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The Kracker Luftwaffe Archive: Axis Powers Pilots and Crew

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#Pilot (↑)RankBornPlaceScore (↑)UnitsAircraftAwards*************Notes*************Photo
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1 Anders, AlfredUffz9/KG-51 (2/43)Ju 88A
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(11/3/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge, Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List. Added: Fw Anders and his Observer, Fw Ludwig Stallner, reported WIA 13 February, 1943, by enemy fire at Natotschniji Qu.Meister File).
2 Becker,FwIII/KG-26 (8/40), 7/KG-26 (4/43)He 111H-3, Ju 88A-4 Werk # 142294 "1H + HR" (lost 4/2/43)Bomber Operational Clasp Crew: Uffz Ludwig Havighorst, bombardier born Ostbevern; R/O Ebbinghaus. Added: Fw Becker and crew all MIA. Remaining crew: Ufz Radda, Obs; Ogefr Schreiter, R/O and Ogefr Benler, Mech (Qu.Meister File).
3 Krug, NorbertLtabt 1921Düsseldorf (?) 9/StG-2 (7/42 S.U.), 7/StG-2 (2/43 S.U.) Ju 87D-3 Werk # 2380 "T6 + MT" (lost 7/6/42), Ju 87D Werk # 2602 "T6 + HR" (lost 2/28/43) EP(11/7/42)

EK 1 & 2
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp in Gold
He and his crew were killed in a collision near Alexandrowka on 28 February, 1943, no further detail (LW Loss Report & Ju 87 Loss List). Buried Düsseldorf 31 March, 1943. Added: The 2/28/43 Remaining crew (KIC): his R/O, Uffz Ludwig Groos (Qu.Meister File). His Werk # 2380 reported lost 6 July, 1942 at Bol. Pljana. The crew returned after being shot down by flak. Ju 87 Loss List
4 Kruse, Otto LudwigUffzKGr.z.b.V. (See) (4/43)Ju 52 Werk # 3254 "8T + EK" (lost 4/18/43)MIA with his entire crew, 18 April, 1943, most likely sd by fighters near Cape Bone. Remaining crew: Uffz Blöme, R/O; Ogefr Hannerle, Mech and Uffz Günther, Gnr, their Given names illegible (Qu.Meister File).
5 Ludwig, GerhardOfwWetterflugstf.Fl.H.Kdtr. (E) 17/IW 34 Werk # 477 (80% dam 4/21/43)Meteorlogical Operational ClaspKIC 21 April, 1943 when he made a forced landing at Königsberg due to engine failure. His R/O, Uffz Gerhard Weber was injured (Qu.Meister File).
6 Meister, Ludwig "Luk"Hptm12/14/1919Erbendorf, Bayern39 5/NJG-1(9/41), 8/NJG-4(5/42), 1/NJG-4(10/42), 2/NJG-1 (1/43), Stfkpt 1/NJG-4(7/43), Kdr III/NJG-4 (12/44 to end) Bf 110 "3C + DS" (in 5/NJG-1), Bf 110G-4 Wk# 720078 "3C+TJ" (lost 3/23/44) , Ju 88G in III/NJG-4 RK(6/9/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(4/3/44)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
125 combat missions. All but one of his victories were Night victories. On 30 November, 1941, he scored two victories, a Halifax and a Whitley, no locations on either. Two victories the night of 28-29 August, 1942; a Wellington III at Eich, 13 km NNE of Worms and a Stirling I at Airlenbach, 34 km NE of Mannheim. A Lancaster I of RAF No. 57 Sq. between Maleves and Tourinnes St Lambert, 22 km SSW of Tienen Belgium, the night of 22-23 November, 1942. A Halifax II of RAF No. 102 Sq. between Resteigne and Grupont (Luxembourg), SSE of Rochefort Belgium, the night of 2-3 December, 1942. Another, opposing the night attack on Cologne, a Halifax "MH-E" "JD-262" of RAF No. 51 Sq. piloted by Sgt John Garnham (KIA his 1st Oper.), 4 July, 1943. The AC crashed in the village of Rance; three of the crew survived. A Lancaster 2km S of Liebenwalde, and a Halifax near Schönmark, the night of 20/21 January, 1944. His last victory, a Lancaster near Kassel on the night of 7/8 March, 1945. WIA 23 March, 1944, returning from a mission in his G-4, he was attacked by a P-47 and crashed near Naninne, seriously injured. He was hospitalized until August of 1944. His radar oper. was Fw Hannes Forke. Magnus, 39 victories. Survived the war. Deceased 26 November, 2011 Vaterstten (P. Bastin).
7 Oldenburg, HeinrichHptmIII/KG-76 (4/43 Catania) Ju 88A-4 Trop Werk # 1132 "F1 + BS" (lost 4/16/43) Bomber Operational Clasp Entire crew reported MIA 14 April, 1943, cause and location not reported. Remaining crew: Ofw Willi Bölicke, Obs; Fw Ludwig Kemm, R/O and Uffz Erwin Lutzl, Gnr (Qu.Meister File).
8 Rauber, PaulUffz4(F)/122 (3/43)He 111H Werk # 8102 (90% dam 3/7/43)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC with hie entire crew, 7 March,1943 when they crashed on takeoff from Sarabus. Remaining crew: Lt Heinz Bösand, Obs; Gefr Ludwig Lenzer, R/O and Gefr Gerhard Müller, Gnr (Qu.Meister File).
9 Steiner, LudwigFw5/196 (4/43)Ar 196 Werk # 0280 (lost 4/13/43) Observer Operational ClaspKIC 13 April, 1943 when he crashed near Hourtin due to engine trouble. The ac caught fire on impact. His R/O, Ofhr Hans Kluck was injured (Qu.Meister File).

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