upwards and just streaked up into the sky and was gone. What really made them both wonder was that, they both saw,
in the light of the object and clearly heard, the bow wave the object caused, making the chain link fence bulge and rattle as it flew past.
The chief reason Foo fighters dropped off the radar (sic) was cos, we simply renamed them UFOs.
Furthermore, the Germans had no operational Jet Fighter squadron between late August 1944 and January 1945 after they were withdrawn to undergo
training in new tactics. The Me 163 was deployed almost exclusively to try and protect the Ruhr industrial area and only had a a very short duration
flight wise. they were actually "fired" straight up, had 5 mins fuel for combat and then glided back to earth powerless. They were about 10 times more
successful at killing their own pilots, usually on take-off, than they were at shooting bombers down , I believe they are credited with 5 kills in
Plus neither airframes were really ever used at night, only one actual working night-fighter version of the 262 was ever built, they already had the
Heinkel "Owl" and the later variants of the "JU88" which were proven and successful against bomber formations and had been adapted to carry radar in
their noses. Ergo until February 1945 apart from 4 months between April 19th 1944 and late August,44, there were very few jets in the air full
stop.and those that were were nearly always used in daylight.
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