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1 Achammer, FredOblt1III/EJG-2Me 262 EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a P-51 of 359FG, 368FS, piloted by Capt. M.F. Boussu, near the Lechfeld airfield on 9 April, 1945.
2 Adam, GeorgOblt14/JG-54, I/JG-7Fw 190A, Me 262
RK(4/20/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 20 April, 1945. DK-G Awards List. His one known victory, on his last mission, a P-38 at Map Quadrant IQ2. After this victory, and out of fuel, he made an emergency landing in a field at Warendorf.
3 Arnold, HeinzOfw2/12/1919Flöha, bei Chemnitz, Germany497/SG-1, 7/JG-5 (4/44 S.U.), 11/JG-7 (12/44 Larz - 2/45 Parchim)Hs 123 in SG-1, Fw 190A, Bf 109G, Me 262A-1b Werk # 500491 "Yellow 7" in JG-7
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/26/44)
EP(7/26/44)
EK 1(5/18/44) & 2
Wnd Bdg
Fighter Operational Clasp in Gold(4/23/44)
KIA 17 April, 1945 when he was shot down (a diff 262) by P-51s during a ground attack near Grossebersdorf in the Thuringer Wald area of Germany. WIA 8 April, 1945 in Fw 190A near Vienna; bailed safely. 42 victories in JG-5, all in the East. His first known Soviet victory, two Boston IIIs on 23 April, 1944. Two Il-2s and a Boston III on 11 May, 1944. A P-40 and two Boston IIIs on 25 May, 1944. Two Yak-9s on 15 June, 1944. Nine victories on 17 June, 1944. Two Yak-9s a P-39 and a Boston on 27 June, 1944. Two P-39s on 15 September, 1944. A P-39 and an Il-2 on 16 September, 1944. Three P-40s on 17 September, 1944. Three Yak-9s on 26 September, 1944. 7 victories in the Me 262; 5 B-17s, a P-51 and a P-47. One of the B-17s and the P-47 were downed in the Genthin area on 3 March, 1945. The P-51 near Wittenberg on 7 March, 1945. Two more P-51s on 18 March, 1945. A B-17 near Zwikau on 19 March, 1945. A B-17 NW of Dresden on 21 March, 1945. A B-17 in the Cottbus area on 22 March, 1945. A B-17 in the Dessau area on 24 March, 1945. "Yellow 7" is on display at the Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
4 Bär, Oskar Heinrich 'Heinz' or 'Pritzl' Obstlt3/25/1913Sommerfeld bei Leipzig221 1/JG-51 (9/40 St Ingelvert), Stafkpt 12/JG-51, Kdr IV/JG-51, Kdr I/JG-77, Kdr JGr-Süd, II/JG-1 (4/44), Kdr JG-3 (1/45), III/EJG-2, Kdr EpKdo 162, JV-44 Bf 109E-4 Werk # 3714 "White 13" (crashed into Channel 9/2/40, pilot rescued), Bf 109F-2 Werk # 6663 "White 7" (4/41), Bf 109F-2 Werk # 8318 "Brown 1" (8/41), Bf 109F-4 Wk# 7555 (5/42), Bf 109F-4 Wk#13376 "<< +" (Italy 42), Bf 109G-6 Wk# 18591 (20% dam; Bär injured when rammed by a landing ac), Fw 190A-7 Werk # 172689 "Red 23", Fw 190A-8/R2, Fw 190A-9 Werk # 205241 (9/44), Me 262C-1 "V186" w III/EJG-2, He 162
RK(7/2/41)
S(2/16/42)

Deutsche Kreuz -Gold (6/8/42)
EP(6/8/42)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pendant
21 Bombers. His 200th victory was a B-24 Ser. # 41-29273 "Flak Magnet" of 458BG, 753BS, downed 22 April, 1944 (Abschussmeldung on file) at Hoetmar Germany, flown by 1/Lt Geo. N. Spaven Jr. (KIA). Germanys 9th ranked fighter Ace. 1000 combat missions. EL 8/14/41. Historys first Jet Ace! 16 victories in the Me 262. 10 victories in the Desert, Kdr I/JG-77. He was shot down 18 times. His 100th victory, an I-16 Rata on 19 May, 1942, the same day he downed five; three additional I-16s and an R-5. His 200th victory, a B-24 in the Ahlen area on 22 April, 1944 in his A-7 "Red 23". One of his last victories, a P-47 in the Bad Aibling area on 28 April, 1945, and a Mosquito, next day, same area, serving in JV-44. Began as Fw in JG-51 in Bf 109E Werk # 3714 "White 13" & E # 6663 "White 7". Also, Kdr I/JG-77 in May 1942. Served in JG-3 also. Fw 190A carried Werk # 172689 of II/JG-1. Also known to have flown Fw 190A-7 Werk # 431007 "Red 13" in II/JG-1. Flew an Me 262A-1a Wk#110559 "Red 13" also, in April, 1945. 16 Me 262 victories. Often out of Görings favor, he coined the phrase, "In my crate, I'm the commander". Killed in a light plane crash in Brunswick in 1957.


Major Heinz Bär (Kommandeur ll./JG1) briefing pilots at Rheine. L-R: Oblt. von Kirchmayr - Oblt. Burath - Unknown - Lt. Schwarz - Lt. Wegner - Lt. Deppe - Lt. Terborg - Obfw. Bach - Obfw. Schuhmacher - Obfw. Niederreicholz - Fw. Sauer - Fw. Fuchs - Uffz. Zinkl

5 Barkhorn, Gerhard 'Gerd'Obstlt3/20/1919Königsberg, Ostpreussen301 5/JG-52(7/42), Stfkpt 4/JG-52 (2/43 S.U.), Kdr I/JG-52, Kdr II/JG-52 (Russia), Kdr JG-6 (1/45), JV-44 (4/45) Bf 109E-7 Werk # Werk # 5922 "Yellow 2 + -" (into Channel 10/29/40), Bf 109F-4 Wk#13388 "White 5 + -" (WIA 7/25/42), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 15909 "Black <<5 (7/43 Anapa, S.U.), Bf109G-6 Werk # 162198 "<<5" (5/44 Kherones), Bf 109G-6 Wk#163195 "Black <<5 + -" (WIA 5/31/44), Bf 109K-4, Fw 190D-9 w JG-6, Me 262
RK(8/23/42)
S(3/2/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(9/7/42)
EP(7/20/42)

EK 1
Wound Bdg(7/25/42)
Ftr. Oper.Clasp w/Pendant
EL(1/11/43). 1104 combat missions. His first known Soviet vivtory, a Pe-2 NE of Petrovskaya on 27 May, 1942. Four LaGG-3s on 7 October, 1942. A Yak-1 and two LaGG-3s on 30 October, 1942. A P-40, a Yak-1 and a LaGG-3 on 30 November, 1942. A LaGG-5 and two Yak-1s on 5 August, 1943. Four LaGG-5s on 23 August, 1943. A Yak-9, a P-39 and two Yak-1s on 29 December, 1943. Another of many multiple victories for this high scorer! Shot down with severe wounds 31 May, 1944, exhausted after his sixth mission of the day. Flying his G-6, Wk# 163195 "Black 5", he lost his concentration, and was jumped by a Soviet P-39. His last victory was on 5 Jan., 1945. Injured in another crash on 25 April, 1945, when his Me 262 was shot down by a P-51. He carried the name "Christl", his wifes name on nearly all his AC. Barkhorns wingman was Fahnrich Graf Keller. His crew chief from 40 to 45, Cpl. Albert Kusterer. Shot down 9 times. In 1955, he joined the West German Luft. and became a General. Deceased 11 January, 1983; auto accident 6 January,1983, wife Christl killed instantly 6 January. Post war home: Tegernsee. Photo


Hptm. Gerhard Barkhorn, Gruppenkommandeur II./JG 52, Bagerowo, 12 February 1944 in his Bf 109 G-6/Trop W.Nr. 44. 'Schwarzer Doppelwinkel' after his 250th victory
6 Bätcher, Hans GeorgObst1/13/1914FinsterwaldeStfkpt 1/KG-100, Kdr I/KG-27(41), Kdr I/KGr 100(7/43), Kdr I/KG-4(3/44), Kdr III/KG-76(9/44), Kdr KG(J)-54 (repl Volprecht 2/45 to end)He 111H Werk # Unk "6N + AB" in KG-100, He 111 in KG-4, Ar 234 in KG-76, Me 262 in KG(J)-54 2/45 to wars end
RK(12/21/42)
EL(3/24/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(6/29/42)
EP(11/14/41)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge

Bomber Oper.Clasp w/Pend
This famous bomber ace survived a higher number of combat missions (658) than any other bomber airman in WWII, serving over France, England and Russia. Shot down at least once, into the Channel in September, 1940, and rescued by ASR. During the French Campaign, his He 111 was shot down by a Morane fighter, and he was a brief POW in France until his release upon their surrender. During the Siege at Sevastopol, he flew 15 missions between June 12 & 15, 1942 and 116 total! He was Kdr III/KG-76 in December, 1944, the worlds 1st Jet Bomber Unit. Kdr KG-54 in April, 1945. He also briefly commanded KG(J)-54 and III/KG-76 in May, 1945. His Observer was an Oblt Scholz. Living in Hannover in 2001. Deceased 23 April, 2003 in Uelzen. Alternative spelling: Bätscher Baetscher

Bätcher 2nd left celebrates 500th mission

7 Blüthchen, GüntherUffz7/KG(J)-6Me 262 Werk # Unk (lost 4/2/45)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 2 April, 1945 5 km southwest of Aussig, where he was buried. Jager Blatt article.
8 Bob, Hans-EkkehardMaj1/24/1917Freiburg, Breisgau593/JG-21, Stfkpt 9/JG-54(6/41 S.U.), Kdr III/JG-54, Kdr IV/JG-51, Kdr II/JG-3, EJG-2, JV-44(4/44)Bu 131 #4506 "BG+AB, Bf 109F-2 #9207"Yellow 1+~", Bf 109F-2 Werk #12753 25% dam 7/6/41), Bf 109F-2 Werk # 9207 "Yellow 1" (lost 6/23/41 near Radviliskis), Bf 109G-4 Werk# 14935 (lost w 9/JG-54), Bf 109G-6 (Trop) Werk # Unk "Black 1" (early'44 S.U.)
RK(3/7/41)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(12/24/42)
EP(9/28/40)

EK 1 & 2
HJ Pin
Wnd Bdg
Fighter Oper.Clasp w/Pend
Ditched in Cherbourg Harbor on 21 March, 1941 in his Bu 131 trainer, due to engine failure. Shot down 23 June, 1941 in Wk# 9207 by his SB-2 victims rear gunner, deep behind enemy lines, but managed to return two days later. Lost another F2 Wk# 12696 "Yellow 1" on 20 August, 1941, when his radiator was hit. Shot down with wounds 17 April, 1943 by B-17 gunners, while flying Werk# 14935 "Yellow 1+I" near Bremen. 1 Bomber (rammed 4/17/43). Approx 700 combat missions. 21 victories in the West. Flew Bf 109E-4 "White 1" of 7/JG-54 in Sept. 1940. His first victory, a Gladiator over Tongeren, 10 May, 1940 while in 3/JG-21 (later 9/JG-54). His 2nd, a Dewoitine at Henin-Lietard on 24 May, 1940. His 5th, a Blenheim 60 km W of Rotterdam on 26 June, 1940. No.10, Hurricane at Eastchurch 8/31/40. Barbarossa pilot, crashing twice behind the lines, but evading capture. His first known Soviet victory, a SB-2 on 23 June, 1941. Downed four SB-3s on 30 June, 1941. Survived the war, and as of 2001, lives in his hometown of Freiburg. Letter and two autographed books on file. He provided the address for Richard Woick of 9/JG-54. Photo
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs

In July 1939 he was with 3./JG 21 (later 9./JG 54) and on the 10.5.1940 achieved his first victory by shooting down a Gloster-Gladiator. At the end of the France-expedition, he had shot down four aircraft, and gained a further fourteen victories during the Battle of Britain. On the 10.10.1940, he was promoted to Staffelkapitan of 8./JG 54 and joined 9./JG 54 on the 28.11.1940. He was awarded the Knight's Cross in March 1941 having scored 19 victories. During the Balkan Peninsula expedition, he shot down two Yugoslavian airplanes while flying Bf 109s. While flying on the Eastern Front, he had increased his tally of victories to 39 by the end of 1941, including four Russian bombers on the 30.6.1941, achieving his 50th victory on the 29.9.1942. His squadron was transferred to the West, and on the 17.4.1943 he accidentally rammed a B-17 Flying Fortress while making a head on attack thereby scoring his 57th victories and later shot down a Spitfire. On the 1.8.1943, he was posted to command IV./JG 51 and returned to the Eastern front. From 9.5.1944, he led II./JG 3 in the defence of the Reich and on the invasion front. In August 1944 he was made commander of II./EJG 2 and then joined JV 44 Galland on the 1 April 1945 flying Me 262 jet aircraft until the end of the war. Approximately 700 missions, 60 air victories (37 in the East)


Cover commemorating German Jet & Rocket Aircraft of World War II showing Me 163 , Me 262 , Arado Ar 234 Blitz , He 162 and the Ba349 Natter aircraft used by the Luftwaffe during the war. The cover bears Definitive stamp cancelled with BFPS 2528 postmark for the End of the War in Europe dated 7 May 2000 and showing a ME 262 jet in flight. The cover has been flown in a Tornado of the German Air Force. The cover is personally handsigned by Major Hans-Ekkehard Bob who flew the Me 262 with Jagdverband 44 "Galland"
9 Bohatsch, WalterOblt1/14/192118 7/J.Fl.Sch.5 (8/41), 5/JG-3 (4/43 S.U.,11/43 Schipol), 3/JG-3 (4/44), Stfkpt 2/JG-3 (4/44 Berg), Stfkpt1/JG-7 (4/45 Cottbus) Bf 109G-6 Werk # 26090 "Black 6" (11/43 Schipol), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 411261 "Black 6 + -" (dam 2/20/44), Bf 109G-6/AS "Black 7" (4/44), Me 262A-1a "White 4" in JG-7
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 20 February, 1944 during aerial combat with "4 mots", no location reported. One known victory, a Blenheim at Map Quadrant 1189/15 West on 21 August, 1941. His first known Soviet victory, a LaGG-3 on 17 April, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 9 May, 1943. A MiG-1 on 14 June, 1943. An Il-2 on 5 July, 1943. An Il-2 on 6 July, 1943. Another Il-2 on 7 July, 1943. An Il-2 on 14 July, 1943. An Il-2 on 17 July, 1943. An Il-7 on 26 July, 1943. One known western victory, a B-17 (e.V.) N of Zerbst on 29 April, 1944. 6 victories with the Me 262. One such victory, a B-17, his 14th victory, on 10 April, 1945. His 15th, a B-17 in the Dresden area on 17 April, 1945. His 16th, a B-17 on 18 April, 1945. His 17th, a B-17 SW of Prag on 19 April, 1945. An 18th, an Il-2 on 6 July, 1943. His wrecked "White 4" was pictured at the Dedelsdorf airfield by Celle on 8 May, 1945. Magnus.
10 Dahl, WaltherObstlt3/27/1916Lug, Rheinpfalz129 Stab II/JG-3 (S.U.), Kdr III/JG-3 (8/43 Reich Def) & zbV, Kdr JG-300 (6/44), Insp. of Day Fighters 1/45, EKdo-162 Bf 109F-2 Werk # 8310 (20% dam at Hostynne 6/24/41), Bf 109G-2 in JG-3, Bf 109G-6 Wk# 18842(45% dam 8/17/43; engine trouble crash at Cipperath/Eifel, pilot injured), Bf 109G-5/U2/R3/R6 Werk # 27112 "Blk <<" (12/43 Bad Wörishofen), Fw 190A-8/R8"Blue 13" w JG-300, He-162, Me 262
RK(3/11/44)
EL(2/1/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(12/2/42)
EP(12/23/41)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pendant
36 Bombers, one known, a B-24 N of Halberstadt on 7 July, 1944. On 17 August, 1944, he made a belly landing in his G-6 # 18842 at Capperath, as a result of engine failure. Dahl former IV/JG-3, a special group employed to scatter Allied bombers (Rammjager). In January 1945, Dahl was appointed "Inspecteur der Tagjäger" (Inspector of Day Fighters), after the infamous "Mutiny of the Aces" against RM Göring. Dahl was the most successful Luftwaffe pilot against the Mustang. 600 missions. 77 victories in the East. His 1st victory, an I-18W at Lemberg on 22 June, 1941. His 18th, A Yak-7B NW of Stalingrad on 26 August, 1942. His 20th, a Yak-1 1 km SE of Kotluban on 19 September, 1942. His 30th, a Yak-1 50 km NE of Stalingrad on 17 October, 1942. His 40th, an Il-2 5 km W of Stadt Kotluban on 30 November, 1942. Two LaGG-3s on 15 April, 1943. Nos 47, 48 & 49, all P-39s on 16 April, 1943. Nos. 86 & 87, an La-7 on 27 January, 1945, and an Il-2 on 28 January, 1945. His 129th victory, a P-51 near Dilligen on 26 April, 1945. Flew Fw 190A-8/R8 "Blue 13" in JG-300. Deceased 25 Nov., 1985, at age 69. Photo


Dahl (R) congratulates 3 of his pilots
11 Dobnig, Josef "Jupp"Ofw10/31/1918Villach, Austria9JG-53, Erg/JG-51(9/41), 6/JG-51(10/41 S.U.), JG-26(France, 1942), Instr JG-105(44), JV-44(45)Fw 44 (40), Bf 109E & F, Fw 190A in JG-51, Fw 190A in JG-26, Bf 109G, Me 262A-1a "White 4"
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp in Gold
Entered the Austrian Air Force in 1937, transferring to the German Luftwaffe after the occupation in 1938. His first known Soviet victory, an R-3 on 7 October, 1941. A 2nd, an I-18 on 4 December, 1941. A 3rd, an I-16 Rata on 18 January, 1942. A 4th, an R-Z on 17 February, 1942. A 5th, an I-16 Rata on 23 February, 1942. A 6th, an R-Z on 6 March, 1942. A 7th, an I-61 on 7 March, 1942. An 8th, a Pe-2 SE of Sewsk on 28 April, 1942. A 9th, a MiG-3 on 29 May, 1942. Flew 141 combat missions in the Bf 109 and Fw 190 in Russia and France. Flew 21 missions in the Me 262, the last two flown on 6 and 7 April, 1945. In addition, he had four unconfirmed victories. Survived the war, a member of Gallands JV-44. A British POW, he was released in October 1945 and served in the post-war Austrian Air Force. Alternate spelling: Dobnigk (Magnus). Photo in front of a dental office.
12 Drdla, HubertFw1810/JG-3 (7/44), 13/JG-3 (3/45), JG-7Bf 109G in JG-3, Me 262EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a B-24 in the Oschersleben area on 7 July, 1944. His 2nd, a B-17 30 km SE of Memmingen on 18 July, 1944. His 3rd, a B-17 50 km SE of Memmingen, same day. His 4th & 5th, a P-47 N of Butgenbach, and a B-26 at Büllingen-Stavelot on 23 December, 1944. His 6th, same day, another B-26, same location. His 7th & 8th, both Pe-2s on 3 March, 1945. Nos. 9 & 10, both P-39s on 11 March, 1945. His 11th, a Yak-3 on 16 March, 1945. Nos. 12 & 13, a Yak-9 and an Il-2 on 18 March, 1945. Nos. 14 to 18, four Pe-2s and a Yak-3 on 1 April, 1945. Magnus Report.
13 Ehrler, HeinrichMaj9/14/1907Oberbalbach Baden208 4/JG-77(5/40), 4/JG-5(2/41), Stfkpt 6/JG-5(8/42), Kdr II/JG-5(6/43), Kdr JG-5(8/44), Kdr JG-7(2/45) Bf 109F-4 "Yellow 12" (7/42 Petsamo), Bf 109G-2 Wk# 13605 (lost 6/43 Alakurtti Fin. & G-6 Wk# 19810 (Fin.), both "Yel 12" w/ 6/JG-5, Me 262A-1a "Grn 2" (lost4/45)
RK(9/4/42)
EL(8/2/43)

Spanish Cross

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/18/43)
EP(7/20/42)
Wnd Bdg

EK 1 & 2
Ftr. Oper.Clasp
7 Bombers. 400+ combat missions. 5 victories in the Me 262. He served in an Army Flak unit in Spain. Two Soviet Typhoons on 8 June, 1943, while in 6/JG-5. An I-153, a P-40 and a LaGG-5 NE of the Louchi I airfield on 18 August, 1943. Two P-40s and two Il-2s SE of the Petsamo airfield on 25 November, 1943. Seven victories on 17 March, 1944. Five Soviet victories on 17 July, 1944. His 100th victory was a Hawker Typhoon, not usually seen that far North. He was one of JG-5s leading aces. Courtmartialed in November 1944 for the sinking of the battleship "Tirpitz" and deprived of his command of JG-5. His 201st victory, a B-17 NW of Dresden on 21 March, 1945. His 202nd, a B-17 in the Cottbus area on 22 March, 1945. Nos. 203 & 204, both B-24s over Chemnitz on 23 March, 1945. His 205th, a B-17 in the Dessau area on 24 March, 1945. No. 206, a P-51 of 361FG on 31 March, 1945. KIA 4 April, 1945, when out of ammunition, he rammed a B-17 (one of two B-17s this date) in "Green 2" near Schaarlippe by Stendal, his 208th and last victim! Nominated for the Swords. He is buried in Stendal. Photo
14 Engert, Karl Heinz11/TG-3, 7/KG-4 (2/45 Lechfeld), 10/JG-7 (4/45)He 111, Me 262 Werk # 111748Bomber Operational ClaspHis last known flight, a transfer flight in the Me 262 from Munich to Prag-Ruzyn on 29 April, 1945. Jager Blatt 4/2002.
15 Engler, GüntherUffz74/JG-3 (4/44), III/JG-7 (2/45), 2/JG-7 (4/45)Bf 109G in JG-3, Me 262 in JG-7
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a B-17 SW of Ingolstadt on 24 April, 1944. His 2nd, a B-17 in the Wetzlar area on 12 May, 1944. His 3rd, a Spitfire at Brionne on 15 June, 1944. His 4th, a P-51 in the Falais area on 20 June, 1944. A B-17 over Kiel on 14 February, 1945. A 6th, a Lancaster on 9 April, 1945. A 7th, a B-17 W of Prag on 25 April, 1945. Magnus Report. Surrendered 8 May, 1945 to the British.
16 Fährmann, GottfriedLt4/12/19225Stab/JG-77 (5/44), Adj JG-77 (Italy), JV-44 (4/45 Munich), JG-7Bf 109G-6 Werk # Unk; (lost 5/10/44, sd by a P-38 near Ljubljana Slovenia, he uninj), Me 262A-1a
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Shot down 5 April, 1945 in his Me 262; engine damage during combat with a P-51, bailed safely. Served as the long-time wingman for Johannes Steinhoff. Took off along side of Steinhoff the day he had his horrible crash and burned. One known victory as FhjFw, his 2nd, a P-38 at Bologna Italy on 25 May, 1944. His 3rd, a P-51 at Ploesti on 24 June, 1944. Two known Me 262 victories, both B-17s in the Stuttgart area on 8 April, 1945. Deceased 20 September, 2000.
17 Frisch, GerhardOfhr9/21/19242/JG-2 (12/44-3/45), JV-44, 10/JG-7 (4/45)Fw 190A-8 Werk # 738120 (dam 12/3/44), Fw 190D-9 "Black 11" (lost 3/25/45),Me 262A-1aWound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Bailed w/o injury from his D-9 25 March, 1945, cause not reported. Injured in a landing accident hit, an obstruction, in his A-8 at the Merzhausen airfield 3 December, 1944. His last known flight, an Me 262 to Prag-Ruszn on 29 April, 1945, together with Karl Heinz Engert. Jager Blatt 5/2002.
18 Gapp, FranzOfw7/8/1919Erbach bei Ulm7Flugzeugfüh.8/LG-1 (6/40-2/42), III/KG-6 (9/42), 8/KG(J)-6 (9/43 to end)Ju 88A-4 "3E + KS" in 8/KG-6, Ju 88S-1, Ju 188E, Bf 109G &, Me 262A-1a "Red 7"
RK(9/19/43)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/21/42)
EP(6/5/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp w/Pendant
Jager Blatt article. 426 combat missions, 400 in the Ju 88. Five victories in the Me 262 on 8 May, 1945, 4 B-24s and a P-38, although I did not find these on the OKL List. If my translation is correct, Gapp claimed two B-17s on 24 April, 1945, while flying the Me 262. Gapp saw action over England, the Med., Malta, Crete and North Africa. Served in Russia for 8 months.Flugbuch (10/39 to 5/45).
19 Göbel, HubertLt103/JG-302 (7/44), JG-301, EKdo-262 (8/44), III/JG-7 (3/45), I/JG-7 (4/45)Bf 109G, Fw 190A, Me 262A-1aEP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Forced to bail 25 July, 1944 after aerial combat and became tangled on the tail section. He managed to free himself and landed at Mt. Eibl near Türnitz. His AC crashed at Schwarzenberg, between Türnitz and Schwarzenbach, on the Pielach (K. Rieder). One known victory, his 1st, a B-24 E of Neusiedlersee on 16 July, 1944. A 2nd, a Mosquito of RAF No.540 Sq. at Waldbröl on 6 September, 1944. His 6th, a B-17 on 17 March, 1945. His 7th, a B-17 over Parchim on 7 April, 1945. His 8th, a B-17 W of Prag on 17 April, 1945. His 9th, a B-17 SW of Prag on 19 April, 1945. His 10th, a B-17 W of Prag on 25 April, 1945. 9 victories in the Me 262. Magnus Report.
20 Griener, Albert or AlfredOfw105 & 2/JG-52 (5/40), 2/JG-1 (9/41), 9/JG-1 (5/42), 2/JG-11 (1/44), 10/JG-11 (4/44), III/JG-7 (4/45)Bf 109E & F "Red 13" in JG-52, Fw 190A, Me 262 in JG-7EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a Battle SW of Sedan on 14 May, 1940, His 2nd, a Spitfire at London on 20 October, 1940. A "damaged" Hurricane on 29 October, 1940, no location. These three while in JG-52. His 3rd, a Blenheim at Borkum on 5 September, 1941. His 6th, a Blenheim 25 km south of Linterner on 17 May, 1942. His 7th, a B-24 on 5 January, 1944. Another B-17 at Weimaron on 20 February, 1944. A B-24 on 24 April, 1944, no location. One Me 262 victory, a P-51 on 10 April, 1945. Alternate spelling: Greiner (Magnus).
21 Grünberg, Hans 'Specker'Oblt7/8/1917Gross Fahlenwerden, Pommern825/JG-3 (10/42), Stfkpt 5/JG-3 (10/43), Stfkpt 1 & 3/JG-7 (11/44-4/45), JV-44 (4/45)Bf 109G-5 Werk # Unk "Black 1" (Schiphol), Bf 109G-6 (7/43), Me 262A-1a (lost two)
RK(6/9/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(9/27/43)
EP(8/9/43)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pendant
550 combat missions; 14 four engine bombers, 61 victories in the East. Five victories in the Me 262. His 1st known Soviet victory, a DB-3 on 19 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 15 October, 1942. A Pe-2 on 17 October, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 29 October, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 30 October, 1942. An Il-2 on 30 November, 1942. Two Yak-1s on 17 December, 1942. A Yak-1 on 22 December, 1942. Two I-16s on 11 April, 1943. His 14th, a P-40 on 16 April, 1943. His 15th, a LaGG-3 on 19 April, 1943. A LaGG-3 and an Il-2 on 20 April, 1943. Two Il-2s on 21 April, 1943. His 64th victory, a B-24 at Zella, 40 km W of Bad Hesrfeld, on 24 February, 1944. His 66th, a P-51 30 km NNE of Konigslütter on 5 April, 1944. A B-24 on 8 April, 1944, no location. A P-47 at Chateauneufen-Thymerais on 7 August, 1944. His 72nd, a P-38 in the Fismes area on 14 August, 1944. His 73rd, a P-47 at Rambouillet on 16 August, 1944. His 75th, a P-47 at Mantes-Houdan on 20 August, 1944. On 17 April, and 19 April, 1945 (after his 82nd victory, a B-17), he was shot down in 262s over Plzen-Borg and over Prague, but bailed safely both times. Deceased 16 January, 1998.
22 Gulde, HenningOblt1/31/1921 Unk Bomber Units, IV/KG-6 ('43), Stffüh 7/KG-6 (3/44), Stfkpt 7/KG(J)-6 (4/45 Prag-Ruzyne) Ju 88 (pre '45), Fw 190A-8, Fi 156 "DK + DS" (4/15/45), Me 262A-1 Werk # 501201 "White 1" (lost 4/27/45) Bomber Operational Clasp KIA 27 April, 1945 in his Me 262. Jager Blatt article. Added: The ac crashed at Kladno, CZ., cause unknown. Oblt Gulde probably buried in Slany (F.Braun). Added: The Me 262 was shot down by fighters north of Risut, west of Prag (LOCS). Added: Oblt Gulde and Lt Heinrich Schlichting were known to fly in the "Storch" looking for suitable Me 262 emergency landing sites (F,Braun).
23 Hagenah, WalterLt10/5/1919Bremen172/JG-3 (3/42, 6/42 S.U.), 10/JG-3 (12/43), Stfkpt in IV(Sturm)/JG-3 (5/44 Saltzwedel), III/JG-7 (3/45)Bf 109F-4 "Yellow 11 in 3/JG-3, Bf 109F-4 "Yellow 4" lost in 2/JG-3, Bf 109G-6 (lost 5/12/44), Fw 190A-8 in 10/JG-3, Me 262 in III/JG-7
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold1/1/45)
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
He was involved in a TO accident 22 April, 1942, in his F-4 at Vienna-Aspern prior to his departure to the S.U.. His first known Soviet victory, a LaGG-3 on 12 August, 1942. An I-180 on 28 August, 1942. A Pe-2 on 31 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 1 September, 1942, as an Ogefr. An Il-2 on 14 October, 1942. One known western victory, his 7th, a B-24 80 km south of Innsbruck, 19 December, 1943. One victim, a B-17, crashed in the area near Camberg. His 10th, a B-17 on 18 April, 1944, no location. His given name may be spelled "Walther". Shot down three times during the war; Flak over Stalingrad, a Spitfire over Sicily and in flames on 12 May, 1944, by a P-51. His 12th victory, a B-24 (HSS) in the Oschersleben area on 7 July, 1944. His 13th, a B-17 30 km SE of Memmingen on 18 July, 1944. His 14th, a B-17 20 km W of Leipzig on 20 July, 1944. His 15th, a B-17 NW of the Plattensee on 30 July, 1944. His 16th, a B-24 at Ehrwald/Zügspitz on 3 August, 1944. His 17th, a P-51 with the R4M rocket, on 10 April, 1945. While serving in IV(Sturm)/JG-3, he flew the rocket carrying Fw 190A-8/R8. 17 victories in 140 combat missions. 9 bombers.
24 Hahn, KlausSonderkommando "Elbe" (Sachau 3/45)Bf 109G (lost 4/7/45) EK 2
Wound Badge (4/7/45)
Fighter Operational Clasp
Took part in the 7 April, 1945 Rammtrager mission (his first mission) against American bombers nearing the Me 262 facility at Parchim. A post-war discovery identified his victim as a B-17 of the 487BG, piloted by Lt Bud Wentz. Although wounded in the right arm (which had to be amputated), Hahn was able to bail safely. Hahn was initially attacked by four P-51s, but with no armor plate and only 60 rounds of ammo, he was severly damaged, but miraculously found the bombers in his line of decent, and struck the B-17. The B-17 was able to make an emergency landing at an American-occupied airfield in Belgium. Hahn survived the war. Wentz and his crew survived and made an emergency landing with a large portion of their rudder assembly chewed away.
25 Heim, Josef Sepp Fritz ?Gefr4I/JG-7 (3/45 Kaltenkirchen)Me 262A-1a
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 10 April, 1945 (JG-7 Chronik courtesy H. Breuer). His first known victory, a B-17 on 19 March, 1945. A 2nd, another B-17 on 21 March, 1945. A 3rd, a P-51 in the Hamburg area on 30 March, 1945. A 4th, a B-17 (Probable) S of Bremen on 4 April, 1945. 5 victories, all in the Me 262, Magnus. AKA "Fritz" by another source.
26 Herget, WilhelmMaj6/30/1910Stuttgart736/ZG-76 (5/40), 4/NJG-3, 7/NJG-3, 4/NJG-1 (4/42), Kdr I & II/NJG-4 (9/42-12/44), JV-44 (4/45)Bf 110C "3C + ET" in ZG-76, Bf 110G-4 "3C + LB" in I/NJG-4, Do 217 & Ju 88 in NJG-1 & 4, Ju 88G-1 Werk # 710833 (lost 6/14/44, sd after downing a Mosquito, crew OK), Me 262A-1a Wk# 111899
RK(6/20/43)
EL(4/11/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/16/42)

EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pendant
POW 2 May, 1945 shot down by US flak during a transit flight in an Fi 156 (Boiten). On 20 December, 1944, he destroyed 8 RAF bombers. Over 700 combat missions. 57 Night and 15 Day victories (1 with an Me 262). One known victory, and perhaps his 1st, a Spitfire on 25 May, 1940 during the French Campaign, no location. A 2nd, a Spitfire on 29 May, 1940, no location. A Hawk-75 SE of Cherbourg on 18 June, 1940. Two Hurricanes near Aldershot on 30 August, 1940. A Spitfire in the Cambridge area on 31 August, 1940. Three Spitfires over England on 1 September, 1940. A Handley-Paige bomber on 4 July, 1941, may have been victory No.25. A Hampden I of RAF No. 49 Sq. at Roly (Namur) the night of 5-6 April, 1942. A Halifax II of RAF No. 35 Sq. at Libin Luxemburg, 10 km SW of St Hubert Belgium, the night of 6-7 May, 1942. A Halifax II of RAF No. 103 Sq. at Hastiere (Namur), 8 km SW of Dinant, Belgium, the night of 28-29 August, 1942. A "4 mot" between Ostende and Brigge on 28 May, 1944. His 73, and last victory, a P-47 on 27 April, 1945. Bowers/Lednicer, 72 victories. Deceased 27 March, 1974. Photo
27 Huber, SeppLt9/KG(J)-6 Me 262A Werk # Unk (lost 4/25/45) Fighter Operational Clasp KIFA 25 April, 1945 when his Me 262 ground looped at Hostivice CZ. and exploded. Jager Blatt article. Added: His ground loop may have been caused by damage sustained in combat with Lt William Hoelscher of 4FG (F.Braun). This is probably Josef "Sepp" Huber, previously in StG & SG-77.
28 Kornatz, HansOblt12/29/1915362/JG-53 (9/39 Wiesbaden-Erbenheim-11/42), JG-52, 3/EJG-Süd, Stfkpt 1/JG-53 (7/44)Bf 109E-3 "Red 5"(10/39), Bf 109F & G(Trop), Bf 109G-2 Werk # 13474 "Black
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/20/44)
EP

EK 1(9/40) & 2
Wound Badge(5/27/40)
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 27 May, 1940 during aerial combat with a Potez in a Bf 109E which was totaled (Prien). WIA 8 September, 1942 during aerial combat at Kotluban. Flugbuch (9/40 to 8/44). His first aerial victory, a Battle west of Saarbrücken, 30 September, 1939. His 2nd, during the French Campaign, a Potez 63 west of Noyon, 27 May, 1940. His first known Soviet victory, his 9th overall, an I-61 on 4 June, 1942. His 10th, a MiG-3 on 8 June, 1942. His 15th, a Pe-2 on 27 June, 1942. A MiG-3 on 10 August, 1942. An Il-2 E of Kalatsch on 13 August, 1942. An Il-2 at Katschalinskaya on 19 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 6 September, 1942. Two Il-2s and a MiG-1 on 7 September, 1942. One known victory in the Desert, his 26th, a Spitfire on 29 November, 1942. His 30th & 31st victories, both Dragonflys; one 15 km south of Canino, the other 20 km south of Aquino Italy, 13 December, 1943. His 33rd, a B-24 in the Balkans on 22 July, 1944. His 34th, a Yak 9 over Rumania on 22 August, 1944. An Il-2 at Mohacs on 23 November, 1944. His 36th, a Rumanian Bf 109 on 25 February, 1945. He was shot down in his G-10 on 10 April, 1945 over Vienna by a Soviet Il-2. Deceased 23 August, 2002.
29 Lehner, AlfredLt7/3/1920375/JG-5 (9/43 S.U.), 3/JG-5 (7/44), Stab III/JG-7 (3/45)Bf 109G-2, Bf 109G-6 "Yellow 7" (lost 8/6/44), Me 262
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/1/44)
EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 4 April, 1945 (Magnus). Buried in Stendal. WIA 6 August, 1944 in "Yellow 7" by "4 mot" return fire, force landing at Beaumont (Source: SIG Norway). Most early victories scored on the Northern Front against Soviet aircraft. His first known Soviet victory, a DB-3 and a P-39 on 3 September, 1943. Two DB-3s on 14 September, 1943. A P-39 and a P-40 on 20 September, 1943. Two P-39s and a Pe-2 on 13 October, 1943. An Il-2 and a P-40 on 19 October, 1943. Two R-5s SW of Nevel on 9 December, 1943. An La-5 on 1 February, 1944. An Il-2 on 10 February, 1944. An La-5 on 15 February, 1944. An Il-2 on 22 February, 1944. An Il-2 NE of Maila on 20 March, 1944. An Il-2 SE of Kursu, E of Kemijarvi, on 4 April, 1944. A Yak-9 on 12 April, 1944. One known western victory, a P-38 S of St Quentin on 6 July, 1944. A 2nd known, a P-47 at St Pol-Desvres on 7 July, 1944. A P-47 S of Pont Audemer on 14 July, 1944. A Typhoon at Lisieux on 19 July, 1944. A P-51 (probable) in the Cottbus area on 22 March, 1945. A B-17 (probable) on 24 March, 1945. Magnus; victory count of 37 is approximate.
30 Lennartz, Helmut Heinz?Ofw135/JG-11 (5/43 Jever; 10/43 Reich Def), EKdo. 262 (8/44), JG-7Bf 109G-1 Werk # 14069 (60% dam 10/18/43; landing accident at Marx, rammed a G-6, WK# 20511 while landing, pilot OK), Bf 109G-6 in JG-11, Me 262A-1a Werk# 170061 "White 11" & 170063 "White 9" in JG-7EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Shot down in April, 1945, and crash landed at Kolberg. His 1st victory was a B-17 on 15 May, 1943, while serving in 5/JG-11. Opposed the 306th BG on 21 May, 1943, an Uffz at the time. His 2nd, a P-38 on 5 January, 1944. A 3rd known, while in Epr.Kdo. 262, a B-17 on 15 August, 1944, no location given. This may have been the first victory recorded by a jet. A 4th, a B-24 at Zutphen/Hall on 7 October, 1944. A 5th, a P-51 in the Beilen area on 12 October, 1944. 8 victories were achieved flying the Me 262, plus 5 while in JG-11. One such victory, No. 7, a B-17 between Braunschweig and Magdeburg on 3 March, 1945. His 8th, a B-17 in the Zwikau area on 19 March, 1945. His 9th, a B-17 in the Cottbus area on 22 March, 1945. His 10th, a P-51 on 10 April, 1945. Also spelled Lennarts.
31 Leverenz, HelmutOfw1III/JG-7 (4/45)Me 262 EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a P-38 in the Plattlung area on 17 April, 1945.
32 Löschen-Köhl, FerdinandFhjFw1113/JG-3 (3/45), JG-7Bf 109G, Me 262EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His first known victory, his 1st & 2nd, both P-47s, one SW of Köln, the other at Westerwald on 23 December, 1944. His 3rd, a P-39 on 11 March, 1945, while in JG-3. Nos. 4 thru 8, all Pe-2s on 15 March, 1945. Nos. 9, 10 & 11, three Pe-2s on 1 April, 1945. Magnus Report. Alternate spelling: Löschenkohl (Magnus).
33 Lützow, Günther 'Franzl'Obstlt9/4/1912Kiel1032.J/88 Legion Condor, Kdr I/JG-3 (Colombert 8/40, Russia 8/41), Kdr JG-51 (41), JV-44 (4/45)He 51, Bf 109B, Bf 109E-4 "<<+" in I/JG-3, Bf 109F-2 Werk # 8117 "White <<<+" (30% dam 7/16/41, belly land Lilliers) as Kdr JG-3, Bf 109F-2 Werk # 9624 "White <<<+" (7/41), Bf 109F-2 Werk # 9704 "<<-+" in JG-51, Bf 109F-4, Me 262A-1a
RK(9/18/40)
S(10/11/41)

Spanish Cross-Br

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp w/"300" hanger
MIA 24 April, 1945 after attacking American bombers in his Me 262 near Donauwörth. Last seen being chased by two P-47s. Neither he nor his aircraft have been recovered. 2 Bombers. EL conferred July 20,1941. 300+ combat missions. 5 victories in Spain. His 1st known victory, two Hawk 75s NW of Dinant on 14 May, 1940. His 3rd, a Hawk-75 SE of Charleroi on 15 May, 1940. His 4th, a Hurricane N of Arras on 19 May, 1940. His 5th & 6th, both Morane 406s south of Amiens, 31 May, 1940, while in I/JG-3. Under his command, JG-3 was the 4th Luft Sq. to achieve 1000 aerial victories, behind Mölders, von Maltzahn and Trautloft. His first known Soviet victory, an I-153 on 12 August, 1941. He scored five Soviet victories on 8 October, 1941; 3 Pe-2s and 3 DB-3s. Two I-18s on 10 October, 1941. Three I-16s on 24 October, 1941. His 102nd victory, an I-61 on 21 May, 1942. His 103rd, a LaGG-3 NE of Kalatsch on 29 July, 1942. No. 104, a B-26 near Augsburg on 24 April, 1945. Part of the inner circle called the "Fighter Pilot Conspiracy" towards the end of the war, he avoided execution, as their spokesman, by an outraged Göring. Their ac were painted with the Red Badge of Shame & tail swastikas blackened out. Lützow and W. Falck were cousins. Sometimes spelled Luetzow. Hoehler Personality Phot/Profile


Lutzow (L) and Adolf Galland at München-Riem just before his disappearance on a mission
34 Mader, OttoFw8/KG(J)-6Me 262?Fighter Operational ClaspKIA in April, 1945, no further detail (Stankey & DeZeng).
35 Mai,Lt11/KG(J)-54Me 262
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a B-17 on 19 April, 1945, most likely in the Prag area.
36 Müller, Fritz R.G.Lt12/17/192023 8/JG-53 (3/42), 7/JG-53 (3/44 Italy), 10/JG-53 (8/44), 11/JG-7 (2/45), EKdo 262, III/JG-7 Bf 109E, F & Bf 109G-6 Werk # 161948 "White 15 + I" (lost 4/12/44; WIA in combat south of Todi Italy, bailed safely) in JG-53, Me 262A-1a Werk # 500491 & Wk# 170059 (later to KG-51)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
While in III/JG-7 on 4 April, 1945, he shot down a B-24 "TrounbleNMind" of the 448BG flown by Capt. John M. Ray, using the deadly R4M air-to-air missles. Six of the crew parachuted safely. The B-24 split in two. Magnus Report. His 262 (actually the mount of Oblt Heinz Arnold) is on display at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.. His first victory believed to be a Spitfire over Malta on 22 March, 1942. His 8th, a Spitfire 15 km E of Mantua on 17 February, 1944. Victories 9, 10, & 11, three Spitfires in the Pomezia area on 19 February, 1944. His 12th, a P-38 at Cassino on 15 March, 1944. His 14th, a Spitfire S of Anzio on 29 March, 1944. His 17th, a B-17 SW of Lüneburg on 24 August, 1944. An 18th, a Mosquito in the Salzburg area on 26 November, 1944. 6 victories in the Me 262. One known Me 262 victory, a B-17 NW of Dresden on 21 March, 1945. A 2nd, a B-24 near Lüneburg on 25 March, 1945. His 20th, a B-24 S of Bremen on 4 April, 1945. A P-47 on 9 April, 1945. His 22nd, a B-17 W of Prag, over Elbschleife, on 17 April, 1945.


Müller with his new Me 262A ( WrkNr. 170059) at Leipheim
37 Müller, HerbertGefr21I/JG-7 (4/45)Me 262
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, said to be his 21st, a Lancaster on 9 April, 1945. I think there is something wrong here with 21 victories. Hard to imagine a 21 victory pilot as a Gefr. Also strange Ive never found any of the first 20 victories.
38 Müller, Johann Karl JonnyUffz3II/SG-10, JV-44 (3/45 Brandenburg-Briest)Fw 190A & F, Me 262A-1a Werk # 110556 "Red S"
EK 1 & 2
Assault & Fighter Operational Clasp
An experienced Fw 190 ground attack pilot, his two known victories were two B-26 bombers downed on 20 April, 1945 by his R4M rockets from his Me 262. His AC pictured in Osprey publ.
39 Munz, Karl "Fuchs" or "Fox"Lt4/29/1915Gottwollshausen, Württemberg63I/JG-52 (7/40), Ofw with 2/JG-52 (8/42 S.U.), 1/JG-52 (5/44), Stfkpt 3/JG-52 (1/45), III/EJG-2 (4/45)Bf 109E "Red or Black 3" in 2/JG-52, Bf 109F-2 Werk # 8206 (lost 6/12/41), Bf 109F-4 Werk # 8419 & G "Black 3", Bf 109G-2 Wk# 14152 "<< + 2" (dam 8/23/42), Bf 109G-6 Wk# 20003 "<<" (lost 8/20/43; WIA combat w/8 Yak 1s) , Me 262 RK(4/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/20/44)
EP(7/6/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pendant
WIA 23 August, 1942 in Wk# 14152 during aerial combat 15 km NE of Uljanowo. Two bomber victories. With JG-52, he flew over the English Channel and Russia. His 1st known Channel victory, a Blenheim N of Nordeney on 25 May, 1941. His 2nd, a Blenheim 100 km W of Texel on 2 June, 1941. His first known Soviet victory, an R-2 on 20 August, 1942. A Yak-1 on 25 June, 1943. An Il-4 and an Il-2 on 5 July, 1943. Two LaGG-5s on 7 July, 1943. A Yak-1 on 20 July, 1943. Two Il-7s on 22 July, 1943. An Il-2 on 31 July, 1943. A P-39 on 16 August, 1943. An Il-2 (m.H.) on 30 May, 1944. A P-39 on 1 June, 1944. Wounded seriously several times. He scored I/JG-52s 2000th victory, his 30th, on 1 June, 1944. An Il-2 and a Yak-9 on 4 June, 1944. An Il-2 on 2 September, 1944. Over 600 combat missions. 3 victories in the West with the Me 262, all "e/a"s in the last days of April, 1945. Another source says he flew the Me 262 in III/EJG-2, with no mention of JG-7. Munz was recommended for the RK, and it is not known if he actually received the award. Bowers/Lednicer, 60 victories. Deceased 3 December, 1992. Photo
40 Mütke, Hans GuidoOfhr3/25/1921Niesse17/NJG-4, EKdo 262, 3/JG-7 (11/44), 9/JG-7 (4/45 Fürstenfeldbruck)Bf 110, Me 262 "White 9", Me 262A-1a "Werk # 500071 "White 3 + I" (Interned 4/24/45) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Defected to Dübendorf Switzerland in "White 3" on 24 April, 1945 rather than face capture by the French, after running low on fuel. Featured on the History Channel. His "White 3" is on display at the Deutsche Museum in Munich. Jager Blatt 1/1997. Claimed to be the first to break the sound barrier on a 9 April, 1945 mission, during a steep dive. When he made his landing, he found his wings had buckeled and many rivets had popped. The claim is disputed. After the war, he was an airline pilot and a Dr, specializing in Aviation Medicine. Deceased 8 April, 2004. Boiten 1 victory.
41 Namyslach, FritzFwUnkMe 262 Werk # Unk (lost 4/17/45)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 17 April, 1945 when he was sd by a P-51 of 503FG, piloted by 1/Lt John C. Campbell. The pilot was able to bail, but may have been hit when the fuselage was hit, because his chute failed to open. The ac crashed in a small clearing in some woods at Stahlavice, Cz. (F.Braun).
42 Neuhaus, JosefOfhr13ZG-26, 5/ZG-76 (4/44), III/JG-7 (4/45)Bf 110G, Me 262A-1aEP


EK 1 & 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
Two known victories were P-51s. One victory, a P-51 at Neuseidler See on 23 April, 1944. A P-51 in the Wittenberg area on 7 April, 1945. A B-17 in the Magdeburg area on 10 April, 1945. Neuhaus was featured on the History Channel with several other Me 262 pilots. Deceased. Magnus Report, 15 victories.
43 Neumann, Klaus H.Lt10/5/1923Wettin Saale372/JG-51 (5/43 S.U.), 16/JG-3 (6/44), JG-7 (1/45), JV-44 (2/45)Bf 109F & G, Me 262A-1a RK(11/25/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/25/44)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
About 200 combat missions. 19 bombers. 12 victories in the East. 5 victories in the Me 262. One known victory, his 13th, a B-24 (HSS) in the Oschersleben area on 7 July, 1944. His 14th & 15th, a B-17 at Chemnitz and a P-51 in the Chemnitz area, on 20 July, 1944. A B-17 (HSS) at Laucha on 29 July, 1944. His 17th victory, a B-24 at Stanzach on 3 August, 1944. His 20th, a B-17 SW of Kassel on 16 August, 1944. A P-51 on 28 August, 1944, no location given. His 25th, a B-17 N of Halle on 11 September, 1944. His 30th, a B-17 NE of Weimer on 7 October, 1944. Nos. 33, 34, 35 & 36, all "e/a"s, exact date in April, unknown. His 37th, a B-26 in the Neuburg area on 26 April, 1945. Deceased 10 December, 2000. Photo
44 Palenda, PaulLt2I/KG(J)-54 (4/45)Me 262
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His first two known victories, both B-17s on 10 April, 1945.
45 Pfeiffer, ErnstOfhr19247III/JG-7 (3/45), JV-44 (4/45)Me 262A-1a
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
All victories in the Me 262. His first victory, a B-17 on 15 March, 1945. His 2nd, a B-17 NW of Hamburg on 20 March, 1945. His 3rd, a B-17 NW of Dresden on 21 March, 1945. His 4th, a B-17 in the Cottbus area on 22 March, 1945. His 5th, a B-17 S of Bremen on 4 April, 1945. His 6th, a P-51 in the Wittenberg area on 7 April, 1945. His 7th, a B-17 on 10 April, 1945.
46 Pirchan,LtGraz, AustriaJV-44 (4/45 Munich)Me 262 "White 3" (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspKIC 27 April, 1945 in Franz Stiglers "White 3" at the north end of the Oberweissenfeld airfield due to engine failure. The young pilot had begged to fly at least one mission in the Me 262. Alternate spelling: Pirchhan.
47 Pritzl, OttoOfw182/JG-51 (7/44), JG-3, 5/JG-302 (5/44), III/JG-7 (3/45)Bf 109G in JGs 51 & 302, Me 262
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 2nd, a B-17 (HSS) N of Berlin on 24 May, 1944. His 3rd, a B-17, same day, 1 km W of Finow. His 4th, a B-24 on 29 May, 1944, no location given (Perry Claims). His 7th, a B-24 in the Oschersleben area on 7 July, 1944. His 8th, a B-17 (HSS) near Kempten on 18 July, 1944. His 11th & 12th, both B-17s NW of Hamburg on 20 March, 1945. His 13th, a B-17 S of Berlin on 24 March, 1945. His 14th, a B-17 on 31 March, 1945. 3 bombers. His 15th, a B-17 S of Bremen on 4 April, 1945. Nos. 16 & 17, both P-47s on 10 April, 1945. His 18th, a B-17 W of Prag on 17 April, 1945. 8 victories in the Me 262. Magnus Report.
48 Rademacher, Rudolf "Rudi"Lt6/19/1913Lüneburg1263/JG-54 (12/41), 1/JG-54 (3/43), 1/Erg/JG-1 (8/44) aka JGr-Nord, 11/JG-7 (1/45)Bf 109F, Fw 190A-4 "White 6" in 1/JG-54, Fw 190A-8 Werk# 350193 "White 13"(lost 9/18/44), Me 262 RK(9/30/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(4/30/43)
EP(10/19/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wnd Bdg
Gldr Bdg
Fighter Oper Clasp w/Pend
10 Bombers. 8 at Sagan Germany. Over 500 missions. 90 victories in the East, 25-30 with JG-7. One of the early eastern victories, three Soviet P-40s of 158 IAP in the Lake Ladoga area on 25 February, 1942. An I-153 on 30 July, 1942. A Yak-4 on 8 September, 1942. An Il-2 on 6 November, 1942. Three LaGG-5s and an Il-2 on 15 January, 1943. Two Il-2s on 7 March, 1943. Three LaGG-3s, two La-5s, a P-39, and an Il-2 on 5 July, 1943. On 18 September, 1944, in "White 13", during an attack on a four-engine bomber, he was shot down and seriously wounded. Two B-24s and a B-17 near Halle on 3 February, 1945. A frequent wingman for Walter Nowotny. He achieved 8 victories in the Me 262, including B-24 # 44-50838 piloted by Robt. Mains of the448BG on 4 April, 1945. Only one of the crew survived the deadly R4M missile of the Me 262. His final score is a matter of conjecture, ranging from 97 to 126. He was killed 13 June, 1953 in the crash of a glider at Lüneburg.
49 Reiher, GerhardUffz4JG-52, 8/JG-3 (Alperstedt 11/44), 3/JG-7 (3/45 Kaltenkirchen)Bf 109G-10 Werk # 490617 "Blue 2" in 8/JG-3, Me 262A-1a
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
4 victories in the Me 262. One known Me 262 victory, a B-17 in the Hamburg area on 30 March, 1945. A Lancaster on 31 March, 1945. A 3rd, a B-17 on 10 April, 1945. A 4th, a P-47 in the Dresden area on 12 April, 1945.
50 Reinhold, GerhardOfw414/JG-5 (8/43 S.U.), 5/JG-5 (10/43 S.U.), 4/JG-5 (12/43), III/JG-7 (3/45)Fw 190A, Me 262
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/1/44)
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 4 April, 1945 during aerial combat with a P-51 by Chemnitz. About 250 combat missions. One known victory, a P-39 9 km WNW of Malyi-Korabelnye (Russian Front) on 18 August, 1943. An Il-2 on 14 September, 1943. Two P-39s on 12 October, 1943. Four R-5s, an Il-2 and a LaGG-3 in the Nevel area on 8 December, 1943. A P-39 on 15 December, 1943. An Il-2 on 17 December, 1943. A LaGG-3 on 6 January, 1944. An Il-2 on 14 January, 1944. An Il-2 on 15 January, 1944. Two La-5s on 3 February, 1944. An Il-2 on 22 February, 1944. A Yak-9 on 24 February, 1944. Five Il-2s and a Yak-9 on 27 February, 1944. Two Yak-9s and an Il-2 on 28 February, 1944. A Yak-1 on 15 May, 1944. A Yak-9 on 16 May, 1944. Two Yak-9s on 18 May, 1944. One known western JG-7 victory, a B-17(HSS) in the Zwikau area on 19 March, 1945. A B-17 over Chemnitz on 23 March, 1945. He is buried in Stendal.
51 Reischke, BrunoUffzI/KG(J)-54 (4/45 Prag-Ruzyne FP) Me 262 Werk # Unk (lost 4/19/45) Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 19 April, 1945 when shortly after takeoff, he was attacked by a P-51 of 357FG. He attempted to bail but was too low for the chute to deploy. His body landed just off the Smecno-Kacice Rd, Smecno, CZ.. The ac crashed just a few meters further (F.Braun).
52 Richter, Ernst Uffz7JV-44, I/KG(J)-54 (4/45)Me 262A-1a
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Luftwaffe.cz" source. All victories in the jet, presumably the Me 262. One known victory, a B-17 on 4 April, 1945. His 2nd & 3rd, both B-17s on 7 April, 1945. His 4th, 5th & 6th, all B-17s, most likely in the Stuttgart area, on 8 April, 1945. His 7th, a B-17 on 17 April, 1945. Thought to have achieved the rank of Oblt by wars end, as appeared on a JV-44 pilot list on-line.
53 Rupprecht, AndreasUffz1/6/1920Lainburg Altdorf by Nürnberg9/KG-54, KG(J)-6Ju 88A, Me 262Bomber Operational ClaspMIA in April, 1945 after a familiarization flight in the 262 near the end of the war. Jager Blatt 2 & 3/2004. Alternate spelling: Ruprecht.
54 Sachsenberg, Heinz "Wimmersal"Lt7/12/1922Dessau, Sachsen-Anhalt1046/JG-52 (10/42 Russia), 6/JG-52 (6/44 Manzar Romania), 9/JG-7 (3/45), JV-44 (4/45)Bf 109G-2/R6 "Yellow 8", Bf 109G-4 Werk # 19335 (45% dam 5/5/43; WIA aerial combat with Soviet Ace & F/Ldr Alex Pokryshkin), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 19236 (60% dam/written off 7/22/43; WIA aerial combat with Pokryshkin), Bf 109G-6 Wk# 166233 "Yel 1"(lost 8/23/44) in 6/JG-52, Fw 190D-9 "Red 1" & "White 2" in JV-44, Me 262 briefly in JG-7 RK(6/9/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/17/43)
EP(10/2/43)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pend
520 combat missions. All victories in the East. His first known Soviet victory, an Il-5 SW of Novorossisk on 21 April, 1943. A P-39 2 km W of Abinskaja on 8 May, 1943. A P-40 7 km S of Krimskaya on 15 May, 1943. A Yak-1 E of Kubardinka on 25 May, 1943. An Il-2 on 26 May, 1943. An Il-5 on 27 May, 1943. Two Il-5s on 29 May, 1943. Three Yak-1s and an Il-5 on 26 July, 1943. Four victories on 4 August, 1943. Two Yak-7s on 17 March, 1944. His 103rd victory, a P-51 over Hungary on 3 March, 1945. His 104th and last victory, a P-39 on 16 April, 1945. One victory in the West. One Motor Torpedo Boat destroyed. He was the cousin of Pour le Merite fighter pilot Gotthard Sachsenberg, and the brother of Gotthard Sachsenberg, a Night Fighter pilot, KIA April, 1944. Heinz was seriously wounded in combat on 23 August, 1944 in the "Yellow 1" in aerial combat with P-51s over Romania, and died of his wounds (complications) years later, 17 June, 1951. The 190D was used to protect the Me 262 from prowling American fighters. His D-9 may have been Werk # 600424 (or 800424), and bore the inscription "Sell my clothes, Im going to heaven". Photo
55 Schafer, WilliFwI/KG(J)-54 (4/45 Prag-Ruzyne FP) Me 262 Werk # Unk "White 1" (lost 4/17/45) Fighter Operational Clasp Fw Schafer was sd 17 April, 1945 by a P-51 of 364FG, 383FS, piloted by Capt Roy W.Orndorf. The ac crashed in a wooded hillside above the village of at Vinarice, CZ. He was able to bail safely, however, SS soldiers on the ground thought he was an American airman, and shot him (F.Braun).
56 Schall, FranzHptm6/1/1918Graz Austria1373/JG-52 (2/43 Russia), Stfkpt 3/JG-52 (8/44), 2/EKdo Nowotny (10/44 Achmer), Stfkpt 10/JG-7 (3/45 Oranienburg)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 410131 "Yellow 10" (10% dam 11/11/43), Me 262A-1a Werk #s 170047 "White 7" & 110404 "White 1" (lost 11/8/44) RK(10/10/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(6/5/44)
EP(2/22/44)

EK 1 & 2
Wnd Badge
HJ Pin
Fighter Oper.Clasp w/Pend.
WIA 11 November, 1943 by flak, making a belly landing 3 km south of Kertsch. 14 Bombers in an Me 262. His first known Soviet victory, a LaGG-5 on 6 May, 1943. An Il-7 on 13 July, 1943. An Il-2 (m.H.) on 1 August, 1943. Three Soviet U-2s on 7 November, 1943. A Yak-9 on 7 January, 1944. An Il-2 and LaGG-5 on 15 May, 1944. An Il-2 (m.H.) and a LaGG-5 on 30 May, 1944. A Yak-11, an Il-2 and a LaGG-5 on 12 August, 1944. Among many multiple victories, 13 on 31 August, 1944. One known western victory, a B-24 on 7 October, 1944, no location given. A P-51 at Goesfeld on 28 October, 1944. Three P-51s at Osnabrück on 8 November, 1944, and was then shot down in Wk# 110404 by a P-51 piloted by Lt. James W. Kenny of the 357th FG; he bailed out successfully. Another known Me 262 victory, a P-51 on 18 March, 1945. A B-17 in the Zwiikau area on 19 March, 1945. Two Lancasters at Hamburg on 31 March, 1945. One of his last victories, a Lancaster at Hamburg on 9 April, 1945. KIFA 10 April, 1945, making an emergency landing at Parchim Airfield and hitting a bomb crater, causing his aircraft to explode. 550 missions. Nominated for the EL.
57 Schallmoser, EduardOfw4JV-44 (4/45 München-Reim Ger.)Me 262A-1a Werk# 111745 "White 5"
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
A. Gallands JV-44 wingman. His 1st victory, he rammed a P-38 over Riem AP on 3 April, 1945. His 2nd victory, a B-26 in the Lanberg area on 16 April, 1945. His 3rd, a B-17 in the Munich area, involving a collision, on 17 April, 1945. On 20 April, 1945, he attacked a B-26 (victory # 4) formation and accidentally struck the tail of one of the Marauders. He bailed out as both AC fell to the ground. All victories in JV-44. Nickname "Rammer". Added: Re: the 17 April collision, Schallmoser's ac was hit by the lead bombers gunners, knocking out both engines and shattering the canopy. He lost control and collided with B-17G Ser# 43-38085, 305BS, "Towering Titan", which crashed at Babisnau. The incident was witness by Galland & Lt Klaus Neumann. Schallmoser bailed safely ("Me 262 Stormbird" book).
58 Schenk, Friedrich Wilhelm "Timo" Lt192272/JG-300 (7/44),10/JG-7 (3/45)Bf 109G-10 "Red 5", Fw 190A "Red 12" (8/44) & "Red 5" (1/45 Liegnitz) in JG-300, Me 262EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Collided with an Fw 190A-8 piloted by Lt Gerhard Bärsdorf during aerial combat on 28 July, 1944. He escaped but Bärsdorf was killed. One known victory, a B-24 at Neusiedler See on 16 June, 1944. A 2nd, a B-24 at Märkische Bucholz on 21 June, 1944. A 3rd, a B-24 SW of Wien on 26 June, 1944. A 3rd, a B-24 at Quedinbürg-Stassfürt on 7 July, 1944. A 4th, a B-17 in the Münden area, NE of Kassel, on 16 August, 1944. A 5th & 6th, both Lancasters on 31 March, 1945. A 7th, a B-17 S of Bremen on 4 April, 1945. Nick-Name: "Timo Schenko".
59 Schöppler, AntonUffz113/JG-5 (7/44), III/JG-7 (2/45), 3/JG-7 (4/45)Fw 190A, Bf 109G, Me 262A-1a Werk# 500443 "Yellow 5" in JG-7EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
British POW 8 May, 1945. Seven victories with the Me 262. One known victory, his 1st, a Typhoon at Lisieux on 19 July, 1944, a Gefr at the time. A 2nd, a P-51 at Rambouillet on 26 July, 1944. A Spitfire at Argentan-Gace on 2 August, 1944. A 4th, a P-47 NW of Nogent-le-Retrou on 4 August, 1944. A 5th, a P-51 on 3 February, 1945. A 6th, a B-17 over Kiel on 14 February, 1945. A 7th, a B-24 on 15 March, 1945. An 8th, a B-24 at Bremen on 7 April, 1945. A 9th, a B-17 W of Prag on 17 April, 1945. A 10th, a B-17 SW of Prag on 19 April, 1945. An 11th, a B-17 W of Prag on 25 April, 1945.
60 Schuck, WalterHptm7/30/1920Frankenholz Saargebeit206 1(Erg)/JG-3, 9/JG-5 (4/42), 7/JG-5 (42 Artic), Stfkpt 10/JG-5 (8/44), Stafkpt 3/JG-7 (Jet Wing, 4/45) Bf 109E-3 Werk # 946 (lost 10/25/40 TO accident, pilot injured), Bf 109F-4 "Yel 9" & Bf 109G-6 Wk# Unk "Yellow 10 in 9 Stfl, Bf 109G "Wht 1"; Bf 109G-6 "Black 10" & Bf 109G-14 "Black 15" both in 10/JG-5, Bf 109K "Blk 15", Me 262A-1a Wk#900048 "Yel 1" RK4/8/44)-EL(9/30/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(6/24/43)
EP(3/29/43)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pend
Plus 30 Unconfirmed. Minimum 4 Bombers with the Me 262. 198 victories in the East, his first known, a MiG-3 on 15 May, 1942. A Soviet P-40 on 31 December, 1942. A P-40 and an Il-2 on 10 January, 1943. Two Soviet P-40s on 24 January, 1943. Two P-40,s on 19 March, 1943. An Il-2 and a P-40D on 25 March, 1943. Two Soviet P-40Ds on 4 April, 1943. Two Soviet Hurricanes on 14 April, 1943. A Hurricane and three P-39s on 22 May, 1943. A Soviet Hurricane and a P-39 on 18 August, 1943. Seven victories on 17 March, 1944. 8 victories with the Me 262. On 15 June, 1944 he scored his 100th victory, downing 6 AC. His 200th, one of two P-51s in the Neumeister area on 24 March, 1945. Nos. 203 to 206, four B-17s near Magdeburg on 10 April, 1945. 500+ combat missions. Was wingman for Stafkpt. Schmidt. On 17 June, 1944 he downed 12 enemy AC in 24 hours. One of JG-5s top scorers. With Ehrler and Weissenberger, the most successful fighter pilot in the White Sea area. Schuck was Germanys 12th ranked fighter Ace. Bailed at least once from a burning Me 262, a P-51 victim (2/Lt Jos. A.Peterburs, 55FS, 20FG). Schuck featured on the History Channel as Me 262 pilot. Photo

61 Severin, WolfgangUffzMünchen RiemMe 262 (lost 4/8/45)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp (Silver?)
KIA 8 April, 1945 during aerial combat at Herblingen. He was sd by a P-47 of 358FG, 367FS, piloted by 1/Lt John J. Usiatynski. Severin buried Blankenburg/Harz. Source: Fritz Braun.
62 Sinner, RudolfMaj12/31/1915Austria39JG-3, 2/JG-27(7/41), Stfkpt 6/JG-27(6/42 Libya), Kdr IV/JG-27(6/43 Greece), Kdr IV/JG-54(7/43), III/JG-7, Kdr JG-7(2/45 to end)BF 109F-4 "Yellow 1 + -" (6/42 Africa) in 6/JG-27, Bf 109F "Red 11" (Trop.), Bf 109G-6 Trop Werk # 16328 (35% dam 3/24/43: WIA overturn on landing), Bf 109G-6 Werk# 410557(lost 3/6/44), Me 262A-1b "Red 3" in JG-7, Me 262A-1b "Green 1" (lost 4/45)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/27/42)

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


L-R: Major Gustav Rödel (Kommodore JG 27) - Hptm. Werner Schroer (Kommandeur ll./JG 27) - Major Rudolf Sinner (Kommandeur lV./JG 27)
63 Spadiut, Hubert Dr.Hptm9/23/1922Neuhofen, Steiermark 12/KG-76 (5/41), 5/KG-76 (8/41), 4/KG-76 (4/42), Stfkpt 4/KG-76 (9/43), Stfkpt in 5/KG-76 (3/44), Stfkpt 4/KG(J)-54 (1/45 to 5/45) Ju 88A, Me 262A/1a Werk # Unk "B3 + Red 2" (dam 4/29/45), Ar 234 RK(3/26/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(9/24/42)
EP(3/30/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber & Fighter Operational Clasp in Gold w/"300" hanger
His Me 262 was shot up by fighters in the Erding vicinity on 29 April, 1945. 348 combat missions. he flew his last mission on 30 April, 1945 in the Prague-Munich area (LOCS).
64 Späte, WolfgangMaj9/8/1911Dresden99Recon pilot, 5/JG-54, Stafkpt 5/JG-54, EKdo-16, Kdr IV/JG-54, Kdr III/JG-11 (9/44), Kdr JG-400, I/JG-7 (Rechlin)Bf 109Fs "Black 4,5,6 & 12 in 5/JG-54, Bf 109F-2 Wk# 8207 w/ 5/JG-54 (lost), Bf 109F-2 Wk# 5786 (one time w/ 5/JG-54), Fw 190A-8 (lost), Me 163B-0 "PK + QL", Me 262 RK(10/5/41)-EL(4/23/42)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(12/20/41)
EP(8/9/41)

EK 1 & 2
Gldr Bdg
Wnd Bdg
Ftr.Oper.Clasp
5 Bombers in an Me 262. On 25 June, 1941, Späte was downed in Werk# 8207 "VD+AV" east of Rossilnie. The victim of an Il-2 rear gunner, and listed as "MIA", he returned shortly thereafter. His first known Soviet victory, either an I-26 of an I-18 on 17 March, 1942. One known Soviet victory, a LaGG-5 on 28 June, 1944. Three Soviet La-5s on 15 July, 1944. On 15 August, 1944, as Kdr IV/JG-54, he was shot down twice in two different A-8s. A Yak-9 and an La-5 on 26 August, 1944. One known victory, a B-25 in the Nijmegen area on 25 September, 1944. A Spitfire E of Arnhem on 26 September, 1944. In December, 1944, he commanded JG-400, flying the Me 163. In March 1945, he was Operational Unit Kdr. of I/JG-7 in April, 1945. His 95th victory, a B-17 in the Dresden area on 17 April, 1945. His 96th, a B-17 SW of Prag on 19 April, 1945. Nos. 97 to 99, three B-17s SW of Prag on 25 April, 1945. Over 600 missions. 90 victories in the East. He flew Bf 109F-2 "Black 1" in October, 1941, when he was Stfkpt of 5/JG-54. Bowers/Lednicer, 99 victories. Sometimes spelled Spaete. Deceased 30 April, 1997. Photo
65 Stehle, Friedrich "Fritz"Oblt26 ZG-76, 8/ZG-1 (10/43), 5/ZG-26 (2/44), Kdr II/ZG-26 (3/44), 6/JG-6 (9/44), Act.Kdr I/JG-7 (4/45) Bf 110, Me 210, Me 410 in II/ZG-26, Fw 190, Me 262A
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/1/44)
EP


EK 1 & 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
Opposed the 6 March, 1944 Berlin Raid, downing a B-17 at Gardelegen-Burg. His Gunner was Fw Alois Slaby. One known victory, a B-17 at Sülzheim on 14 October, 1943. Another, a B-17 S of Dachau on 22 February, 1944. Another, a B-17 W of Hoya on 24 February, 1944. A B-24 near Hollenstein on 25 February, 1944. A B-24 W of Rügen on 20 June, 1944. A 2nd B-24, same day, at Sassnitz/Rügen. A P-38 W of Altenkirchen on 12 September, 1944. Two P-51s at Xanten-Rheinburg on 18 September, 1944. A P-47 at the Wahn airfield, SE of Köln, on 7 October, 1944. At least 9 bombers. 11 victories in the Me 262, mostly while serving as Stfkpt 2/JG-7. One known Me 262 victory, Nos. 16 & 17, a B-17 and a P-51 in the Stendal area on 28 March, 1945. Nos. 18, 19 & 20, Three Lancasters near Osnabrück on 31 March, 1945, while in 2/JG-7. His 24th, a B-17 on 10 April, 1945. His 25th, a B-17 in the Dresden area on 17 April, 1945. His 26th and last victory, a Soviet P-39 at Erzgebirge on 8 May, 1945 at 1600 hours, believed to be the last German victory of WWII. Surrendered 8 May, 1945 at Fassberg.
66 Steinhoff, Johannes "Macki"Obst9/15/1913Bottendorf Sachsen178 10(N)/JG-2, Stfkpt 10 & 4 JG-26, Kdr II/JG-52(5/42), Kdr JG-77(4/43), Kdr JG-7(12/44), JV-44(3/45) Bf 109D-1 Wk# 630 "White N + 7" in 10/(N)JG-26 (12/39), Bf 109F-2 Werk # 6770 White 1 + -" (lost 7/31/41; hit obstr at Andrejewo), Bf 109F-4 Werk # 13144 "<<+" (42), Bf 109G-2 "<<+-", Bf 109G-3, Bf 109G-6 Werk # 16384 "White <-" (4/43 Creteville), Bf 109G-6 Werk# 161065 (lost 5/10/44, belly land @ Pleso; sd by a P-38),Me 262A-1a RK(8/30/41)-S(7/28/44)
EP(8/18/41)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pendant
EL awarded 2 September, 1942. 900 missions. 4 Bombers. 148 victories were in the East. His first known Soviet victory, a MiG-1 at Boroditschnoye on 17 May, 1942. Five LaGG-3s on 30 August, 1942. Among many of his multiple victories, Three Yak-1s and a P-40 on 30 November, 1942. Two Il-2s and a LaGG-5 on 14 January, 1943. Two victories in JG-26. 6 victories were in the Me 262, while serving in JG-7. In JV-44, he flew Me 262A Werk # 111740 "White 6". In JG-52 in June 1940, he flew a Bf 109 "White 1". His 1st victory, two Wellingtons 35 km south southwest of Helgoland, 18 December, 1939. Nos 3 & 4, a Blenheim at Den Haag, another at Düsseldorf, 10 May, 1940. EL 9/2/42. Among his last victories, in March, 1945, he downed an Il-2 and two other Russian fighters near the Oder. A B-24 in the Stuttgart area on 8 April, 1945. Most likely his last victory, a B-17 over Munich on 17 April, 1945, the day before his tragic crash and disfigurement. Steinhoff was severly injured and burned 18 April 1945 while taking off in an Me 262. Ended the war in a hospital. Flugbuch (11/44 to 4/45). Deceased 21 February, 1994 Wachtberg-Perch/Bonn.

67 Steinmann, Wilhelm "Willi"Maj1/15/1912Nürnberg443/KG-53 (39-41), 3/JG-27 (10/42), Stfkpt 1/JG-4 (9/43), Kdr I/JG-4 (8/44), III/EJG-2 (3/45), JV-44He 111, Bf 109G-2 "White 1" in 1/JG-4, Me 262 in EJG-2 (Bär) & JV-44 RK(3/28/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/1/45)
EP(5/1/44)
Rum. Pilot Wg.

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
180 missions as a fighter pilot. 234 total combat missions. 6 bombers, two, were B-24s near Bucharest and Ogregini, on the Ploesti raid, on 1 August, 1943, while in JG-4. He had been sent to Romania as punishment for shooting down his Grp Kdr, Erich Hohagen in June, 1943. His 1st victory was a Typhoon into the Channel on 18 May, 1943, while in 1/JG-27. Downed a B-24 in the Vicenza area, while in 1/JG-4, 28 December, 1943. A P-51 N of Monte Cassino on 21 January, 1944. On 16 February, he scored a double victory over Italy; a Dragonfly and a P-40. A Spitfire XII 8 km NW of Cassino on 14 May, 1944. A P-47 in the Rome area on 24 May, 1944. A P-47 at PfalzerWald on 29 September, 1944. A P-51 NNW of Mirecourt on 2 October, 1944. A double victory on 26 November, 1944; both P-47s, no locations given. A P-47 SW of Bad Kreuznach on 10 December, 1944. A Mosquito at Roetgen on 18 December, 1944. 4 victories in the East. Four victories were achieved in the Me 262, two known, his 43rd & 44th, both P-51s on 18 March, 1945. Last unit was JV-44, April, 1945. Deceased 1 August, 1966 in Ansbach. Photo
68 Thoss, WernerHptm5/11/1919LeipzigKG-4 (7/41), 4/KG-55 (1/42), Stfkpt 4/KG-55 (4/44), KG(J)-55 (10/44)He 111H Werk # 7203 "G1 + DC" in May 42, St Andre, Fr. RK(10/29/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(4/28/43)
EP(10/26/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
On the night of 21/22 June, 1944, Thoss formed part of a force under Obstlt Wilhelm Antrup that raided the Poltava airfield, destroying 47 of the 73 American bombers that had landed there. Altho scheduled for Me 262 training, the unit was disbanded 9 April, 1945 and Thoss served as an infantrymanuntil 1 May, 1945Over 400 combat missions. Deceased 9 May, 2001, Neu Eisenburg bei Frankfurt. Source: Kaiser RK book.
69 Ullrich, AlbertOfw12EJG Süd, 6/JG-77 (11/43)Bf 109, Me 262(4/45)EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a B-24 over northern Italy, 11 November, 1943. His 2nd, a P-38 at Modena Italy on 25 May, 1944. His 3rd, a B-24 N of Rimini on 5 June, 1944. His 4th, a B-24 on 13 June, 1944, no location. His 5th, a B-24 S of Cesana on 22 June, 1944. His 6th, a P-47 in the Ardennes sector on 27 December, 1944. His 7th, an La-5 on 23 March, 1945. An 8th, a Yak-3 (o.Z.) on 24 March, 1945. His 8th & 9th, two Il-2s on 29 March, 1945. His 10th, a Yak-3 on 30 March, 1945. His 11th, a Pe-2 on 31 March, 1945. His 12th, an Il-2 on 3 April, 1945. Flugbuch (7/43 to 4/45). In the Flugbuch, he goes to Me 262s, no unit given.
70 Weihs, Hans Dieter "Hadi"Lt9/4/1918Goldberg, Schlesischen9JG-105, EJG-2, 3/JG-7 (3/45), Stfkpt 3/JG-7 (4/45 replacing Waldmann)Me 262A-1a (lost 3/18/45 coll)EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Collided with Oblt Hans Waldmann (KIFA) 18 March, 1945, surviving the crash. Joined the Luftwaffe in 1936. 8 victories in the Me 262. His 1st known victory, a B-17 on 21 March, 1945. A 2nd, a P-38 in the Neumeister area on 24 March, 1945. A Lancaster and a Catalina on 31 March, 1945. A P-47 and a P-51 S of Bremen on 4 April, 1945. A 7th, a P-38F/5E of 363TRG, flown by a Capt. Austin, on 8 April, 1945. A 9th, a P-51 over Berlin on 9 April, 1945. Magnus Report. Deceased 28 January, 2000.
71 Weissenberger, TheodorMaj12/21/1914Mühlheim Main208 1(Z)/JG-77, 10(Z)/JG-5 (5/42), 6/JG-5 (5/43), Stafkpt 7/JG-5, Kdr II & I/JG-5, Kdr I/JG-7 (11/44), Kdr JG-7 (1/45 - 2/45) Bf 110E-2 Werk # 3769 "LN + BR (force land 4/25/42) in Russia, Bf 109F-4/R1 Werk # 13045 "Yellow 4" (crash-eng dam 10/22/42), Bf 109G-2 Werk # 13912 (cmbt dam-flak 3/28/43), Bf 109G-6 "Blk 4 (2/44 Dorpat), Bf 109G-6/AS "<<+" in I/JG-5, Me 262A-1a Wk# 111002 "Blue 4"(JG-7) RK(11/13/42)-EL(8/2/43)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(9/6/42)
EP(5/28/42)

EK 1 & 2
Gldr Bdg
Ftr Oper.Clasp w/Pend
7 Bombers. His 14th & 15th victories, both MiG-3s over the western bank of the Riza on 10 May, 1942. This same day, he downed another Hurricane NW of the Liza Bight, and a Hurricane and a MiG-3 near the Ura Bight, his 16th thru 18th victories. An Ofw at the time, in 10(Z)/JG-5. Two Soviet P-40s on 11 May, 1943, now a Lt.. 5 victories on 13 October, 1943. On 25 July, 1944, he downed his 199th & 200th victories, both Spitfires, southeast of Rouen, France. Nos 202 to 204, 3 B-17s near Potsdam on 18 March, 1945. His 1st victory was 10/24/41. 175 of his victories were in the East. 25 victories over the Normandy front. Five victories on 7 June, 1944; all five P-47s one at Breteuil, and two SW of Montdidier, and two in the Beauvais area. A triple victory, all 3 P-47s on 12 June, 1944, one at Vernon, one at Gasny and one at Gisors. A double victory on 7 July, 1944; both P-47s at Rosieres-Santerre. He flew in excess of 500 combat missions. 8 victories while flying the Me 262. His last victory, a B-17 S of Bremen on 4 April, 1945 as Kdr JG-7. Germanys 7th ranked fighter Ace. Nominated for Swords. Killed in an automobile race in Nürburgring on 10 June, 1950. Photo. The Given name, Karl, also associated with Weissenberger. Alternate spelling: Weissenberg.

72 Welter, KurtMaj2/25/1916Köln - Lindenthal63Flt Instr to 43, 3/JG-301(9/43), 5/JG-302(1/44), Stab/JG-302, 1/NJG-10, 5(N)/JG-300(7/44), 10/JG-300(9/44), Stfkpt 10/NJG-11 (12/44, Stamps repl), NJ Kdo 262Bf 110C, Ju 88C-6, Fw 190A-5/U1 Wk# 150145, Fw 190A-6, Me 262A-1a & B, Me 262B-1a/U1 Werk# 110635 "Red 10" (5/45) RK(10/18/44)-EL(3/9/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(5/10/44)
EP(3/20/44)

EK 1 & 2
Day & Night Fighter Oper.Clasps
Achieved 33 victories in only 40 combat missions, 25 with the Me 262, the highest of all 262 pilots!. 51 Night victories. 21 bombers. 7 Mosquitoes. One known double victory on 22 September, 1943; both B-24s, at Hannover. He downed 4 Lancasters in the Königsberg area on the night of 30 August, 1944. Two mosquitos in the Berlin area on 16 September, 1944. A Mosquito N of Wittenberg on 18 September, 1944. A Mosquito over Berlin on 6 October, 1944. A Mosquito N of Berlin on 28 October, 1944. In December 1944, he organized NJ Kdo262 (the only Night Fighter unit to fly the 262) and scored 20 victories in the Berlin area. His 39th victory, a Mosquito of RAF No. 139 Sq., piloted by F/Lt Howard, on 2 January, 1945. On the night of March 30, 1945, Welter scored the largest individual victory against the fast Mosquito bomber, by shooting down four of RAF No. 692 Sq., one flown by F/Sgt Camprey. He was the highest individual scorer in the "Wilde Sau" units. Flew "Red 10" in Burg, Germany, April, 1945. Some controvery over his Mosquito claims. Died in an auto/train accident 7 March, 1949 at Leck. The JG-300 units most likely belong to Ofw Kurt Welter, next record (most likely my error).
73 Wever, WaltherOblt1/16/1923München443/JG-51 (6/43), Stafkpt 3/JG-51 (6/44), 7/JG-7Bf 109G-5 "Yellow 4", Fw 190A, Bf 109G-6 Wk# 410413 "Brown 4" (7/10/44), Me 262 in JG-7 RK(1/28/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/20/44)
EP(3/20/44)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
1 Bomber. Killed 10 April 1945; sd by Allied fighters, crashed near Neuruppin in his Me 262, and died of his injuries. WIA 10 July, 1944; his "Brown 4" brought down by ground fire. He was the son of the Luft. 1st Chief of Staff, Gen. Wever (KIC 6/3/1936). Exact number of victories is unknown, but at least 44, including 1 U.S. bomber. (Bowers, 60 victories. 250 combat missions. His first known victory, a Soviet Boston III on 19 June, 1943. An Il-2 (m.H.) on 1 August, 1943. Two Il-2s (m.H.) on 2 August, 1943. An Il-2 and a Boston III on 3 August, 1943. An Il-2 (m.H.) on 14 August, 1943. A LaGG-3 on 20 August, 1943. Two Il-2s (m.H.) near Yelnya on 30 August, 1943. Three Il-2s (m.H.) on 5 September, 1943. An Il-2 (m.H.) and a MiG-3 NE of Dukhovshchina on 14 September, 1943. Two Il-2s (m.H.) at Poltava on 30 September, 1943. An Il-2 (m.H.) at Orscha on 30 October, 1943. A Yak-9 NE of Shlobin on 30 November, 1943. An Il-2 (m.H.) and a Yak-9 on 15 December, 1943. Two Il-2s on 6 January, 1944. Three Il-2s on 14 January, 1944. A LaGG-5, an Il-2, a Yak-7 and two Pe-2s on 29 March, 1944. A P-51 on 21 June, 1944.
74 Wohnert, UlrichLtJG-7 (4/45 Ruzyne FP) Me 262 Werk # Unk (lost 4/18/45) Fighter Operational Clasp This ac reported sd 18 April, 1945 by pilots of 357FG, Majors Leonard "Kit" Carson & Donald H.Bochkay. The Me 262 crashed at Trnova, CZ.. (F.Braun). The pilot escaped injury by bailing and he may be Lt Ulrich "Seppl" Wohnert, pressed into service near the end of the war.
75 Zingler, RudolfLt1I/JG-7 (4/45)Me 262
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Lancaster on 9 April, 1945.
76 Zirzow, Wolf DieterLt9/2/1924I/KG(J)-6, 9/KG(J)-6 (4/45) Me 262, Bf 109G-14 "White 4" (lost 4/20/45) Fighter Operational Clasp KIA 20 April, 1945; sd by Russian fighters at Prag-Hostivar, Cz. Jager Blatt article.

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