Dropping Bombs on Uncle Hermann

The Commander-in-Chief of the German Luftwaffe in World War Two, was Reichsmarshall Hermann Göring, a revolting, vainglorious, drug addled criminal. But other members of the family were diametrically opposed to Hermann and the Nazis, including his younger brother, Albert, who smuggled Jews out of Nazi Germany. Hermann’s older brother, Karl, emigrated to the United States in the early 1900s. When World War Two broke out, Karl’s son, Werner G. Göring, wanted to join the US Army Air Force (the Air Force did not become a separate service until 1947).

After an extensive background check, Werner was allowed to join the USAAF. He became a qualified B-17 pilot, deployed to England, and served with the 303rd Bomb Group of the “Mighty Eighth” Air Force. Werner Goring flew 48 bombing missions over Germany and German occupied Europe. He ended the war with the rank of Captain. The USAAF did not disclose his role during the time he was flying or mention him.

As of 2007, Werner Göring was still alive according to a post I read by Rob Morris, the author of Untold Valor, which profiles Werner and his crew along with other bomber crews.

Hermann Göring’s other nephew, Hans-Joachim Göring, was a pilot in the Luftwaffe. He flew a twin engine Messerschmitt Bf 110. This model was designed as a heavy fighter or Zerstörer, which translates as “Destroyer”. In daylight battles over England during the Battle of Britain, ME 110 equipped Luftwaffe squadrons took heavy losses because the aircraft was ponderous to fly, not at all agile, and made easy prey for single engine RAF fighters.

Hans-Joachim Göring was killed in action on 11 July 1940 when his plane was shot down over England.

[Photo courtesy of http://www.303rdbg.com/358goering.html]

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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