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1 Buchholz, HansHptm7/28/1908Alt Landsberg - BrandenburgI/KG-40 (1/40), 1/KG-40 (3/41), Stfkpt 2/KG-40 (5/41)He 111 in 1940, Fw 200C-3 Werk # 0060 "F8 + DH" (lost 5/19/41)
RK(3/24/41)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
KIA 19 May, 1941; shot down at sea by by return fire from the freighter SS Umgeni west of Donegal Bay, Ireland. His body and that of 1st R/O Ofw Paul Schmidt were recovered and buried at sea. Five survived and became POWs: Ofw Otto Kroke, Co-pilot; Maj Friedrich Karl Keller, Reg Rat; Uffz Erhard Milde, 2nd R/O; Ofw Erich Kielke, Flt Engr and Fw Kurt Brattke, Gnr.. (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book per H. Breuer & D. Drury).
2 Keller, OttoLt159/NJG-5 (12/43), 4/NJG-5 (1/44), 7/NJG-5 (2/44), 9/NJG-5 (3/44)Bf 110
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
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EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a "4 mot" on 24 December, 1943. A 2nd, a B-24 at Kiel-Tönning on 5 January, 1944. A triple victory on 20 February, 1944 (Archive Report); a "4 mot" at Gardelegen, and two Halifax at Heading. A "4 mot" 50 km outside Berlin on 24 March, 1944. A "4 mot" on 27 April, 1944, no location. A Lancaster, same night, 15 km SE of Heidelberg. A Lancaster 30 km S of Ostende on 28 May, 1944. A 2nd Lancaster, same day, 40 km NW of Ostende. a "4 mot" N of Aumale on 1 June, 1944. A Lancaster near Königsberg on 30 August, 1944. Magnus Report.
3 Russ, OttoLt9/26/192027 4/JG-53 (7/42-11/42 Tunisia; 6/43 Sicily), 4/JG-53 (7/44 France) Bf 109F Trop, Bf 109G-4 (Trop) Werk # 16067 "White 1 + -" (25% dam 11/30/42; WIA, combat with a P-38 at Bizerta during a work test flight), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 16619 (lost 6/20/43; WIA, combat w/Spitfire, crashed at Comiso), Bf 109G-6/U4 Werk # 440679 "White 22 + -" (lost 7/2/44)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/1/45)
EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 2 July, 1944 during aerial combat with British fighters of RAF No. 403 Sq. over the Normandy Invasion Front, near Caen. 10 bombers. One known victory, a Spitfire 30 km east northeast of La Valetta N. Africa on 20 August, 1942, and another on 26 August, 1942 10 km north of La Valetta. Two additional victories, numbers 2 & 3, a Hurricane 9 km south of Djebel Obeid and a Spitfire 5 km northwest of Goubillat on 27 November, 1942. His 4th, a Spitfire on 2 January, 1943. His 5th, a Spitfire on 23 March, 1943. His 7th, a Spitfire Vb "ES147" of No. 232 Sq., 5km W of La Marsa, into the Gulf of Tunis, piloted by Sgt Ronald F. Keller (Pierre Lagace). His 8th, a P-38 at Map Quadrant 9864 on 5 May, 1943. His 9th victory over Sicily, a P-40 3 km east of Trapani on 7 July, 1943. His 10th, a P-38 20 km south of Cancello, 20 August, 1943. His 15th, a P-38 15 km S of Passau on 7 January, 1944. His 17th, a B-24 south of Kalens on 25 February, 1944 (Perry Claims). His 20th, a B-17 2 km E of Trier on 11 May, 1944. His 25th, a B-24 off Barfleur on 8 June, 1944. His 26th, a P-38 at Barneville on 17 June, 1944. His 27th, a P-47 at Vimoutiers on 27 June, 1944.

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