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1 Drewes, MartinMaj10/20/1918Lobmachtersen (Salzgitter), Braunschweig52Transports, 4/ZG-76( 6/41), 6/ZG-76(8/41), 7 & 9/NJG-3, Stfkpt 11/NJG-1, Kdr III/NJG-1(3/44 to end)Ju 52 (4/40 Norway), Bf 110C-4 Werk # 3013 in 4/76, Bf 110G-4 "G9 + WD", Bf 110G-4 Werk # 720410 "G9 + MD" (lost 7/21/44; WIA, parachuted NE of Tubbergen, Dutch border), Ju 88G in III Gruppe

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/24/44)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Night Fighter Oper Clasp
Paratrooper drop over Norway. His 1st RO & Gunner, for three years, were Ofw Georg Petz & Fw Handke (Both wounded 21 July, 1944), as was Drewes, all bailing safely from "G9 + MD" (see below note). Seven of the known victories were bombers by Day. One known victory, A Spitfire at Map Quadrant 33.2 on 29 August, 1941. His 10th, a B-24 100 km N of Nordeney on 5 January, 1944. Another was a B-17 of the 306BG, 369BS on 11 January, 1944. His R/O this date was Uffz. Handke. 43 Night victories. 235 combat missions. His Bf 110G-4 Werk # 720410 "G9 + MD" crashed on Loomsweg in Reutum Holland (gem. Tubbergen) on 20/21 July, 1944, as a result of Lancaster return fire. His AC sported the Sharks Teeth. He was the last Kdr of III/NJG-1, from March, 1944 to the end. Survived the war.

He assed away on the 13th of October 2013. In February 1947, Drewes was released from captivity. He then left Germany, travelling to Italy. In Genua, he took the ship, North King, to Brazil, arriving in Rio de Janeiro on the 20th of August 1949. From 1950 to 1951, he worked as a pilot and aerial photographer. There he built a career as an entrepreneur and married Dulce Hurpia, a Brazilian woman, who gave him a son, Klaus Drewes, a lawyer in Brazil. The long marriage ended only in 2010 by the death of his wife. He returned at least once each year on visits to Germany. He died on the 13th of October 2013 in Blumenau, southern Brazil, of natural causes. (KTY added)

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2 Froehling, Heinrich "Heiner"Lt4/ZG-76 (Jever 4/41)Bf 110D Werk # 3641 (80% damaged)Destroyer Operational ClaspKnown to have flown with Martin Drewes in the Denmark/Norway areas in March & April, 1941. On a flight from Jever to Rom Denmark, he landed at Rom and hit a soggy landing ground, severely damaging the AC, while he nor his R/O were injured. Source: Air War over Denmark. Alternate spelling: Fröhling.
3 Handke, ErichOfw11/2/1920Darmstadt59IV/NJG-1, III/NJG-1Bf 110 Radio Operator

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/1/44)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
Although not a pilot, Handke flew 129 Night missions and therefore participated in the 59 victories. First 14 victories with Fw Schorsch Fraft (who was later killed), 8 with Heinz Schnaufer, until he found Martin Drewes, his definate driver, with whom he changed over to III Gruppe. Deceased 11 November, 1987.
4 Rotter,MajIII/NJG-1Bf 110G-4Wound Badge
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
Served with Martin Drewes.

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