Spotlight on He 219 pilots
Entering battle for the first time in mid-June 1943, the He 219 was a formidable night-fighter but came too late to make a significant difference. Chris Goss highlights some of its more successful pilots
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Werner Streib of I./ NJG 1 showed how effective the He 219 ‘Uhu’, or owl, could be on the night of June 11, 1943 when he shot down five aircraft in just 75 minutes. At the start of July that year, Streib was given command of NJG 1, taking over from the long-serving Obstlt Wolfgang Falck. Streib’s former role went to Ritterkreuz (Knight’s Cross) holder Hptm Hans-Dieter Frank, previously Staffelkapitän of 2./NJG 1.