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Richard T Eger 12-18-2004 10:07 PM

Ghost Bombers, by Nick Beale
From 12 O'Clock High!:

Nick Beale is now live
Mon Nov 29, 2004 13:34

I finally got my website published. It's all Luftwaffe related material that I didn't have an outlet for elsewhere:

There's a lot to read there now and more to come as and when I finish it (no deadlines, this is supposed to be fun, not a job!)

(Taking directly from Nick's site, here is his overview:

"The original idea was to publish corrections, updates and additions to my book "Ghost Bombers: The Moonlight War of NSG 9."

You'll find those here ( ) but these pages are also an outlet for pieces of research I've done on the air war 1939-45 that aren't the right length for a book or a magazine article; and for anything else that interests me. "

The various sections are:

Ghost Bombers: The Moonlight War of NSG 9 - Errata and additions to the book.

Operation Dragoon: August 1944 - Extensive article.

Sonderstaffel Kaatsch: August-October 1944 - Article.

I./JG 2 in Italy: February-April 1944 - Under construction.

Bf 109G-14/AS versus Fw 190 A-9 - Comparison based on 2 ULTRA reports.

Markings and camouflage - Commentaries based primarily on numerous ULTRA reports.


Richard T Eger 12-18-2004 10:08 PM

From TOCH!:

Martin aus Melbourne
Well done Nick
Mon Nov 29, 2004 14:44

Really enjoyed the Ghost Bombers read, will go back to your site for a proper look later this week.

Richard T Eger 12-18-2004 10:09 PM

From TOCH!:

Philippe DM
Fantastic job Mr. Beale,...
Thu Dec 2, 2004 08:21

... you did a job that I wished much more authors did. It is fantastic to read your book and see it is still alive and growing with additional information.

Many thanks for that!

Very respectfull and best regards


Richard T Eger 12-18-2004 10:09 PM

From TOCH!:

Dave Wadman
Good job Nick n/t (nm)
Mon Nov 29, 2004 16:40

Richard T Eger 12-18-2004 10:10 PM

From TOCH!:

Erich Brown
Mon Nov 29, 2004 17:37

enjoying the reading especially the updates for NSGr 9 Nick. Will you be covering materials on NSGr 1 and 2 in the near future ?


Erich ~

Richard T Eger 12-18-2004 10:10 PM

From TOCH!:

Nick Beale
NSG 1 & NSG 2
Mon Nov 29, 2004 23:54

Christian Möller is the person working on NSG 1, NSG 2 and NSG 20 in the West. I don't know when he will finish the project, though.

Richard T Eger 12-18-2004 10:11 PM

From TOCH!:

Mark Huxtable
Great site
Tue Nov 30, 2004 00:06

Wonderful stuff Nick:

Just one note - re the below:

"Note: the Ghost Bombers account of the loss of Mosquito A-Apple refers to Wilmer both as a DFM (awarded to non-commissioned personnel) and a DFC (reserved for officers), a discrepancy overlooked by the author at the time. The wartime records of Both 600 and 256 Squadrons refer to a DFM. The RAF Air Historical Branch's letter to NB, quoted in the text, speaks of a DFC."

Is the question whether Wilmer was ever non-commissioned? If not, there's really no discrepancy there at all - plenty of DFM winners were later awarded a DFC after receiving their commission. They retained both awards.

Sorry if this is already known to you - thought I'd mention it, just in case...


Mark Huxtable

Richard T Eger 12-18-2004 10:11 PM

From TOCH!:

George Hopp
As always, Nick, a superb job. (nm)
Tue Nov 30, 2004 02:01

Richard T Eger 12-18-2004 10:12 PM

From TOCH!:

Thanks Nick!
Tue Nov 30, 2004 04:17

I look forward to reading about I/JG2 in Italy.

Richard T Eger 12-18-2004 10:13 PM

From TOCH!:

Jafü Südfrankrich
Tue Nov 30, 2004 08:55

Hi Nick.
I very much enjoyed going through your excellent WEB-site. In your account of Operation Dragon you cover a piece of Luftwaffe history, which has been completely avalanched by Overlord - thank you. Specifically you solved one mystery for some of us, i.e. the NAME and location of Jafü Südfrankrich. Could you possibly expand on the location; La Nerthe is a village, but the usual practice was for the Jafü GefStd to be located at an airfeld. Was this what to-day is known as Aix Le Milles or was the GefStd somewhere else ?
Please feel free to contact me off-board.
Kind regards

Richard T Eger 12-18-2004 10:13 PM

From TOCH!:

Laurent Rizzotti
Very fine site, thanks for the effort (nm)
Tue Nov 30, 2004 10:13

Richard T Eger 12-18-2004 10:14 PM

From further within the thread on TOCH!:

Benoit Douville is now live
Tue Nov 30, 2004 15:57


You are the Man. That is a wonderful website, keep up the good work.


Richard T Eger 12-27-2004 01:08 PM

From 12 O'Clock High!:

Nick Beale
New on the web...
Mon Dec 20, 2004 00:30

I’ve just added a new article to about two actions between Kittyhawks of No. 239 Wing RAF and I./SG 4 over Italy in April 1944.

Also, there’s a new page commemorating three NSG 9 veterans who passed away during 2004.

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