In an attempt to counter Bomber Command’s increasing attacks on Germany, the Luftwaffe looked at alternative means of striking Britain. Its response was a campaign by two highaltitude bomber crews, which lasted just over a month in 1942. Even so, the Junkers Ju 86Rs of the so-called Höhenkampfkommando Beauvais did a great deal of damage — until the RAF finally found a way of countering them
Ju 86 ATTACKS
A unit known as Höhenkampfkommando der Versuchsstelle für Höhenfluge (High-Altitude Fighting Command of the Test Centre for High-Altitude Flights, often shortened to Höhenkampfkommando Beauvais) was formed on 17 August, commanded by Leutnant Erich Sommer and consisting of four Ju 86Rs. It was to have been redesignated as the 14. Staffel/ Kampfgeschwader 6 (14./KG 6) in September, but — for reasons that will become obvious later — this never happened.