“I flew for the Fuhrer” was written by Heinz Knoke.
Heinz Knoke was the flying ace of Nazi Germany’s air force Luftwaffe, nicknamed “last Prussian” and medalist fighter pilot. While he was keeping the diary, probably he had thought that if those lines will be published in the future, he would have been a pilot as the winner country of the war. But this planet is earth; the ground is slippery, no one needs to keep the accounts about tomorrows.
H. Knoke has published “I flew for the Fuhrer” in 1952. The book includes the lines of his diary (1939-1945) and the other parts, which he has added after war. He tells what he lived one to one at the book. Especially, the days which he and the other pilots have took off to respond for their homeland defense against to the bombardments of US and British forces, attack attention.
The quotes from the end of his memories; with the last days of the war.
“… Today the cowardice is on the point of drawing the boundaries of courage…. In this dark hour, the darkest hour for my beloved homeland, Germans remember them (the pilots who died at combat). Now I should just close my eyes and I have to remember my fallen comrades who have fought courageous with me…
… I was lonely past two years. We’ve returned back to the combats with very few of my friends, who were called “Great cemetery warriors” by ourselves. At last two years, of the, we constantly battle against the enemies, which increase numbers at every time. The fair and unfair battles were happen. Our victory was not only ours; it was also theirs (the pilots who died at combat). It was a victory against a deep instinct which threatens to deprive us from our courage and our faith…
… Again and again without hesitation even for a moment we’ve took off every time. And at every turn at least one of us did not come back. But we have never complaint or excuse. Many of our survivors were injured. I hurt myself once; I was wounded in five times…
… Before negotiations with the western, if a problem again rises against to the motherland by the mountains, steppes, forests of Russia, I’ll be ready to fight again. There will be my new companions, who will bring back the spirit of the past and will make it part of the tradition. We will meet and shake hands; and we will remember our fallen comrades sadly. After we rescue our homeland, completing our mission, our triumphant roar of rescue our homeland aircrafts will be respect, which we have shown on behalf of their memories.
…Their death was not in vain.
War was lost. War was lost. War was lost …
… The war was lost. Negotiations were initiated. Does this mean that the peace has become?
Heinz Knoke has flew more than 2000 times, and he has undertaken more than 400 combat missions. The reason of why is called to him “One of the flying aces of Germans,” is because of that he has repeatedly took off and shot the enemy aircraft down in every attack. He has joined to 19 heavy bombardments. He has shot 52 bomber aircrafts down in total number, between 1943 and 1944. USAAF’s (US Air Force) heavy bombing raid to Berlin was made with 1200 bomber aircrafts, B-17- flying fortress- and B-24 in 1943-1945. In those years, 540 thousand tone bombs have fallen down to Berlin. USAAF has bombed in day lights; British have bombed at nights. Almost half of the 1,562,000 Berlin buildings damaged or that every third house was completely destroyed. Casualties were so high that they will never be able to count exactly, but at least 52,000 people died in Berlin. Those people numbers are biggest five times more than number of those seriously injured and British deaths after the bombing of London.
If I turn back to the book; Heinz Knoke who has used bombardment, fighter, escort fighters (so almost all Luftwaffe aircrafts) had liked most Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter. He tells with great enthusiasm how he and his team with 40 pilots made diversion into B-17 heavy bomber and P-47 thunderbolt in February 10, 1944 with his beloved Messerschmitt Me 262 at the book.
All sides of war have used unique war machines, but they were not the war machines. Those who live the reality of war are the people who want to the peace in real sense.