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#Pilot (↑)RankBornPlaceScore (↑)UnitsAircraftAwards*************Notes*************Photo
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1 Autenrieth, HansHptm3/15/1921Weiler226/NJG-1 (8/41), Stab II/NJG-1 (8/42), 4/NJG-4 (3/43), Stfkpt 6/NJG-4 (6/43 - 1/44), Kdr II/NJG-4 (2/44)Bf 110G-4 Werk # 5431 (lost 1/21/44), Ju 88G-1 Werk # 712343 (lost 8/4/44)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/24/44)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 6 August, 1944 after being shot down by a Mosquito NE of Rennes on 4 August, 1944. WIA 20/21 January, 1944; shot down by a Lancaster, crashing at Spreenhagen near Berlin. One known victory, possibly his 1st, a Halifax on 13 August, 1941, in the Groningen area. Another victory, two Wellingtons south of Burg on 1 August - Wellington X9917 was one, 1942. Another Wellington 100 m southwest of Venlo on 12 August, 1942. A Wellington III of RAF No. 101 Sq. near Liege on 24-25 August, 1942. A Halifax II #1216 "PM-Q" near Marquillies, crashing at Rosmeer-Bilzen (Be) on 5 October, 1942 (Surviving RAF Nav, F/Sgt Gordon Mellor & Jozef Simons, Secy Hemology Soc.,Rosmeer). A Stirling 6 km northeast of Souilly on 8 March, 1943. Another Stirling 3 km southwest of Chalons-sur-Marne on 12 March, 1943. A Halifax, same location, on 17 April, 1943. Two victories on 23 June, 1943; a Stirling and a Wellington. A Stirling 5 km WSW of Diest, Be. on 25 June, 1943. A Halifax E of Dinant on 26 November, 1943, while in 1/NJG-4. A Lancaster on 10 May, 1944, no location. A "4 mot" at Trappes on 2 June, 1944. A Lancaster 5 km E of Dreux on 10 June, 1944. A Lancaster at St Leo on 8 July, 1944. His only known R/O/Gunner, Uffz Adam was killed by the French Resistance when they were both captured after crashing at Fougeres France. The French turned Autenrieth over to the Americans. American POW, released in 1946. Autenrieth died 8 June, 1996. Added: His 8/4/44 Remaining crew: Fw Rudolf Adam (geb 7/21/1919 Schwemlingen), R/O (MIA) and Uffz Georg Helbig (6/29/1920 Steinfeld), Mech (POW) (absa3945). Added: Another source suggests Fw Adam and Uffz Helbig bailed out the night of 20/21 January, 1944, and returned uninjured; Autenrieth bailed, hitting the tailfin and breaking his leg (C.König)

Hans Autenrieth and Wlter Ehle with others of NJG-1
Courtesy Oleg Marin

2 Ehle, WalterMaj4/28/1913Windhuk, Südafrika36Legion Condor (3/JGr-88), Stfkpt 3/ZG-1, Kdr II/NJG-1 (10/40-11/43)Bf 110C "G9 + AC" (10/40), Bf 110E-2 Werk # 3768 "G9 + AC" (60% dam 4/9/41; belly land at Deelen, crew OK), Bf 110G-4 Werk # 5575 "G9 + AC" (lost 11/18/43)

Spanish Cross in Gold

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(11/9/42)
EK 1
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIFA 18 November, 1943 while attempting to land his G-4 after a mission near St. Trond, when the landing lights went out during his landing maueuver. Buried Lommel Belgium, Block 21, Grave 42 (Rosseels). Second pilot to score a Night victory. His first may have been a Wellington on the night of 9-10 February, 1941, no location. His 6th, a Wellington at Westhever/Schleswig-Holstein on 11 May, 1941. A Wellington and a Stirling the night of 29-30 June, 1941. Another victory, a Wellington north of Charolle on 28 August, 1942. Another Wellington north of Gross Doireau on 29 August, 1942. A Stirling I of RAF No. 218 Sq. at Sterrebeek (Brabant), 9 km ENE of Brussels, the night of 1-2 September, 1942. On the night of 25-26 May, 1943, he downed five AC; a Wellington, a Halifax and 3 Stirlings. Ehle was a founding member of the Night Fighter Arm. His R/O was Ofw Weng. 3 of his victories were Day victories as a destroyer pilot. Bowers/Lednicer, 36 victories.

Hans Autenrieth and Wlter Ehle with others of NJG-1
Courtesy Oleg Marin

Lommel, Belgium

KTY Added grave image
3 Werry, Armin (Arnim?)Fw2/KG-55He 111H-6 Werk # 7028 (lost 4/10/42)KIA with his entire crew, 10 April, 1942, after their ac was lost due to a fighter attack over the Sea of Asov. A second source specifies the cause as infantry (fire) at Kertsch (Eng.Kerch) on the southern end of the Sea of Asov. Remaining crew: Uffz Hans Knappe (or Knabbe), Obs; Ogefr Heinz Holtkamp, R/O; Ogefr Johann Hagen, Flt Engr and Gefr Kurt Autenrieth, Gnr. Only the gunners burial information is found in the VDK. His remains have not been recovered, and he is commemorated in the War Cem .at Sevastopol-Gontscharnoje, Ukraine (D.Drury).

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