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1 Barkhorn, DietrichOfhr1921Königsberg, Ostpreussen4/JG-2 (6/43 France)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 19911 (lost 6/4/43), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 15374 (lost 8/4/43)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 4 August 1943 during aerial combat near Abbeville. Younger brother of Gerhard. WIA 4 June, 1943 during aerial combat near Abbeville, bailed safely (Bf 109 Loss List).
2 Barkhorn, Gerhard 'Gerd'Obstlt3/20/1919Königsberg, Ostpreussen301 5/JG-52(7/42), Stfkpt 4/JG-52 (2/43 S.U.), Kdr I/JG-52, Kdr II/JG-52 (Russia), Kdr JG-6 (1/45), JV-44 (4/45) Bf 109E-7 Werk # Werk # 5922 "Yellow 2 + -" (into Channel 10/29/40), Bf 109F-4 Wk#13388 "White 5 + -" (WIA 7/25/42), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 15909 "Black <<5 (7/43 Anapa, S.U.), Bf109G-6 Werk # 162198 "<<5" (5/44 Kherones), Bf 109G-6 Wk#163195 "Black <<5 + -" (WIA 5/31/44), Bf 109K-4, Fw 190D-9 w JG-6, Me 262

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(9/7/42)

EK 1
Wound Bdg(7/25/42)
Ftr. Oper.Clasp w/Pendant
EL(1/11/43). 1104 combat missions. His first known Soviet vivtory, a Pe-2 NE of Petrovskaya on 27 May, 1942. Four LaGG-3s on 7 October, 1942. A Yak-1 and two LaGG-3s on 30 October, 1942. A P-40, a Yak-1 and a LaGG-3 on 30 November, 1942. A LaGG-5 and two Yak-1s on 5 August, 1943. Four LaGG-5s on 23 August, 1943. A Yak-9, a P-39 and two Yak-1s on 29 December, 1943. Another of many multiple victories for this high scorer! Shot down with severe wounds 31 May, 1944, exhausted after his sixth mission of the day. Flying his G-6, Wk# 163195 "Black 5", he lost his concentration, and was jumped by a Soviet P-39. His last victory was on 5 Jan., 1945. Injured in another crash on 25 April, 1945, when his Me 262 was shot down by a P-51. He carried the name "Christl", his wifes name on nearly all his AC. Barkhorns wingman was Fahnrich Graf Keller. His crew chief from 40 to 45, Cpl. Albert Kusterer. Shot down 9 times. In 1955, he joined the West German Luft. and became a General. Deceased 11 January, 1983; auto accident 6 January,1983, wife Christl killed instantly 6 January. Post war home: Tegernsee. Photo

Hptm. Gerhard Barkhorn, Gruppenkommandeur II./JG 52, Bagerowo, 12 February 1944 in his Bf 109 G-6/Trop W.Nr. 44. 'Schwarzer Doppelwinkel' after his 250th victory
3 Ewald, Heinz 'Esau'Lt9/1/1922Zoppot bei Danzig846/JG-52 (11/43 S.U.), 5/JG-52, Stfkpt 7/JG-52 (1/45 Babolnapuszta, Hungary), Stfkpt 6/JG-52 (4/45)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 143568 "Yellow 11", Bf 109G-14 Wk# 610964 "Wh 10", Bf 109G-14 "White 7", Bf 109G-10 Wk# 610487 "White 3" (1/45) [all ac in 7 Staffel]

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(11/30/44)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
A "New Growth" pilot, he served as wingman for Barkhorn, Batz, Lipfert and Sturm. Shot down with wounds by U.S. bomber return fire while serving in Romania. Shot down by German Flak in 1945 over Hungary. All victories were in the East. His first known victory, a Soviet Yak-1 on 12 November, 1943, a Gefr at the time. A 2nd Yak-1 on 14 November, 1943. A 3rd, an Il-2 SW of Eltigen on 5 December, 1943. A 4th Soviet, a Yak-1 N of Gorkom on 17 December, 1943. A 5th, and reaching "Ace" status, a Yak-1 on 29 December, 1943. Two P-39s and a Yak-1on 31 December, 1943. A P-39 on 23 January, 1944. Two Yak-9s on 12 February, 1944. Three Yak-7s on 25 February, 1944. A P-39 on 30 May, 1944. A Yak-11 on 6 October, 1944. Two Yak-7s and an Il-2 on 1 November, 1944. Scored five victories on 3 January, 1945. Shot down with wounds in Wk# 610964 on 1 March, 1945. His 84th and last victory, a Yak-9 on 16 April, 1945. 396 missions. Survived the war. Bowers/Lednicer, 85 victories. Deceased 14 March, 2002.
4 Semelka, WaldemarLt1/8/1920Dombrau Sudetenland654/JG-52 (5/42 Russia)Bf 109F-4/R1 Werk # 13057 "White 7" (5/12/42 MIA-retd), Bf 109G-2 Werk # 13558 "White 7" (lost 8/21/42) RK(9/4/42 Post.)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(9/7/42)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 21 August, 1942 over Stalingrad during aerial combat after downing two Soviet Bostons. MIA 12 May, 1942 after aerial combat at Markowka. The ac was written off and he returned later. Another Barkhorn tutor. 240 missions, all victories in the East. His first known Soviet victory, an Il-2 at Dudnikowka on 26 May, 1942. Four LaGG-3s and an I-153 on 18 August, 1942. An I-180 and two LaGG-3s on 21 August, 1942. Bowers/Lednicer, 65 victories.
5 Stigler, Ludwig FranzOblt.8/21/1915Amberg (Bav)28Flt Instr(40), 2 & 4/JG-27(5/42 Martuba Libya; 6/42 Sidi Barani Egypt), 6/JG-27(5/43 Trapani Sicily; 7/43 So. Ital.), Stfkpt 12/JG-27(1/44 Graz), 8/JG-27, Actg Kdr III/JG-27(10/44 Grossenhain), JV-44(2/45 Lechfeld & Brandenburg; 3/45 Munich)He 72 (as Instr @ Dresden), Bf 109F/Trop Werk # 8401 "Wht 12 + -" (80% dam 6/25/42; eng dam near Tmimi) w/4 Staffel, Bf 109G-4 "Yellow 2 (4/43), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 15371 (lost 5/15/43; injured in a crash at Trapani), Bf 109G-6 Trop Werk # 16347 (80% dam 6/3/43 TO accident, pilot OK), Bf 109G-6 "Yellow 12" (8/43 Wiesbaden), Bf 109G-6 "Yel 2" (44), Bf 109G-14 (10/44), Fw 190D-9, Me 262A-1a "White 3" (also flown by Adolf Galland)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/1/44)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp w/ "400" Pendant
On 20 Dec., 1943, Stigler refused to shoot down the heavily damaged B-17 F, Ser.# 42-3167, "Ye Olde Pub", of 379BG. The B-17 pilot, 2nd Lt. Charles L. Brown, learned the identity of the chivilrous pilot in 1990, and they have been friends ever since. Stigler lived in Vancouver, B.C. and Brown in Miami. Article of the event and a Stigler autographed photo on file. 487 missions. 17 victories in the Desert. 11 bombers, 2 with the Me 262. Shot down 17 times, bailing 6 times. Serious wounds from B-17 return fire, shattering his windshield. 30 unconfirmed victories. Nominated for the RK. One known victory, his 1st, a P-40 SW of Ft. Acroma North Africa on 31 May, 1942. Another, a Spitfire V N of El Alamein on 10 July, 1942. A P-38F of 82FG, piloted by Lt Conrad Bentzlin (drowned) on 16 April, 1943, at sea, 70km west of Marettimo. His 20th, a B-17 10 km S of Urach, E of Freiburg , on 6 September, 1943. A double victory, Nos 21 & 22, on 29 November, 1943; both B-17s, one 3 km NW of Harpstedt, the other (an HSS) 15 km SW of Wildenhausen. His 24th, a B-24 NW of Cirkle on 19 March, 1944. his 25th, a P-38 2 km W of Dunavecse on 3 April, 1944. A Spitfire in the Rambouillet area on 16 August, 1944. His famous student, Barkhorn! Both Stigler & Brown deceased in 2008, Stigler 22 March (P. Bastin). Alternate spelling: Steigler & Stiegler (109 Loss List).
6 Witt, GüntherOblt25/JG-52 (6/40), IV/JG-1 (10/42), Stfkpt 10/JG-11 (8/43), 7/JG-1 (2/44 Reich Def)Bf 109E in JG-52, Fw 190A-4 in JG-1, Fw 190A in JG-11, Bf 109G-6 Werk # 15406 "White 2" (lost 2/8/44) EK 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 8 February, 1944 during aerial combat with a P-47 in the Luxemburg area; DOW later in a Luxembourg hospital (Rosseels). Constantly circled Barkhorn 29 October, 1940 as Barkhorn awaited rescue from the English Channel. One known victory, his 1st, a Hawk-75A south of Reims, 9 June, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire at London on 20 October, 1940.

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