“We had an easy time with [Russian Armour]. On the other hand we had a lot of trouble with Russian fighters… My gunner, Unteroffizier Kramer, can take credit for a deed that was probably unparalleled on the Eastern Front. That is, he succeeded in shooting down a Russian fighter with the tank cannon [8,8cm KwK 36 L/56]… Kramer, upset by the unrelenting nuisance of these guys, elevated his cannon along the approach route. I talked him in. He took a chance and pulled the trigger… The Russian crashed behind us.”
Otto Carius, Tigers in the Mud English Version.
The incident occurred during the Defence of Newel on December 16. 1943