Diary July 7, 1943


Hauptmann Erich Hartmann (left) and Major Gerhard Barkhorn (right), both of JG52

In the history of aerial warfare, only two fighter pilotes have achieved more than 300 victories – Hauptmann Erich Hartmann (left) and Major Gerhard Barkhorn (right), both of JG52.

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, July 7, 1943:

Air War

Eastern Front: Top Luftwaffe ‘ace’ Lieutenant Erich Hartmann shoots down 4 Lavochkin fighters and 3 Stormoviks near Kursk (Hartmann’s final victory tally is 352).
Far East: Japanese Ki-77 courier plane lost over Indian Ocean, en route to Berlin. RAF Vengeance dive-bombers attack Japanese HQ Thaungdara, north of Rangoon.

Sea War

Atlantic: U-boat U-185 sinks 3 ships in Brazilan convoy BT.18.


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