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1 Fredericksen, AugustLt7/31/1915Teuschenroth1KG-3 (II/41), 8/JG-4 (9/44) Fw 190A-8/R2 Werk # 681991 "Blue 6" (lost 9/28/44) EK 2
EK 1 (8.1.41), EP (9/7/42), DK-G (1/12/43), Reconnaissance Operational Clasp in Gold (3/8/42)
KIA 28 September, 1944 during aerial combat at Vienenburg, NE of Goslar (JG-4 List). One known victory, a B-24 (HSS) 50 km SE of Kassel on 27 September, 1944. KG-3, Birth & Award dates by M.Turner & LOCS. Burial: Military Cem, Stadtfriedhof Hildesheimer Str,, Goslar (M.Turner 10/2021).
2 Hein, ReinhardOblt2Legion Condor, II/JG-54, Stfkpt 2/JG-54 (S.U.)Bf 109F "Red 1", Bf 109F-2 Wk# 8906 "PK+HK" "Black 1" (lost 8/14/41 or 8/6/41?)
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Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW. Shot down over Butchluga, 1 km from Str. Kinsis-Narwa, 14 Aug., 1941 by Russian Flak in Wk# 8906 and survived the lengthy imprisonment. Released in 1949. His first known Soviet victory, a SB-2 on 24 June, 1941. A 2nd, an I-18 on 31 July, 1941. On 6 August, 1941, he was shot down in "Red 1" and slightly injured by Lt Andrey Chirkov, flying a Yak-1, of the 158th Fighter Aviation Regt..
3 Kruse, OttmarUffz28/JG-26 (joins 7/44)Fw 190A-8 "Blue 6" (8/44 Guyancourt), Fw 190A-8 Werk # 171505 "Blue 13" (lost) EK 2 (8/16/44)
Physical Trng. Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 16 September, 1944 after being shot down without injury in "Blue 13" by a P-47 of 56FG. He bailed successfully, and was taken prisoner upon landing inside the Belgian border (B.Spoelstra). A "New Growth" pilot. One known victory, his 1st, a P-51 of 354FG at Rambouillet (Houdan, S of Mantes) on 16 August, 1944. A second victory was a P-38 of 474FG, 428FS, piloted by Capt James Austin (WIA) N of Beauvais on 25 August, 1944. Austin bailed out with serious injures. None of his 8 Staffel comrades survived the war. His wingman, Uffz Erich Klein was killed 27 September, 1944. In July, 2005, he resides at Ingelheimer Str. 41, 28199 Bremen, a good friend of Werner Molge.. (alternative spelling Ottomar Kruse)
4 Schröter, HermannHptm7/1/1912 6/KG-40 (4/42), Stfkpt 6/KG-40 (4/43), Stfkpt 5/KG-2 (6/43), Kdr II/KG-2 (10/44) Do 217E-4 Werk # 5364 (lost 4/12/42), Me 410 & Ju 188 DK-G (10/17/43), EK 1 & 2, Bomber Operational Clasp His Do 217 crashed at Soesterberg (Amersf.Str./Sportweg), Utrecht, Holland on 12 April, 1942, cause and crew disposition unknown. (DeSwart) Pilot known to survive. Added: The cause of the crash was a technical failure, killing Ogefr Robert Schmitt (geb 7/17/1918). He was buried at Yesselsteyn at CW-5-110. In addition to the pilot, Ofw E.Schollmaier and G.Eilbrecht survived the crash (F.Munckhof & LOCS).

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