D-Day Minus One by Lawrence Cortesi

By Lawrence Cortesi

Zebra Books - Kensington Publishing company (January 1984, First Printing).

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Among most fierce of the renowned JG interceptors were the pilots the 26 Schlagetor geschwader based at Abbeville, France. Col. Joseph Tips" Priller, commander of * was one of the most experienced and canny pilots of the Luftwaffe. He had already scored over two hundred kills in a six-year combat career, having first served with the JG 26, German Condor Legion country's civil war in Spain during that in the mid-30s. He took with fifty-six fighters from Abbeville and Nord in off Lille- northwest France to lash out at the Flying Fortress formations.

The JG 26 fighter pilots then engaged American P-51 pilots and B-17 gunners in a running fight for almost a half hour, over more than a hundred-mile stretch of Belgium. The aggressive Priller knocked down two P-51s and then got himself a B-17 when he knocked off will 61 the tail of the Flying Fort with three solid The Schlagetors downed twenty-one planes, thirteen Forts and eight Mustangs before the American formations reached the Channel. The JG 26 finally twenty-mm shell hits. geschwader, however, lost nineteen planes of their own.

We know several things about the German plans to defend Western Europe. They have troops of their Army Group B stationed in bases through northwest France, Belgium, Holland and into northwest Germany. " ' Brereton before he moved down the map "Army Group H is the pointer continued. from Poitou inland from the Bay of Biscay across central France and into overwhelming Freiburg, Germany. The scattered in bases 32 move by rail over the Nancy-to-Brest rail line. The Germans " he moved to the north of Army Group G "would probably move the pointer again majority of these forces would — — through the Paris area to the coast along the Paris-to-Cherbourg railroad line, making extensive use of the Seine River bridges along the way.

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