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Hauptmann Peter Spoden


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Hauptmann Peter Spoden

Peter Spoden was born in Borken near Minster on 8th November 1921. Peter Spoden completed his education in 1940 and worked initially on the railways. Spoden learned to fly gliders with the Hitler Youth. He finally joined the Luftwaffe in October 1941. Spoden trained at the Luftkriegsschule 4 at Fürstenfeldbruck. After gaining his Pilot’s Badge and A/B flying certificate, Spoden attended Flugzeugführerschule C 17 at Pütnitz where he trained to fly multi-engine types. On the 1st of February 1942 Spoden was promoted to the rank of Leutnant and on 1st September, Spoden attended the Blindflugschule at Copenhagen for instrument flight training before pgoing to the Nachtjagdschule at Kitzingen for operational training. On 1 June 1943, Leutnant Spoden was assigned to 6./NJG 5 based at Parchim. He scored his first victory on the Peenemunde raid when he intercepted a RAF formation of Lancaster bomber between Hanshagen and Greifswald.whihc were attacking the German the research facilities. On the night of 22/23 August, while attacking RAF bomber formations over Berlin, Spoden shot down a Halifax, before engaging an RAF Stirling four-engine bomber. He shot down the Stirling, but the bombers rear-gunner was able to score hits on Spoden’s Bf 110 night-fighter, wounding him in the left leg, and setting his aircraft on fire. Spoden baled out of his Me110 but contacted the tail unit pinning him to the elevator. Fortunately, he was thrown clear. Spoden spent three months recuperating before returning to 5./NJG 5 in November and in August 1944, Spoden was transferred to the Stabsstaffel of II./NJG 6 based at Swäbisch Hall. On the night of 26/27 December, he was seeking Allied gliders supplying men and equipment to encircled troops at Bastogne when his Me110 was hit by German flak. The port engine caught fire and Spoden was forced to belly-land his aircraft near Stradtkyll. Spoden was knocked unconscious and was pulled from the blazing wreckage by his crewmen. On 21 February 1945, Spoden recorded his 20th victory when he shot down Lancaster near Worms. In late February, he was awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold for 22 victories. Returning to night fighting he eventually became Gruppenkommandeur of I./NJG6 on 19th March 1945, his final tally was 26 victories. On 29 April 1945 the remnants of NJG 6 surrendered to American troops at Schleissheim. Spoden was released from captivity in autumn 1945. In 1954, he was accepted for a Lufthansa training programme to become an airline pilot. He completed the course on 20 July 1955, retiring in 1981.

Items Signed by Hauptmann Peter Spoden

 Messerschmitt Me110 night fighter attacking Lancaster bombers during a night raid.  This original drawing is signed by three top night fighter pilots and radio operators. ......
Night Defender by Graeme Lothian. (P)
Price : £360.00
Messerschmitt Me110 night fighter attacking Lancaster bombers during a night raid. This original drawing is signed by three top night fighter pilots and radio operators. ......

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 Boulton Paul Defiant of 151 Sqn, based at Wittering, attacking a Messerschmitt Me110. Following an exhausting summer during the Battle of Britain, 151 was designated a night fighter squadron and was equipped both with Hurricanes and Defiants. On the......
Night of Defiance by Ivan Berryman. (B)
Price : £300.00
Boulton Paul Defiant of 151 Sqn, based at Wittering, attacking a Messerschmitt Me110. Following an exhausting summer during the Battle of Britain, 151 was designated a night fighter squadron and was equipped both with Hurricanes and Defiants. On the......

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 Messerschmitt Bf.110G4b/R3 of 7 Staffel, III/Natchjagdgeschwader 4, Autumn 1943. ......
Messerschmitt Bf.110G4b/R3 by Ivan Berryman. (B)
Price : £300.00
Messerschmitt Bf.110G4b/R3 of 7 Staffel, III/Natchjagdgeschwader 4, Autumn 1943. ......

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 Outnumbered and outclassed, the aging Gloster Gladiators of 112 Sqn nonetheless put up a spirited defence in the skies above Crete as Germanys Operation Mercury gathered momentum in the Spring of 1941.  Here, shark-mouthed Messerschmitt Bf.110s of Z......
Impossible Odds by Ivan Berryman. (C)
Price : £320.00
Outnumbered and outclassed, the aging Gloster Gladiators of 112 Sqn nonetheless put up a spirited defence in the skies above Crete as Germanys Operation Mercury gathered momentum in the Spring of 1941. Here, shark-mouthed Messerschmitt Bf.110s of Z......

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 The air war fought throughout World War II in the night skies above Europe raged six long years. RAF Hurricanes sent up to intercept the Luftwaffes nightly blitz on British cities had no more equipment than the fighters that fought the Battle of Bri......
Duel in the Dark by Robert Taylor (AP)
Price : £395.00
The air war fought throughout World War II in the night skies above Europe raged six long years. RAF Hurricanes sent up to intercept the Luftwaffes nightly blitz on British cities had no more equipment than the fighters that fought the Battle of Bri......

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 The air war fought throughout World War II in the night skies above Europe raged six long years. RAF Hurricanes sent up to intercept the Luftwaffes nightly blitz on British cities had no more equipment than the fighters that fought the Battle of Bri......
Duel in the Dark by Robert Taylor (B)
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The air war fought throughout World War II in the night skies above Europe raged six long years. RAF Hurricanes sent up to intercept the Luftwaffes nightly blitz on British cities had no more equipment than the fighters that fought the Battle of Bri......NOT
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 The air war fought throughout World War II in the night skies above Europe raged six long years. RAF Hurricanes sent up to intercept the Luftwaffes nightly blitz on British cities had no more equipment than the fighters that fought the Battle of Bri......
Duel in the Dark by Robert Taylor (C)
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The air war fought throughout World War II in the night skies above Europe raged six long years. RAF Hurricanes sent up to intercept the Luftwaffes nightly blitz on British cities had no more equipment than the fighters that fought the Battle of Bri......NOT
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 The air war fought throughout World War II in the night skies above Europe raged six long years. RAF Hurricanes sent up to intercept the Luftwaffes nightly blitz on British cities had no more equipment than the fighters that fought the Battle of Bri......
Duel in the Dark by Robert Taylor. (D)
Price : £275.00
The air war fought throughout World War II in the night skies above Europe raged six long years. RAF Hurricanes sent up to intercept the Luftwaffes nightly blitz on British cities had no more equipment than the fighters that fought the Battle of Bri......

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 Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......
Operation Mercury by Nicolas Trudgian.
Price : £140.00
Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......

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 Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......
Operation Mercury by Nicolas Trudgian. (AP)
Price : £180.00
Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......

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 Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......
Operation Mercury by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
Price : £160.00
Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......

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 Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......
Operation Mercury by Nicolas Trudgian. (XX)
Price : £200.00
Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......

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 Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......
Operation Mercury by Nicolas Trudgian. (Y)
Price : £90.00
Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......

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 Major Heinz Schnaufer, with 121 victories, was the top-scoring night fighter ace of all time. He became a Luftwaffe pilot in 1942 and obtained his first victory in June of that year. By August his victory count had reached twenty-two and he was put ......
Top Night Fighter by Stan Stokes. (D)
Price : £320.00
Major Heinz Schnaufer, with 121 victories, was the top-scoring night fighter ace of all time. He became a Luftwaffe pilot in 1942 and obtained his first victory in June of that year. By August his victory count had reached twenty-two and he was put ......

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Me110 aircraft prints by Nicolas Trudgian.
Pack Price : £380.00
Saving : £640
Aviation Print Pack. ......

Titles in this pack :

Night Hunters of the Reich by Nicolas Trudgian.
One - Tens Over Kent by Nicolas Trudgian
Into The Cloak of Darkness by Nicolas Trudgian
Operation Mercury by Nicolas Trudgian.

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Four German WW2 aircraft prints by Nicolas Trudgian.
Pack Price : £350.00
Saving : £570
Aviation Print Pack. ......

Titles in this pack :

Into The Cloak of Darkness by Nicolas Trudgian
Operation Mercury by Nicolas Trudgian.
Timber Wolf by Nicolas Trudgian.
Mountain Wolf by Nicolas Trudgian

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Pack 795. Pack of two Me110 aviation prints by Nicolas Trudgian.
Pack Price : £170.00
Saving : £330
Aviation Print Pack. ......

Titles in this pack :

Into The Cloak of Darkness by Nicolas Trudgian
Operation Mercury by Nicolas Trudgian.

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Pack 796. Pack of two Me110 aircraft prints by Nicolas Trudgian.
Pack Price : £300.00
Saving : £300
Aviation Print Pack. ......

Titles in this pack :

One - Tens Over Kent by Nicolas Trudgian (AP)
Operation Mercury by Nicolas Trudgian. (AP)

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Hauptmann Peter Spoden

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NJG5

Country : Germany

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NJG6

Country : Germany

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Me110

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Manufacturer : Messerschmitt
Production Began : 1938

Me110

The Bf-110 grew out of Herman Gorings specifications for a multipurpose aircraft capable of penetrating deep into enemy airspace to clear the sky of enemy fighters in advance of German bomber formations. The aircraft would also be utilized as a long range interceptor, and as a ground support and ground attack bomber. The Bf-110 prototype first flew in 1936. The prototype was under powered with its Daimier Benz DB 600A engines. Several months passed before a go ahead was given for large scale production which commenced in 1938. Utilizing improved DB 601 engines, the early production 110s were as fast as any single engine fighter at that time, and had superior fire power. Their biggest apparent weakness was in the areas of armor protection for the crew, and in terms of maneuverability when compared to single seat fighters. The 110 was produced in large numbers and in many different variants. The 110D was the long range model. An additional belly tank was fitted to that aircraft, with several later variants having the more traditional drop tanks. The first serious test for the Bf-110 came during the Battle of Britain. About 300 Bf-110s were involved. They became easy prey for Hurricane and Spitfire pilots, and Bf-109s were often required to assist the 110s in their own defense. On August 15, 1940, which became known as Black Tuesday, the Bf-110s were ravaged by the RAF, and for the month over 100 aircraft were lost. On the Eastern Front the Bf-110 performed admirably in the early stages of Operation Barbarossa. With the Soviet Air Force weakened in the first several weeks of the attack, 110s were effectively utilized in a ground attack role. Ultimately, the Luftwaffe re-equipped a significant number of its 110s as night fighters. The aircraft performed well in this role because it was a good gun platform with sufficient speed to overtake the RAF night bombers. Such night missions were typically carried out with no Allied fighter escort, so the 110 night fighters would not have to engage or elude Allied fighters in this role.

Known Victory Claims - Peter Spoden

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

18/08/1943Ltn. Peter Spoden5NJG 5LancasterForsthagen: 3000m2Western Front
24/08/1943Ltn. Peter Spoden6NJG 5HalifaxW. Berlin: 4500m1.13Western Front
23/11/1943Ltn. Peter Spoden5NJG 5LancasterW. Berlin: 6000m20.02Western Front
14/01/1944Oblt. Peter Spoden5NJG 5LancasterW. Braunschweig19.35Western Front
27/01/1944Oblt. Peter Spoden5NJG 5Lancaster30km W. Berlin20.27Western Front
27/01/1944Oblt. Peter Spoden5NJG 5Lancaster20km W. Berlin20.36Western Front
30/01/1944Oblt. Peter Spoden5NJG 5LancasterAZ 206-44: SW Stettin20.29Western Front
24/02/1944Ltn. Peter Spoden5NJG 5B-17--Western Front
21/07/1944Ltn. Peter SpodenStab III.NJG 6WellingtonNW Neunkirchen: 3800m23.23Western Front
13/08/1944Ltn. Peter SpodenStab II.NJG 6Lancaster50km W. Obj. Bremen: 5000m0.26Western Front
26/08/1944Ltn. Peter SpodenStab II.NJG 6Lancaster35km NW Russelsheim: 4800m1.12Western Front
12/09/1944Ltn. Peter SpodenStab II.NJG 6Lancaster20km NW Darmstadt: 2400m0.12Western Front
12/09/1944Ltn. Peter SpodenStab II.NJG 6Halifax20-30km NW Darmstadt: 2000m0.18Western Front
04/12/1944Ltn. Peter SpodenStab II.NJG 6LancasterUT-5: 3000m [10-15km S. Heilbronn]19.33Western Front
04/12/1944Ltn. Peter SpodenStab II.NJG 6Lancaster10-15km SW Heilbronn: 2200m19.38Western Front
04/12/1944Ltn. Peter SpodenStab II.NJG 6Lancaster20-30km SW Heilbronn: 2500m19.42Western Front
22/12/1944Ltn. Peter Spoden6NJG 6HalifaxRaum Trier: 4000m18.59Western Front
01/02/1945Oblt. Peter SpodenStab II.NJG 6LancasterSW Mannheim19.34Western Front
21/02/1945Oblt. Peter SpodenStab II.NJG 6Halifax30km SW Worms20.4Western Front
23/02/1945Oblt. Peter SpodenStab II.NJG 6Lancaster30km SW Pforzheim20.11Western Front
23/02/1945Oblt. Peter SpodenStab II.NJG 6Lancaster30km SW Pforzheim20.15Western Front
08/03/1945Oblt. Peter SpodenStab II.NJG 6LancasterDessau22.06Western Front
08/03/1945Oblt. Peter SpodenStab II.NJG 6Lancaster50km SW Dessau22.29Western Front

Known Claims : 23

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