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1 Claus, Georg 'Schorsch'Oblt9/15/1915Elze, Lower Saxony17 1/JG-51 (9/39), Stab III/JG-51 (11/39), Stab T.O.III/JG-53 (10/39; 4/40), Stfkpt 1/JG-51 (11/11/40) Bf 109E-1 Werk # 5635 " EP

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 11 November, 1940. Added: Presumably shot down by RAF fighters over the Thames Estuary while escorting Ju 87's; No VDK burial detail (D.Drury). One known victory, his 1st, a Morane south of Saarbrücken, 23 November, 1939. His 2nd, a Hurricane at Vouziers, 15 May, 1940. His 3rd, a Morane 406 at Fort de Compiegne on 25 May, 1940. His 4th, a LeO-451 30 km south of Abbeville, 31 May, 1940. His 5th, a Bloch west of Compiegne, 5 June, 1940. His 6th, a Morane 406 SW of Epernay on 11 June, 1940. His 7th, a Spitfire of RAF No.234 Sq, piloted by PO Hardy, on 15 August, 1940, at Cherbourg. His 8th, a Hurricane at Canterbury on 28 August, 1940. His 9th, a Hurricane NE of Folkestone on 31 August, 1940. His 10th, a Spitfire on 3 September, 1940, no location. His 11th, a Spitfire in the London area on 7 September, 1940. His 12th, a Spitfire near London on 15 September, 1940. His 13th, a Spitfire S of London on 16 September, 1940. His 14th, a Hurricane S of Dungeness on 12 October, 1940. Nos.15, 16 & 17, all Hurricanes in the Dungeness area on 8 November, 1940. A close personal friend to Werner Mölders, serving as his wingman and Adjutant ocassionally.
(Added by Pietrzak Youngs)

Claus (R) with Werner Mölders Photo: Bundesarchiv

Erbenheim 1939

2 Seckel, Georg "Schorsch"Hptm3/22/191140 2(J)/Trägergruppe-186 (7/38, Zeppelin Carrier Trng Unit), 7/JG-77 (2/42), 1/JGr-200 (7/44 France), JG-4 Bf 109T "Red 2" in 2/JGr-186, Bf 109F-4 Werk# 7065 "White 3" (7/41 Jassy Romania), Bf 109G & Fw 190A in III/EJG-1 (5/45)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/19/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge(8/7/44)
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 7 August, 1944 during aerial combat with a P-47. Got his 6th victory in Russia on 4 July, 1941. Think he was in JG-77 at the time. Another Soviet victory, an I-153 near the Soviet airfield at Kolodesey on 21 February, 1942. An I-153 on 13 March, 1942, while in 7/JG-77. Two MiG-3s on 13 May, 1942. An I-16 Rata on 21 June, 1942. He also served in JG-200 and JG-4. His 34th victory, a P-40E in N. Africa on 14 January, 1943 while serving in 7/JG-77 and his 35th, a P-38 25 km northwest of Gafsa on 15 March, 1943. Another known Desert victory while serving in Stab III/JG-77, a Kittyhawk at Map Quadrant 04513 on 8 March, 1943. One known victory while in JGr-200, a B-24 at Manosque on 12 July, 1944. Another in JG-200, a B-24 35 km SE of Montpellier on 24 July, 1944. At wars end, he was Kdr III/EJG-1. Bowers/Lednicer, 40 victories.
3 Schmidt, Georg 'Schorsch'Uffz11/22/1920Ansbach, Bav.6/ZG-26 (12/43 Hildesheim) Bf 410A-1 Werk # 10037 "Yellow 4" (lost 12/22/43) Destroyer Operational Clasp His 410 crashed at Zeijerveld Holland, NNW of Assen, on 22 December, 1943, cause and pilot/crew disposition unknown (DeSwart). Added: The only son of Johann & Eva Schmidt, Uffz Schmidt was shot down during aerial combat with a P-51, piloted by Maj George E. Preddy. He was initially buried at Leeuwarden, and re-buried at Ysselsteyn, AR/3/52 on 25 November, 1958 (Find-A-Grave by Fred & Schmidt Family). Added: His R/O, Uffz E.Kowalewski, was also killed and is buried Yssel AR-3-51 (SGLO).
courtesy Fred and the Schmidt family

4 Lohmeyer, Hans-Georg "Schorsch"Lt3/25/1919Brilon Westphalia5 2 & 5/Sch.G-1 (12/42 S.U.), 1/Schl.G-1 (8/43 S.U.), 5/SG-77 (7/44 S.U.), 6/SG-77 Bf 109G in Sch.G-1, Fw 190F-8 RK(6/10/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(4/28/43)

EK 1 & 2
Assault Operational Clasp w/Pendant
KIA 22 October, 1944 on a mission against targets east of Gumbinnen, when his Fw 190 was shot down near Gross-Gauden East Prussia by enemy fighters, burning on impact. He was buried at Salau Cemetery near Insterburg. 600 missions as an Assault pilot. One known victory, a Soviet MiG-3 5 km E of Cuiluscha on 13 December, 1942. A 2nd, a LaGG-3 NW of Beresovka on 6 July, 1943. A 3rd, an Il-2 N of Andrejewska on 4 August, 1943. Nos. 4 & 5, both Il-2s on 15 July, 1944.
5 Kohler, Georg "Schorsch"Uffz36/JG-54 (2/45 Liegnitz), Kurlandkessel (2/45)Fw 190A-8EK 2, Fighter Operational ClaspCourtmartialled 7 April, 1945 and sent to a field division. POW released in 1949 (C.König).
6 Hanneberg, Georg "Schorsch"Unk6/LG-2Bf 109E-7/B Werk # UnkFighter Operational Clasp Pictured online after return from a mission (Luftfahrt-Archiv Hafner). Alternate spelling: Haneberg
7 Eder, Georg Peter 'Schorsch'Maj3/8/1921Oberdachstetten Franken78 4/JG-51 (6/41), 5, 7 (Vannes, Fr.), 9 &Stfkpt 12/JG-2 (Channel), Stfkpt 6/JG-1 (2/44), Stfkpt 6/JG-26, Kdr II/JG-26, Kdo Nowotny Bf 109F-2 Werk # 9184 (80% dam 8/10/41; WIC coll w/Ju 52 on ground), Fw 190A-2 Wk# 5257 "Yel 7 + I" w 9/JG-2, Fw 190A-4 Werk # Unk "White 4 + I" in 7/JG-1 (2/13/43), Bf 109G-4 Werk # 14988 (70% dam 3/28/43 w/B-17, emergency land near Beaumont le Roger airfield), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 20733 (lost 11/5/43), Bf 109G-6/R6 Werk # 14988 "Black 1 + -" (dam 3/2843), Fw 190A-7 Werk # 430645 "Yel 4" (lost 4/19/44) & Fw 190D-9 "Yellow 4" & Fw 190A-8 Werk # 730386 "Red 24 at Cottbus in JG-1, Fw 190A-8 Werk # 170071 "Yellow 4" (5/8/44; Belly land Vechta after combat), Me 262

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/31/43)

EK 1 & 2
G.Wnd Bdg
Ftr Oper.Clasp w/Pend.
36 Bombers. He suffered a skull fracture on 22 August, 1941, when he coillided on the ground with a Ju 52 at Ponjatowska in Bf 109F-2 Wk# 9184. He scored his first victory in 190A "Yellow 7" in July 1942. On 28 March, 1943, after downing a B-17, he was hit by return fire and crashed a Bf 109G-4 Wk# 14998, somersaulting on landing at Beaumont. On 5 Nov, 1943, he was forced to bail from Bf 109G-6 Wk# 20733. His A-7, WK# 430645 "Yellow 4" was lost 19 April, 1944 after he was forced to bail after combat with a P-47. Next AC was an A-8 Wk# 170071"Yellow 4". On 29 May 1944, he flew an A-8 Wk# 730386 "Red 24" in JG-1, colliding with Siebel. Eder succeded Emil Lang and remained with JG-26 until October 1944, when he joined "Kommando Nowotny", 9/JG-7, the first jet fighter unit. 10 victories in the East, including his first known Soviet victories, an I-16 and a SB-2 on 22 June, 1944. . 4 victories while serving in JG-26. 12 victories in the Me 262. Plus 3 Sherman Tanks and 18 unconfirmed victories. 572 combat missions, 150 in Me 262. Shot down 17 times, wounded 12 on these occasions! Deceased 11 March, 1986 in Wiesbaden. Bailed 9 times.

Courtesy Christian König

8 Buechner, ClausUffz5/JG-1Fw 190A-7 Werk # 340048 "Black 6" (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspKIC 4 May, 1944; crashed at Stoermede, cause unknown. No known grave. This AC was flown earlier by Georg Blech.
9 Abel, GeorgOfw7/KG-40Fw 200C-4 Werk # 0145 "F8 + DR" (lost 6/24/43)Bomber Operational ClaspAC reported lost 24 June, 1943, six crew killed, no further detail (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book, H. Breuer).
10 Ackermann, GeorgLt3/12/1918Koblenz FFS C-8 (1/40 Wiener-Neustadt), 9/KG-53 (3/40), 13/KG-53 (9/42), TO II/KG-53 (12/43), 9/LG-1 (1/45), Stfkpt & TO 5/KG-53 (2/45) He 111H

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/21/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp in Gold
DK-G Awards List. Deceased 16 December, 2007, Klotten. Added: Lt Ackermann flew 336 combat missions, including 286 in the East. He was an occasional Observer for RK-OL Holder, Major Herbert Wittmann and R/O, Ofw Steudel, RK Holder (C.König).
11 Adam, GeorgOblt14/JG-54, I/JG-7Fw 190A, Me 262

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 20 April, 1945. DK-G Awards List. His one known victory, on his last mission, a P-38 at Map Quadrant IQ2. After this victory, and out of fuel, he made an emergency landing in a field at Warendorf. NOTE: No record of this man wining the DK-G and/or the RK!
12 Adelhütte, HansOblt12/10/192015 KG-41, 6/KG-3 (8/42 S.U.), III/KG-3 (10/43-5/44), I/NJG-7 (6/44), 6/NJG-3 (8/44) Ju 88A-4 Werk # 360236 "5K + LP" (lost 8/1/42) in 6/KG-3, Ju 88G-1 Werk # 714246 in NJG-3 (lost)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/1/45 Post)

EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 13 August, 1944 during aerial combat with a Mosquito, crashing at Winningen/Everswinkel. He was buried in Essen. Remaining crew: Uffz Johannes Gabriel, R/O (Surv); Ogefr Georg Hoschek, Mechanic (KIA). Magnus. His Wk# 360236 was reported lost 1 August, 1942, cause and location not reported, crew returned (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: Oblt Adelhütte was a school friend of Night Fighter Peter Spoden (C.König).
13 Ademeit, HorstMaj2/8/1912Breslau1661/JG-54 (6/41 S.U.), 5/JG-54, 6/JG-54 (6/43), Kdr I/JG-54Bf 109E-1 Werk # 6220 (lost 9/18/40), Bf 109F in S.U., FW 190 Werk # 1185 with 5/JG-54, Fw 190A-6 Werk # 550528, Bf 109A-5 Werk # 155960 "Black <<" (lost 8/7/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/25/42)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pend
MIA 7 August, 1944. Brought down by Infantry fire behind Russian lines near Dünaburg S.U. in Fw 190A-5, Werk# (15) 5960. Never heard from again. Brought down over English Channel in 1940 and rescued by Seenot. His 1st known Soviet victory, one of many, a SB-2 on 23 June, 1941, a Fw at the time. Another Soviet, an I-16 on 27 August, 1941. A Yak-1 at Leningrad on 5 May, 1942. A MiG-3 on 9 September, 1942. An I-153 on 22 October, 1942. A P-40 N of Leningrad on 6 November, 1942. An Il-2 and a Yak-1 on 12 January, 1943. An Il-2 and a LaGG-3 on 27 January, 1943. Two Il-2s on 11 February, 1943. An Il-2 on 19 March, 1943. A LaGG-3 on 5 June, 1943. A LaGG-3 and an La-5 on 18 June, 1943. An La-5 on 12 July, 1943. Two La-5s, a Yak-7 and an Il-2 on 13 July, 1943. Two Yak-7s and an La-5 on 2 August, 1943. Four La-5s and two Pe-2s on 12 October, 1943. An Il-2, an La-5 and a P-39 on 21 July, 1944. Approximately 600 combat missions.

Courtesy Christian König

Courtesy Christian König

14 Ahrens, RudolfLt9/7/19192/KG-1 He 111H-3 Werk # unk "V4 + GK" (lost 8/18/40) Bomber Operational Clasp POW 18 August, 1940 after his ac was damagedby fighters of Nos. 32 & 65 Sqs., and made a wheels up landing at Snargate, near Dymchurch, Kent. The crew destroyed the ac using an incendiary device. Remaining crew (POW): Ofw Ernst Katzmarski, Obs; Uffz Georg Schneider, R/O; Flg Kurt Natzke, Gnr and Uffz Helmut Gericke, Flt Engr (WIA & DOW 8/18/40). Gericke buried in the Hawkinge Cem., Plot O, Row 1, Gr 20 (D.Drury). Added: The pilot of No.65 Sq, was P/O Ernest Glaser (S.Youngs).
15 Aigen, Reinhard GeorgOfw5/20/1913Heidenheim3/KG-4 (5/40), 10/KG-4 (6/43), 7/KG-4 (9/43 Orsha, S.U.)He 111H-16 Werk # 161384 "5J + ER" (lost 9/19/43)
RK-EL(6/9/44 Post)

EP(6/20/41), DK-G(3/6/42), EK 1(9/12/40) & 2(10/24/39)
Wound Badge, Bomber Operational Clasp in Gold
KIA 19 September, 1943. Over 300 combat missions. Added: Flying with the crew of Hptm Paul Strobel, they were killed when they collided with the crew of Lt Hans Auer, as they passed thru a layer of clouds, killing both crews. Remaining Strobel crew: Uffz Walter Fock; Ogefr Georg Arnold and Uffz Ewald Oetken. 447 combat missions, 313on eastern front, and 68 last over four hours, thus counted as doubles, total 515 missions. He was the first Flt Engr to receive the RK (C.König).

Courtesy Christian König

Courtesy Christian König

16 Alt, VitusUffz1/28/1915Kissing Augsburg4/NJG-2 (6/41 Gilze-Rijen)Ju 88C-2 Werk # 0785 "R4 + IM" (lost 6/14/41)Night Fighter Operational ClaspMIA after his Ju 88 crashed into the North Sea NW of Schouwen Holland the night of 13/14 June, 1941 (DeSwart). On the return flight from an Intruder Mission over England, Alt spotted a dingy in the water below and circled while the R/O sent out a distress signal to Air Sea Rescue. To the horror of the He 111H-5 Wk# 3883 "5J + KS", 8/KG-4 (A.Rosseels) crew in the dingy, the wingtip of the Ju 88 hit the water, sinking immediately, and taking the crew with it. The entire crew perished. Remaining crew (KIC): Uffz Hans Georg Suckow (geb 7/9/1920, Gumbinnen), R/O and Uffz Erwin Willi Korn (geb 10/11/1920, Bigicheim), Gunner. Suckow & Korn are remembered on the Laboe Naval Memorial (D.Drury). Added: The He 111 crew were rescued except for Uffz Karl Brückner, Flt Engr (D.Drury). Alternate spelling: Alte.

First from the left
Courtesy Christian König

Courtesy Christian König

17 Altmann, GeorgOfw6/Schl.G-1 (S.U.)Fw 190A-5 Werk # 1764 "Yellow G" (lost 8/12/43)Assault Operational ClaspKIA 12 August, 1943 at Map Quadrant Pl.Qu. 5184, cause unknown.
18 Altnorthoff, Ernst GeorgHptm4/21/192011 Stfkpt 12/JG-27 (7/43), 2/JGr Süd (Italy 11/43), Stfkpt 10/JG-27 (5/44 Reich Def), Stfkpt 13/JG-27 (11/44, 2/45 Reich Def), Stfkpt 6/JG-27 (4/45) Bf 109F, Bf 109G-6 Werk # 16x253 (lost 5/24/44; WIA Neu Cilli/Steirmark, bailed safely),Bf 109K-4 Werk # 330917 (lost 11/2/44; WIA, combat Mieschen), Bf 109G-10 Werk # 130332 (lost 2/25/45; aerial combat, Bramsche, pilot OK), Bf 109K-4 Werk # 332158 "White 7" (dam 3/21/45; damaged after enemy fighter strafing attack) EP

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory during the Sicilian campaign, a B-24D 28 km west of Cape Spartha on 9 July, 1943. Most likely, he and Fw Fahrenberger were flying wing together this date. His 2nd, a B-24 when he opposed the Ploesti raid, downing the bomber 50 km west of Kefallinia on 1 August, 1943. Another victory, a B-17 near the Gulf de Fos southern France, 16 November, 1943. A P-38 SW of Cassis on 21 January, 1944. Two P-38s over southern France on 4 March, 1944; one at Serres, the other at Berre-LEtang. Another P-38 on 7 March, 1944, over Italy, no location. His 8th, a B-17 at Agram (Zagreb) on 24 May, 1944. His 9th, a C-47 SW of Hofgeismar on 4 April, 1945. His 10th, a P-47 10 km NW of Heiligenstadt on 7 April, 1945. His 11th, a P-47 5 km W of Havelberg on 16 April, 1945. Alternate spelling: Altnorthhoff. Magnus.
19 Amon, GeorgOfw19209 7/JG-53 (6/43 Sicily-Italy), 3/JGr. Süd (5/44), 9/JG-53 (8/44, 9/44 Mörtitz), 13/JG-53 (1/45) Bf 109G-6 Werk # 18107 "White 9" & Bf 109G6/R6 "White 6 + I" both in 7 Staffel (43) EP

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 2 April, 1945 after being shot down with severe burns by AAA fire. Bodenplatte pilot, wingman for Stefan Kohl. His 1st victory, in N.Africa, a Spitfire 5 km southwest of Cape Bon on 18 April, 1943. Another, a B-24 over southern Italy, 16 August, 1943. A B-17 50 km SE of Nice on 25 May, 1944. A B-17 (n.b.) in the Lüneburg area on 24 August, 1944. A B-24 near Kassel on 11 September, 1944. Added: After this 11 September, 1944 encounter, he crash landed at Hachborn in a G-6 (C.König).

Amon in Bf 109 G-6/Trop W.Nr 18107 'Weisse 9'
20 Anderwald, GeorgFhjUffz5/22/1924Hindenburg9/JG-51 (Reich Def Ost) Bf 109G-14 Werk # 512441 (lost 1/29/45) Fighter Operational Clasp KIC 29 January, 1945 northwest of Pillau, cause not reported. Added: "Northwest of Pillau (now Baltiysk, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia) would place him in the sea at the time of the crash. The VDK shows his place of death as "Seegebeit (sea area) NW Pillau". He is commemorated in the German War Cem at Baltiysk, Russia (D.Drury).
21 Anthony, GeorgOfw5/29/1913Berlin44/ZG-76 Bf 110C Werk # 3615 "M8 + MM" (lost 8/30/40)
EK 1 & 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
KIA 30 August, 1940; crashed at Barley Beans Farm, Kimpton, Hertfordshire, UK; buried Hitchin Cemetery, Hertfordshire, UK, NW Extension, Gr 401 (M.Croft). His R/O-Gnr, Uffz Nordmeier, was injured and taken POW (Bf 110 Loss List). One known victory, a Morane at Le Cateau, 16 May, 1940. His 2nd & 3rd, both Moranes on 17 May, 1940, no location. His 4th, a Spitfire west of Dunkirk, 29 May, 1940. Added: His R/O-Gnr, Uffz Heinrich Nordmeier (Nordmeyer or Nordmeir), suffered a broken back. Their 110 was sd by Hurricanes of Nos 303 and 56 Sqs, piloted by F/O Ludwik W.Paszkiewicz and P/O Bryan J.Wicks respectively (D.Drury).
22 Apirtz, Hans GeorgUffz1/JGr-SüdBf 109E-7 Werk # 6406 (or 6409) "White 18" (lost 2/23/43)Fighter Operational ClaspKIC in his "White 18" on 23 February, 1943, in a mid-air collision with another 109, by Salon de Provence, near the Marignane airfield. Jager Blatt 3 & 4/2004.
23 Arber, HansLt19213/KG-28 He 111H-4 Werk # 3237 "1T + DL" (lost 6/14/41) Bomber Operational Clasp KIA with his entire crew, 14 June, 1941; their ac was attacked by a Douglas A-20 "Havoc" of No.85 Sq., piloted by F/Lt Gordon L.Raphael & ACq William N.Addison. The ac exploded over Lower Halstow, Isle of Grain, scattering debris over a wide area. Remaining crew: Gefr Friedrich Straub, Obs; Fw Georg Hochwald, Flt Engr and Ofw Eugen Geyer, R/O, the only one whose body was recovered, buried CC, Blk 1, Row 9, Gr 341. Gefr Straub is commemorated on the Kiel-Laboe Naval memorial as "being in a sea grave" (D.Drury).
Cannock Chase
24 Arnold, OttoFw1/Ku.Fl.Gr-106He 115B Werk # 1868 "M2 + BH" (lost 4/18/40)Observer Operational ClaspKIC 18 April, 1940 when he crashed into mountain Storsalen after a mission to Narvik, believed due to icing. Remaining crew: Oblt z.See Heinz Witt (KIC) and Gefr Karl Georg (turned up later in Trondheim) (Flyvrak Norway).
25 Arras, GeorgFw9/KG-77 (Med)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 142391 "??" (lost 2/21/43)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC with unnamed crew during an emergency landing at Piacenza 21 February, 1943; burned on landing after a non-combat flight (Ju 88 Loss List).
26 Assmann, GeorgUffzII/KG-51 (S.U.)Ju 88D-1 Werk # 430389 (lost 1/9/43)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC with unnamed crew 9 January, 1943 at Iljaschewka, by Uman, probably struck the ground (Ju 88 Loss List).
27 Auer, RobertUffzSchule Staffel/NJG-1 (8/44 Twente) He 219A-0 Werk # 190108 "G9 + ??" (lost 8/20/44) Pilot Badge KIC the night of 19/20 August, 1944. His 219 crashed on Voortsweg in Enschede Holland, cause unknown (DeSwart). Remaining crew (KIC, buried Yssel): Uffz Georg Frey (bur R/9/212) and Ogefr Paul Klatt (bur R/9/213). Pilot buried R/9/211.
Ysselstein, Holland
28 Auerochs, PaulOfwFFS B 17 (Blindschule)Bv 138B-1 Werk # 2016 (85% damaged)Wound BadgeInjured in a crash during foul weather at Bug/Rügen after a Blind School exam flight on 27 October, 1943. Remaining crew: Uffz Alfred Kuhn(KIC), R/O and Ogefr Waller(Injured), Mechanic. Also onboard, two pilot trainees, Ogefr Gert Wiemann(KIC) and Lt Georg M.Ott(Injured). Jager Blatt 4/2004
29 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

30 Axthammer, Erich Michael 'Spezi'Ofw12/3/1920Pichlschloss bei Neumarkt Osterreich4Courier Pilot, 7/StG-1 (3/43), I/SG-152 (3/44), 5/SG-77 (4/44), 10/SG-10 (10/44 S.U.)Hs 123, Fw 190 w/SG-77

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(11/14/43)

EK 1 & 2
Assault Operational Clasp w/"530" Pendant.
His first known victory, a Soviet LaGG-5 on 14 October, 1944. Served as wingman for SG-10 Kdr. Georg Jakob. 530 missions including 305 in his Hs 123. Added: Post-war Luftwaffe Bundeswehr StabsFw. Deceased 20 December, 2015, Andernach (C.König).

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31 Baasch, Heinrich J.Fw 3/Kü.Fl.Gr. 806 (Holtenau 4/40), 1/Kü.Fl.Gr. 806 (Channel 9/40) He 111J-1 "M7 + CH" (lost 4/3/40), Ju 88 Werk # 3079 "M7 + CH" (lost 9/21/40) Observer Operational Clasp Interned 3 April, 1940 by the Danish authorities after his AC experienced engine problems which resulted in a fire. The AC was ditched at sea, 2 miles south of the "Hatter rev" between the islands of Samso and Sejro. The crew were unharmed and entered the aircrafts dinghy. Several Danish craft offered assistance, but was refused. Many hours later, their dinghy drifted ashore at Lilleballe, on the eastside of the Island Samso. The crew were held in the Flinchs Hotel until the German occupation on 9 April, 1940. Remaining crew: Oblt z.S. Adam Werner Beck (MIA 5/2/41 w/Fw Heinrich Baasch crew), Fw Georg F. Juchelko and an unnamed Uffz. Source: Air War over Denmark. Added: Baasch and crew were rescued after being sd on 21 Sepember, 1940 by AA fire on a sortie to Midlands, crash location not reported (Ju 88 Loss List). Remaining crew (9/2/40) incident: Lt.z.S. Günther Grunwald, Obs; Fw Strube (Pos Unk) and Fw Kruger (Pos Unk) (D.Drury).
32 Bachmann, HeinzOfw4/NJG-4Ju 88G-1 Werk # 710891 "3C + HM" (lost 12/23/44)Night Fighter Operational ClaspMIA the night of 23/24 December, 1944, Bachmann and crew failing to return from a mission over the western front. (Ardennes) Jager Blatt 3/2003. Remaining crew (MIA): R/O Uffz Wilhelm Schröder and Engr Ofw Georg Ertl (Lost Aircraft Report).
33 Bachmann, WernerOblt7/KG-30 (Channel)Ju 88C Werk # unk "4D + DR" (lost 8/15/40)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 15 August, 1940 during the attack on the Driffield airfield by a Spitfire of RAF No. 616 Sq., piloted by Sgt James Hopewell. The AC crashed alongside the Bridlington waterworks reservoir on Scarborough Road. Remaining crew: Uffz Werner Evers, Observer (POW), Fw Georg Henneske, wireless operator (KIA) and Flg Robert Wakther, gunner (POW). The body of Georg Henneske was buried in Bridlington Cemetery on 19 August, 1940; it has since been re-interned in the German Military Cemetery at Cannock Chase.
Cannock Chase
34 Bäcker, KarlUffz7/3/1915Witten (Netherlands?)3/Kü.Fl.Gr.-506 He 59D Werk # 2000 "M7 + XL" (lost 9/6/39) Observer Operational Clasp MIA with his entire crew, 6 (or 4) September, 1939, when their ac was brought down by AA fire near Hel, Poland. Remaining crew: Lt z.S. Claus Munscher (or Klaus Münscher), Obs; Uffz Hermann Fuchs, R/O and Uffz Karl Mux, Mech. The deceased are said to have died at Südspitze Hela and could not be recovered for burial. They are commemorated in the War Cem. at Stare Czarnowo, Poland (D.Drury).
35 Bannert, HelmutOblt9/7/1911Breslau4/KG-53He 111H-2 Werk # 3144 "A1 + KM" (lost 11/5/40)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 5 November, 1940; his ac crashed into the Humber Estuary near Grimsby, Lincolnshire, possibly due to AA fire. The pilot and flight engineer (Uffz Willi Göhring) bodies were not recovered, and they are both remembered at the Laboe Naval Memorial. The remaining three crew were washed up along the south shore, and are buried at the Grimsby Scartho Road Cem., Block 116. Remaining crew: Gefr Georg Werder, Obs (bur Row J, Gr 3); Uffz Eduard Zahn, R/O (bur Row L, Gr 3) and Gefr August Schmitz, Gnr (bur Row K, Gr 3) (D.Drury).
36 Bargel, GeorgOfw3/5/1916Lawalde, Görlitz211/NJG-5, 2/NJG-100 Bf 110C, D & E; Do 217J, Ju 88C Werk # Unk (lost 4/4/44)
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 4 April, 1944 3km W of Adunatii-Copaceni, Romania during aerial combat (Boiten). Added: Burial GWC Bucharest, E/5/72 (M.Krebbers). One known victory, a Halifax at Buschau by Barnholz on 30 March, 1943. A Soviet DB-3 S of Jelenowka on the night of 1-2 August, 1943.
37 Barsch, GeorgLt9/25/19208/KG-30 (Med) Ju 88A-4 Werk # 550221 "4D + FS" (lost 8/1/43) Bomber Operational Clasp MIA with unnamed crew at Palermo 1 August, 1943, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List).
38 Bartels, GeorgUffz19/JG-4Bf 109K-4 Werk # 331504 "Red 2" (dam 12/31/44)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 31 December, 1944. Jager Blatt mention. One known victory, a B-17 SW of Chemnitz on 11 September, 1944. Added: He crashed east of Niveze, E of Spa; buried Lommel 11/1 (Manrho/Putz publ.).
Lommel, Belgium
39 Bartholomäi, Hans GeorgOfhr4 9/JG-77 (12/44 Reich Def Ost, 2/45), II/JG-77 (4/45) Bf 109K-4 Werk # 330185 (dam 12/2/44), Bf 109K-4 Werk # Unk (lost 12/23/44), Bf 109K-4 Werk # 332537 (10% dam 2/3/45) EK 2
Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp
Uninjured in a third crash at Mährische Pforte, by Hubertusruh on 3 February, 1945 due to a fuel shortage. He was uninjured in Wk# 330185 in a crash landing at Neuruppin on 2 December, 1944 due to engine damage (Bf 109 Loss List). WIA 23 December, 1944 crashing on the airfield at Cologne-Ostheim, after combat; his ac a total loss (M.Weichert, 1/2022). His 2nd victory, an La-5 on 10 February, 1945. A 3rd, a Pe-2 on 16 March, 1945. A 4th, an Il-2 (o.Z.) on 21 April, 1945.
40 Bätcher, Hans GeorgObst1/13/1914FinsterwaldeStfkpt 1/KG-100, Kdr I/KG-27(41), Kdr I/KGr 100(7/43), Kdr I/KG-4(3/44), Kdr III/KG-76(9/44), Kdr KG(J)-54 (repl Volprecht 2/45 to end)He 111H Werk # Unk "6N + AB" in KG-100, He 111 in KG-4, Ar 234 in KG-76, Me 262 in KG(J)-54 2/45 to wars end

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(6/29/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge

Bomber Oper.Clasp w/Pend
This famous bomber ace survived a higher number of combat missions (658) than any other bomber airman in WWII, serving over France, England and Russia. Shot down at least once, into the Channel in September, 1940, and rescued by ASR. During the French Campaign, his He 111 was shot down by a Morane fighter, and he was a brief POW in France until his release upon their surrender. During the Siege at Sevastopol, he flew 15 missions between June 12 & 15, 1942 and 116 total! He was Kdr III/KG-76 in December, 1944, the worlds 1st Jet Bomber Unit. Kdr KG-54 in April, 1945. He also briefly commanded KG(J)-54 and III/KG-76 in May, 1945. His Observer was an Oblt Scholz. Living in Hannover in 2001. Deceased 23 April, 2003 in Uelzen. Alternative spelling: Bätscher Baetscher

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Bätcher 2nd left celebrates 500th mission

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41 Bauer, ClausUffzStab/KG-55He 111P-2 Werk # 2838 "G1 + DA" (lost 3/15/41)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with his entire crew, 15 March, 1941; failed to return from an operation to London, cause unknown. Remaining crew: Gefr Josef Strauch, Obs; Gefr Eduard Utikal, R/O and Uffz Josef Schumacher, Flt Engr (D.Drury).
42 Bäumler, HansOfw4/5/19151(F)/124 (Bardufoss) Ju 88A-5 Werk # 088 0696 "G2 + CH" (lost 7/7/41)
EK 1 & 2
Observer Operational Clasp
KIC 7 July, 1941 when he crashed at Stormauken, by Rundhaug, 18km W of Bardufoss, on a non-operational transfer flight due to heavy fog. Remaining crew (all KIC): Oblt Karl Hönsbröch, Observer; Uffz Kurt Sandvoss, R/O and Uffz Georg Erbar, Mech. Source: SIG Norway. Added: Ofw Baumler buried at Narvik Norway, Blk 8. Row C, Gr 12. Oblt Hönsbröch (aka Karl Graf von und zu Hoensbroech) believed buried in an unknown grave in Narvik. Also in Narvik, Blk 8, Row C, Uffz Sandvoss in Gr 10, and Uffz Erbar in Gr 9 (D.Drury).
43 Baur-Bargehr, Hans-GeorgOfhr9/25/1923Vienna, Austria 11/JG-54 & 14/JG-54 (9/44 Plantlünne) Fw 190A-5, Fw 190A-8 Werk # Unk (lost 9/21/44), Fw 190A-8 Werk# 731040 "Black 4" (lost) Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp MIA 27 December, 1944 near Schnee-Eifel Belgium while flying Werk# 731040, after aerial combat with P-47s. His grave was later found in Franken, but his Father had him interned in Innsbruck in 1946. He lost an earlier A-8 at Vriezenveen Holland on 21 September, 1944, bailed safely with wounds (DeSwart).
44 Bautzitz, GeorgGefrErg/JG-2 (Channel)Bf 109E-4/B Werk # 1341 (lost 3/9/41)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Injured 9 March, 1941 when there was an explosion on the aircraft which crashed and burned at Le Harve. The pilot bailed safely. Source: Bf 109 Loss List
45 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).
46 Becker, Hans GeorgUffzI/JG-26 (joins 7/43), 1/JG-26 (8/43 Woensdrecht) Fw 190A-4 Werk # 140620 "White 3" (20% dam 8/17/43), Fw 190A-8 Werk # 730456 "White 5" (lost) Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 7 June, 1944 in "White 5" in aerial combat with Allied fighters 40 km SW of Rouen. WIA 17 August, 1943 in "White 3" from B-17 return fire at Liege. Despite his wounds, he made a force landing at Venlo. Returned to 1st Staffel 27 April, 1944.
47 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).
48 Beckers, GeorgUffz23/JG-52 (3/44 S.U.), 2/JG-52 (3/44)Bf 109G
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet P-39 on 10 March, 1944. A 2nd, a Pe-2 on 21 March, 1944.
49 Behnisch, RudolfLt4/KG-26 (9/39), Stab II/KG-26 (4/40)He 111H-3 "1H + AC" (lost)Bomber Operational Clasp POW 3 April, 1940 after being shot down off Redcar on an armed reconnaissance mission against British shipping. He was shot down by a Spitfire of RAF No. 41 Sq., piloted by F/Lt Norman Ryder. Benischs AC had been damaged earlier by naval fire and was unable to evade Ryders attacks, and was forced to ditch in the North Sea, being picked up by a Scarborough fishing boat, Silver Line. Remaining crew (all POW): Lt Georg Kempe (WIA), Observer, Uffz Albert Weber, wireless operator, Uffz Alfred Bächle, mechanic and Obstlt Hans Hefele, Grp Kdr II/KG-26, who wanted to see for himself how the recon mission operated! As a result of a well-placed hit from Bächle, Ryder too, was forced to ditch and was rescued by the Hartlepool trawler, Alaskan. Alternate spelling: Benisch.
50 Beisiegel, GeorgOblt12/11/19133(F)/123 (Langendiebach) Do 17P-1 "4U + IL" (lost 4/8/40) Observer Operational Clasp Killed during an observation mission near Niederrodenbach on 8 April, 1940. He either accidentally struck the ground or an obstacle. His Obs, Ogefr Johann Schadl was also killed.
51 Benscheidt, EdgarOblt6/KG-40 (2/42 Soesterberg), II/KG-40 (7/42) Do 217E-4 Werk # 1142 "F8 + GP" (lost 2/26/42), Do 217E-4 Werk # 1198 "F8 + GP" (lost 7/24/42) Wound Badge, Bomber Operational ClaspMIA during an operation on 24 July, 1942, crashing into the North Sea, cause not given. Remaining crew): Fw Ernst Klaus, Obs (MIA); Uffz Georg Senft, Mech (MIA) and Ofw Rudolf Gruner, R/O, (KIA, the only crewman to be recovered, washing ashore on 14 October, 1942 between the villages of Lokker and Blokhus Denmark. He was buried in the Frederikshavn Cemetery on 16 October, 1942. Source: Air War over Denmark. Added: Benscheidt was injured 26 February, 1942 when his ac made an emergency landing at Veenendaal due to engine failure. Remaining crew: Lt H.Edinger, Obs (Surv); Uffz H.Prond, R/O (Surv) and Ofw Fritz Weinig (geb 7/30/1914), Mech (KIC, bur 1st in Amsterdam, then in 1948, Ysselsteyn CX-6-127) (Finf-A Grave by Fred).
Ysselstein, Holland
52 Benz, GeorgHptm2/8/19152 3/JG-77 (5/40), 13/JG-53 (10/44), Kdr I/JG-108 (1/45 to end) Ar 96, Bf 109E in JG-77, Bf 109G in JG-53, Fw 190A EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a Morane 406 west of Dinant, 15 May, 1940. A 2nd known, a P-47 in the Pforzheim area on 29 October, 1944, an Oblt at the time. This victory may belong to an entirely different Benz.
53 Berg, Herbert vom (von?)Hptm6/13/19115/KG-40He 177A-3 Werk # 535433 (or 535443) "F8 + BN" (lost 11/21/43)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 21 November, 1943 when his ac was damaged by AA fire from an escort vessel, HMS Calder. The ac put down in the sea, north of Cape Ortegal, Corunna, Spain. The escort vessel was providing cover for convey's SL139 & MKS30. Remaining crew, four buried in Cuacos de Yuste, Row 3: Fw Alfred Büthe, Gr 46; Uffz Alfred Hartmann, Gr 44; Uffz Georg Hippe, Gr 45; Fw Willi Stegner, Gr 42 and Uffz Josef Pelters (MIA) (D.Drury).
54 Berger, GeorgOblt18/JG-5 (3/44 S.U.)Fw 190A EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet P-39 NE of Hamingsberg on 17 March, 1944. Although this victory is credited to a Georg Berger, it may very well actually be Horst Berger, also an Oblt in 8/JG-5 at the same time, with two victories this same date!

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55 Bergmann, ErnstOblt6/2/1915Lübeck4(F)/Ob.d.L. (Sola) Ju 88D-6 Werk # 430067 "T5 + LM" (lost 2/17/43) Observer Operational Clasp KIC with his Observer Oblt August Schaal and two other unnamed crew over Northern Scotland 17 February, 1943, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: The two unnamed crew were: Ofw Georg Besold and Fw Johannes Kaiser. All four KIC and buried in the Havstein Cem., Trondheim (Flyvrak Norway). Added: The ac crashed into a hill at Fanafjell, E of Espedal, SE of Stavanger (Observer Loss List).
56 Bergmann, GeorgOfw39/JG-77Bf 109E-7 Werk # 4195 "Yellow 10 + I" (lost 7/7/41) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Russian POW, 7 July, 1941. His fighter was rammed by a MiG-3 flown by Lt. Anatoliy Morozov in the Tigkina area. Morozov actually captured Bergmann after successfully bailing from the wreckage. His first known victory, a Blenheim in the Lanvik (Norway?) area on 31 July, 1940. Magnus Report, 10 victories.
57 Bergmann, GeorgFw1(F)/120 (vaernes)He 111H-2 Werk # 2707 "A6 + ZH" (lost 5/24/40) Observer Operational Clasp KIC 24 May, 1940; crashed into a bog at Tensäsen Länke, 10 km NE of the Vaernes airfield due to engine failure. No mention of crew disposition. Wekusta Loss List. Added: The ac crashed shortly after takeoff, it's port engine on fire, killing the entire crew. Remaining crew: Reg Rat Dr Helmut Heinze, Uffz Herbert Deichert, Fw Fritz Hoch and Lt Hans Weichert, all buried at Havstein Cem., Trondheim (Flyvrak Norway).
58 Beyer, GeorgHptm8/5/19137Legion Condor, Stfkpt 7/JG-26 (12/39), Adj. III/JG-26 (8/40 Channel)Bf 109E-4 Werk # 2743 (lost 8/28/40)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 28 August, 1940 after being shot down by Hurricanes, crashing at Chartham Downs, near Canterbury. His first victory, a Hawk-75A northeast of Antwerp, 11 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Hurricane at Ostende, 28 May, 1940. His 3rd, a Hurricane at Dunkirk on 31 May, 1940. His 4th, a Spitfire S of Dover on 25 July, 1940. His 5th, a Spitfire S of Dover on 14 August, 1940. His 6th & 7th, a Spitfire at Folkestone and another S of Dover on 15 August, 1940. Bowers/Lednicer, 8 victories.
59 Beyerle, AlfredLt10/16/1921Zossen7 & 8/KG-6 (Channel) Ju 88A-14 Werk # 144372 "3E + HS" (lost 4/25/43) Bomber Operational Clasp KIA with two other unnamed crew 25 April, 1943, crashed at Bromley, Kent, after being shot down by a Mosquito of No. 85 Sq, piloted by P/O Lintott (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: Remaining crew: Fw Josef Schlund (KIA, bur CC/1/7/261), Fw Georg Schuster (KIA, bur CC/1/7/260) and Uffz E.Behmer (POW, bailed safely). Lt Beyerle buried CC/1/7/262. Source: D.Drury. This person seems to be different than the Alfred Beyerle in a Nightfighter unit.
Cannock Chase
60 Bialas, GeorgUffz7/KG-3 (Germany)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 6865 (lost 11/17/43)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC with unnamed crew at Münster-Handorf 17 November, 1943, cause not reported (Ju 88 Loss List).
61 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).
62 Biedermann, GottfriedUffz1/KG-6Ju 188A-2 Werk # 180441 "3E + DH" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA the night of 14/15 May, 1944, failing to return from a bombing raid on Bristol England. Probably lost at sea. Remaining crew (all MIA): Uffz Georg Malek, Observer; Uffz Walter Zeiner, R/O; Fw Karl Hartmaier, Gunner and Gefr Franz Hense, Gunner. Source: Bristol Past, John Penny.
63 Bierling, Georg AlfredUffzHamburg7/ZG-76 Bf 110C-4 Werk # 2137 "2N + FM" (lost 9/9/40) Destroyer Operational Clasp KIA 9 September, 1940; hit by flak at Munns Gore, Borden, near Sittingbourne, Kent. His unnamed gunner also KIA (Bf 110 Loss List). Uffz Bierling buried CC, Blk 4, Gr 54. Added: His unnamed gunner, Uffz Friedrich Kurella (geb 4/21/1915), buried at CC, Blk 4, Gr 55 (Luftwaffe Graves UK).
Cannock Chase
64 Bihr, RudolfFw10/2/1914Böckingen4/KG-30Ju 88 "4D + ?M" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 15 August, 1940 after being shot down, during the Driffield airfield raid, by a Hurricane of RAF No. 73 Sq., piloted by P/O Donald S.Scott. The AC crashed in a cornfield at Fraisthorpe, 4 miles south of Bridlington, Yorkshire. Remaining crew (KIA): Fw Robert Pohl, Observer, Uffz Severin Kürsch, wireless operator and Uffz Arnulf Georg Neumeyer, gunner. Kürsch and Pohl were buried in Bridlington Cemetery alongside two "unknowns", thought to be Bihr and Neumeyer. Added: All are buried at CC, Plot 3, Row 12: Bihr Gr 366, Pohl Gr 367, Kürsch Gr 368, Neumeyer Gr 365 (D.Drury).
Cannock Chase
65 Binder, GeorgUffz3/JG-27Bf 109G-14 Werk # 781101 "Yellow 5" (lost 12/24/44)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 24 December, 1944 east of Niersabach, reason unknown. Mombeek.
66 Bittner, OskarUffz10/JG-5 (Altagaard 11/44)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 166120 "Yellow 8" (lost 11/15/44)Fighter Operational ClaspCrashed his "Yellow 8" at Sagelvvatnet, Balsfjord, Tromso Norway during a transfer flight to Bardufoss on 15 November, 1944, becoming lost due to bad weather . Pilot bailed safely, landing in the Sagelvvatnet Lake and was rescued by two Norwegians . Two others were forced to bail at this time; Ogefr Hans Günther Heep and Ogefr Georg Ecke, both landing in Swedish Lapland. Source: SIG Norway and F. Braun & R. Kull.
67 Biwer, KlausLt5/17/1924Cologne14(Jabo)/JG-5Fw 190A-3 Werk #(013) 2102 "Black 3" (lost 5/22/43)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 22May, 1943 after being hit by flak at Cape Cypnavolsk (Zyp-Nawolok), Norway. Added: He is believed buried in Zyp Russia. The German Graves Commission (VDK) is working with Russian authorities to locate his grave for burial in Germany (D.Drury). Alternate spelling: Claus Biewer.
68 Blaseberg, KurtLt4(F)/14 (S.U.) Ju 88D-5 Werk # 430226 "5F + NM" (lost 7/3/42) Observer Operational Clasp MIA with unnamed crew in the Rzhev-Velikiye-Luki area 3 July, 1942, cause not reported (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: The reconnaissance mission took place in the Smolensk area, Rzhev being to the NE and Velikiye being to the NW of Smolensk. Remaining crew: Lt.d.R. Georg Bauer (geb 11/17/11916), Obs (KIA, commemorated in the memorial book at Dukhovschina Cem, Russia); Gefr M.Buschmann, R/O (MIA) and Gefr M.Wirsing, Gnr (MIA) (D.Drury).
69 Blaser, GeorgOfw2/StG-2 (S.U.)Ju 87D-3 Werk # 2389 "T6 + KK" (lost 6/30/42)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(5/1/42)

EK 1 & 2
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List. KIA with unnamed crew at Chernowka, cause not reported (Ju 87 Loss List).
70 Blech, GeorgGefr55/JG-1Fw 190A-7 (lost 4/44), Fw 190A-8 Werk # 170102 "Black 10" (lost 4/22/44), Fw 190A-8 Werk # 680521 "Black 11" (lost 5/44), Fw 190A-8 Werk # 175150 "White 4" (lost 11/26/44)EP

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 26 November, 1944. His A-8 crashed between Kuhfelde and Valfitz, 60 km from Uelzen. His remains were recovered in 1998, and he was interned in the War Cemetery, Salzwedeler (Source: Lothar Wiegels). One known victory, his 1st, in his Fw 190A-7 Wk# 340048 "Black 6", a B-17 N of Braunschweig on 11 April, 1944. His 2nd, a B-17 on 19 April, 1944 near the Paderborn airfield. A double victory on 22 April, 1944, both B-17s near Hamms Germany. He accidentally rammed the tail of the 2nd B-17, and he and 7 B-17 crewmen were able to bail safely. His 5th victory, a P-51 on 8 May, 1944, S of Delmenhorst, over Cloppenburg. Uninjured during aerial combat in Wk# 170102 on 22 April, 1944 near Altenbögge; bailed safely. On 31 May, 1944 he was shot down by a P-47, the "Blk 11" A-8 crashing at Gütersloh. He bailed safely (Prien-Redeike & Mombeeck).
71 Blinne, ReinholdUffz4/26/1921Grünenplan2/TG-30He 111 Werk # 700232 "S3 + AL" (lost)Transport Operational ClaspKIC 7 August, 1944 at Les Champs Geraux France, cause not given. He is buried at Marigny (Mort de ses blessures a St Polen) France, Block 4, Row 43, Grave 1674. Remaining crew/passengers (dispositions unknown); Uffz Erhard Terborg, Ogefr Willi Moeller, Gefr Werner Woreschk and Gefr Georg Krakowiak. Source: D.Dahiot
72 Bluhm, Hans GeorgLt9/27/1920 FFS-12 Königsburg/Neumark (11/42), FFS-Prenzlau (5/43) Various TrainersPilot Badge A Flight Instructor. Source: Das Kleeblatt via Klaus Klee, son of Uffz Ferdinand Klee.
73 Blum, PaulUffzSeenotstaffel 50Do 24T-1 Werk # 42 "5W + BU" (interned in Sweden)Air-Sea Rescue Operational ClaspLanded outside the herbor of Trelleborg Sweden on 9 May, 1945, with the crew of three and 37 additional evacuees from Windau Norway. The crew had been ordered to evacuate as many as possible from Windau to Kiel, however, they lost their direction in bad weather. Blum saw the harbor lights and thought it a safe harborand landed at 0500 hours. The passengers had been members of the 2nd Flak Abt.127, under the command of Oblt Claus Winkler of Nachrichtenabt-41. Winkler remained interned until 27 January, 1946, when he was permitted to return to West Germany. 26 of the 37 were turned over to the Russians as POWs, only 14 were returned from the East. Remaining crew: Ofw Heinz Frank, Uffz Hans Joachim Linxweiler and Ofw Günther Weiland. Source: B.Widfeldt
74 Blume, FranzOfw2/TG-20 (Nautsi Finland)Ju 52 Werk # 6844 "7U + GK" (lost 10/23/44) Wound Badge
Transport Operational Clasp
WIA 23 October, 1944; attacked by four Russian P-39 fighters over Lake Inari, they crashed at Väylä Finland. Remaining crew (WIA): Fw Georg Zeissler and Fw Helmut Born (Flyvrak Norway).
75 Bock, GeorgFw24/JG-2 (4/41)Bf 109F-2 Werk # 6756(lost)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 23 June, 1941 in aerial combat 2 km south of Boulogne, near Ostend. One known victory, his 1st, a Hampden of RAF No.144 Sq., at Lannilis, 20 km NE of Brest on 1 April, 1941. His 2nd, a Hampden 25 km northeast of Brest vs No. 61 Sq., 1 April, 1941.
76 Böck, WernerOfw7/KG-40Fw 200C-4 Werk # 0192 "F8 + ER" (lost 3/24/43)Bomber Operational ClaspAC reported lost with five crew over the Atlantic on 24 March, 1943. Source: Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book, H. Breuer): Added: Remaining crew (those buried are at Cuacos de Yuste, Row 3): Fw Georg Markert, Co-pilot (KIA, bur Gr 34); Uffz Hans Moeller (or Möller), R/O 1 (KIA, bur Gr 31); Uffz Harald Santler, R/O 2 (KIA, bur Gr 33); Ofw Hans Müller, Flt Engr (KIA, bur Gr 29) and Ogefr Walter Rettke, Gnr (MIA). Ofw Werner Böck listed as MIA (D.Drury).
77 Bock, WolfgangUffz2/FAGr-5Ju 290A-7 Werk # 0188 "9V + FK" (lost 5/26/44)Observer Operational ClaspMIA while serving as Co-pilot for Oblt Hans Georg Bretnütz on 26 May, 1944; sd into the Atlantic by a Sea Hurricane of FAA 835 Sq., piloted by Lt Allen Burgham, off HMS Nairana. See Oblt Hans Georg Bretnütz for further detail (D.Drury).
78 Böcker, KarlUffz2/Ku.Fl.Gr.-906Bv 138A-1 Werk # 0386 "8L + HK" (lost 11/18/40)Observer Operational ClaspMIA 18 November, 1940; lost at sea while patroling near Ireland, cause unknown. Remaining crew (MIA): Lt.z.S. Karl Claus, Obs; Uffz August Gross, R/O; Uffz Karl Jenal, Mech and Uffz Paul Gems, Mech (D.Drury). Alternate spelling: Böker.
79 Bodenstein, GeorgUffz11/JG-11 (S.U. 6/44), III/JG-11 (9/44 Achmer), 1/JG-1 (3/45) Fw 190A-8 Werk # 171065 (40% dam 6/27/44), Fw 190A-8 Werk # Unk (lost 9/21/44), Fw 190A-8 Werk # 960466 (lost 3/11/45) Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 11 March, 1945 during aerial combat in the Briesen area. Injured on 27 June, 1944 in a collision with a Ju 52 on Takeoof from Minsk. Added: He was uninjured in a crash, 21 September, 1944 in the Arnhem area, cause not reported (SGLO).
80 Bohlen und Halbach, Claus von,LtI/JG-76, II/JG-54Most likely a Bf 109DFighter Operational ClaspKIA 10 January, 1940. While carrying out o routine high altitude patrol over the Trier region, his 109 was seen plunging vertically into the ground, probably as a result of oxygen failure.
81 Bohn, GeorgOgefr4/23/1923Unterfranken5/JG-2 (Nidda) Bf 109G-6/R6 Werk # 461968 (85% dam 11/19/44), Fw 190D-9 (lost 4/4/45) Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 4 April, 1945 during aerial combat in the Mühlhausen area. Injured in a belly landing at the Nidda airfield on 19 November, 1944, no cause reported.
82 Bohnen, FritzFw4(F)/14Do 17M Werk # 780 "5F + OM" (lost)Wound Badge
Observer Operational Clasp
POW 21 July, 1940 after being shot down with wounds by Hurricanes of RAF No.238 Sq., piloted by Sq/Ldr Harold Fenton, Flt/Lt Donald Turner, F/O C.T.Davies, P/O J.S. Wigglesworth and Flt/Sgt L.G.Batt, while on a reconnaissance mission over airfields in Bournemouth, Bristo, Oxford and Portsmouth. The AC was shot down and crash-landed at Nutford Farm, 1 mile north of Blandford, Dorset at 15:00 hours. The AC of C.T.Davies was damaged by the Dorniers return fire. Remaining crew: Oblt Georg Thiel, Observer (WIA) and Uffz Alfred Werner, R/O-Gunner (WIA). All were POWs. Source: Bristol Past, John Penny.
83 Böhter, Hans GeorgUffz6/JG-26 (joins 10/44)Fw 190D-9 Werk # 400242 "Black 1" (lostFighter Operational ClaspKIA 14 January, 1945 in "Black 1" during aerial combat with a P-51 of 78FG at St. Vith-Bastogne.A of 1998, his remains have not been found.
84 Boldt, Hans GeorgOfwIII/KGzbV-1 (11/42), 2/KG-200 (11/44 Mühldorf)JU 52, Ar 232B-09 Werk # 0110031 "G6 + UY" (11/44), captured B-17 (4/45)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(11/14/42)

EK 1 & 2
Transport Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List. Added: In November, 1944, Ofw Boldt was engaged in landing behind Russian lines, supplying front line troops and returning with wounded troops (H.D.Zemke).
85 Bolte, GeorgUffz11/19/1921Rheine3/NJG-2 (11/44 Reich Def) Ju 88G-6 Werk # 620576 "4R + ??" (lost 11/10/44) Night Fighter Operational Clasp AC lost 10 November, 1944, no further detail. Added: After a night mission, while landing at Kassel-Rothwesten, near Kassel-Wahnhausen, the ac crashed, killing all onboard. Uffz Bolte was taken home to Rheine, where he is buried in a private grave. Remaining crew: Uffz Lothar Firlus (geb 5/29/22, Etzdorf), R/O (KIC) and Uffz Ernst Manigel (geb 4/20/22, Lubitze), Gnr (KIC) (A. Rosseels). Added: The two crew were buried at Kassel Hauptfriedhof, graves 57-601 and 57-568 (C.König).

L-R Wagner, Manigel, Firlus, Bolte

Courtesy Christian König

86 Bordewick, GeorgOblt2/19/191512/JG-2 (8/44)Fw 190A-8 Werk # 171718 (lost 9/12/44) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 12 September, 1944 during aerial combat at Watzhahn with a, overwhelming number of P-51s, he is buried at Usingen. One known victory, a P-47 E of Paris on 27 August, 1944.
87 Borkenhagen, GeorgFw310/JG-11 (11/43), 11/JG-11 (12/44)Fw 190A-8 Werk # 380168 (lost 12/23/44)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 23 December, 1944 during aerial combat in the Münster/Eifel area. One known victory, a B-24D at Trollhätten Sweden on 18 November, 1943. His 2nd, a B-24 at Holzminden on 20 February, 1944. His 3rd, a Mosquito 35 km W of Ringkobing Denmark on 7 April, 1944.
88 Bösch, ClausUffz6/KGzbV-1 (Fornebu)Ju 52/3m Werk # 6546 "1Z + AS (lost 4/14/40)Transport Operational ClaspPOW 14 April, 1940; after dropping paratroopers at Dombas, they mada a force landing at Valebu due to bad weather. Remaining crew (POW): Uffz Otto Schilling, Uffz Paul Kafzik and Uffz Walter Weyer (Flyvrak Norway).
89 Bötel, Hans GeorgLt36/NJG-2 (7/42 Leeuwarden) Bf 110F-4 Werk # 2667 "R4 + EP" (lost 7/3/42) EK 1 & 3
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIC the night of 2/3 July, 1942 when his 110 crashed at Britswerd Holland, north of Sneek, on his final approach to the Leeuwarden airfield. Remaining crew disposition unknown (DeSwart & Boilten). Added: Both Lt Bötel and his R/O-Gnr, Gefr L.Radecker, are buried Yssel, Lt Bötel AR-6-142, Gefr Radecker AR-6-140 (SGLO).
90 Bothe, FwII/NJG-2Ju 88G-6 "4R + DP" (lost)Night Fighter Operational ClaspKIA the night of 27-28 December, 1944 Remaining crew: Uffz Claus, R/O; Ogefr Frasch.
91 Bötker, Nikolas "Claus"Lt12/11/1913Sonderburg RLM Pool (4/37), K/88 (Barcelona Spain 1/39) He 111 Werk # 2234 (lost 1/25/39) Spanish Cross KIA the night of 25 January, 1939; chased by fighters, he crossed into France, jettisoned his bombs, and flew into a mountain in the Arrens vicinity. Remaining crew (KIA): Uffz Fritz Seiler, Uffz Armin Möller and Uffz Otto Adler (Gilles Collaveri & LOCS).
92 Böttger, Hans GeorgHptmII/SKG-10 (5/43 Channel)Fw 190A-5/U8Assault Operational ClaspII/SKG-10 Personnel list. Source: Colin Fuller.
93 Boxhammer, Georg (Jorg?)Oblt7/11/1918Schlossberg1 I/SKG-210, 3/ZG-1 (5/42 Poland) Bf 110F-2 Werk # 4610 (lost 5/29/42) DG-G(3/6/42)

EK 1 & 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
He and two unnamed crew KIC 29 May, 1942 when he crashed at Krakau airfield during a transfer flight, due to engine failure. He may have had one daytime victory also. Source: T. Boiten. Buried in Krakow (LOCS).
94 Brandes, RichardUffz8/KG-77Do 17Z Werk # 2642 "3Z + GS" (lost 7/3/40) Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp
POW 3 July, 1940; sd with wounds when he was attacked by Hurricanes of No. 32 Sq., piloted by P/O Peter Gardner, Sgt William Higgins and Sgt Edward Bayley. The ac crashed at Paddock Wood, Kent. Remaining crew: Oblt Hans Georg Gallion, Obs (POW/WIA); Ogefr Erich Hofmann, R/O (KIA) and Uffz Waldemar Theilig, Flt Engr (KIA). Hofmann & Theilig buried at CC, Plot 7, Row 1; Hofmann in Gr 248; Theilig in Gr 249 (D.Drury).
Cannock Chase
95 Bräuer, RolfOfw1/KG-4He 111H-20 Werk # 700014 (lost 1/19/45)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 19 January, 1945 when his ac crashed in Budapest Hungary, cause unknown. Remaining crew (MIA): Uffz Raymund Müller, Obs; Uffz Bernhard Rose, R/O; Uffz Heinz Siebeneichler, Flt Engr and Ogefr Georg Hartig, Gnr. No known graves (D.Dury).
96 Braun, Brunno GeorgOfhr2/NAGr-13Bf 109G-8 Werk # 200628 (lost)Assault Operational ClaspHit by flak in 1944 (exact date unknown) over St Florent, the engine in his G-8 began to overheat causing him to bail out between Corsica and Cote d Azur. He was picked up by an English ASR boat and became POW. Jager Blatt 4/2003.
97 Braunmüller, JosefUffz2/11/1921Stockheim7/ZG-26Bf 110G-2 Werk # 150134 "3U + DR" (lost 6/16/44) Wound Badge, Destroyer Operational Clasp WIA 16 June, 1944 during aerial combat, crashed at Guta Hungary. He was taken to Kriegslazarett 4/605 in nearby Komaron, but DOW the same day. His R/O, Uffz Georg Grüner, was also wounded. Uffz Braunmüller is buried in the War Cemetery at Budaörs Hungary, Blk 12, among the Unknown (D.Drury).
98 Braunschirn, GeorgOfw12Legion Condor, 1/JG-54 (7/41 S.U.), 8/JG-54 (8/41)Bf 109F-2 Werk # 38215 "Black ?" (lost)
Spanish Cross

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 16 August, 1941 over Kingisepp, S.U.. Five victories in Spain. His first known Soviet victory, a SB-2 on 6 July, 1941. A 2nd & 3rd, both I-16s on 9 July, 1941. Another double, his 4th & 5th victories, both SB-3s on 15 July, 1941. A triple, all SB-3s on 24 July, 1941. Nos. 9 and 10, both SB-2s on 2 August, 1941. Another double, nos. 11 and 12, both I-153s, on 10 August, 1941. Braunschirn was one of the first JG-54 top aces to fall on the Eastern Front. Alternate spelling: Braunchirn.
99 Braunshim, GeorgUffz52.J/88 Legion CondorBf 109B-2 in Spain, Bf 109E (lost 7/25/40)
Spanish Cross
Fighter Operational Clasp
All five victories in Spain, Soviet type ac (Safarikovi Claims List/D.Drury).
100 Breiler, ErnstFw1(F)/AGr,ObdL. (Oldenburg)He 111P Werk # unk "T5 + AH" (lost 3/7/40) Wound Badge
Observer Operational Clasp
POW 7 March, 1940; sd with wounds after being attacked by five Spitfires of No. 603 Sq., crashed at sea 64 miles east of Aberdeen Scotland (Observer Loss List). Added: Remaining crew (MIA): Lt Hans Georg Fröse, Obs; Uffz Ernst Kerch, R/O and Uffz Ewald Ofner, Flt Engr (D.Drury).

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