By Pierre Kosmidis
Photos, documents and additional information by Lt. Col. (ret.) Hans Peter Eisenbach, used by kind permission.
Click the links below for additional reading:
A personal account of a Luftwaffe pilot in Greece: Friedrich “Fritz” Eisenbach in Kefalonia, Rodos, Leros – The Ju 87 “Stuka” dive bomber operations in Greece, 1943
Identified! WW2 German Stuka Ju 87 aircraft S7+GM shot down in a dogfight on October 9 1943 recovered west of Rhodes
Dogfight over the Aegean: A minute by minute account of the Air Battle west of Rodos island, October 9, 1943
“Bogeys at one o’clock, slightly high, approaching the convoy from the Northwest.” This is how the dogfight over the Aegean started and in just a few minutes, 7 Ju-87 “Stukas” were shot down in flames.
On October 9, 1943, a dogfight of epic proportions took place on the skies over the Aegean, when USAAF P-38 “Lightnings” intercepted a wave of Ju-87 “Stukas” that started at 12:15 hrs as a second wave to attack a convoy of Allied naval ships.
A first wave of dive bombers had already attacked the formation between 12:00-12:05, sinking one destroyer and causing damages to a light cruiser.
Lt. Col. (ret.) Hans Peter Eisenbach has put together a minute-by-minute account of this dogfight, which claimed 7 Ju-87 “Stukas” shot down and one destroyed at an emergency landing on the nearby island of Rodos.
The first wave, which had taken off from Megara is the one that managed to sink HMS Panther and damage HMS Carlisle, while the second wave, which had taken off from Argos, was the one intercepted by the USAAF P-38 “Lightnings”, suffering terrific losses, with 7 Ju-87 “Stukas” shot down and another one destroyed during the forced landing in Rodos island.
USAAF Major Bill Leverette, 37th US Fighter Squadron, reported on the following day the exact specifics of the dogfight and the full report can be seen below. Leverette claimed for himself the 7 aircraft shot down.
Links to Lt. Col. (ret.) Hans Peter Eisenbach publications:
Fronteinsätze eines Stuka-Fliegers
Mittelmeer und Ostfront 1943 – 44 von Hans Peter Eisenbach. Ein Buch aus der Dokumentationsreihe »Der Krieg von unten 1939-45« 120 Seiten, fest gebunden, 103 Photos und Flugbuchauszüge, Format 17 x 23,5 cm
ISBN 978-3-938208-96-0 Preis: 18,50 € © 2009 Helios Verlag
Stuka-Einsatz an der Pantherlinie
Der Abwehrkampf der Heeresgruppe Nord im März 1944 an der Ostfront 190 Seiten, 171 Abbildungen s/w: 115 Fotos, 44 Karten, 5 Zeichnungen, 4 graphische Darstellungen, 3 Tabellen, Hardcover, 21 x 28,7 cm, ISBN 978-3-86933-162-1, 36,00 €