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1 Becker, Karl HeinzFw8 10/NJG-11 (aka Kdo Welter & NJ Kdo-262, Feb.45) Me 262A-1 Werk # 500075 "Red 2" (20% dam 2/15/45; uninj emer land between Warendorf & Telgte, cause unk), Me 262B-1a/U1 Night Fighter EP

EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
Magnus Report. 5 Mosquitos. All victories in the Me 262. Second most successful Me 262 Night Fighter pilot. One known victory, a P-38 on 15 February, 1945. A 2nd, a Mosquito on 21 March, 1945. A 3rd, a Mosquito on 22 March, 1945. A 4th & 5th, both Mosquitos on 24 March, 1945. Nos. 6 & 7, both Mosquitos on 27 March, 1945. One of the victims on March 27th was F/Lt Andre van Amsterdam in a Mosquito Mk XVI Serial: MM131 XD-J of RAF No. 139 (Jamaica) Sq. north of Brandenburg. van Amsterdam bailed safely but has not been found (R.Philips). An 8th, a Mosquito on 31 March, 1945.
2 Becker, WalterUffz8/StG-77 (Russia)Ju 87B-2 Werk # 5760 (lost)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 18 December, 1942 SW of Smolensk making an emergency landing after becoming disorientated. The AC sustained 60% damage. His wireless operator, Uffz Karl Heinz Grossmann was injured.
3 Eichler, ErichUffz8/KG-27He 111P-2 "1G + ??" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 11 May, 1940 after the He 111s wing fractured after heavy enemy fire, and crashed at Steinhude, killing the entire crew. Remaining crew: Gefr Karl Heinz Becker, Obs; Ogefr Georg Lewioda, R/O and Flg Walter Hammerschmidt, Mechanic. Source: Wings to Victory
4 Filsinger, WilhelmOfwFliegerhorst Bad Aibling (believed to be FFS A/B 117)Ju W 34hi Werk # unk "PF + TE" (dam 7/24/41)Transport Operational ClaspThe ac with three blind flying students during an exercise on 24 July, !941. Their instructor, Ofw Filsinger, fell asleep and the students crossed into Swiss airspace, and were hit once by AA fire. The ac successfully landed at Dübendorf. The four occupants were permitted to leave the next day, no word on the ac. Students: Uffz Erich Breitenbach, Gefr Heinz Achilles and Gefr Karl Becker (D.Drury). NOTE: Heinz Achilles and Karl Becker both appear in the Archive as pilots, perhaps those mentioned as students.
5 Nitschke, KarlOfw Wekusta Ob.d.L. 2 (Weather Observation unit) Ju 88D-2 Werk # 870 "DE + HR" (75% dam 3/6/42), Ju 88D-1 Werk # 430103 "D7 + EK" (60% dam 5/12/43), Ju 88D-1 Werk # 430334 "D7 + HK" (25% dam 9/13/43)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/1/44)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Meteorological Operational Clasp
WIA 12 May, 1943 during a force landing in a meadow by Nantes, between St Viaud and Paimboeuf-Frossay. Remaining crew(WIA): Uffz Herbert Körber, R/O. Jager Blatt 4 & 5/2003. His Ju 88D-2 crashed at Brest-Lanveoc on 6 March, 1942, no further detail (A.Rosseels). Added: Remaining crew (3/6/42 incident): Werner Bibel, Met; Gefr Walter Herrmann, R/O and Gefr Helmut Schmidt, Gnr/Mech (absa3945). On 2 September, 1943, he was involved in a crash at the Brest-Lanveoc airfield w/o injuries to any of the crew. Remaining crew: Insp Werner Bibel, Met; Ofw Heinz Becker, R/O and Uffz Josef Peter, Gnr/Mech (absa3945).
6 Rascher, GeorgUffz6/KG-53 (4/40 Ödheim)He 111H-2 Werk # 6818 "A1 + GP" (lost 8/30/40)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 30 August. 1940: attacked by fighters during a raid on Radlett, Hertfordshire, he ditched the ac at sea off the Isle of Sheppey, Kent. The entire crew rescued from their dinghy and taken prisoner. Remaining crew: Uffz Werner Roempert, Obs; Uffz Hans Wagner, R/O; Uffz Arthur Schall, Flt Engr & Uffz Gustav Keuerleben, Gnr (D.Drury).
7 Schlimpen, BernhardOblt111/NJG-101 (9/44), Stab II/NJG-3 (Schleswig)Bf 110, Ju 88G-6 Werk # 621291 (lost)
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
Slightly injured on 6 January, 1945 during an operation, when the crew were forced to bail out near Bogense Denmark. No cause given. Remaining crew (both slightly injured): Fähnrich Alfred Wirthensohn, R/O and Karl Heinz Becker, Gunner. All were treated at a hospital in Odense. Source: Air War over Denmark. One known victory, a "4 mot" NW of Frankfurt on 12 September, 1944.
8 Kuntze, Karl HeinzLt2/22/19204(F)/11Ju 88 Werk # 1127 "6M + DM" (lost 1/8/42)Observer Operational ClaspMIA with his entire crew 8 January, 1942 when they failed to return from a reconnaissance mission to Sukhinichi, Kaluga Oblast, Russia, cause unknown. Remaining crew: Lt Albert Bolz, Obs; Fw Herbert Radtke, R/O and Ogefr Rudolf Becker, Gnr (D.Drury).
9 Aehle, Karl HeinzGefr9/JG-52 (Romania?)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 166227 "White 1" (lost 10/11/44)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 11 October, 1944, cause and location not reported.
10 Ahrens, Karl HeinzLt16/SG-4Fw 190F
EK 1 & 2
Assault Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Spitfire in the Giovanni Italy area, 15 December, 1943.
11 Alm, Heinz KarlLt1(F)/122 (Med)Ju 88D-5 Werk # 430162 (lost 5/16/42)Wound Badge
Observer Operational Clasp
WIA with unnamed crew 16 May, 1942; emergency landing at sea after engine trouble, no further detail (Ju 88 Loss List).
12 Alm, Karl HeinzLt6/8/19201(F)/122 (Catania Sicily 5/42), Erg/FAGr (1/43), trsfr to Paratroopers (3/45)Ju 88D-5 Werk # 430162 (lost 5/16/42)Wound Badge, Observer Operational Clasp The AC was reported last at sea on 16 May, 1942, however, no cause or crew disposition mentioned. Remaining crew (?): Uffz heinrich Martens, Obs; Uffz Friedrich Schäfer, R/O and Uffz Josef Fletner, Gunner. Wiki Luft data. Added: Lt Alm shown as injured ditching at sea due to engine trouble, and survived; no word on remaining crew (LOCS).
13 Anton, Karl HeinzLt11/7/1909Instr FFS AB 52 ('42), Instr FFS A 14 (7/43 Klagenfurt), Adj Rammkdo "Elbe" (3/45)Bf 109GFighter Operational Clasp Took part in the Ramm-Attack on American bombers on 7 April, 1945.
14 Arnold, OttoFw1/Ku.Fl.Gr-106He 115B Werk # 1868 "M2 + BH" (lost 4/18/40)Observer Operational ClaspKIC 18 April, 1940 when he crashed into mountain Storsalen after a mission to Narvik, believed due to icing. Remaining crew: Oblt z.See Heinz Witt (KIC) and Gefr Karl Georg (turned up later in Trondheim) (Flyvrak Norway).
15 Baader, Karl HeinzLt1916-02-25Munich2/NAGr-5Bf 109G-6/U3
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(4/16/44)

EK 1 & 2
Night Observer Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
(Added by Pietrzak Youngs)
Hauptmann Heinz Baader (March 25, 1916 - February 18, 1966) was a pilot of aufklärer (scout) who was born and raised in Munich (later he also died there). He was awarded the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes on April 26, 1945 as Hauptmann in Nahaufklärungsgruppe 5 (led by Major Hermann Schmidt) for the extraordinary effort he displayed at Cirava (Kurland), although I did not get information about what his business was like. One type of aircraft he had piloted was Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 / U3. Baader was promoted to Oberfeldwebel on January 25, 1943, Leutnant on April 16, 1944, and Hauptmann on April 26, 1945 (together with his gift of the Ritterkreuz). Other medals and awards he received: Flugzeugführerabzeichen; Eisernes Kreuz II.Klasse and I.Klasse; Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht III.Klasse; Medaille Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42 (1942); Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für Besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg (January 25, 1943); Frontflugspange für Aufklärer in Gold; and the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (April 16, 1944)

16 Backhaus, Karl HeinzUffzI/KG-76 (Med)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 2473 "F1 + LT" (lost 6/10/43)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew at the Sousse harbor 10 June, 1943, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List).
17 Baensch, Karl HeinzLt5/JG-2 (12/42-9/43)Bf 109F, Fw 190AFighter Operational Clasp
18 Baier, ErnstUffz1/26/1922Giengen7/KG-53He 111H-16 Werk # 161767 (lost 11/30/43)Bomber Operational ClaspSource:, Luftwaffe losses in Czechoslovakia via P.Krejci & P.Bartosik. Pilot reported killed, Pradedem, 11/30/43. Remaining crew (KIC): Uffz Heinz Winkler, Gefr Gottfried Michel, Ogefr Paul Mlosch and Ogefr Günther Harbig. Ground crew: Ogefr Karl Vanek, Fw Adolf Steiner and Gefr Walter Eichhof. Added: Correct crash location is Zubri, Cz. Rep (Zubern in German). Known burials: Uffz Baier, the War Cem. at Giengen an der Brenz, Germany, Field N, Row III, Gr 39. Ogefr Vanek buried in Vienna Austria, Wien Zentralfriehof, Gruppe 97, Blk 5, Row 12, Gr 91. Ogefr Harbig's body was not recovered by the VDK, and is remembered in the War Cem. at Nadolice Wielkie, Poland (D.Drury).
19 Baltes, SiegfriedLt12/14/19196/KG-26 (9/40 Gilze-Rijen)He 111H-4 Werk # 3318 "1H + FP" (lost 9/5/40)Bomber Operational ClaspHis He 111 crashed at Gilze Holland (Nieuwstraat) on 5 September, 1940, cause and pilot/crew disposition unknown. (DeSwart). Added: Their AC crashed and burned on takeoff from the Gilze-Rijen airfield, killing the entire crew, cause unknown. Remaining crew (all buried Ysselsteyn): Lt Gottfried Pottgüter, Obs (bur AZ/3/51); Gefr Karl Heinz Graunke, R/O (bur AZ/2/50) and Fw Erich Pfretzschner, Flt Engr (bur AZ/4/52). Lt.Baltes buried AZ/2/49 (D.Drury).
20 Bamberg, Karl HeinzUffz22/JG-302 (Götzendorf)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 441922 "Red 14" (lost 7/7/44)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 7 July, 1944; sd at Polianka CZ. by a P-51 of 318FS. One known victory, his 1st, a B-24 (HSS) at Sopron on 26 June, 1944. His 2nd, same day, another B-24 at Raab.
21 Bänsch, Karl HeinzLt105/JG-2 (France)Bf 109E & F, Bf 109G-6 Werk # 20778 (lost 9/17/43)EP

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIFA 17 September, 1943 near St Quentin, no cause reported. His victory count may be higher. Magnus Report.
22 Bargenda, HeinzLt7/28/19144(F)/121Ju 88D-1 Werk # 1229 "7A + KM" (lost 9/14/41)Observer Operational ClaspMIA with his entire crew on 14 September, 1941 in an undisclosed location in Russia, cause unknown. Remaining crew: Lt Karl Büscher, Obs; Uffz F.Jonscher, R/O and Gefr H.Clemens, Gnr. Lt Bargenda is listed in one source as a casualty from 4/KG-51 (D.Drury).
23 Bargstädt, Karl HeinzFw5/25/1919Neubrandenburg3/KG-51Me 410A-1/U2 Werk # 420299 "9K + HL" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 14 April, 1944; crashed at Vitry en Artois either to or from a London Raid. His R/O, Fw Joachim Lenhardt, geb 1/21/1920 Borsdorf, was also KIA. Source: Brian Bines. Alternate spelling: Burgstädt
24 Barion, Karl HeinzUffz45/JG-4Fw 190A-8 Werk # 681346 "White 7" (dam 10/7/44)EP

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Injured in a crash landing at Abbenroda on 7 October, 1944 after combat. One known victory, a B-17 S of Chemnitz on 11 September, 1944, where he was WIA in the encounter. A 2nd & 3rd, a B-24 50 km SE of Kassel, and a B-24 at Bad Hersfeld, on 27 September, 1944. A 4th, a B-17 in the Artern area, W of Leipzig, on 7 October, 1944.
25 Bartels, KarlObltNAGr-2 (7/43 S.U.)Bf 109G-4 Werk # 19515 (lost 8/15/43)Wound Badge
Night Observer Operational Clasp
WIA 15 August, 1943 by enemy fire in map Quadrant Pl.Qu. 5173. This may be Oblt Karl Heinz Bartels, later in JG-77.
26 Bartels, Karl HeinzOblt6/6/1921Mannheim3/JG-77Bf 109G-14 Werk # 511893 "Yellow 1" (lost 1/1/45)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 1 January, 1945 during Operation Bodenplatte in the Antwerp area. No known grave. Source: A. Rosseels.
27 Bartels, Karl HeinzUffz6/18/1917Hamburg6/KG-26He 111H-3 Werk # 3258 "1H + HP" (lost 9/7/40)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 7 September, 1940; failed to return from a mission over England. Crashed near Küstelberg in Sauerland, cause not reported. Remaining crew (KIA): Ofw Heinrich Staffeldt, Obs; Fw Gerhard Markuse, R/O; Gefr Josef Maier, Mech and Uffz Franz Schweizer, Gnr (Luftwaffe Forum).
28 Bastam, Karl Heinz5JG-2Bf 109E & F, Fw 190A
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His victory count may be higher. Magnus Report.
29 Bauch, Karl HeinzGefr2/JG-1 (Twente)Fw 190A-8 Werk# 960709 "Black 9" (lost 1/1/45)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 1 January, 1945; a flak victim after attacking Maldegem, bailed safely, his AC at Stadse Dijk near Willemstad Holland on the return to base, during Operation Bodenplatte.
30 Bauer, KurtFw7/ZG-1Ju 88C-6 Werk # Unk (lost 3/10/44)Destroyer Operational ClaspMIA 10 March, 1944, when escorting the Japanese submarine I-29, he was attacked by Mosquitos of No.248 Sq., one piloted by S/Ldr Anthony D.Phillips, DSO, DFC, who sd the Ju 88 which crashed into the sea off Cabo de Penas, Asturias, Spain. Remaining crew: Uffz Karl Heinz Tomke, Obs (MIA) and Fw Josef Mrochen, R/O (KIA, bur Cuacos de Yuste, Row 6, Gr 114). Source: D.Drury.
31 Baumann, Karl HeinzOgefr8/KG-4He 111HEP (12/22/43)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp in Silver
Documents found online

Signed by Generaloberst Bruno Loerzer, for his 100 mission in the 8th squadron from Kampfgeschwader General Wever 4
32 Beaulieu Marconny, Karl Heinz v.UffzJG-105, 1/NAGr-8 (Mackwitz/Pommern), Stab/NAGr-3 (3/45)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 441454 (70% dam 3/9/45), Bf 109G-6 "White ?"(lost)Observer Operational ClaspMIA after 9 March, 1945 in the Arnswalde area, along with his flight leader, Oblt Werner Crede (or Gede), on a Tactical Observation mission in the Stargard area. It was later learned that he was captured at Salzwebel, becoming a Russian POW, dying in captivity in Siberia. Jager Blatt article 4/2000. His Werk # 441454 made a crash landing NW of Mackfitz, cause not reported, pilot OK (Bf 109 Loss List).
33 Beaulin-Macenny, Karl HeinzUffzStab/NAGr-3Bf 109G-6 Werk # 441454 (damaged)Wound Badge
Assault Operational Clasp
Injured in a belly landing NW of Mackwitz on 9 February, 1945. Another source claims he lost a leg after being shot while hanging in his chute. Jager Blatt 4/2003.
34 Beck, KarlOfwI/SG-1Ju 87D-5, Fw 190F-8
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/24/44)

EK 1 & 2
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List. This could be Karl Beck, previously in StG-5. NOTE: A Karl Heinz Beck, from Worms, was known to have survived the war, but suffered terribly from his experience. Purely speculation on my part.
35 Becker, ArnoldGefr7/29/1922FFS B7 (Clermont-Ferrand)Si 204 Werk # 46 (lost 2/4/44)Trainee?KIC with co-pilot Gefr Waldemar Hecht (geb 2/19/1923) on 4 February, 1944, cause unknown, however the occupants in the village of Auvergnate heard the ac in distress before hitting the ground and burning. Remaining crew (KIC): Uffz Heinz Horn, geb 7/18/1922, Observer. The French crash report suggests he survived, but died of his injuries later. However his grave marker displays Feb 4. A 4th person, Fw Heinrich Leopold geb 10/13/1919 is on a grave marker with one of this crew, showing his date of death as 2/10/44 (curiously). All are buried in the Dagneux Cemetery. Source: French Crash Report online, thanks to F. Braun
36 Becker, FranzUffz4/KG-54He 111P-2 Werk # unk (lost 6/2/40)Bomber Operational ClaspUninjured in a crash 2 June, 1940: sd after combat in the Dunkirk area, probably by Spitfires of No.92 Sq.. Crash location uncertain, but probably in Belgium, as the two wounded crewmen were taken to an Antwerp hospital. Remaining crew: Hptm Lothar Maiwald, Obs (unhurt); Ogefr Karl Braun, R/O (WIA) and Uffz Karl Wissussek, Flt Engr (WIA). Source: D.Drury
37 Becker, HeinzUffz 12/KG-54 (Med)Ju 88A-5 Werk # 3301 "??" (80% dam 12/19/42)Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp
Pilot and two unnamed crew injured when Becker made an emergency landing at the Grotaglio airfield on 19 December, 1942 due to engine trouble (Ju 88 Loss List).
38 Becker, HorstFw11/26/191918/NJG-1 (Twente)Bf 110D & E, Bf 110G-4 Werk # 720024 "G9 + LS" (lost 1/14/44)
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
His G-4 crashed at De Lutte (gem. Losser) Holland on 14 January, 1944, cause unknown (DeSwart). Pilot KIC, bur Ysselsteyn Q-10-226. Remaining crew (KIC): Obs Uffz Karl Allmendinger, bur Ysselsteyn Q-10-227 and R/O Helmut Knauck, bur Ysselsteyn Q-10-228 (Lost Aircraft Report). One known victory, a Halifax S of Hameln on 22 September, 1943, an Uffz at the time.
39 Becker, KarlFw95/JG-11 (5/44 Reich Def), 1/JG-11 (4/45)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 163446 "Black 6" (lost 5/24/44), Fw 190A & D
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 24 May, 1944 during aerial combat in the Quickborn area. His 1st victory, a B-17 on 24 May, 1944, in the Neumünster area, a Gefr at the time. His 5th & 6th victories, both Yak-9s on 16 April, 1945. Magnus Report.
40 Becker, KarlOblt19/NJG-2 (9/42), Stfkpt 2/NJG-3 (5/43), Stfkpt 6/NJG-3 (12/43), Kdr II/NJG-3 (7/44), Kdr I/NJG-101 (8/44)Ju 88C-6, Do 217J EK 2
EP (7/1/42), Night Fighter Operational Clasp
LOCS. One known victory, a Boston on 11 September, 1942.
41 Becker, KarlOblt6/7/1915Weilheim an der Teck/Esslingen412/JG-1 (3/43), Stfkpt 3/JG-1 (7/43 Deelen)Bf 109F & G, Fw 190A-5 Werk # 410005 "Yellow 14" (lost 7/30/43)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 30 July, 1943 in aerial combat in his A-5 with a P-47 over Hengelo (Ijsselmeer) Holland. The A-5 reported to have crashed south of Arnhem (DeSwart). No known grave. One known victory, his 1st, a B-17 north of Ameland on 18 March, 1943. His 2nd, a B-17 on 26 July, 1943. his 3rd, a B-17 (HSS) NW of Oldenburg on 28 July, 1943. His 4th, and last, another B-17 at Doesburg on 30 July, 1943.
42 Becker, KarlLt1/JG-11 (Rotenburg) Fw 190A-8 Werk # 680141 "Black 13" (lost 5/8/44) Fighter Operational Clasp KIA 8 May, 1944 during aerial combat, crashing at Bruchhausen, in the area of Hoya. Source: L.Wiegels.
43 Becker, KarlUffz8/KG-30 (Schiphol)Ju 88A-1 Werk # 5014 "5J + US" (lost 10/29/40)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 29 October, 1940 during a minelaying operation over the Thames, no cause reported. Remaining crew (MIA): Obs Oblt Johann Schubert; R/O Uffz Kurt Kaufmann and Gnr Ogefr Wilhelm Knau.
44 Becker, Karl AdolfOfw13(Z)/JG-5Bf 110F-2 Werk # 5096 "LN + DR" (lost 6/23/43), Bf 110F-2 (Trop) Werk # 5073 "1B + CX" (lost 11/12/43) Wound Badge
Destroyer Operational Clasp
WIA 12 November, 1943; fire after an emergency landing at Svartnes Norway airfield after an operational flight. His Observer, Lt Georg Lisbe, was also wounded. Source: SIG Norway. Added: Wk# 5096 was sd by a Russian P-39, piloted by Lt Borisov at Batsfjordnaringen Norway. Becker managed to make a belly landing offshore. His R/O-Gnr, Uffz Ottmar Werz bailed and was picked up at sea by a German subchaser. The ac was blown up (Flyvrak Norway).
45 Becker, Martin "Tino"Hptm4/12/1916Wiesbaden.586/NJG-2 (8/42), 2/NJG-3 (10/43), I/NJG-4, Kdr IV/NJG-6 (10/44 to end)Bf 110F, Bf 110G "3C + MK" (7/44), Ju 88G-6 "2Z + AF", "2Z + MF" & Bf 110G-4 "2Z + BB" & Bf 110G-6 "C9 + MK" in NJG-6

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold (5/25/44)

EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
All night victories. Famous for his 'serial' victories: 6 on 23 March, 1944; 7 on 31 March, 1944; and 9 on 14 March, 1945. Nos. 44 & 45, both Lancasters on 2 January, 1945. Nos. 46 to 48, all '4 mots' on 21 February, 1945. Victories 49 to 57, eight Lancasters and a B-17 on 14 March, 1945. His 58th and last victory, a Lancaster on 16 March, 1945. 110 combat missions including 27 reconnaissance in 1940 before transferring to Night Fighters. His R/O from 3/44 to the end, Ofw Karl Ludwig Johanssen won the RK on 16 March, 1945, one of the few R/Os to do so. His Gunner at the end was Ogefr Weizenbach. Survived the war. Bowers/Lednicer, 57 victories. Photo There are several records in the Allied Losses and Incidents Database where Becker is mentioned as the Attacker. Search for Becker in the database and look in the Notes column for Attacker.

46 Beetz, WilhelmOfhr9/23/1918Berlin - Karlshorst6/KG-4He 111P-4 Werk # 3085 "5J + GP" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 16 February, 1941 when the AC was hit by AA fire over South Shields during a raid on the Tyne, and lost height before its port wing collided with a balloon cable from a site on the North Foreshore. It dove at a steep angle crashing at Bents Park. Four were killed when the AC exploded on impact. Beetz managed to bail and had the cruel luck of being electricuted when he landed on trolley car wires. He died shortly after being admitted to Ingham Infirmary. Remaining crew (all KIA): Hptm Heinz Styra, Observer, Uffz Karl Günther Brützam, wireless operator, Gefr Franz Friedrich Janeschitz, gunner and Uffz Helmut Herbert Jeckstadt, gunner. Added: An exploding mine at the crash location with the burials as follows in Hylton (Castletown) Cem, Section D: Beetz Row 1, Gr 697; Styra Row 2, Gr 735 (with Brützam); Janeschitz Row 1, Gr 698 and Jeckstadt Row 2, Gr 734 (D.Drury).
47 Behnke, Karl HeinzOfw4/Fl.ü,G.-1 SüdBf 110G-4 Werk # 5428 (dam 1/5/44)Pilot BadgePilot reported killed when his G-4 crashed at the Kitzingen airfield 5 January, 1944 due to a fuel shortage His unnamed R/O was uninjured.
48 Bendert, Karl HeinzOblt9/9/1914Schwiebus, Schlesien55Stab II/JG-27 (9/41), 4/JG-27 (42 Libya), JGr Süd, Schuljagdgeschwader JGr-104 Instr., Stfkpt 5/JG-27 & 2/JG-104Bf 109E, F & G (Trop.), Bf 109G-6

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/15/42)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pendant
All victories in the West, 36 in No. Africa. 9 bombers. 610 combat missions. His first victory, a Blenheim north of Rotterdam, 12 May, 1940 while in 4.JG-27. His 2nd, also in 4/JG-27, a Morane 406 at Forte de Villers, 9 June, 1940. His 3rd, a Spitfire W of Portland on 11 August, 1940. His 4th & 5th, both Spitfires, one at Rochester, the other over the Thames, on 3 September, 1940. A double Desert victory on 8 June, 1942; both Hurricanes over Bir Hacheim. His 46th victory, a P-47 S of Meppel on 11 January, 1944. His 47th, same day, a B-24 N of Leek. His 50th, a B-17 W of Coburg on 8 March, 1944. Bowers/Lednicer, 54 victories. Deceased 16 July, 1983 in Oldenburg. Photo
49 Bensch, Karl HeinzFw11/10/1916Stralsund8/KG-2Do 17Z (lost 8/13/40)Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp
POW 13 August, 1940; failed to return from a mission over Eastchurch England. The Lw Loss Report states an "M.G." abbreviation, suggesting a wound, with an additional notation "am 25.10.41 gefallen" (DOW?). One other crewman, Fw Ekkehard Radlach (11/25/1916, Badenfurt), Pos unknown, also WIA, and treated at the Courtrai Hosp. An additional notation "am 3/3/43 vermisst". No mention of remaining crew. Source: LW Loss Report via Joe Potter.
50 Berben, Karl HeinzFw13/JG-27 (Africa)Bf 109F-4 (Trop) Werk # 8385 "Yellow 3" (lost 9/1/42) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 1 September, 1942 near Imayd, during aerial combat with British fighters near Imayd. Mombeek. Known to have made a force landing between Fuka and Mersa Matruh on 27 June, 1942, although no combat occured, reason unknown. One known Desert victory, a Hurricane II of either RAF No. 33 or 213 Sq. in the Mukheisin area, southwest of El Hammam on 27 July, 1942. Alternate spelling: Berban.
51 Beresch, FranzLt7/KG-76 Ju 88A-4 Werk # 8536 "F1 + FR" (lost 11/23/41) Bomber Operational Clasp MIA with his entire crew 23 November, 1941 when they failed to return from a mission in the area of Bologoye, Russia, cause unknown. Remaining crew: Fw Heinz Saul, Obs; Ogefr Karl Brand (or Prand), R/O and Ogefr Max Gronthaler, Gnr. No VDK matches (D.Drury).
52 Bergen, Karl FriedrichHptm Aufkl.Gr.-121 (9/39), Aufkl.Gr.Ob.d.L (4/41), 3(F)/Ob.d.L (to 6/43), Stfkpt 3(F)/Ob.d.L (6/43) Ju 88D-1, Do 215B-4 Werk # 0093 (dam 4/25/41), Ju 290A-5 Werk # 110177 "9V + DK" (lost 2/16/44) Observer Operational Clasp MIA 16 February, 1944 with his entire crew when they were sd into the Atlantic, west of Ireland. They were downed by two Grumman; Martlets of FAA 811 Sq., piloted by Lts E.S.Erikson & W.C.Dimes, flying off the escort carrier HMS Biter.Remaining crew: Oblt Kurt Baumgartner, Co-pilot; Lt Martin Glöckhofer (or Glöckelhofer or Glöcklhofer), Obs; Reg.Rat Candidate Werner Cordes; Lt Gottfried Beninde; Ofw Heinz Felleckner; Fw Heinz Schacht; Ofw Ludwig Ebner; Uffz Jakob Daniel; Ogefr Josef Neubauer and Ogefr Karl Zinke. Oblt Bergen was injured in an emergency landing at Belgrade-Semlin airfield, Yugoslavia, cause unknown. A passenger, believed to be his observer, a Hptm Artmann, was on the flight, his disposition unknown (D.Drury).
53 Berndt, Karl HeinzUffzIII/JG-26, 12/JG-26(Plantluenne)Bf 109K-4 Werk # 330426 "Blue 30 + I" (lost 1/1/45)Fighter Operational ClaspPOW: Shot down 1 January, 1945 by Britih AA fire near the Waal River, after attacking Gilze-Rijen. He made a crash landing in his K-4 at Sint-Maartensdijk, Ravensoord Holland (DeSwart).
54 Beyer, RudolfOfhrIV(StG)/LG-1Ju 87B-2 Werk # 5729 (lost)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 12 January, 1942: crashed after takeoff near Lade Norway. His R/O, Uffz Karl Heinz Korsinek, was injured. Source: SIG Norway.
55 Biberger, RudolfOblt12/8/1921Nausham, Niederbayern8/KG-40Fw 200C-5 Werk # 0218 "F8 + CD" (95% Dam)EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
KIC 14 August, 1944 at Malvik/Drontheim. The Crash Report mentions a violation while hunting for a crashed AC?. He was buried at Heldenfriedhof, Drontheim, Feld A XI Nr.15. Remaining crew (KIC): Uffz Helmut Meyer, geb 10/27/1921, Co-pilot; Lt Karl Markert, geb 3/3/1910, R/O; Uffz Erich Pfeifer, geb 2/21/1922, R/O; Uffz Fredo Max Sander, geb 8/6/1920, R/O and Uffz Heinz Neubauer, geb 10/1/1922, Mech. Source: B.Bines. Added: Flyvrak Norway reports their wingtip struck the ground during a low level pass, causing the crash. All deceased said to be buried in Havstein Cem. and two survived, Ogefr's Horst Telemann and Walter Küster. See Karl Markert for more detail.
56 Bittner, Karl HeinzLt17/ZG-26 (4/41), 8/ZG-26 (6/42 Africa)Bf 110C, Bf 110F-2 Werk # 4548 "3U + US" (lost 6/1/42)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/4/42)

EK 1 & 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
KIA 1 June, 1942 after taking a direct hit from AA fire during a low level attack west of Tobruck. His gunner, Uffz Zitzmann was also killed. One known victory, a Hurricane in the Desert on 14 April, 1941 (Perry Claims).
57 Bittorf, Karl HeinzUffz13/JG-27 (France)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 165271 "Blue 5" (lost 6/28/44)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 28 June, 1944 10-15km south of Caen, cause unknown.
58 Blohm, Karl HeinzOfhr5/22/1925Rendeburg6/KG-1He 177A-3 Werk # 332474 "V4 + Lp" (lost 6/27/44)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 27 June, 1944 during an operational flight attempting to make a forced landing at Baranowitsche airfield due to a fuel problem (Tainted?). At 40 meters high, two more engines failed, and the AC crashed. Remaining crew: Uffz Ernst Zimmermann, geb 8/9/1921 (KIA), Obs; Uffz Walter Göring, geb 2/9/1920, (WIA), R/O; Uffz Heinz Wittmer, geb 5/11/1921, (KIA), Wart; Ogefr Rudolf Vollmer, geb 5/15/1922, (WIA), Gunner and Ogefr Gerhard Ciupka, geb 6/7/1922, (WIA), Gunner. Source: B.Bines.
59 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.
60 Böcher, Karl HeinzOfw10/JG-26, 5/JG-26 (Channel 6/43)Fw 190A-4 Werk # 2415 "White 15" (lost 6/13/43)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Shot down with wounds in "White 15" on 13 June, 1943 by a P-47 flown by Col. Hubert Zemke, 56th FG, near Veurne Belgium, near the Normandy coastline. Alternate spelling; Bocher.
61 Bock, Karl HeinzOblt10/17/19176/KG-26 (3/41)He 111H-6 Werk # 4433 "1H + EP" (lost 1/26/42)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/6/42)

EK 1 & 2
EP (10/17/41), Bomber Operational Clasp
KIA with his entire crew, 26 January, 1942, when his ac crashed into the sea N of Heraklion, Crete, cause unknown. Remaining crew (KIA, buried Ger War Cem. at Maleme, Chania, Crete, Blk 1): Ofw Herbert Schütz, Obs (Gr 387); Uffz Horst Brückner, R/O (Gr 386); Fw Hans Katen, Flt Engr (Gr 389) and Gefr Willi Wittich, Gnr (Gr 390). Pilot Oblt Bock buried in Grave 388 (D.Drury). One of two AC sent to attack shipping west of Crete on 19 March, 1941.
62 Bock, Karl HeinzUffz7/JG-26 (Channel)Bf 109E-1 Werk # 6294 "White 2 + I" (lost 9/17/40) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 17 September, 1940 after his AC developed engine trouble while on a mission over England. Crashed his "White 2" at Broomhill Farm, Rye England. POW interned in Canada.
63 Böhm, GerhardOblt10/25/1912Cosel9/KG-51 (S.U.) Ju 88A-5 Werk # 5245 "9K + GT" (lost 6/22/41) Bomber Operational Clasp KIA at Tarnopol with unnamed crew 22 June, 1941, cause unknown Ju 88 Loss List). Added: Crashed 1km NW of Worona, where all four are buried (LOCS & 12 O'clock Forum). Added: Remaining crew (KIA): Gefr Karl Heinz Arens, Obs; Uffz Franz Lykar, R/O and Gefr Ernst Alois Bobinger, Gnr. The four deceased are believed buried at Ivano Ukraine (formerly Stanislau) (D.Drury).
64 Böhmke, KarlOgefr9/JG-3 (Pitomnik FP 9/42-1/43) Bf 109F-4 Werk # 13113 (70% dam 10/6/42) Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Injured in a takeoff accident at Pitomnik on 6 October, 1942. Added: The VDK lists only two named Karl Heinz Böhmke; one died in 1940. The other, born 31 December, 1918 at Altenessen, died 24 November, 1943, place not listed. He is buried in a single grave at Wuppertal-Vohwinkel-Katholischer Friedhof (D.Drury). One can only speculate that this is the same man at Pitomnik airfield in October, 1942. In November, 1943, 9/JG-3 was stationed in Bad Wörishofen, Unter Allgau (Bavaria), south of Wuppertal. Seems feasible, but needs verification (TK).
65 Bokel, Karl HeinzUffz2/JG-52Bf 109E-1 (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspPOW 26 August, 1940 when he was shot down over Ramsgate during an escort mission to Portsmouth. Source: Wings to Victory.
66 Bolte, JohannFw8/KG-53He 111H-2 Werk # Unk "A1 + ES" (lost 7/12/40)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 12 July, 1940 after his ac was sd over the sea by Hurricanes of No.17 Sq., piloted by P/O Kenneth Manger & Sgt Glyn Griffiths. The ac crashed into the sea near Aldeburgh Light, off the coast of Suffolk. Remaining crew: Uffz Heinz Wittwitz, Obs (KIA, bur CC/1/2/69); Fw Karl Hartmann, R/O (WIA/POW); Gefr Helmut Tonn, Gnr (KIA, bur at sea) and Gefr Eugen Wagner, Gnr (MIA, believed KIA) (D.Drury).
67 Boock, Karl HeinzOgefr17/ZG-26Bf 110 EK 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
His first victory, a Spitfire on 2 September, 1940, no location.
68 Bornemann, Karl-HeinzUffz53/JG-54 (6/41 S.U.), 2/JG-54 (9/41), 3/JG-54 (11/41)Bf 109F-2 Werk# 6692 "Blk ?", Bf 109F-2 Wk# 12919 "SF+SW" "Yel?" (lost 11/30/41)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 30 November, 1941 in Werk# 12919 near an airfield referanced as "1188". Had been wounded and returned Werk# 6692 to the Siwerskaja airfield S.U. on 27 September, 1941, with 50% damage. His first known Soviet victory, a SB-2 on 25 June, 1941. A 2nd, a SB-3 on 7 July, 1941. A double victory on 11 August, 1941; a Pe-2 and a SB-2. A 5th, a DC-3 on 19 November, 1941. Alternate spelling: Bernemann.
69 Bosse, Karl HeinzLt1/19/1925III/JG-3, 12/JG-3 (Eperstedt 11/44)Bf 109G-14 Werk # 464107 "Blue 11"Fighter Operational Clasp Survived the war. Source: M. Sergent.
70 Bothfeld, Karl HeinzFw11/JG-27Bf 109E EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Lysander at La Chapelle on 16 May, 1940.
71 Böttner, Karl-HeinzFw258/JG-77 (4/43 Tunisia; 5/43 Med; 5/44 Romania), 11/JG-77 (12/44 Reich Def)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 16596 (lost 4/26/43; injured, overturned on landing at Korbous after gunfire damage), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 18105 "Black 12" in 8 Staffel (7/43; later lost by another pilot at Chilivani), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 760209 "Black 12" (10% dam 5/5/44; crash SW of Mizil, combat engine dam, pilot OK), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 163120 "Black 12" (lost 5/31/44; WIA, combat with a P-51 N. of Bukarest, bailed safely), Bf 109K-4 Werk # 330231 "Yellow 3" (his usual until lost by Ofw Karl Gabriel 11/27/44), Bf 109K-4 Werk # 330196 (or 330198?) (lost 12/31/44) in 11 Staffel
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp in Gold (8/31/43)
Shot down 31 December, 1944 by Spitfires. He was forced to bail out of his damaged K-4. Badly injured, he was sent to a hospital, and would never fly again. He came to III Group at the end of 1942, having fought in Africa, Italy and Romainia, gaining many victories. 13 bombers. His 1st aerial victory was a Spitfire on 4 May, 1943, at the end of the N.African campaign. His 2nd, in Sicily, a B-25 on 18 June, 1943. His 3rd, a P-38F on 24 June, 1943. His 5th, a Beaufighter over s.Italy, 28 August, 1943. Numerous victories over Romania in April, 1944. A B-24 in the Balkans on 5 April, 1944. His 10th, a B-17 on 24 April, 1944 in the Balkans still. His 15th, still in the Balkans, a B-24 (HSS) at Liegeplatz: Mizil/Rum (Romania) on 15 July, 1944. His 17th & 18th, both B-24s over the Balkans, on 28 July, 1944. A P-51 over the Balkans on 10 August, 1944. His 20th, 21st, and 22nd, all Yak 9s over Romania on 20 August, 1944. His 23rd & 24th, an IL-2 and a Yak 9 over Romania on 21 August, 1944. His 25th, a Yak 9 over Romania on 23 August, 1944.
72 Boy, WernerLt7/11/19211/Kü.Fl.Gr.-106 (Channel)Ju 88D-1 Werk # 1334 "M2 + CH" (lost 4/29/42)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 29 April, 1942 after being shot down on a mission to York by a Hurricane of RAF No. 253 Sq., piloted by Frenchman W/O Yves Mahe. Its controls damaged, the AC crashed at Crockey Hill, 3.5 miles south of York. Remaining crew (all POW): Uffz Karl H. Kugler, Observer, Gefr Willi Schindler, wireless operator and Gefr Heinz Müller, gunner. The crew managed to bail safely, however, Boy was still on board when the AC crashed. Added: Buried CC, 3/12/363 (D.Drury).
73 Boywitt, BernhardUffzStab(F)/Seeaufklärings Gr. 126BV 138C-1 Werk # 310101 (lost)Observer Operational ClaspMIA 12 February, 1945, beleived to have crashed in Fakse Bugt Bay, southwest of Stevns Klint Denmark, cause unknown. Remaining crew: Lt Friedrich Schecker, Obs (MIA); Uffz Franz Furtner, Mech (MIA); Uffz Friedrich Gerards, R/O (KIA) and Ofw Karl Heinz Hentges, Gunner (KIA). The bodies of Gerards and Hentges washed ashore in Faxe Bay, and were buried in the Kobenhavn Vestre Cemetery on 16 February, 1945. Source: Air War over Denmark.
74 Brandes, Karl HeinzOblt8/8/20201ZG-76, II & III/NJG-1, 7 & 4/NJG-2 (9/42), 11/NJG-3 (Grove 5/43)Bf 110, Ju 88C-6 Werk # 360301 "D5 + HW" (lost)
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIC 18 May, 1943 when, during a training exercise, his Ju 88 crashed at Nissum Norre, near Nykobing and burst into flames, killing the three man crew. Remaining crew (KIC): Uffz Hugo Corfu Geb 12/5/21), R/O and Lt Kurt Klose (geb 10/20/20), Flt Engr. All three were retrieved from the wreckage and buried in the Lemvig Cemetery; Brandes in Gr 71, Corfu in Gr 72 and Klose in Gr 73. Source: Air War over Denmark. One known victory, a Lancaster on 25 September, 1942. Boiten, 3 victories.
75 Braunert, Karl HeinzOgefr12/30/19244/JG-26Fw 190D-9/R11 Werk # 210955 "Black 10" (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 1 January, 1945 on the return from the Grimbergen airfield assault during Operation Bodenplatte, crashing near Vremde, SE of Antwerp. Many were lost to their own AA fire. Buried Lommel, Block 51/300 (Rosseels). Alternate spelling: Braunnert.
76 Breitenbürger, Karl HeinzOfw5/Sch.G-1Ju 87D
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(7/12/43)

EK 1 & 2
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
77 Bröckermann, Karl HeinzFlg6/JG-300Fw 190A-6 & bf 109G-6Fighter Operational ClaspBröckermann appears on an AC Lost List; AC lost 4/8/44 at Rheine, pilot disposition unknown.
78 Brückmann, Karl HeinzUffz7/NJG-1Bf 110G-4 Werk # 740038 (lost 11/5/43)Night Fighter Operational ClaspHis 110 crashed at the Twente Holland airfield on 5 November, 1943, cause and pilot/crew disposition unknown. (DeSwart)
79 Bruns, Karl HeinzI/NJG-101, II/NJG-4 (11/44)Bf 110, Ju 88Bomber Operational ClaspFlugbuch (3/42 to 11/44).
80 Bruns, Karl HeinzUffz4/LG-1 (Med)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 140734 "L1 + DM" (lost 9/14/42)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew near Tobruk 14 September, 1942; crashed due to engine trouble after a flak hit (Ju 88 Loss List).
81 Buch, Karl HeinzUffz22/JG-77 (Italy)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 18774 "Yellow 12" (lost 12/19/43) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 19 December, 1943 during aerial combat west of Amaseno.
82 Burgemann, Karl HeinzGefr9/JG-11Fw 190A-6 Werk # 550485 (lost 3/15/44)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 15 March, 1944 during aerial combat, crashing at Lemförde. Source: L. Wiegels.
83 Christmann, KarlOfw6/16/1912Feilbingert4/KG-53 (3/40), 6/KG-53 (4/42)He 111P "A1+JM" (dam 6/10/40), He 111H-6 "A1+FM" (dam mid 42), He 111H-20 Werk # 701235 "A1 + AM" (lost 11/5/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/21/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
MIA 5 November, 1944 believed sd by a British Night Fighter over the North Sea. Remaining crew (MIA): Hptm Heinz Zöllner, Pilot; Fw Erich Schneider, R/O; Ofw Fritz Marboun, Flt Engr and Fw Leonard Dollmeier, Gnr. Belly landed "A1+JM" 10 June, 1940 in South Sedan. He and Lt Zöllner nosed "A1+FM" over in the snow at Schatalowka, Russia, mid 1942. He was an Observer.
84 Claar, Karl HeinzOfw3/4/19151 III/JG-26 (joins 8/43), 12/JG-26, II/JG-26 (11/43 Mönchen-Gladbach) BF 109G-6/U4 Werk # 440019 "Blue 6" (lost 11/30/43) Fighter Operational Clasp KIA 30 November, 1943 during aerial combat NE of Radevormwald. Most likely, crashing after being disorientated in the clouds. Another source attributes his crash to weather. Per a Jager Blatt article 2/1998, he may have had one victory, a Halifax the night of 14 May, 1943 at Bochum.
85 Cordes, Karl Heinz 'Heino'Lt4/24/1920Münster621/JG-54 (5/43 S.U.), Stfkpt 2/JG-54 (8/44 S.U.), 1/JGr Ost (5/44)Fw 190A-4 Wk# (14)7132 (crashed 7/5/43), Fw 190A-4 Wk# (14)2491 (lost 11/4/43) Both "White ?"
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EP (3/16/44)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His 1st known Soviet victory, an Il-2 on 1 May, 1943. A LaGG-3 on 5 June, 1943. A LaGG-3 on 24 June, 1943. An La-5 on 5 July, 1943. On this same day, his Wk# 7132 received 20% damage, as reported at the Panikowo airfield, S.U.. A LaGG-3 on 6 July, 1943. An La-5 on 9 July, 1943. A Yak-4 on 17 July, 1943. A LaGG-3 on 18 July, 1943, a Fw at the time. Two Il-2s on 2 September, 1943. An La-5 and a Yak-9 on 14 September, 1943. A Yak-9 and an Il-2 on 4 November, 1943. An Il-2 on 15 December, 1943. On 4 November, 1943, Werk# 2491 was lost (only 10% damage reported) near the Witebsk airfield (S.U.), however it is not known if it was a result of combat or a flying accident. The disposition of the pilot is also unknown. One known western victory, a B-17 at Merseburg on 29 May, 1944. A 2nd western victory, a B-24 E of Prossnitz on 7 July, 1944. A Soviet Il-2 on 23 August, 1944. Another Il-2 on 25 August, 1944. A P-39 on 28 August, 1944. A Pe-2 on 12 September, 1944. Two Il-2s a P-39 and a Pe-2 on 14 September, 1944. An Il-2, a Pe-2 and a P-39 on 15 September, 1944. Bowers/Lednicer, 52 victories.
86 Crede, WernerOblt1/NAGr-8 (Mackwitz/Pommern)Bf 109G-8/R5 Werk # 202114 "White 8" (lost)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/12/43)

EK 1 & 2
Observer Operational Clasp
MIA 18 February, 1945 in the Arnswalde area, with his wingman Uffz Karl Heinz Beaulieu Marconny (also MIA), during a Tactical Observation mission in the Stargard area. Jager Blatt article also spells his name Gede.
87 Daehn, Karl HeinzStfkpt Seenotstaffel 70 (9/44-1/45)Do 24 Air Sea Rescue Operational Clasp Internet find
88 Dannhauer, Karl HeinzLtBomber unitHe 111H
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/1/43)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
89 Decker, KarlGefr6/15/1921Lünen4/KG-55 He 111P-4 Werk # 2993 (or 2942) "G1 + GM" (lost 5/5/41) Bomber Operational Clasp KIC with his entire crew after a mission against England the night of 4/5/May, 1941; crashed at Neufchateau, no further detail. Added: Three source crash locat ion revision; crashed at La Ferte-Vidame, Eure-et-Loir, France, on the way to Glasgow, cause unknown. Remaining crew (all buried in the Ger War Cem at Solers Fr.): Ogefr Gerhard Christoph, Obs (bur Blk2, Row 6, Gr 271); Gefr Heinz Reichert, R/O (Blk 1, Row 19, Gr 780) and Gefr franz Pezinger, Flt Engr (Blk 1, Row 20, Gr 834). Pilot Gefr Decker buried Blk 1, Row 16A, Gr 681 (D.Drury).
90 Deininger, GeorgFw3/KGr-100 (Vannes-Meucon) He 111H-2Werk # Unk "6N + DL" (dam 12/23/40), He 111H-3 Werk # 5633 "6N + CL" (lost 6/17/41) Wound Badge, Bomber Operational Clasp POW 17 June, 1941when his Werk # 5633 was sd by a Beaufighter of No.68 Sq., piloted by F/Lt Derek Pain & F/O David Davies during an attack on the Gloster Aircraft Factory. The ac crashed on Combe Hill, Bratton, Wiltshire. Fw Deininger bailed safely, while his crewmates were all killed. Remaining crew (buried CC, Blk 7, Row 2): Oblt Heinz Pöhner, Obs (Gr 33); Fw Kurt Ott, R/O 1 (Gr 32); Fw Otto Hertzberg, R/O 2 (Gr 34) and Fw Karl Engels, Flt Engr (Gr 31). Deininger was injured 23 December, 1940 after his ac sustained damage in combat with a Beaufighter of No 604 Sq., piloted by F/Lt John Cunningham. He was able to return to France, but was injured in the crash landing. The ac had been attacked over the sea off Dorset, wounding the remaining unnamed crew.
91 Dempf, KarlLtGrosse Kampfbeobachterschule 2 (Novy Malacky FP, Cz)Ju 88A-5 Werk # 883192 "ND + EN" (dam 9/2/44)Pilot BadgeThe ac made an emergency landing near Lazany, Slovakia on 2 September, 1944, cause & crew disposition unknown. Remaining crew (designations unknown): Uffz Heinz Meiermann, Uffz Vincenz and Fw Alfons Grübl (D.Drury).
92 Dieringer, ErichLt10/31/1921Messkirch/Stockach5/NJG-3Ju 88C-6 Werk # 750345 "D5 + BN" (lost 12/13/43) Night Fighter Operational Clasp KIA with unnamed crew 13 December, 1943, cause unknown, location not reported (Ju 88 Loss list). Added: MIA during an intercept mission against B-17's over the North Sea. Remaining crew (MIA): Uffz Karl Heinz Brinkmann, R/O and Ogefr Erwin Baumeister (R.Randall).
93 Dietsche, Karl HeinzHptm1/16/1916Mannheim3 1(F)/124(2/42), 3 & 2/JG-302 (10/43), Stfkpt 10/JG-301(10/44), Stfkpt 7/JG-3, Kdr II/JG-300 (4/45 to end) Bf 109G-6/R6 Werk # Unk "Red?" (Helsinki) EK 1(6/30/42) & 2(5/15/42)
Class "C" Glider Badge
Wound Badge(4/7/44)
Observer Operational Clasp in Gold(8/16/43)
POW 3 May, 1945, surrendering to the Americans at Bad-Aibling with 8 other pilots. His Luftwaffe career began in 1935 in the DLV, and in 1936, was a Gefr in Flugausbuilungsstelle-Kaufbeuren. His early training was in Observer unit schools until his assignment to 1(F)/124 on 19 February, 1942 in Norway. In September 1943, he transferred into fighters, serving briefly in JG-110 before joining the Wilde Sau units. Retired from the BundesLuftwaffe in 1969 as Lt Col.. Deceased 1987. (Source: His Son, also a Lt Col, Jeorg Dietsche). One known victory, his 1st, a "4 mot" on 22 November, 1944 and his 2nd, the next day, another "4 mot", no locations given in the Perry Claims on either. His 3rd, a B-17 (HSS) NE of Magdeburg on 8 March, 1944.
94 Dirkes, Karl HeinzUffz7/KG-1 (S.U.)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 5656 "V4 + CR" (lost 5/17/43)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew 17 May, 1943, cause unknown, location not reported (Ju 88 Loss List).
95 Dirr, EberhardUffzWetterkundungstaffel 51 Ju 88A Werk # Unk (lost 4/5/44) HJ Badge in Gold, Meteorological Operational Clasp He and Observer, Wd.R Karl Heinz Hommel, were injured in a crash at "Le Bois Guilleux, Chanteoie" on 5 April, 1944, cause not reported. Remaining crew (KIC; bur Mont de Huisnes, Vault 14): Ogefr Karl Zimmermann (geb 5/6/1921, bur Gr 123), R/O and Uffz Albert Suckau (geb 10/14/1922, bur Gr 125), Gnr (absa3945).
96 Dragenscheck, Karl HeinzObltInstr FFS AB 23, Stffuh 3/Panzerjagdstaffel (PzJgSt, 3/45 Kaufbeuren)Bu 181 trainer w/attached PanzerfaustsPilot Badge A Last Ditch effort for use against Allied ground troops (falkeeins-blogspot).
97 Drechsel, Karl HeinzUffz9/StG-2Ju 87D-3
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(9/9/42)

EK 1 & 2
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
98 Dudeck, Hans-HeinzHptm3/2/191612Stab II/JG-2(9/40), JGr-Süd (1/43 France), Stfkpt 6/JG-77(5/43), Stfkpt 4/JG-77(6/43), Kdr IV/JG-27(7/44), JG-52, JG-54Bf 109E in JG-2, Bf 109E-7 Werk # 5275 (lost 1/6/43; injured in a crash at the Salon airfield, cause not reported) in JGr- Süd, Bf 109G (Trop) in 6 & 4 Staffel, Bf 109G-10 Wk# 490644 "Black <3 + ~" (lost 1/1/45) in IV Grp
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold

EK 1 & 2
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Fighter Operational Clasp
A 10 year Luft. veteran, he was shot down 1 January, 1945, by AA fire over Venraij Holland and taken prisoner during Operation Bodenplatte. His plane caught fire, crashed at Smakt Holland, NNE of Venray. He bailed out and somehow, his chute was ripped and he slammed through tree branches which saved his life. He was lucky to find himself in a British hospital the following day. He was also shot down over the Channel during the Battle of Britain. One known BOB victory, his 1st, a Spitfire on 7 September, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire at Dover on 19 August, 1941. A 3rd, a Spitfire in the Therouanne area on 27 August, 1941. Served in N. Africa. One known Desert victory, a Marlet on 8 May, 1943. In Sicily, he downed a B-17 on 25 June, 1943. A P-51 at Brecy, W of Flers, on 18 July, 1944. His 6th, an Auster III N of Periers on 19 July, 1944. A Lancaster at Hagen-Iserlohn on 12 December, 1944. A P-47 at Aachen-Kerpen on 17 December, 1944. Retired Bundeswehr Major. AKA Karl Heinz Dudeck. Deceased 9 April, 1998.
99 Dumkow, Karl HeinzLt1II/JG-51 (2/43 Africa), 6/JG-51 (5/43 Italy)Bf 109G-2 Werk # 10856 10% dam 2/8/43), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 16649 "Yellow 1" (lost 5/17/43)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 17 May, 1943 SW of Cagliari probably due to engine trouble. WIA 8 February, 1943 during aerial combat; ac damaged when he made a force landing at Gabes.
100 Dürk, Karl HeinzUffz5/JG-27 (Med)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 18038 "Red 12 + -" (lost 6/15/43)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 15 June, 1943 during aerial combat SW of Marsalla.

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