Airwar over Austria...1/48 Messerschmitt Bf109G-6, 1./JG300
On August 24th 1944, Unteroffizier Hermann Berdelmann, serving with 1. Staffel JG300, took off to engage a bunch of 15th AF Liberators, coming from Italy and heading for Vienna but then turning to Hungary. He flew in formation with three 190ies from his Gruppe. they attacked a bunch of Liberators. One of his best friends, Unteroffizier Kurt Weigand, was shot down with his 190 by enemy defensive fire. Berdelmann could damage a B-24 which went down later. After seeing his friend die, and assuming that the crippled bomber wouldn´t get far, Berdelmann dove down and headed for a home base. Then he saw a single engined aircraft in front of him. At first he thought it was a comrade, looking for an airfield too. To his surprise it was a P-51 and a dogfight started. Due to engine problems Berdelmann lost the Mustang but a second one showed up at his tail and damaged his 109 so he had to bail out. He came down near Stribrec(Silberlos)/Czechoslovakia and was hurt lightly.
This was Berdelmann´s third aerial combat experience and second parachute jump.