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2301 Kremers, Wilhelm WilliUffz3/11/1922173/JG-54 (8/44 S.U.)Fw 190A-5 Werk# 410049 "Yellow 1" (lost)EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA/POW 26 December, 1944 by Frauenburg (Map Quad 37318), Kurland. His first known victory, an Il-2 on 15 August, 1944. A 2nd, an Il-2 on 16 August, 1944. A 3rd, a P-39 on 28 August, 1944. A Yak-9 and two P-39s on 14 September, 1944. Nos. 7 & 8, both P-39s on 14 September, 1944. Nos. 9 & 10, both Yak-9s on 16 September, 1944. An 11th, a Yak-9 on 17 September, 1944. A 12th, an Il-2 on 20 September, 1944. A 13th, an Il-2 on 22 September, 1944. A 14th, a Yak-9 on 30 September, 1944. A 15th, an Il-2 on 6 October, 1944. A 16th, an Il-2 on 24 October, 1944. A 17th, a Pe-2 on 30 October, 1944.
2302 Krenn, Ignaz (Ignatz?)ObltStab I/KG-55He 111P Werk # unk "G1 + BB" (lost 8/26/40)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 26 August, 1940; sd while on a mission to attack Portsmouth. Attacked by Hurricanes of No.43 Sq, piloted by S/L John Badger & Sgt HerbertHallowes and others, The ac crashed at Wick, just north of Littlehampton, Sussex. Remaining crew (POW): Uffz Helmuth Morrack, Obs (WIA); Uffz Hans Degen, R/O; Uffz Willi Schneiders, Flt Engr (WIA and Fw Alois Schreck, Gnr (WIA) (D.Drury).)
2303 Krenz, HerbertOfw126/JG-27 (5/40 Channel, 4/41 Balkans, 6/41 S.U., 7/42 Africa)Bf 109E "Yellow 4 + -" in 40, Bf 109F-4 (Trop) Werk # 8703 "Yellow 12" (lost 9/1/42)EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 1 September, 1942 during aerial combat by a Spitfire of RAF No. 601 Sq. at El Taqua, 15 km S of Hamman. His first known victory, a Fokker XXI over Rotterdam 10 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire 10 km E of Portsmouth on 18 August, 1940. His 1st Soviet victory, an I-15 on 22 June, 1941. 6 victories in the Desert. Two Blenheims on 13 April, 1941. His Bf 109F was badly damaged during aerial combat with British fighters on 29 April, 1942, but he manged to return to base. Another known victory, a P-40 southeast Murmin Busak N. Africa on 10 July, 1942. Another P-40 north of El-Hammam on 14 August, 1942. Carried as MIA by Eric Mombeek. Bowers/Lednicer, 11 victories.
2304 Kretschmer, AlfredOfw16/JG-2Fw 190A EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Spitfire on 19 August, 1942.
2305 Kretschmer, WolfgangOblt4/15/1922191 (Erg)/JG-54 (9/41 S.U.), 5& 6/JG-54 (8/42 S.U.),4/JG-1 (3/44)Bf 109E, F & G in JG-54, Fw 190A-7 Werk # 643000 (or 463000) (lost 3/6/44) in 4/JG-1EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Shot down 6 March, 1944 by Col. Hub Zemke of the 57FG, flying a P-47. He bailed out with severe burns landing on a farm on the outskirts of Quakenbrück. His first known Soviet victory, an I-153 on 14 September, 1941. A 2nd, an I-153 on 22 September, 1941. A 3rd, an I-18 at Kassybunge See on 17 February, 1942. A 4th, a Yak-1 on 18 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 22 August, 1942. A P-2 on 24 August, 1942. A 7th, a Yak-1 on 1 September, 1942. An 8th, a P-40 on 3 September, 1942. A 9th, a LaGG-3 on 23 February, 1943. A 10th, a P-2 on 14 March, 1943. An 11th, a LaGG-3 on 19 March, 1943. Magnus, 15 victories. He worked as an architect after the war in Haan. Deceased 7 August, 1999. 19 victories per LOCS.
2306 Kreuzer, Albrecht AlbertUffz12/JG-2Fw 190A-8 Werk# 170322
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 11 May, 1944; Combat with a P-47, Vendome. One known victory, a Halifax at Chartainvilliers on 16 August, 1943. Mombeek MIA List.
2307 Krieg, Heinrich HeinzUffz7/28/192415/JG-26Fw 190A-4 Werk # 40789 "Black 8" (lost 7/15/43), Fw 190A-4 Werk# 142379 "Black 5" (lost 8/27/43) EK 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Killed 27 August, 1943 during aerial combat in "Black 5" with Spitfires near Merville, 2 km S of St. Venant. WIA 15 July, 1943 during aerial combat in "Black 8" with a Spitfire of RAF No. 602 Sq. over the Channel, NW of Abbeville. He bailed successfully, just as his AC blew up. His dinghy was sighted and he was rescued by ship before nightfall. One known victory, his 1st, a Spitfire at Marquise on 1 May, 1942. Note: This birthdate & birthplace may be incorrect. It seems I may have placed it incorrectly to Heinz Krieg in JG-300 and moved it to Heinrich when I discovered Heinz in JG-300, born 28 July, 1924!
2308 Kriegbaum, EmilLt37/JG-300 (4/44), 8/JG-300 (8/44), 12/JG-300 (11/44)Bf 109G-14 (lost 11/27/44 in the Harz area)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 27 November, 1944 during aerial combat with P-51s of 357FG over the Harz mountains (Boiten). One known victory, a "4 mot" 15 km N of Munich on 25 April, 1944. A 2nd, a Mosquito SW of Berlin on 16 August, 1944. A 3rd, a P-38 NW of Belluno on 23 August, 1944.
2309 Kriegel, GerhardLt288/JG-54 (8/42 S.U.), 6/JG-54 (9/42)Fw 190A-8 Werk# 680183 "Black 4" (lost)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 19 May, 1944 over Braunschweig. His first known victory, a Soviet LaGG-3 and an Il-2 on 22 August, 1942. A 3rd, an R-5 on 2 September, 1942. A 4th, a LaGG-3 on 12 September, 1942. A 5th, an R-10 on 16 September, 1942. A 6th, a Yak-1 on 15 January, 1943. A 7th, an R-5 on 30 January, 1943. An 8th, an Il-2 on 7 February, 1943. A 9th, a P-51 on 23 February, 1943. A 10th, a Pe-2 on 27 February, 1943. An 11th, an R-5 on 28 February, 1943. A Yak-1 on 17 March, 1943. A LaGG-5 E of Woranowo on 22 May, 1943. Two Il-2s on 10 December, 1943. An La-5 and a Yak-9 on 12 December, 1943. A Yak-9 on 14 December, 1943. A Pe-2 on 26 March, 1944. A Yak-9 on 3 April, 1944. A Yak-9 on 5 April, 1944. A Yak-9 and an La-5 on 6 April, 1944. Three Yak-9s on 8 April, 1944.
2310 Krieger,Fw19/SG-4 (8/44 S.U.)Fw 190F EK 2
Assault Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet Yak-9 on 14 August, 1944.
2311 Krieger, AloisOgefrJG-26 (joins 7/41), 3/JG-26Bf 109F-4 Werk # 8363 (lost)Fighter Operational Clasp in BronzeKIA 19 August, 1941 in aerial combat with British escort fighters. He crashed into the Channel.
2312 Krieger, GüntherFhr1/JG-102Bf 109G-6 Werk # 412118 (lost 8/30/44)Fighter Operational ClaspKIFA 30 August, 1944; belly landed at Noerre Tranders Denmark after striking electrical wires and catching fire, killing the pilot. He was buried in the War Graves Cemetery at Frederikshavn, Block 7. Grave 825.
2313 Krieger, WalterLt190766/JG-51 (S.U.)Bf 109E, Bf 109F-2 Werk # 5558 "Yellow 6" (lost 6/25/41)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 25 June, 1941 over Russia. One known victory, his 1st, a Hurricane SE of Dover on 14 July, 1940. His 2nd, a Hurricane E of Margate on 24 August, 1940, a Fw at the time. A Spitfire northeast of Calais, 6 May, 1941. A second Spitfire, same day, no location. His 3rd, a Spitfire N of Dungeness on 7 October, 1940. His 4th, a Spitfire NE of Calais on 6 May, 1941. His first known Soviet victory, a SB-2 on 24 June, 1941.
2314 Kringler, HeinzLt6/22/1909Breslau6/KG-3Do 17Z-2 Werk # unk "5K + LP" (lost 8/15/40)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 15 August, 1940; sd during aerial combat over the Thames Estuary and crashed into the sea off Reculver, Kent. The loss is believed attributable to a Hurricane of No. 111 Sq., piloted by Canadian, S/L Ernest McNab. McNab was a member of RCAF No. 1 Sq, gaining operational experience with RAF No. 111 Sq.. Remaining crew: Uffz Herbert Depenheuer, (KIA, bur CC, Blk 1, Row 11, Gr 419), Gefr Oskar Rohleder (KIA, bur Ramsgate Cem., Sec MA, Gr 77) and Ogefr W. Duda (POW). Lt Kringler buried at CC, Blk 1, Row 11, Gr 418. Source: D.Drury.
Cannock Chase
2315 Krispel, HeinrichUffz3/JG-51 (S.U.)Fw 190A-5 Werk # 7351 (lost 8/7/43)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 7 August, 1943 during aerial combat over Map Quadrant Pl.Qu. 54761.
2316 Kröber, ErhardUffz5/21/1922Groitzsch410/JG-3 (5/44), 13/JG-3 (8/44)Bf 109G, Bf 109K-4
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Wounded 23 December, 1944 from return fire of B-26s of the 322nd BG over Euskirchen. He died from these wounds a few days later. Buried Bad Münstereiffel, Block 4/12 (Rosseels). His first known victory, a B-17 NW of Berlin on 24 May, 1944. A 2nd, B-17 at Bouzonville on 3 August, 1944. His 3rd, a B-24 at Mürzzuschlag on 23 August, 1944. His 4th, a B-17 20 km S of Riesa on 11 September, 1944.
2317 Krohn, Bernhard Johannes?Lt2/JG-54 (S.U.)Bf 109F-2 Werk# 9601 "RL+IA" "Black 6" (lost 8/23/41)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 23 August, 1941 5 km NNE of Krasnogwardeisk S.U..
2318 Kromer, AlfredLt239/JG-54 (10/41), Tech.Offz. III/JG-54Bf 109E-4 "Yel 8" (20%), Bf 109 G-4 #19811 & G-6 #412001 "Wh <2" (lost)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 8 April, 1944 in # 412001 over Haste/Wunstorf. Previous losses were: 15 April, 1941 in the E-4 at the Pancevo Yugoslavia airfield and 13 June, 1943 in the G-4 # 19811 "Yellow ?", a 100% loss over Neumünster. In these latter, the pilot disposition is not known. His 1st known Soviet victory, an Il-2 on 11 October, 1941. A 2nd, a Douglas on 13 October, 1941. A 3rd Soviet, an I-26 of 158 IAP on 1 January, 1942 in the vicinity of Zelenets Island, near Lake Ladoga. A Soviet double on 14 June, 1942; both MiG-3s. An Il-2 on 29 October, 1941. An I-26 on 1 December, 1941. A Yak-1 on 27 April, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 30 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 31 August, 1942. An Il-2 on 3 September, 1942. A MiG-3 on 9 September, 1942. A P-40 on 15 September, 1942. A DB-7 on 24 September, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 5 November, 1942. A western victory, a Spitfire W of Haarlem on 27 July, 1943. A 15th, a Spitfire at Hillegom, 10 km SSW of Haarlem on 29 July, 1943. A 16th, a B-24 at Rheine/Nordhorn on 13 November, 1943. A 17th, a B-17 W of Oldheide on 20 December, 1943. An 18th & 19th, a MiG-3 and a LaGG-3 at Tokolowo on 29 December, 1943. An Il-2 on 7 January, 1943.
2319 Kromm, EduardMost likely, JG-52Bf 109EFighter Operational ClaspDefected to the Soviets in August, 1941, in his 109.
2320 Kröner, ErnstHptmStab II/KG-76 (Med)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 142515 "F1 + AC" (lost 8/11/43)Bomber Operational ClaspThis ac reported lost SW of Lentini 11 August, 1943, probably due to enemy night fighter, crew returned (Ju 88 Loss List).
2321 Kroner, FritzUffz4/StG-1 (S.U.)Ju 87D-5 Werk # 130661 "6G + HR" (lost 8/22/43)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew 22 August, 1943 NE of Juchino due to flak. Ju 87 Loss List
2322 Kröner, Hans FriedrichLt210/NJG-1Bf 110G-4 Werk # 6223 (lost 9/23/43) EK 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 23/24 September, 1943 during aerial combat with a Mosquito of RAF No. 605 Sq., piloted by F/Lt C.E. Knowles. He was shot down during a landing attempt at Mainz-Finthen airfield (Boiten). Remaining crew (KIA): R/O Uffz Otto Damman and Gnr Ogefr Karl Buls. The RCAF Claims list indicated the Canadian pilot was F/L M.W. Beveridge of No. 418 Sq.. One known victory, a Wellington NW of Alkmaar on 17 August, 1943.
2323 Kronschnabel, JosefOfw11/8/1913149/JG-53 (3/41; 6/41 S.U.; 4/42 Malta)Bf 109F-2(3/41), Bf 109F-2 Wk # 6700 (90% dam 4/3/41), Bf 109F-2 Wk# 6698(100%), F-4 "Yel 3 + I" (4/42), Bf 109F-4/Trop Werk # 7339 "Yellow 5 + I" (lost 8/31/42)EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 31 August, 1942 after being hit by AA fire and bailing safely 18 km south of El Alamein. He served often as wingman for Lt Erich Schmidt (Prien). He was uninjured in an emergency landing in Wk# 6700 on 3 April, 1941 due to bad weather (Prien). Uninjured in a force landing at Leupalingen S.U. in Wk# 6698 due to engine damage on 22 June, 1941 (Prien). His first known Soviet victory, an I-15 or I-16 on 22 June, 1941. Another Soviet victory, an unnamed AC on 26 July, 1941 (Prien). His tenth victory was a Spitfire over Malta on 25 April, 1942. A P-40 of SAAF No. 2 Sq., piloted by Lt. Brown on his first mission, S of Gazala on 29 May, 1942. A Spitfire of RAF No. 112 Sq. near Gazala on 1 June, 1942, "unconfirmed". Another victory, a P-40 15 km south of Gambut, was recorded 18 June, 1942, and another P-40 30 km south of Burg el Arab on 7 August, 1942. A Hurricane of SAAF No. 7 Sq. near Qattara Depression on 31 August, 1942, being shot down shortly after by AA fire. Deceased 25 September, 2003.
2324 Kroschaulski,Uffz18/JG-52Bf 109F EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a DB-3 E of Dufeprowska on 30 August, 1942.
2325 Kroschinski, Hans-JoachimLt5/11/1920Saalfeld, Ostpreussen762/JG-54 (8/42 S.U.), Fighter Instr., Unit in Kurland aft Sept 44 (?), 3/JG-54 (12/44)Bf 109F in 42, Fw 190A-4 # (14)5794 "Blk 11" (lost 7/21/43), Fw 190A-9 # 380360 "Yellow 6" (lost 12/21/44)
RK(4/17/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/27/43)
EP(10/11/43)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
1 Bomber. 2 Tanks, 1 Gun Boat in Lake Ladoga, and 2 MTBs in Finnish Bay. On 21 December, 1944, after shooting down five Pe-2s, he was seriously wounded and lost both eyes and his right leg while flying Werk# 380360, a Pe-2 victim over Frauenburg. Shot down w/wounds 21 July, 1943 in # (14)5794 by a La-5 over Map Quad. 54711. 360 missions, including 240 low level attacks. His first known Soviet victory, a MiG-3 on 5 August, 1942. An Il-2 on 11 August, 1942. A Yak-1 on 27 August, 1942. A Soviet P-40 on 11 November, 1942. A Yak-1 on 22 January, 1943. Two Il-2s on 23 January, 1943. An Il-2 on 11 February, 1943. An Il-2 on 14 February, 1943. A LaGG-3 on 24 February, 1943. A MiG-3 on 2 March, 1943. A LaGG-5 and a LaGG-3 on 3 May, 1943. A P-40 on 8 June, 1943. An Il-7 on 13 July, 1943. Two La-5s on 16 July, 1943. An La-5 on 21 August, 1943. An La-5 on 15 December, 1943. A LaGG-3 in the Wesenberg sector on 4 January, 1944. A Soviet P-39 on 29 October, 1944. Two P-39s and a Yak-9 on 30 October, 1944. Three Il-2s on 7 November, 1944. Deceased 7 January, 1995. Photo
2326 Krösing, HeinzUffz12/17/19191(F)/123 (Med)Ju 88D-1 Werk # 430651 "4U + CH" (lost 8/22/43)Wound Badge
Observer Operational Clasp
MIA with his Observer Lt Günther Wissel and two other unnamed crew over Malta 22 August, 1943 probably due to enemy return fire (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: POW; SD with wounds and hospitalized at St Patrick's before encarsiration ( German Losses Over Malta).
2327 Krug,Lt14/JG-5Bf 109G, Fw 190A EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a P-47 W of Hamburg on 4 August, 1944.
2328 Krug, Hans PeterOblt9 5/JG-26 (5/40), 4/JG-26 (8/40), Stfkpt 4/JG-26 (9/40) Bf 109E-1 Werk # 3413 "Blk 5" (6/40 France), Bf 109E-4/B Werk # 5385 "White 12 + -" (lost 9/7/40)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 7 September, 1940 after making a forced landing at Sheerlands Farm, Pluckley, Kent resulting from aerial combat with Hurricanes of RAF No. 501 Sq.. On 16 April, 1942, he broke out of the large POW Camp at Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. After stealing a boat near Windsor and paddling to Belle Island in the Detroit River, he fled rapidly through Detroit, Chicago and Dallas on his way to Mexico. He was arrested in San Antonio on 1 May, 1942, after a hotel clerk became suspicious and called the FBI, and was returned to the Canadian Camp. His first victory, a Spitfire I near Waalhaven, 13 May, 1940, and a 2nd, a Spitfire I near Dordrecht, same day. His 3rd, a Hurricane north of Dunkirk, 1 June, 1940. His 4th, another Hurricane north of Dunkirk, 2 June, 1940. Another known victory, his 5th, a Spitfire over Margate on 12 August, 1940. His 6th, a Spitfire SW of Dover on 14 August, 1940. His 7th, a Spitfire at Folkestone on 15 August, 1940. His 8th, a Spitfire at Marquise on 22 August, 1940. His 9th, a Defiant at Boulogne on 23 August, 1940. The Bowers/Lednicer Ace List identifies Hans as "Heinz".
2329 Krug, PeterLtStffüh 6/KG-3Do 17Z-3 Werk # 4251 "5K + LP" (lost 8/28/40)Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp
POW 28 August, 1940: sd by a Spitfire of No.54 Sq., piloted by S/L James Leathart, after initially being damaged by AA fire on the way to his target. The ac went into the sea off Foreness Point, Kent. Remaining crew (POW/WIA): Gefr Artur Burghardt, Obs; Gefr Willi Gailer, R/O and Flg Anton Brückmann, Gnr (D.Drury).
2330 Krüger, AlfredUffz234/JG-52 (8/42 S.U.)Bf 109G-2 Werk # 13509 "White 3 + -" (lost 8/29/42), Bf 109G-2 Werk # 10402 "Yellow 6" (lost 2/3/43)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 3 February, 1943 after downing 2 Soviet fighters, when he made a force landing at Bagajewskij, 20 km west of Rostow, due to flak. Known to have crashed after aerial combat in "White 3" on 29 August, 1942, but was uninjured (Brekken). His first known Soviet victory, a LaGG-3 on 23 August, 1942. Two LaGG-3s on 24 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 25 August, 1942. Another LaGG-3 on 27 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 28 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 29 August, 1942. An R-5 on 19 September, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 23 September, 1942. An R-5 on 26 September, 1942. Two Yak-1s on 26 October, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 30 October, 1942. A Yak-1 on 1 February, 1943. Two Yak-1s on 2 February, 1943. Two more Yak-1s on 3 February, 1943.
2331 Krüger, Friedrich "Fritz"Lt3/4/1923Löbau 2/StG-5 (12/42), I/SG-5 (12/43) Ju 87, C445 (dam 12/12/43), Fw 190F-8 Werk # Unk "Q9 + BA" (lost 8/16/44) Wound Badge, Dive Bomber Operational Clasp Injured 12 December, 1943 while making a force landing near Idriza airfield due to engine failure on takeoff. Shot down by fighters 16 August, 1944 in the vicinity of Werro Estonia; bailed safely (LOCS).
2332 Krüger, GünterGefr1/JG-300 Bf 109G-6 (lost 8/7/44 at Bad Wörrishofen) Fighter Operational Clasp KIC 7 August, 1944 when he crashed into a barn during a training exercise at Bad Wörrishofen. Source: JG-300 Loss List
2333 Krüger, Horst 'Benno'Lt9Stfkpt 5/JG-2 (8/41), Stab II/JG-2 (12/41)Bf 109F in 41, Fw 190A-2 Werk # 20269 "Black 1"(lost 7/26/42) in July 42EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 26 July, 1942 after aerial combat with 2 Spitfires of RAF No. 91 Sq., 10 km south of Dungeness. One known victory, his 1st, a Spitfire on 26 August, 1941, no location. His 2nd, a Spitfire downed on 4 September, 1941, no location. His 3rd, a Spitfire on 18 September, 1941, no location. His 4th, a Spitfire near Dieppe on 20 September, 1941. His 5th, a Spitfire near Le Touquet on 21 September, 1941. His 6th, a Spitfire near Le Touquet on 27 September, 1941. His 7th, a Halifax near Brest on 30 December, 1941. Two victories on 12 February, 1942; a Swordfish and a Spitfire. Magnus, 16 victories.
2334 Krüger, K.ObltNJG-1 (8/42 Leeuwarden)Bf 110 Werk # Unk (lost 8/19/42)Night Fighter Operational ClaspKIC 19 August, 1942 at Leeuwarden airfield, cause not reported. Lt Krüger buried at Yssel AR-5-110 (SGLO).
2335 Krüger, KarlOblt8/22/1918Stfkpt 6/KG-2 Do 217E-4 Werk # 1217 "U5 + OP" (lost 8/19/42) Bomber Operational Clasp KIA 19 August, 1942 when he failed to return after attacking the Allied landing at Dieppe. He was believed lost due to an attack by fighters. His body washed ashore, after crashing into the North Sea off Leeuwarden, Netherlands. Oblt Krüger is buried at Ysselsteyn, Blk AR, Row 5, Gr 110. Remaining crew: Gefr Wilhelm Glänzer (MIA), Uffz Karl Heinz Grasse (KIA, bur Bourdon 19/1/25) and Uffz Paul Kloska (MIA) (C.De Swart & D.Drury).
Ysselstein, Holland
2336 Krüger, KlausOblt23/SG-2 (8/44 S.U.)Fw 190F EK 2
Assault Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet Il-2 at Nordausgang Adjler on 21 August, 1944. A 2nd Il-2 on 12 December, 1944.
2337 Krüger, MartinOblt12/20/19134/KGr.z.b.V. 500 (2/43), 7/KG-54 (7/43 Med)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 883981 "B3 + GR" (lost 8/17/43)DK-G (2/23/43), EK 1 & 2, Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 17 August, 1943, failing to return from a mission at the Bizerta harbor. Remaining crew (MIA): Ogefr Hans Jochen Metzger, Observer; Uffz Wilhelm Straus, R/O and Fw Erich Fehse, Gunner. Jager Blatt 6/2004 & DK-G Award List.
2338 Krüll, JakobUffz11/20/19/144/KG-76 (8/40 Creil) Ju 88A-1 Werk # Unk "F1 + ?M" (lost 8/24/40) Bomber Operational Clasp KIA 24 August, 1940; sd by Hurricanes of No. 501 Sq. following an attack on RAF Manston. The ac crashed into the English Channel off the Kent coast. Remaining crew (MIA): Uffz Erich Dubs, Obs; Uffz Horst Freimann, R/O and Uffz Hans Fröba, Gnr.. Pilot Krüll washed ashore on the Dutch side, and is buried at Ysselsteyn, BF/4/89 (D.Drury).
Ysselstein, Holland
2339 Krull, RudolfOfw47/JG-2 (6/41)Bf 109E & F
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a Spitfire on 25 June, 1941, no location. A 2nd, a Spitfire 21 August, 1941, no location. His 3rd, a Spitfire on 31 August, 1941, no location. His 4th, a Spitfire on 27 September, 1941, no location. Alternate spelling: Krul.
2340 Krupinski, Walter 'Count Punski'Maj11/11/1920Domnau, Ostpreussen1976/JG-52, Stfkpt 7/JG-52 (3/43), Stfkpt 1 & 2/JG-5, Kdr II/JG-11 (4/44 France), Kdr III/JG-26 (9/44), JV-44 (4/45)Bf 109G-2 & G-6 both "Yellow 5" w JG-52, Bf 109G-2 Werk # 13537 (9/42), Bf 109G-2 Werk # 13861 (10/42; WIA), Bf 109G-5 Wk# 110244 (lost 8/12/44; sabotage, engine explosion, bailed safely, pilot OK), Bf 109G-6 Wk# 20062 "White 9" (80% dam 7/5/43), Bf 109G-6 & Fw 190D-9 "<< + I" w III/JG-26
RK(10/29/42)
EL(3/2/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/22/42)
EP(5/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Ftr Oper.Clasp w/Pend
1 Bomber. In the summer of 1941, he belly-landed a Bf 109F "Yellow 6" in Russia. Injured in G-6 #20062 "White 9" (80% dam.), on 5 July, 1943, overturning in a landing accident at Ugrim/Belgorod, resulting from Flak damage. While in II/JG-11, his G-5 motor exploded in mid-air, and was thought to have been Sabotage. Krupinski came to JG-26 after the death of Klaus Mietusch. Scored two victories in JG-26. After the dissolution of III/JG-26 in March 1945, he joined JV 44, Adolf Gallands jet unit, flying the Me 262A-1a. One known early Soviet victory, two LaGGs on 11 May, 1943. On 5 July, 1943, he shot down 11 AC. One of many Soviet multiples, four LaGGs on 20 August, 1943. 1100+ combat missions. 20 victories in the West. His 190th victory, a P-51 SW of Magdeburg on 30 May, 1944. His 193rd, 194th & 195th victories on 1 July, 1944; all three P-47s at Douai-Cambrai. A P-51 at Coesfeld on 21 November, 1944. Victory number 196, a B-17 in the Stuttgart area on 8 April, 1945. His 197th, and last victory, an "e/a" in the last days of April, 1945. Germanys 16th ranked fighter Ace. Retired Bundeswehr GenLt.. Deceased 7 October, 2000. Photo


Winter 1944: Krupinski with Oberst. Priller

Krupinski with Hartmann


Cover produced for the 50th Anniversary of the Night Blitz. Cover depicts a Armstrong Whitworth Whitley of 50 Squadron which was shot down in October 1940.Bomb Carrying BF109a being intercepted by Spitfires of 603 Squadron on 2nd October 1940, London under attack 23 October 1940 and the crests of 17 Squadron and JG52. Signed by Lt General Walter Krupinski

2341 Kruse,Uffz13/JG-51 (8/44 S.U.)Bf 109G EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet Il-2 (m.H.) on 23 August, 1944.
2342 Kruse, OttmarUffz28/JG-26 (joins 7/44)Fw 190A-8 "Blue 6" (8/44 Guyancourt), Fw 190A-8 Werk # 171505 "Blue 13" (lost) EK 2 (8/16/44)
Physical Trng. Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 16 September, 1944 after being shot down without injury in "Blue 13" by a P-47 of 56FG. He bailed successfully, and was taken prisoner upon landing inside the Belgian border (B.Spoelstra). A "New Growth" pilot. One known victory, his 1st, a P-51 of 354FG at Rambouillet (Houdan, S of Mantes) on 16 August, 1944. A second victory was a P-38 of 474FG, 428FS, piloted by Capt James Austin (WIA) N of Beauvais on 25 August, 1944. Austin bailed out with serious injures. None of his 8 Staffel comrades survived the war. His wingman, Uffz Erich Klein was killed 27 September, 1944. In July, 2005, he resides at Ingelheimer Str. 41, 28199 Bremen, a good friend of Werner Molge.. (alternative spelling Ottomar Kruse)
2343 Kruska, KurtOfw36/JG-26Fw 190A-1 & 2, Fw 190A-4 Werk # 5668 "Brown 11" (lost)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 9 April, 1943 during aerial combat in "Brown 11" with a Spitfire of RAF No. 611 Sq. NW of Boulogne. . One known victory, his 1st, a Spitfire by Le Treport on 30 April, 1942. His 2nd, a Spitfire at Foret de Vron on 19 August, 1942. His 3rd, a Spitfire 5 km west of Camierson 14 March, 1943.
2344 Krutzke, GüntherGefr83/JG-54 (6/42), 2/JG-54 (8/42 S.U.)Bf 109F, Bf 109G-2 Werk# 10365 "RF+FG" "Black ?" (lost 8/8/42)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 8 August, 1942; rammed by an enemy aircraft near Kirischi. His first known victory, a Soviet P-40 and an Il-2 on 11 July, 1942. A 3rd & 4th, a P-40 and an I-180 on 20 July, 1942. A 5th & 6th, two MiG-3s on 2 August, 1942. Twp P-40s on 8 August, 1942.
2345 Krzywon, RudolfHptm33/ZG-76 (6/40), 8/NJG-1, 10/NJG-101 (8/43)Bf 110 Werk # 720017 (lost)
EK 1 & 2
Destroyer & Night Fighter Operational Clasps
KIC 9 June, 1944 at Neuendorf Germany, no further detail (Rosseels). One known victory, an Skua at Trondheim, 13 June, 1940. A 2nd, a B-17 W of Verviers on 17 August, 1943. a 3rd, a B-17 near Sennfeld on 14 October, 1943.
2346 Kubik, HeinzUffz1(H)/41Hs 126B (lost 5/12/40)Observer Operational ClaspPOW (briefly) 12 May, 1940 during the French Campaign, crashing near Bas-Oha, no further detail. Source: A. Rosseels. Added: Kubik and his Observer, Oblt Ulrich Strohm, made a force landing near St Trond after combat with a Hurricane of No. 3 Sq., piloted by F/O Wilfred Adams. Strohm continued to fire upon Adams while on the ground. Both were taken prisoner by the Belgians but released later that month. Strohm was promoted to Hptm in April 1942 and known sill alive in August 1944 (R.Randall).
2347 Kubovic, AugustinFwSlovakia113(Slow)/JG-52 (8/43 S.U.)Fw 190A-3 EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His one known victory, a Soviet P-39 on 8 August, 1943. (All OKL)
2348 Kuckartz, WilhelmFw3(F)/33 (Channel?)Ju 88D-1 Werk # 1678 "8H + DL" (lost 8/28/42)Observer Operational ClaspMIA with his Observer Oblt Johann Janetzky and two other unnamed crew 28 August, 1942, cause unknown, location not reported (Ju 88 Loss List).
2349 Kugler, WalterFw66/JG-300 (8/43), 5/JG-300 ( 5/44), 3/JG-302 (8/44), 12/JG-301 (12/44)Fw 190A, Bf 109GEP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA in December 1944 in aerial combat, detail unknown. One known victory, a Lancaster 25 km WSW of Brandenburg on 1 September, 1943. A 2nd, a Lancaster 5 km SE of Mannheim on 23 September, 1943. A 3rd, a "4 mot" in the Rühr 23 May, 1944. A 4th, a B-17 at Kassel on 16 June, 1944 (Perry Claims). A 5th, a B-17 SW of Kassel on 16 August, 1944. A 6th, a B-17 SW of Debrecen on 21 August, 1944.
2350 Kühdorf, KarlLt187/JG-26 (3/41 Sicily), Stab I/JG-77 (2/43), 3/JG-77 (8/43), 2/JG-77 (3/44), 1/JG-77 (4/44)Bf 109E-7 in JG-26, Bf 109G (Trop) in JG-77
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/1/45)
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 4/45. Four victories in JG-26. One known Desert victory, his 4th, a P-40 on 15 February, 1943. On 4 July, 1943, during the Sicilian campaign, he scored his 5th victory, AC type and location not given. His 6th, a P-40 on 8 July, 1943. His 7th, a Spitfire V on 3 August, 1943. His 10th, a B-24 on 2 April, 1944, no location. His 12th, a P-47 8 km S of Ferrara on 15 May, 1944. His 14th & 15th, both P-47s in the Rhein-Taunus area on 7 October, 1944. His 16th, a B-26 in the Monschau area on 23 December, 1944. His 17th, an Il-2 on 18 April, 1945. His 18th, a Yak-3 on 21 April, 1945. Alternate spelling: Kuehdorf.
2351 Kühelm,Lt1Stab II/ZG-1Bf 110 EK 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Soviet I-16 Rata on 30 August, 1942.
2352 Kühl, HeinzUffz3/KG-51 (S.U.)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 5505 "9K + CL" (lost 8/1/42)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(7/12/43)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List. MIA with unnamed crew at Amawir-Krapotki on 1 August, 1942, crashed due to flak (Ju 88 Loss List).
2353 Kühl, WilhelmOfw4/2/1916Thiel1/Kü.Fl.Gr-706 (Aalborg)BV 138C-1 Werk # 0310120 "6I + AH" (lost)Air-Sea Rescue Operational ClaspMIA 22 August, 1942; missing on a reconnaissance operation over the North Sea, believed crashed off Skagerak Denmark. Remaining crew: Oblt Siegfried Schwartz (born 5/6/1918 Kruglanken/Ostpreussen, Buried Frederikshavn Cemetery, 3 September, 1942), Observer (KIA); Ogefr Max Kirmse(2/6/1918 Gross Zarwitz/Leipzig, buried Gothenburg-Kviberg after the war), R/O (KIA); Gefr Erwin Ahrens (born 4/16/1921 Henningsdorf/Potsdam, Buried Norway), Gunner (KIA) and Fw Mathias Gützlö (8/29/1916 Billerbeck), Mech (MIA-No known grave). Source: SIG Norway & Air War over Denmark.
2354 Kühle, HelmutMaj7/25/1913Dortmund11 3/JG-52 (40), Stab II/JG-52 (3/43 to 8/43 Kuban, S.U.), Kdr III/JG-6 (11/44, 1/45 Bissel) Bf 109G "Yellow 1" w/ JG-52, Bf 109G-14 Werk # 460339 "<<" (lost 1/1/45) w/ JG-6 EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 1 January, 1945 in the attack on Volkel airfield by AA fire direct hit. His G-14 crashed NNW of Helmond Holland (DeSwart). Buried Ysselsteyn, Z-6-142 (Manrho/Just publ.). One known victory, his 1st, a Hurricane at Themsemündung on 26 August, 1940. His 2nd, a Hurricane S of Ashford on 31 August, 1940. His 3rd, a Spitfire NE of Dover on 24 September, 1940. His first Soviet, a Pe-2 on 19 March, 1943. An Il-5 on 19 April, 1943. A Yak-1 on 29 April, 1943. A Yak-1 on 3 May, 1943. An Il-2(m.H.) on 16 July, 1943. A Yak-1 on 23 July, 1943. Two Il-2s (m.H.) on 12 August, 1943. Magnus, 16 victories.
Ysselstein, Holland
2355 Kühlein, Elias PaulLt354/JG-51 (7/42 S.U. & Nisch Yugoslavia), 7/JG-51 (6/44 S.U.), Stfkpt 6/JG-51 (12/44), JG-7Bf 109F & G (Trop), Bf 109G-6/R3 Werk # 163269 "White 7"(6/44 Yugoslavia) in 4 Staffel, Me 262
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
About 600 combat missions. His first victory, a Soviet Il-2 on 3 July, 1942. An Il-2 on 6 July, 1942. A Yak-1 on 9 July, 1942. A Pe-2 on 5 August, 1942. A Yak-1 on 16 August, 1942. An Il-2 and a Fessel Baloon on 23 August, 1942. An Il-2 on 27 August, 1942. A Pe-2 on 14 September, 1942. A Pe-2 on 23 September, 1942. A Pe-2 on 27 September, 1942. Known Desert victories, both P-38s; one 25 km northeast of Siliana, the other Map Quadrant 3 East 97632, on 28 December, 1942. Another victory, a Spitfire 35 km north of Gabes on 16 January, 1943. Another, a P-38 15 km east of El Guettar on 6 February, 1943. On 21 March, 1943, he downed a Spitfire 35 km east southeast of Gabes. On 2 November, 1943, he downed a B-17 at Bad Vöslau, near Wiener Neustadt. A B-24 over Yugoslavia on 16 April, 1944. A B-24 on 6 June, 1944. A Soviet La-5 on 5 December, 1944. A captured Bf 109 on 11 December, 1944. A Yak-9 on 21 December, 1944. Bowers/Lednicer, 36 victories.
2356 Kuhlmann, Uffz9/JG-54Bf 109E-4 Werk# 1547 "Yellow ?" (20% loss)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Wounded 27 August, 1940 in aerial combat with a Spitfire over Le Bortel. Died shortly thereafter. The Klein Report states his death was on 16 August (11 days prior to being wounded). Appears to be a typo, the date may have been 16 September, 1940.
2357 Kuhn, BennoLt3/29/19232/KG-26 (8/40)He 111H & Ju 88ABomber Operational ClaspBattle of Britain pilot known to have participated in mine-laying operations at the southern entrance to Skapa Flow early August, 1940. Deceased 25 October, 1999. Jager Blatt Obit.
2358 Kühn, FritzOfw2/KG-40Fw 200C-4 Werk # 0125 "F8 + BB" (lost 8/14/42)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(9/25/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
MIA 14 August, 1942, shot down in Faxafloi Bay, 15km W of Reykjavik, Iceland by a P-38D of 1FG, piloted by Lt Ezra Shahan, believed to be the first US victory in the ETO. Remaining crew (MIA): Ofw Phillip Haisch, Co-P; Ofw Ottmar Ebener (or Ebner), 1st R/O; Uffz Wolfgang Schulze, 2nd R/O; Ofw Artur Wohlleben, Engr and Ofw Albert Winkelmann, Gnr.. Alternate spelling: Kuhn. DK-G Awards List, Stankey & DeZeng and D.Drury. Alternate spelling: Kuehn.
2359 Kühn, Fritz OskarLt7/StG-2Ju 87B-1 (lost 8/16/40)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 16 August, 1940; sd by fighters off Selsey Bill, Sussex, crashing into the sea. His R/O-Gnr, Gefr Josef Wenzel also MIA (D.Drury)
2360 Kuhn, Götz GerhardFhr112/JG-3Bf 109G
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a B-17 at Eichfeld on 16 August, 1944.
2361 Kuhn, JohannesEM11/15/1908Amsterdam, HollandY-2 LvR (Dutch Ftr Grp 5/40), SG-101 (7/43 Paris-Orly), SG-3, 3/Überführungsgruppe (Ferry Group)-West (2/44), TG-30 (6/44)Hs 129 in SG-101, He 111 in TG-30, Fw 190A-8 Werk # 171747 "White 13" (interned in England 8/30/44) Pilot Badge A Dutch volunteer, who served in the Dutch Air Force in 1940, he was shot down with injuries on 10 May, 1940, by a Bf 110 of II/ZG-1. He joined the Luftwaffe in 1942. Depressed at the high risk and losses in the Luftwaffe Ferry Unit, he deserted to England on 30 August, 1944 in his 190A-8, which he was to transport to JG-26 at Brussels-Melsbroek. He made a perfect belly landing in a field at Montkon Road Farm, near RAF Manston, Kent, slightly damaging the A-8. He remained a British POW until 1949. Jager Blatt article.
2362 Kühne, AlfredStbsFw16/ZG-76Bf 110 EK 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Hurricane in the Portland area on 15 August, 1940.
2363 Kühnel, HansFw64/JG-3 (10/42 S.U.), 11/JG-3 (9/43 Med)Bf 109F, Bf 109G-6 Werk # 18047 "Black 11 + ~" (lost 8/16/43)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIFA ? (Magnus). His Wk# 18047 reported lost south of Palmi on 16 August, 1943, after a crash, pilot returned. The OKL sites his 6th victory as a B-24D over southern Italy, 3 September, 1943. His first know Soviet victory, a LaGG-3 on 4 October, 1942. A 2nd Soviet, a LaGG-3 on 2 February, 1943. A 3rd, a LaGG-3 on 24 February, 1943. A 4th, a LaGG-3 on 19 March, 1943. A 5th, a MiG-1 on 25 March, 1943.
2364 Kühnle, KarlFw8/StG-1 (S.U.)Ju 87D-3 Werk # 2307 "J9 + BK" (lost 8/5/43)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(4/3/44)

EK 1 & 2
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List. KIA with unnamed crew 5 August, 1943 NW of Kutafino due to flak. Ju 87 Loss List
2365 Küken, WilhelmFw459/JG-51 (7/42 S.U.), JGr-OstBf 109F-2 Werk # 12696 "Yellow 4 + I" (50% dam 8/42), Bf 109G
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(11/26/43)
EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge(8/8/42)
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 2 April, 1944 (Magnus). WIFA 8 August, 1942; a non-operational takeoff accident. His first known Soviet victory, a Pe-2 5 km S of Subzoff on 25 July, 1942. An I-153 on 17 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 28 August, 1942. An I-153 on 27 November, 1942. An Il-2 and a LaGG-3 on 29 November, 1942. A Boston III on 5 December, 1942. An Il-2 on 9 February, 1943. A LaGG-5 and a two Pe-2s on 9 March, 1943. An Il-4 on 5 July, 1943. A Boston III on 6 July, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 7 July, 1943. A LaGG-3 on 18 July, 1943. An Il-2 (m.H.) on 22 July, 1943. A LaGG-3 on 28 July, 1943. A LaGG-3 on 29 July, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 3 August, 1943. An Il-2 (m.H.) on 4 August, 1943. Three Il-2s (m.H.) and a LaGG-5 on 8 August, 1943. Two laGG-3s NW of Spas-Demensk on 11 August, 1943. An Il-2 NE of Dukhovshchina on 16 August, 1943. A LaGG-4 NE of Ssevsk on 21 August, 1943. Two LaGG-3s on 23 August, 1943. Two DB-3s and a LaGG-3 on 24 August, 1943. An Il-2 W of Yelnya on 15 September, 1943. A LaGG-5, a Yak-1 and a Yak-9 near Yelnya on 18 September, 1943. A Soviet B-25 on 16 January, 1944. Bowers/Lednicer, 45 victories.
2366 Kukla, HansUffzI/JG-26 (joins 6/44), 4/JG-26, Acting Stfkpt 4/JG-26 (12/44)Fw 190A-7 Werk # 340329 "Blue 9" (lost), Fw 190A-8, Fw 190D-9 (lost)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 13 August, 1944 during aerial combat in "Blue 9" with a P-51 of 363FG NE of Le Mans. Kukla bailed successfully with facial burns, putting him out of action until October, 1944. The P-51 pilot was Lt. Lee Webster of 382FS. A "Nachwuchs (new growth) who completed the abbreviated flight training program, but survived the war, but not without injuries! He had been burned and bailed three times. Believed to have one unconfirmed victory, possibly a second claimed by a wingman, and confirmed! Engaged P-51 in his D-9 over the Ardennes, 26 Dec., 1944. Bailed w/o injury near Osnabrück on 4 January, 1945 when the engine of his D-9 caught fire. WIA 22 January, 1945 during aerial combat in "Blue 7" with a Spitfire of RAF No. 421 Sq. N of Ibbenbüren. His engine caught fire and he bailed with serious burns, keeping him out of combat until April, 1945. His last flight was a transfer flight on 13 April, 1945. Because his eyelids had not healed properly, the Gruppe surgeon mercifully ordered Kukla into the hospital in the last days.
2367 Külbel, Hans PeterHptm7/24/1909NürnbergKdr I/ZG-2 (8/40) Bf 110D-0 Werk # 3316 "3M + MK" (lost 8/12/40) Destroyer Operational Clasp KIA 12 August, 1940 during aerial combat off Portsmouth. His crewman, Uffz Fritz Budig (geb 4/2/14 Forst) also KIA. Alternate spelling: Kubel & Kübel (Bf 110 Loss List). Added: Pilot buried at Bourdon (Fr), Block 19, Row 13, Gr 491. Budig buried Gosport, Ann's Hill, Cem, Plot 188, Gr 32 after washing ashore in the Channel (D.Drury).
2368 Kulka, KarlUffz13/JG-54 (S.U.)Fw 190A-4 Werk# (14)5785 "Yellow 12" (lost 2/1/43) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 1 February, 1943 over Schlüsselburg. His first known victory, a Soviet Il-2 on 23 August, 1942. Alternate spelling: Kulke.
2369 Külow, HansOblt29/NJG-4Bf 110
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
Injured 1/2 February, 1945 on bailing out at Bergen, near Celle, due to engine failure (Boiten). WIA Injured earlier on 24/25 January, 1944 when he was shot up and bailed north of Charleville (Balss). One known victory, a Stirling 15 km NE of Lyons on 17 August, 1943. A Halifax by Rosieres on 11 April, 1944.
2370 Kummer,Hptm1Stab II/ZG-1Bf 110 EK 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Soviet I-153 on 30 August, 1942.
2371 Kummer, Horst O.Uffz32/NJG-3 (5/44) Bf 110G-4 Werk # 720258 "D5 + FK" (lost 5/28/44)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
He suffered wounds on 11 August, 1944 at the Nordholz airfield as a result of a gun cleaning accident (Boiten). His G-4 crashed at Dalen Holland, north of Coevorden, the night of 27/28 May, 1944, cause and pilot/crew disposition unknown (DeSwart). Added: Uffz Kummer was injured, the remaining two were killed and buried at Ysselsteyn. Remaining crew: R/O, Gefr K.Maibach, Gr AX-10-239 and Gnr, Ogefr J.Raschig, Gr AX-10-238 (SGLO).
Ysselstein, Holland
2372 Kunert, Hans HeinzOblt9III/JG-53 (4/40 Wiesbaden-Erbenheim), Stfkpt 8/JG-53 (9/40 Channel)Bf 109E-1, Bf 109E-3 in 40, Bf 109E-4 Werk # 1171 (lost 9/8/40)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 8 September, 1940 during aerial combat when he collided with Oblt Wittmeyer in Werk # 3478. His parachute is believed to have failed (Prien). One known victory, his 1st, a Hurricane north of Sedan, 14 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Hawk-75A on 24 May, 1940, no location. His 3rd, a Hawk-75A 15 km west of Arras, 27 May, 1940. Per the JG-53 Chronicles, he downed a Bloch on 29 May, 1940, along with Lt Panten & Lt Müller (Prien). His 4th & 5th, both Hurricanes northwest of Reims, 1 June, 1940. His 6th, a Potez 63 at La Sieve, 2 June, 1940. His 7th, a Bloch 152 west of Compiegne, 5 June, 1940. His 8th, a Spitfire 10 km E of Südspitz Portland on 25 August, 1940. His 9th, a Spitfire on 5 September, 1940, no location. On this particular victory, his name was given as "Kurt", however all others were Heinz or Hans.
2373 Kunisch, BernhardOblt3/20/1920Neisse7/KG-40Fw 200C-4 Werk # 0166 "F8 + ER" (lost 8/15/43), Fw 200C-5 Werk # 0222 "F8 + AR" (lost 11/20/43)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with entire crew, 20 November, 1943; failed to return from a mission. Shot down by Beaufighters W of Cape Ortegal, Corunna, Spain. Remaining crew (MIA): Hptm Horst Lückstädt (or Lückstedt), geb 4/22/1917, Co-pilot; Uffz Günther Nellner, geb 5/20/1921, Obs; Fw Franz Vrbka (or Urbka), geb 1/10/1920, R/O 1; Uffz Fritz Oetker, geb 7/14/1919, R/O 2; Fw Heinz Schatte, geb 8/17/1920, Wart and Uffz Gerhard Theilemann, geb 11/23/1921, Gunner. Source: B.Bines & D.Drury. Added: On 15 August, 1943, he was engaged in an attack on convoy OS53 when he was hit by return fire from the RN Sloop HMS Stork, and made an emergency landing at Santiago de Compostela, Corunna, Spain. The crew were interned and later repatriated. Remaining crew: Uffz Otto Specht, Co-pilot; Uffz Günther Nellner, Obs; Uffz Horst Flechsig (or Fleschsig), R/O 1; Uffz Fritz Ötker (or Oetker), R/O 2; Uffz Heinz Schatte (or Schadde), Flt Engr and Uffz Gerhard Theilemann, Gnr (D.Drury).
2374 Künstle, August KarlHptmLuft Hansa Fw 200B-2 Werk # 0009 "D-ASSH" "Hessen" (lost 4/21/45)
Spanish Cross
EK 1 & 2
Transport Operational Clasp
KIC 21 April, 1945 at Piesenkofen, Germany, cause unknown. No mention of crew. He was pictured wearing the WWI pilot badge (F.Braun). Added: Hastily loaded with the baggage of the Berlin Hq Staff, the "Hessen" left Berlin for Barcelona with 5 crew and 16 passengers. They never reached Spain. In 1954 evidence was discovered that the overloaded transport crashed and burned with no survivors near Piesenkofen, Kr. Mühlberg, Bavaria (1945 Accidents List/S.Youngs).
2375 Kuntz, Herbert HeinzHptm2/15/1915Diefflen, Saar3/KG-100 (6/42 S.U., later 4/KG-26), II/KG-200, Stfkpt 2/KG-40 (45)He 111H-4 of 4/KG-26, Do 217
RK(3/14/43)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(5/4/42)
EP(2/4/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp in Gold
Numerous ground destructions during his 365 combat missions. Occasional crew members, a Fw Gerhard Lange, Observer and Mathias Holler, R/O. Deceased 26 August, 1998, Dillingen.
2376 Kunz, Franz "Fritz"Oblt10/3/1921Troppau12 5/JG-53 (2/43 Tunisia), 4/JG-53 (1/44), Stfkpt 2/JG-26 (5/44, 6/44 Normandy, 1/45 Fürstenau) Bf 109G-4 Werk # 10875 "Black 7 + -" (lost 2/3/43; WIA, collision with enemy ac, no location reported) in JG-53, Fw 190A-8 "Black 8" (6/6/44), Fw 190A-7 Wk# 431163 "Black 2" (dam 6/28/44), Fw 190D-9 Werk # 210953 "Blk 1" (lost 1/1/45) EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 28 June, 1944 during aerial combat in "Black 2" (Wk# 431163) with a Spitfire near Boissy-le-Bois, but landed safely. 350+ combat missions as of July, 1944. Four victories in JG-26. On 1 January, 1945 (Target Evere FP), Kunz was one of the first of 2 Staffel to be hit by German Flak over Polsbroek, northeast of Rotterdam. He was forced to bail out of his D-9 Werk # 210953 "Black 1", and was taken to a private clinic in Goude with serious injuries. His 5th victory, a P-38 6 km south of Agricola Italy, 19 August, 1943. His 6th, a P-38 68 km SSE of Marburg on 7 January, 1944. His 7th, a B-17 NW of Kaiserslautern on 13 April, 1944. His 8th, a B-17 S of Munden, E of Kassel, on 19 April, 1944. His 9th, a P-51 in the St. Quentin area on 24 May, 1944. His 10th, a P-51B of 339FG, SN 2106909, piloted by Maj. Michael McPharlin (KIA), a former Eagle Sq. pilot, 5 km SE of Caen on 6 June, 1944. His 11th & 12th, both C-47s in the Nijmegen area on 21 September, 1944.
2377 Kunze-Mittendorf, OttoUffzErg/Fernaufkl.Gr.Ju 88A-4 Werk # 8694 "F2 + AN" (lost 8/10/43)Observer Operational ClaspMIA with his Observer Lt Gottfried Gärtner and two other unnamed crew crashing in the Ostsee 10 August, 1943, (Ju 88 Loss List).
2378 Kunze, BernhardFw9/5/1920Halle-Saale9 1/JG-1 (6/43 Deelen), 2/JG-1 (1/44 Köln) Fw 190A-5 Werk # 410055 "White 1"(7/43), A-6 Wk# 530135 "Wh 12" (80% dam 7/28/43), Fw 190A-6 Werk # 550884 "Black 1" (lost 1/5/44) EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 5 January, 1944 while making a force landing at Bergisch-Gladbach in his Fw 190A-6 (L. Wiegels) after being fatally wounded by German flak (Source: Falk K. Börsch, nephew of Bernhard Kunze). Buried Magdeburg Westfriedhof, Blk A Gr 231. 8 of his 9 victories were bombers. One known victory, a B-17 100 sm W of Texel on 13 June, 1943. His 2nd, a B-17 at Geldern on 22 June, 1943. His 3rd, a B-17 near Grossheide on 26 July, 1943. A 4th, a B-17 near Stromberg on 17 August, 1943. His 5th, a B-17 off Ooudorp on 19 August, 1943. His 6th, a B-17 12 km ENE of Siegburg on 4 October, 1943. A 7th, a B-17 at Sittard on 14 October, 1943. His 8th, a P-47 on 1 December, 1943. His 9th, a B-24 N of Hopsten on 22 December, 1943. His A-6 crashed into a swimming pool at Drachten Holland on 28 July, 1943, after combat with a B-17, pilot safe. Also known to have flown Fw 190A-5 Werk # 410055 (35% dam) in August, 1943, later piloted and 65% damaged on 19 October, 1943, by Ofw Fritz Bahl. Flew an Fw 190A "White 7" also.
2379 Kunze, KurtUffz15/ZG-76Bf 110 EK 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Spitfire in the Portland area on 15 August, 1940.
2380 Küper, WilfriedUffz24/KG-3 (7/43 S.U.)JU 88C-6 Werk # 360398 "5K + FC" (lost 7/18/43)
EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
MIA with unnamed crew in Map Quadrant Pl.Qu. 6086 on 18 July, 1943 after being attacked by enemy fighters (Ju 88 Loss List). His first known victory, a Soviet Pe-2 on 10 July, 1943. A 2nd, a "2 Mot" at the Waluiki airfield on 5 August, 1943. NOTE: either the Ju 88 Loss date or his second victory date are incorrect.
2381 Kurde, GerhardUffz9/KG-54 (Med)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 300055 "B3 + FT" (lost 8/23/43)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew at Palermo 23 August, 1943, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List).
2382 Kürten, HeinzFw37 & 9/JG-52 (5/43 S.U.)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 20174 (lost 8/7/43) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIFA 7 August, 1943 (Magnus); collided with a G-4, Wk# 19893 in Map Quad Pl.Qu. 61512. One known victory, a Soviet LaGG on 16 May, 1943. Another LaGG on 10 June, 1943. A 3rd, an Il-2 (m.H.) on 3 August, 1943. Magnus 15 victories. Alternate spelling: Kürter.
2383 Kurz,Oblt19/SG-10 (8/44 S.U.)Fw 190F EK 2
Assault Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet Yak-9 on 17 August, 1944.
2384 Kurz, AlbertUffz18/JG-27Bf 109E EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His first victory, a Hurricane S of the Isle of Wight on 8 August, 1940.
2385 Kurz, GüntherLt10/5/19211Neustrelitz336/JG-52 (S.U.)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 27181 (lost 10/11/43)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(12/26/43 Post.)
EP(1943)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 11 October, 1943; aerial combat with a LaGG-5, Map Quadrant Pl.Qu. 10144. His first known victory, a Soviet I-153 on 22 February, 1943. A 2nd, an R-5 on 1 March, 1943. A 3rd, a Boston on 5 March, 1943. A 4th, a LaGG-3 on 6 March, 1943. A 5th, a U-2 on 10 March, 1943. An R-5 and a LaGG-3 on 13 March, 1943. An Il-5 on 17 March, 1943. Two Il-2s on 22 March, 1943. An Il-5 on 29 March, 1943. An Il-2 on 19 April, 1943. Two LaGG-3s on 20 April, 1943. A Yak-1 on 30 April 1943. Two Il-5s on 5 May, 1943. A Soviet Spitfire on 7 May, 1943. A Spitfire on 26 May, 1943. A Soviet Boston on 1 August, 1943. An Il-2 (m.H.) on 7 August, 1943. A Yak-1 on 9 August, 1943. A Yak-1 on 1 September, 1943. An Il-2 (m.H.) on 6 September, 1943. A Yak-1 and a Pe-2 on 9 September, 1943. A Yak-1 on 10 September, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 24 September, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 27 September, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 3 October, 1943. A Yak-1 on 8 October, 1943. Two LaGG-5s S of Chodoroff on 11 October, 1943, the date he was KIA.
2386 Kuschke, JoachimOfw7/23/1913Leipzig2/Kü.Fl.Gr.-806Ju 88A-1 Werk # 4094 "M7 + YK" (lost 9/7/40)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC with his entire crew at the Nantes airfield on 7 September, 1940, cause unknown. Remaining crew (Pos unk, all bur Pornichet Cem, Blk 3): Uffz Hans Groth (geb 1/26/1917 Stieglitz, bur Row 5, Gr 14); Uffz Sibo Stecheisen (geb 4/10/1917 Borkim, bur Row 6, Gr 157); Gefr Alfred Keller (geb 8/13/1919 Essen, bur Row 5, Gr 134) and Flg August Ehses (geb 8/28/1905 Zeltingen, bur Row 2, Gr 38). Pilot Ofw Kuschke buried Row 6, Grave 177 (absa3945).
2387 Kusicke, Ernst AugustOfw7/LG-1 (S.U.)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 5888 "L1 + ER" (30% dam 10/19/42)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/4/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List. His A-4 was reported damaged in Map Quadrant Pl.Qu. 5934 19 October, 1942; crew disposition and cause not reported, ac recovered (Ju 88 Loss List).
2388 Küster, HelmutOblt6/2/1913KielStab StG-3Do 17M (lost 8/40)Bomber or Dive Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 3 August, 1940 in the Dinan area. Cause not reported. Küster buried at Marigny Cemetery, Block 2, Row 26, Grave 995. Remaining crew; Fw Willi Krause and Uffz Ernst Sellke, both also buried in the Marigny Cemetery along with Küster. Source: D.Dahiot
2389 Küster, KarlFw4/23/19213/KG-2Do 217M-1 Werk # 722964 "U5 + IL" (lost 8/19/44)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 19 August, 1944; lost due to unknown circumstances at Londerzeel, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. Remaining crew (KIA, desig unk): Uffz Rolf Köttnitz, Uffz Rudolf Rosenhahn and Ogefr Heribert Thomas. Three are buried in the German War cem at Lommel, Blk 46: Fw Küster, Grave 355; Uffz Köttnitz, Grave 19 and Uffz Rosenhahn, Grave 534. No VDK match for Ogefr Thomas (D.Drury).
2390 Kustusch,Fw16/NJG-2, 3/NJG-4 (8/43), III/NJG-6Bf 110C "R4 + BP" in NJG-2, Do 217N-1 in NJG-6
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory while in NJG-4, a Halifax at Boussu on 11 August, 1943. Kutusch was known to have made a forced landing in Hungary in the Do 217N-1. Found on Frost List at PilotenBunker.
2391 Kutscha, HerbertHptm4/24/1917Ratibor Oberschlesien47 5/JG-77, 6/ZG-1 (7/42S.U.), II/SKG-210, Sk 12/JG-3 (2/44 Venlo), Kdr II/JG-3 (11/44), Stab II/JG-27, III/JG-11 Bf 110, Bf 109F, Bf 109G-6 Werk # 411032 (lost 2/10/44), Bf 109G-6 Wk# 411048 (lost 2/24/44)
RK(9/24/42)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/23/42)
EP(11/3/41)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge(12/25/44)
Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pendant
His G-6 crashed at Vroomshoop Holland (north van Russenweg) on 10 February, 1944, cause and pilot disposition unknown (DeSwart). Added: Shot down with wounds and bailing safely from his Wk# 411032 on 10 February, 1944, after aerial combat with a P-47 by Quakenbrück. In addition to the aerial victories, his ground victories included 41 AC , 41 Tanks, 15 RR engines, 11 AA guns, and 157 trucks. 900 combat missions, including many close support missions. 6 bombers. 14 victories in the West. One known victory, his 1st while in 5/JG-77, a Wellington north of Wangerooge, 14 December, 1939. His 2nd, a Hudson 40 km N of Ameland on 24 February, 1940. His first known Soviet victory, an I-153 on 25 July, 1942. Another I-153 on 9 August, 1942. His 34th, a P-38 on 31 January, 1944. His 35th, a B-17 on 10 February, 1944. A P-51 in the Eisleben area on 2 November, 1944. A P-47 at Monschau-St Vith on 17 December, 1944, while serving in 15/JG-27. Deceased 14 September, 2003.

Lt. Kutscha with his Bf 109 G-6 W.Nr. 15 762 'Gelbe 14' 'RH+JD', 12./JG 3, San Severo, Italy, August 1943.
2392 Küttner, SiegfriedFw511/JG-3 (4/44), 14(Sturm)/JG-3 (11/44)Fw 190A-8/R2EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 1 May, 1945; Combat with a Yak-9, area of Schwerin. One known victory, a B-17 on 11 April, 1944, no location. Another, a B-17 Final Destruction at Ludwigslust on 18 April, 1944. His 3rd, a B-17 (HSS) in the Kempten area on 19 July, 1944. His 4th, a B-24 (HSS) at Lechtaler Alpen on 3 August, 1944. His 5th, a B-17 NW of Halle on 2 November, 1944. Mombeek MIA List.
2393 Kzienzyk, Lt8/KG-2Do 17 Werk # Unk "U5 + CS" (lost 8/21/40)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 21 August, 1940; sd by F/Lt P.S.Weaver of No.56 Sq.. The ac crashed at Gippeswyk Park, Ippswich. Remaining crew (POW): Uffz Behnke, Gefr Sollfrank and Flg Stertz. F/O R.E.P. Brooker was sd by this Dornier during this same action. Source: R.Randall.
2394 Laas, UweLt15/KG-51Me 410A-1/U2
EK 1 & 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
KIA 1 August, 1944 at Bargny, no further detail (Boiten). One known victory, a Halifax over England on 22 April, 1944.
2395 Labusga, ErichOfw46/JG-3Bf 109E-1
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 14 August, 1940; Aerial combat, area of Dover-Calais. One known victory, his 1st, a Blenheim on 27 May, 1940, no location. His 2nd & 3rd, both Morane 406s, southwest of Compiegne, 3 June, 1940. His 4th, a Blenheim over England on 27 July, 1940. Mombeek MIA List.
2396 Lach,Uffz16/JG-300Fw 190A EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a P-38 over Austria on 22 August, 1944.
2397 Lacha, MartinLt7/2/1920Kassel11 11/JG-1 (7/42), 2/JG-1 (5/43), 3/JG-1 (10/43), 1/JG-1 (12/43 Dortmund) Bf 109E-3 "Blk 4" & Fw 190A-3 "Blk 7" & Fw 190A-4 Wk# 0606 (50% dam 8/25/42) in11/JG-1, Fw 190A-4 (3/JG-1),Fw 190A-7 Wk# 430162 "White 1" (lost 12/16/43) EP

EK 1& 2 (10/23/43)
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a Spitfire, on 2 May, 1943, southwest of Vlissingen. His 2nd, a B-17 at Havixbeck on 22 June, 1943. His 3rd was over Col. Arman "Pete" Peterson CO (KIA) of the 78FG, flying a P-47, on 1 July, 1943, over Goeree, Holland. The P-47 crashed NE of Ouddorp. Flugbuch (7/43 to 12/44). His 4th, same day, another P-47 at Oostvorne, NE of Schiedam. His 5th, a B-17 (HSS) on 26 July, 1943. His 6th, a B-17 S of Maastricht on 17 August, 1943. His 7th, a B-17 at Schiedam on 19 August, 1943. His 8th, a B-17 S of Wagenfeld on 8 October, 1943. His 9th, a P-47 at Altenberg, NW of Münster on 11 November, 1943. His 10th, a B-17 on 11 December, 1943. His 11th, a B-17 off De Koog, Texel on 16 December, 1943. Injured in a crash on 25 August, 1942 in an Fw 190A-4 Werk # 606, while in 11/JG-1. Known to crash his A-7 at Menaldum Holland on 16 December, 1943, after being hit by B-17 return fire. Wounded, he bailed safely. This was the first A-7 known to be lost. One of a few surviving JG-1 pilots.
2398 Lack,Uffz110/JG-5 (8/44 S.U.)Bf 109G, Fw 190A EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet Boston III on 17 August, 1944.
2399 Lackner, SiegfriedUffz5/JG-27Bf 109E-1 (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 11 August, 1940 during aerial combat S of Portland. Crashed into the sea. Mombeek.
2400 Ladwein, KlausFw5/29/19152/ZG-76 (Channel)Bf 110D-0 "M8 + EK" (lost 8/15/40)Destroyer Operational ClaspPOW 15 August, 1940 after being shot down at sea off the Norwegian coast. The fate of his wireless operator, Ogefr Karl Lenk, is unknown (Lenk KIA per Bf 110 Loss List). Deceased 6 February, 2003. Another source, SIG Norway identifies the pilot as Ogefr Lenk and Ladwein as Observer, however they do caution the researcher that the data may have some errors.

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