The life of Albrecht Johann Bellstedt

Many Luftwaffe pilots flew Junkers Ju 88 bombers in World War Two. Chris Goss recounts the career of one who flew the type as a long range fighter with great success, and some controversy

Aircraft from 14./KG 40 about to take off from Mérignac. Note the two very different patterns of camouflage
Oblt Kurt Necesany (left) is pictured handing over command of 2./ ZG 1 to Albrecht in November 1943

Albrecht Johann Bellstedt was born in Bremen, Germany, on February 18, 1922 to parents Erich and Magdelene, and attended a number of schools in Bremen. He was also a member of the Hitler Youth, and with World War Two in its infancy, he joined the Luftwaffe in November 1939.

It was the beginning of an aviation career that, flying the accomplished Junkers Ju 88, saw him involved in some significant attacks right across Europe.

However, after joining the Luftwaffe, it was to be 18 months before Albrecht had the opportunity to learn to fly.

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