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1 Schirra, Helmuth Heinrich?Uffz64/JG-3 (6/43 S.U.)Bf 109G-4 Werk # 14999 "White 7 + -" (lost 7/19/43)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 19 July, 1943 believed due to flak at Map Quadrant Pl.Qu. 88239. His first known victory, a Yak-1 on 23 June, 1943. A 2nd, an Il-2 on 5 July, 1943. A 3rd, an Il-2 on 6 July, 1943. A 4th, an Il-2(m.H.) on 7 July, 1943. A 5th, a Yak-1 on 9 July, 1943. A 6th, a Yak-1 on 12 July, 1943. Magnus, 8 victories.
2 Altinger, J.Uffz4/KGr.z.b.V-12 (Störmede) Ju 52/3m Werk # unk (lost 5/10/40) Transport Operational Clasp His ac reported lost 10 May, 1940 at Ockenburg, cause and pilot and crew disposition unknown (Netherland Loss Registry). Added: Pilot, Uffz Altinger returned to his unit. The target on this date was the Ockenburg airfield. The Ju 52 was sd by AA fire, and crashed on the airfield. Remaining crew (KIA, bur Ysselsteyn): Uffz Helmuth Fösig (geb 6/8/1918, bur BH-3-53), pos unk and Uffz Heinrich Fritsch (geb 4/7/1915, bur BK-1-1), pos unk (Find-A-Grave by Fred).
3 Arnim, Karl Hasso vonFw8/14/19163/Kü.Fl.Gr-906BV 138C-1 Werk # 2003 "8L + EL" (lost) Air-Sea Rescue Operational Clasp KIC 15 May, 1942; crashed into the sea after takeoff at List at Sylt on a non-operational transfer flight to Tromsö, cause unknown. Remaining crew: Oblt.z.See Helmuth Bogumil, Observer [KIC, bur as "unknown" in the German War Cem. in Bartossen (Bartosze Poland)]; Fw Werner Geisser, R/O (WIC); Uffz Gerhard Schreck, Gunner (WIC) and Ofw Hans Eckstein, Mech (KIC). Source: SIG Norway. Added: Also onboard, three military passengers, all injured. Uffz Karl Klein, Uffz Adolf Selzner and Ogefr Hermann Voss (D.Drury).
4 Beinhardt, RudolfLt5/20/1923Tulln6/KG-1He 177A-3 (lost 5/16/44)Bomber Operational ClaspKIFA 15 June, 1944; two AC collided as a result of a propeller gust. The other AC was He 117A-3 Wk# 332146, piloted by Uffz Helmuth Bober (KIFA). Remaining crew (KIFA): Uffz Hermann Lobitz, geb 2/23/1921, Obs; Uffz Paul Nitschke, geb 2/9/1920, R/O; Ogefr Richard Ganster, geb 3/8/1922, Gunner and Ogefr Stephan Mayer, geb 12/14/1922, Gunner. Source: B. Bines.
5 Bober, HelmuthUffz9/5/1922Neuköln, Berlin5/KG-1He 177A-3 Werk # 332146 (lost 6/15/44)Bomber Operational ClaspKIFA 15 June, 1944; two aircraft collided as a result of propeller gust. The other AC was flown by Lt Rudolf Beinhardt, however there was no AC identification data on the crash report. Reamining crew: Uffz Hans Tretscher, geb 9/28. 1920 (KIFA), Obs; Ogefr Karl H. Stellmacher, geb 3/22/1922, KIFA, R/O; Fw Emeran Trauenecker, geb 11/20 1914, (WIFA), Wart; Ogefr Günter Plasczymonka, geb 10/23/1919, (WIFA), Gunner and Gefr Heinz Siegemund, geb 9/9/1924, (KIFA), Gunner. Source: B.Bines.
6 Bode, HelmuthMaj10/15/1907Metz, LothringenRecon pilot 2/506, 1(St)/TrGr-186, Kdr II/JG-54(former I/JG-76), Kdr III/StG-77(8/40 Caen)Ju 87B-2 "S2+AD" & "S2 + AC"
RK(10/10/41)

EK 1 & 2
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp w/"300" hanger
300+ support and anti-shipping missions. Destroyed 46000 tons and damaged 86000 Tons of shipping including the sinking of one destroyer off Balaklava. Was the leader of the "Trial Command" of the carrier "Graf Zepplin". Channel pilot. In 1945, he was the liason officer with the Hungarian Army, and subsequently with German Heeresgruppe E.
(Added by Pietrzak Youngs)
Bode's flying career began when he joined the German Air Transport School, a covert military-training organization, operating as a flying school in Germany. Bode rapidly rose to become a flight instructor there. Bode joined the Luftwaffe in 1936 as reservist, and became First Lieutenant (Oberleutnant) on June 1938. He showed a strong natural ability as a pilot. Bode was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of III./StG 77 on May 1940. After various assignments in France, Britain, Balkans and on the Eastern front. Bode was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on October 10, 1941, and in 1942 was given command of the Stuka group training to be used on the (never completed) German aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin. From here he moved to training and liaison with the Bulgarian Army. He survived the war, joined the Bundeswehr in 1955, and became a colonel in the West German Air Force, dying in 1985.

Bode's Ju87B-2 'Berta' Sevastapol Eastern Front June 1942


7 Boos, JohannOfw8/1/1915Ney1(H)/14 (4/39), 8/KG-55 (12/39), 9/KG-55 (2/41), 14(Eis)/KG-55 (2/43)He 111H-16 Werk # 8529 "G1 + AY" (lost 5/16/43)
RK(10/9/43 Post.)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(7/10/42)
EP(9/19/41)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
POW 16 May, 1943, on his 416th combat mission in the East hit by Soviet flak. Remaining crew (POW): Ofw Helmuth Wagner, Obs; Ofw Gustav Samorski, R/O; Uffz Eberhard Rode, Flt Engr and Uffz Kurt Rothert Gnr.. They headed for German lines after force landing, but after three days, they were captured by Soviet troops. He was the last pilot to escape from the besieged Stalingrad Pocket after flying a supply mission, and evacuating casualties on the way out. Released 2 June, 1948. Deceased 20 December, 2003, Kratzenburg.
8 Brixel, HelmuthFhjUffz9/JG-54Bf 109E-1 Werk# 6071 "Yellow ?" (lost 10/24/40)Fighter Operational ClaspKIC 24 October, 1940; a takeoff accident near Bergen N.H.
9 Bruno,LtFl.Erg.Gr. (See) Kopenhagen (Oresund)Bv 138C Werk # 1008 "6H + NH" (lost)Wound Badge
Air Sea Rescue Operational Clasp
WIA 8 February, 1943 when three minutes after takeoff from Kobenhavn Sea, he lost height , crashed and burned. Their mission was to fly escort for 27 U-Boat Flotilla. Remaining crew: Lt Walter Link, R/O (WIA); Uffz Herbert Vogel, Mech (WIA) and Oblt zur See Helmuth Giebfried, Observer (KIA) and buried in the Kobenhavn Vestre Cemetery. Source: Air War over Denmark.
10 Burkert, HelmuthObltI/KG-30Ju 88A-5 Werk # 3468 "4D + BL" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 9 August, 1941 during an operational flight by Warlamowo, no further detail. Remaining crew (all MIA): Uffz Werner Molkenthien, Observer; Gefr Arnold Bissinger, R/O and Uffz Karl Franz, Gunner. Source: SIG Norway.
11 Cordt, Hans HelmuthLt4/JG-26Fw 190D-9 Werk # 400605 "Blue 16" (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 23 January, 1945 during aerial combat with a Spitfire XIV of RAF No. 41 Sq. near Leeden-Tecklenburg.
12 Cranach, Wichard Joachim Lukas von HptmStab/NAGr-8 (Bardufoss)Ju 87D-5 Werk # 140796 "6J + FL" (lost 1/27/44)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 27 January, 1944; crashed after takeoff from the Bardufoss airfield, no cause reported. Remaining crew (KIC): Uffz Erich Böker, R/O and Uffz Helmuth Janczyk, Mech (Flyvrak Norway).
13 Danders, HelmuthUffz2(F)/123 (Med)Ju 88D-1 Trop Werk # 430960 "4U + _K" (lost 8/31/43)Observer Operational ClaspMIA with his Observer Lt Gerhard Wenzke and two other unnamed crew at Cypern 31 August, 1943, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List).
14 Deichelbohrer, HelmuthOfw10/2/1917Todtnau7/TGr (4/43), Erpro.St.-Rechlin (7/43), 2/KG-200 (12/44), NJG-5Ju 52, Ar 232A-07 Werk # 0100009 "TC + ED" (7/43), Ar 232A-06 Werk # 0100008 "L5 + BR" in 7 Staffel, later Werk # 0100008 "G6 + VY" in KG-200 (12/44)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/15/43)

EK 1 & 2
Transport Operational Clasp
Crashed "TC + ED" while making a forced landing at Heinde on 23 July, 1943. Crashed "G6 + VY" at Jesau on 14 December, 1944, killing gunner Uffz Eugen Geiser of 14/TG-4. He then transferred to NJG-5 as Night Fighter. DK-G Awards List, LOCS & H.D.Zemke.
15 Dörffel, GüntherMajKdr II/KG-3 (10/42), Kdr II/KG-1 (7/43)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 6715 (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 6 July, 1943, when his Ju 88 crashed at Lochhausen, killing the entire crew. Remaining crew: Gefr Helmuth Hüderpohl, Obs; Ofw Emil Schrader, R/O and Uffz Heinz Hoffmann, Mechanic.
16 Eckert, HelmuthFw5/KG-1 (S.U.)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 3773 "V4 + IN" (lost 5/6/43)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew 6 May, 1943, cause unknown, location not reported (Ju 88 Loss List).
17 Emmerich, OttoLt9/10/19091/KuFl.Gr-406 (catapult vessel "Friesenland", off Brest)Do 26V-5 Werk # 0795 "P5 + EH" (lost 11/16/40) Air-Sea Rescue Operational Clasp KIC 16 November, 1940 near Cosel, Brittany, France; buried in the German War Cem., Ploudaniel-Lesneven, Block 1 Row2 Gr 49. Source: A. Rosseels. Added: The ac was assigned to Sonderstaffel Transozean (Trans-Ocean Special Staffel), code "K6". The cause of the crash believed to be an engine malfunction, killing the crew as it impacted the water. Remaining crew (bur Ploudaniel-Lesneven): Oblt.z.S. Helmuth Groos, Obs (bur 5/9/236); Fw Erich Gruber, R/O 1 (bur 1/1/20); StbsFw Christian Graf, R/O 2 (MIA, no burial loc); Fw Heinz Hingst, Flt Engr 1 (bur 1/2/50) and Fw Heinz Rautenberg, Flt Engr 2 (bur 1/1/18)
18 Fegendorf, HelmuthGefrI/JG-27 (Channel)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 19878 (lost 6/12/43)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 12 June, 1943 during aerial combat near Rouen.
19 Feldmann, HelmuthOfwFl.Erg.Gr. (See) KampBv 138C Werk # 0114 (lost)Wound Badge
Air Sea Rescue Operational Clasp
WIA 21 July, 1942 when he suffered engine failure on an operational flight, and made an emergency landing in the Oresund, near Kobenhavn, injuring the entire crew. All were rescued. Remaining crew: Lt Helmuth Mruck, Obs; Fw Willi Eck, R/O; Uffz Otto Beldner, Mech; and Ogefr Josef Leirich, Gunner. Source: Air War over Denmark.
20 Förster, HelmuthObst4/19/1889Kdr KG-253 (37), numerous staff positionsDo 23 & Ju 86RK, EK 1 w/"1939" ClaspGeneral der Fleiger in May, 1942. May not have been a pilot, no badge showing in 1942 photo. Deceased 7 April, 1965.
21 Fuchsloch, HelmuthObltI/KG-30Ju 88A-5 Werk # 0590 "4D + DK" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 27 August, 1941 during a mission near the Murmansk railway. Remaining crew (all MIA): Uffz Willi Weimer, Observer; Gefr Friedrich Haumann, R/O and Uffz Gustan Gaugusch, Gunner. Source: SIG Norway.
22 Geinitz, HelmuthFw12/JG-2Bf 109E EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a LeO-451 southwest of Amiens, 31 May, 1940.
23 Grossgarts, PeterOfw1/Kü.Fl.Gr. 506 (10/39 List), 1/Ku.Fl.Gr.-906 (2/42 Brest-Poulmic)He 115B Werk # 1876 (Floatplane Lost 10/39), He 115C Werk # 3243 "8L + DH" (dam 2/10/42)Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp
Injured 10 February, 1942 when he made a force landing at Brest Süd due to fog. Remaining crew: Ofhr Roland Grimm, Obs (KIC; buried Ger.War Cem. Ploudaniel-Lesneven Fr, Blk 9, Row 2, Gr 35) and Uffz Herbert Schneider, R/O (Inj). Shot down 21 October, 1939 by Hurricanes of RAF No. 46 Sq., crashing into the North Sea. Navigator Lt Gottfried A.A. Lenz was wounded in the hand and lower leg by gunfire. Both crewmen were able to exit the AC and were picked up by the Danish steamship "Dagmar Clausen". On 25 October they were turned over to Danish authorities at Korsor, and permitted to return to Germany on 30 October, 1939. Source: Air War over Denmark. Added: Although unconfirmed, the third crewman may have been a Helmuth Becker, R/O, who perished (Luftwaffe-zur-See.de via D.Drury). Alternate spelling: Grossgart.
24 Haakh, HelmuthLt7/KG-30 (Channel)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 1436 "4D + MR" (lost 10/28/41)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 28/29 October, 1941 when he was shot down en-route to mine-laying operations in the Severn Estuary. He was the victim of F/Lt Selway in a Beaufighter of RAF No.604 Sq. The AC exploded in the air and crashed Clayhill Farm, Wembdon, Bridgwater, Somerset at 21:12 hours. Two UX Parachute Mines had fallen at Clayhill Farm at 21:07 hours. Remaining crew: Ofw Walter Lehnhoff, Observer (POW); Gefr Bernhard Unruh, R/O (POW) and Gefr Hubert Mayer, Mech (KIA; geb 11/19/1919, bur CC 8/2/47 per D.Drury). Source: Bristol Past, John Penny.
25 Hahn, HansLt2/21/1919Rheydt133/NJG-2 (9/40; 7/41 Gilze-Rijen)Bf 110C-2, Ju 88C-2 Werk # 0764 (20% dam takeoff acc, pilot injured), Ju 88C-4 Werk # 0851 (or 0351) "R4 + NL" (lost at Barrow by Village, Grantham, Lincolnshire,10/11/41)
RK(7/9/41)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
The first Night Fighter to win the Ritter Kreuz. Most successful Night Fighter pilot until his death, 11-12 October, 1941, when he collided with a British Airspeed Oxford AB767 over Grantham England. Buried Cannock Chase, Block 3/10/306 (Rosseels). 12 victories were Night victories. On five occasions, he returned to his base at Gilze-Rijen on one engine. Once he returned with a balloon cable wrapped around his wing in his C-4. His first known victory, a Wellington near Linton-on-Ouse on the night of 24-25 October, 1940. His 2nd, a Whitley on the East Anglia coast, 50 km east of Withernsea, the night of 2-3 January, 1941. His 3rd, a Hudson at Leeming on the night of 12-13 March, 1941. His 4th, a Blenheim over England on the night of 13-14 March, 1941. His 5th, a Hampden at Upwood, 8 April, 1941. His 6th, a Wellington at Wellingore on 8 April, 1941. His 7th, a Hampden SE of Waddington the night of 16-17 April, 1941. His 8th, a Herford at Digby on 21 April, 1941. His 9th, a Fulmar at Stoke Holy Cross on 3-4 May, 1941. His 10th, a Blenheim at Feltwell, 5 May, 1941. Both this Hans Hahn and Hans von Hahn received the RK the same day according to Obermaiers book. Added: Known crewman, Uffz Helmuth Scheidt, KIA, bur CC, Blk 1, Gr 305 (Luftwaffe Graves UK).

26 Hauser, HelmuthMaj2/24/1916Berlin62/KG-51 (6/40), Stfkpt 5/KG-51 (5/42)He 111 & Ju 88A
RK(12/23/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
Staff assignments after July, 1943. 20 AC destroyed on the ground , plus numerous other ground victories. The crewwas credited with 6 aerial victories. Deceased 5 September, 2004, Munich.
27 Heidemann, HelmuthFw8/1/19207/JG-51Fw 190A-8 (lost 6/17/44)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 17 June, 1944 during aerial combat with 20 P-51s of 354FG in the Alencon area with two other comrades, Zechner and Henschel. Buried Mont de Huisnes France, Grave 47, Room 162. Also, killed in this crash, Uffz Herbert Redlich, his mechanic! They were most likely relocating to another airfield after a heavy bombing attack the same day. He was buried next to Heidemann Room 163. Alternate spelling: Hedemann.
28 Heidenreich, FritzObltStfkpt 1(F)/120 (Stavanger-Sola & North Sea)Ju 88A-5 Werk # 0391 (95% dam 4/29/41), Ju 88D-1 Werk # 1067 "A6 + HH", Ju 188F-1 Werk # 280216 "A6 + RH" (lost 5/30/44) RK(6/3/41)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Observer Operational Clasp
MIA with unnamed crew at Scapa Flow? 30 May, 1944, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List). WIA with two other unnamed crew 29 April, 1941 near the Sola airfield due to enemy fire (Ju 88 Loss List). Served as Observer for Hptm Helmuth Orlowski in Wk# 1067 (Ju 88 Loss List). KIA April, 1944 in Norway.
29 Heiner, HelmuthLt1/Kü.Fl.Gr.-106 (Channel?)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 0717 "M2 + KH" (lost 6/17/42)Observer Operational ClaspKIA with unnamed crew 17 June, 1942, cause unknown, location not reported (Ju 88 Loss List).
30 Hoffmann, HelmuthLG-1 (9/41 to 10/42)Bf 109FFighter Operational ClaspServed in Africa. Flugbuch.
31 Jacob, EduardHptm9/24/1911Soest211/KG-30 ('41), Stfkpt 3/NJG-2 (10/43), 2/NJG-6 (1/45 Hailfingen)Ju 88C-6 Werk # 720095 (lost 1/22/44), Ju 88G-6 Werk # 620403 "2Z + EK" (lost 1/3/45)RK

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
His G-6 was reported sd near Oppenheim on the night of 2/3 January, 1945. Three of the crew , including the pilot bailed safely, the R/O was killed. Remaining crew: Fw Karl Vogelhauer (or Vogelhuber), Obs (bail); Uffz Günter Ferth, R/O (KIA) and Ogefr Helmuth Pieper, Gnr (bail). Injured when his Ju 88C-6 crashed at the Deelen Holland airfield on 21/22 January, 1944, cause unknown (DeSwart). One known victory, a B-17 NE of Mergentheim on 14 October, 1943. A 2nd, a Halifax 2 km S of Harzburg on 22 October, 1943. His victories may be as high as 4 (Boiten). Deceased 27 September, 1995
32 Kahle, HelmuthLt10/31/1915Falkenstein Vogtland3/KG-100 (8/41), 3/KG-4 (10/43)He 111H-6 Werk # 8549 "6N + BK" (dam by AA fire 9/29/43)
RK(6/9/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(11/23/42) EP(8/16/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge (9/29/43)
Bomber Operational Clasp w/Pendant
An Observer, he flew 526 combat missions. WIA 9/29/43 by AA fire in the Pokasnoy area. Deceased 24 November, 1978, Nidda.
33 Karstodt, HelmuthOfw18/JG-54 (7/41 S.U.)Bf 109F EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His first known Soviet victory, a DB-3 on 11 July, 1941.
34 Kiess, HelmuthFw6/TG-5Ju 52
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(12/12/43)

EK 1 & 2
Transport Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
35 Klein, RichardUffz6/KG-4He 111P-4 Werk # 3078 "5J + JP" (lost 9/7/40)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 7 September, 1940 when his ac was sd by AA fire over the Thames. The ac crashed into the river, but the exact location is in question, however, it was probably off the Isle of Grain, Kent. Remaining crew: Oblt Walter Klotz, Obs (KIA); Uffz Wilhelm Wolf, R/O (KIA); Uffz Andreas Knoll, Flt Engr (MIA) and Gefr Helmuth Beckmann (or Backmann), Gnr (POW). The two deceased buried CC, Block 1: Oblt Klotz, Row 12, Gr 460; Uffz Wolf, Row 7, Gr 266 (D.Drury).
36 Klempin, PaulFw1/7/19128/KG-30 (Channel)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 3416 "4D + GS" (lost 11/23/41)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 23 November, 1941; shot down over Plymouth England by a Beaufighter MK IIF "EW-O" of RAF No. 307 Sq., piloted by P/O Dziegielewski & P/O Swierz. The JU 88 crashed and disintegrated at the Porsham Farm, Tamerton Foliot, near Plymouth, Devon. One unnamed crewman was reported as killed, although British records suggest all four bailed safely as no burial details have been found. Remaining crew (POW): Uffz Willi Nolte (geb 4/16/1914 & slighly wounded), Observer; Gefr Johann Schneider (geb 7/10/1918 & seriously wounded), R/O and Gefr Helmuth Quehl (geb 7/18/1920), Gunner. Source: Peter Russell who is licensed to excavate in 2010.
37 Klinker, HelmuthLt3Stab/JG-77 (8/43), 1/JG-77 (5/44 Italy), 3/JG-77 (9/44 Italy)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 162483 "White 14" (dam 5/25/44), Bf 109G-14 Werk # 460383 "Yellow 9" (lost 9/28/44)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 28 September, 1944 during aerial combat; his G-14 crashed at Heijen Holland (DeSwart & Bf 109 Loss List). WIA 25 May, 1944 during aerial combat with a B-24 and a P-38 10km south of Grosseto (Bf 109 Loss List). One known victory, his 1st, a P-38 over southern Italy, 30 August, 1943. His 2nd, a B-17 on 31 January, 1944. His 3rd, a P-51 on 18 September, 1944, no location given.
38 Knuth, HelmuthOfwIII/KG-40Fw 200C-4 Werk # 0143 "F8 + KS" (lost 11/18/42)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 18 November, 1942 while serving as Co-pilot for Ofw Paul Zibell. Their ac crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, 40 miles from Barcelona, Spain, believed sd by fighters. See pilot Ofw Zibell for further detail (D.Drury).
39 Krenn, Ignaz (Ignatz?)ObltStab I/KG-55He 111P Werk # unk "G1 + BB" (lost 8/26/40)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 26 August, 1940; sd while on a mission to attack Portsmouth. Attacked by Hurricanes of No.43 Sq, piloted by S/L John Badger & Sgt HerbertHallowes and others, The ac crashed at Wick, just north of Littlehampton, Sussex. Remaining crew (POW): Uffz Helmuth Morrack, Obs (WIA); Uffz Hans Degen, R/O; Uffz Willi Schneiders, Flt Engr (WIA and Fw Alois Schreck, Gnr (WIA) (D.Drury).)
40 Kreuzhold, GerhardOfw1(F)/122 (Channel)Ju 88D-1 Werk # 430263 (90% dam 7/5/43)Observer Operational ClaspKIC with his Observer Oblt Helmuth Spatz when their ac crashed and burned at the Villacoublay South airfield 5 July, 1943 due to a servicing fault, no mention of the remaining two crew (Ju 88 Loss List).
41 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 (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).
42 Kuhlke, HelmuthFhr3/JG-101, 2/JGr-OstBf 109E-7 Werk # 3768 "Black 17" (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspKilled in a collision with another E-1, Werk # 6381, S of Verinnes, by Rochelle. Jager Blatt 1/1999 & 4/2001.
43 Lange, HelmuthFhjOfw321/JG-51 (2/43 S.U.), 2/JG-51 (5/44), 1/JG-51 (10/44)Bf 109G
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet Pe-2 on 23 February, 1943. A 2nd, an Il-2 on 24 February, 1943. A 3rd, an R-5 on 22 March, 1943. A 4th, a Yak-9 on 23 December, 1943. A 5th, a U-2 on 1 May, 1944. A 6th, a Pe-2 on 7 June, 1944. A 7th, an Il-2 (m.H.) on 16 August, 1944. An 8th, a Pe-2 on 13 October, 1944. Magnus Report.
44 Leubner, HelmuthFw2(H)/23Hs 126B-1
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(6/4/43)
EP(11/2/42)

EK 1 & 2
Observer Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List. EP date found on goblet online; DK-G date noted in EP description as 8/2/43.
45 Loos, HelmuthLt3/16/1919Neuendorf9/KG-26 (Le Bourget)He 111H-5 Werk # 3626 "1H + AT" (lost 5/3/41)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 3 May, 1941 when his ac was sd by a Beaufighter, possibly of No.219 Sq., and crashed at Arundel, Sussex. Remaining crew: Fw Raphael Leksha, Obs (KIA); Uffz Alfred Hublein, R/O 1 (WIA/POW); Uffz Ernst Gerlach, R/O 2 (POW) and Ogefr Herbert Dieterle (KIA). Lt Loos buried at Littlehampton Cem., West Sussex, Sec D, Gr 4420. Fw Leksha buried CC/4/8/104 and Ogefr Dieterle buried CC/4/18/250 (D.Drury).
46 Matern, Karl HeinrichHptm2/19/1919Althof, Ostpreussen12 Stab II/ZG-1 (10/42 S.U.), III/ZG-76, II/SKG-210, Kdr II/ZG-1 (8/43) Bf 110C, Bf 110G-2 Werk # 120010 (or 130010) "S9 + RP" of 6/ZG-1 (lost 10/8/43) RK(10/9/43 Post.)

EK 1 & 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
MIA 8 October, 1943 in Werk # 120010 off Ushant, west of Brest; shot down by Spitfires of RAF No. 453 Squadron. Both crew MIA. In the Spring of 43, he took the Sq. to Brest from where difficult missions were flown over the Atlantic and the Bay of Biscay. He was also credited with 12 Tanks destroyed. All his aerial victories were over Russia. His first known Soviet victory, two MiG-3s on 30 October, 1942. A MiG-3 on 31 October, 1942. A MiG-3 on 1 November, 1942. An I-16 Rata on 5 November, 1942. An La-5 on 18 December, 1942. His plane was painted like a real fancy/colorful bug! Added: Their ac crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. His R/O was Ofw Helmuth Bitterling, also MIA (D.Drury).
47 Mayer, WilhelmUffz5/1/1918Ganacker6/KG-30, Transportstaffel Fliegerführer-Nord (6/41)Ju 52/3m Werk # 6462 "P4 + ??" (lost 6/27/41)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 27 June, 1941 when this 6/KG-30 bomber crew, flying an AC from Transport Staffel Fl.Führer, flew into a mountainside near Trondheim, killing three of the crew and three KG-30 passengers. Remaining crew: Uffz Josef Metz, R/O; Ogefr Hans Ruf, Mech and Ogefr Eugen Ruoff, Gunner (survived the crash). Passengers: Fw Friedrich Knolle, a KG-30 pilot; Uffz Horst Müller, Observer (of 2/KG-30); StFw Max Hengst, a R/O and Gefr Kurt Berger, a Gunner (DOW 6/30/41). Source: SIG Norway. Added: Five additional passengers were KIC, (all deceased buried in the War Cem., Trondheim-Havstein): Lt Kurt (aka Helmuth) Neumann, bur Row 26 Gr 36; Uffz Wilhelm Volkmer, bur Row 19, Gr 31; Reg Insp Erich Fritz Heinrich Engel, bur Row 30, Gr 30; Reg Insp Walter Hundt, bur Row 14. Gr 35 and a Karl Heinke, no known grave. KG-30 Crew & Passenger burials as follows: Uffz Mayer, Row 24, Gr 39; Uffz Metz, Row 29, Gr 35; Ogefr Ruf, Row 19, Gr 30; StbFw Hengst, Row 15, Gr 31; Fw Knolle, Row 15, Gr 31 and Gefr Berger, Row 21, Gr 31 (D.Drury).
48 Michael, HerbertUffz10/KG-30 (Aalborg West)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 2093 "4D + GU (lost 3/28/44)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 28 March, 1944 during a formation flight practice, when he collided with another Ju 88, "4D + NU" between Langa and Jebjerg Denmark. Both fell to the ground. Remaining crew: Ogefr Franz Geschwendter, Obs (KIC); Helmuth Lindner, R/O (KIC) and an unnamed Mechanic who survived by bailing. Those who perished were buried in the Frederikshavn Cemetery on 1 April, 1944. Source: Air War over Denmark.
49 Mueller, HeinzOfw2/KG-27He 111H-5 Werk # 4018 "1G + FK" (lost 4/9/41)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/21/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
POW 9 April, 1941; Shot down during the night over Coventry by a Hurricane of No.151 Sq., piloted by P/O Richard P. Stevens (DFC). The engine and mid section were on fire and the AC crashed and exploded on the Little Hill Farm,Wellesbourne, Warwickshire. Remaining crew: Oblt Hans Friedrich Müller, Observer (KIA); Uffz Georg Schaefer, R/O (POW); Fw Helmuth Müller, Gunner (POW) and Sonderführer Wulf Dieter Georg Müller, War Reporter (KIA). Alternate spelling: Müller (on DK-G Award List). Added: The two deceased are buried at CC, Blk 3, Row 3; Obs, Oblt Hans Müller, Gr 70 and War Reporter, Wulf Müller, Gr 69 (D.Drury).
50 Mütschele, UffzII/NJG-1Bf 110D Werk # 3136 (50% dam 9/11/40)Night Fighter Operational ClaspHis Wk# 3136 reported damaged when he crash landed at Ingelstadt on 11 September, 1940 due to combat damage, crew OK. Bf 110 Loss List. This may be the same person as Helmuth Mütschele, next record.
51 Mütschele, HelmuthUffz11/ZG-76Bf 110C "M8 + FH" (lost) EK 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
POW 9 April, 1940 shortly after downing his first known victory. He was shot down in the Oslo area. Remaining crew: Ogefr Karl Lorey, R/O (POW). Source: SIG Norway. One known victory, a Gladiator over the Oslo Fjord, 9 April, 1940.
52 Nolte, HelmuthFw78/JG-51 (5/43 S.U.)Fw 190A-5 Werk # 5557 (lost 6/17/43)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 17 June, 1943; shot down by his own flak southeast of Orel. His first known victory, a MiG-3 and an Il-2 on 7 May, 1943. A 3rd, a LaGG-3 on 1 June, 1943. A 4th, a LaGG-3 on 6 June, 1943. An Il-4, a LaGG-3 and a Yak-1 on 8 June, 1943.
53 Nolte, HelmuthFhr11/JG-4Bf 109G-10 Werk # 490142 "Yellow 14" (lost 12/8/44)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 8 December, 1944 during aerial combat at Rippendorf (JG-4 List).
54 Nolte, HelmuthUffz4/LG-1 (Schleswig)He 111H-3 "L1 + KM" (lost 4/25/40)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 25 April, 1940; on his second mission to Norway, to attack shipping, he was sd by Gladiators of No. 263 Sq.. On of his engines caught fire and he made a force landing in the Rauma River at Fiva. Remaining crew: Gefr Herbert Schmidt, Obs (POW); Uffz Hans Schräder, R/O (KIA) and Uffz Harry Frerichs, Gnr (POW). Uffz Schräder buried in the Havstein Cem., Trondheim (Flyvrak Norway).
55 Öhler, HelmuthUffzErg/StG-3 (Med)Ju 87D-3 Werk # 2697 (lost 11/17/42)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 17 November, 1942 when he crashed into the ground at San Severo during a non-combat flight, cause not reported. His unnamed R/O was injured. Ju 87 Loss List
56 Ölze, HelmuthOblt1/KG-30 (Med)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 550284 "4D + BH" (lost 8/12/43)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew at Ventini 12 August, 1943, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List).
57 Orlowski, HelmuthMaj8/7/19141(F)/120, Kdr Aufkl.Gr.(F)/122 (3/43-11/43 Italy)Ju 88A, Ju 88D-1 Werk # 1067 "A6 + HH" in 1(F)/120 in Norway, Ju 88D-1 Werk # 430593 "4U + UH" (lost 11/8/43 & on loan from 1(F)/123) RK(9/19/43)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(5/27/42)

EK 1 & 2
Observer Operational Clasp
KIA 8 November, 1943 after being shot down by a P-40 piloted by 1st Lt Clarence Musgrave of 65FS, 57FG one mile off Pescara, Italy. Remaining crew (KIA): Hptm Karl Heinz Hilbig, Observer and Ofw Albert Kelbsch, R/O. His Observer in 1(F)/120 was RK Holder Oblt Fritz Heidenreich (Ju 88 Loss List).
58 Pfisterer, EmilHptmStfkpt 4(H)/33 (S.U.)Bf 110E-3 Werk # 2360 (20% dam 1/24/43), Bf 110G-3 Werk # 4895 "H8 + ??" (lost 3/5/43)Wound Badge
Observer Operational Clasp
KIA 5 March, 1943 by flak 11 miles N of Siwerskaja (Leningrad). Remaining crew (KIA): Uffz Heinz Besental, R/O and Oblt Helmuth Knapp, Observer (Bf 110 Loss List). WIA 24 January, 1943 during an enemy fighter attack and flak damage near the Krasnogwardeisk airfield, where he made an emergency landing, no mention of crew injuries. Bf 110 Loss List
59 Plümecke, WernerHptm12/4/19131/KG-28 (1/41), Stfkpt in III/KG-26 (10/41), Stfkpt 2/KG-1 (10/42 S.U.)He 111H-3 Werk # 3501"1T + ?H" (75% dam 1/28/41), Ju 88A-5 Werk # 2377 "V4 + BK" (lost 10/3/42) Wound Badge, Bomber Operational Clasp MIA with unnamed crew near Tschernentschizy 3 October, 1942 after being hit by flak (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: He was injured in a crash at Vannes airfield on 28 January, 1941, cause unknown. Remaining crew: Lt Hans Ulrich, Obs (Inj); Uffz Helmuth Kaletta (MIA) and Fw Kurt Gross (Inj) (absa3945).
60 Praetorius, HelmuthLt1Stab I/NJG-4Bf 110 EK 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 8 December, 1944, crashing 3 km south of Soest after being rammed by a P-47. Source: T. Boiten.
61 Rabenau, Helmuth vonHptm1/8/1915Cottbus1/Kü.Fl.Gr-406 (9/39), Kdr I/KG-26 (11/43),He 60 "K6 + QH" (9/39), He 111H-11 Werk # Unk "1H + FB" (lost 11/11/43)Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EK 1 &2
Observer or Bomber Operational Clasps
MIA 11 November, 1943 due to an unknown cause while attacking convoy KMS 31 in the vicinity of Cape Ivi (Luft Career Officer Summaries). In 1939, Rabenau was a Kriegsmarine pilot with a rank of Oblt zur See. On 22 September, 1939, his He 60 developed engine trouble and he landed off the Swedish coast and drifted ashore near Ystad with the wind. His Co-pilot, Oblt Gerhardt Grosse. Rabenau and Grosse were interned until 8 June, 1940, when they were permitted to return to Germany. The plane was retrieved and returned to Germany on 4 November, 1940. This was the first German AC to enter Swedish territory after the outbreak of WWII (Note per B.Widfeldt). After his release from his internment, he attended flight schools and served in KG-26. Alternate spelling: Rabeneau.
62 Radom, HelmuthUffzFFS C 20He 111H-10 Werk # 2729 (lost 11/24/42)Pilot Badge (Student ?)KIC 24 November, 1942 when his ac crashed at Jeseniky, killing the entire crew, cause believed to be a technical failure. Remaining crew: Fw Erich Rosc, Uffz Willy Börzel and Uffz Adolf Schober (F.Braun). Note: the pilot selection was mine as crew positions were not identified.
63 Reinelt, HelmuthUffz1(H)/11Fw 189A-2 & A-3
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/17/43)

EK 1 & 2
Observer Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
64 Richter, HelmuthFw5/KG-2 (Channel)Ju 188E-1 Werk # 260324 "U5 + KN" (lost 4/19/44)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 19 April, 1944; shot down by a Mosquito of No. 85 Sq., piloted by W/C Miller. His Observer, Oblt Albert Hein was also KIA, and one other KIA and two POW, unnamed.
65 Riedel, HelmuthFw1(F)/124 (Kirkenes)Ju 88D-5 Werk # 430045 "G2 + BH" (lost 7/21/42)Observer Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew at Archangelsk 21 July, 1942, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: KIA due to Russian surface fire, crasing on the Kola Peninsula, near Jokanga (Observer Loss List).
66 Riedl, HelmuthFw1(F)/124Ju 88D-5 Werk # 130045 "G2 + BH" (lost)Observer Operational ClaspMIA 21 July, 1942; failed to return from a mission at Archangelsk, cause unknown. Remaining crew (all MIA): Lt Ernst Köhne, Observer; Fw Dieter Luther, R/O and Ogefr Heinz Oczki, Gunner. Source SIG Norway.
67 Ringe, HelmuthOfhr1/JG-2Fw 190A-8 Werk#171661Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 18 August, 1944; Combat with a Spitfire and a P-47 south of Rouen. Mombeek MIA List.
68 Rohrhurst, HermannLt6/10/1922Heidelberg12/NJG-6 Ju 88G-6 Werk # 620752 "2Z + PW" (lost 1/3/45) Night Fighter Operational Clasp KIA the night of 2/3/January, 1945, believed sd by a night fighter at Angeltuern. Remaining crew (disp unk): Uffz Rudolf Schulze (geb 2/28/1923 Lüneburg), Uffz Stelzhammer (geb 4/29/1922 Ried im Innkreis) and Uffz Helmuth Ruhle (geb 6/5/1922 Stuttgart) (M.Balss & LOCS).
69 Röwer, HerbertLt6/10/1918Halle4 & 9(Eins)/KG-3 (7/41 S.U.)Ju 88A-5 Werk # 4396 "5K + EM" (lost 7/18/41), Ju 88A-4 Werk # 2578 "5K + EM" (lost 1/26/42, light AA, crew safe), Ju 88A-14 Werk # 144213 "5K + BC" dam 8/29/42, Gnr Uffz Hans Günther Ewert MIA), Ju 88C-6 Werk # 360348 "5K + BT" (lost 5/11/43) RK(7/3/43 Post.)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/20/42)
EP(7/29/42

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp w/Pendant
MIA 11 May, 1943; failed to return from a night train-busting mission in the Kastornoye-Kursk area. Remaining crew (MIA): Uffz Helmuth Weber, Obs and Uffz Josef Derieth, R/O. His A-5 was sd on his very first mission, 18 July, 1941, near Smolensk. He and R/O Oblt Hans Kolb escaped by parachute; His Obs, Fw Otto Osten and Gnr Reg Rat Dr Wolfgang Henke were killed in the crash. (Kaiser RK book). 306 combat missions with numerous ground victories, including 59 locomotives and 18 tanks. The Ju 88 Loss List/LW Loss Report indicates he and unnamed crew were MIA on 11 May, 1943, cause unknown.
70 Schiller, HelmuthFw1/1/1922Offenbach5(F)/123 (Channel)Bf 109G-4 Werk # 14909 (lost 8/31/43)Observer Operational ClaspKIA 31 August, 1943; shot down during aerial combat while on reconnaissance, crashing into a home at Lomme France, near Lille. Schiller was unable to bail from the G-4.
71 Schmidt, HelmuthOfw4/KG-100He 177 Werk # 550003 "KM + TC" (lost)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/23/43)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
KIC 22 February, 1944 when he collided with a Ju 88 during a landing at Aalborg West airfield. The entire crew perished. Remaining crew: Fw Richard Scheber, R/O and Uffz Josef Panzer, Gunner. All three crewmen were buried in the Frederikshavn Cemetery on 26 February, 1944. Source: Air War over Denmark.
72 Schmutzler, KarlHptm1/27/1914Oelsnitz1(F)/129BV 222C-10 (aka V-10) Werk # 310010 "TB + QN" (lost 2/8/44)Observer Operational ClaspKIA with his entire crew 8 February, 1944 when their ac was sd during a night test flight, by a Mosquito of No.157 Sq., piloted by S/L herbert E.Tappin. The ac crashed near Lake Biscarrosse, Landes, France. Remaining crew (KIA, all bur Ger War Cem., Berneuil, Fr., Blk4): Oblt Erich Todt, Co-Pilot 1 (geb 3/24/1913 Böblingen, bur Row 17/Gr778); Ofw Heinz Josko, Co-Pilot 2 (geb 8/17/1913 Berlin, bur Row 18/Gr832); Lt.z.S Karlheinz Strahlke, Obs (bur R19/G887); StbsFw Hans Erbarth, Flt/Engr 1 (bur R17/G798); Ofw Johann Waskowiak, Flt/Engr 2 (no burial info); Fw Walter Möckel, R/O 1 (bur R9/G350); Uffz Rudolf Hagenguth, R/O 2 (bur R18/G858); Uffz Ernst Zöllner, Gnr 1 (bur R19/G901); Ogefr Robert Kremser, Gnr 2 (bur R9/G353); Ogefr Hans Blinken, Gnr 3 (bur R19/G889); Ogefr Helmuth Ritter, Gnr 4 (bur R17/G785) and Uffz Gerhard Schult, Gnr 5 (bur R17/G795). Source: D.Drury
73 Schneidewind, HelmuthUffzV/KG-40 (Atlantic)Ju 88C-6 Werk # 360131 "??" (lost 6/5/43)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC with unnamed crew 5 June, 1943; crashed near Bordeaux due to a servicing fault (Ju 88 Loss List).
74 Schönfelder, HelmuthOfw4/30/1914Nienburg Weser566/JG-51 (10/41 S.U.), Stabstaffel/JG-51 (10/43)Bf 109E, F & G RK(3/31/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/1/45)
EP(6/19/44)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp w/hanger
POW 2 May, 1945 after being shot down by a Spitfire. 173 Fighter-Bomber sorties. All victories in the East. His first known Soviet victory, a DB-3 on 27 October, 1941. An I-61 on 28 November, 1941. Two I-16s on 13 January, 1942. Two I-61s on 7 March, 1942. A Pe-2 on 8 March, 1942. A MiG-3 on 1 May, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 25 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 26 September, 1942. A MiG-3 NNE of Yelsk on 3 October, 1943. A LaGG-3 NE of Orscha on 23 October, 1943. A Boston III WNW of Loyev on 28 October, 1943. A Yak-9 on 10 January, 1944. A LaGG-3 and a P-39 on 23 June, 1944. A Yak-7 and a P-39 on 24 June, 1944. A Yak-9 on 26 June, 1944. A LaGG-5 on 8 July, 1944. A Yak-9 on 16 July, 1944. A Yak-9 on 20 July, 1944. Two Yak-9s and a Pe-2 on 22 July, 1944. A LaGG-5 on 26 July, 1944. A LaGG-5 on 30 July, 1944. A P-2 on 2 August, 1944. Two Yak-9s and a LaGG-5 on 4 August, 1944. A LaGG-5 on 10 September, 1944. A Yak-9 on 14 September, 1944. A Yak-9 on 16 September, 1944. A Yak-7 on 18 September, 1944. A Pe-2 on 1 October, 1944. A P-39 and a Yak-9 on 10 October, 1944. Bowers/Lednicer, 56 victories. Deceased 23 September, 2003. Photo
75 Schöngraf, RichardOfw9/KG-40Fw 200C-4 Werk # 0135 "F8 + BT" (lost 7/12/42)Bomber Operational ClaspAC reported lost 12 July, 1942, location and crew disposition not reported (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book, Per H. Breuer). Added: Entire crew MIA after crashing into Ria de Muros, Corunna, Spain, cause unknown. Remaining crew: Uffz Kurt Groneberg, Co-pilot; Uffz Helmuth Tiemann (or Theimann), R/O 1; Uffz Eric Althammer, R/O 2; Fw Rudolf Lätsch, Flt Engr and Ogefr Ernst Thiel, Gnr (D.Drury).
76 Schulte, HelmuthHptm2/23/1915Hiessen Hessen253(H)/21, II/NJG-5 T/O, 4/NJG-5 (2/44), Stafkpt 7/NJG-5, 7/NJG-6(5/44), Kdr II/NJG-5, Kdr II/NJG-6 (7/44 to end)Bf 110, Ju 88G Werk # 620139 "2Z + CC" (lost 11/30/44 in NJG-6, sd at Altenkirhen) RK(4/17/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(7/23/44)
EP(7/29/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge(2/3/45)
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 2/3 February, 1945; hit by bomber return fire over Heilbronn (Balss). 180+ combat missions. All victories were Night victories. One known victory, a "4 mot" NNW of Kassel on 22 October, 1943. His 21st victory, a B-17 in the Magdeburg-Fallersleben area on 11 January, 1944. He scored a triple victory on 15 February, 1944; three Lancasters, two near Berlin, the other NE of Fehmarn Is. A triple victory on 20 February, 1944; a Lancaster at Stendal and two other "4 mot" near Braunschweig and Leipzig. A double victory on 31 March, 1944, both "4 mots"; one, a Lanc III of 101 Sq., piloted by P/O John Batten-Smith (KIA w/entire crew), 40 km NW of Nürnberg, the other between Stuttgart and Augsburg. A "4 mot" at Strasbourg on 27 April, 1944. Two "4 mots" 20 km E of Aachen on 25 May, 1944, while in 7/NJG-6. A Wellington at Mariazell on 30 June, 1944, while in 7/NJG-6. A Wellington at St Polten on 7 July, 1944. Two "4 mots"; one at Chateauneuf, the other at St Sauveur, on 26 July, 1944. A Lancaster 70 km W of Russelheim on 26 August, 1944. His crew: Lt Boehme, Obs; Ofw Herbert Meyer, RO and Ofw Friedrich Fischer, Gunner. Deceased 9 July, 1982. Added: This last claim (8/26/44) believed to be a No.100 Lancaster ND995 "HW-K" which crashed at Ellern, Hunsrück, 25 miles S. of Koblenz (J.Jones).
77 Schulz-Rochan, ReinhardtLt1(F)/120 (Sola)Ju 88D-1 Werk # 1142 "A6 + KH" (lost 3/10/44)Observer Operational ClaspKIC 10 March, 1944; flew into a cliff wall, near the top, at Jossingfjord Rogaland, Rek, 20km SE of Egersund, during a reconnaissance mission, most likely due to bad weather. Remaining crew (KIA): Ofw Helmuth Binkert, Uffz Bruno Peick and Ogefr Hans Werner Mudzulat. Source: F. Braun.
78 Schumacher, RudolfOblt2/Kü.Fl.Gr-406BV 138C-1 Werk # 31028 "K6 + IK" (lost)Air-Sea Rescue Operational ClaspMIA 8 July, 1943; failed to return from a Shetland operation, cause unknown. Remaining crew (all MIA): Lt Helmuth Hagedorn, Observer; Uffz Peter Dunkel, R/O; Uffz Günther Maicherzcyk, Mech and Fw Ernst Bachen, Gunner. Source: SIG Norway.
79 Schuster, HelmuthUffz9/KGzbV-108 SeeBV 138A-1 Werk # 00369 "NG + UD" (lost 5/16/40)Observer Operational ClaspKIA 16 May, 1940; his reconnaissance flying boat was sd by British AA fire at Dalselv Norway. During an emergency landing in the Ranfjord, the left wingtip hit the water and the ac overturned. Five of the unnamed crew climbed up on the wing and swam ashore, becoming POW's. The pilot went down with the ac. Source: Flyvrak Norway).
80 Seeber, HelmuthOfwBordflieger Staffel 1/196 (Aalborg - See)Ar 196 Werk # 0151 (90% damaged)Air Sea Rescue Operational ClaspKIA 9 October, 1943 during an operation when he crashed during a landing and sank at Aalborg-See Landing area. Lt Karl Brendel, his Observer was rescued and taken to a hospital for treatment. Seeber, however, drowned. He was buried in the Frederikshaven Cemetery on 16 October, 1943. Source: Air War over Denmark.
81 Selführter, HelmuthFwBu 181C-1 Werk # 330745 "PL + BN" "White 35" (interned in Sweden)Pilot BadgeLanded at Kalmar Sweden on 28 April, 1944, after entering Swedish Airspace and fired at by Swedish AA fire. Remaining crew: Fw Johann Haifingarts. Both men carried false passports, pretending to be refugees. Source: B.Widfeldt
82 Shirra, HelmuthUffz4/JG-3Bf 109G-6 Werk# 14999 "White 7"Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 19 July, 1943; Combat with an Il-2, 2 km east of Dmitirjewka, Map Quadrant 88239. Mombeek MIA List.
83 Sieger, HelmuthFlgFlugzeug Führer Schule A 10 (FFS A 10) (Avno)Bü 131 Werk # 4313 (lost)Student PilotKIC 30 November, 1943 in a crash at the Avno airfield during training. No cause given. Sieger was buried in the Kobenhavn Bispebjerg Cemetery on 3 December, 1943. He was transferred to the Kobenhavn Vestre Cemetery on 22 March, 1944. Source: Air War over Denmark.
84 Sonntag, SiegfriedLt1/19/1914AmbergStab II/KG-51 (Channel)Ju 88A-1 Werk # 5064 "9K + DD" (50% dam 8/9/40), Ju 88A-1 Werk # 7060 "9K + EC" (lost 10/18/40)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 18 October, 1940; ditched at sea when 7060 developed an engine fire during a return from a raid on London. Remaining crew: Oblt Helmuth von Claer, Obs (KIA, bur Bourdon Fr., Blk 17, Row 1, Gr 22); Ofw Anton Stegmüller, R/O (MIA) and Fw Heinrich Märte (alt Sp Marte), Flt Engr (rescued by German ASR, ret'd to Fr.). Lt Sonntag buried at Bourdon, Blk 8, Row 9, Gr 336 (D.Drury). AC 5064 reported damaged on takeoff from Montdesir on 9 August, 1940, cause unknown, crew OK (Ju 88 Loss List).
85 Sprung, Helmuth Lt11/27/1921Hilders / Fulda7/KG-1 (1/42), Grp Adj III/KG-1 (12/42), 10/KG-1 (5/43), Stfkpt 11/KG-1 (12/43), Erg/KG-He 177, 10/KG-40 (10/44), Stfkpt 3/KG-40 (11/44)Ju 88A-4 RK(11/12/43)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(7/27/42)
EP(6/29/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
Sprung became a POW by the British at a flak command post in Hamburg at wars end. Deceased 14 October, 1955 Bonn (P. Bastin).
86 Stillner, HelmuthLt5/Schl.G-1 (S.U.)Fw 190A-5 Werk # 1070 "H" (lost 3/6/43)Assault Operational ClaspMIA 6 March, 1943 after being hit by ground fire at Massorol-Bairea.
87 Stölel, AntonZG-76 (most likely III)Bf 110 "2N + CN" (lost 1/27/45)Destroyer Operational ClaspKIC 27 January, 1945 at Szigelmonostor, a small city along the Danube, in Hungary, cause unknown. His R/O, Helmuth Mils also killed in the crash. Source: Janos Bruckner.
88 Tamme, HelmuthFwFFS-19Ju 86 (lost 12.2.42)Transport Operational Clasp (?)KIC 2 December, 1942 on a flight to Stalingrad, crashing at Kohanyas-Puszta, near Körmend, unknown cause. Remaining Crew (all KIC): Fw Heindrich Rothe, Uffz Peter Hollstein, Ogefr Herbert Maleck and Ogefr Edmund Turk. Source: Janos Bruckner.
89 Thiele, WilliOfw9/KG-77Ju 88 Werk # 822392 "3Z + FT" (lost 4/20/44), Ju 88A-4 Werk # Unk "3Z + ET" (lost 6/15/44)Wound Badge, Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 15 June, 1944; sd with wounds after his ac was hit by AA fire from a ship, and crashed into the English Channel. Remaining crew: Ofhr Helmuth Schott, Obs (KIA & bur at sea); Ogefr Alfred Hetzelt, R/O (MIA) and Gefr Elmo Strunck (or Strunk), Gnr (POW). Interned in Spain briefly, 20 April, 1944 after his ac was sd by a night fighter and crashed into the sea off Majorca, Balearic Island. Remaining crew: Uffz Rolf Laurentzsch, Obs (MIA); Fw Kurt Heine, R/O (MIA) and Gefr Elmo Strunck (or Strunk), Gnr (POW). Source: D.Drury).
90 Töpfer, HeinzLtIII/SG-3Fw 190F-8 Werk # 931484 "Blk C + I" (Interned Sweden 5/8/45) believed a Mistel Prototype V33 EK 2
Assault Operational Clasp
One of two Fw 190s, fleeing Kurland, that pancaked in Sweden, at Allskogsgard (Ystad) on 8 May, 1945. Töpfer and two passengers intended to fly from Niklas (Kurland Pocket) to Bornholm Island, Denmark, but landed in Sweden due to a navigational error. The passengers were; StabsGefr Helmuth Böhm and Ofw Hermann Goldenbohm. Töpfer was interned until he escaped from camp on 28 November, 1945. Source: B.Widfeldt
91 Treynogga, HelmuthOfw6/NJG-6Bf 110G-4/B2 Werk # 5547 "2Z + OP" (interned 3/15/44), Bf 110G-4 Werk # 720132 (lost 6/5/44) Night Fighter Operational Clasp KIFA 5 June, 1944 after becoming disorientated over Graciano Italy and he abandoned the ac, no further detail (J.Schadskaje). Interned in Switzerland 15 March, 1944 at Dübendorf, landing there by mistake. He was released five weeks later. Bf 110 Loss List. Added: He and R/O Uffz Heinz Schwarz had been interned after becoming disorientated due to combat and running low on fuel. After his release, he returned to action in Italy and was reported KIFA and buried in the German War Cem. at Pomezia (IT), Blk T, Gr 721. No mention of his R/O (D.Drury).
92 Ullmann, HelmuthGefr10/JG-26Fw 190A-5 Werk # 50380 "Blue 3" (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 23 August, 1943 during aerial combat in "Blue 3" with a Spitfire at Sibiville, 3 km NE of Frevent-Artois.
93 Voigt, HelmuthLt7/15/1922Ballenstedt12/NJG-6 Bf 110G-4 Werk # 110130 "2Z + CW" (dam 12/6/44) Night Fighter Operational Clasp Pilot uninjured 6 December, 1944 during aerial combat near Bad Brückenau. Remaining crew: R/O Uffz Karl Brudik WIA and Gnr Ogefr Günter Michel (geb 9/17/1921 Berlin) KIA.
94 Weische, HelmutLt6/9/1922III/KG-40He 111H-5 Werk # 3906 (lost 10/1/41)Bomber Operational ClaspHis He 111 crashed at Geervliet Holland, west of Spijkenisse, on 1 October, 1941, cause and pilot/crew disposition unknown. (DeSwart). Added: The entire crew were killed in the crash while returning from a mission. Remaining crew ( all bur Yssel, Blk BV, Row 11): Fw Helmuth Straden, Obs (bur Gr 272); Ofw Peter Rohwedder, R/O (bur Gr 271) and Uffz Günter Fischer, Gnr (bur Gr 273). Pilot Weische bur Gr 270 (D.Drury).
95 Zibell, PaulOfwIII/KG-40Fw 200C-4 Werk # 0143 "F8 + KS" (lost 11/18/42)Bomber Operational ClaspAC reported lost at sea 18 November, 1942, 5 crew KIA (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book, H. Breuer). Added: Believed sd by fighters and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, 40 miles from Barcelona. Remaining crew (MIA): Ofw Helmuth Knuth, Co-pilot; Fw Wilhelm Ehmke, R/O 1; Uffz Wilhelm Mehrens, R/O 2; Ofw Helmuth Häse, Flt Engr and Uffz Franz Sehri, Gnr (D.Drury). Alternate spelling: Siebel or Zibull.
96 Ziegler, Helmuth3/12/1924JG-104 (7/44), 11/EJG-1 (Mackfitz 1/45), II(Sturm)/JG-4 (Rechlin 3/45)Me 163, Fw 190A-8 in JG-1Fighter Operational ClaspShot down by an American fighter during the last days of the war north of Sicherheit, but was able to bale successfully. Jager Blatt article. Deceased 26 September, 2002.

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