|Unit||Type||Total||Serviceable||Stab S.G. 77||FW 190||8||8||III./S.G. 77||FW 190||47||46|
"Lieutenant Erby was on my wing when we made the bounce on two FW 190s that had just taken off from Kamenz airfield. I took the one on the left and he took the one on the right. They were flying line abreast at 1,000 m. We came down on them from 3,000 m and attacked, from dead astern. We both knocked them down at about the same time. I watched his 190 crash, just south of mine, in a woods near a lake. It exploded and burned upon crashing.Welch believes Erby bailed out about 36 km north-west of Kamenz, but Erby was never heard from again. Capt. Walter Strauch was another of the 343rd FS/55th FG pilots to attack at Kamenz. He recalled:
Suddenly I was hit by flak, so I called Lieutenant Erby and told him I was heading for Russian lines. He called over and said, 'Wait for me, I've been hit and am leaking coolant'. He called about four minutes later and said he was going to bail out. I couldn't see him due to a bad haze that greatly limited visibility. He never called again and I could not raise him after repeated attempts".
"Just as I called them in, four of them [FW 190s] took off in elements of two, in two different directions. I dropped my tanks and gave chase. I overtook one of the FW 190s from the rear, got him in my sights and gave him a squirt. I saw quite a few strikes along the fuselage and he broke violently to the right, dropping two bombs at the same time. By now we were both at 500 m, and I maneuvered into firing position and gave him a shot from 135 metres into the cockpit. The FW 190 burst into flames, did a nose over, exploding as it hit the ground".1/Lt. Richard Gibbs also took part in the massacre at Kamenz on 17 April 1945:
"Two enemy aircraft were seen taking off so Tudor Leader, Captain Welch, and his wingman, Lieutenant Erby went in pursuit. I followed after them, but seeing lots of flak and only two FW 190s, I pulled back up to 1,500 m and circled around to the south and east side of the field. My wingman got seperated from me in dodging the flak. I got to the north side, saw two more FW 190s taking off to the west, picked out one and waited until he flew beyond the flak perimeter. Diving on him from 1,000 m, I closed to 450 metres, and opened fire. I was on his tail and closed all the way to 36 metres, firing all the time. The 190 burst into flames and did a half roll into the trees. We were both at 33 to 66 metres when he dove to the ground.Lt. Gerhard Bauer, Oblt. August Lambert, and another pilot were taking off from Kamenz for a mission to the front when the American fighters appeared. The FW 190s had jettisoned their bombs (as Walter Strauch observed), and tried to escape. Bauer's FW 190 F-9 'Black 1 + ' was quickly shot down north of Kuckau, about eight kilometres east-south-east of Kamenz. August Lambert and another 8./S.G. 77 pilot tried desperately to get away, but could not lose their pursuers. Lambert was shot down in FW 190 F-8 'Black 9 + ' just north of Hoyerswerda, a town some 20 km N.N.E. of Kamenz. The other FW 190 pilot made it to Welzow, 34 km north of Kamenz, before he bailed out due to damage sustained.
My aircraft got covered with oil so I pulled up to check it out. It was oil from the downed Focke-Wulf, I figured, so I started doing climbing turns looking around for something else to latch onto. I spotted another 190 about 1,300 metres up from me coming in at ninety degrees, so I raised my nose and when 270 metres away, I fired, hitting on his wing. Passing under him and turning hard to starboard, doing a slight diving turn, I came in behind him, firing, and hitting him along the fuselage. The FW 190 continued in his dive and I passed him up at 333 metres, noting holes in the tail, and the canopy gone, with the pilot looking over at me. By the time he hit the ground he was smoking badly. The pilot tried to belly land, but was not very successful".
|Unit||Type||W.Nr||Markings||%||Stab S.G. 77||FW 190 F-9||440 127||'White < A + '||60||Stab S.G. 77||FW 190 F-9||428 440||'White C + '||40||Stab S.G. 77||FW 190 F-9||428 161||'White Z + '||100||7./S.G. 77||FW 190 F-9||424 125||'White 4 + '||99||7./S.G. 77||FW 190 A-8||980 36. (9?)||'Red 3 + '||99||7./S.G. 77||FW 190 A-8||961 112||'Red 12 + '||99||8./S.G. 77||FW 190 F-8||638 010||'Black 4 + '||100|
|Unit||Type||W.Nr||Markings||Pilot & Fate||Remarks||Location||%||F/H||Stab III./S.G. 77||FW 190 F-8||588 721||'< + '||?||Hit by own anti-aircraft fire, pilot FSA||6 km S. Kamenz (42713)||100||F||7./S.G. 77||FW 190 F-8||586 816||'White 8 + '||?||Force-landing||Doberschütz (42588)||?||F||7./S.G. 77||FW 190 F-8||584 575||'White 11 + '||Uffz. Olaf Koers +||Shot down||Gr. Baselitz (42576)||100||F||7./S.G. 77||FW 190 F-8||961 173||'Red 13 + '||Fw. Wolfram Sczymanski +||Shot down||Am Thonberg (42579)||100||F||7./S.G. 77||FW 190 F-8||638 057||'Black 11 + '||Ofw. Wilhelm Porth +||Shot down||N.E. Zescha (42586)||100||F||7./S.G. 77||FW 190 F-8||938 503||'Black 13 + '||Uffz. Ernst Vollkardt +||Shot down||Schmerlitz (42581)||100||F||8./S.G. 77||FW 190 F-9||426 043||'Black 1 + '||Lt. Gerhard Bauer +||Shot down||1 km N. Kuckau (42721)||100||F||8./S.G. 77||FW 190 F-8||584 043||'Black 9 + '||Oblt. August Lambert +||Shot down||1.5 km N.E. Hoyerswerda||100||F||8./S.G. 77||FW 190 F-8||586 841||'Black 6 + '||?||Pilot FSA||Welzow (42381)||100||F|
|Unit||Type||W.Nr||Markings||Pilot & Fate||Remarks||Location||%||F/H|
|9./S.G. 77||FW 190 F-8||932 581||'Yellow 7 + '||?||Belly-landing due to anti-aircraft fire||2 km S.E. Mulkwitz (42399)||30||F|
|8./S.G. 77||FW 190 F-8||426 047||'Black 2 + '||?||Force-landing due to anti-aircraft fire||1 km N. Strefurt||100||F||9./S.G. 77||FW 190 F-8||588 722||'Yellow 8 + '||Fhr. Joachim Olschweski M||Cause unknown||Jerischke area (4244-43-46)||100||F|
|343rd FS/55th FG||2/Lt. Philip A. Erby (KIA)||P-51D||44-15025||"Beautiful Lavina"||AA fire||Fl.Pl. Kamenz||13920|
|343rd FS/55th FG||2/Lt. George A. Apple (KIA)||P-51D||44-15735||AA fire||near Dresden||13918|
|343rd FS/55th FG||2/Lt. Daniel A. Langelier (KIA)||P-51D||44-72349||N. Bautzen||13915|
|HQ/55th FG||Lt.Col. Elwyn G. Righetti (KIA)||P-51D||44-72227||"Katydid II"||AA fire||Fl.Pl. Riesa/Canitz||13916|
|338th FS/55th FG||1/Lt. Robert K. Thacker (POW)||P-51D||44-15639||AA fire||Fl.Pl. Riesa/Canitz||13919|