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Jørn Junker

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Pilots to Schulungslehrgang Elbe were all volunters. But the leaders were not. BAMA.
Junker

Elbe (1).jpg Elbe (2).jpg
 

Jean-Yves Lorant

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Hi Jorn

However, not all pilots assigned to SKdo Elbe were volunteers. I take as an example Feldwebel Bert Wendler and his comrade of the 3 Staffel./JG300, Feldwebel Dieter Schorse (from left to right in the attached photo). The commanding officer of I./JG300 Major Baier - of sinister memory among all his pilots - ordered their assignment to Sonderkommando Elbe in March 1945 because of Wendler's subversive statements and because of Schorse's lack of results in combat missions.

Felwebeln Bert Wendler und Dieter Schorse 3 Staffel JG 300 1944.jpg

Others were true volunteers like Uffz "Jupp" Stenner of 14./JG300 - below.

Uffz Josef Stenner 14 Staffel JG 300  1945.jpg

Best regards

Jean-Yves Lorant
 

Mikael Gersel

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Denmark
It could be a "pressure order" to volunteer. There is a god description of something like this "pressure" to volunteer in a night fighter pilots story "Ohne Ritterkreuz und Eichenlaub", Wilhelm "Willi" Kleebauer. He describes how the pilots were summoned to a room under guard and locked in. Then the CO told the about these "suicide" missions and they were to sign up. Under group pressure they did, and first then they were released out of the room!.
When it comes to it they never flew any such missions.
 

Mikael Gersel

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Denmark
That is correct, the only reason for my reference was to illustrate the way these "volunteers" were pressed forward. And in fact, the event was on Görings "Suiside order" from March 8, 1945. The "voluntees" would be called in for conversion to BF109s.
Mikael
 
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