Bear in mind when cross-referencing Luftwaffe claims to our Bomber Commmand Operational Losses Database that for consistency, Date of Death in the Bomber Command Operational Losses Database is the date the mission was briefed
since the precise time of a loss was not usually certain at the time. Take-off was usually later the same day as the briefing, though occasionally a delay meant take-off occurred after midnight and therefore strictly the 'next day'. Our date is always the briefing date. Obviously many missions flew through midnight, therefore a Luftwaffe claim against a plane - or a locally generated crash report - may record the incident as occurring on the day following our date. For example, a Luftwaffe claim for a shoot-down at 0345 on 4 April will correspond to a Loss in the Bomber Command Database for 3 April.
Search on date (format YYYY-MM-DD) to show who recorded victories in that date. Search on 'date AND LaGG-3' to show who claimed a LaGG-3 victory on that date. Search on '1944-06' to discover all recorded victories on all fronts for June 1944. To Search on name, try 'last name'. If this produces too many results, use 'last name AND first name', thus 'marseille AND hans-joachim'
There are numerous duplicate entries included owing to the number of sources employed. These are being removed as found.
In the Links column you may find Links back to the Kracker Archive or forward to an extended story about this pilot, or a reference to his action in one of our other Databases. Where links are not provided, you may search for the pilot's name in our Kracker Archive, or you may use the serial number of his victim to search for further information in our RAF Fighter Command Operational Losses Database, or our RAF Bomber Command Database.
The Luftwaffe employed a grid reference system for action locations, as is occasionally shown in the location column. An explanation
of the complex system is provided. A conversion facility
allows you to see the exact location of an action.
In order to get the location correct you must first determine (by reference to other sources) the location at which the pilot was based for this victory. This will tell you the Zusatzzahlgebiet (largest square) in which he was operating. Select that in the 'Current “Zusatzzahlgebiet“ (the largest square of Luftwaffe Map)' for example select 15 O (for 15 degrees East of Greenwich Meridian). After you have done that, put the location grid shown in the database in the 'Change Planquat' box, and you will then see a map showing where the action took place.
Details on Soviet and Russian plane types are found here.