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201 Porvari, Lauri Valio ValfridOffz CandFinland8Os. Heinil, 3/LeLV-26IVA "Bu-68" (Heinjoki 12/39), B-239 (6/41), Bf 109G
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Source: Stenman & Keskinen-Osprey. Bowers/Lednicer, 7.5 victories. Magnus, 4.5 victories. 251 missions (H. Breuer)
202 Pottyondy, LaszloHptmHungary13Kdr 102/2 "Ricsi" Ftr. Sq. (9/44), Kdr 101/8 Ftr. Sq. (1/45)R.2000 Heja II, Bf 109G-6 "Blue 4", Bf 109G-6 "Blue 14" (11/44), Bf 109G-6 "Red 2"Hungarian Knights Cross w/Swords

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
After the war he emigrated to Little Rock, USA, with his wife Eva. Here he befriended the owner (also a Hungarian dissent) of the local airport, who helped him to get his flying certificate. After receiving his flying license he flew crop dusting and was killed while doing so in 1952.Had an accident of some kind in the USA in 1952, his disposition not reported (H. Breuer).
(Added by Pietrzak Youngs)

Erich Hartmann (L) Pottyondy (R) Nov 1944
203 Praschl, Alfred KarlFw6/14/1919ViennaIII/KG-40Fw 200C-4 Werk # 0136 "CE + IA" (lost 7/22/42)Bomber Operational ClaspAC reported lost 22 July, 1942 at Bordeaux-Merignac, 8 KIA (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book, per H. Breuer). Added: He was killed when his ac collided with another Fw 200C-4, piloted by Hptm Karl Han Weymar, killing eleven airmen. Praschl is buried in the German War Cem., Berneuil (Fr), Blk 4, Row 19, Gr 931. Remaining crew (all buried Berneuil, Blk 4): Uffz Kurt Mayer, Co-pilot, Row 19, Gr 927; Uffz Herbert Gruber, R/O, Row 20, Gr 977; Uffz Fritz Pfortner, Flt Engr 1, Row 20, Gr 991; Flg Anton Steinmetz, Armorer, Row 19, Gr 913; Uffz Helmut Talke, Flt Engr 2, Row 20, Gr 970; Gefr Alexander von Winkler, Gnr 1, Row 17, Gr 803 and Gefr Heinz Weihbrauch, Gnr 2, Row 18, Gr 865 (D.Drury).
204 Prittwitz, Han Henning vonOblt7JG-77 (? See note)Bf 109
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Magnus Report. Per 12 oclock Forum, his proper name Prittwitz und Gaffron with 3/SG-4. Source: H. Breuer
205 Puro, Olvia Kauko OlliOblt11/18/1918Helsinki, Finland36 3/LeLv-6, 2/HLeLv-24 (5/44 Lappeenranta) Soviet I-153 "IT-18" "Grey 8" (11/42), B-239, Bf 109G-6 Werk # 164950 "MT 449" (5/44)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Neulen and Stenman & Keskinen-Osprey. Bowers/Lednicer, 36 victories. Deceased 1999 (H. Breuer).
206 Pyötsiä, Viktor VikkiOffz Cand1909Finland224/LeLv-24, 3/LeLv-24(VFokker D.XXI "FR-110" "Blue 7" (4/40), B-239 "BW-376" "Wh 6" (7/41), Bf 109G-6 (Suulaj
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
437 missions (H. Breuer)
207 Rabolt, ErnstLtIII/KG-40Fw 200C-4 Werk # 0186 "F8 + ER" (lost 3/12/43)Bomber Operational ClaspAC reported lost 12 March, 1943, with 6 crew, no further detail (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book, H. Breuer).
208 Radic, StjepanFw4/8/1920Sinj, Croatia5JFS-4 (7/41), 10 or 11 Sq./Kroat 4th Ftr Grp (Mariupol 12/41), 15(Kroat)/JG-52 (4/42 S.U.)Bf 109E-4 "Red 15" in 4 Grp, Bf 109E-7 Werk # Unk (dam prop 1/11/42), Bf 109E-4 Green 17" (7/42), Bf 109G-6/R6 Wk # 13520 "Blk 9"(lost 8/29/42)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 29 August, 1942 (H. Breuer)."Black 9" reported lost at Tuapse due to flak. Added: Pilot OK after damaging the propeller of his E-7 while taxying at Mariupol on 11 January, 1942 (Wings of Serbia).
209 Raht, GerhardHptm6/6/1920Reinfeld Holstein584/NJG-3 (1/43), 5/NJG-3 (3/43), I/NJG-1 (6/43), Stfkpt 4/NJG-3 (3/44), Stafkpt 1/NJG-2, Kdr II/NJG-4 (5/44), Kdr I/NJG-2 (6/44-45)Bf 110, JU 88C-6 Werk # 750371 (lost 12/13/43), Ju 88G-6 "4R +AB" in NJG-2 RK(6/24/44)-EL(4/15/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(4/3/44)
EP(9/6/43)

EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
On 7 February, 1945, he achieved 6 victories in one night. Survived being shot down by US fighters, bailing safely, in his Ju 88 on 13 December, 1943. 171 combat missions. All Night victories. His R/O was Anton Heinemann (RK 4/45 after 124 missions (H.Breuer). Another crew named Hesse. One known victory, a Lancaster on 17 January, 1943. Another, a "4 Mot Flgz" 15 km northeast of Stendal, 23 October, 1943. Another, the same day, a Lancaster near Haguenau. A Lancaster 3 km E of Flensburg on 17 August, 1943. Another Lancaster NE of Hadersleben on 15 February, 1944. A Halifax and a Lancaster near Düsseldorf on 23 April, 1944. A Lancaster over Schweinfurt on 27 April, 1944. A "4 mot" along the French coast on 12 June, 1944. A "4 mot" at Coulommiers and one at Gien, on 19 July, 1944. Victories 54 & 55 were both "4 mots" over England on 3/4 March, 1945. Bowers/Lednicer, 58 victories. Deceased 11 January, 1977.
Anton Heinemann
210 Rebensburg, ErnstOblt3/KG-40Fw 200C-5 Werk # 0204 "F8 + CL" (lost 1/17/43)Bomber Operational ClaspAC reported lost over the North Sea 17 January, 1943, all seven crew MIA (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book, H. Breuer).
211 Reinhardt, EmilOfw36/JG-51Bf 109G
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 20 March, 1945, crashing near Stuhlweissenburg (Heinrich Breuer). One known victory, a B-17 southwest of Wiener Neustadt, 2 November, 1943. A 2nd, a B-24 at Arangyelovatz Romania on 6 June, 1944. Alternate spelling: Reinhart. Bowers/Lednicer identify an Emil Reinhard with 42 victories. I believe these victories to be attributed to Hans Günther Reinhardt, next record.
212 Rettberg, Ralph vonOberst3/1/1911Bad Homburg v.d. Höhe8ZG-26 (37), Stafkpt 1/ZG-26, Kdr II/ZG-26 (8/40), Kdr ZG-2 (4/42-1/43), Stab/ZG-1, Kdr ZG-26Bf 110C RK(6/14/41)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/19/42)
EP(9/28/40)

EK 1 & 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
Channel pilot. 150+ combat missions. 3 victories in the East. 12 AC destroyed on the ground. Kdr ZG-2 in April, 1942. Kdr ZG-1 November, 1942. Photo. Deceased 25 February, 2004 Haar/Munich (H. Breuer & P. Bastin).
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs

The cover artwork by Brian Petch shows a Messerschmitt Bf 109 being chased by a Hawker Hurricane. The cover is hand signed by Oberst Ralph von Rettberg, Luftwaffe Knight's Cross Holder who flew Bf110s during the Battle of Britain while leading II./ZG26. Rettberg joined ZG 26 in 1937 and was promoted Squadron Commander of 1./ZG 26 on 1 April 1940. Shortly afterwards he was promoted Group Commander II./ZG26 and led it during the Blitzkrieg on France, the Battle of Britain, the Balkans, and in Russia. His Knight’s Cross was awarded on the 14 June 1941 while a Captain and four victories to his name. Early in 1942 with the rank of Wing Commander he was tasked to form the new ZG 2 in Russia. From 12 January 1942 he headed the new ZG 26 based in the Mediterranean area and carrying out home defence duties until late September 1943. After which he was posted to various staff positions within the German airline, and with the 4. Flying Training-Division. Alternate spelling: Rettburg. Total of around 200 missions, 8 aerial victories (3 East), 12 aircraft destroyed on the ground.


Courtesy Christian König

213 Richard, LeonHptmVichy - France7
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIFA 26 May, 1943 (H. Breuer). Four of the seven were individually achieved. Neulen
214 Richter, HermannOblt1/KG-40Fw 200C Werk # 0039 "F8 + AH" (lost 4/16/41)Bomber Operational ClaspAC reported lost 16 April, 1941 north of Scotland, no further detail (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book per H. Breuer). Added: See Oblt Heinz Därner for further detail. Richter was 2nd Pilot this date.
215 Rose, HansOblt3/KG-40Fw 200C Werk # 0057 "F8 + AL" (lost 8/15/41)Bomber Operational ClaspAC reported lost 15 August, 1941, no location, with Lt von Körber and remaining crew (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book per H. Breuer).
216 Ruzzin, GuisseppeLt4/26/1916 Italy, Regia Aeronautica Italiana (35-43) 5 19a Squadriglia, XXIII Gruppo, 18o Gruppo, 85a Squadriglia, 6o Stormo, 154a Squadriglia, Luftwaffe Fliegerkorps (43-45) Cr. 32 & 42, MC,200 & 202, MC 205V, Bf 109G-6 It. Medal for Valor in Brz & Sil, It. Cross of Military Valor, It War Merit Cross, EK 2, Fighter Operational Clasp His name found on the internet along with Luigi Gorrini, both listed as Italian Aces. Victories may be as high as 14 (H. Breuer). Added: Served in Spain, France, Belgium, So. Italy & Germany. 433 Combat Missions. Deceased 6 February, 2009 (Paul Perron, Italy 6/2020).
217 Saarinen, Jorma Kalevi JotteObltFinland232/LeLv-24, 2/HLeLv-24 (5/44)B-239, Bf 109G (5/44)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 18 July, 1944; 123 missions (H. Breuer).
218 Salas-Larrazabal, Angel MajSpain6Kdr 1a Escaudrilla de Caza (6/41 Mozhna S.U.), 15(Span)/JG-27 (9/41 S.U.)Bf 109E-7(9/41)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/9/42)

Spanish Cross

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
17 scores in the Spanish Civil War flying the Fiat Cr 32. Became Capitan General after the war. Deceased 19 July 1994. Source H. Breuer.


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Courtesy Christian König

219 Salminen, Pauli ErikOfwFinland61/LeLv-32B-239, Bf 109G
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Source: Stenman & Keskinen-Osprey. Bowers/Lednicer, 6 victories. 250 missions (H. Breuer)
220 Sarjamo, Urho Kaarlo UrkkiObltFinland134/LeLv-24 (8/41 Immola), 2/HLeLv-24 (5/44 SuulajB-239 (8/41), Bf 109G-6 "MT-227" "White 7" (lost 6/17/44)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 17 June, 1944 during aerial combat in "White 7". Killed the same day as Oblt Lauri Nissinen. (H. Breuer).
221 Sarvanto, Jorma Kalevi ZambaHptm8/22/1912Finland174/LeLv-24 (Utti 1/40), KoeL, MaaSK, TLLv-35Fiat G.50, Fokker D.XXI "FR-97" "White 2" (1/40), B-239, F2A Buffalo, Bf 109G
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
251 missions (H. Breuer)

Courtesy Christian König

222 Sauer, KurtFw99/JG-53 (6/40), 6/JG-53 (1/43), 9/JG-53 (6/43 S.U.)Bf 109E-3 in 9 Staffel(lost 10/39), Bf 109F-2 Wk# 6689 "Yel 4 + I"(lost 6/27/41), Bf 109F-2 Werk # 9190 "Yellow 7 + I" (lost 7/16/41), Bf 109F & G(Trop)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW briefly 16 July, 1941 when he developed engine trouble in Bf 109F-2 Wk# 9190 "Yellow 7 + -" (lost) behind enemy lines 300km west of Smolensk (Prien). MIA briefly 27 June, 1941 during aerial combat in Wk# 6689 at Molodeczno (Jochen Prien). Uninjured in an aerial combat collision with Uffz Fritz Uhl over Wiesbaden on 14 October, 1939. He bailed safely. One known victory, his 1st, a Hurricane north of Creil, 3 June, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire at Portland/Insel Wight on 11 August, 1940. His 3rd, a Spitfire in the Calais area on 9 September, 1940. Two known Desert victories, both Spitfires 40 & 50 km north of Cap Bon on 15 January, 1943. This Kurt Sauer was either another by the same name or released from French captivity. Magnus, 9 victories. Could be Two different Kurt Sauers (H. Breuer).

Courtesy Christian König

223 Schabert, GeorgHptm7/KG-40Fw 200C-8 (or C-5?) Werk # 0248 "F8 + IR" (lost 12/29/43)Bomber Operational ClaspAC reported lost 29 December, 1943, all 8 crew killed, no further detail (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book, H. Breuer).
224 Scheidt, HermannOfw12IV/JG-51Bf 109GEP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Magnus Report; Most likely KIA 15 May, 1943. Per researcher Heinrich Breuer, the JG-51 Chronik establishes the DOD as 18 May, 1943. Victory count questionable.
225 Schellner, Hans WilhelmFw92/JG-302 (6/44), 10/JG-301 (11/44)Bf 109GEP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Two known victories, both B-24s (HSS) W and SW of Komaron on 16 June, 1944. A 3rd, a B-17 30 km S of Komaron on 7 July, 1944. His 4th, a B-24 at Neusiedlersee on 16 July, 1944. His 5th, a P-38 in the Vienna area on 16 July, 1944 (Perry Claims). His 6th, a B-24 (HSS) at Mürzzuschlag on 25 July, 1944. His 7th, a P-51 at Schleiss-Posneck on 28 July, 1944. His 8th, a B-17 SE of Zalaegerszeg on 22 August, 1944. A 9th, a B-24 opposing the Misburg Raid on 26 November, 1944. AKA Hans Walter Schellner per Chronik (H. Breuer).
226 Schlebach, ErichObltIKG-40Fw 200C-4 Werk # 0128 "F8 + IK" (lost 3/19/43)Bomber Operational ClaspAC reported lost with all six crew on 19 March, 1943, no further detail (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book, H. Breuer).
227 Schleicher, RolandOblt1/KG-040Fw 200C Werk # 0054 "F8 + HH" (lost 4/19/41)Bomber Operational ClaspAC reported lost 19 April, 1941 on the Faroer Islands, all 6 crew KIA (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book, per H. Breuer).
228 Schöngraf, RichardOfw9/KG-40Fw 200C-4 Werk # 0135 "F8 + BT" (lost 7/12/42)Bomber Operational ClaspAC reported lost 12 July, 1942, location and crew disposition not reported (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book, Per H. Breuer). Added: Entire crew MIA after crashing into Ria de Muros, Corunna, Spain, cause unknown. Remaining crew: Uffz Kurt Groneberg, Co-pilot; Uffz Helmuth Tiemann (or Theimann), R/O 1; Uffz Eric Althammer, R/O 2; Fw Rudolf Lätsch, Flt Engr and Ogefr Ernst Thiel, Gnr (D.Drury).
229 Schreyer, HerbertOblt7/5/1912Glogau1/KG-40Fw 200C-3/U4 Werk # 0073 "F8 + FH" (lost 12/19/41)Bomber Operational ClaspAC reported lost 19 December, 1941, location not reported, all 6 crew KIA (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book, per H. Breuer). Added: His crew of six, all reported KIA when their ac crashed into the Soba Valley, Cantabria, Spain while on a reconnaissance mission, 21 December, 1941, cause unknown. Remaining crew (KIA, bur Cuacos de Yuste, Row 6): Uffz Hans Scharer, Co-pilot, Gr 118; Ofw Albert Meessen, Bomb, Gr 119; Fw Michael Obermeyer, R/O, Gr 115; Fw Erwin Rigwalski, Flt Engr, Gr 117 and Ogefr Wolfgang Watkinson, Gnr, Gr 116 (D.Drury).
230 Schuster, HansOblt12/2/1916I/KG-40 (4/43), 2/KG-40 (7/44)Fw 200C-3 Werk # 0037 "F8 + CL" (lost 4/23/45) EK 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
AC reported lost 4/23/45*, 6 crew KIA, no further detail (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book, per H. Breuer). Added: Reportedly sd by a P-38 in the vicinity of Cognac. His C-3 also identified as "SG + KN" (LOCS). *This date has also been recorded as 5 July, 1944.
231 Schwickendorf, HeinzLt2/KG-40Fw 200C-3/U4 Werk # 0079 "F8 + BK" (lost 2/21/42)Bomber Operational ClaspAC reported lost 21 February, 1942, all crew MIA (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book, Per H. Breuer).
232 Seeler, Karl HeinzOblt10/31/1920Bleckendorf9KGr.z.b.V.-5 (3/42), TGr-10 (6/43), IV/KG-40, 7/JG-300 (9/43), 1/JG-302 (9/43), Stab II/JG-301 (10/43), Stfkpt 5/JG-302 (10/43-5/44), 3/JG-300 (6/44), 9/JG-7 (3/45)He 111 Werk # Unk (dam 3/2/42; WIA vic Riga), Bf 109G-6 Werk # Unk (lost 6/29/44; bail uninj aft cmbt nr Merseburg), Bf 109G Werk # Unk "Yellow 1" (dam 9/11/44; belly lnd uninj nr Frankenburg), Fw 190A-8 in JG-300, Me 262A-1Werk # Unk (lost 3/18/45) in JG-7EP (4/19/44)


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge (3/2/42), Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 18 March, 1945, same day as his last victory, hit by US bomber return fire. 137 combat missions. Added: Burial Mass Grave, German Soldiers & Civilians, Perleberg, Plot 6, Row 3, Gr 2 (C.König). One known victory, a "4 mot" at Mannheim on 6 September, 1943. A 2nd, a Halifax over Geidingen on 27 September, 1943. A 3rd, a Halifax 2 km N of Bremen on 9 October, 1943. A 4th, a "4 mot" 10 km S of Jüterborg on 24 March, 1944. A 5th, a B-24 at Staphorst on 11 April, 1944. A 6th, a B-24 (HSS) at Braunschweig on 11 April, 1944. A 7th, a B-17 (HSS) at Helmstedt on 29 April, 1944. An 8th (#5 per Perry Claims), a B-17 25 km N of Demmin on 13 May, 1944. A 9th, a "4 mot" in the Dortmund area on 23 May, 1944. His 7th per OKL, a "4 mot" N of Hamm on 23 May, 1944. A B-17 at Königshorst/Nauen on 21 June, 1944. A B-17 15 km S of Wittenberg on 29 June, 1944. A B-17 near Rathenow on 18 March, 1945. The 1st two victories may be "unconfirmed". There is a victory count discrepancy. Chronik JG-301 has victory count at 7 (H. Breuer).

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233 Serafini, FerruccioFw1/20/1920Italy, Regia Aeronautica Italiana7378a, 155o Gruppo Autonomo (Capoterra 7/43)MC.205V III (MM92156) "Red 2" (7/43), Bf 109G
Italian Gold Medal for Military Valor

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 22 July, 1943 (H. Breuer)


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234 Serbanescu, AlexandruHptmRomania457th Fighter Group (11/42 Karpovka), Kdr Esc 57 (7 Grupul) on 7/43, Kdr 9 Grupul (8/44)Bf 109E, Bf 109G-6 "Yellow 22" (6/44 S.U.), Bf 109G-2/R6 "Yellow 1" (lost 8/18/44)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 18 August, 1944 during aerial combat with a P-51 of 31FG. 590 Missions (H. Breuer) Alternate spelling: Serbanascu.
235 Serganti, CarloObltItaly, Regia Aeronautica Italiana5150a, 239a, 358a, 2o Gruppo (4/42 Sicily)CR.42, MC.200, Re.2001 (4/42)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 17 July, 1942 (H. Breuer). Source: Massimello & Apostolo-Osprey. Alternate spelling: Seganti.
236 Simme, FritzLt615(Zerst)/JG-5 (9/44 S.U.)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 782262 (lost) EK 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
Shot down by flak 15 October, 1944 at Petsamo, pilot disposition unknown (Source: SIG Norway). Listed MIA 15 October, 1944 (Source: JG-5 Chronik, courtesy H. Breuer). Another source suggests this date was19 October, 1944. His first known victory, a Soviet P-39 on 27 September, 1944. A 2nd, an Il-2 on 9 October, 1944. Nos. 3-6, a LaGG-5 and three U-2s on 15 October, 1944.
237 Slomski, AlexanderOfw99/JG-51 (4/45)Bf 109G-10
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Uniform photo with Helmut Rüffler in April, 1945. Source: Weal-Osprey. Chronik JG-51, 9 victories (H. Breuer).
238 Soffritti, AroldoUffzItaly, Regia Aeronautica Italiana84o Stormo; 412a, 29o Gruppo (2/41)CR.42
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 25 April, 1941 (H. Breuer)
239 Starc, Albin Oblt12/20/1916Rijeka, Slovenia11JFS-4 (7/41), 11 Sq./Kroat 4th Ftr Grp (9/41 Ukraine), 15(Kroat)/JG-52 (10/41-5/43 S.U.)Bf 109E-7 Werk # Unk (dam 11/10/41), Bf 109E-7 Werk # Unk (75% dam 1/10/42), Bf 109E-4 "Green 5" (5/42), Bf 109G-2/R6 Werk # 14545 "Green 11" (lost 5/14/43)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 14 May, 1943, cause unknown, location not reported (Bf 109 Loss List). He was uninjured in a crash, location not reported, on 10 November, 1941. A 2nd E-7 damaged 1/10/42 when he collided with a Bf 109F while taxying at Mariupol-West airfiield, pilot OK (Wings of Serbia). After 229 missions, he defected to the Soviets in his "Green 11" on 14 May, 1943 (his MIA date), and flew the Yak-3 (H. Breuer).
240 Stengl, ErnstUffzRomania14 8/JG-52 (11/43 S.U.), 6/JG-52, 9th Romanian Fighter Group "Vanatoare" (2/44-8/44), 11/JG-52 (10/44) Bf 109G-6 "Blk <" (7/44), Bf 109G-14 Werk # Unk (lost 1/21/45), Hs 129 (2/45)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp in Gold
His G-14 lost 21 January, 1945 during a low level attack on a troop convoy in the Kosel area. He bailed safely and reached his own lines. In February, 1945, he flew escort missions in his Hs 129 (C.König). His first known victory, a Soviet Il-2H (m.H.), NW of Beloserka, on 22 November, 1943. One known western victory, a B-17 at Focsani Romania on 11 June, 1944. A 3rd, a 2nd Soviet, an Il-2 (m.H.) at PQ 25415, on 20 October, 1944. Magnus, 6 victories. His victories may be as high as 14 (H. Breuer). Added: Additional victories: A Yak at Salataya Balka on 22 February, 1944. A P-39 NW of Jassy Rom. on 30 May, 1944. An Il-2 NE of Jassy on 31 May, 1944. A P-39 SE of Tudora, Rom. on 1 June, 1944. A P-38 at Focsani ?? July, 1944. A Yak-9 at Brieg in Feb., 1945, and another Yak-9, no loc in March, 1945; these two while in 11/JG-52. While deployed in Romania, he is reported to have two B-24 scores, unconfirmed (C.König).
241 Sterzi, AnnibaleCapt Italy, Regia Aeronautica Italiana 5Kdr 358°Sq 2°Grp AutonomoCR.42, MC.200, Re2001 (lost 5/26/42)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 26 May, 1942; sd during aerial combat over Malta (H. Breuer & Italian Losses Over Malta). Plus one victory in Spain. Source: Massimello & Apostolo-Osprey. Bowers/Lednicer, 5 victories.
242 Stickel, HeinzLt9/13/192369/JG-51 (6/43 S.U.) Fw 190A-5 Werk # 5957 (or 0155957) "Yellow 4" (lost 1/12/44)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge (9/10/43), Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 12 January, 1944 at Osaritschi (Ger sp) (Magnus & H. Breuer). Added: He was probably sd by a Yak-1 fighter over Ozarichi, Gomel Region, Belarus (today Azarychy). After bailing by parachute, he was taken prisoner, and then disappeared. The VDK confirms his MIA status, and he is commemorated in the German War Cem. at Duchowschtchina, Russia (D.Drury). His first known victory, a Soviet LaGG-3 on 10 June, 1943. A 2nd, a LaGG-5 on 22 June, 1943. A 3rd, an Il-4 on 5 July, 1943. A 4th, a LaGG-3 on 12 July, 1943. A 5th, a LaGG-3 on 4 August, 1943. A 6th, a Yak-9 12 km NE of Yelnya on 17 September, 1943.
243 Strunk, HerbertUffz9/18/1924FFS A/B Warnemünde (3/44), 1 & 3/JG-102 (44), I/JG-111 (44), 4/JG-4 (8/44)Ar 96 & Bu 131 in FFS, Ar 96 & Bf 109 in JG-102, Bf 109G-6 in JG-111, Bf 109G-6 Werk # 411213 "White 10" (dam 8/21/44)He crashed his "White 10" at Liegnitz on 21 August, 1944, cause and pilot disposition not reported. Source: Klassiker der Luftfahrt 6/12 magazine (H. Breuer). Still living in 2012.

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244 Suhonen, VainoObltFinland20LeLv-24B-239, F2A Buffalo, Bf 109G
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Source: Stenman & Keskinen-Osprey. Bowers/Lednicer, 19.5 victories. 251 missions (H. Breuer).
245 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).
246 Szentgyörgyi, DeszoOff Cand (Ensign)Hungary311/1 Ftr. Sq. (2/43), 2/101 Ftr. Sq. 'Puma' (2/45)Heja II, Bf 109F-4/B 'Yellow 7' (2/43), Bf 109F-4/B 'Red 2' (11/43), Bf 109G-6/U2 'W1 + 77' (2/45)Hungarian Knights Cross w/Swords

EK 1 & 2(3/43)
Fighter Operational Clasp
220 missions, six of his victories were American. Survived the war; deceased (?) 26 August, 1981 (H. Breuer). His name may have been Dezso (Given) Szentgyörgyi (Surname) as found on Wikipedia.
247 Tabbat, AdolfFw1921510/JG-26, Transferred to JG-7 March, 1945.Fw 190A-3, Bf 109G-6 Werk # 410757 "Black 13 + I" (lost 5/8/44), Me 262
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 8 May, 1944 during aerial combat with a P-51 4 km SE of Metz. He bailed with slight injuries. One known victory, his 1st, a B-17 at Map Quadrant DD-SW on 20 December, 1943. A 2nd, a P-51 of 354FG N of Dreux on 17 July, 1944. This is his only victory in JG-26. Magnus Report, 6 victories. Bowers/Lednicer, 5 victories. 64 missions (H. Breuer).
248 Tamakhyarov, DitimarLtBulgariaAvia B-534, Bf 109EFighter Operational ClaspKIA 10 April, 1944 (H. Breuer). One of the first seven Bulgarians sent to Germany in June, 1938, to be trained as a fighter pilot and instructor. Neulen
249 Tarantola, Ennio BananaUffz1/19/1915Como, Italy, Regia Aeronautica Italiana10155a (1/38); 239a, 102o Bomb. Gruppo; 151a, 20o Gruppo, 51o Stormo (Gela 9/42); M-B ANRCR.32, Ju 87 (6/41), CR.42, MC.202 VII (MM9066) "Red 2" (9/42), Fiat G.55 (lost 4/44)
Italian Bronze & Silver Medals for Military Valor

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
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250 Taube, FritzFw6/20/19197Transport Unit, III/JG-7 (3/45)Ju 52 (?), Me 262A-1 Werk # 111738 (lost 3/25/44)
EK 1 & 2
Transport & Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 25 March, 1945 after downing the B-24, he was sd by an American fighter near Reinsehlen. 145 missions (H. Breuer). One known victory, a B-24 over Reinsehlen on 25 March, 1945, the same day he was killed. Magnus, victory count of 7 is an approximate.
251 Teodoru, NicolaeUffz1915RomaniaEsc 2 Recun (6/43)Ju 88D-1 Werk # 430650 "D5 + EV" (interned in Cyprus)Observer Operational ClaspAnother source suggests this is Sgt Theodore Nikolai who flew this Ju 88 to Limasol/Cyprus, and the ac is now HK 860 at the Wright-Patterson Museum in Dayton Ohio (H. Breuer). See Nikolai, T
252 Teromaa, Erik UoleviObltFinland19LeLv-24, 1/HLeLv-26 (7/44 Mensuvaara), Kdr 2/HLeLv-24 (8/44-9/44)B-239 "BW-361 (6/44), B-239 "BW-364" (7/44), Bf 109G-6 (7/44)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
225 missions; killed in an accident 7 February, 1946 (H. Breuer).
253 Tervo, Altto Kalevi MattiObltFinland23LeLv-30, LeLv-24, 2/LeLv-32 (Nurmoila 6/42), 1/LeLv-34 6/43 Utti), Night Fighter UnitHawk 75A-3 Ser# 13747 "CU-552" "Wh 2" (6/42), Bf 109G-2 "MT-219" (lost 8/43)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold

EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 20 August, 1943; 150 missions (H. Breuer).
254 Teubner, ErichFw28/JG-300, I/JG-302, 10/JG-301 (11/44) Fw 190A-8 (lost 12/31/44 in northwest Germany)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Pilot disposition unknown (12/31/44) although T. Boiten believes he was killed. The JG-302 Chronik has no report of his loss on 12/31/44 (H.Breuer). Added: He was reported KIA in December, 1944 (W.Reschke/C.König). Two known victories, both Lancasters, one 40 km W of Hannover, the other NW of Hannover on 22 September, 1943.
255 Thiede, KarlOblt9/29/1913 3/KG-40 (6/41), 7/KG-40 (10/41) Fw 200C-3 Werk # Unk "F8 + BR" (lost 2/22/42; eng fail on TO from Stjordalsfjord), Fw 200C-3/U4 Werk # 0087 "F8 + FR" (lost 5/9/42) Bomber (or Observer) Operational Clasp Shot down by D/S Duoro and made a force landing in a Norwegian Fjord, near Färöyn Island, by Trondheim Norway on 9 May, 1942 with a crew of Uffz Wilhelm Degand (co-pilot), StabsFw Jakob Weber (1st R/O), Ogefr Johann Baier (2nd R/O), Uffz Heinz Kirsch (gunner) and Fw Paul Maertins (flt engr). Pilot and crew did not survive the watery crash. SIG (Special Interest Group) Norway & Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book, per H. Breuer).
256 Tilli, Pentti TeodorFwFinland5LeLv-24B-239 "FR-103" & "FR-107"
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 20 January, 1940; 60 missions (H. Breuer)
257 Timm, Oskar19/JG-5Fw 190A EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Source: JG-5 Chronik per H. Breuer
258 Tobak, TiborOblt11/24/1921Hungary5Hungarian Staffel, Stfkpt "Puma Staffel", 3/101 Fighter Squadron (4/44)C.R.42, R.2000, Bf 109G-6, Bf 109G-14 (11/44) Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 22 December, 1944 & 16 April, 1945 (H. Breuer). Deceased 2001.
259 Tomminen, ToivoUffzFinland73/LeLv-28 (10/41 Solomanni)MS.406 "MS-329" "Yellow 1" (10/41; lost 12/41)),
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 4 December, 1941 (H. Breuer)
260 Torchio, LuigiObltItaly, Regia Aeronautica Italiana575a, 377a Autonomo (Palermo 2/43), 3a ANRRe.2000, CR.42CN (Nightfighter) "Red 4" (2/43), MC.200, MC.205V, Fiat G.55, Bf 109G
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 30 January, 1944 (H. Breuer)
261 Torresi, GiulioCapt Italy, Regia Aeronautica Italiana 10 93a, 2o Stormo (12/40); 77a; 362a; Kdr 3a ANR; Kdr Squadriglia "Bonet"/1 Gruppo C.T. (7/44) CR.42, Fiat G.55Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 1 July, 1944 (H. Breuer)
262 Toth, Lajos LudwigLtHungary265/2 Ftr. Sq. (2/44), 101st Fighter Group "Puma" (7/44 Ferihegy Hungary), 5/101 (8/44 Zalaszsazad,Hungary), Ung.Jg.St. 101/2 "Puma"(8/44)Bf 109G-2 Werk # 13754 "CE + TB" (lost 10/3/43), Bf 109G-6 "V3 + 73" (2/44), Bf 109G-6 Werk # Unk "V.863" (30% dam 8/7/44), Bf 109G-14Hungarian Knights Cross w/Swords
EK 1 (1/44) & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
He was reported uninjured 7 August, 1944 when he belly landed at Zalaszentgrot, NE of Zalaegerszeg, Hungary after aerial combat with P-51's of 31FG (C.König). His G-2 reported lost 3 October, 1943, crashing in Map Quadrant Pl.Qu. 1176 after combat, pilot returned. Executed 11 June, 1951 (H. Breuer).

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263 Trabert, WilliLt6 JG-27, 9/JG-300 (3/44), 8/JG-300, 11/JG-300 (7/44) Bf 109F in JG-27, Bf 109G-6 (lost 7/7/44) in JG-300, Bf 109G-14/AS "Red 3" EP


EK 1 & 2
Glider Badge Class "C"
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 7 July, 1944 during aerial combat over the Harz mountains (Boiten). One known victory, a "4 mot" S of Stuttgart on 15 March, 1944. A "4 mot" near Berlin on 24 March, 1944. A 3rd, P-51 over Austria on 22 August, 1944. Magnus Report, 6 victories. His "Red 3" in 11/JG-300 seem to be the incorrect color since most 11 Staffel AC were numbered in Green. Boiten 6 victories; 4 Night and 2 Day, one victory with JG-27 (H. Breuer).
264 Trontti, Nils RudolfObltFinland7LeLv-26, HLeLv-34B-239, Bf 109G
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
150 missions; deceased 18 October, 1966 (H. Breuer). Source: Stenman & Keskinen-Osprey. Bowers/Lednicer, 7 victories.
265 Tuominen, Oiva Emil KalervoOffz Cand3/5/1908Kouvola, Finland442/LeLv-26 (Mensunkangs 2/40), 1/LeLv-26 (Kilpasilta 10/42), LeLv-30, 1/LeLv-34 (2/43)Glad II "GL-255"(2/40), Fiat G.50(MM 4743) "FA-26" "White 5" (10/42), MS.406, Bf 109G-2(3/43)
Mannerheim Cross

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Deceased 28 January, 1976 (H. Breuer)
(Added by Pietrzak Youngs)
Oiva Emil Kalervo Tuominen (5 March 1908, Iitti – 28 January 1976, Helsinki) was a Finnish fighter ace and a Mannerheim Cross knight of the second class. He flew over 400 missions and shot down 44 Soviet aircraft. He was the most successful Finnish biplane fighter ace (flying Gloster Gladiators), and also the most successful Finnish Fiat G.50 pilot.

Tuominen was accepted into the Finnish Air Force as a mechanic in 1926. In 1933 he applied for pilot training.He was promoted to Sergeant and transferred to LeLv 26, a fighter squadron equipped with the Bristol Bulldog. In the Winter War Senior Sgt. Tuominen initially served with LeLv 24 flying the Fokker D.XXI. He opened his score on 25 December 1939 with a shared SB-2, and another 19 January. He was transferred back to LeLv 26 in February to fly the new Gloster Gladiator. His first flight with the new fighter on 2 of February 1940 saw combat against at least nine I-16s. Tuominen shot down two of the Soviet fighters. On 13 February 1940 he shot down three SB-2 of 39 SBAP and damaged a fourth. His Winter War score totalled eight, and four unconfirmed. As war erupted again in June 1941 Sgt. Tuominen had converted to the Italian Fiat G.50 monoplane. Tuominen was promoted to Sergeant-Major with his score at 18, and became the first FAF holder of the Mannerheim Cross on 18 August 1941. By April 1943 Flight Master Sergeant Tuominen had 31 victories, being transferred to HLeLv 34 equipped with the Bf 109G-2.

After the war Tuominen resigned from military service and became a taxi operator. He remained an active sports pilot well into old age. He died on 28 January 1976. (Source: Wikipedia)
266 Turkka, Yrjö Olavi PappaOffz Cand1/29/1909Finland181/LeLv-24 (12/39), 3/LeLv-24 (5/43 Suulajarvi), LeLv-34D.XXI "FR-83" "Black 2" (12/39), B-239 "BW-351", Bf 109G
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Soviet I 153 of 71 IAP at Lavansaari on 21 May, 1943 (Source: Stenman & Keskinen-Osprey). 350 missions; deceased 19 February, 1991 (H. Breuer)
267 Ujszaszy, Gyorgy Istvan ApukuHptmHungary7Kdr 5/1 Ftr. Sq. (Stary Oskol 12/42), Kdr 1/1 Ftr. Sq. (3/44) redesignated 101/2Bf 109F-4/B (12/42), Bf 109G-6Hungarian Silver Medal for Merit

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Deceased 2 October, 1981 in the USA (H. Breuer)
268 Ulrich, GeorgOblt11/11/1919III/KG-40 Fw 200C-3/U1 Werk # 0052 "DE + OG" (lost 6/8/43) Bomber Operational Clasp AC reported lost 8 June, 1943; crashed Toulouse Castenet, all seven crew killed (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book, H. Breuer).
269 Unger, Erhard5JG-1, JG-27Bf 109E & F
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 27 June, 1941, Magnus Report. Unger not known in the JG-27 Chronik. The MIA date corresponds with Hans Umbach (Heinrich Breuer)
270 Verlohr, Konrad FriedrichHptmStfkpt 1/KG-40 (Channel 1/41)Fw 200C-3 Werk # 0026 "F8 + CH" (lost 7/24/41)Bomber Operational ClaspHis Fw 200 was reported lost 24 July, 1941, sd by a Hudson west of Ireland, killing the entire crew (?). ("Fw 200 Losses" 1988 book per H.Breuer). He was credited with sinking two British ships totaling 10,857 tons, 16 January, 1941. Added: Remaining crew (officially MIA): Lt Walter Gröner (or Groner), No.2 Pilot; Oblt Paul Schlafke (or Schlafko), No.3 Pilot; Ofw Henry Rasquin, R/O; Uffz Hans Zeitler, Flt Engr and Fw Walter Drost, Gnr. Hptm Verlohr is usually mentioned as KIA, however there is no record of a grave, considering the ac was lost at sea (D.Drury).
271 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)
272 Vinca, TiberiuLtRomania1649th Romanian Jager StaffelIAR 80, IAR 81, Bf 109E
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Killed 12 March 1944 (H. Breuer). Neulen. Bowers/Lednicer, 16 victories.
273 Visconti di Lampugnano, AdrianoMaj11/11/1915Italy, Regia Aeronautica Italiana (39-43)1012o Gruppo, 76a Sq., 159a Sq., 2o Gruppo "Presidio Coloniale", 23a Sq., 7o Gruppo, 1o Gruppo "Caccia"(Central Italy 1/42); Kdr 76a (4/43); Kdr 1a Sq, 1o Gruppo (Compoformido 4/44), ANR (43-45)Ba.65, MC.200, MC.202 I (MM7944)"Red 8"(5/42), MC.205V III (MM92287)"Red 18", Fiat G.55(7/44), Bf 109G-10/AS Werk # 491356 "Green 3 & White 4" (lost 3/14/45)
Italian Bronze & Silver Medals for Military Valor, Italian War Merit Cross

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
DAmico & Valentini text states the "AC was destroyed at Varese Italy on 14 March, 1945, no mention of pilot disposition. Victories may be as high as 26. Update by H. Breuer: Killed by partisans 29 April, 1945. Added: He served in Africa, Malta, Southern & Northern Italy. He flew 591 combat missions, 72 aerial combats. He was assassinated by Communist Partisans 29 April, 1945 along with Lt Valerio Stefanini (Paul Perron, Italy 6/2020).

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274 Visintini, MarioHptm4/26/1913Istria, Italy, Regia Aeronautica Italiana1625a (Spain), 91a, 10oGruppo, 4o Stormo; 412a Squadriglia (Gura 7/40, Somalia 1/41)CR.42 "Red 2" (7/40)
Italian Gold Silver & Bronze Medals for Valor

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Oper. Clasp
KIA 11 January, 1941 (H. Breuer)

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275 Vivroux, GerhardFw2/1/192311Sturmstaffel 1 (1/44; 3/44 Salzwedel), 10/JG-3 (5/44)Fw 190A-7 Werk # Unk "White 2" (3/44), Fw 190A-8 Werk # 170250 (lost 5/12/44), Fw 190A-8 Werk # 682192 (lost 10/6/44, H. Breuer)EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 6 October, 1944 in Wk# 682192; DOW 24 October, 1944 (Magnus). WIA 12 May, 1944 during aerial combat at Laufenselden in Wk# 170259. 10 bombers. One known victory, his 1st, a B-17 NW of Rhinow on 4 March, 1944. His 2nd, a B-17 between Hamm and Dortmund on 23 March, 1944 (Perry Claims). His 3rd, a B-17 at Loburg-Wiesenburg on 11 April, 1944. His 4th, a B-17 NE of Mannheim on 13 April, 1944. His 5th, a B-17 at Marienthal, E of Königslutter, on 29 April, 1944. His 6th, a B-17 (HSS) at Nidda on 12 May, 1944. His 7th, a B-17 (HSS) near Kempten on 18 July, 1944. His 8th, a B-17 at Daun-Kyllberg area on 15 August, 1944. His 9th, a B-17 at Hettstedt-Querfurt on 11 September, 1944. His 10th, a B-24 at Eisenach on 27 September, 1944. His 11th, a P-51 50 km SE of Kassel on 27 September, 1944.

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276 Vizanty, DanHptmRomania32 Kdr 3rd,6th & 1st Fighter Group (41 to 6/44, Romania 45) IAR-80, IAR 81, Bf 109G-6 ('45)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Deceased 2 December, 1992 in Paris. Alternate spelling:Vizanty (H. Breuer)
277 Vogel, Veit DrStabArtz4Stab I/JG-51Bf 109E "<" (lost)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Totally destroyed in a fiery crash photo online. 4 victories, H. Breuer.
278 Vollet, Hans (Johann)Lt7/9/1920107/JG-5 (7/43 S.U.), Stfkpt 16/JG-5 (10/44 Stavanger Norway)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 411463 "White 5" (lost 6/17/44)EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Shot down with wounds on 17 June, 1944 during aerial combat, possibly by a Russian fighter, at Kirkenes Norway, pilot survived by bailing (Source: SIG Norway, Fritz Braun & Heinrich Breuer). His first known victory, two Soviet aircraft, a P-39 and a P-40 on 25 July, 1943. A 3rd, a P-39 on 7 April, 1944, an Uffz at the time. Nos. 4, 5 & 6, a Yak-9 and two P-39s on 12 April, 1944. Nos. 7 to 10, Two P-39s and two P-40s on 17 June, 1944. Bowers/Lednicer, 11 victories.
279 Weber, JoachimLt12/7/1919Görlitz13 8/ZG-26 (7/43 Sicily), Kdo Nowotny (8/44), EKdo 262 (9/44), 3/JG-7 (12/44), 11/JG-7 (2/45 Larz) Bf 110, Me 262A-1a (dam; landing accident at Larz in Dec 44) in JG-7 EP


EK 1 & 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
KIA 21 March, 1945 in his 262, when the B-17 he was attacking exploded. Lt Ambs and Uffz Giefing were the other 262 pilots in on the attack. Magnus. The story of this B-17, #43-38072 of the 490BG, 850BS was featured on the History Channel. The tailgunner, Craig Bennett was the only survivor of the B-17 (flown by 1/Lt J.J.Schultz. One known victory, a B-17 on 10 October, 1943. A Mosquito on 8 August, 1944, at Ohlstadt, SW of Munich, believed to be the first Me 262 victory (H.Breuer per the book Jagdflugzeuge der Deutschen Luftwaffe 1939-1945"). Added: This was Mosquito Photo Recon MkXVI of RAF No.540 Sq., crewed by F/Lt Desmond L.Matthewman (pilot) and F/Sgt William D.Stopford (nav). Both KIA, Buried Durnbach War Cem., Germany, joint grave A-5, 12-13 (D.Drury). A Mosquito on 14 September, 1944, no location given. A Mosquito on 18 September, 1944, again, no location. This Mosquito was the last victory scored by EKdo 262. A P-38 at Pritzwalk on 2 December, 1944. His 8th, a B-17 on 3 February, 1945. His 9th, a P-51 E of Lüneburg on 24 February, 1945. His 10th, a P-51 on 14 March, 1945. Nos. 11 & 12, , both B-24s on 15 March, 1945. His 13th, and last victory, a B17 NW of Dresden on 21 March, 1945, the date of his death. 9 victories in the Me 262. Jager Blatt article. Added: Lt Weber said to be buried in a single grave in the War Cem. at meissen, Neuer Johannesfriedhof (D.Drury).
280 Wegener, ErichHptm22/JG-301Bf 109G, Fw 190A
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a "4 mot" at St Leu on 8 July, 1944. A 2nd, a P-51 at Bad Langensalza on 21 November, 1944. This may be Siegfried Wegener. OKL identified the victories to an Erich Wegener. Alternate spelling: Wegner per JG-301/302 Chronik, courtesy H. Breuer.
281 Weigert, HansUffz9/KG-40Fw 200C-4/U3 Werk # 0178 "F8 + NT" (lost 7/9/43)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 9 July, 1943, while acting as Co-pilot for Fw Nikolaus Günther, their ac was damaged during an attack by Beaufighters of No.248 Sq.. The ac crashed into the cliffs near Vale da Aljezur, Portugal, killing the entire crew. See Fw Nikolaus Günther for further detail (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book, H.Breuer & D.Drury).
282 Westermann, ErichOblt11/16/1911Osnabrück3/KG-40Fw 200C-3 Werk # 0061 "F8 + KL" (lost 6/15/41)Bomber Operational ClaspAC lost in Portugal 15 June, 1941; crew of six MIA (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book per H. Breuer). Added: The ac is reported to have exploded in flight, and came down in Amareleja Portugal without survivors. The deceased are indicated as buried in Moura Portugal. Remaining crew: Gefr Günter Kunert, Co-pilot; Ofw Gerhard Singer, R/O 1; Gefr Erwin Hildenbrand, R/O 2; Ofw Walter Reiser, Flt Engr and Uffz Fritz Grotstollen, Gnr. (D.Drury).
(Added by Pietrzak Youngs)
The aircraft was involved in air fighting and was probably hit. There are news cuttings of the time referring to a combat between a RAF Catalina and four German airplanes. The pilot was probably searching for a place to land and Amareleja had a landing strip at the time, but the Condor exploded in the air killing the entire crew. The bodies were collected by the Beja Fire Brigade and transported to Moura where they received proper military honors before being buried in the local cemetery, where they still are. (Source: portugal1939-1945.org)
283 Widmann, IgnazOgefr8/19/1913Munich7/KG-40Fw 200C Werk # 0065 "F8 + ??" (dam 6/15/41)Bomber Operastional ClaspAC damaged; repaired (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book per H. Breuer). Added: The ac was damaged by AA fire while attacking a convoy west of Portugal. Evidently the ac was able to return safely to France where Ogefr Widmann is buried in the German War Cemetery at Berneuil, Blk 3, Row 11, Gr 551. His status as pilot is somewhat uncertain (D.Drury).
284 Wienhusen, FranzHptm125/JG-5 (7/43), Stab IV/JG-4 (10/44)Bf 109G-6 (dam 7/20/43), Bf 109G-10 Werk # 130282 "White 21" (lost)EK 2, Wound Badge, Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 3 December, 1944 during aerial combat in the Aachen area. Jager Blatt 3/2003 and H. Breuer. WIA 20 July, 1943 during aerial combat 10km E of Vardo LOCS).

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285 Zacher, HansFw73/JG-51 (3/44 S.U.)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 413858 "Brown 1" (lost 10/17/44)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 17 October, 1944 at Ebenrode* (Magnus & H. Breuer). His first known victory, a Soviet Yak-7 on 26 March, 1944. A 2nd, a Pe-2 on 2 May, 1944. A 3rd, a Pe-2 on 2 June, 1944. A 4th, a Yak-7 on 25 June, 1944. A 5th, an Il-2 (m.H.) on 20 August, 1944. A 6th, a Yak-7 on 21 August, 1944. A 7th, an Il-2 on 25 August, 1944. Added: There is a Hans Zacher shown in the VDK Record, however there is no rank, and the death date is stated a 1 October, 1944. The location, Königsberg, is a location match, and zacher is listed as MIA (D.Drury). *Today, Ebenrode is named Nesterov, and is located in the Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia.
286 Zeddies, Karl LudwigFw4/26/192075/JG-51 (11/42 Tunisia) Bf 109F, Bf 109G-6/Trop Werk # 16403 (lost 11/28/42)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 26 March, 1943 at Maknassy (Magnus & H.Breuer). Added: brought down in aerial combat with P-38's; he bailed, but was killed. He is buried in the German War Cem.at Bordj-Cedria, Tunisia, in Hof SFA, Ossario9, Tafel 4 (D.Drury). WIA 28 November, 1942 during aerial combat at Bizerta, His first known victory, a Soviet MiG-1 30 km SE of Mosalsk on 27 July, 1942. One known western victory, a Beaufort 35 km west of Bizerta on 17 November, 1942. Magnus, 7 victories.
287 Zeller, Joachim HeinrichFhjFw19227 9/JG-26 (4/44) Stab III/JG-26 (6/44, 9/44 Mönchen Gladbach), JG-7 (3/45) Bf 109G-6 Werk # 780851 (or 780841) "Black 22" (lost 9/25/44), Me 262 in JG-7
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp in Bronze
WIA 25 September, 1944 during aerial combat in "Black 22" with a Spitfire, crashing near Arnhem. He bailed successfully with minor injuries. All 7 victories in JG-26. 26 missions (H.Breuer). A P-51 W of Simbach on 24 April, 1944. Two P-51s, one P-47 and 3 P-38s between June and September, 1944. His 1st victory, a P-51 at Emmerich on 17 September, 1944. The 1st P-38 was downed north of Paris on 14 June, 1944. The 2nd P-38 at Chatres-Etampes on 23 June, 1944, an Uffz at the time. The 3rd P-38 at Lisieux on 4 July, 1944, still an Uffz.
288 Zervas, MathiasOfwIV/KGr.z.b.V.-1 (4/43)Ju 52 Werk # 2960 (lost 4/18/43)Wound Badge, Transport Operational ClaspWIA 18 April, 1943 when his ac was sd by a night fighter at Cape Bone. One known crew, Mech Fw Breuer was KIA (Qu.Meister File).
289 Zibell, PaulOfwIII/KG-40Fw 200C-4 Werk # 0143 "F8 + KS" (lost 11/18/42)Bomber Operational ClaspAC reported lost at sea 18 November, 1942, 5 crew KIA (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book, H. Breuer). Added: Believed sd by fighters and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, 40 miles from Barcelona. Remaining crew (MIA): Ofw Helmuth Knuth, Co-pilot; Fw Wilhelm Ehmke, R/O 1; Uffz Wilhelm Mehrens, R/O 2; Ofw Helmuth Häse, Flt Engr and Uffz Franz Sehri, Gnr (D.Drury). Alternate spelling: Siebel or Zibull.

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