By John Weal

The interval coated during this quantity was once thought of to be the 'glory years' for the Jagdwaffe - clean from the adventure received within the Spanish Civil struggle - and for the Bf 109 particularly. Many recognized pilots scored their first kills within the vintage dogfights staged over Poland, Western Europe, the Channel and at last southern England. a few forty Knight's Crosses have been presented in 1940 by myself. even if, after sweeping all sooner than them in aid of the Blitzkrieg throughout continental Europe, the Bf 109E pilots have been to endure badly throughout the conflict of england, the results of terrible strategies inflicted upon them via the Luftwaffe excessive Command, and their mount's much less then beneficiant diversity.

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Die beiden Stellinge werden eingeholt. Die erste Wache hat Manöverstationen bezogen. Die Freiwache bleibt an Oberdeck. Der I WO pfeift zum Ablegen. Der Kommandant tut, als ginge ihn das alles nicht das geringste an. Er zieht hingebungsvoll an einer dicken Zigarre. Trumann oben auf der Pier hat sich auch eine angesteckt. Die beiden grüßen sich mit ihren Zigarren zwischen Zeige- und Mittelfinger. Der I WO blickt irritiert weg. « fragt der Alte zur Pier hinauf, als die Musik aussetzt. « Der Alte läßt einen verkniffenen Blick über den Himmel wandern.

Trumann läßt wohlgefällige Blicke über das Glassammelsurium schweifen. « sagt unser Leitender. Trumann dreht bedächtig einen Zipfel des Tischtuchs seilartig auf – er braucht dazu gute fünf Minuten Zeit, weil das Tischtuch ihm zweimal, halb aufgedreht, entwischt. Dann gibt er mit der freien Linken ein Zeichen für den Klavierspieler, der prompt, als wäre die Nummer eingeübt, einen Tusch auf die Tasten drischt. « und reißt mit einem großen Armschwung das Tuch halb vom Tisch weg. Klingeling zerscherbender Gläser, Gebums und Gepolter der auf den Boden fallenden Flaschen und Teller.

Hin und 48 wieder dreht er sich im Laufen halb nach uns zurück. Sein Gesicht ist zu einer unwirschen Grimasse verzogen. Von seinen Augen ist unter dem Schatten des Mützenschirms überhaupt nichts zu sehen. Ohne die Pfeife aus dem Mund zu nehmen, fragt er mit kratziger Stimme den Leitenden: »Isses Sehrohr in Ordnung? « »Jawoll, Herr Kaleun. Ein paar Linsen hatten sich von der Kittschicht gelöst. « »Alles bereinigt. In der Kabelbahn in der E-Maschine war ein Bruch. Dadurch hatten wir den Wackelkontakt.

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