Dutch WWII Airwar Researcher Jacobus "Co" de Swart investigated WWII air combat victory claims of German Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot Oberleutnant Erich Burkert. De Swart's research found confirmation of those claims, including two USAAF B-17s, one from the 95th Bombardment Group on 17 August 1943, and one from the 96th Bombardment Group on 20 October 1943. This photo Gallery presents the results of the research, as well as the modern day gatherings of the descendants of the combatants and witnesses to these events. Among the researchers de Swart collaborated with to fill some voids were the Belgian team at The Comet Network.

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German Luftwaffe Oblt. Erich M. Burkert JG 26

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This is the Luftwaffe officer responsible for shooting down the Fortress.
Photographed still in Flying jacket on crashsite of his victim, B-17 42-3439/ De Bilt, NL Oct. 20 1943.
Photo credit: Co de Swart/2002/German Mil Presse Dienst 1943

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