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301 Kratz, Bernard BennoFw73/NJG-6 (8/43), 2/NJG-6 (7/44), 1/NJG-6 (9/44)Bf 110G-4 Werk # 160763 "2Z + HL" (dam 1/25/45)EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 25 March, 1945 near Oppenheimer bridge by ack-ack during a strafing run (Boiten). WIA 25 January, 1945 after being attacked by 3 P-51s, crashing at Schriesheim. His R/O Fw Heinrich Frankenbach was uninjured. One known victory, a Halifax W of Berlin (Nauen) on 24 August, 1943. A 2nd, a Halifax at Miesenheim on 20 December, 1943. A 3rd & 4th on 27 April, 1944; a Lancaster near Reichental and a "4 mot" near Gansbach. A 5th, a Lancaster at Mössingen on 25 July, 1944. A 6th, a Lancaster at Sindelfingen on 29 July, 1944. A 7th, a B-17 NW of Darmstadt on 12 September, 1944. Navigator named Frankenbach.
302 Kratz, RudolfHptmAdj KG-30 (11/39 frm LKS-Berlin), Italian Air Force Liason Officer, 10/NJG-3 (5/43)Ju 88A, Ju 88C-6 (5/43)Pilot BadgeSubsequent to his KG-30 service, due to his health, he was removed from flight service, and then re-assigned to NJG-3. During this assignment, he was one of several who searched for Oblt Herbert Schmid, thought to have perished in the North Sea. In fact, Schmid had landed at an RAF station (he had defected). Rudolf was a post-war dentist (LOCS & P.Irwin 9/2021). This story is covered extensively in The Defection of Herbert Schmid

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303 Krause, Fritz E.Hptm2III/JG-300, 1/NJGr-10 (1/44), 1 & 3/NJG-11 (11/44), Kdr III/NJG-11 (1/45 to end)Fw 190A-6 Werk # 550143 "White 11" in NJGr-10, Bf 109G-6, Bf 109H in I/NJG-11(11/44), Fw 190A-9/R11 "White 11"(1/44)
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Mosquito piloted by Flt Lt E.V. Saunders DFC, during the Bochum raid on 7 July, 1944, at Kyritz, west of Berlin. A 2nd, a Lancaster S of Essen on 4 November, 1944. He had bailed three times; 11 July, 1944, 8 September, 1944 and 4 November, 1944. The latter as a result of Lancaster return fire. He landed Radevormwald near Remscheid with only minor injuries. It was his 213th combat mission. His A-5 in NJGr-10 was "White 11", in which he scored this one known victory.



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304 Krein, J.Uffz10/KGzbV-1 (5/40 Münster-Handorf) Ju 52/3m Werk # unk "1Z + ?U" (lost 5/10/40) Transport Operational Clasp His ac reported lost 10 May, 1940 at Rotterdam- Den Haag-Leiden, probably sd by a Fokker G-1, pilot and crew disposition unknown (Netherland Loss Registry). Added: Uffz Klein was killed in the enounter, and buried Berlin-Neukölln, A-25. Remaining known crew (Ret'd): Flg C.Gaisberger, R/O and Uffz H.Gutsche, Mech/Gnr (SGLO).
305 Krentz, KarlUffz3Stab/JG-11 (12/44), 1/JG-11 (3/45)Bf 109G, Fw 190A
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 24 April, 1945 during aerial combat in the berlin area (L. Wiegels). His first victory, a P-51 S of the Mittelland Kanal on 5 December, 1944. His 2nd victory, a P-51 in the Asch/Maastricht area on 1 January, 1945. His 3rd victory, a P-39 on 27 March, 1945.
306 Kriegbaum, EmilLt10/6/19213 7/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.
307 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.
308 Kroker, EberhardFhjOfw96/JG-302 (3/44), 4/JG-302 (4/44), 3/JG-300 (7/44)Fw 190A, Bf 109G-6 (lost 7/44)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(12/1/44)
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 21 July, 1944 during aerial combat with P-51s of 359FG at Ebersberg. One known victory, his 1st, a "4 mot" S of Berlin on 24 March, 1944. His 2nd & 3rd, both B-24s (one HSS) on 9 April, 1944, no location. His 4th, a B-24 (HSS) at Braunschweig on 11 April, 1944. His 5th, a B-17 on 18 April, 1944, no location. His 6th, a B-17 (HSS) S of Munden, E of Kassel, on 19 April, 1944. His 7th, a B-25 at Leipkau on 29 April, 1944. A B-17 on 8 May, 1944, no location (Perry Claims). A 9th, a P-51 SW of Halle on 29 June, 1944. Magnus, 12 victories. Alternate spelling: Kröker on DK-G List.
309 Kroll, Hans WernerOfhr8/9/1924Johannisburg (S.A.)12/JG-1 (12/44 Reich Def)Bf 109G-10/AS Werk # 490625 "Blue 3" (lost 12/5/44)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 5 December, 1944 during aerial combat at Zehdenick with P-51 escorts during a Berlin raid. Buried Neuruppin Evangel Friedhof, Abteilung 14/2/14. Good friend of Lt. Ottokar Henning.
310 Kroll, HermannOblt11/5/1913Pritzwalk, Brandenburg bei Berlin197/LG-2 (S.U.), 2(F)/122, Stfkpt 1(F)/122 (4/44 Gutenfeld)Bf 110C-5 Werk # 2188 "L2 + FK" (lost 10/2/40) in LG-2, Me 410B-4 (lost 4/26/44)
RK(4/5/42)
EP


EK 1 & 2
Observer Operational Clasp
KIA 26 April, 1944 during aerial combat with a Mosquito of RAF No. 85 Sq. near Portsmouth. Crashed at sea & recovered. Kroll buried at Cannock Chase Cemetery Field, CC, Blk 4, Gr 78. His R/O, Ofhr W. Mayer was taken prisoner. All victories were in the East. Luft. Pilot Discussion Board. Added: An Ofw at the time, Kroll was involved in a mid-air collision 2 October, 1940, with Oblt Georg Eckert (KIC). Kroll was the only occupant of the ac, and bailed safely, landing at Erps Querbs (Luft & Allied Air Forces Discussion Board).


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311 Krüger, KurtUffz7/31/1922Berlin3/JG-1Fw 190A-7 Werk # 642989 "White 10" (lost 2/22/44)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 22 February, 1944 during aerial combat with "4 mots". His A-7 crashed at Gelsenkirchen. Source: L.Wiegels. Buried Berlin, Rei.St.Sebastian Block B2/12/6.
312 Krüger, KurtFw4/7/1917Berlin2/KG-100He 177A-3 Werk # 332355 "6N + GK" (lost 4/11/44)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 11 April, 1944; shot down by flak in the Münster-Hahndorf area. On the crash report, he was labeled "f." which I interpretted as Führer, thus named him as pilot. The remainder of the crew were wounded. Remaining crew: Georg Urbanski, geb 11/26/1919, Obs; Erich Domke, geb 3/21/??, Gunner and Uffz Gustav Ballmann,, geb 5/13/1921, Gunner. One other crewman, Ofw Martin Brünnel, geb 7/28/1916, was named on a separate sheet, but no position given. He may have been a Wart (or pilot?). Source: B.Bines.
313 Kruse, Hans JoachimLt1/5/1915Berlin22/NAGr-2 (5/44 S.U.)Fw 189A-3
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/1/45)

EK 1 & 2
EP (3/30/42), Observer Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet R-5 on 15 May, 1944. A 2nd, a P-2 on 15 July, 1944.
314 Kucharsowski, WernerOblt29/JG-301 (1/44), 4/JG-300 (5/44)Bf 109G, Fw 190A-6 (lost 6/20/44 in Bernburg in 4 Staffel)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 20 June, 1944 during aerial combat at Bernburg. He bailed safely but died due to parachute belt tearing (Boiten). One known victory, his 1st, a "4 mot" at Berlin on 29 January, 1944. A 2nd, a "4 mot" S of Dortmund on 23 May, 1944. Pilot disposition 6/20/44 unknown. Alternate spelling: Kucharsowsky (4/JG-300 loss).
315 Kudell, ManfredUffz9/2/1924BreslauEJG-1 (2/45 Berlin-Gatow), II(Sturm)/JG-4 (3/45), Stffüh 8/JG-4 (4/45 Rechlin)Fw 190A "White 13" in EJG-1, Fw 190A-8 Werk # Unk "Blue 8" (lost 4/29/45)Wound Badge, Fighter Operational ClaspA comrade and wingman with Helmuth Ziegler, he was shot down by Yak's, with severe burns, on 29 April, 1945, during an attack on Soviet tanks near the Reich Chancellory, and taken prisoner by the Russians. Jager Blatt article. Flugbuch (45). Added: He had flown 29 combat sorties over Berlin between 14 and 29 April (falkeeins-blogspot).


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316 Kufner, EmilSiebel 204Jager Blatt article sighting his flight out of Berlin on 22 April, 1945 to Travemünde.
317 Kühn, HarriUffz6/6/1922Berlin10/JG-1 (Reich Def)Bf 109G-14/AS Wk# 784146 "Blk 9" (lost 12/25/44)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 25 December, 1944 (intercepting bombers) in aerial combat with Mustangs from the 352nd FG over Marche en Famenne. First listed as "Missing", the experienced pilot was found one week later in the shattered wreckage of his "Black 9" at Aremberg. He died of his wounds 27 December, 1944. Buried at Aremberg.
318 Kühn, WillyUffz4/3/1920BerlinI/JG-1 (5/41 Düsseldorf), 2/JG-1 (9/41)Bf 109E-7 Werk # 6110 "Black 1" (80% dam 9/17/41), Fw 190A-5 Werk # 410196 "Black 13" (lost 7/26/43)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 26 July, 1943 during aerial combat with "4 mots" near Hattendorf. Buried Wunstorf City Cemetery, Block 9/1/4 (Geensen). His E-7 crashed making a force landing at Deventer Holland on 17 September, 1941, cause unknown, pilot OK.
319 Kuhne, Wolfgang9/JG-52 (8/44 Görlitz)Bf 109G (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspFriend of Bachmann, shot down 26 April, 1945 during an attack on Soviet tanks in the Berlin area. He survived the downing. Jager Blatt 5/2003.
320 Külp, FranzOblt2/10/1919106/JG-27 (6/41 S.U. & N. Africa), Stfkpt 10/JG-7 (4/45 to 5/3/45)Bf 109F-4 (Trop) Werk # 8425 (lost 12/7/41), Me 262A-1aEP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 24 March, 1945. Reported MIA on 7 December, 1941 at El Adem; returned later. 3 victories in the Me 262. One such victory, a B-17 south of Berlin on 24 March, 1945, the same day he was wounded. 140 combat missions. His first known Soviet victory, two DB-3s on 25 June, 1941. Another DB-3 on 29 June, 1941. One known Desert victory, a British fighter of RAF No. 250 Sq. in the El Adem area on 5 December, 1941. Magnus. Alternate spelling: Kulp (OKL 3/24/45 victory). Deceased 19 September, 1998.
321 Kunde, GerhardOgefr8/27/1918Berlin-CharlottenburgII/ZG-1Bf 110G-2 Werk # 150132 (lost 10/8/43)Destroyer Operational ClaspKIC 8 October, 1943 when he crashed at Le Faou, cause unknown. His R/O-Gnr, Lt Hans Schwidtal was injured (absa3945).
322 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).
323 Kunze, HerbertOblt4/18/1918Berlin2Grp Adj I/JG-77 (Channel)Bf 109E-4 Werk # 3759 "< +" "12" (lost 9/14/40) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 14 September, 1940 during aerial combat over England, crashed into a dyke south of the Royal Military Canal, Selby Farm, 500 yards west of Stutfall, Castle, Lympne, Kent (M.Croft). His first victory, a Spitfire over England on 2 September, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire over England on 4 September, 1940. Added: He is buried in the Hawkinge Cem., Plot O, Row 1, Gt 29 (D.Drury & D.Weiss).


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324 Kurz, Johann HansFw51/NJG-2 (3/41 Gilze-Rijen, 9/43 Reich Def), 5/NJG-2 (3/44)Ju 88A-1 Werk # 6119 (20% dam 3/24/41), Bf 110 EP


EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 1/January, 1945; shot down by ack-ack near Charleroi during an interdiction sortie (Boiten). One known victory, a Halifax W of Viersen on 3 September, 1943. A 2nd, a Halifax 20 km S of Hölzminden on 22 October, 1943. His 3rd, same day, another Halifax 35 km N of Kassel. A 4th, a "4 mot" in the Berlin area on 24 March, 1944. A 5th, a "4 mot" at St Leu on 8 July, 1944. Boiten 6 victories. Added: Fw Kurz, and his R/O, Gefr Folger both safe when they crash landed at Lith when they ran out of fuel on a orientation flight. No mention of the remaining crew (SGLO).
325 Küster, Rudolf 'Rolf'Oblt9/4/1916Berlin5/KG-3 (5/39), 11/KG-53 (6/41), I/KG-53 (12/41-10/42), 6/KG-53 (9/44), TG-30Ju 88, He 111H in 6/KG-53, Ju 52 in TG-30
RK(3/17/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/21/42)
EP(3/21/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp in Gold
383 combat missions. Deceased 29 July, 1991, Münster.
326 Kutscher, WolfgangLt25/ZG-26Me 410A (lost)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Destroyer Operational Clasp
Shot down with wounds 6 March, 1944, opposing the Berlin Raid. Both crew bailed successfully and the AC crashed near Doeberitz. His 2nd victory, a B-17 at Brandenburg prior to the crash. His 1st victory, a B-24 S of Znaim on 25 February, 1944.
327 Kynast, GerhardUffz1/13/1923Waldenburg, SchlesienII/JG-105, II/JG-1Fw 190AFighter Operational ClaspMIA 26/27 April 1945 near Neuruppin after being the last to depart from Berlin-Gatow airfield at 9 AM. His was the last Fw 190 lost during WWII. He was accompanied by his Flugzeugführer Stiersdorfer and Wieprich. JagerBlatt article.
328 Lachmann, JohannesUffzII/TG-3 (Berlin-Gatow 4/45)Ju 52/3mTransport Operational ClaspOne of several transport pilots poised to carry German VIP's out of Berlin in the last days. Lachmann served as gunner on the Ju 52 of Ofw Böhm, as they awaited orders on 29 April, 1945 (falkeeins-blogspot).
329 Lahne, RolfLt6/4/1924Berlin116(Sturm)/JG-3 Fw 190A-8 Werk # 682060 "Red 5" (lost)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 17 December 1944. Last seen over Puhlheim, near Bonn, after aerial combat in the region. Neither he nor his A-8 have been found. One known victory, his 1st, a B-24 at Hunsrück on 2 December, 1944.


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330 Lämmel, Heinz OswaldUffz7/7/1919Berlin-Staaken5/Sch.G-1Hs 129B-1 Werk # 0157 "Blue B" (lost 5/23/42)Ground Assault Operational ClaspKIA 23 May, 1942 when his ac was hit by flak on a mission to target Kaherninowka, 3km W of Bereka, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine, and 11km W of Petroskaj (D.Drury). Alternate spelling: Lemmel.
331 Landmann,Oblt16/NJG-3Bf 110
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Halifax over Berlin on 23 November, 1943.
332 Lang, AntonLt3/21/1914Falkenfels1/Flieger Erg.Gr (zur See) CopenhagenBV 138C-1 Werk # 0059 "BD + EU" (lost at sea)Air-Sea Rescue Operational ClaspKIC 14 March, 1943 when he crashed into the sea off the coast of Copenhagen, cause unknown. His body was found at Hällviken Sweden on 21 May, 1943. He was buried at Trelleborg on 24 May, 1943. Remaining crew (all KIC and buried in Denmark); Lt Werner Stangenberg (born 8/10/1915 Berlin), Fw Georg Keller (born 3/13/1917 Stein/Nürnberg) and Uffz Hans Joachim Neumann (born 8/3/1918 Neustreilit). Source: B.Widfeldt. Alternate spelling: Land.
Archives
333 Langer, Karl HeinzMaj4/19/1914Görlitz Schlesien68 Stafkpt 7/JG-3(3/42 S.U.), Kdr III/JG-3, zbV (Spec Purpose) Ges., Stab I/JG-300(8/43), Kdr I/JG3 (3/44), Kdr III/JG-3 (1/45) Bf 109F-4 Werk # 13234 (15% dam 5/21/42; WIC: Emergency land, out of fuel), Bf 109F-4 Werk # 13139(9/42), Bf 109G-2 Werk # 13739(12/42), Bf 109G-6y Werk # 26024 "White 1" Oct, 43 in 7/JG-3, Fw 190 RK(4/20/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(7/26/44)
EP(8/12/44)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge(9/5/42)
Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pend.
WIA 17 December, 1942 by Soviet bomb splinters. WIA 14 October, 1943 in Wk# 26024 after downing a B-17, his 16th. 486 combat missions. 3 bombers. Another source states his victories as 30. One known victory, perhaps his first Soviet, an I-61 12 km SW of Salustsche on 9 March, 1942. An R-5 at Zarjew and a MiG-1 NE of Leninsk on 24 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 at Akelin on 3 September, 1942. His 8th, a LaGG-3 NE of Gratschi on 1 October, 1942. An Il-2 on 26 October, 1942. A Yak-1 on 28 December, 1942. A LaGG-5 S of Rakitnoje on 5 July, 1943. One known western victory, a "4 mot Flzg." at Berlin on 24 August, 1943. Another "4 mot" W of Nürnburg on 28 August, 1943. A Halifax at Brandenburg-Briest on 1 September, 1943. His 20th, a P-47 at Houdan on 21 June, 1944. A B-26 near Büllingen-Stavelot on 23 December, 1944. His 25th, a P-47 in the Ardennes sector on 27 December, 1944. His 26th, a Soviet Boston on 19 February, 1945. An Il-2 (No. 27) on 6 March, 1945. No. 29, an Il-2 on 4/19/45. His 30th, a Yak-3 on 23 April, 1945. (Could he have scored 41 more victories by May, 1945?) Deceased 6 May, 1955 in Remscheid. Photo
334 Laub, HelmutGefr36/JG-27 (2/45)Bf 109G
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His first known victory, his 2nd, a Spitfire south of Hesepe on 25 February, 1945. His 3rd, a Yak-9 at Berlin/Tegel on 22 April, 1945.
335 Laube, ErnstHptm22Stfkpt 3/JG-77 (7/42), JGr-25, 7/JG-26 (4/41), Jasta Erla (1/44), 1/JG-3 (5/44), Kdr IV/JG-4 (1/45)Bf 109E-7 "White 15" and "White 13 + I in 7/JG-26, Bf 109G-10/AS "White 3 + I" in JG-4
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
All 22 victories scored in the West. Opposed the 6 March, 1944 Berlin Raid while serving in Einsatzstaffel "Erla". Served in Sicily in the Spring of 1941 before being transferred to N. Africa. One known Desert victory, his 3rd, a P40E in N. Africa on 13 January, 1943. Another Desert victory, a P-40 on 27 January, 1943. His 5th victory, another Desert victory, a P-40 on 26 February, 1943. His 15th, a P-51 at Wittstock on 19 May, 1944. His 17th, a U.S. fighter at Bapaume-Albert on 20 June, 1944. His 18th, a P-47 over the Normandy countryside on 22 June, 1944. A 19th, a Lancaster in the Ruhr Valley on 12 December, 1944. A 20th, a P-47 in the Wittlich area on 23 December, 1944. A P-51 on 24 December, 1944, no location given (Perry Claims). A P-47 20 km S of Kaiserlautern on 2 January, 1945.

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336 Laubenheimer, FranzFw22/JG-300, Stab 1/JG-301 (3/44 Neubiberg)Bf 109G-6
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 18 March, 1944 during aerial combat with P-38s at Ebersberger Forst (Boiten). One known victory, a Halifax W of Berlin on 24 August, 1943. His 2nd, a Lancaster north of Stuttgart on 15 March, 1944 (Perry Claims).

Emanueo-Hölzer-Laubenheimer

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337 Laumann, Oswald Dr.Oblt3/11/1915Charlottenburg Berlin2/JFS-1 (2/40), IV/ZG-2 (10/42), JG-51 (1/41 Mannheim), Stab/JG-3 (3/42), 3/SKG-10 (12/42), 5/SKG-10 (2/43 Caen-Carpiquet)Bf 109F-1 Werk # 6627 (75% dam), Bf 109F-4 Werk # 10071 (85% dam 3/19/42), Fw 190A-5 Werk # 52554 "Green H" (lost 3/23/43)Wound Badge
Assault Operational Clasp
KIA 23 March, 1943 on his first mission over England after being hit by flak near Strete, 4 miles SW of Dartmouth. Buried initially at Weston Mill Cemetery, Plymouth on 27 March, 1943, Grave # 19729. Later interned at Düsseldorf-Heerdt in 1963. He was injured in a crash at the Mannheim/Sandhofen airfield on 18 January, 1941, no cause reported. Injured a 2nd time on 19 March, 1942 when he crashed at Vissingheim due to engine trouble. The unit was believed to be at home re-equipping at the time. Prior to receiving his Pilot Badge (8 March, 1940), he had earned his Law Degree. Source: Bf 109 Loss List & Adam Lewis.

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338 Lenz, HaraldOblt4/12/1923Berlin11/JG-26 (8/44, 1/45 Plantlünne) Bf 109G-6 Wk # 163184 "Yellow 18" (lost 8/10/44), Bf 109G-14, Bf 109K-4 Wk # 330385 "Yel 18 + I" (lost 1/1/45) Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 1 January, 1945 in Bf 109K-4 by "friendly" AA fire over the Schelde and Walcheren Island. He fell to his death on the icy Dutch coast at Nijkerk. WIA 10 August, 1944 during aerial combat in "Yellow 18" with strafing P-51s of 364FG N of Ablis. He crashed with injuries. Added: Burial Ysselsteyn AF-1-3 (Manrho/Putz publ.).
Ysselstein, Holland
339 Leppers, KarlOfhr114/JG-300 (Reich Def)Bf 109G-10 Werk # 151077 (lost 3/2/45) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 2 March, 1945; aerial combat near Kempten; Update: crashed near Burg. Buried in the Burg Militry Cem (Mombeek MIA List). One known victory, a P-51 opposing the Berlin-Münster Raid on 5 December, 1944. Leppers, Gütel and Heinz Schäfer all went MIA this same day.
340 Leu, GüntherUffz1/11/1921Berlin7/NJG-5 Bf 110G-4 Werk # 2686 "C9 + AB" (lost 5/30/43) Night Fighter Operational Clasp KIC 30 May, 1944 when his AC crashed 2.5 km ENE of Nordhausen during a non-operational flight, cause unknown. His R/O, Uffz Franz Michalski (geb 8/24/23. Kattowitz) was also killed in the crash. Alternate spelling: Leue.

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341 Leube, HermannHptm3/19/1924Reichmannsdorf/Saalfeld22 2/NJG-3 (8/43), 6/NJG-3 (12/43), Stab II/NJG-3 (2/44), 4/NJG-3 (6/44, 12/44 Schleswig) Bf 110 & Ju 88G-6 Werk # 620889 "D5 + RM" (lost 12/28/44)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EP


EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIC the night of 27/28 December, 1944 in a failed belly landing, his G-6 crashing at Benthuizen Holland. Remaining crew (disp unk): StbFw Druschke and Uffz Scheve. Added: Pilot Oblt Leube buried Yssel BH-8-191. StbsFw F.Druschke, R/O (KIC, bur Yssel BH-8-192) and Uffz E.Scheve (Injured). One known victory, a Stirling opposing the Hamburg raid on 3 August, 1943. A double victory on 23 September, 1943; both "4 mot" SW of Ludwigshafen. A "4 mot" W of Düsseldorf on 3 November, 1943. A 4th known, an "unidentified" AC W of Berlin on 2 December, 1943. A 5th, a Halifax at Frankfurt am Main on 20 December, 1943. A "4 mot" 60 km N of Braunschweig on 20 February, 1944. A "4 mot" SW of Frankfurt on 24 February, 1944. A "4 mot" 100 km WNW of Duisburg on 22 May, 1944. A "4 mot" at Walcheren on 25 May, 1944. A "4 mot" at Eindhoven on 22 June, 1944. Two "4 mots", one E of Bremen, the other near Cuxhaven, on 13 August, 1944. A "4 mot" ESE of Kaiserslautern on 26 August, 1944. A "4 mot" near Königsberg on 30 August, 1944.
342 Leupols, KarlFhrEins/EJG-1Fw 190D-9 Werk # 500600 (80% dam 2/13/45)Fighter Operational ClaspKIC 13 February, 1945 at the Berlin-Gatow airfield due to a servicing error.
343 Leupolz,FhrEJG-1 (2/45 Berlin-Gatow)Fw 190A, Fw 190D-9(lost)Fighter Operational ClaspKIC 13 February, 1945 during a transition flight from the Fw 190A to the "long nose"., Leupolz crashed shortly after liftoff into a house adjacent to the airfield and was killed. The elderly lady occupant was rescued from the flaming house.
344 Lichy, WilliOfw7/7/1915Berlin-Aldershof 3/KGzbV-1 (5/40 Werl), 11/TG-4 (4/44) Ju 52/3m Werk # unk "1Z + ?L" (lost 5/10/40), Ju 52/3m Werk # 501132 "1Z + JX" (lost 4/17/44) Wound Badge, Transport Operational Clasp WIA & DOW 17 April, 1944 when his ac was sd by a P-38 of 97FS, 82FG, piloted by 1Lt Wm.W.Patterson. The ac crashed near Pancevo, Yugoslavia. Remaining crew (WIA, desig unk): Fw Wilhelm Löwes, Fw Otto Pielicke and Uffz Herbert Hilgenberg. Ofw Lichy is commemorated in the Ger War Cem. at Belgrade Yugoslavia (now Serbia) (D.Drury). His May 1940 ac reported lost 10 May, 1940 at Rotterdam, brought down by AA fire, pilot and crew disposition unknown (Netherland Loss Registry). Added: The Pilot and two-man crew returned to their unit. Remaining crew: Gefr O.Pielicke, R/O and Uffz S.Merkl, Mech/Gnr (SGLO).
345 Liersch, Günther ArnoFw1/12/1919Elbing5 4/NJG-3 (8/43), 11/NJG-6 (12/44) Ju 88C-6 Werk # 360433 "D5 + BM" (40% dam 8/3/43), Bf 110G-4 Werk # 110043 "2Z + AV" (lost 12/12/44) EP


EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIFA 12 December, 1944, crashing west of Gundersheim, probably due to engine failure (Boiten). Uninjured in an emergency landing on 3 August, 1943 at Vester Marie Denmark, on the Isalnd of Bornholm, during the defense of a Berlin Raid. He had become disorientated during a thunderstorm on the return to Schleswig. One of the three man crew was slightly injured. Remaining crew: Uffz Walter Priessler, R/O and Uffz Franz Lange, Mech (Source: Air War over Denmark). Two known victories, a Halifax 300 m W of the Westerland airfield, and a "4 mot Flzg." 80 km W of St. Peter on 17 August, 1943. A 3rd, 4th & 5th, all "4 mots" in the Giessen area on 6 December, 1944. On 12 December, 1944, Liersch and his crew were killed in a crash west of Gundersheim due to engine failure. The remaining crew: Fw Walter Preissler (1/11/1919 Gaulheulichen), R/O; and Gefr Rudolf Keller, Mechanic.
346 Limbrecht, MaxOfwII/Erg.TG (12/43 Berlin-Schönwalde), 1/KG-200 (4/45 Tutow Süd)Ju 52, Ar 232B-07 Werk # 0110029 "G6 + YY" (12/44), Ar 232B-09 Werk # 0110031 "A3 + SB" (dam 4/25/45)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/1/43)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Transport Operational Clasp
WIA 25 April, 1945; sd by a Mosquito of No 409 Sq. at Diemitz during a transport mission. Remaining crew: Engr Helmut Kruger (WIA-DOW) and Gnr Friedrich Augull (WIA). DK-G Awards List & Lost Aircraft Report. Added: Participated in Ar 232 cargo drops behind Russian lines in December 1944 (H.D.Zemke).
347 llandeata, fredfwberlin
348 Loebel, WalterObst6/23/1902BerlinKdr I/KG-257 (5/39), Kdr I/KG-26 (9/39), Kdr Stab/KG-30 (8/40 Aalborg)He 111H in I Grp, Ju 88A-1 Werk # 0250 "PM + ZA" (lost 9/6/41) in KG-30 RK(7/29/40)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
MIA 6 September, 1941 in the Smolensk area (P. Bastin). Failed to return from a recon mission (Smolensk). Remaining crew (MIA): Fw Max Schrüder, Pilot; Ofw Hans Anbeider, R/O and StbsFw Karl Backhaus, Gnr. (Kaiser RK book). Channel pilot. Planned the attack on Scapa Flow. Later in 1940, he was Kesselrings Operations Officer for the 2nd Air Fleet for Operation Sealion.
349 Loerzer, BrunoGenObst1/22/1891Berlin44DLV Pres (33), Kdr JG-334 (3/37 Rhine Main), Kdr JG-53 (3/37-3/38)Ae 68E, Bf 109B & D, Bf 109ERK (5/29/40)
Pour le Merite (WWI)
WWI
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
WWI veteran w/44 victories and close friend of Hermann Göring. First commander of JG-334, later redesignated JG-53. Deceased 23 August, 1960. Alternate spelling: Lörzer
350 Löfgen, RichardFhjOfw4/11/1915126/JG-1 (43), 6/JG Herrmann, 4/JG-300 (9/43), 5/JG-300 (1/45 Schönfeld), 8(Sturm)/JG-300 (3/45)Fw 190A-6 "Yellow 6 or 8" in JG-1, Fw 190A-6 (2/44) & Fw 190A-8/R8 "Red 3" in 5/JG-300 (11/44), Fw 190A-8 Werk # 960522 "Green 2" (lost 3/2/45)EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge (8/8/44), Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 2 March, 1945 in "Green 2" at Gross Treben, north of Torgau, during aerial combat with American fighters. Buried at Löbnitz. One known victory, a Stirling 20 km S of Mannheim on 6 September, 1943. A Lancaster NW of Kassel on 22 October, 1943. A B-24 E of Berlin on 21 June, 1944. A B-24 in the Tulln area on 26 June, 1944. A B-24 at Bernbürg on 7 July, 1944. A B-24 at Horn-Eggenberg on 25 July, 1944. A B-17 SW of Berlin on 6 August, 1944. Löfgen served in 6/JG-1 before going to the "Wilde Sau" Unit. Magnus. Alternate spelling: Lofgen or Löffgen.

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351 Loos, WalterOfw4/11/1923Oppenheim38III/JG-3 (1/44), 11/JG-3 (3/44), 6/JG-300 (8/44), Instr ERG-Ost (10/44), Stab/JG-301 (4/45 Neustadt-Glewe Ger.)Fw 190A-8/R8 "Yellow 14" w/ 6/JG-300, Ta 152H "Green 4" w/ JG-301 RK(4/20/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(9/29/44)
EP(8/8/44)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp in Silver
24 Bombers (22 four engine). Top Sturmgruppen pilot. 7 victories in the East. Plus 8 unconfirmed in only 66 combat missions! Shot down 9 times. One of the few "New Growth" pilots to survive the war. Entered combat in January, 1944. His first aerial victory was on 6 March, 1944, a B-17(HSS), no location, the day Uncle Ralph Kracker was shot down. A double victory on 8 March, 1944; nos. 2 & 3, both B-17s (HSS) , no locations. His 5th, a B-24 (HSS) on 9 April, 1944, no location. His 10th, a B-24 (HSS) S of Sülze-Südheide on 8 May, 1944. A B-24 N of Quedinbürg on 7 July, 1944. A P-51 at Mürzzuschlag on 23 August, 1944. A B-17 at Brünn on 29 August, 1944. His 35th & 36th victories, both Yak-9s S of Berlin on 24 April, 1945. His 37th, a Yak-9 at Berlin on 25 April, 1945. His 38th, and last victory, a Yak-9 at Berlin on 30 April, 1945. His last four claims when flying the Ta 152. Deceased 27 October, 2004.
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352 Losigkeit, FritzMajor11/17/1913Berlin - Tegel682/JG-26(9/39), Stafkpt 2/JG-26, Kdr IV & I/JG-1, Kdr III/JG-51(3/43), Kdr JG-51(4/44), Kdr JG-77Bf 109E-4 "Red 16"(3/40) & "Red1" in 2/JG-26, Fw 190A-2(7/42), Fw 190A-5Y in I/JG-1 (4/43)
RK(4/28/45)

Spanish Cross

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/17/43)
EP(10/11/43)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Oper.Clasp w/Pendant
Shot down over Spain 10 February, 1939 and taken prisoner. May have been in JG-2 at this time. His first victory, a Spitfire at Calais, 28 May, 1940, while in 2/JG-26. His 3rd, a Hurricane N of Folkestone on 28 August, 1940. His 4th, a Spitfire SE of Littlestone on 30 August, 1940. His 5th, a Spitfire SE of London on 15 September, 1940. He made a forced landing on a French beach in the Autumn of 1940. In May of 1941, he was assigned as Military Attache to Tokyo until March, 1942. Then assigned JG-1. Took command of JG-77 in April, 1945. Approximately 750 combat missions. 57 victories in the East. 5 victories in JG-26. 1 bomber, a B-17 on 17 April, 1943, his 1st victory.(in I/JG-1). One known Soviet victory, certainly not his first, two Il-2 (m.H.)s on 13 July, 1943. Two LaGG-3s on 1 August, 1943. A Soviet P-51 at Gomel on 22 November, 1943. A Yak-7 and a Yak-9 on 16 January, 1944. A Yak-9 on 10 July, 1944. Avoided Soviet captivity by flying out of the East in a Ju 52, with 46 other JG-77 personnel. Bowers/Lednicer, 68 victories. Deceased 14 January, 1994. Photo
353 Lossau, WernerHptm4/10/1911Berlin - SteglitzFFS-C9 (2/40), BFS-Wien (6/40), KGr z.b.V-104 (7/40)Ju 52Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 20 February, 1941. Source: Wehrpass found online.
354 Louis, ErwinUffz8/JG-54Bf 109G-6 Werk# 440139 "Black 11" (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 6 March, 1944 after aerial combat, opposing the Berlin Raid. His AC crashed at Boistel, 6 miles east of Solingen.
355 Lucas, Werner G.Hptm12/27/1917Berlin1064/JG-3, Stafkpt 4/JG-3 (S.U.)Bf 109F-4 Werk # 7649 (dam 7/23/42; crash land, combat), Bf 109G-2 Werk # 13797 "White 13 + -" (lost 12/1/42), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 27080 "White 7 + -" (lost 10/24/43) RK(9/19/42)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(4/2/42)
EP(10/7/41)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 24 October, 1943 in aerial combat in his G-6 with Spitfires over Leijden Holland. WIA 1 December, 1942 during aerial combat with 5 Soviet Bostons at Map Quadrant Pl.Qu.19641, near Stalingrad. His last victory was a B-17 at Issum, northeast of Geldern, 23 October, 1943. Barbarossa pilot with about 100 of his victories over Russia. One known bomber, a Russian TB-3 of 14 TBAP on 10 July, 1941. A double Soviet victory on 15 July, 1942; a DB-3 and a Pe-2. A P-2 on 26 July, 1942. Two Yak-1s on 27 July, 1942. A Pe-2 on 4 August, 1942. 100 victories in the East. One bomber. Five victories on 20 August, 1942; An Il-2 and four P-2s. Two P-2s on 13 September, 1942. Two Il-2 on 26 November, 1942. An Il-2 on 3 December, 1942. Two Pe-2s on 17 December, 1942. Two La-5s on 5 January, 1943. Three DB-3s on 15 January, 1943. Nos 75, 76 & 77, all A-20 Bostons on 20 April, 1943. Two LaGG-3s on 23 April, 1943. A LaGG-3 and a LaGG-5 on 8 June, 1943. His 87th, an Il-2 on 21 June, 1943. Five victories on 5 July, 1943. Burial: Block CW, Row 1, Grave 21. Bowers/Lednicer, 106 victories.
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356 Lück, ErnstUffz6/27/1915Hannover3/KGzbV-104Ju 52/3mTransport Operational ClaspKIA 14 April, 1940. One of three Ju 52s making emergency landings in Sweden on 14 April, 1940 due to navigational errors and running low on fuel. This one, however, was shot down by 40mm Bofors as it came in low over a Swedish military unit, not realizing the demise of the AC crew. This occurred during exercise Weserübung. The crew were killed in the crash at Uddevalla Sweden. Remaining crew: Uffz Heinz Priehäusser (born 8 August, 1917 in Oldenburg) and Uffz Reinhold Buchorn (born 22 May, 1902 in Berlin). All three were buried at Bäve Sweden on 23 April, 1940. The wreckage was returned to Germany. Source: B.Widfeldt
357 Lüdecke, KlausOfhr17/JG-300 (Löbnitz) Fw 190A-8 Werk # 960305 "White 18" (lost 1/14/45 in the Berlin area)
EK 1 & 2 (Post)
Fighter Operational Clasp
Lüdecke was killed 14 January, 1945, when his A-8 rammed a B-17, and the two exploded. Alternate spelling: Lüdeke. Image courtesy Riccardo Freitag
358 Lüdicke, Karl HeinzHptm4/2/1913Berlin-WilmersdorfStfkpt 6/KG-1 (5/41), Kdr II/KG-1 (12/41), Stfkpt 11/KG-1 (5/42)Ju 88A-5 Werk # Unk (dam 8/31/41), Ju 88A-5 Werk # Unk (lost 5/15/42)DK-G (12/1/41), EK 1 & 2, Wound Badge, Bomber Operational ClaspInjured in a mid-air collision 15 May, 1942, in the Ssineserka vicinity; died in a field hospital in Bryansk. Injured 31 August, 1941; crashed at the Saborowka airfield, no furthr detail (DK-G Awards List & Locs)..
359 Ludigkeit, GüntherHptm9/22/1919Berlin5/StG-77, Stfkpt 5/SG-77, Stfkpt 7/SG-77 (5/45)Ju 87, Fw 190F RK(3/26/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(9/7/42)
EP(4/2/42)

EK 1 & 2
Dive Bomber w/Pend & Silver Assault Oper.Clasps
Carried out his last mission on 8 May, 1945 against the Prague Radio Station before capitulating to forces in the west to avoid Russian captivity. 800 missions. Deceased 8 October, 1961 in Munich. Buried in the Perlacher Forst Cemetery.
360 Lüdke, GüntherUffz4/2/1922Berlin2/JGr-10Fw 190D-9 (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 10 April, 1945 after being shot down by US tank fire during a ground attack. His body was discovered in 1991, and he was buried in Barbecke. Jager Blatt 2/2004.
361 Lüpke, Hans JoachimLt77/JG-51 (6/44), Stfkpt 1/JG-1 (8/44 Husum & GreifswaldBf 109G in JG-51, Fw 190A-8 Werk # 175048 "White 2" (lost 12/27/44)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA (briefly) 27 December, 1944 near Dinant; sd during combat with P-51's, while protecting panzers in the Ardennes (Mombeek). One known victory, his 1st, a P-38 at Trun-Argentan on 20 June, 1944. A P-51 on 5 December, 1944, during a Berlin raid. Two more, both P-51s of 364FG, over Bastogne on 27 December, 1944. He was carried MIA on 27 December, 1944, but obviously made it back to his lines. His 5th victory, an RAF fighter on 4 January, 1945. Alternate spelling: Luepke
362 Lüth, Detlef Ofw1/1/192038 1/JG-3 (Russia), 4/JG-1 (2/42, 8/42 Katwijk), 5/JG-1 (4/43), 4/JG-1 (11/43) Bf 109 in JG-3, Fw 190A-2 Wk# 2116 (eng dam 25% 8/42 Katwijk), Fw 190A-4 Werk # 7030 White 9" (80% dam 9/11/42; Injured in taxi coll at Venlo w/Hans Mohr in Wk# 0609), Fw 190A-6 Werk # 550741 "White 9" (lost 11/3/43), Fw 190A-6 Werk # 550888 (25% dam 11/26/43), Fw 190A-7 Wk# 430680 "White 9" (lost 3/6/44)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(4/9/42)
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 6 March, 1944 in aerial combat with a B-17 near Haseluenne during the first large daylight raid on Berlin. He remained trapped in the AC, which crashed at Eydelstadt, south of Barnstorf. Still Missing ?. One known victory, his 1st, a Hurricane over the Thames on 7 October, 1940. His 2nd, a Hurricane in the London area on 30 October, 1940. A Hampden I of RAF No. 50 Sq. into the sea W of Terschelling on 7 February, 1942. His first Soviet victory, an I-16 on 22 June, 1942, during the opening of Operation Barbarossa. His 30th, a B-17 northwest of Texel on 4 February, 1943while in 4/JG-1. His 31st victory was a Spitfire, achieved on 4 April, 1943, while serving in 5/JG-1. His 33rd, a Spitfire into the sea 5 km NW of Ostende on 1 July, 1943. His 34th, a B-17 at Hermenreich on 12 August, 1943. He was shot down by B-17 return fire in his A-2 at Katwijk on 21 August, 1942. He crashed an A-4 Werk # 7030 at the Venlo Holland airfield, cause and pilot disposition unknown (DeSwart). Shot down by B-17 return fire in his A-6 Werk # 550741 "White 9", and bailed successfully on 3 November, 1943. On 26 November, 1943 he was uninjured when he made a force landing after combat at Oldenburg. Alternate spelling: Lueth & Luth.
363 Lütter, OttoOblt5/4/1916Berlin-Dahlem8/JG-2Fw 190A-2 Werk # 0333 (lost 10/21/42)Fighter Operational Clasp KIA 21 October, 1942 opposing U.S. heavy bombers of the 97th BG over Lorient. Alternate spelling: Lutter. Added: He bailed but his parachute failed. Burial at Ploudaniel-Lesneven, Blk 14, Row 7, Gr 450 (absa3945).
Plousdaniel-Lesneven, France
364 Maas, HerbertLt1/JG-27 (Channel)Bf 109E-1 Werk # 3268 (lost 1/28/41)Fighter Operational ClaspKIFA 28 January, 1941; crashed 2 km SE of Gransee, north of Berlin, on a non-operational flight, cause unknown. Source: D. Stankey.
365 Machetzki, ErichHptm1/18/1913BerlinStfkpt 5/KG-2 (Channel)Do 17Z Werk # Unk (lost 7/12/40)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 12 July, 1940 with Oblt Heinz Röwe and two other unnamed crew during an attack on Convoy Booty off Orfordness, Suffolk. Shot down by a Hurricane of No.17 Sq., piloted by F/O Count Manfred Beckett Czernin, and shared with W/Cdr Francis V.Beamish of No.151 Sq.. The remaining crew: Uffz Herman Rohr and Uffz Erich Latzke, also MIA. Alternate spelling: Metchetzki (D.Drury).
366 Mahlke, HelmutObstlt8/27/1913Berlin Lankwitz1/Bo.Fl.Gr.-196, 2(Stuka)/TrGr-186T, Kdr III/StG-1 (8/40 Angers, 6/41 Russia), Staff Luftflotte 3Ju 87B-2 Werk # 5926 "J9 + AH" (lost 6/24/41, on fire, Minsk) in III/StG-1, Ju 87R-2 Werk # 6172 "J9 + CH" (lost 7/1/41; landed onfire at Borisow) & Ju 87R-2 Werk # 5772 "J9 + DK" (lost 7/8/41; parachuted after combat with Soviet ftr near Owsicht) in III/StG-1 RK(7/16/41)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/31/44), EP(6/13/41),

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge(7/8/41)
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp
Channel pilot. France. Operation Barbarossa pilot. In 159 missions, he succeeded in destroying two destroyers, one submarine and 29 supply ships, while damaging a cruiser and other shipping. Shot down three times in Russia in two and a half weeks. His R/O, Fw Karl Heinz Wüstner. The third time he bailed out, he received serious injuries, and held various staff positions. Authored "Memoirs of a Stuka Pilot". Retired Bundeswehr General living in Heikendorf in 1998. Deceased 26 December, 1998 Heikendorf/Kiel (P. Bastin).



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367 Mai, HansUffz2/7/1921Berlin - Trepow5/JG-54Fw 190A-9 Werk# 205242 "Yellow 4" (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 25 December, 1944 in aerial combat with a P-51 near Herrschbach. Buried Sinzig-Bodendorf (A.Rosseels). A. Rosseels states Unit as 15/JG-54 & the AC "Yellow 13", however, my initial data was taken from the JG-54 Loss List, so this data is open to further scrutiny.
368 Maiers, FriedrichHptm12/26/1911KGr.z.b.V-600, NJS-1 (1/43), 7/NJG-5Ju 52, Bf 110 G-4 C9+CS (lost)Night Fighter Operational ClaspKIC 2/3 January, 1944; crashed at Berlin-Grunau, no further detail. Source: M. Balss.

369 Mangelsdorff, HelmutOfw11/5/1918Katowice, PolandLuftdienstkdo 1/3 (Test Facility 9/43)Do 17 & OthersPilot Badge, War Service Cross w/Swords, Sports Proficiency BadgeKIFA 6 September, 1943 when his ac went down at Burg, by Magdeburg, during a nighttime service flight, cause unknown. The aircraft was a prototype aircraft (never produced; Horten?). Ofw Mangelsdorff attended Luftwaffe Technical School, Berlin in March, 1943, and served as a Test/Delivery Pilot. Source: Frau Hella Mangelsdorff Benner (Australia, Nov 2019).


370 Marburg, GerhardFhjOfw7Sturmstaffel 1 (2/44), JG-3, II/JG-4 (9/44)Fw 190A in Sturm 1, Bf 109G & K in JG-3, Fw 190A-8 Werk # 681421 (lost 9/3/44)EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIFA 3 September, 1944; overturned on landing (Messflug?) at Welzow (Magnus & JG-4 List). Two known victories, his 1st & 2nd, a B-17 at Harderwijk, and a B-17 (HSS) W of Zwolle, on 21 February, 1944. His 3rd, a B-24 at Haldersleben on 11 April, 1944. His 4th, same day, a B-24 (HSS) at Haldersleben. His 5th, a P-51 in the Stendal area, W of Berlin, on 18 April, 1944. His 6th & 7th, both B-24s in the area of Peine-Wolfsburg on 8 May, 1944.


Sturmstaffel 1: 10 Left Obfw. Marburg
371 Marseille, Hans-Joachim 'Jochen' Hptm12/13/1919Berlin - Charlottenburg158 1(J)/LG-2 (8/40 Calais-Marck), JG-52 (9/40 Pas de Calais), 3/JG-27 (4/41 Gazala), Stfkpt 3/JG-27 (6/42 Bf 109E-4 Werk # 3579 "Wh 14" (50% dam, uninj aft crash at Calais aft combat), Bf 109E-4/B Werk # 2032 (25% dam 10/29/40; crashed at Wissant airfield after combat, pilot OK), Bf 109E-7 Wk# 5579 (75% dam Emer Land Wissant, pilot OK 9/11/40), Bf 109E-7 Werk # 5094 (shot down into Channel 9/23/40; rescued), Bf 109E-7/B Werk # 4091 "White 7" (9/28/40), Bf 109E-7/Trop Werk # 5160 "Yellow 6" (5/41), Bf 109F/Trop Werk# 8693 "Yellow 14", Bf 109F Werk# 8673 "Yellow 14" as Stfkpt., Bf 109F-4/Trop Wk#s 10059 & 10137 (6/17/42), both "Yellow 14"s, Bf 109G-2/Trop Werk # 14256 "Yellow 14" (lost 9/30/42)
RK(2/22/42)
Br(9/2/42)

Italian Gold Medal for Valor

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(12/1/41)
EP(11/3/41)

EK 1 & 2
Ftr Oper.Clasp w/"300"
"The Star of Afrika" Killed in a flying accident 30 Sept. 1942 at Sidi-Abid-el-Rahman. Returning from a mission, the new 109 G-2 #14256 he was flying had a fractured oil line and the AC caught fire. When he bailed out, he struck the horizontal stabilizer and failed to open his chute. He was buried 2 October, 1942 at Derna, N. Africa, later reinterred at Memorial Gardens in Tobruk. He flew 383 combat missions. His first victory, a Spitfire over southeast England on 8 September, 1940. 151 victories in the Desert. His 100th, a Hurricane shot down over Gambut airfield, the AC crashing in flames into an AA gun emplacement. EL(6/6/42), S(6/18/42). He shot down an unprecedented 17 AC in one day, 1 September, 1942! Gunther Rall referred to Marseille as the "best shot in the Luftwaffe, a brilliant marksman, using an average of only 15 bullets per kill". Flew 109 Werk # 5237 also. Most of the "F" models were F-4s. His three trusty wingmen were: Rainer Pöttgen, Karl Mentnich and Josef Schlang. Benito Mussolini conferred the Italian Gold Medal for Valor to Marseille for his 1941 Mediterranean service. Hoehler Personality Photo/Profile.


Fritz Wendel - Pöhs - Jochen Marseille discuss Me 262

Marseille (L) with friend Mathew 'Matias' Letulu

Rare photo of Marseille with Italian fighter pilots

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372 Martens, RudolfStabFw3/14/1912Berlin5/JG-1 (1/44)Fw 190A-6 Werk # 550755 "Black 9" (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 24 January, 1944 during aerial combat in "Black 9" with a P-47 at Tournai, near Eschweiler. Buried Lommel, Block 59/370 Tournai (Doornik Be.). Claimed a B-17 on 11 January, 1944, however the claim may have gone "unconfirmed".
Lommel, Belgium
373 Marthe, Joachim (aka Johann or Johannes)Oblt2/10/1919Berlin - FriedenauWekusta 5/Ob.d.L.(Vaernes)He 111H-2 Werk # 5555 "1B + EH" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA at Sea 13 January, 1942; reported an emergency landing at sea during a non-operational flight due to engine failure, location Pl.Qu. B6 West 04. Remaining crew: Reg Rat Dr Frank Weiland, Obs (MIA at Sea); Fw Walter Zink, R/O (KIC) and Ofw Alfons Müller, Mech. (KIC). Source: SIG Norway. Added: The VDK lists the crash location as the North Sea (Nordmeer), but elsewhere the location is said to be the Norwegian Sea (D.Drury).
374 Martin, WilhelmOblt5/7/1913Nürnberg21/NJG-3Bf 110
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 20/21 February, 1944 by flka at Berlin-Buchholz (Boiten). One known victory, a Lancaster 35 km SSW of Mannheim on 23 September, 1943. A 2nd, a Halifax E of Kleinkladen on 4 December, 1943.
375 Matoni, WalterHptm6/27/1917Duisburg34 9/JG-27 (6/40), 6/JG-26 (8/41), Stafkpt 5/JG-26, III/JG-2, Kdr I/JG-2 (9/44), Kdr II/JG-2, I/JG-11 Bf 109F in JG-27, Fw 190A-6 Wk# 530118 "Blk 1" (25% dam 8/31/43), Fw 190A-7 "White 5" in JG-26, Fw 190A-8 (dam 12/6/44 in I/JG-2; injured in TO accident) RK(12/16/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold (5/10/44)
EP(3/31/44)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
A serious crash in February of 1945, made him unfit for further flying duty. His first victory, during the Battle of Britain, a Hurricane at Tunbridge Wells on 30 September, 1940. His 1st known Soviet victory, a TB-3 on 17 July, 1941, while in 9/JG-27. WIA 31 August, 1943 in "Black 1", force landed after B-17 return fire at Montdidier. 400+ combat missions. 14 bombers. Opposed the 6 March, 1944 Berlin Raid while in II/JG-26. One known bomber, a B-17 "Fast Woman" of 351BG, 508BS flown by Lt William A. Suit on 19 August, 1943, 3 km northwest of Dunkirk. It crashed at St Omer. His 6th, a Spitfire IX 3 km NNW of Le Crotoy on 15 July, 1943. Another victory, a B-24 on 30 December, 1943, 15 km northwest of Soissons. His 13th (JG-26s 2000 victory) a B-24 at Rastorf on 24 February, 1944. His 20th, a P-47 SE of Rockenhausen on 13 April, 1944. His 25th, a P-47 at Mantes-Houdan on 20 August, 1944. 3 victories in the East. On 20 October, 1944, he downed a P-38 (possibly Jim Edmondson) east of Cologne. A P-47 SW of Düren on 19 November, 1944. His victories have been reported as 44. Deceased 26 June, 1988. Photo

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376 Matthes, GüntherHptm9/13/19051 Grp Adj II/JG-51, Kdr II/JG-51 (2/40 Böblingen), (8/40 Desvres-Marquise), Kdr Air Warfare Acad. Bf 109E EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a Blenheim at Abbeville, 8 June, 1940. Channel pilot. In March, he was appointed to the Air Warfare Academy at Berlin-Gatow.
377 Matz,Lt25/NJG-5Bf 110
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Stirling 10 km NW of Berlin on 1 September, 1943. A 2nd, a Lancaster 30 km NW of Kassel on 22 October, 1943.
378 Matzdorf, AldemarFw8/17/1917Berlin58/JG-3 (S.U.) Bf 109F-4 Werk # 13247 (lost 8/25/42), Bf 109F-4 Werk# 7184 "White 7 + I"
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 26 Octber, 1942; hit by flak 1 km west of Beketovka, 15 km south of Stalingrad. Mombeek MIA List. His Wk# 13247 was reported lost at Map Quadrant Pl.Qu. 49273 on 25 August, 1942, cause unknown, pilot returned. His first known victory, a Soviet R-5 7 km S of Grjasnaja on 2 October, 1942. Magnus, 5 victories.

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379 Maximowitz, WilliOfw1/29/1920Wuppertal - Barmen27JG-1 (late '43), Sturmstaffel 1 (1/44), 11(Sturm)/JG-3 (3/44), 14(Sturm)/JG-3 (9/44), Rammkdo "Elbe" (3/45)Fw 190A-6 Werk # Unk "White 2" (1/44 Dortmund), Fw 190A-8/R8 Wk# 551099 "White 10 (lost 3/23/44), Fw 190A-8/R2 Werk # 680756 "Black 8 + ~" (dam 7/44) in JG-3
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/1/45)
EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 20 April, 1945; Combat with Russian fighters, area of Frankfurt/Oder. Bailed successfully from his "White 10" over Wuppertal, with wounds on 23 March, 1944, after his 3rd victory, when he was hit by B-17 return fire. Damaged his "Black 8" in a landing accident 30 July, 1944. 15 bombers. One known victory, his 1st, a B-24 over Hannover on 30 January, 1944. His 2nd, a B-17 (HSS) near Fallersleben on 6 March, 1944. His 4th, a B-17 at Hehlingen on 29 April, 1944 (Perry Claims). His 5th, a B-24 at Peine-Braunschweig on 8 May, 1944. His 7th, a B-17 at Nauen, W of Berlin, on 24 May, 1944. His 8th, a B-17 on 13 July, no location. His 9th, a B-17 SE of Kempten on 18 July, 1944. His 10th, a B-17 20 km W of Leipzig on 20 July, 1944. A B-17 on 29 July, 1944, no location given. A B-24 in the Kassel vicinity on 27 September, 1944. A 13th, a B-17on 28 September, 1944, no location. A 14th & 15th, Two B-17 NW of Halle on 2 November, 1944. His 16th, a Pe-2 on 3 March, 1945. Nos. 17 thru 20, 3 Soviet Bostons and a fighter on 11 March, 1945. Nos 21 & 22, both Yak-3s on 18 April, 1945. My dear departed friend, Jack Robertson, painted Willis "Black 8" for me.


Sturmstaffel 1: 12 Left Uffz. Maximowitz

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380 Maxis, HerbertFw11/30/1920Berlin13/JG-53 (1/45 Nellingen/Obersfelsberg)Bf 109G-14/AS Werk # 784993 (or 784998) "White 13 + ~" (lost 1/1/45)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 1 January, 1945 in the attack on Metz airfield where 22 P-47s of 365th (Hell Hawks) FG were destroyed. He was reported to have been hit by ground fire of the 455th AAA Bn and belli-landed in a field in Saarlouis. As he exited the ac, he was shot when it appeared he was reaching for a pistol. As it has been reported since, he was placing his hand over a wound. Believed buried in a cemetery in Saarlautern, today Saarlouis (Source Steve at Foto61.net). Bf 109 Loss List states he collided with Oblt Otto Benz in 109 Wk# 461516 on 1 January, 1945. NOTE: Wk# 784993 per Bf 109 Loss List, reference Prien, JG 53, Vol III, Pg 1500 text. Wk# 784998 attributed to Lt Otto Roth, KIA 12/17/44. Alternate spelling: Maxi.


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381 Mayerhofer, BodoHptm11/3/1909Strassburg II/KG-100, Kdr II/KG-100 (7/42) He 177A-5 Werk # Unk "6n + BC" (lost 5/14/44) EK 1 & 2, EP (7/16/42), Bomber Operational Clasp KIC 14 May, 1944; crashed near Fassberg, no further detail. Battle of Britain pilot (LOCS). Added: He is buried in the Waldfriedhof Fassberg, Blk H, Row H, Gr 17. Remaining crew (all KIC, desig unk): Ofw Gerhard Schlegel, buried Waldfriedhof Fassberg, Blk H, Row H, Gr 16; FhjFw Paul Krönlein, buried Berlin-Wilmersdorfer Waldfriedhof Stahnsdorf, Blk M3, Row 28, Gr 22; and no VDK burial matches for Gefr Werner Krug, Ofw Bruno Standke and Fw Paul Wowrzik (D.Drury).
382 Meckel, HelmutOblt8/23/1917München251/JG-3 (5/40), Stfkpt 2/JG-3 (9/40), I/JG-53, Instr at Berlin-Gatow, Stab/JG-77 (2/43)Bf 109E-3 Wk# 1649 (lost 8/24/40 by Do 18, crash land at Calais, pilot OK ), Bf 109F-2 Wk# 5472 "Black 7" (dam 7/2/41), Bf 108B-1 Werk # 3073 (lost) RK(8/12/41)
Italian Pilot Wing
EP(12/40)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIFA 8 May, 1943 at Korbous-Ost during a takeoff, evacuating Tunis airfield in his Bf 108. Removed from combat on 15 July, 1942 due to illness, he was assigned to instructor duties and later to the Staff of JG-77. On 24 August, 1940, his E-3 was fired on by a Do 18, hitting his radiator, causing him to force land at Calais. On 2 July, 1941, his F-2 suffered undercarriage damage during aerial combat with Russian fighters, causing him to make a one-wheel landing back at his home base. Victories possibly as high as 50. One known victory, his 1st, a Hurricane at Abbeville, 7 June, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire over England on 16 August, 1940. His 3rd, a Hurricane on 18 August, 1940, no location. His 4th, a Spitfire SE of Cambridge on 28 August, 1940. Nos.5 & 6, both Spitfires near Rochester on 7 September, 1940. His 7th, a Hurricane S of London on 18 September, 1940. His 8th, a Hurricane at Canterbury on 5 October, 1940. His 9th, a Spitfire over the Thames on 7 October, 1940. His 10th & 11th, two Spitfires 1 km southwest of St. Omer, 5 Feb., 1941. His 12th victory, an I-16 at Grodek (S.U.) on 22 June, 1941.
383 Meister, KurtOgefr4/3/1925II/SG-3 (2/45)Fw 190F-8 Werk # Unk (lost 2/?/45)Ground Assault Operational ClaspReported KIA in March, 1945 at Berlin per SG-3 List (Riccardo Freitag 3/2024)
384 Meltz, WernerOblt1III/ZG-26, 8/ZG-26Bf 110G Werk # 500014 (lost)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Destroyer Operational Clasp
Shot down with wounds opposing the 6 March, 1944 Berlin Raid northeast of Magdeburg. His R/O was killed but he bailed successfully near Koethen. One known victory, a B-24 on 24 February, 1944, no location.
385 Meltzer, WalterHptm10/15/1915III/KG.z.b.V. 1 (1/42), Stfkpt 7/KG.z.b.V. 1 (12/42), Stfkpt in III/KGr.z.b.V. 300 (5/43), Stfkpt 7/TG-1 (6/43 Berlin-Schönwalde)Ju 52, Ar 232A-03 Werk # 0100005 "VD + YC" (lost 8/15/43)RK (12/23/42),
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/31/42)

EK 1 & 2
Transport Operational Clasp
KIC at Schönwalde 15 August, 1943, killing the entire crew, while testing the new Ar 232, cause not reported. Remaining crew: Maj Kurt Wendorff, (Kdr Erg. TGr.), Oblt Helmut Jardon, Uffz Heinrich Graf, R/O and Ofw Albert Klenk (Mech) (DK-G Awards List, LOCS & bhla-bibliothek.brandenburg.de via H.D.Zemke).

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386 Mende, WernerIII/KG-200 (4/45 Lübeck-Blankensee)Fw 190A-8Bomber Operational ClaspFlew KG-200's last re-supply mission to Berlin the night of 30 April/1 May,1945 (falkeeins-blogspot).
387 Menzel, KarlUffz7/JG-11Bf 109G, Fw 190DWound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Shot down with wounds 28 April, 1945 during aerial combat over Berlin. This may be a duplication of the other Karl Menzel in 7/JG-11, however, the April 1945 dates do not align.
388 Merz, GermanLt47/JG-302 (3/44), Stab III/JG-302 (4/44), 9/JG-300 (6/44)Bf 109G & Fw 190A
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 21 June, 1944 during aerial combat with P-51s in the Kustrin area. Dies in a hospital later that same day. One known victory, his 1st, a Halifax over middle Berlin on 24 March, 1944. His 2nd, a P-51 10 km N of Dedelstorf on 8 April, 1944. His 3rd, a Lancaster at Schweinfurt on 27 April, 1944. A 4th, a B-24 at Neubrandenburg on 20 June, 1944.

Third from left

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389 Messerschmidt, GerhardHptmBerlinZG-1, ZG-41 (41), NJG-1 (Russia), NJG-100 (43)Bf 110Destroyer & Night Fighter Operational ClaspsSoviet POW until 1949. Retired Bundeswehr-Luftwaffe. Jager Blatt article.
390 Metz, ErichLt25/NJG-5Bf 110G-4 Werk # 740067 "C9 + FN" (lost 1/4/44)
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA with unnamed crew 4 January, 1944; sd by US bomber return fire, crashed in the North Sea near Husum. His victories may be as high as 4. Source: T. Boiten. One known victory, a Stirling on 1 September, 1943 7km NW of Berlin. A 2nd, a Lancaster on 22 October, 1943 30km NW of Kassel.
391 Metzner, ReinhardGefr1/29/25Berlin6/JG-300Fw 190A-7 Werk # 470505 "Yellow 1"(two lost 7/18/44)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 18 July, 1944 in aerial combat over the Allgäu. He crashed in Staudach near Kempten, where a Cross Monument has been placed in his memory by a local historical group, at the suggestion of Wilhelm Heuberger, formerly in an NJG unit. It is placed under guard by members of the Gebirgsjagers. Jager Blatt article. The other crash was at Konrangers/Wiggensbach.
392 Meyer, ArnulfFw11/JG-300Bf 109G-6 (lost 7/20/44 near Berlin/Müggelsee)Fighter Operational ClaspPilot disposition unknown.

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393 Meyer, Paul Hermann Gefr11/9/1917Berlin-KreuzbergFFS C-2 Neuruppin (40)He 51 or Ar 96 most likelyStudent pilotKIC 27 September, 1940 with his instructor. Buried in the Military Cemetery at Berlin-Lichtenberg, Feld 4, Row 6, Grave E-2. Entered Luftwaffe service in 1939. He was the Brother-in-Law to Lettenmair. Source: Nephew of Hermann Meyer, Raymond Marina, via WaSt data.
394 Meyer, SiegfriedOblt5/12/1917Brandis/Sachsen1/KG-53 He 111H-6 Werk # 2274 (or 4813) "A1 + AB" (lost 3/30/42)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/4/42)

EP (10/7/41), EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
MIA 30 March, 1942, probably flak over Volkhov, no further detail. Werk # reported, 4813 on DK-G List!? (DK-G Awards List & LOCS). Added: The ac crashed in a Leningrad (Volkhov ?) forest. Remaining crew (MIA): Maj Joachim Wienholtz (geb 12/22/04, Berlin, Kdr I/KG-53), Obs and Ofw Saunus Karl Schlosser (geb 10/9/13, Setterich), R/O-Gnr?. Excavation Report & Heinkel Factory Data Plate indicating Wk# 2274. A much smaller 2nd plate does bear a "WNr 4813" via StalingradFront.Com. Added: The actual crash location my be Malinovka, the place where observer Wienholtz reportedly died (StalingradFront).
395 Mihatsch, Werner HelmutLt4/3/1918Berlin-Neukölln3Pz Stf/ZG-1 (7/43 S..U.), 6/ZG-76 (10/43), 4/ZG-76Bf 110G-2 Werk # 6252 (dam 7/13/43), Me 410 Werk # Unk (lost 6/14/44)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Destroyer Operational Clasp
KIA 16 June, 1944; sd by B-24 return fire, after which he collided with a B-24 of the 376BG, 515BS, piloted by 2/Lt Frank P.Marcus (KIA). His Me 410 crashed at Komarom Hungary, where he is buried in the ger War Cem. at Budaörs, among the "unknowns" (D.Drury). WIA 13 July, 1943 by flak west of Gorodok, his unnamed R/O MIA (Bf 110 Loss List). His first known victory, a B-17 at Spessart on 14 October, 1943. Two B-24s at Raab on 16 June, 1944. Alternate spelling: Mihasch (OKL victory # 1). Added: The unnamed R/O relative to the 7/13/43 incident was Uffz Harry Weiss (MIA) (D.Drury).
396 Mitterdorfer, KarlLt1/28/1920Bozen2Flt Instr, 10/JG-300 (8/44), Stffüh 6/NJG-11Bf 109G-10 in JG-300 NJG-10 EK 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
Jager Blatt mention. One known victory, a Mosquito at Braunschweig on 13 September, 1944. A 2nd, another Mosquito on 5 October, 1944, over Berlin. His last flight, a Bf 109G-10 while in NJG-10, from Rechlin to Lübeck-Blankensee, landing at 0645. He and Fw Helmut Happel made the flight together to surrender to the British..

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397 Moldenhauer, HaraldHptm9KG-2, JG-3, Stfkpt 12/JG-1 (12/44 Anklam), Kdr III/JG-1 (1/1/45)Bf 109G-10 in 12/JG-1, Bf 109G-14 in Jan.45
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Bodenplatte commander of III/JG-1, whose target was Maldegem and Ursel airfields. One known victory, a P-51 near Wittsock on 5 December, 1944 during a Berlin raid. Magnus, 9 victories.
398 Mölders, Werner 'Vati' 'Daddy'Obst3/18/1913Gelsenkirchen Nordrhein, Westfalen1013.J/88 Legion Condor Legion, IV/JG-132 (39), Stafkpt 3/JG-53, Kdr JG-51(7/40 Wissant)Bf 109B "Black 6x16", Bf 109D-1 "Black 6x79, Bf 109E-4 Werk #s 2804, 5915 "Red 2" & 3737 "Black <-+-" (all e-4s in JG-51), Bf 109F-1 Wk# 5628 "<<-+-" (1940)
RK(5/29/40)
Br(7/16/41)

Spanish Cross-Br

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Glider Badge
Fighter Oper.Clasp w/"400"
Joined the Luftwaffe in 1935. Plus 14 victories in Spain (Lufts top scorer), 68 in the West (Battle of Britain) and 73 in Russia. His 1st victory, a Hawk 75A near Sierek, 20 September, 1939. His 2nd, a Blenheim at Klusserath, NE of Trier on 30 October, 1939. His 3rd, a Hurricane 15 km NE of Metz on 22 December, 1939. His 5th, a Morane 12 km SE of Diedenhofen on 3 March, 1940. Escaped serious injury bailing from his burning Bf 109 at Chantilly on 5 June, 1940, being shot down by French Ace Lt. Rene Layragues, becoming a POW. He was released after two weeks when the French capitulated. Known to have flow Bf 109E-4s Wk#s 2404 & 3737. The later, flown by Hptm Asmus was lost over England on 25 October, 1940. He flew 300 Operational flights. EL conferred 9/21/40. S conferred 6/22/41. He was killed 22 Nov., 1941, in an He 111 crash from Crimea due to engine failure near Breslau, on the way to attend the funeral of Gen. Udet. Buried Berlin Invalidenfriedhof. Mölders was the first Fighter Pilot to receive the RK and the RK with Diamonds, the first pilot to achieve 50 & 100 victories, and his JG-51 was 1st to achieve 1000 aerial victories, . Hoehler Personality Photo/Profile

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399 Müller,Uffz11/JGr Ost (5/44), 3/JGr Ost (7/44)Fw 190A & Bf 109G
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a B-17 SE of Berlin on 29 May, 1944. A 2nd B-24 E of Prossnitz on 7 July, 1944.
400 Müller, ErwinUffz9/JG-54Bf 109G-5 Werk# 15864 "Yellow 4" (damaged)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Shot down with wounds 6 March, 1944, opposing the Berlin Raid. He force landed at Auemühle/Ahlhorn. Another source claims Müller was KIA this date.

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