I have now posted up three more interviews with Luftwaffe pilots, all of which I did back in May. Karl Spreitzer, a Stuka pilot in St.G.2 and Knight’s Cross winner, who saw action in Norway, the Battle of Britain, Greece, Crete, Malta, North Africa and Russia and stacked up a stagging 600+ combat missions. He was a delightful man, and his memories sharp and clear – but he was ill too. I sensed he was dying from cancer, and I wonder whether he is still alive. Johannes Naumann was also a Knight’s Cross winner but a fighter pilot with JG26, flyingunder Adolf Galland. He flew throughout the Battle for France and the Battle of Britain and later was involved in the ‘Channel Dash’ when he shot down and killed Swordfish pilot Euene Esmonde. Finally, Julius Neumann was also a fighter pilot, but with JG27. He was shot down over England in August 1940 and became a prisoner of war. The photgraph of him taken at Victoria Station is one of the more famous to have been taken during this time. Sadly, only Julius Neumann still has his logbook. The other two had theirs ‘taken by the Americans’ at the end of the war. Where they are now is anyone’s guess.
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James Holland is a historian, writer, and broadcaster. The author of the best-selling historical novels, he has also written nine works of historical fiction. He regularly appears on television and radio, and has written and presented the BAFTA-shortlisted documentaries. Co-founder and Programme Director of the Chalke Valley History Festival, he has his own collection at the Imperial War Museum, and is Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
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