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101 Patz, WernerHptm1II/JG-77 (4/41), Adj/JG-26 (4/42), Stfkpt 11/JG-26 (12/42), Operational Trng Unit-Merville 4/43Bf 109E-7 Werk # 5272 (40% dam 4/19/41), Fw 190A-1 & 2, Bf 109G-1 & G-4 in 11 Staffel EK 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 19 April, 1941 after being hit by flak and belly landing at Larissa Greece. Replaced Lt Paul Schauder as Stfkpt 11/JG-26 when Scauder went to the Staff/JG-26 in January, 1943.
102 Petermann, WernerOfw95/JG-77 (4/40 Channel; 5/41 Greece) Bf 109E Werk # 5273-4 (lost 12/16/40), Bf 109E-4 Werk # 1539 (90% damaged 9/16/40), Bf 109E-7/B Werk # 3487 "Black 1" (lost 5/20/41)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 20 May, 1941; belly landed on a Crete beach after being hit by flak. Injured in a crash 16 December, 1940, crashing at the Brest-Guipavas airfield, cause unknown (A.Rosseels). One known victory, his 1st, a Hampden 12 April, 1940, no location. His 2nd, another Hampden southwest of Stavanger, 24 April, 1940. His 3rd, a Blenheim at Stavanger, 25 June, 1940. A 4th, a Blenheim NW of Stavanger on 9 July, 1940. His 5th & 6th, both Blenheims in the Aalborg area on 13 August, 1940. A 7th, a Blenheim W of Stavanger on 20 October, 1940. His 8th, a Bf 109E (Finnish?) at Belgrad on 6 April, 1941. His 9th victory, a Blenheim at Amphiklia on 18 April, 1941. His Werk # 1539 was 90% damaged on 16 September, 1940 from a landing accident at the Vaernes Norway airfield, pilot OK (Source: SIG Norway).
103 Peters, WalterLt11/11/1921Steinbrück7/TG-4Ju 52/cm Werk # 500177 "G6 + OR" (lost 7/21/44)Transport Operational ClaspKIA 21 July, 1944 due to enemy fire south of Antimilos Greece (Cyclades Group, Agean Sea). Remaining crew: Uffz Siegfried Schulze, R/O (WIA); Ofw Hans Dietrich, Flt Engr (MIA) and Fw Walter Peyerl, Gnr (KIA). The two deceased are buried in the Ger. War Cem. at Dionyssos-Rapendoza, Greece, Crypt 2, Row 15; Pilot Peters, Platte 12 and Gnr Peyerl, Platte 13 (D.Drury).
104 Pflüger, WernerUffz17/JG-27 (Med)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 15888 "White 5 + I" (lost 2/25/44) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 25 February, 1944 during aerial combat 20 km SSW of Pointe de Cos (Rosseels & Bf 109 Loss List). This, the same day as his first known victory! One known victory, perhaps his 1st, a B-26 8 km W of Insel Kos (Greece) on 25 February, 1944.
105 Pichler, Johannes "Hans"Lt12/15/1912Oberschweinbach Oberbayern52 7/JG-77 (5/41), Leningrad 9/42, 7/JG-77 (6/43 Sicily) Bf 109E-7 Werk # 1963 "Yellow 2" (85% dam 5/22/41 Greece), Bf 109G-6 Werk# 8358, Bf 109G-6 Wk# 18151 "Wh 3"(lost 7/14//43), Bf 109G-6 Wk# 165685 "Wh 13" (7/28/44) RK(8/19/44) as Fhj-Ofw.

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(4/14/43)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pendant
POW 28 August, 1944 after being shot down by American fighters SE of Titu Romania. Injured in a crash in his E-7 at Moloai on 22 May, 1941, cause not given. 16 Bombers. Fought over Crete, Russia, N. Africa, Italy and Romania. On 30 August, 1944, while in a hospital in Budapest after being wounded on 28 July, 1944 in Wk# 165685, he was taken into Russian confinement. 700 missions. Wounded earlier in Wk# 18151 on 14 July, 1943, but managed to bail safely. 16 four engine bombers. His first victory, a Hurricane I 7 km west of Labbi on 16 May, 1941. 29 victories in the East. His first known Soviet victory, a DB-3 and two I-301s on 15 January, 1942. An I-153 on 17 May, 1942. Additional victories include several ships sunk near Crete, including the British battleship "Valiant" on 22 May, 1941. His 38th victory, a B-24 in the Balkans on 4 April, 1944. His 40th, a B-24 (HSS) in the Balkans on 5 May, 1944. His 49th & 50th, both B-24s at Liegeplatz: Mizil/Rum (Romania) on 15 July, 1944. Bowers/Lednicer, 75 victories (spelled Pilcher). Deceased 16 February, 1995.

Courtesy Christian König

Courtesy Christian König

106 Pietschmann, TheodorOfw5/ZG-26 (4/41 Greece)Bf 110EK 2, Destroyer Operational ClaspOne known victory, a Hurricane of No.33 Sq in the Athens area on 20 April, 1941.
107 Pliberschek, ReinholdFw1/NJG-3 (Greece) BF 110E-1 Werk # 3956 (lost 6/18/41) Night Fighter Operational Clasp KIC with unnamed crew 18 June, 1941; crashed on takeoff from the Argos airfield. Bf 110 Loss List. His R/O, later identified as Gefr Heinrich Leithner was buried in the War Graves Cemetery at Dionyssos-Rapendoza, Greece, Vault 2, Reihe 11, Platte 12. (This may also be the resting place of pilot Pliberschek) Source: Jörg Windmüller. Alternate spelling: Plieberschok.
108 Pothmann, HeinrichGefr38/JG-27Bf 109
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a Beaufighter southwest of Gadurra, off Rhodes Greece, 5 November, 1943. His 2nd, a Beaufighter west of Karpathos Greece, 10 November, 1943. His 3rd, a P-38 northof Megara Greece, 20 December, 1943.
109 Pritsche, GottfriedOgefr16/TG-1Ju 52/3m Werk # 501126 "1Z + EQ" (lost 7/2/44)Wound Badge, Transport Operational ClaspInjured 2 July, 1944 when his ac crashed into the Agean Sea, E of Hydra Greece, due to an engine malfunction. Remaining crew: Ofw Herbert Mandt, R/O (KIC) and Ofw Emil Spalleck, Mech (Inj). Ofw Mandt is memoralized on the Kiel-Laboe Memorial as missing at sea (D.Drury).
110 Rauch, AntonFw12/19/1917Diessen EinsatzkampfGr.Ju 88/Gen.d.Fl.Ausb. (10/43) Ju 88A-4 Werk # 0183 "K5 + AH" (lost 10/10/43) Bomber Operational Clasp KIC 10 October, 1943 when the ac crashed and burned at Athens-Tatoi airfield, Greece, cause uncertain. Remaining crew: Wolf Renek, Co-Pilot (KIC); Oblt Georg Denkmann, Obs (KIC); Fw Otto Butz, R/O (Inj) and Fw Felix Czech, Gnr (KIC). The three deceased are buried in the German War Cem. at Dionyssos-Rapendoza, Greece, Crypt 3 Row 4, Platte 5; Rauch, Denkmann and Czech (D.Drury). NOTE: Per LOCS, two versions 1) sd by a Beaufighter, or 2) Collided with another Ju 88 on takeoff from Athens-Tatoi.
111 Reichardt, EdmundOblt3/StG-3 (Greece), 9/StG-3 (10/43 S.U.)Ju 87R-2 Werk # 5904 "S1 + LL" (lost 4/23/41), ju 87D-5 Werk # 130887 (lost 10/2/43)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspKIA with unnamed crew 2 October, 1943 by flak in Map Quad Pl.Qu. 7671. Wk# 5904 reported lost at Chalkie on 23 April, 1941, crew returned. Ju 87 Loss List
112 Reichel, WolfgangLt1/Seeaufklärungsgruppe -126 (1/44 Greece)Ar 196A-3 Werk # 154 "D1 + AH" (lost 1/27/44) Observer Operational ClaspUnnamed crew reported KIA. Only known crew, the Observer, this Lt Reichel (
113 Renek, WolfEMEinsatzkampfGr.Ju 88/Gen.d.Fl.Ausb. (10/43)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 0183 "K5 + AH" (lost 10/10/43)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 10 October, 1943, while serving as 2nd Pilot for Fw Anton Rauch, heir ac crashed and burned at Athens-Tatoi airfield, Greece (D.Drury). See Fw Rauch for further detail.
114 Rien, HelmutUffz5/1/1920Hamm3/KG-2Do 17 Werk # 3499 "U5 + AL" (lost 4/20/41)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 20 April, 1941 after his ac was hit by ground fire, and he crashed near Lamia, Greece. Remaining crew: Ogefr Albert Neubauer, Obs (WIA); Uffz Walter Schmidt, R/O (WIA) and Gefr Walter Pele, Gnr (MIA). Uffz Rien buried in the War Cem., Dionyssos-Rapendoza, Crypt 2, Row 3, Platte 11 (D.Drury).
115 Rödel, WilhelmUffz3/ZG-26 (Greece)Bf 110E Werk # 3638 "U8 + AL" (lost 4/26/41)Destroyer Operational ClaspKIA with crew 26 April, 1941, crashed near Larissa, apparently hit by AA fire. Bf 110 Loss List
116 Rohwerder,Oblt12/SAGr-126Fw 190A EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Beaufighter over Greece on 6 September, 1944.
117 Schaar, FritzUnk Unk Seeauflärgruppe (9/43 Herakleia Is.Greece) Ar 196A-3 Werk # Unk "D1 + EH" (lost 9/17/43) Observer Operational Clasp Crew of two rescued 17 September, 1943, when, while protecting a convoy of three, they were attacked by Beaufighters near Naxos. Badly damaged, the pilot made a controlled ditch near the UJ 2104 (ship) and sunk minutes later. Pilot Schnaar and his R/O-Gnr, Herbert Schneider were rescued and taken prisoner and released in1948. The wreck was found by Greek fisherman in 1982, and moved to a bay of the island Herakleia (
118 Schäfer, WalterUffz9/2/1922Oberstenfeld2(F)/123 (Greece) Ju 88D-1 Trop Werrk # 430733 (lost 6/16/43) Observer Operational Clasp Three of the crew were KIC south of Tatoi on 16 June, 1943 when the ac crashed due to engine trouble. The Observer this date was Ofw Erhard Schäfer, he is believed to be one of those killed, one unnamed was injured. Source: Ju 88 Loss List. Added: The Observer, Ofw Schäfer died of his wounds 17 June, 1943 in a Luftwaffe Hospital in Athens. Remaining crew: Uffz Heinz Thurm, R/O (WIC) and Uffz Paul Lock, Gnr (KIC). THe deceased are buried in the Ger War Cem. at Dionyssos-Rapendoza in Crypt 3 Row 3, Platte 4
119 Schaffhauser, KarlFw17/JG-27 (Greece), 12/JG-27 (3/45 Reich Def)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 160074 "White 8 + I" (10/5/43), Bf 109K-4 Werk # 331489 (70% dam 2/6/45), Bf 109K-4 Werk # 331458 "Blue 13 + I" (lost 3/2/45) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 2 March, 1945 during aerial combat near Saerbeck, and buried in Saerbeck with comrade, Erich Schulz. His Wk# 331489 was damaged in a crash at Hesepe on 6 February, 1945 due to engine trouble. His "White 8 was reported lost at Atalante/Theben area on 5 October, 1943. He was captured by partisans, but escaped later.One known victory, a B-26 on 6 March, 1944 SE of Insel Lower Andros Greece.
120 Schaible, Hans TraugottOblt7/KG-30 (Greece)Ju 88A-5 Werk # 8135 "4D + JR" (lost 4/11/41)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew 11 April, 1941, shot down by a Hurricane piloted by S/L Thomas St.John Pattle of No. 33 Sq., near Volos Harbor Greece (Ju 88 Loss List).
121 Schindler, WalterOfw3/SAGr.126Ar 196A-3 Werk # 0306 "D1 + KL" (lost 12/4/43)Observer Operational ClaspKIA 4 December, 1943 following an attack by a Beaufighter over the Aegean Sea off Leros Greece. They crashed while attempting to rescue a crew member of another Ar 196. Schindler's observer, Ofw Otto Albrecht, was also killed (D.Drury).
122 Schmidt, ArminOblt6/11/19124Stfkpt & T/O 6(J)/TrGr-186 (12/39), Stfkpt 9/JG-77 (4/41)Bf 109E-1 "Yellow 14" (dam 12/39), Bf 109E-7 Werk # 3401 (lost 4/19/41)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 19 April, 1941 during aerial combat with Hurricanes of No.33 Sq. northeast of Lamia Greece; promoted to Hptm postumously on 1 July, 1943 (D.Stankey & L.DeZeng). Crashed his E-1 at Nordholz Germany in December, 1939; he was uninjured. This "Yellow 14" may have been the mount of Reinhold Schmetzer. One known victory, his 1st, a Blenheim into the North Sea, north of Borkum, 11 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Bf 109E (Finnish?) at Belgrad on 6 April, 1941.
123 Schwärzel, GüntherHptm2/13/1912Hamburg-AltonaBombers, III/StG-2, Stfkpt 9/StG-2 (Greece/Crete), Stfkpt 8/StG-2, Kdr III/StG-2Ju 87R-2 Werk # unk "T6 + AT" (41) RK(6/24/41)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/7/42 Post.)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp w/"300" hanger
On 24 September, 1942, he was critically wounded by a machine gun bullet 1 km northeast of Olkhovatka Russia, and died two days later at the Kursk Field Hospital. 300 missions with the Ju 87.
124 Seeliger, WalterLt2/StG-1 (Greece), II/StG-3 (4/42 Africa)Ju 87B-2 Werk # 5889 "A5 + EK" (lost), Ju 87R-2 Trop Werk # 6189 (65% dam 4/15/42)Wound Badge
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp
He and his unnamed R/O were injured in a crash landing at the Cirene airfield on 15 April, 1942 due to a technical failure. He was known to have been shot down by an Allied fighter near Tricala, date unknown, and returned, a Fhr at the time. Ju 87 Loss List
125 Serl,Uffz14/SAGr 129Fw 190A EK 2
Assault Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Beaufighter "DL-7" over Greece on 16 March, 1944.
126 Simon, HorstLt8/22/19186/KG-26He 111H-5 Werk # 3874 "1H + AP" (lost 1/26/42)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 26 January, 1942 due to an accidental ground strike at Heraklion, Crete (Greece), cause unknown. Two of the crew, whose names are not revealed, are listed as "Missing at Sea". Remaining crew: Ogefr Johann Krause, Obs (injured); Ogefr Walter Herrmann, R/O (MIA) and Ogefr Willi Bormann, Flt Engr (MIA). There are no known graves for the missing airmen, but they are listed on the War Memorial in Maleme, Crete (D.Drury).
Maleme, Greece
127 Sinner, RudolfMaj12/31/1915Austria39JG-3, 2/JG-27(7/41), Stfkpt 6/JG-27(6/42 & 9/42 Libya), Kdr IV/JG-27(6/43 Greece), Kdr IV/JG-54(7/43), III/JG-7, Kdr JG-7(2/45 to end)BF 109F-4 "Yellow 1 + -" (6/42 Africa) in 6/JG-27, Bf 109F "Red 11" (Trop.), Bf 109G-2 Werk # Unk "Yellow 1 + -" (9/42) in 6/JG-27, Bf 109G-6 Trop Werk # 16328 (35% dam 3/24/43: WIA overturn on landing), Bf 109G-6 Werk# 410557(lost 3/6/44), Me 262A-1b "Red 3" in JG-7, Me 262A-1b "Green 1 <" (lost 4/45)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/27/42)

EK 1 & 2
EP (9/7/42), Wound Badge in Silver
Fighter Operational Clasp
32 victories in the Desert. His first known Soviet victory, while Kdr of IV/JG-54, a LaGG-3 NE of Ussvyati on 11 October, 1943. 3 victories in the Me 262. 305 combat missions. Shot down with serious wounds by B-17 return fire, and bailed successfully, 6 March, 1944 in Werk# 410557 (bore the number "2", most likely Yellow or White) over Bassum, south of Bremen. At this time, he was Kdr III/JG-54. He led III/JG-54 against U.S. bombers on 6 March, 1944, the day Ralph Kracker was shot down, and was himself shot down with wounds. Commanded III/JG-54 in March, 1944. Returned to JG-27 to command I Gruppe in June, 1944. His last command was III/JG-7 in January, 1945. On 4 April, 1945, Rudi was shot down by Capt.Kirke B.Everson of 339th FG and bailed, but was too low for his chute to fully deploy, and was severely injured. Known to have also flown Me 262A-1a "Blue 1" in March 1945. His 38th victory, flying the Me 262, a B-24 near Rathenow on 3 March, 1945. His 39th, and last victory, a P-51 SW of Berlin on 7 March, 1945. Shot down 12 times, bailing three times. Wounded five times.

L-R: Major Gustav Rödel (Kommodore JG 27) - Hptm. Werner Schroer (Kommandeur ll./JG 27) - Major Rudolf Sinner (Kommandeur lV./JG 27)

Courtesy Christian König

128 Sonnemann, UlrichFw9/KG-2 (5/42 Schiphol) Do 17Z Werk # Unk "U5 + BT" (lost 4/9/41), Do 217E-4 Werk # 1174 "U5 + ?T" (lost 5/5/42) Bomber Operational Clasp His Do 217 crashed into the Het Canal, Holland on 5 May, 1942, cause and pilot/crew disposition unknown (DeSwart). Added: Fw Sonnemann MIA 5 May, 1942 when he crashed into the Channel for an unknown reason. Remaining crew: Fw H.Wimmer, Obs (KIC, bur Yssel BD-7-162 after washing up 19 July, 1942); Uffz K.H.Westmar, R/O (MIA) and Uffz A.Kanther, Mech/Gnr (MIA) (SGLO). On 9 April, 1941, Uffz Sonnemann was sd by a Hurricane of No.33 Sq., piloted by S/L Thomas St.John Pattle in Greece. He is believed to have been captured, but released later in April, 1941.
129 Sorg, EngelbertUffz8/21/1921Mark OberdorfFlugzeugführer in a Transport SquadronJu 523/mTransport Operational ClaspKIA 15 September, 1944 during an enemy fighter attack over Greece. Buried in the German War Graves Dionyssos-Rapendoza in Koccinia, near Athens Greece, Grave 3, Row 10, Platt 1. His R/O, Ogefr Jakob Streifeneder (geb 3/2/1923), was also killed in the attack. Information found on his Obituary Notice.
130 Specka, KurtOblt1/24/1913Buchschlag5/ZG-26 (Greece)Bf 110E Werk # 4299 "3U + EN" (lost 4/20/41)Destroyer Operational ClaspKIA with unnamed crew 20 April, 1941, downed by British fighters of No.33 Sq. at Piräus (eng. Piraeus). Bf 110 Loss List. Added: His R/O identified as Uffz Hans Günther Franke (KIA). Both buried in the War Cem., Dionyssos-Rapendoza, Crypt 3, Row 8, Platte 6 (D.Drury).
131 Spieth, AlbertOfw7/26/1915Altbach / Esslingen3/KG-51 (Greece), 10/KG-51 (2/43)Ju 88A-5 Werk # 4326 "9K + JL" (lost 4/24/41) RK(3/24/43)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(7/16/42)

EK 1 & 2
Class "C" Glider Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp in Gold
KIA 4 October, 1943 in area of Bobruisk Russia during a Soviet air raid on the airfield. His Wk# 4326 developed engine trouble and came down in the sea east of Euboea. Remaining crew (all rescued): Uffz Wilhelm Welling, Obs; Uffz Arthur Stranz, R/O and Uffz Werner naas, GNR.. 303 combat missions. Source: Kaiser RK book.

Albert Spieth+ Häberlen

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Courtesy Christian König

132 Stadler, FranzUffzAustria1 EJG Süd, 7/JG-27 (2/44 Greece, 4/44 Kastelli Crete), 5/JG-51 (5/45) Bf 109G-5 Werk # Unk "White 3" in JG-27 EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
In Greece, he was posted at the Cretan airfield of Kastelli. One known victory, an SM 84 (?) 30 km NE of Brindisi Italy on 14 May, 1944. Flugbuch.
133 Stahl, ErhardOblt1/8/1913Nonnenweiher bei Lahr3/LG-1 (4/41 Greece)Ju 88A-4 Trop Werk # 5571 "L1 + JL" (lost 3/22/42) RK(4/16/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp in Gold
KIC with two other unnamed crew on 22 March, 1942, in the eastern Mediterranean for reasons unrelated to combat. His Observer, Lt Wolfgang Bartels was rescued. Remaining crew (KIC): Ofw Heinz Kasparek, R/O and Ogefr Hans Dieter Behrens, Gnr.. Stahls body washed up near Pyrgos Greece on 17 May, 1942. He was buried in local Italian military cemetery. (Ju 88 Loss list & Kaiser RK book). 155 combat missions. Destroyed 50 vehicles. Kaiser RK book.
134 Stanke,Oblt KG-200 (3/44 Kalathos airfield, Rodos (Rhodes) Island Geece) Fw 200C-3/U7 Werk # Unk "G6 + AY" (1/45 Kalathos airfield) Bomber Operational Clasp After numerous flights between Austria and Rhodes Greece, he and his unnamed crew, fled Kalathos for the last time, 31 March, 1945. They had been harassed by Beaufighters of No.252 Sq.. His Navigator was a Hptm Link. (
135 Steinberg, RolfUffz9/JG-27 (Greece)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 140079 "Yellow 2 + I" (lost 12/14/43)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 14 December, 1943 during aerial combat near Caparamythia. Mombeek.
136 Steinbrecher, KarlUffz2/SAGr.126Ar 196A-3 Werk # 1015 "D1 + MK" (lost 12/4/43) Wound Badge, Observer Operational Clasp WIA 4 December, 1943 after his ac came down into the Aegean Sea, off the island of Levitha, Greece. His ac was believed attacked by a Beaufighter of No.47 Sq., piloted by F/O Robert Willis. Uffz Steinbrecher escaped by dinghy and F/O Willis took no further action, sparing Steinbrecher's life. These Two did meet in 2002. The observer, Lt Eberhard Ahrends was KIA after being rescued by another Ar 196 (D.Drury).
137 Stetten, Kurt Freiherr vonOblt6/18/19066/KG-26He 111H-5 Werk # 3843 "1H + ZP" (maybe code EP)(lost 5/20/41)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 20 May, 1941 when his ac took fire during an attack on the Heraklion airfield, crashing on day one of the Battle of Crete. Remaining crew, the deceased buried in the Geman War Cem. at Maleme Crete, Block 1: Oblt Werner Schmidt, Obs (KIA, bur Gr 628); Uffz Heinz Kube, R/O (WIA); Uffz Johann Miedl, Flt Engr (KIA, bur Gr 589) and Gefr Franz Hudelist, Gnr (KIA, bur Gr 590). Oblt von Stetten buried Gr 629 (D.Drury).
Maleme, Greece
138 Stry, HerbertOblt9/12/1916Kreuzburg OberschlesienI/StG-162, II/StG-2, Stfkpt 7/StG-3 (9/43 Greece)Ju 87R-4 "S7 + CR" (this may be a D-1), Ju 87D-3 (Trop) Werk # 110285 S7 + CP" "Yellow C" (lost 9/21/43) RK(9/24/42)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(6/1/42)
EK 1 & 2
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp w/Pendant
KIA 21 September, 1943 during a diving attack on Italian Badoglia forces, when his own bomb exploded in mid air over Davgata, Insel Kephallonia, on the Greek west coast. Channel pilot. Particularly successful against shipping. Kriegsbericher Hanns Gross was known to fly R/O with Stry.

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139 Stückler, Alfred FranzLt3/16/1920108/JG-27 (9/42 Africa; 5/44 Götzendorf/Wein)Bf 109F-4 (Trop) Werk # 7278 (42), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 440697 "Red 3 + I" (lost 5/12/44)EP

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 12 May, 1944 during aerial combat with 4FG fighters at Alsfeld/Oberhessen. One known victory, a P-40 west of El Hammam on 4 September, 1942. His 2nd was another P-40 in the El Alamein area on 15 September, 1942. His 3rd victory was a B-24 between Sollum and Benghazi on 4 November, 1942. His 4th victory, in Sicily, a Beaufighter 35 km west of Insel Zakinthos on 13 June, 1943. His 5th, a P-38 15 km south of Antikythera, Greece, 8 October, 1943. His 6th, a Manchester 40 km southwest of Pthymi Greece, 8 October, 1943. His 9th, a B-24 35 km SW of Marburg on 19 March, 1944. His 10th, a P-38 at Kainbach, by Graz, 2 April, 1944. Named "Franz" on the Bowers/Lednicer Ace Pilot List.
140 Stütz, KarlUffz2/LG-1 (Greece)Ju 88A Werk # 0620 "L1 + SK" (lost 4/15/41)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with two other unnamed crew 15 April, 1941, probably shot down by a Blenheim of No. 30 Sq., one other crew KIA (Ju 88 Loss List).
141 Suwelack, Gerhard GerdLt19206Stab II/JG-27 (5/43), 10/JG-27 (10/43), JG-7Bf 109G (Trop), Bf 109G, Me 262EP

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known Desert victory, a P-38 25 km west southwest of Marettimo on 10 May, 1943. His 2nd, a P-38 south of Strand Dulcino, near Montenegro, Yugoslavia, 25 October, 1943. His 3rd, a P-38 southwest of Insel Aegina Greece, 15 November, 1943. His 4th, a B-24 (HSS) west of Magdeburg on 19 May, 1944. A B-24 at Bürck-sur-Mür on 24 May, 1944. His 6th, a P-47 at Angers on 24 June, 1944. Alternate spelling: Suwelak (Magnus) & Suwelach (H. Breuer).
142 Thurner, HubertUffz4/SAGr.126Ar 196A-3 (A-2?) Werk # 0302 "D1 + BN" (lost 12/4/43)Observer Operational ClaspHis fate unknown, but believed KIA 4 December, 1943, when his ac was attacked by a Beaufighter over the Aegean Sea, off the island of Levitha Greece. His observer, Lt Friedrich Karl Brunswig, was KIA, and buried in the German War Cem. at Dionyssos- Rapendoza, Tomb 3, Row 11, Plate 12 (D.Drury).
143 Uhlick, JohannesUffz1/KG-51 (Greece)Ju 88A-5 Werk # 6322 "9K + FH" (lost 4/16/41)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA with unnamed crew 16 April, 1941; sd NE of Poltika (Volos), probably the victim of F/O Graham of No. 80 Sq. (Ju 88 Loss List).
144 Ullrich, FriedrichFhjUffz48/JG-27 (Reich Def)Bf 109F, Bf 109G-6 Werk # 165084 "Red 1 + I" (lost 5/19/44)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 19 May, 1944 during aerial combat at Salzwedel. One known victory, his 1st, a Maryland south of Insel Rhodes Greece, 28 October, 1943. His 2nd, a Beaufighter south of Gadurra, off Rhodes Greece, 5 November, 1943. His 3rd, a B-24 30 km N of Steyr on 2 April, 1944. His 4th, a B-17 (HSS) on 12 May, 1944, no location. Alternate spelling: Ulrich.
145 Umschaden, HansLt6/29/1920Linz, Austria11/LG-1 (Med) Ju 88A-5 Werk # 8280 "L1 + BV" (lost 3/14/42) EP (11/3/41), EK 1 & 2, Bomber Operational Clasp in Gold KIA with unnamed crew 14 March, 1942; belly landed due to engine damage while on a delivery flight, location not reported. Lt Umschaden buried at Dionyssos-Rapendoza Cem. (Ju 88 Loss List & LOCS). Added: Remaining crew (KIA): Uffz Helmut Lachmund, Obs (geb 3/24/14); Uffz Helmut Plate, R/O (geb 11/26/19) and Ogefr Heinrich Neumaier, Gnr (4/30/21). Lt Umschaden and crew crashed in the village of Kymi, Euböa Island, Greece. The crew were initially buried at the cemetery of Aghios Ioannis. Their final resting place is in the Ger War Cem. at Dionyssos-Rapendoza as follows: Lt Umschaden Gr 30, Uffz Lachmund Gr 35, Uffz Plate Gr 29 and Ogefr Neumaier Gr 31 (Stelios Kampouris, Greece, 5/2020).
146 Veronese, AlbertoObltItaly, Regia Aeronautica Italiana6410A, 29o Gruppo (10/40 Greece); 303aCR.42 (10/40)Fiat G.55, Bf 109G
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 4 January, 1944 (H. Breuer)
147 Weigel, Hans GeorgOblt10/2/1922Reichenbach3(F)/126 (8/43), SAGr-126 (7/44), 1/JG-102(9/44), II/NAGr-11 (10/44), 1 & 2/NAGr-11(4/45)Ar 196A-5 Werk # 100451 "D1 + ?L" (lost 7/23/44), Bf 109GEK 1(10/4/44)
EK 2(1/30/44)
Wound Badge, Observer Badge in Gold
Oblt Weigel awarded both the Pilot & Combined Pilot & Observer Badges. Source: Added: His Ar 196 was sd by Beaufighters of No.603 Sq., 10 miles S of Mykonos, Greece. Both he and his R/O-Gnr, Uffz Karl Rathenow, were wounded in the encounter, but rescued. Their ac has been currently recovered, and is in the Greek Air Force Museum in Athens (Andrea Babuin 12/2023).

Courtesy Andrea Babuin

148 Weiting, HansObltX Fl. Korps (Greece)Ju 88A-5 Werk # 6349 (lost 6/29/41)RK

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
KIC 29 June, 1941 when he struck the ground.
149 Wendler, Gerhart (Gerhard?) "Hans"Lt3/27/1914Munich1(H)/14 (Pz) Hs 126B-1 Werk # Unk (lost 6/11/40), Hs 126 Werk # 3154 "5F + AH" (lost 4/14/41) Observer Operational Clasp KIA 14 April, 1941; shot down by a Greek PZL piloted by F/Sgt Periklis Koutroumbas, crashing at Platamon, in the Elasson-Larissa area of Greece. His unnamed Observer was listed as MIA. Obs Loss List. Added: He was uninjured 11 June, 1940 when he was sd at Annelles, SE of Rethel, Ardennes, by Curtiss H-75A fighters of GC II/4 during an observation mission. His Observer, Lt Karl Heinz Schreiber, was seriously wounded. Re the April 1941 incident: Lt Wendler is buried in the Ger War Cem at Dionyssos-Rapendoza, in Crypt 1, Row 13, Platte 2. His unnamed observer, was Ofw Hugo Scharf, also KIA, buried in Crypt 1, Row 2, Platte 12 (D.Drury).
150 Werfft-Wessely, Peter Dr.Maj10/8/1904Vienna, Austria26 1/JG-27 (7/41), 7/JG-27 (10/42), Stafkpt 9/JG-27 (4/44 Reich Def), Kdr III/JG-27 (10/44) Bf 109E-7/Trop "White 6" in 1/JG-27, Bf 109F & G(Trop) in 7 Staffel, Bf 109G-6 Wk# 441090 "Yellow 1 + I" (5/19/44) RK(1/28/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(7/23/44)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 19 May, 1944 in "Yellow 1" by US Bomber return fire, after downing a B-24. One of the oldest operational fighter pilots. All victories in the West. His first, two Hurricanes, one at Sevenoaks, the other N of Brighton, on 27 September, 1940. 14 bombers. One known victory, a Boston III northwest of Moschee El-Daba on 26 October, 1942. Another victory, a Spitfire 25 km southeast of El Alamein on 2 November, 1942. His 10th victory, a B-17 northeast of Megara Greece, 20 December, 1943. His 14th & 15th, both B-24s, one NW of Stolpberg, the other W of Lavantthal Tür, on 2 April, 1944. A B-24 (HSS) 40km WSW of Raab on 23 April, 1944. His 20th, a B-17 30 km ENE of Hanau on 12 May, 1944. Deceased 1970.
151 Werner, KurtUffzSeeTransportFliegerStaffel-3Ju 52 (Seaplane) Werk # 6987 "TE + DZ" (formerly "8A + GL")(lost 1/27/44)Transport Operational ClaspKIA 27 January, 1944 when his ac was sd by a Beaufighter of No.603 Sq., coming down into the Aegean Sea, W of Mykonos. Remaining crew (dispo & desig unknown): Uffz Philipp Beisel, Ofw Heinz Hieke, Ofw Erich Burkhardt (or Burckhardt) and Gefr Willi Hermann Nau. Gefr Nau found in the VDK, buried in the Ger War Cem. at Dionyssos-Rapendoza, Greece, Crypt 2, Row 16, Platte 4. Ofw Burkhardt was a passenger from 7. Seenotstaffel (D,Drury).
152 Westen, HelmutOblt11/21/1913Kiel 6/KG-51 (12/40 Channel; 4/41 Greece) Ju 88A-5 Werk # 4151 "??" (80% dam 12/12/40), Ju 88A-5 Werk # 8201 "9K + LP" (lost 4/12/41) Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp
MIA in Wk# 8201 with his Observer Hptm Jürgen Berlin and one other unnamed crew 12 April, 1941 in the Banja-Luka area; sd by a Hurricane, one other crew KIA (Ju 88 Loss List). He and his unnamed crew were injured in Wk# 4151 12 December, 1940 making an emergency landing near Dieppe due to bad weather (Ju 88 Loss List).
153 Wieker, Friedrich KarlUffz12/12/1919Bremen1 Erg/StG-3Ju 87D-1 Werk # 2534 (lost 6/1/43)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 1 June, 1943 when his ac crashed at Marathon Greece due to a technical failure. Killed also was his R/O-Gnr Uffz Herbert Meyer. The two deceased are buried in the German War Cem. at Dionyssos-Rapendoza Greece, Plot 2, Row 3, Gr 3 (D.Drury).
154 Wiesmüller, HansUffz10/1/1919Stettin8/KG-3Do 17 Werk # 3439 "5K + DS" (lost 4/23/41)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA with his entire crew 23 April, 1941when his ac was brought down by AA fire in the vicinity of Corinth Greece. Remaining crew: Gefr Willi Wruck, Obs; Gefr Joachim Otto, R/O and Ogefr Gerhard Herding, Gnr. The ac is believed to have come down into the Gulf of Corinth. The crew are buried in the War Cem., Dionyssos-Rapendoza. Uffz Wiesmüller, Crypt 3, Row 2, Platte 6; Gefr Wruck, Crypt 3, Row 2, Platte 6; Gefr Otto, Crypt 2, Row 3, Platte 10 and Ogefr Herding, Crypt 3, Row 2, Platte6 (D.Drury).
155 Wilde, HansObltStfkpt 8/StG-77 (Greece)Ju 87B-1 Werk # 5596 "F1 + AN" (lost 4/22/41)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew 22 April, 1941 after making an emergency landing at Eleusis. Ju 87 Loss List
156 Wilhus, Hermann Fw1(H)/23Hs 126 Werk # 3442 "6K + AH" (lost 4/19/41)Observer Operational ClaspMIA 14 April, 1941; shot down in the Lamia-Furka area of Greece, by ac of RCAF F/O Vernon Woodward of No 33 Sq., led by S/L Thomas Pattle. The unnamed crew were also MIA. Obs Loss List
157 Wimmer, MaxLt8/KG-30 (Greece)Ju 88A-5 Werk # 8169 "4D + FS" (lost 4/11/41)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew at Salamis 11 April, 1941, shot down a Hurricane of No.33 Sq., piloted by S/L Thomas St.John Pattle (Ju 88 Loss List).
158 Wortmann, HeinzUffz1/StG-2 (Greece)Ju 87B-2 Werk # 5615 "T6 + JH" (lost 4/24/41)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspShot down 24 April, 1941 by flak at Patras, returned 30 April. Ju 87 Loss List
159 Ziegler, WernerLt10/22/19192/LG-1 (4/41 Greece; 3/42 Africa)Ju 88A-5 Werk # 5235 "L1 + UK" (lost 4/20/41), Ju 88A-4 Trop Werk # 5548 "L1 + FK" (lost 3/5/42)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 5 March, 1942 at Fuka, three other unnamed crew MIA, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List). Shot down on 20 April, 1941 by RAF fighters, crew returned except for one KIA, who was unnamed. Ziegler an Ofhr at the time, was uninjured. Added: Shot down north of Karies Greece 20 April, 1941. Remaining crew this date: Gefr Heinrich Baumgartner, Obs (KIA, no known grave); Gefr Gerhard Baumann, R/O (WIA) and Uffz Hans Köppel, Gnr (WIA). Lt. Ziegler buried in the War Cem., El Alamein, in Crypt 4 (D.Drury).
160 Ziller, HorstOfw110/JG-27Bf 109G
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a P-38 southeast of Kalamaki Greece, 15 November, 1943. Magnus Report, 8 victories.

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