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1 Becker, Martin "Tino"Hptm4/12/1916Wiesbaden.586/NJG-2 (8/42), 2/NJG-3 (10/43), I/NJG-4, Kdr IV/NJG-6 (10/44 to end)Bf 110F, Bf 110G "3C + MK" (7/44), Ju 88G-6 "2Z + AF", "2Z + MF" & Bf 110G-4 "2Z + BB" & Bf 110G-6 "C9 + MK" in NJG-6

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold (5/25/44)

EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
All night victories. Famous for his 'serial' victories: 6 on 23 March, 1944; 7 on 31 March, 1944; and 9 on 14 March, 1945. Nos. 44 & 45, both Lancasters on 2 January, 1945. Nos. 46 to 48, all '4 mots' on 21 February, 1945. Victories 49 to 57, eight Lancasters and a B-17 on 14 March, 1945. His 58th and last victory, a Lancaster on 16 March, 1945. 110 combat missions including 27 reconnaissance in 1940 before transferring to Night Fighters. His R/O from 3/44 to the end, Ofw Karl Ludwig Johanssen won the RK on 16 March, 1945, one of the few R/Os to do so. His Gunner at the end was Ogefr Weizenbach. Survived the war. Bowers/Lednicer, 57 victories. Photo There are several records in the Allied Losses and Incidents Database where Becker is mentioned as the Attacker. Search for Becker in the database and look in the Notes column for Attacker.

2 Gurklies, Richard Martin Uffz3/7/1923Kallnuggen3/Kü.Fl.Gr.-106 (Atlantic)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 1558 "M2 + LL" (lost 3/23/42)Observer Operational ClaspKIA with his observer Oblt Horst Becker 23 March, 1942; sd by flak at Davis Timber Yard, Chesilton, Portland, Dorset (Ju 88 Loss List). Remaining crew (KIA): Gefr Josef Rother and Uffz Helmut Kording. All four crew buried in the Portland Royal Navy Cemetery, graves 717 to 720 (Weltkriegsopfer via D.Drury). Alternate spelling: Gorkelis (Ju 88 Loss List). The tailfin from this crash is located at the Bong Heritage Center in Superior, Wisconsin, USA and is shown to the right
(Added by Pietrzak Youngs)
For 23.03.1942, 3/Küstenfliegergruppe 106, Ju 88a-4, Werk Nr 1558, M2+LL, Crew, Oblt Horst Becker, Uffz Richard Gurklies, Uffz Helmut Kording and Gefr Josef Rother Source; The Blitz then and now, Vol 3.
3 Heigl, MartinFw6/KG-30 (8/41 Finland, 1/43 Med)Ju 88A-5 Werk # 0882278 "4D + IP" (lost 8/8/41), Ju 88A-4 Werk # 6132 "??" (lost 1/1/43)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC with unnamed crew 1 January, 1943; flew into the ground east of Miarmonte (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: Heigl made a force landing in his A-5 in a bog at Lentokonejänkä Finland on 8 August, 1941due to engine failure. They were later picked up, uninjured, by a Fiesler Storch. Remaining crew: Uffz Gerhard Jabs, Obs; Uffz Häring and Gefr Becker (Flyvrak Norway).
4 Johanssen, Karl-LudwigLt5/15/1921Kiel59III/NJG-4, I/NJG-6Bf 110

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(5/25/44)
EK1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp in Silver
Although a radio operator, he did achieve three victories the night of 15 March, 1945, using the rear mounted MG 131. He flew 68 Night missions and participated in 59 victories, all as Martin Beckers RO except one mission. Deceased 11 August, 2009. Photo
(Added by Pietrzak Youngs)
Captain Becker, commander in a night fighter wing, and his radio operator, Lieutenant Johannsen, brought down to a crash 9 four-engine bombers on the night of 14 to 15 March. When Captain Becker, after the 6 kill could not continue to shoot due to a gun jam, his radio operator, Lieutenant Johannsen, destroyed 3 more Anglo-American bombers.
5 Adolf, MartinUffz1/9/1920Ober-Kauffung6/KG-1 (Med) Ju 88A-4 Werk # 0049 "V4 + ZP" (lost 7/13/43) . Bomber Operational Clasp KIA with two other unnamed crew over Sicily 13 July, 1943, cause unknown, one other MIA (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: The precise location of the loss was Syracuse Harbor, Sicily. The ac was sd, buy the sources vary on whether this was attributable to Spitfires or shipping. Remaining crew (desig unk): Ogefr Bernhard Gomoll (KIA); Ogefr Günter Holzenburg (KIA) and Uffz Kurt Lenk (MIA or POW, sources inconsistent). The three deceased are buried in the German War Cem at Motta St Anastasia, Italy, among the unknowns (D.Drury). Alternate spelling: Adolph.
6 Aubrecht, HermannUffz315/JG-51 (S.U.)Bf 109E, Bf 109F-4 Werk # 7061 "Black 6" (lost 8/9/42 in Orel, S.U.)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/3/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge(8/9/42)
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 9 August, 1942 by flak; returned after making an emergency landing at Map Quadrant Pl.Qu. 56391. One known victory, a Blenheim over the English Channel on 29 April, 1941, a Gefr at the time. His first known Soviet victory,a Martin B-26 on 24 June, 1941. An SB-2 on 30 June, 1941. A DB-3 on 13 July, 1941. A Vultee-11 on 16 July, 1941. A Pe-2 on 14 December, 1941. An R-Z on 4 February, 1942. A MiG-1 on 22 July, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 5 August, 1942. An Il-2 and a Pe-2 on 8 August, 1942. An Il-2 18 km E of Gshalsk on 9 August, 1942. Survived the war. Magnus Report.
7 Bargen, Johann Hans vonHptm10/14/1914Malente, GremsmühlenI/StG-3, 1/SG-3 (Finland '44), Kdr I/SG-3Ju 87D-5 "S7 + OH", Fw 190F

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/19/42)

EK 1 & 2
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp w/Pendant
KIA 6 July, 1944 during his second attack on Soviet troops in Aeyraepaeae Finland, receiving a direct flak hit during the dive, crashing and burning. Also killed , was his faithful R/O Ofw Wilhelm Becker. 400+ missions. Another source (Finland Aviation Museum) names his R/O as Albert Becker.
8 Bartel, KurtOfwStab II/KGzbV-1Ju 52/3m "1Z + BC"Transport Operational ClaspOne of three Ju 52s making emergency landings in Sweden on 14 April, 1940 due to navigational errors and running low on fuel. This one landed on the weak ice of Lake Vänern at Mariestad at 2247 hours. The crew attempted to taxi to shore, but fell through the thin ice and settled to the bottom. This occurred during exercise Weserübung after dropping paratroopers. They were a crew of five, however, only four are known. Remaining crew: Ofw Josef Becker, Fw Ernst Rethmeier and Uffz Werner Röhr. Note: the pilots were not positively identified by the author. I selected the two senior ranking persons as pilots. The wreckage was returned to Germany on 23 January, 1941 after its recovery and repair. Source: B.Widfeldt
9 Bartelt, MartinLt1/29/1921Stab/StG-2 (S.U.)Bf 110E-3 Werk # 2482 "T6 + HA" (lost 8/1/42)Destroyer Operational ClaspMIA 1 August, 1942 in Map Quadrant Pl.Qu. 3933, cause unknown. Remaining crew, unnamed, one MIA and one KIA. Bf 110 Loss List
10 Bauer, MartinHptm6/10/1915102/NJG-1 (2/42), 7/NJG-1 (8/42), 1/NJG-1 (11/42), 3/NJG-1 (1/43), Stfkpt 11/NJG-6 (6/43), 11/NJG-6 (4/44 Balkans)Bf 110C, D & EEP

EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
Two known victories, a Stirling 4 km southwest of Bentelo, and a Halifax 15 km southwest of Leer, both on 28 August, 1942. A Lancaster on 16 September, 1942. A Halifax on 20 December, 1942. Another victory, a Stirling 2 km southwest of Boxmeer on 14 February, 1943. A 6th, a Wellington 2 km east of Wauroy on 29 March, 1943. A 7th, a B-24 NE of Bechetul on 4 April, 1944. An 8th, a B-24 over the Balkans, SW of Bucharest on 7 May, 1944. Nos. 9 & 10, a Halifax and a B-24 W of Bucharest on 10 August, 1944. Magnus Report suggests his victories are 13.
11 Baumann, MartinOblt6/KG-77Ju 88A-5 Werk # 7117 "3Z + FP" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 5 May, 1941, failing to return from a bombing mission at Belfast. The crew ditched into the sea off Bridlington after the Ju 88 experienced engine failure. Remaining crew: Ofw Karl Auernhammer, Observer (KIA), Fw Wilhelm Hopfer, wireless operator (KIA) and Ofw Emmerich Schieting, gunner (POW). Schieting was the only survivor, being picked up by a passing ship.
12 Becker,Gefr8/JG-53 (9/40)Bf 109E-4 (lost 9/40)Fighter Operational ClaspCrashed into the Channel on 29 September, 1940, after aerial combat over England (Prien). Not certain if he perished, since I have a Gefr Heinrich Becker later in 8/JG-53 and a Fw Becker later in 6/JG-53.
13 Becker,Lt2/NJG-1 Bf 110 Werk # unk (lost 8/30/40) Night Fighter Operational Clasp His ac reported lost 30 August, 1940 at Meddo-Winterswijk, cause and pilot and crew disposition unknown (Netherland Loss Registry). Most likely Hptm Ludwig Becker, early in his NJ career.
14 Becker, AdamUffz8/KG-1Ju 88A-5 Werk # 3358 "V4 + BS" (lost 5/5/41)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA with unnamed crew the night of 4/5 May, 1941; they are s/d by Beaufighter piloted by W/Co Atcherley from 25 Sqn into the “Butcher Arms” public house at Bourne-Market Deeping near Eastergate. Four civilians and three soldiers are killed along with the German crew.
15 Becker, AlbertOfhrFFS Lyngby (Denmark 10/43), 2/JG-77 (5/44 Italy)Bf 109F-4 "DR + ZM" (interned in Sweden), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 163214 "Red 3" (lost 5/25/44)Fighter Operational ClaspBecker was undergoing combat training when his unit had been alerted that American bombers were flying over Denmark, so a number of fighters departed at once. Becker had no contact with the members of his unit, however, he stumbled across about 100 B-17 bombers. He made a passat the last B-17 but was soon out of contact and flying in a fog bank.He decided to return to base but became disoriented and flew in over Sweden. Running low on fuel, he made a wheels up landing according to procedure at Växjö. Becker was unhurt in the landing and was permitted to return to Germany. Source: B.Widfeldt. KIA 25 May, 1944 during aerial combat with a B-24 and a P-38 at Grosseto (Bf 109 Loss List).
16 Becker, Aloysius "Alois"Fw10/16/1918HeinsbergIII/StG-77, 1/JG-26 (joins 8/44)Ju 87, Fw 190A-8 Werk # 175127 "White 13" (lost)EP(4/12/43)

EK 1 & 2
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 27 September, 1944 in his "White 13" during aerial combat with a Spitfire of RAF No. 411 Sq. W of Emmerich-Spijk. On the 27th of September 1944 his Staffel was near enemy lines at the German-Dutch border. Becker, flying his Focke Wulf Fw 190 A-8 (Werkn. 175127, Kennz. 'Weiße 13'), got involved in a dogfight with one of the British fighters. Above Emmerich, his aircraft was hit and Becker was forced to jump out of his aircraft but did not manage to release his parachute. He was hit by the tail of his own aircraft, falling to earth unconscious and was instantly killed. He also had 253 missions as a Dive Bomber pilot in StG-77. Added: Birth data & EP data per Vermeer EP Awards List.
17 Becker, ArnoldGefr7/29/1922FFS B7 (Clermont-Ferrand)Si 204 Werk # 46 (lost 2/4/44)Trainee?KIC with co-pilot Gefr Waldemar Hecht (geb 2/19/1923) on 4 February, 1944, cause unknown, however the occupants in the village of Auvergnate heard the ac in distress before hitting the ground and burning. Remaining crew (KIC): Uffz Heinz Horn, geb 7/18/1922, Observer. The French crash report suggests he survived, but died of his injuries later. However his grave marker displays Feb 4. A 4th person, Fw Heinrich Leopold geb 10/13/1919 is on a grave marker with one of this crew, showing his date of death as 2/10/44 (curiously). All are buried in the Dagneux Cemetery. Source: French Crash Report online, thanks to F. Braun
18 Becker, BrunoUffz12(H)/13Fw 189A-2 Werk # 125115 (lost)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/16/43 Post.)

EK 1 & 2
Observer Operational Clasp
KIA 31 July, 1943; shot down by enemy return fire north of Poljana Russia. His Observer, Oblt Otto Henzler, was also KIA, and the 3rd unnamed crewman was WIA. Obs Loss List & DK-G Awards List
19 Becker, EduardUffzIII/JG-54Bf 109G-4 Werk # 16108 (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspUninjured in a force landing crash 13 March, 1943, when he experienced engine problems and set down near Blankenberge. Source: A. Rosseels.
20 Becker, FranzUffz4/KG-54He 111P-2 Werk # unk (lost 6/2/40)Bomber Operational ClaspUninjured in a crash 2 June, 1940: sd after combat in the Dunkirk area, probably by Spitfires of No.92 Sq.. Crash location uncertain, but probably in Belgium, as the two wounded crewmen were taken to an Antwerp hospital. Remaining crew: Hptm Lothar Maiwald, Obs (unhurt); Ogefr Karl Braun, R/O (WIA) and Uffz Karl Wissussek, Flt Engr (WIA). Source: D.Drury
21 Becker, FriedrichUffz7/31/1916Pfungstadt16/JG-3Bf 109E-4 (lost 8/18/40)Wound Badge
EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a Blenheim on 15 June, 1940, no location. Added: WIA 18 August, 1940: he returned wounded to France after combat and managed a crash landing at Marquise airfield, SW of Calais, but later died of his wounds. He is buried in the Bourdon War Cem., Blk 25, Row 6, Gr 226 (D.Drury).
22 Becker, GüntherOfw5/13/19163(F)/22, 3(F)/122Do 17 P & F, He 111H & Ju 88A & D

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(7/12/43)

EK 1 & 2
Observer Operational Clasp
Oberfeldwebel Günther Becker (May 13, 1916 - October 20, 1953) was a scout pilot of the birth of Buxtehude who crossed the Western Front and Eastern Front. He was awarded the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes on February 28, 1945 as Oberfeldwebel and the Flugzeugführer in 3. Staffel (Fern) / Aufklärungsgruppe 122 / Kommandierende General der Deutschen Luftwaffe in Italien / Luftflotte 2. Not much was known about him, other than that he died in 1953 Australia (another version mentions July 14, 1988). Other medals and awards he received: Eisernes Kreuz II.Klasse und I.Klasse; and the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (July 12, 1943)
23 Becker, GüntherLt1/KG-55 (Melun-Villaroche)He 111H-4 Werk # 1724 "G1 + GH" (lost 5/8/41)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with his entire crew the night of 7/8 May, 1941; failed to return from a mission to Liverpool. Remaining crew: Uffz Emil Vierner (or Vilser), Obs; Uffz Rdgar Faulhaber, R/O and Ofw Georg Lunz, Flt Engr (D.Drury).
24 Becker, HeinrichUffz7/31/1914Berleburg9/StG-1 (Med)Ju 87B-2 Werk # 0524 "J9 + CL" (lost 5/4/41)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 4 May, 1941 over Malta, cause unknown, his unnamed R/O KIA. Ju 87 Loss List. Added: Failed to return from a mission over Valletta Malta. KIA and buried at St Michele Cem., Cagliari, Sardinia (German Losses Over Malta).
25 Becker, HeinzUffz 12/KG-54 (Med)Ju 88A-5 Werk # 3301 "??" (80% dam 12/19/42)Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp
Pilot and two unnamed crew injured when Becker made an emergency landing at the Grotaglio airfield on 19 December, 1942 due to engine trouble (Ju 88 Loss List).
26 Becker, HelmutLt10/17/1920Bochum58 (or 12)/JG-2 (12/42 as Uffz), 4/JG-2 (10/43), 8/EJGr-Süd (10/44. later 8/EJG-1), 7(or 10)/JG-2Bf 109G-6 Werk # 19486 (50% dam 6/29/43), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 1880 (45% dam 10/20/43), Fw 190D-9 Werk # 600662 "Black 18" (lost 3/12/45)EP

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 12 March, 1945 when he was sd by friendly AA fire and crashed at Kripp, buried Bodendorf. WIA 29 June, 1943; sd by enemy fire and made a force landing near Dieppe. WIA 20 October, 1943; sd by Spitfires and made a force landing in the vicinity of St Elier, France (LOCS). One known victory, a Spitfire on 18 January, 1943. A 2nd, a B-17 on 23 January, 1943. A 3rd, a Spitfire in the Dunkirk region on 13 February, 1943. A 4th, a B-17 in the Bordeaux-Lorient area on 17 May, 1943. Another B-17 at Hippolytushoef on 29 May, 1943. This may be two persons; this Helmut claimed three victories per LOCS. A second Helmut, in 10 & 12/JG-2, may have two victories.
27 Becker, HermannOblt2(F)/100 (S.U.)Ju 88D-1 Werk # 430480 "T5 + CK" (lost 7/9/43)Observer Operational ClaspMIA with his Observer Oblt Reinhold Taufe and two other unnamed crew at Woronesch-Kastornoje 9 July, 1943, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List).
28 Becker, HorstFw11/26/191918/NJG-1 (Twente)Bf 110D & E, Bf 110G-4 Werk # 720024 "G9 + LS" (lost 1/14/44)
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
His G-4 crashed at De Lutte (gem. Losser) Holland on 14 January, 1944, cause unknown (DeSwart). Pilot KIC, bur Ysselsteyn Q-10-226. Remaining crew (KIC): Obs Uffz Karl Allmendinger, bur Ysselsteyn Q-10-227 and R/O Helmut Knauck, bur Ysselsteyn Q-10-228 (Lost Aircraft Report). One known victory, a Halifax S of Hameln on 22 September, 1943, an Uffz at the time.
29 Becker, HorstLt4/24/1922Bluesenbach, Cologne4/KG-2Ju 188E-1 Werk # 260238 "U5 + BM" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 14/15 March, 1944 during a night attack on London, when he was shot down by a Mosquito of RAF No. 488 Sq., piloted by S/L S.L. Bunting (DFC). The AC was struck on the starboard engine, which caught fire and the AC veered sharply to starboard and dove into the ground on White House Farm, near Chelmsford, Essex, killing the entire crew. Remaining crew (KIA): Uffz Gerhard Bartolain, Observer; Uffz Albert Lange, R/O; Uffz Gunter Goecking, Gunner 1 and Ofw Heinrich Litschke, Gunner 2.
30 Becker, JosefOfwStab II/KGzbV-1Ju 52/3m "1Z + BC"Transport Operational ClaspOne of three Ju 52s making emergency landings in Sweden on 14 April, 1940 due to navigational errors and running low on fuel. This one landed on the weak ice of Lake Vänern at Mariestad at 2247 hours. The crew attempted to taxi to shore, but fell through the thin ice and settled to the bottom. This occurred during exercise Weserübung after dropping paratroopers. They were a crew of five, however, only four are known. Remaining crew: Ofw Kurt Bartel, Fw Ernst Rethmeier and Uffz Werner Röhr. Note: the pilots were not positively identified by the author. I selected the two senior ranking persons as pilots. The wreckage was returned to Germany on 23 January, 1941 after its recovery and repair. Source: B.Widfeldt
31 Becker, Karl AugustOblt6/7/1915Weilheim an der Teck/Esslingen4 12/JG-1 (3/43), Stfkpt 3/JG-1 (7/43 Deelen) Bf 109F & G, Fw 190A-5 Werk # 410005 "Yellow 14" (lost 7/30/43)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 30 July, 1943 in aerial combat in his A-5 with a P-47 over Hengelo (Ijsselmeer) Holland. The A-5 reported to have crashed south of Arnhem (DeSwart). No known grave. One known victory, his 1st, a B-17 north of Ameland on 18 March, 1943. His 2nd, a B-17 on 26 July, 1943. his 3rd, a B-17 (HSS) NW of Oldenburg on 28 July, 1943. His 4th, and last, another B-17 at Doesburg on 30 July, 1943.
32 Becker, KarlUffz8/KG-30 (Schiphol)Ju 88A-1 Werk # 5014 "5J + US" (lost 10/29/40)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 29 October, 1940 during a minelaying operation over the Thames, no cause reported. Remaining crew (MIA): Obs Oblt Johann Schubert; R/O Uffz Kurt Kaufmann and Gnr Ogefr Wilhelm Knau.
33 Becker, Karl AdolfOfw13(Z)/JG-5Bf 110F-2 Werk # 5096 "LN + DR" (lost 6/23/43), Bf 110F-2 (Trop) Werk # 5073 "1B + CX" (lost 11/12/43) Wound Badge
Destroyer Operational Clasp
WIA 12 November, 1943; fire after an emergency landing at Svartnes Norway airfield after an operational flight. His Observer, Lt Georg Lisbe, was also wounded. Source: SIG Norway. Added: Wk# 5096 was sd by a Russian P-39, piloted by Lt Borisov at Batsfjordnaringen Norway. Becker managed to make a belly landing offshore. His R/O-Gnr, Uffz Ottmar Werz bailed and was picked up at sea by a German subchaser. The ac was blown up (Flyvrak Norway).
34 Becker, KurtFw15/JG-302Fw 190A-5 Werk # 155868 "Yellow 1" (lost 12/4/43) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIC 4 December, 1943 at Freiburg/Elbe, cause unknown. One known victory, an "unidentified" AC at Berlin on 2 December, 1943. This may be a 2nd Kurt Becker, since the other was an Ofw in July, 1943, and this man is a Fw in December, 1943. (Could have been demoted!)
35 Becker, LudwigHptm8/22/1911Dortmund, Aplerbeck44Stuka pilot, 3/ZG-1, 4/NJG-1 (8/40), 6/NJG-2 (1/42), Stafkpt 14/NJG-1, Stfkpt 12/NJG-1Ju 87, Bf 110C "G9+LZ", Do 215B-5 "G9 + OM", Bf 110G-4 Wk # 4864 "G9 + LZ" (lost 2/26/43)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(5/4/42)

EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 26 February, 1943 in his G-4 while on a daylight mission intercepting a B-17 over the North Sea and crashing 10 km north of Schiermonnikoog Holland. Also missing was his R/O Ofw Josef Straub. It was their first daylight sortie. All victories at night. He is known to have crashed a Bf 110 at Meddo Holland, NNW of Winterswijk, on 30 August, 1940, cause and crew disposition unknown, a Lt at the time (DeSwart). His first known victory, a Wellington the night of 16-17 October, 1940, no location. He is credited with the 1st radar-controlled victory, and this may have been the AC, downed while in 4/NJG-1. A Wellington near Nieue Schans on 8-9 August, 1941. A Manchester by Shlochteren, E of Groningen the night of 12-13 August, 1941. A Whitley V by Vredepeel the night of 14-15 August, 1941. A Whitley at Oldebrock the night of 6-7 September, 1941. Another Wellington of RAF No. 115 Sq. at Blijham/Groningen on 29 September, 1941. A Whitley the night of 8-9 November, 1941, no location. A Wellington II of RAF No.12 Sq. the night of 20-21 January, 1942 near the Dutch Frisian Island of Terschelling. He began his military career as a Luftwaffe volunteer in 1934. Bowers/Lednicer, 46 victories.
36 Becker, SiegfriedUffz1Flugzeugführer 1/ZG-2Bf 110C-4 Werk # 3208 "3M + KH" (lost 8/25/40) EK 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
POW 25 August, 1940 after being shot down at Priory Farm, East Holme, near Wareham. He and his gunner, Ogefr Walter Wöpzel (or Wötzel), bailed safely, and taken POW, the victims of F/O Agazarian & Gaunt of 609 Sq. (Bf 110 Loss List). One known victory, his 1st, a Polish P-23 west of Krakau, 12 September, 1939.
37 Becker, W.Uffz4(F)/122Ju 88A-1 (lost)Observer Operational ClaspForce landed 27 May, 1940 after being severely damaged by a fighter, possibly that of F/Lt Pearson of RAF No. 54 Sq.. Only one of the Remaining crew identified; Gefr J. Speck (WIA). Remainder of the crew and pilot disposition unknown. No mention of a POW status. Wiki Luft data.
38 Becker, WalterUffzGr. Kampfflierschule-4 (Thorn)Ju 52/3m Werk # 3037 "BR + AL" (85% dam 10/24/41)Transport Operational ClaspHis Ju 52 crashed 24 October, 1941 on the northern slope of Vapenny vrch, Liberec due bad weather icing. Two of the crew were slightly injured (and were not named). Known remaining crew: Uffz Karl Heinz Richter and Uffz Hans Weickert, positions not reported (F.Braun).
39 Bergen, Karl FriedrichHptm Aufkl.Gr.-121 (9/39), Aufkl.Gr.Ob.d.L (4/41), 3(F)/Ob.d.L (to 6/43), Stfkpt 3(F)/Ob.d.L (6/43) Ju 88D-1, Do 215B-4 Werk # 0093 (dam 4/25/41), Ju 290A-5 Werk # 110177 "9V + DK" (lost 2/16/44) Observer Operational Clasp MIA 16 February, 1944 with his entire crew when they were sd into the Atlantic, west of Ireland. They were downed by two Grumman; Martlets of FAA 811 Sq., piloted by Lts E.S.Erikson & W.C.Dimes, flying off the escort carrier HMS Biter.Remaining crew: Oblt Kurt Baumgartner, Co-pilot; Lt Martin Glöckhofer (or Glöckelhofer or Glöcklhofer), Obs; Reg.Rat Candidate Werner Cordes; Lt Gottfried Beninde; Ofw Heinz Felleckner; Fw Heinz Schacht; Ofw Ludwig Ebner; Uffz Jakob Daniel; Ogefr Josef Neubauer and Ogefr Karl Zinke. Oblt Bergen was injured in an emergency landing at Belgrade-Semlin airfield, Yugoslavia, cause unknown. A passenger, believed to be his observer, a Hptm Artmann, was on the flight, his disposition unknown (D.Drury).
40 Berger, MartinFwIII/KGzbV-1 (Aalborg)Ju 52/3m Werk # 2810 "IZ + FT" (lost 4/17/40)Transport Operational ClaspKIC 17 April, 1940; the ac crashed on ice at Langevannet, cause not reported, killing the entire crew and seventeen soldiers. Remaining crew: Uffz Robert Kahr and Uffz Robert Schulz (Flyvrak Norway).
41 Bidlingmaier, DieterLt38/ZG-26Bf 110C
EK 1 & 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
MIA 25 November, 1941, along with gunner Uffz Becker after aerial combat with P-40s of RAF No. 112 Sq. and RAAF No. 3 Sq., over Sidi Rezegh. Two known victories, both Desert Hurricanes on 5 August, 1941. A third, another Hurricane on 24 November, 1941.
42 Bieber, ClausOblt5/28/1920Rastenburg1LG-1 (2/42), 5/KG-51 (5/44)Ju 88A-4 Trop Werk # 5641 "VI + VO" (dam 2/1/42), Me 410A Werk # Unk (lost 5/12/44)EK 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
KIC 12 May, 1944 when his Me 410 crashed near Beauvais during a ferry flight, cause unknown (Luft Offz Career Summaries). Added: 5/44 Remaining crew (disposition unk): Uffz Otto Martin Bitriol and Fw Hubert Petermann. His Ju 88 was reported damaged when it crashed at Klatov, CZ. on 1 February, 1942, cause and crew disposition unknown. Remaining crew: Uffz Heinz Clohsen, Gefr Otto Bitriol and Gefr Hubert Petermann (F.Braun).
43 Bier, JosefOfw9/18/1913Strümpfelbroon3/KG-51 (Melun)Ju 88A-1 Werk # 7036 "9K + HL" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 28 July, 1940; during a bombing mission to Crewe England, due to a navigational malfunction and running low on fuel, Bier scuttled his bombs in the Channel and made a force landing back in England, near Bexhill, Sussex. His ac eventually bore the British RAF colors, as AX919. Bier joined the Luftwaffe in 1935 and flew 1490 flights, 19 over France and 6 over England, before becoming a POW for 6 1/2 years, returning to Germany in 1947. Remaining crew(POW): Lt Willi Ruckdreschel, Observer; Uffz Heinz Ohls, R/O and Uffz Martin Multhammer, Gunner. None of the crew were injured in the landing.
44 Birkenstock, Hans JörgOblt12/25/1919Darmstadt7 NJG-1, NJG-4, Stab I/NJG-6 (1/44) Bf 110F-4 in NJG-4, Bf 110G-4 in NJG-6 EP

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 19 May, 1944; crashing at Vossenack/Eifel, probably shot down by an intruder (Boiten). One known victory, a Lancaster at Erfenbach on 10 August, 1943. A 2nd, a Lancaster at Alsenborn on 11 August, 1943. A 3rd, a Stirling at St. Martin on 18 November, 1943. A 4th, a Lancaster at Berlin-Spandau on 30 January, 1944. A 5th, a Lancaster 60 km SE of FuF Kuli on 25 February, 1944. A "4 mot" by ramming, a Halifax LK 750 "MH-Y2" of RAF No. 51 Sq., piloted by F/G Charles R. Seaman(KIA), over Baumholder on 18 March, 1944. Remaining crew: Sgt William Powell, Flt Engr(POW); F/S William A. Robson, Nav(POW); Sgt Roberet H. Pickford, R/O(POW); F/S Edward A. Glover, Bombadier(KIA); Sgt Leslie A. Baldwin, Rear Gunner(POW) and Louis H. Gulliver, Mid Upper Gunner(Inj/POW). Sgt Gulliver came down in the central section of the Halifax, being one of a few people to survive a drop of 23,000 feet without a parachute, although he was very badly injured. Birkenstock and his two crewmembers, Uffz Walter Welz (geb 6/19/1921 Brettach, Heilbronn), R/O and Uffz Kurt Maciejewski (geb 3/11/1920 Neumünster) (KIA 5/27/44) Gunner, also managed to bail from their stricken AC (Source: Peter H. Gulliver, son of Louis H. Gulliver).
45 Blass, SiegfriedFw9/KG-27 He 111P-2 Werk # 1535 "1G + ??" (90% destroyed) Bomber Operational Clasp Pilot believed uninjured 12 December, 1940, when his ac was attacked by a Beaufighter of No.604 Sq., piloted by F/Lt Hugh Speke w/ Sgt Alfred K.Sandifer, Radar Operator. It may have been a "shared victory" with a F/O Whitney W.Straight. Blass managed to return to Rennes, where his ac sustained further damage due to heavy ground contact. Remaining crew: Fw Kurt Müller, Obs (believed uninjured); Uffz Rudolf Kranert, R/O (WIA) and Uffz Martin Peper, Flt Engr (WIA/DOW 12/13/40, bur German War Cem., Mont-de-Huisnes (Fr) Crypt 9, Gr 95 (D.Drury).
46 Blaurock, WilhelmUffz2/26/19192/KG-30 (Banak) Ju 88A-4 Werk # 3701 "4D + CK" (lost 4/29/42) Bomber Operational Clasp KIA 29 April, 1942; shot down by flak at Banak. Remaining crew (all KIA): Uffz Ludwig Martin, Observer; Ogefr Werner Balser, R/O and Gefr Alexander Panhans, Gunner. Source: SIG Norway. Added: A Russian source identifies the mission as an attack on Murmansk, and the cause as AA fire from ships. This suggests that the ac made it back to base before crashing (speculation). The crew all buried Blk B, Botn-Rognan Military Cem, Norway: Uffz Blaurock Gr 1273, Uffz Martin Gr 1172, Ogefr Balser Gr 340 and Gefr Panhans Gr 283 (D.Drury).
47 Blume, SiegfriedUffz5/KG-26He 111H-3 Werk # 6830 "1H + DN" (lost 5/15/40)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 15 May, 1940; after an attack on shipping at Narvik, the ac made a successful force landing on the frozen Lake Sitasjaure (Sweden?), close to the Norwegian border, no cause reported. They were captured by Allied forces and sent to POW camps in Canada. Remaining crew: Fw Karl Grube, Obs; Uffz Helmut Bennighof, R/O and Uffz Wrrner Wamser, Mech (Flyvrak Norway). Added: The He 111 was attacked by three Skuas of FAA 800 Sq., flying off HMS Ark Royal, piloted by Lt E.G.D.Finch-Noyes and Midshipmen L.Gallagher and D.Martin (D.Drury).
48 Bock, RichardOfw3/KG-55He 111H-6 Werk # 7526 "G1 + GV" (lost 7/31/42)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/19/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List. His H-6 was sd by Beaufighter night fighters off the south coast of England. He and R/O Ofw Wilhelm Becker survived and were taken prisoner. See Karbe, Adalbert for additional detail.
49 Bradel, WalterObstlt7/31/1911Breslau, Carlowitz3/KG-3 (39), Stfkpt 9/KG-2 "Holzhammer", Kdr II/KG-2 (12/41), Kdr KG-2 (1/43 Soesterberg)Do 17Z in 9 Staffel, Do 217E & K in II Grp, Do 217K-1 Werk # 4415 "U5 + AA" (lost 5/5/43)

Spanish Cross

EK 1 & 2
Foreign Pilot Badge(Romanian?)
Bomber Operational Clasp
KIC 5 May, 1943; while returning from a mission over Norwich England, the ac suffered engine failure, crash landed near Landsmeer, near Amsterdam. Also killed was Flg Werner Becker, Gnr; Bradel was not piloting on this mission. Remaining crew (Injured): Lt Ernst Andres, pilot; Ogefr Wilhelm Schlagbaum, Obs and Uffz August Dreschler, R/O. RK awarded for successful attacks on Soviet tanks in June, 1941. Alternate spelling: Bradl.
(Added by Pietrzak Youngs)

Bradel (L) presents Knight's Cross to Bornschein (R) Sep 1942
50 Brobecker, HeinrichOfw4/KG-30 (Norway)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 2100 "4D + EM (lost 5/29/42)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 29 May, 1942; failed to return from a mission, cause and location unknown. Remaining crew (all MIA): Gefr Josef Barth, Observer; Uffz Martin Venus, R/O and Uffz Erich Klemm, Gunner. Source: SIG Norway.
51 Brück, Karl MartinLt8/1/1918Chemnitz1(F)/120 (Sola)Ju 88D-5 Werk # 430087 "A6 + CH" (lost 4/24/43)Observer Operational ClaspKIA 24 April, 1943 near Reykjavik, Iceland, on an operational flight, sd by American P-38s of 50FS, piloted by Lt H.R. Stengle and Lt J. MacNulty. The ac crashed at Strandarheidi Lava field, near Vatnsleysuströnd. Remaining crew: Fw Werner Bullerjahn, Observer (KIA); Uffz Anton Mynarek, R/O (WIA) and Fw Theodor Scholtyssek, Gunner (KIA), the deceased buried at Fossvogur Reykjavik Cem., Block G, Plot 1, Grave 1-36 (17 buried in this reported location per D.Drury). Note a researcher picture show the injured Mynarek eating a meal under guard in Iceland. Jager Blatt 5/2003.
52 Darge, ErwinOgefr9/18/1922Königsberg2/NJG-2Ju 88C Werk # 750693 "R4 + ??" (lost)Night Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 23 November, 1943 during a night defense operation, crashing 15 km west of Märkisch-Friedland killing the entire crew, cause unknown. Remaining crew (KIA):Ogefr Rudolf Scherbeck, R/O and Ogefr Martin Pölzke, Gunner.
53 Därner, HeinzOblt1/KG-40 Fw 200C-3 Werk # 0039 "F8 + AH" (lost 4/16/41) Bomber Operational Clasp MIA with his entire crew, 16 April, 1941, when their ac was sd by a Beaufighter of No.252 Sq., piloted by F/Lt William Riley, and crashed into the Atlantic, after being sighted 70 miles off Ennis Head in County Mayo, Ireland. Remainingcrew: Oblt Hermann Richter, 2nd Pilot; Lt Hans Joachim Stein, R/O 1; Uffz Günther Glöckner, R/O 2; Uffz Martin Maier, Flt Engr and Gefr Rudolf Kunath, Gnr (D.Drury). Added: LOCS crash location: NE of Scotland, off Blacksed Bay. Alternate spelling: Daerner.
54 Decker, WilliOfwWekusta 51 He 111H-3 Werk # 5722 "4T + FH" (lost 4/14/41) Meteorological Operational Clasp MIA 14 April, 1941; sd by a Spitfire of No.152 Sq., piloted by F/Sgt Brooker. The ac ditched at sea off Falmouth, Cornwall, and sank. Remaining crew: Reg.Rat. Georg Gründel, Meteorologist/Obs (MIA); Gefr Horst Steinbrecht (MIA), Ofw Friedrich Zahn (MIA) and Ofw Friedrich Ehlers (geb 5/10/1913 Rendsburg, KIA, bur at Ploudaniel-Lesneven Ger Mil Cem (Fr), Blk 11, Row 2, Gr 32). Source: D.Drury. Name discrepancies: Willi Becker and Friedrich Ehlerns per absa3945.
Plousdaniel-Lesneven, France
55 Dombrowsky, Hans vonHptm3/6/1915Duisburg4(F)/122 Ju 88A-5 Werk # 0699 (lost 7/10/41) Observer Operational ClaspKIC 10 July, 1941 when his ac crashed at Brody in occupied Poland (now Ukraine) due to an engine malfunction. Remaining crew (KIC): Ofw Schirmer, Obs; Fw Becker, R/O and Uffz Hartmann, Gnr. Only the pilot listed in the VDK, and believed buried among the "unknown" in the Ger War Cem at Potelitsch, Ukraine (D.Drury). Alternate spelling: Dombrowski.
56 Doucha, FriedrichOfwFliegerkorps X (Med) He 111H-3 Werk # 5661 (dam 10/13/41) Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp
WIA 13 October, 1941; while attacking a lone merchant ship, the ac was hit by AA return fire, and had to break off the attack. Doucha, although wounded, was able to return to Vannes, where he belly-landed. The entire crew sustained serious injuries. One known crew was Gen Martin Harlinghausen (RK 5/4/40). Source: Kaiser RK book. Added: A third crewman, Ofw August Sichelschmidt (absa3945).
57 Dreher, Johann 'Hans'Hptm11/30/1920München6Stfkpt 5/KG-53, III/KG-53, 9/NJG-2, 6/NJG-3 (10/44), Stfkpt 12NJG-3 (3/45)He 111, Bf 110C, Ju 88G-6 Werk # 620028 "D5 + AX" (lost 3/4/45; the last Luftwaffe ac to crash in the UK)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/29/43)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp w/Pendant
KIA 3/4 March, 1945 during Operation Gisela, the attack on RAF heavy bombers returning from a raid on synthetic oil plants at Kamen, in the Ruhr. Their Ju 88 infiltrated the bomber stream, attacking British bombers as they were landing, when their starboard wing struck a tree and clipped the corner of the Dunnington Lodge at Sutton on Derwent, near Elvington, Yorkshire, before hitting the ground and disintegrating. 400 plus missions, 2 Night victories, one a mine-laying Lancaster the night of 18/19 February, 1945. His crew 4 March, 1945 (all KIA): Fw Gustav Schmitz (geb 3/6/1921), wireless operator, Ofw Hugo Böker, radar operator and Fw Martin Bechter, mechanic. All are initially buried in Fulford, York, England, and in 1966 were re-interned at the German Military Cemetery at Cannock Chase. Only Bechter and Dreher are buried under their names, the other two are in graves marked "unknown", because they were so badly mutilated. One known, a "4 mot" SW of Gottingen on 29 August, 1944. The 2nd, a "4 mot" at Attendorn on 4 October, 1944. A 3rd, a Stirling opposing the Dortmund-Bremen Raid on 7 October, 1944. A 4th, a "4 mot" in the Deutsche Bucht area on 15 October, 1944. A 5th, same day, into the sea. Added burial loc, CC/8/3: Hptm Dreher, Gr 68; Fw Schmitz, Gr 67; Fw Bechter, Gr 73 and Ofw Böcker, Gr 72 (D.Drury).

Cannock Chase
58 Drewes, MartinMaj10/20/1918Lobmachtersen (Salzgitter), Braunschweig52Transports, 4/ZG-76( 6/41), 6/ZG-76(8/41), 7 & 9/NJG-3, Stfkpt 11/NJG-1, Kdr III/NJG-1(3/44 to end)Ju 52 (4/40 Norway), Bf 110C-4 Werk # 3013 in 4/76, Bf 110G-4 "G9 + WD", Bf 110G-4 Werk # 720410 "G9 + MD" (lost 7/21/44; WIA, parachuted NE of Tubbergen, Dutch border), Ju 88G in III Gruppe

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/24/44)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Night Fighter Oper Clasp
Paratrooper drop over Norway. His 1st RO & Gunner, for three years, were Ofw Georg Petz & Fw Handke (Both wounded 21 July, 1944), as was Drewes, all bailing safely from "G9 + MD" (see below note). Seven of the known victories were bombers by Day. One known victory, A Spitfire at Map Quadrant 33.2 on 29 August, 1941. His 10th, a B-24 100 km N of Nordeney on 5 January, 1944. Another was a B-17 of the 306BG, 369BS on 11 January, 1944. His R/O this date was Uffz. Handke. 43 Night victories. 235 combat missions. His Bf 110G-4 Werk # 720410 "G9 + MD" crashed on Loomsweg in Reutum Holland (gem. Tubbergen) on 20/21 July, 1944, as a result of Lancaster return fire. His AC sported the Sharks Teeth. He was the last Kdr of III/NJG-1, from March, 1944 to the end. Survived the war.

He assed away on the 13th of October 2013. In February 1947, Drewes was released from captivity. He then left Germany, travelling to Italy. In Genua, he took the ship, North King, to Brazil, arriving in Rio de Janeiro on the 20th of August 1949. From 1950 to 1951, he worked as a pilot and aerial photographer. There he built a career as an entrepreneur and married Dulce Hurpia, a Brazilian woman, who gave him a son, Klaus Drewes, a lawyer in Brazil. The long marriage ended only in 2010 by the death of his wife. He returned at least once each year on visits to Germany. He died on the 13th of October 2013 in Blumenau, southern Brazil, of natural causes. (KTY added)

Courtesy Wikipedia

59 Drössler, Kurt MartinFw67/JG-5 (6/43 S.U.) 10/JG-5 (4/44)Fw 190A-3 Werk # 318 (lost)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 10 April, 1944 during aerial combat and crashed into the sea off Jaeren Norway. (This data attributed to a Martin Drössler, same unit. I believe Kurt and Martin to be one in the same person) His first known victory, a Soviet Hurricane IIc on 22 June, 1943. A 2nd, a Pe-2 on 4 July, 1943. A 3rd, a Soviet P-40 on 23 August, 1943. A 4th, an Il-2 S of the Petsamo airfield on 25 November, 1943. Alternate spelling: Drossler.
60 Düllberg, ErnstMaj3/28/1913Unna, Westfalen50 Stabstaffel I/JG-3, I/JG-1, Stfkpt 5/JG-27 (9/41), Kdr III/JG-27 (3/44), Kdr JG-76* (10/44), JG-7 Bf 109E, Bf 109F-4 (Trop) Wk# 8466 (Dam) & Bf 109G-6 Werk # 140139 "Black << + I" (9/43 Wiesbaden, 3/44), Me 262

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/20/44)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pemdant
10 Bombers. His first victory, a Blenheim in the Cherbourg area on 1 August, 1940. His 2nd, a Hurricane at Selsey Bill on 18 August, 1940, while serving in 5/JG-27. His 3rd, a Spitfire at Ashford on 30 August, 1940. His 4th, a Hurricane at Biggin Hill on 27 September, 1940. His 5th, a Hurricane at London on 30 September, 1940. 8 victories in the East. His first known Soviet victory, a Martin B-26 on 25 June, 1941. Wounded 22 November, 1941 in N. Africa. He was the victim of RAAF No.3 Sq. pilot ace, Alan Rawlinson. He made a successful belly landing after returning to his base at Ain-el-Gazala. 10 victories in the Desert, including a P-46 (?) east of El-Daba N. Africa on 20 October, 1942 while in III/JG-27. Another known victory, a B-24 W of Megara on 23 March, 1944. His 30th, a B-24 (HSS) W of Veszprem on 23 April, 1944. After returning to the Eastern Front, a Yak-9 SE of Budapest on 4 November, 1944. 650 combat missions. *Note: JG-76 controlled I/JG-53, II/JG-52, II/JG-51 and Hungarian JGr-101. Deceased 4 August, 1984 in Essen. Another source states his death as 27 July, 1984.
61 Ebersbach, HansHptm5/19/1921Rehbrücke10 & 6/KG-76 (2/42), Stfkpt in II/KG-76 (12/42 S.U.)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 822630 "F1 + JP" (lost 5/31/44)
RK(8/8/44 Post)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/16/44)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
KIC 31 May, 1944; after returning from a mission against an American convoy, he crashed on approach to the Salon airfield near St Martin de Crau in southern France. Remaining crew (KIC): Ogefr Edgar Fay, Obs; Ofw Fritz Schwarz, R/O and Uffz Othmar Grober, Gnr.. The crew was buried in the military cemetery at Istres.
62 Eichborn, MartinUffz5/Bordflieger Gr-196 (Hommelvik See)Ar 196A-2 Werk # 0053 (lost 8/19/40)Observer Operational ClaspKIC 19 August, 1940 when his ac struck a power cable over the mountains between Skar and Dryna in the Otröy vicinity. His Observer, Lt.z.See, Alois Hirschberger, was also KIC (Flyvrak Norway).
63 Eichler, ErichUffz8/KG-27He 111P-2 "1G + ??" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 11 May, 1940 after the He 111s wing fractured after heavy enemy fire, and crashed at Steinhude, killing the entire crew. Remaining crew: Gefr Karl Heinz Becker, Obs; Ogefr Georg Lewioda, R/O and Flg Walter Hammerschmidt, Mechanic. Source: Wings to Victory
64 Ernst, HeinzLt8/9/1922Gumbinnen2/FAGr-5Ju 290A-7 Werk # 0187 "9V + LK" (lost 5/31/44)Observer Operational ClaspKIA 31 May, 1944, with his entire crew, when their damaged ac crashed into a mountain in the vicinity of Posada de Llanes, Asturias, Spain. The crew were all buried in the War Cemetery at Cuacos de Yuste. Remaining crew: Uffz Martin Steinbock, Co-Pilot, bur Row 6, Gr 107; Lt Hans Haberer, Obs, bur Row 6, Gr 103; Fw Walter Borntrink, R/O 1, bur Row 6, Gr 110; Uffz Wolfgang Hertz, R/O 2, bur Row 6, Gr 111; Fw Kurt Bartoschewski, Gnr 1, bur Row 6, Gr 104; Fw Otto Borkowski, Gnr 2, bur Row 6, Gr 108; Uffz Alfred Janke, Gnr 3, bur Row 7, Gr 121; Ogefr Paul Neumann, Gnr 4, bur Row 6, Gr 105; Ofw Willi Schmahlfeldt, Gnr 5, bur Row 7, Gr 122 and Uffz Friedrich Strobel, Gnr 8, bur Row 6, Gr 109 (D.Drury).
65 Ewerhardt, Hans Theo?Oblt 2/22/1917 (or 6/13/1917 in the name of Ewerhart per VDK) 6/KG-27 He 111H-6 Werk # 4929 "1G + GP" (lost 4/7/42) Bomber Operational Clasp MIA 7 April, 1942; failed to return from a supply flight in the area of Kholm, Kalinin Oblast, Russia. Remaining crew (KIA): Fw Kurt Ehlig, Obs; Uffz Hans Lehle, R/O; Uffz Johannes Wilhelm Martin Gehlen, Flt Engr and Uffz Fritz Friedrich Langenbach, Gnr. The deceased are buried at Korpowo Russia. Fw Ehlig; Blk 32, Row 27, Gr 1703; Uffz Lehle: Blk 32, Row 26, Gr 1640; Uffz Gehlen: Blk 32, Row 26, Gr 1669 and Uffz Langenbach: Blk 32, Row 27, Gr 1704. Oblt Ewerhadt is commemorated at Korpowo, Russia (D.Drury).
66 Fahje, HerbertOfw7/23/19143/KG-40Fw 200C-4 Werk # 0088 "F8 + LL" (lost 1/2/42), Fw 200C-4 Werk # 162 "F8 + ML" (lost 10/29/42)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 29 October, 1942; operational takeoff accident at Örlandet Norway airfield. Remaining crew (all KIA, buried German War Cem Trondheim-Havestein, Norway): Uffz Siegfried Ramm, Co-pilot, (geb 6/21/1920, bur Row 7, Gr 78); Fw Fritz Cordes, R/O (bur Row 7, Gr 79); Uffz Hermann Kraus, 2nd R/O (bur Row 8, Gr 77); Ogefr Hermann Elpers, Gnr (bur Row 7, Gr 76) and Ofw Martin Laucks, Mech (bur Row 7, Gr 74). Ofw Fahje bur Row 8, Gr 76. Source: SIG Norway & D.Drury. Added: The January 1942 incident took place as their ac was damaged by return fire from the Royal Navy trawler HMS Scottish, and promptly crashed, during and emergency landing, on the Ria de Camarinas, Corunna, Spain. The crew (same as those noted above) were rescued and repatriated (D.Drury).
67 Faust, Hans MartinLt2/13/192049/JG-54Bf 109F-2; Werk#s 5775 and 6786, both "Yellow" Call Nos. (lost)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 7 August, 1941 in Werk# 6786 near Cholm S.U.. Shot down earlier on 5 July, 1941 in Werk# 5775 over Dünaburg S.U., pilot disposition unknown. His first known Soviet victory, a SB-3 on 30 June, 1941. An I-153 on 10 July, 1941. A 3rd, an I-16 on 11 July, 1941. A 4th, a SB-2 on 30 July, 1941.
68 Fiebig, Martin GenObst5/7/1891Rösnitz, Kreis Lobschütz, OSKdr KG-253 (5/39), Kdr KG-4 "General Wever" (5/40), Stab/1 Fl.Div. & other CommandsHe 111P in both units

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(5/4/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
POW 10 May, 1940; sd and captured by the Dutch during the initial attack on Rotterdam, an Oberst at the time. He was released after the Dutch surrender. A British POW at wars end, he was turned over to the Yugoslav authorities and executed 23 October, 1947, for war crimes.
69 Filsinger, WilhelmOfwFliegerhorst Bad Aibling (believed to be FFS A/B 117)Ju W 34hi Werk # unk "PF + TE" (dam 7/24/41)Transport Operational ClaspThe ac with three blind flying students during an exercise on 24 July, !941. Their instructor, Ofw Filsinger, fell asleep and the students crossed into Swiss airspace, and were hit once by AA fire. The ac successfully landed at Dübendorf. The four occupants were permitted to leave the next day, no word on the ac. Students: Uffz Erich Breitenbach, Gefr Heinz Achilles and Gefr Karl Becker (D.Drury). NOTE: Heinz Achilles and Karl Becker both appear in the Archive as pilots, perhaps those mentioned as students.
70 Fischer, Hans MartinFw6/JG-53 (Reich Def)Bf 109G-14/AS Werk # 786447 "Yellow 19 + -" (lost 2/22/45)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 22 February, 1945 during aerial combat with a P-51 between Schlaitdorf and Neuenhaus, bailed, but was too low for his chute to deploy.
71 Fliegel, FritzMaj11/30/1907Berlin Wilmersdorf2/KG-40 (5/40), Stfkpt 2/KG-40 (10/40), Kdr I/KG-40 (4/41)He 111H, Fw 200C-3/U2 Werk # 0043 "F8 + AB" (lost 7/18/41)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
His Fw 200 reported lost over the Atlantic, northwest of Ireland on18 July, 1941, all 6 crew MIA. The ac crashed at sea after its starboard wing was shot off by ships AA fire. They were attacking the British freighter "Pilar de Larrinaga" of Convoy OB346 (D.Drury). Remaining crew: Lt Wolf Dietrich Kadelke, Co-pilot; Ofw Johannes Rottke, 1st R/O; Gefr Karl Becker, 2nd R/O; Uffz JohannKothe, Flt Engr and Uffz Karl Meurer, Gnr.. Sank seven ships.
(Added by Pietrzak Youngs)
Fliegel flew combat missions over Poland and received the Iron Cross 2nd Class (Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse) on 15 September 1939. In early May 1940 when I. Gruppe (1st group) of Kampfgeschwader 40 (KG 40—40th Bomber Wing), a unit equipped with the long-range Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor reconnaissance and anti-shipping/maritime patrol bomber aircraft, Fliegel was transferred to the 2. Staffel (2nd squadron) of KG 40. The unit initially operated against enemy shipping from airbases in Denmark. There he was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class (Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse) on 13 May 1940. In mid-1940, I. Gruppe relocated to the airbase Bordeaux-Mérignac at the Atlantic coast near Bordeaux in France. In October 1940, he was appointed Staffelkapitän (squadron leader) of 2. Staffel of KG 40. Flying the Fw 200 to its maximum range, I. Gruppe was credited with the destruction of 39 enemy merchant ships totaling 206,000 gross register tons (GRT), further damaging 20 ships of 115,000 GRT. On 6 February 1941, U-37 under the command of Kapitänleutnant (Captain Lieutenant) Nicolai Clausen, spotted convoy HG 53, 19 merchant ships escorted by HMS Velox and Deptford, heading for Liverpool. Clausen reported the sighting, which was relayed to KG 40 by Fliegerführer Atlantik. On 9 February, KG 40 sent five Fw 200s to attack the convoy which was spotted at 4 pm roughly 640 kilometers (400 miles; 350 nautical miles) southwest of Lisbon. In the attack at 35°42′N 14°38′W, the Fw 200's managed to sink five ships (Britannic, Dagmar I, Jura, Tejo and Varna), and Deptford damaged the Fw 200 piloted by Oberleutnant (First Lieutenant) Erich Adam, who managed to fly his aircraft to Spain. U-37 sank three further ships from HG 53. This achievement earned him his first mention in the Wehrmachtbericht, an information bulletin and element of Nazi propaganda issued by the headquarters of the Wehrmacht. Fliegel was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) on 25 March 1941. In mid-April 1941 he was appointed Gruppenkommandeur (group commander) of I. Gruppe of KG 40, replacing Major Edgar Petersen. He was mentioned a second time in the Wehrmachtbericht on 20 June 1941 after the number of enemy shipping destroyed by his Gruppe increased by a further 24 ships, reaching 109 enemy ships sunk. By early 1941 I. Gruppe of KG 40 had five holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross reflecting the success of the Condors in Atlantic Ocean operations. (Source: Wikipedia)

72 Forstner, MartinOfw7/6/1912Bruckberg Freising1(F)/123Do 17P, Ju 88A "4U + ??" (lost)Observer Operational ClaspKIC 24 July, 1940; crashed near Brest due to technical failure on a return flight from a shipping reconnaissance mission over St Georgies Channel and Liverpool England. Remaining crew(KIC): Res.Oblt Hans Mühlbauer, Observer; Fw Otto Reichenstein, R/O and Uffz Heinrich Langhauser, Gunner. All are buried at the cemetery in Ploudaniel Lesneven, France, Row 9, Graves 1288 to 1291.
73 Freude, GerhardOgefr10/14/1918Koslitz, Lüben1/KG-54 Ju 88A-1 "B3 + ?H" (lost 8/21/40) Bomber Operational Clasp MIA 21 August, 1940; shot down by RAF Spitfires of 234 Sq., piloted by S/L Joseph O'Brien & P/O Robert Doe. The AC crashed and burned at Hoplands Farm, King's Somborne, near Stockbridge, Hampshire, UK. Remaining crew (all MIA): Oblt Max Dankwart Birkenstock (geb 12/16/1915 Neustettin), Obs; Uffz Rudolf Paul Schulze (geb 9/29/1919 Liegnitz), R/O and Gefr Franz Becker (1/18/1919 Hurth-Koln), Gnr. The crews remains were buried close to where their ac crashed, marked by a memorial stone. Source: KG-54 Archive & D.Drury.
74 Fritsch, HelmutLt9/27/1923Güstrow1/KG-100He 177A-3 Werk # 332394 "6N + BH" (lost 5/8/44)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 8 May, 1944; crashed at Lechfeld during a non-operational flight, cause not given. Remaining crew: Uffz Eugen Strasser, geb 5/17/1921, (KIC), K.Obs; Uffz Alfred Becker, geb 11/8/1919, (WIC), R/O; Fw Herbert Menge, geb 10/26/1917, (WIC), Wart and Uffz Alois Dullinger, geb 3/3/1917, (WIC), Gunner. Source: B.Bines.
75 Fritz, FranzUffz8/15/1922Fürstenfeld6/KG-26He 111H-6 Werk # 4569 "1H + AP" (lost 11/17/42)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with his entire crew, the night of 16/18 November, 1942, when their ac was lost over the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and Benghazi, Libya, circumstances unknown. Remaining crew (desig unk): Ofw Martin Graf, Ogefr Georg Mack and Uffz Paul Gottschlich. All four are commemorated on the Kiel-Laboe Naval Memorial (D.Drury).
76 Froehling, Heinrich "Heiner"Lt4/ZG-76 (Jever 4/41)Bf 110D Werk # 3641 (80% damaged)Destroyer Operational ClaspKnown to have flown with Martin Drewes in the Denmark/Norway areas in March & April, 1941. On a flight from Jever to Rom Denmark, he landed at Rom and hit a soggy landing ground, severely damaging the AC, while he nor his R/O were injured. Source: Air War over Denmark. Alternate spelling: Fröhling.
77 Furcht, Helmut Lt3/KG-4He 111P-2 Werk # Unk "5J + BL" (or PL) (lost 6/26/40)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 26 June, 1940 after being shot down enroute to Birmingham, by a Spitfire of RAF No. 616 Sq., piloted by P/O D.S.Smith. Furcht crashed into the sea, aflame, 20 miles east of Humber, off the Yorkshire coast. Remaining crew (all MIA): Hptm Heinz Schröder (Stfkpt 3/KG-4), Observer, Ofw Martin Hartel, wireless operator and Fw Eugen Seitz, mechanic. The body of Furcht and one other crewman were recovered by HMS Brazen, and it is believed they were given a seamans burial. Added: The crash occurred at sea, off Withernsea. The second body believed buried at sea was Ofw Marti Hartel. The remaining two deceased are buried at Ysselsteyn, Schröder AR/10/238 and Seitz BQ/6/131 (D.Drury).
78 Gallmann, ErnstHptmIV & II/LG-1, Gruppe Adj Bordfliegergruppe 196 (Aalborg)Ju W34 Werk # 1436 (lost)Transport Operational ClaspKIA 24 March, 1944 when he was shot down by a Mosquito "LR 374" of RAF No. 613 Sq., piloted by Wing Commander John R.D. Braham and Navigator S/Ldr Robertson. The AC was hit on the starboard wing, caught fire and crashed to the ground near Sdr, Tranders Denmark. The entire crew perished in the fiery crash. Remaining crew (KIA): Gruppe Kdr ObstLt Gerrit Wiegmink, Pilot; Uffz Friedrich Brüske and Uffz Martin Liess. All were buried in the Frederikshavn Cemetery on 29 March, 1944. Source: Air War over Denmark.
79 Gänsler, WilhelmOfw5/22/1919Oberndorf Württemberg115Observer/Gunner NJG-1 & NJG-4Bf 110

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/20/44)

EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
Although not a pilot, he was the Night Fighters most successful gunner, and famous for his outstanding vision. He flew gunner for Ludwig Becker and Schnaufer, 150 missions. His victory participations were 17 with Becker and 98 with Schnaufer. Deceased 22 November, 1985. Photo
80 Gebauer, GerhardUffz1/3/19181/Ku.Fl.Gr.-506Ju 88A-1 Werk # 0717 "S4 + HH" (lost 7/14/41)Observer Operational ClaspKIA 14 July, 1941 with unnamed crew after being hit by ships AA fire while attacking same off Montrose. The ac crashed at the Lauriston Railway Station. (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: Remaining crew (KIA): Lt.z.S. Eduard Erich Becker, Obs (geb 1/16/1920, bur CC, 4.F.5); Ogefr Fritz Otto Föse, R/O (but CC, 4.7.F) and Uffz Hans Steggemann, Gnr (bur CC, 4.F.6). Pilot Gebauer bur CC, 4.F.8 (D.Drury)
Cannock Chase
81 Genke, UdoOfw3(F)/33 (Channel/Atlantic)Ju 88D-1 Werk # 881513 "8H + EL" (lost 4/4/43)Observer Operational ClaspKIC (? See NOTE) 4 April, 1943, reason and futher detail unknown. Remaining crew: Uffz Theo Gilbert, Observer; Oblt Martin Daberkow, R/O and Uffz Heinrich Lengmann, Mechanic. Only known crew to survive was Daberkow, who was known to be in another crash, in a Siebel 204 on 4 May, 1945. Jager Blatt 2/2004. NOTE: Per Ju 88 Loss List & LW Loss Report, micro roll #9, "Crew Returned".
82 Gilbert, HansLt3/23/1920Sobernheim bei Kreuznach7/KG-40 (Banak)Fw 200C-4 Werk # 0163 "F8 + ES" (lost 10/11/44)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC and missing at sea 11 October, 1944; the AC went down at Lavanger Fjord, south of Bardufoss during a delivery flight, cause not given. Remaining crew (KIC): Ofhr Gert Jochums, geb 12/22/1924, Co-pilot (bur Ger War Cem Narvik, Blk 8, Row IIA, Gr 20); Ofw Martin Hochmuth, geb 2/21/1916, R/O (missing); Fw Hubert Langguth, geb 6/28/1918, Wart (missing) and Fw Hans Prahl, geb 12/15/1916, Gnr (bur Ger War Cem Narvik, Blk 8, Row E1, Gr 15). Source: B.Bines & D.Drury. Added: The tail broke off of the heavily loaded ac over the fjord. In addition to the crew, there were 41 Lw Hilferinen passengers and 5 senior officers transfering from Finland to Vaernes (Flyvrak Norway).
83 Grell, Hans JürgenLt12/10/19154/KG-76Ju 88 A-1 (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspShot down by a Defiant of RAF No.264 Sq. over the Channel, south of Manston England 24 August, 1940. Remaining crew: Uffz Arthur Henneberg, Fw Martin Thomas and Uffz Alfred Wetzker. Crew disposition unknown. Jager Blatt 4/2001 & 6/2001. Added: The crew of four were KIA, and three of the four washed ashore on the Dutch side. They were believed attacked by either a Defiant of No.264 Sq. or Hurricanes of No, 501 Sq.. The ac crashed into the English Channel, off the Kent coast, near Manston. Three of the deceased buried at Ysselsteyn, Blk BF, Row 4; pilot Grell Gr 88, observer Thomas Gr 93 and gunner Wetzker Gr 92. There is no known grave for radio operator Henneberg (D.Drury).
84 Gross, RobertFw2(F)/Ob. d. L. (Le Bourget)Do 215B Werk # 0083 (dam 3/10/41)EK 1 & 2, Observer Operational ClaspOn 10 March, 1941, his Dornier collided with an He 111 of Wekusta 5 while taking off from Le Bourget, crew dispositions unknown (LOCS). Added: Known Remaining crew: Oblt Martin Baumgartner, Obs and Fw Karl Böhm, Flt Engr (D.Drury).
85 Grossgarts, PeterOfw1/Kü.Fl.Gr. 506 (10/39 List), 1/Ku.Fl.Gr.-906 (2/42 Brest-Poulmic)He 115B Werk # 1876 (Floatplane Lost 10/39), He 115C Werk # 3243 "8L + DH" (dam 2/10/42)Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp
Injured 10 February, 1942 when he made a force landing at Brest Süd due to fog. Remaining crew: Ofhr Roland Grimm, Obs (KIC; buried Ger.War Cem. Ploudaniel-Lesneven Fr, Blk 9, Row 2, Gr 35) and Uffz Herbert Schneider, R/O (Inj). Shot down 21 October, 1939 by Hurricanes of RAF No. 46 Sq., crashing into the North Sea. Navigator Lt Gottfried A.A. Lenz was wounded in the hand and lower leg by gunfire. Both crewmen were able to exit the AC and were picked up by the Danish steamship "Dagmar Clausen". On 25 October they were turned over to Danish authorities at Korsor, and permitted to return to Germany on 30 October, 1939. Source: Air War over Denmark. Added: Although unconfirmed, the third crewman may have been a Helmuth Becker, R/O, who perished ( via D.Drury). Alternate spelling: Grossgart.
Plousdaniel-Lesneven, France
86 Grunert, MartinOfw 1(F)/100, 1(F)/Ob. d. L. (S.U.) Ju 88D-1 Werk # 430127 "T5 + CH" (lost 10/6/42)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/29/43)

EK 1 & 2
Observer Operational Clasp
MIA with his Observer Hptm Forster and two other unnamed crew 6 October, 1942, cause unknown, location not reported (Ju 88 Loss List & DK-G Awards List). Added: Location reported as Stalingrad-Halhutta. Remaining crew (MIA): Hptm Edmund Forster, Obs; Fw Hans Bölting, R/O and Gefr Fiebrans (or Fiebranz), Gnr. No VDK burial matches (D.Drury). Alternate spelling: Grunnert.
87 Grünke, OswaldOfw8/24/1911Oskrode5/KG-76 (Channel)Ju 88A-1 Werk # 4159 "F1 + DN" (lost 11/2/40)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA with unnamed crew at New Barn Farm, near Southfleet, Kent, on 2 November, 1940, after being hit by flak (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: Remaining crew: Ofw Albert Vogl, Obs (KIA); Uffz Martin Biller, R/O (KIA) and Uffz Erich Stumpp, Gnr (MIA). The three deceased buried at CC, Blk 9, Row 4, Gr 24. All three listed on a single stone. (D.Drury).
Cannock Chase
88 Günther, NikolausLt1/6/19209/KG-40Fw 200C-4/U3 Werk # 0178 "F8 + NT" (lost 7/9/43)Bomber Operational ClaspAC reported lost 9 July, 1943, no further detail (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book, H. Breuer). Added: The entire crew were KIA after being attacked by Beaufighters of No.248 Sq., and badly damaged, they crashed into cliffs near Vale da Telha, W of Aljezur, Portugal. Remaining crew: Uffz Hans Weigert, Co-pilot; Ogefr Ernst Herppich, Obs; Uffz Werner Riecke, R/O 1; Uffz Walter Beck, R/O 2; Uffz Martin Angermann, Flt Engr and Fw Johann Bauer, Gnr. The deceased are buried in what appears to be a municipal (civilian) cemetery in Aljezur Portugal (D.Drury).
89 Hackl, GottfriedOblt6/15/1921Austria7(Schl)/LG-1 ?, 7/SG-1 ("44 S.U., 45 Reich Def)Hs 123, Fw 190F-8Wound Badge (4/45)
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp
Severely wounded in April 1945 during aerial combat with a P-38. Served in the Luftwaffe from 1941 to 1945. Survived the war, became a lawyer and still resides in Austria in 2013. Source: Martin Hackl, his son.
90 Hain, MartinUffz3/12/1922Potsdam38/JG-77 (Romania)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 760198 "Black 3" (5% dam 6/11/44), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 163130 "Black 1" (lost 7/3/44) EK 2(6/22/44)
Wound Badge(7/27/44)
Class "C" Glider Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 3 July, 1944 during aerial combat at Servenaia, defending Ploesti. He was attacked by fighters and wounded, but bailed successfully. His "Black 3" damaged during combat at Mihai-Bracul on 11 June, 1944, pilot OK. One known victory, his 1st, a P-38 NE of Miroshi Romania on 10 June, 1944. His 2nd, a B-24 (HSS) at Guvezde Bulgaria on 11 June, 1944. A 3rd, a B-24 on 3 July, 1944, no location. Deceased 1 July, 2010 (Jens Beyersdorf).
91 Handke, ErichOfw11/2/1920Darmstadt59IV/NJG-1, III/NJG-1Bf 110 Radio Operator

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/1/44)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
Although not a pilot, Handke flew 129 Night missions and therefore participated in the 59 victories. First 14 victories with Fw Schorsch Fraft (who was later killed), 8 with Heinz Schnaufer, until he found Martin Drewes, his definate driver, with whom he changed over to III Gruppe. Deceased 11 November, 1987.
92 Hanke, ErwinUffz1II/JG-26 (joins 3/43), 4/JG-26Fw 190A-4 Werk # 2371 (or 2372) "White 14" (lost 6/20/43), Fw 190A-5 Werk # 57321 "White 9" (10% dam 9/6/43) EK 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIFA 2 January, 1944 in Fw 190A-6 Werk # 550556 "White 1" when he collided with Uffz Martin Günther SE of Amiens. WIA a 2nd time, 6 September, 1943, by bomber return fire and the subsequent force landing at Romily-sur-Seine. WIA 20 June, 1943 when he was shot down by a Spitfire of RAF No. 421 Sq at Orchies, SE of Capelle. His one victory, a Spitfire 3 km W of Berck-sur-Mer on 4 September, 1943.
93 Haufe, MartinUffz21/JG-11Fw 190A-8 Werk # 175143 "White 15" (lost 10/7/44) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 7 October, 1944 near Bonn (Jager Blatt 6/2002). One known victory, his 1st, a P-51 at Chelles, E of Paris, on 20 August, 1944. His 2nd, a P-47 at Duisburg on 27 September, 1944. Mombeek spells the name Hauffe and has Martin in 1/JG-1, and identified the A-8 by Werk #.
94 Havighorst, LudwigOfwOstbevern, GermanyIII/KG-26 (7/40 Scapa Flow Raid participant), I/KG-26 (9/40) redesignated III/KG-27 in July, 1941, 5/KG-27 (12/41)He 111H-3 "TI +K1" with Gericke, He 111 "1G + NN" with Denz
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/16/43)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp w/Pendant
Although not a pilot, his record is as noteworthy as that of Schnaufers crew, all bestowed with the Knights Cross. Originally in the 26th Infantry Regt., he transferred into the Luftwaffe in January, 1940. He graduated from Bombardier school and served with notable pilots such as Fw Becker over England, Uffz Hugo Greeven over England, Uffz Dries along the French Coast, Heinz Gericke (where Ludwig was designated as AC Commander, even tho he was not a pilot) over England, the French Coast and Russia, Lt Heinz Bussemer in Russia, Oblt Plümecke in Russia, and the most numerous (251) with Uffz Ludwig Denz in Russia. Altho nominated three times for the RK after his 400th mission, 4 October, 1943, his recommendations kept getting overlooked, even tho 400 was the acceptable number for bomber crews. 427 combat missions. In November, 1944, he was promoted to Oblt., and served in the 9th Paratrooper Regt, 15th Combat Engineer Company. A 4th RK recommendation was submitted by his Paratrooper Commander. Captured on 4 March, 1945, by American troops, he was released from captivity on 12 September, 1945.
95 Hecht, WaldemarGefr2/19/1923FFS B7 (Clermont-Ferrand)Si-204 Werk # 46 (lost 2/4/44)Trainee?KIC 4 February, 1944 with pilot Gefr Arnold Becker, geb 7/29/22 and Observer Uffz Heinz Horn, geb 7/18/22, cause unknown. The occupants of the small village of Auvergnate Fr. heard the ac in distress before it hit the ground and burned. All the crew are buried at Dagneux Cemetery. See pilot Arnold Becker for more detail. Source: French Crash Report online, thanks to F. Braun.
96 Hegendörfer, FritzOfw 2(F)/Aüf.Kl.Gr. Ob. d. L. (Poltava, Ukraine) Ju 88D-5 Werk # 430245 "T5 + FK" (lost 8/14/42) DK-G (5/22/42), EK 1 & 2, Observer Operational Clasp MIA with unnamed crew 14 August, 1942 when he was sd in the Machatsch-Kala-Baku area (Azerbaijan) (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: His ac was sd by fighters of 82 IAP, piloted by V.A.Borisov and A.N.Shcherbinok, and came down at Khachmaz (or Hachmaz), Azerbaijan. Remaining crew (MIA): Oblt Martin Baumgartner, Obs; Uffz Franz Nadansky, R/O; and Ofw Ernst Scheithauer, Gnr. The fate of the crew uncertain; one source says two were captured, another source suggests all were captured (D.Drury).
97 Heitsch, RolfFw8/KG-76Do 17Z Werk # 2555 "F1 + FS" (lost 9/15/40)POW 15 September, 1940 after his ac was damaged by AA fire and then attacked by Spitfires of No.609 Sq., piloted by F/O John C.Dundas & P/O Eugene Q.Tobin. The ac crash landed at Castle Farm, Shoreham, Kent. Remaining crew: Fw Hans Pfeiffer, Obs (WIA/POW); Fw Stefan Schmid, R/O (WIA/DOW 9/15/40, bur CC/1/7/250) and Fw Martin Sauter, Flt Engr (WIA/POW). This particular ac was found to have a rear-facing flame thrower which had proved ineffective in earlier engagements (D.Drury).
Cannock Chase
98 Hillmann, KurtFw1/18/19221/KG-53 (Varelbusch)He 111H-16 Werk # 110304 A1 + BH" (lost 11/25/44)Bomber Operational ClaspHis He 111 crashed into the North Sea, 10 km west of Egmond on 25 November, 1944 (DeSwart). He had just launched a V-1 from under the wing when they were attacked by a Mosquito "HK 290" "RX-J" of RAAF No. 456 Sq., piloted by F/O F.S. Stevens and Nav. F/O W.A.H. Kellett. The Mosquito made two passes setting the port engine on fire. The He 111 went down in a shallow dive, flames spreading from the port engine, and hit the water, leaving a sea of flame. The entire crew of five were killed. Pilot Hillmann washed ashore on 27 November, 1944 near the coastal village of Callantsoog and was buried in Huisduinen Cemetery near Den Helder on 30 November, 1944. Remaining crew (KIA): Uffz Josef Jauernig, Gunner, washed ashore on the Dutch coast 26 November, 1944 and was buried in Bergen on 28 November, 1944. Fw Ludwig Klaiber, R/O, washed ashore on the Danish west coast on 31 Dec, 1944 and was buried in the Fovrfelt Cemetery on 2 January, 1945. Uffz Rudolf Martin, Obs. and Uffz Jürgen Hauser, Mech, have no known graves. Hillmann & Jauernig were transferred to Ysselstein Cemetery after the war. Source: Air War over Denmark. Added: Hillmann buried Blk AD, Row 9, Gr 221. Jauernig buried Blk CL, Row 6, Gr 129. Klaiber's final burial at Esbjerg Cemetery Denmark, Blk O1, Row 15, Gr 4 (D.Drury).
99 Hlubek, OswaldOfw.Stab/KG-4He 111P-2 Werk # 2909 "5J + DA" (lost 5/10/40)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW (briefly) 10 May, 1940; sd by Dutch fighters near Hellevoetsluis. His He 111 crashed at Rockanje Holland. Remaining crew: Oblt Klaus Born, Obs (POW); Ofw Otto Blank, R/O (POW) and Ofw Ewald Frotscher, Gnr. (KIA). Also onboard was the Kdr of KG-4, Gen Martin Fiebig RK 5/8/40 (POW). The POWs were released 23 May, 1940. (DeSwart & Kaiser RK book). Added: The He 11 was sd by a Dutch Fokker G-1 of 3-II-1, piloted by 1/Lt Noomen. The Gunner, Ewald Frotscher, is buried in Ysselsteyn, BU/10/230 (D.Drury).
100 Hoferichter, AlbertOgefr1/Kü.Fl.Gr-606Do 17Z Werk # 2796 "7T + TH" (lost 11/24/40)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW the night of 24/25 November, 1940, after dispensing his bomb load, his AC flew into a barrage balloon at Plymouth harbor. The AC crashed at Penlee Point, Cornwall at 22:40 hours. Remaining crew (all POW): Lt.z.See Martin Saueracker, Observer; Uffz Heinrich Weiss, R/O and Uffz Kurt Elslet, Mech. Elslet was injured in the engagement. Source: Bristol Past, John Penny & D.Drury.

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