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1 Schmidt, HeinrichOfw152/NJG-6 (7/44)Ju 88GEP


EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Lancaster WNW of Homberg on 21 July, 1944. A B-24 at Mitterkirchen on 20 August, 1944. A Lancaster of RAF No. 467 Sq., Werk # LM 226 "PO-H", piloted by Flt Lt D.D.Brown, at Darmstadt and another E of Mannheim on 12 September, 1944. A Lancaster bomber of RAF No. 625 Sq. on 14 January, 1945 over the Eifel. His 12th, 13th & 14th victories were scored on either 14 or 15 March, 1945. His R/O in September, 1944, Uffz Kainzmeier. Jager Blatt article. Added: Thanks to the research of Paul McGuiness, we have learned of Schmidt's 15th claim, a Halifax MZ467, of No.462 Sq., piloted by F/O A.M.Lodder (POW), sd 16 April, 1945. Schmidt compiled an Abschussmeldung (claim) on 19 April, 1945, and it was most probably overlooked in those chaotic last days.
2 Mazurek, MarianFw351/JG-53 (7/42 S.U.)Bf 109F & G (Trop), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 15266 "White 16" (lost 6/9/43 Italy)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/12/43)
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 9 June, 1943; shot down by B-24 return fire east of Palazzollo Italy. His 1st victory, a Soviet MiG-1 on 26 July, 1942. Two LaGG-3 S of Kalatsch on 9 August, 1942. An Il-2 on 12 August, 1942. An I-153, a MiG-3 and an Il-2 on 13 August, 1942. An Il-2 at Katschalinskaya on 17 August, 1942. A MiG-1 W of Dubovij-Ostrol on 21 August, 1942. A triple on 7 September, 1942; an Il-2 4 km N of Kachalinskaya, an Il-2 2 km S of Kachalinskaya and a 3rd Il-2 at Bhf. Kotluban. A Yak-1, Il-2, MiG-3 and a Pe-2 in the Kotluban area on 9 September, 1942. A P-2 near Kotluban on 10 September, 1942. Two Yak-1s, N of Gretniki, and a LaGG-3 between Hafen & Actuba, on 11 September, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 17 September, 1942. Two Il-2s and two LaGG-3s in the Kotluban area on 18 September, 1942. Two known western victories, Spitfires in the La Valetta area on 15 October, 1942 (Spitfire EL340 Edwin Hiskens RAAF). The next day, he shot down four more Spitfires in the same vicinity. On 25 May, 1943, he downed a B-17 10 km west of Stromboli in Sicily. Ten Sturmovik victories.
3 Meurer, ManfredHptm9/8/1919Hamburg659/NJG-1, Stab III/NJG-1, Stfkpt 3/NJG-1 (1/43, 6/43 Venlo), Kdr II/NJG-5 (8/43), Kdr I/NJG-1 (9/43-1/44)Bf 110G-4 Werk # 5475 "G9 + BL" (or DL) (6/22/43), Ju 88C, Do 217 in NJG-5, He 219A-5, He 219A-0 Wk # 190070 "G9 + BB" (lost 1/21/44) RK(4/16/43)-EL(8/2/43)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(4/16/43)
EP(3/15/43)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge(1/22/44)
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA (collision) on 21/22 January, 1944, when his He 219 hit a Lancaster during a raid on Magdeburg, crashing 20 km east of Magdeburg. Both crews perished. His RO was Ofw Gerhard Schiebe (4/6/1917) [RK(12/10/43), DK-G, EK 1 & 2]. Schiebe was the first Radio Operator to win the RK, buried in Zerbst. All Night victories. 130 combat missions. 44 bombers. Downed a Hampden I of RAF No. 14 (OTU-Operational Trng Unit) near Diepenveen Holland, 4 km NNW of Deventer on the night of 30-31 May, 1942. A Wellington III of RAF No. 156 Sq. at Rozendaal, 6 km NE of Arnhem the night of 15-16 August, 1942. A Halifax II of RAF No. 158 Sq. at Rhaan, 5 km N of Hellendoorn Holland, the night of 15-16 October, 1942. One known "multiple victory" nights, 17 June, 1943, he downed four Lancasters. On the night of 21/22 June, 1943, his Bf 110G4 Werk # 5475 crashed near Elsendorp Holland, NE of Gemert due to engine trouble (Brit bomber return fire/SGLO), injuring him, no mention of crew injuries (DeSwart & Bf 110 Loss List). Added: His R/O-Gnr 21/22 June was Fw G.Scheibe who escaped injury (SGLO). Hptm Meurer has been identified as one of the leading Night Fighter pilots. He is buried in Ohlsdorfer Cemetery, in his native Hamburg. Bowers/Lednicer, 65 victories.

Courtesy Christian König

4 Mielenz, GünterUffzII/JG-77Bf 109FFighter Operational ClaspPOW 30 December, 1942 after being shot down by a P-40 of RAAF No. 3 Sq. over Bir el Zidan.
5 Ott, AloisOblt1 10/NJG-1 (2/43), 12/NJG-1 (6/43 Leeuwarden) Bf 110F-4 Werk # 4775 (dam 2/3/43), Bf 110G-4 Werk # 5370 (lost 6/12/43) EK 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 11/12 June, 1943 when he was shot down by flak SE of Bussum/Laren Holland (Boiten). One known victory, a Wellington 3 km east of Ostermeer on 3 February, 1943, an Uffz at the time. His 110F-4 crashed this same night, 2/3/43, at Zuidwolde/Linde Holland, SSW of Hoogeveen (DeSwart). Added: His R/O-Gnr, Oblt Bredereck, was injured, Oblt Ott OK (SGLO).
6 Patuschka, Horst Dr.Hptm5/22/1912Kahla Thüringen23Erg/NJG-2 (4/42), 8/NJG-2 (7/42), Stfkpt 4/NJG-2, Kdr II/NJG-2 (12/42)Ju 88C, Bf 110C, Ju 88C-6 Werk # 360226 "R4 + AC" (lost 3/7/43) RK(5/10/43 Post.)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(11/16/42)
EP(9/21/42)

EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 7 March, 1943 on a mission over Tunisia in his Ju 88C-6 due to engine failure. Remaining crew (all KIA): Ofw Negele and Uffz Hentschel. All victories were Night victories. One known victory, a Wellington on 13 April, 1942. Another, a Wellington on 31 May, 1942. Another Wellington on 14 July, 1942. One 29 July, 1942, he downed a Havoc. A Wellington on 7 September, 1942. Two victories on 17 September, 1942, a Stirling and a Wellington. A Wellington on 30 January, 1943. The Magnus Reports states him "KIA". Ju 88 Loss List shows he and unnamed crew MIA.
7 Rutter, HeinzUffz9/12/19211(F)/123 (Bergamo, It.)Ju 88T-1 Werk # 430913 "4U + GH (lost)Observer Operational ClaspKIA 8 June, 1944 during aerial combat near Pistoia Italy with two Spitfires of RAAF No. 451 Sq.. The three remaining crew members, unnamed, were also KIA. Wiki Luft data. Added: The Spitfire pilots may have been W/Cdr E.J.Morris & F/Lt R.H.Sutton. Ju 88 Remaining crew (KIA): Lt Heinz Arnold Scherpf, Obs; Uffz Manfred Malachow, R/O and Uffz Paul Hoffmann, Gnr?. Uffz Rutter & Uffz Hoffmann are buried in the German War Cem. at Pomezia, Italy Blk T; Graves 1202 & 1200 respectively. Lt Scherpf (WIA/DOW 4 July, 1944); buried in a different cemetery at Pordoi, Italy, Gr 908. No known grave for Uffz Malachow (D.Drury).
Pomezia, Italy
8 Scharf, JörnLtIII/ZG-26Bf 110CDestroyer Operational ClaspPOW 25 November, 1941, along with gunner Uffz Bogler, after aerial combat with P-40s of RAF No. 112 Sq. and RAAF No. 3 Sq. over Sidi Rezegh.
9 Scheelke, RaymundOblt2/Kü.Fl.Gr.-106 (Atlantic)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 8514 "M2 + MK" (lost 3/28/42)Observer Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew in the Bay of Biscay 28 March, 1942, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List). Update: During a mission to hunt fot survivors of the St. Nazaire Raid, they were attacked by a Beaufighter of No 236 Sq., piloted by Sgt Archie William Taylor (RAAF). The Beaufighter flew into the Ju 88 debris and both ac were lost (Peter Lush).
10 Scheppa,LtII/JG-27Bf 109E & FWound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Shot down with wounds by P-40s of RAAF No. 3 Sq.near Tobruk, but avoided capture. He was taken to an Italian hospital on 23 November, 1941, where he was killed during a boming raid that killed he and 24 Italians.
11 Schmid, Johann 'Johannes'Maj1/13/1911Gainfarm Baden Austria45Legion Condor (38), 1/JG-2 (5/40), 7/JG-26 (7/41), Stafkpt 8/JG-26 (8/41)Bf 109E-7, Bf 109F-4 Werk # 7211 "Black 1" (lost 11/6/41)
RK(8/21/41)

Spanish Cross

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Killed 6 November, 1941 when he crashed his F-4 into the Channel NW of Calais. After shooting down an RAAF Spitfire Vb AD430 of 452 Sq., piloted by Sgt Bernard Malcolm Geissmann, he was circling the point of impact at very low altitude, touched the water, tearing off a wing and sinking immediately. One of the most successful Channel pilots in 1941. He scored 45 victories in only 137 combat missions, all in the West. His first victory, a Morane at Frenois, 15 km north northeast of Montmedy, 14 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Lysander at Beauvais on 18 May, 1940. His 3rd, a Hurricane at Cambrai on 19 May, 1940. His 4th, a Hawk-75 at Peronne on 20 May, 1940. His 5th, a Spitfire southwest of Calais, 26 May, 1940. His 7th, a Bloch 150 at Connantre on 5 June, 1940. His 8th, a Blenheim 40 km NW of Le Harve on 28 July, 1940. His 9th, a Spitfire S of London on 20 September, 1940. His 10th, a Spitfire near Gravelines on 22 July, 1941. Nos.19, 20 & 21, two Hurricanes and a Spitfire N of Gravelines on 10 August, 1941. His 25th, a Blenheim near Gravelines on 26 August, 1941. His 30th, a Spitfire near Montreuil on 7 September, 1941. Nos. 35, 36 & 37, two Spitfires and a Blenheim on 27 September, 1941. Photo
12 Lütje, Herbert Heinrich 'Otto'Obstlt1/30/1918Abbesbüttel Niedersachsen5312(N)/JG-2, 9/NJG-1(3/42), Stab III/NJG-1, 8/NJG-1(9/43), Stafkpt 8/NJG-1, Kdr IV/NJG-6(9/44), Kdr NJG-6(10/44 to end)Bf 109D "N + 3" (6/10/40 combat with a Blenheim in this Nightfighter AC), Bf 110 & Ju 88, Bf 110G-4 Wk# 140018 "2Z + AF" (dam 6/10/44), Bf 110G-4 Werk # 160026 "<<-" 2Z + AA" (45) RK(6/1/43)-EL(4/17/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/15/43)
EP(9/28/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wnd Bdg(6/10/44)
Night Fighter Oper.Clasp
One known victory, perhaps his first, a Whitley in the Oldebrock/Bergen-aan-Zee area the night of 6-7 September, 1941. A Wellington the night of 20-21 September, 1941, no location. A Halifax, Werk# L9602 TL-P of RAF No.35 Sq., piloted by P/O G.Whitaker, the night of 7-8 November, 1941, no location. A Wellington IV of RAF No. 214 Sq. at Vriezenveen, on the east side of the Overijsselsch Kanal, the night of 26-27 March, 1942. A Wellington III of RAF No. 150 Sq. at De Piksen, near Wierden, 5 km W of Amelo Holland, the night of 9-10 August, 1942. A Wellington IV of RAF No. 460 at Rechteren, 13 km ESE of Zwolle Holland, the night of 27-28 August, 1942. On 4 March, 1943, he downed a B-17 'Rose O'Day' of the 91BG flown by Lt Felton. It crashed into the sea west of Den Helder. On the night of 14 May, 1943 he achieved 6 four-engine bomber victories. 247 combat missions. 51 Night victories, 2 Day victories, including another four-engine bomber. A Wellington at Hegyeshalom on 20 September, 1944. Shot down with wounds by a P-38 in Wk# 140018 on 6/10/44, emergency landing. Sometimes spelled 'Lütze'. Deceased 18 January, 1967.
13 Schnaufer, Heinz WolfgangMaj2/16/1922Calw-Württemberg1215/NJG-1 (11/41), Stfkpt 12/NJG-1 (8/43), Kdr IV/NJG-1 (3/44-10/44), Kdr NJG-4 (10/44 to end)Bf 110 Werk# 720240, Bf 110E-2 "G9 + DC" (6/42 when scoring his first victory, a Halifax), Bf 110G-4 Werk # 720260 "G9 + EZ" & "G9 + EF" in IV/NJG-1, Do 215, He 219 in IV Grp, Bf 110G-4 Werk # 180850 "3C + BA" in NJG-4, Bf 110G-4 "G9 + BA" (last ac flown & now in Imperial War Museum, London) RK(12/31/43)-Br(10/16/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/16/43)
EP(7/26/43)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Night Ftr Oper Clsp w/Pendant
Top Night Fighter Ace with only 164 sorties! He was nicknamed "The Phantom of St. Trond" (Belgium) by the British. Suffered only one wound during the entire war. Battle of the Bulge pilot. His R/O was Lt. Rumpelhardt (RK-8/8/44, EK 1). EL 6/24/44. S 7/30/44. His Gunner was Ofw Wilhelm Gänsler (RK-7/27/44). 114 victories known to be bombers. His 50th victory, a "4 mot" E of Dortmund on 25 March, 1944, was the 500th victory of IV/NJG-1. His 60th, a Halifax 15 km SW of Arnheim on 28 April, 1944. Four Lancasters on the night of 23 September, 1944 in the Dortmund/Munster areas. His greatest success came on 21 February, 1945, when he downed nine RAF Lancasters, Nos. 108 to 116, seven in 19 minutes, and one unconfirmed. Nos 117 & 118, both Lancs on 3 March, 1945. His last three victories, Nos. 119 to 121, all Lancasters on 7 March, 1945, his last combat mission. His last flight was on 9 April, 1945. His AC tail fin with victory marks is on display at the London Imperial War Museum. After the war, he managed the families wine business at Calw until his death. He died in an automobile accident, 15 July, 1950 in Bordeaux France (P. Bastin).

Schleswig, Germany, 19 June 1945. Major Schnaufer's Me 110. Informal group portrait of a Handley-Page Halifax crew of No. 462 Squadron RAAF standing next to an Messerschmitt Me 110G-4 aircraft (G9+BA). Identified are, left to right: Flight Lieutenant M. Langworthy (pilot), Flight Sergeant Mitchell (gunner), Ray (bomb aimer), Flying Officer Ivan Campbell (navigator), Flight Sergeant Ted Casey RAF (engineer), unidentified (gunner), Warrant Officer Mick O'Brien (wireless operator). The Me 110 tail fin bears 121 emblems made up of small rondelles next to an aircraft and a date, representing the number of Allied aircraft destroyed by the pilot, Major Wolfgang Schnaufer of NJG 4. The tail fin is held in the Australian War Memorial's collection. (courtesy 462 Squadron RAAF website)

Courtesy Christian König

Courtesy Christian König

14 Schneider, HugoOblt91/JG-1 (6/40), Stfkpt 1/JG-27 (6/41)Bf 109E in JG-1, Bf 109E-7 Werk # 6428 in JG-27, Bf 109F-4/B (Trop.) Werk # 8488 (lost 1/11/42)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 11 January, 1942 during aerial combat, over Agedabia-Agheila, with a P-40 of RAAF No. 3 Sq., piloted by F/O "Nicky" Barr, DFC. Schneider had just downed Sgt Allan Cameron (POW) of the same RAAF Sq., when Barr was successful. His F-4 crashed SW of Marsa-el-Brega. He was shot down 16 June, 1941 near Bardia, and later returned. Schneiders 1st victory, a Potez 63 at Romilly, 14 June, 1940. Most victories in the Desert. One known Desert victory, a Hurricane of SAAF No. 1 Sq. over Rabia N. Africa on 14 June, 1941. Another, a P-40 south of Bir Hacheim on 22 November, 1941.
15 Strassen, J.Uffz12/JG-5Fw 190A (lost 5/16/44)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 16 May, 1944 during aerial combat near Zingst; sd by an RCAF fighter piloted by S/L C. Sherf (RAAF) and F/L Findlayson of No. 418 Sq. (RCAF Claims List).
16 Sütterlin, WalterOblt FFS C-16 ('42), KampfBeoSch-1 (5/43), 9/KG-76 (12/44-3/45 Münster-Handorf) Ar 234B-2 Werk # Unk (lost 3/2/45) EP (11/2/42), EK 1 & 2, Bomber Operational Clasp His Ar 234 crashed at Enschede Holland on 2 March, 1945, pilot disposition unknown (DeSwart). Added: His target this day, British tanks at Düren. He was attacked by a Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV of No.41 Sq., piloted by RAAF F/Lt Daniel Joseph "Danny" Reid, who was patrolling the area near the Nijmegen Bridge. The Ar 234 was set on fire, and Oblt Sutterlin bailed safely. Deceased 6 June, 1980 (LOCS, 12 O'clock High Forum & Sean Murphy, Grand Nephew of Walter Sütterlin).
17 Tanier,UffzII/JG-27Bf 109E & FFighter Operational ClaspShot down 22 November, 1941 during aerial combat with P-40s of RAAF No. 3 Sq near Tobruk. He managed to avoid captivity.
18 Tham, GustavHptm14 II/NJG-3(2/42), 8/NJG-3 (7/43), 11/NJG-5 (10/43), Kdr II/NJG-5 (3/45), 3/NJGr-10 (12/44) Bf 110C-7 Wk# 3513 (lost 2/42), Ju 88G-6 in NJG-5
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EP


EK 1 & 2
EP, Night Fighter Operational Clasp
Lt Tham suffered Vertigo during a flight the night of 26/27 February, 1942 in Wk# 3513. He and R/O Uffz Pastor bailed safely, landing near Skodborg Denmark. The AC crashed at Skudstrup Mark, 25 km northwest of Haderslev (Source: Air War over Denmark). One known victory, a Halifax in the Tarterfeld region on 30 July, 1943. A 2nd, a Lancaster 10 km W of Hannover on 9 October, 1943. A 3rd, a Halifax at Kassel on 22 October, 1943. A 4th, a "4 mot" at Frankfurt /Main on 26 November, 1943. A Halifax at Berlin the night of 20/21 January, 1944. A "4 mot" in the Tladingen District on 31 March, 1944. A "4 mot" near Königsberg on 30 August, 1944. A Lancaster at Essen on 12 December, 1944. Magnus, 14 victories. Boiten 15 victories. Alternate spelling: Thamm.
19 Wälter, HeinrichUffz10/1/1920Lauterbach8/JG-26Bf 109F-4 Werk # 7126 (lost 8/41), Fw 190A-3, Fw 190A-4 Werk # 5622 "Black 2" (lost 1/28/43)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 28 Jan., 1943 during aerial combat near Ypern in "Black 2" with a Whirlwind of RAAF No. 137 Sq., piloted by F/O B.L. Musgrave, at Dadizeele-Beselaere. WIA 14 August, 1941 in aerial combat with a Spitfire at St. Omer. He bailed successfully with injuries. Buried Bourdon Fr., 32/8/135 (Rosseels). Also spelled Waelter.
20 Waskott,Ofhr1/JG-27Bf 109E & FFighter Operational ClaspPOW 22 November, 1941 after being shot down during aerial combat with a P-40 of RAAF No. 3 Sq. S of Tobruk. He was able to bale safely, but was captured by British ground forces.
21 Wüst,OgefrIII/ZG-26Bf 110CWound Badge
Destroyer Operational Clasp
WIA 19 February, 1941 during aerial combat with Hurricanes from RAAF No. 3 Sq. in N. Africa.
22 Grahl, HorstMaj2Stab V/KG-40 (8/43), Kdr I/ZG-1 (4/44)Ju 88C
EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
One known victory, a B-24 NW of Cape Ortegal on 8 August, 1943. A 2nd, a Sunderland on 18 August, 1943 (W3985 Flt Lt W H Skinner 10 Sqd RAAF)
23 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.
24 Blaffert, GünterUffz9/KG-6 (Channel)Ju 88A-14 Werk # 144551 "3E + FT" (lost 3/27/44)Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp
POW the night of 27/28 March, 1944; While attempting to bomb a factory on the western outskirts of Bristol, he was shot down with wounds by W/Cdr K.M.Hampshire (DSO) and F/O T.Condon in a Mosquito XVII of RAAF No.456 Sq. The AC crashed at Beer, Devon at 23:45 hours. Remaining crew: Ogefr Gerhard Hartung, Obs (KIA, bur CC, Plot 6, Row 12, Gr 247); Ogefr Josef Helm, R/O (MIA) and Gefr Adam Kurz, Gunner (MIA). Source: Bristol Past, John Penny.
Cannock Chase
25 Bracun, JosefOfw27/ZG-26 (N.Africa)Bf 110C, Bf 110E-1 Werk # 3948 "3U + PR" (lost 1/31/41)Destroyer Operational ClaspFailed to return from a mission (MIA) on 31 March, 1941. He and RO/Gunner Uffz Kasper were shot down by a Hurricane piloted by S/L D. Campbell of RAAF No. 3 Sq. in N. Africa. His first known victory, two Spitfires over England on 18 August, 1940. Note: The Bf 110 Loss List carries the loss as 1 April, 1941.
26 Brautigam, HansOfw3/KG-54 (Channel)Ju 88A-14 Werk # 144551 "B3 + BL" (lost 3/27/44)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW the night of 27/28 March, 1944 on the Bristol raid, when he was shot down by W/Cdr K.M.Hampshire and F/O T.Condon in a Mosquito XVII of RAAF No.456 Sq. The AC crashed at Walronds Park Farm, Isle Brewers, near Ilminster, Somerset at 23:50 hours. Remaining crew: Ogefr Kurt Chalon, Observer (POW); Uffz Robert Belz, R/O (KIA, bur CC, Plot 7, Row 9, Gr 229) and Ogefr Alfred Maleztki, Mech (POW). Belzs body was found at Isle Brewers on 13 April, 1944. Source: Bristol Past, John Penny & D.Drury.
Cannock Chase
27 Brodowski, Hans Heinz?Lt8/1/19172/KG-27He 111P Werk # 3734 "1G + EK" (lost 3/5/41)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 5 March, 1941; sd by a Sunderland Flying Boat of RAAF No. 10 Sq., crashing into the sea off the Skellig Rocks, County Kerry. Remaining crew: Ofw Toni Böhner, Obs (KIA, bur Glencree Cem Gr 49); Fw Willi Korell, R/O (MIA) and Fw Friedrich Alter, Mech (MIA). Source: D.Drury. Alternate spelling: Brodski.
Glencree German Cemetery, Ireland
28 Düllberg, ErnstMaj3/28/1913Unna, Westfalen50 Stabstaffel I/JG-3, I/JG-1, Stfkpt 5/JG-27 (9/40 France), Kdr III/JG-27 (3/44), Kdr JG-76* (10/44), JG-7 Bf 109E-4 Werk # Unk "Black 9 (9/40 Fiennes, Fr), Bf 109F-4 (Trop) Wk# 8466 (Dam) & Bf 109G-6 Werk # 140139 "Black << + I" (9/43 Wiesbaden, 3/44), Me 262
RK(7/27/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/20/44)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pemdant
10 Bombers. His first victory, a Blenheim Mk IV of No.236 Sq., 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.
29 Eckardt, Reinhold A.K.Oblt3/26/1918Bamberg22I/ZG-52, 2/ZG-76 (5/40), 6/NJG-1 (1/41), Stab II/NJG-1 (6/41), Stfkpt 4/NJG-1 redesig. 7/NJG-3 (4/42)Bf 110 "G9 + HP" (25% dam 1/9/41; aerial combat, crew OK) & Bf 110D-3 Werk # 4301 "G9 + FP" (5/11/41) in 6/NJG-1, Bf 110E-2 Werk # 4494 "D5+AR" (lost 29/30 July, 1942)
RK(8/30/41)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(9/7/42 Post.)

EK 1 & 2
Destroyer & Night Fighter Operational Clasps
KIA 30 July 1942 after combat with a RAF #102 Halifax II R9442 "DY-R" at Kampenhout, 9 km N of Melsbroek, near Brussels after his third RAF bomber victory of the night. He had to bail out and became entangled in the tailplane. His Radio Operator, Fw Frank, bailed safely. 3 Day victories as a destroyer pilot plus 17 AC destroyed on the ground. Night Fighter Pioneer. One known victory, a Whitlet at Erlecom, 5 km ENE of Nijmegen, the night of 9-10 January, 1941. His 2nd, a Blenheim on 9 May, 1941, no location. His 3rd, a Whitley of RAF No. 115 Sq. into the sea off Husum, 11 May, 1941. His 4th, a Halifax on 23-24 June, 1941. On 28 June, 1941, he downed 4 RAF aircraft, two Whitleys and two Wellingtons, over Hamburg. A Hampden on 30 June, 1941, no location. Two Wellingtons on 16 September, 1941, no locations. A Halifax II of RAF No. 102 Sq. near Hamois (Namur), 6 km NNE of Ciney Belgium the night of 27-28 April, 1942. Two Wellingtons on 1 June, 1942; one 2 km west of Bitsche, the other at Mörscheid. Three victories on 30 July, 1942; a Stirling, a Halifax (above mention) and a Lancaster in the Rocroi/Compte areas. Added: The Lancaster I was from No.50 Sq., R5728 "VN-L". The Lancaster, burning, flew a long way before exploding above Braine-le-Comte. One of the engines broke through the roof of a school house that served as shelter for German troops, killing six soldiers of the 23rd Inf. Div. (John Jones). Alternate spelling: Eckhardt.
30 Fries, Otto HeinrichLt2/18/191818 5/NJG-1 (8/43), TO I/NJG-1 (10/43), Stab II/NJG-1 (8/42 Reich Def?; 12/43 St Trond), Stab II/NJG-1 (5/44 Deelen), JV-44(12/44), I/NJG-1 (1/45) Bf 110F-2 Werk # 3739 (lost 8/28/42; WIA; crashed at Herbesthal, enemy fire), Bf 110G-4(10/43), Bf 110"G-9+EM"(11/43), He 219A-0 Wk#190116 "G9+DC" (lost 5/44), Bf 110"G9+GC"(6/44), He 219A-2/R1 Werk # Unk, "G9 + EK" (lost 1/16/45, crashed Sögtrop Germany; sd by Spitfre of No,85Sq.)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(4/45)
EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge(8/28/42 & 5/20/44)
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
His 219 crashed at Den Bosch Holland the night of 19/20 May, 1944 after combat engine damage. He was WIA, and R/O Fw Alfred Staffer bailed with injuries (DeSwart). One known victory, his 2nd, a British bomber during the Kassel raid, 23 October, 1943. The bomber crashed near Nettersheim in the Eifel region.His 3rd, a Halifax "MP-X" from RAF No. 76 Sq. on 3 November, 1943. His 4th, a Stirling "LJ 442" "JN-F" of RAF No. 75 Sq. which crashed in Horrues on 19 November, 1943. Another known victory, a Lancaster at Hanzinelle on 11 August, 1943. A Stirling 11 km ESE of Schleiden on 22 October, 1943. A Halifax at Lanaken on 3 November, 1943. A Stirling by Tournai on 19 November, 1943. A Lancaster of RAAF 460 Sq., "AR-N", piloted by P/O S.J.Ireland by Kerkrade, S of Jüngenburg, on 29 December, 1943. A "4 mot" SW of Eisleben on 20 February, 1944. A Halifax on 23 April, 1944, no location. A Lancaster of RAF No.514 Sq. near Radio Beacon "Kuli" (northern France) on 29 July, 1944. A 2nd "4 mot" same night, W of Stuttgart. His R/O was Fw Alfred Staffa. Two "4 mots" and a Lancaster opposing the Koblenz Raid on 6 November, 1944. Survived the war. First to use 262 ejection seat in combat.
31 Geiger, AugustHptm5/6/1920Überlingen Bodensee549/NJG-1 (6/42), Stfkpt 7/NJG-1 (9/43 Twente)Bf 110G-4 Werk # 5477 "G9 + ER" (lost 9/30/43)
RK(5/22/43)
EL(3/2/44 Post.)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(9/27/43)
EP(10/19/42)

EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA the night of 29/30 September, 1943 when he was shot down by an RAF Night Fighter Ace, "Bob" Braham, over the Zuider Zee. He and R/O Fw Dieter Koch parachuted into the lake and drowned. The G-4 crashed at Ijsselmeer, 8 km NW of Harderwijk. All his victories were Night victories. On the night of 30 March, 1943, he shot down five AC. One known victory, a Whitley V of RAF No. 138 Sq. at Haarlerberg, 7 km WNW of Rijssen, a town 11 km SW of Almelo Holland, the night of 29-30 July, 1942. A Halifax II of RAF No. 158 at Oldebroek, 12 km NNW of Epe Holland the night of 5-6 August, 1942. A Wellington III of RAF No. 150 Sq. near Epse, 4 km SE of Deventer Holland, the night of 9-10 August, 1942, now a Hptm. A Wellington at Map Quadrant 737/8G3 on 11 September, 1942. Another, A Lancaster "AR-J" of RAAF No. 460 Sq. on 23/24 May, 1943. A Stirling III Wk# EH900, "WP-Y" of RAF No.90 Sq., piloted by F/O McKenzie at Legden on 25/26 June, 1943. Added: Also, the night of 25/26 June, 1943, he is credited with two Lancasters (T.Boiten/R.Snape). Burial at Ysselsteyn: Hptm Geiger M-4-83; Fw Koch CL-3-69 (SGLO).


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32 Gorny,LtII/JG-27Bf 109, Fi 156 "Storch"Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Shot down with wounds over Sidi Rezegh on 25 November, 1941 in his Fi 156, by a P-40 of RAAF No. 3 Sq.. He was on his way to attend the funeral of Lt. Scheppa.
33 Behrens, OttoMaj11/30/1913HannoverEKdo 190 (3/41), Erprobungsstaffel/JG-26 (Operational Test Unit), Stfkpt 6/JG-26 (8/41 Fr.), Rechlin Test Cntr (7/42)Fw 190A-0, Fw 190A-1 "KB + PV" (8/41), Fw 190A-1 Werk # 10010 "Brown 5" (lost 3/24/42), Me 262A-1a Werk # 170095 "KD + EA"Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 24 March, 1942 in aerial combat with a Spitfire flown by Australian pilot, F/O Hogo Armstrong of RAAF No. 129 Sq., near Le Treport. He bailed successfully. After recovery, he was transferred back to the Test Unit. He helped train JG-26 pilots when the Fw 190 replaced the Bf 109 in March 1941. His Fw 190 enthusiasm and skills are generally credited with saving the Fw 190 Program. He replaced Walter Schneider as Stfkpt 6/JG-26 in December, 1941. Survived the war testing Me 262s and Ar 234s for his good friend Kurt Tank. Killed in 1952 in a Pulqui jet fighter in front of Juan Peron in Argentina.

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34 Heydenreich,Oberartz.II/JG-27Fi 156 "Storch"Shot down over Sidi Rezegh on 25 November, 1941 by a P-40 of RAAF No. 3 Sq.. He was on his way to attend the funeral of Lt. Scheppa.
35 Hillmann, KurtFw1/18/19221/KG-53 (11/44 Varrelbusch) He 111H-16 Werk # 110304 A1 + BH" (lost 11/25/44) Bomber Operational Clasp His 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).
Ysselstein, Holland
36 Homuth, GerhardMaj9/20/1914Kiel632/JG-27, Stfkpt 3/JG-27 (Libya), Kdr I/JG-27, Kdr I/JG-54 (6/43)Bf 109E-7/Trop "Yellow 1" and a Bf 109F-4 "Yellow 1" both in 3/JG-27, Fw 190A-6 Werk# 550436 "Black <<" (lost 8/2/43)
RK(6/14/41)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(4/20/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge(6/1/41)
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 3 August, 1943, in Werk# 550436, in aerial combat with a P-38, on a mission near Orel, south of Kromy. About 450 missions. His first victory, a Blenheim over Diest-Schaffen, 11 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Blenheim at Lüttich 12 May, 1940. His 3rd, a Hurricane N of Albert on 19 May, 1940. His 4th, a Blenheim W of Calais on 25 May, 1940. His 5th & 6th, both Spitfires southwest of Dunkirk, 2 June, 1940, while in 3/JG-27. Nos.7 & 8, both Morane 406s; one at Beauvais, the other 3 km SE of Froissy on 5 June, 1940. His 9th, a Bloch 131 at Lechelle on 13 June, 1940. Nos.10 & 11, both Spitfires W of Swanage on 20 July, 1940. His 15th, a Spitfire S of Eastbourne on 30 September, 1940. All victories in the West, including 46 in North Africa. Bowers/Lednicer, 63 victories. Added: His 37th victory, a P-40E piloted by F/Sgt Ronald Henry Simes of RAAF No.3 Sq. on 8 February, 1942 (C.Sundin).

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37 Keller, ErichLt2/6/1915Stab III/KG-100Do 217K-3 Werk # 4718 "6N + DT" (lost 7/4/44)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 4 July, 1944 after his ac was sd by a Mosquito night fighter of RAAF No.456 Sq. during an anti-shipping raid over Seine Bay. The ac crashed into the water off the mouth of the River Orne. Lt Keller bailed safely and was captured shortly thereafter. Remaining crew: Uffz Alois Dietershagen, Obs (KIA, bur Ger War Cem. at St. Desir-de-Lisieux, Fr., Blk 1, Row 25, Gr 543); Uffz Heinrich Garns (or Grans), R/O (MIA) and Ogefr Theodor Boetel, Flt Engr (KIA, bur St. Desir-de-Lisieux Blk 1, Row 27, Gr 583). The RAAF crew responsible may have been P/O S.Williams & F/O K.Havord, who claimed a do 217 destroyed the night in question, but w/o specifying a location (D.Drury).
38 Keller, Friedrich "Fritz"Hptm3/24/1918Köln132/JG-27 (5/40), I/JG-27 (2/42), Kdr II/JG-27 (3/44 to end)Bf 109E-3 (60% dam 5/12/40) & F in 2 Staffel, Bf 109G-14/AS Werk # Unk (lost 12/44) in II GruppeEP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA in December 1944; he bailed safely and two days later, returned to his Group (C.König). He was uninjured when his 109E-3 crashed at Berkelaar Holland, south of Maasbracht, on 12 May, 1940, cause unknown. (DeSwart) His first victory, a Morane 406 in the Compiegne/Roye area, 5 June, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire S of Portland on 11 August, 1940. He again, took command of II/JG-27 in February, 1945, to the end of the war. Two known victims were two P-40s of RAAF No. 3 Sq. near El Adem on 8 February, 1942. His 7th, a B-24 on 8 April, 1944 at Wissingen, E of Osnabrück. His 8th, a B-17 NE of Helmstedt on 29 April, 1944. A 9th, a P-38 at Budapest on 14 July, 1944. A 10th, another P-38 SW of Ammersee on 20 July, 1944. An 11th, a B-17 (e.v.) E of Leinefelde on 29 July, 1944. A 12th, a P-38 in the area S of Pressburg on 7 August, 1944. A 13th, a P-47 W of Euskirchen on 17 December, 1944.

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39 Kreibaum, WalterOfw27/NJG-11Bf 110 EK 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Lancaster NW of Krefeld on 24 February, 1945 (Perry Claims & T. Boiten.
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Halifax lll MZ461 of 462Sqn shot down 1945-02-24 German records showed the aircraft was shot down NW of Krefeld at 1950hrs by a Bf.109 night fighter flown by Oberfeldwebel Walter Kreibaum of III./NJG11. The German report stated: “...crashed in flames by the bridge between Anrath and Viersen, with the loss of all on-board. Kreibaum himself was forced to bail out of his Bf109 shortly afterward, due to an engine fire. His Messerschmitt went down in the area between Anrath and Meersen”.
40 Kurtze, WernerUffz11/29/1920Weissenfels1(F)/22 (Vaernes)Ju 88D-1 Werk # 430581 "4N + FH" (lost 12/2/43)Observer Operational ClaspMIA 2 December, 1943; failed to return from a Mission at Barentshavet, believed shot down by two Spitfires of RAAF No. 453 Sq. and crashed at sea S of Sumburgh. Remaining crew (all MIA): Hptm Friedrich Bock, Observer; Uffz Fritz Sundergeld, R/O and Ogefr Heinz Kock, Gunner. Source: SIG Norway.
41 Linz, Rudolf "Rudi"Lt2/14/1917Ilmenau Thüringen608/JG-5(9/43 S.U.), 4/JG-5(3/44), 11/JG-5(8/44 S.U.), 9/JG-5, Stfkpt 12/JG-5(2/45 Herdla Norway)Bf 109G-2 "Black 4" in 8/JG-5, Bf 109G-6, Fw 190A-8 Werk # 732183 "Blue 4 + o" "Gretel" (lost 2/9/45) RK(3/12/45 Post.)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/1/45)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 9 February, 1945 in his "Blue 4" near Meistad, near Bergen, Norway, after shooting down his 59th & 60th victories, a British Beaufighter and a British P-51 of RAAF No. 65 Sq, piloted by W/O Cecil C. Caesar (source: Rafal Niedzielski). Buried Bergen-Soldheim, 1/17/10 (Rosseels). Volksbund ids date of death as 17 February, 1945 (questionable). 55 victories in the North. His first known victory, two Soviet P-40s on 23 September, 1943. A P-39 and a P-40 on 24 September, 1943. A Soviet P-39 on 24 February, 1944. A P-39 E of Njamoken on 8 March, 1944. A Yak-9 on 7 April, 1944. Five P-39s on 23 April, 1944. Three P-39s South of Petsamo on 10 May, 1944. Two Yak-9s on 11 May, 1944. Two Il-2s, two P-40s and a P-39 on 16 May, 1944. Five Boston IIIs N of Berlevaag on 25 May, 1944. Four Boston IIIs and a P-40 in the Vardöarea on 26 May, 1944. Three P-39s S of Ura Guba on 7 June, 1944. Nine victories on 17 June, 1944. Two Yak-9s and a P-40 on 17 August, 1944. A Pe-2 on 3 September, 1944. Bowers/Lednicer, 70 victories. Other sources suggest his victories may be as high as 70 also.

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42 Lippe-Weissenfeld, Egmont, PrinzMaj7/14/1918Salzburg, Austria51ZG-76, 4/NJG-1(11/40, 3/41), 5/NJG-2(11/41), Kdr I/NJG-3(10/42), Kdr III/NJG-1(6/43), Kdr NJG-5 (3/44 Parchim)Bf 110C-4 Werk # 2270 (lost 6/41), Bf 110C-4 Werk # 3273 (Dam 6/30/41), & Do 217(NJG-3), Bf 110D-2 Werk # 3376 (10% dam 3/12/41; WIA, crashed at Bergen after hit by return fire), Bf 110G-4 "G9 + HS" in III/NJG-1, Bf 110G-4 Wk# 720010 "C9 + CD"(lost 3/12/44) RK(4/16/42)-EL(8/2/43)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/25/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge (3/13/41)
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 12 March, 1944 during a day flight, fatally crashing near St Hubert in the Ardennes due to touching the ground. Buried at the German War Cemetery, Ysselsteyn, Holland TH-1-1. Also KIA were R/O Ofw J.Renette, bur BL-6-133 and Mech Gnr Uffz K.Röber BL-6-134. All Night victories. One known victory, perhaps his first, a Wellington over England on the night of 16-17 November, 1940. A Whitley at Petten, northern Holland, 15 Jan., 1941, while an Oblt in 4/NJG-1. A Wellington the night of 9-10 April, 1941, no location. A Stirling I of RAF No.15 Sq.at Opmeer NL, N3654 piloted by Wing Cmdr Herbert Dale. All 7 perished. Another Wellington the night of 8-9 May, 1941, no location. A Stirling 10 km W of Medenblik the night of 10-11 May, 1941. A Whitley the night of 12-13 June, 1941, no location. A Wellington the night of 18-19 June, 1941 (Wellington R1696 of 305 Sqd (Polish), near Het Grootslag Polder, Holland. A Wellington the night of 22-23 June, 1941, no location. On 30 June, 1941, he crashed Wk# 2270 at Ijsselmeer Holland while in 4/NJG-2, cause and crew disposition unknown (DeSwart). Another Wellington at Map Quadrant 43/4/2 on 7-8 November, 1941. A Whitley and two Wellingtons at Barsingerhorn/Schlagen on 8-9 November, 1941. A Whitley V 2 km SW of Pellen, out at sea, the night of 27-28 December, 1941.

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