A cheering Luftwaffe Gefreiter poses in the cockpit of a destroyed Dutch Fokker G1 'Mercury' (reg. 302) attack aircraft as it was bombed by the Luftwaffe in the early morning of May 10th, 1940 during the German invasion of the Netherlands. Military Airfield Waalhaven, Rotterdam.
Of the eleven G-1 Mercury present at Waalhaven [ten ready to fly], eight had taken off. The 302 and 334 were destroyed on the ground for their first scramble, two were eliminated in the air battle. Of the eight G-1s that took off, six had entered the battle with good results.
They had managed to secure eleven victories and five possible. Six He-111P, 1 Ju-52, 1 Ju-87B, 1 Ju-88 [crashed in Germany, Münster], 1 Do-17Z and one Bf-109D were confirmed by multiple sources and witnesses. Three BF-109s, a Ju-52 and a He-111 may have also been shot down. It is almost certain that two Bf-109s [landed at Spijkenisse and Hoekse Waard] were shot down in the early morning and could not be attributed to a "perpetrator".
A He-111P is used by the German researcher Dr. Weiss booked that early morning as having been shot "six kilometers south of Dordrecht" while Dr. Weiss also separately recognizes the He-111P at Zevenbergschen Hoek. In addition, according to Dr. Weiss, a total of four Ju-52s were shot down by the G-1s and another four emergency landings were made by Ju-52 at Waalhaven because of the G-1 yachts.
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