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Albert Ziglarsch Pilot, Ju 88 1./Fernaufklaerungsgruppe 123

Albert Ziglarsch was born on the 2nd August 1921 at Zuckmantel. 

At the age of 19 Albert joined the Luftwaffe on the 10th May 1941 at Pardubiz/Bohemia. He spent his training at the following locations; Langenlebard near Vienna, Oelmuetz, Praha-Kbelly, Praha Ruzyne, Grossenhain, Perleberg, Posen and Danzig. 


After completion of his pilot training he was transferred to the 1st Staffel/Fernaufklaerungsgruppe 123. In 1943 he and the 1st Staffel were transferred to Peruccia, Italy.

Operations: As a pilot on a Junkers Ju 88A-4 with supplementary GM-1 equipment (deep-cooled oxygen for higher climbing). 

Albert Ziglarsch flew from Peruccia air base and then from the Spring 1944 from Bergamo air base. 

Completed 46 reconnaissance missions in total, areas covered included the Mediterranean Sea, Southern Italy, Sicily, Malta and Sardinia. Furthermore he photographed an 4000-Meter-flights (15 raids) of the whole of North Italy for military map productions. 

The crew he served with were Observer, Leutnant Goetz and Oberfaehnrich Kramer (German Cross in Gold with more than 100 missions), Radio-Operator Unteroffizier Helmut Fischer, Gunner Unteroffizier Harald Holmer. 

Later in 1944 they had a second Radio-Operator Unteroffizier Pieper, who spoke fluent English and Italian.

Albert Ziglarsch was captured by U.S troops with the rest of 1./(F)123, around 40 men, near the Swiss border in May 1945 and was sent to the following POW camps; Rimini, Tarent and Bari, where they had a "helluva goodtime" with beautiful weather and sufficient and good food. 

In 1947 Albert Ziglarsch returned home to Kirrlach near Bruchsal where his parents lived. He married in 1947 and became a salesman for radio and hi fi equipment. He retired in 1986.    


Albert Ziglarsch with his crew and Junkers Ju 88

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