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1 Heller, RichardLt12/21/1913Melperts, Hessen229/ZG-26 (8/40), III/ZG-76 (2/41), 8/ZG-26 (11/41), Stfkpt 2/JGr-10 (4/45)Bf 110C, Bf 110E-2 Wk# 4431(lost 9/43), Bf 110F-3 Trop "3U + DS" (N.Africa), Bf 110G-2 Wk# 6371 (lost 10/43)
RK(8/21/41)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(7/12/43)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Destroyer Operational Clasp
KIA 5 April, 1945 hit by flak during a low level attack near Wülferinge/Harz. Injured in a crash at Gobi in Werk # 4431 on 27 September, 1943. Injured a 2nd time in Wk# 6371 on 9 October, 1943, crashing at Kiel after aerial combat. 5 victories in the Desert, 17 in the West. His first known victory, a Spitfire during the Battle of Britain, on 26 August, 1940. A 2nd, a Spitfire on 31 August, 1940, no location. A 3rd, a Spitfire over England on 26 September, 1940. In the desert on 15 July, 1941, Hptm Müncheberg came to his rescue, downing a Hurricane of RAF No. 73 Sq., which had latched onto his tail. His RK was awarded mainly for his escot work for Ju 87s, especially during July, 1941, when he downed three Hurricanes, and no Ju 87s were lost. He and gunner Uffz Mühlbrodt was shot down by a P-40 on 24 November, 1941. Heller was wounded in the left hand. Shot down with wounds in Werk # 6371, 9 October, 1943, opposing U.S. bombers during the Münster raid. This same day, he managed to down 3 B-17s in the Kielerförde/Schauberg area. A P-38 45 km SE of Livuk on 10 May, 1944.
2 Koslowski, RudolfLt2III/JG-4 (4/45)Fw 190A & Bf 109G EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Flugbuch with no further detail. One known victory, a P-51 in the Tilleda area on 11 April, 1945. A 2nd, a Yak-3 in the Müncheberg area on 18 April, 1945.
3 Müncheberg, Hans-Joachim Maj12/31/1918Friedrichshof, Pommern135Stafkpt 7/JG-26 (3/41 Sicily), Kdr II/JG-26, Stab/JG-51 (8/42 S.U.), III/JG-26 Adjutant, Kdr JG-77 (12/42)Bf 109E-4 "White 1 + I" (8/40), Bf 109E-7 "White 12"(Sicily 41), "Wh 2" & "Wh 13" w/ 7 Stf., Fw 190A-2 Wk# 20257 "Brn 12" w/6Stf, Fw 190A-2 Werk # 20209 (12/41), Bf 109G-2 Werk # 10725 (35% dam 12/10/42;engine fire due to combat, crash at Arco Philaenorum, pilot OK), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 16381 "-- + --" (lost 3/23/43) RK(9/14/40)-S(9/9/42)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(6/5/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Medagalia d'Oro Italy

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Ftr Oper.Clasp w/Pend
KIA 23 March, 1943 over Tunisia in Bf 109G-6 Werk # 16381, when the wings came off his aircraft during aerial combat, after colliding with Spitfires of the American 52nd FG. He is buried at Les Massem, N. Africa. 500 combat missions. 46 of his victories were Spitfires. His 1st victory, a Blenheim southwest of Opladen, north of Leverkusen, 7 November, 1939, while serving in Stab III/JG-26. His 4th, a Hurricane at Overijsche, SE of Brussels on 15 May, 1940. His 5th victory, a Spitfire west of Dunkirk, 29 May, 1940. His 10th, a Hurricane 15 km NE of Dover on 28 July, 1940. Shot down Peter Waghorn 261 Sqd during attack on Malta. One known early Soviet victory, two Pe-2s on 3 August, 1942 in a Bf 109F. A MiG-3 on 9 August, 1942. 11 victories in the Desert. He was also known to fly AC Bf 109E-7 "White 12" in 7 Staffel. He force landed a Bf 109G-2 Werk# 10725 10 December, 1942, after aerial combat with RCAF P-40s, piloted by F/L r.r. Smith & F/Sgt C.L. Shaver of 112 So., NW of Agheila. EL 5/7/41. Benito Mussolini conferred the Italian Gold Medal for Bravery (Medagalia d Oro) on 7 May, 1941, to Müncheberg for his 1941 Mediterranean service. He, Schöpfel and Galland were the first three Knights Cross winners in JG-26. Nickname: "Jochen". Photos
4 Müncheberg, Karl HeinzObltStfkpt 5/KG-1 (S.U.)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 3530 "V4 + BN" (lost 12/17/41)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(6/17/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
MIA with unnamed crew 17 December, 1941 after being hit by flak and making an emergency landing at Bolschaja-Dwer. Source: A. Mebius, Ju 88 Loss List & DK-G Awards List.
5 Müncheberg, PaulUffz2/JG-77 (Med)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 18535 (30% dam 8/5/43), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 15444 "Red 11" (lost 8/7/43)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Injured in an accidental crash south of Crotone on 7 August, 1943. He died of his injuries the next day. Injured 5 August, 1943 in a crash landing at Locri due to engine damage.
6 Schmitz, WilliFhr5/JG-11 (12/44 Zellhausen) 1/JG-11 (4/45)Bf 109G-14/AS Werk # 784188 "White 15" (lost 12/23/44), Fw 190A "Black 13" (lost 4/18/45), Bu 181 (lost 5/3/45)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 23 December, 1944 during aerial combat with a B-26 in the Koblenz area, bailed safely. Known to have made a force landing in the Bu 181 in the Neustadt area due to engine trouble, pilot and passenger, Fw Kurt Gehre, dispositions unknown (L. Wiegels). Injured 18 April, 1945 crash landing near Müncheberg due to flak.
7 Schöpfel, Gerhard 'Gerd'Maj12/19/1912Erfurt Thüringen40I/JG-26(39), Stafkpt 9/JG-26(9/39), Kdr III/JG-26(8/40), Kdr JG-26(12/41), Kdr JG-4(6/44), Kdr JG-6Bf 109E-4 "Yellow 1 + I" w/ 9 Staffel (Fr. 8/40), Bf 109E "<<+I", Fw 190A-2 "Blk S & Bars", Bf 109G-6 Werk # 440728 "<<+" (lost 8/6/44) RK(9/11/40)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(12/20/41)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pendant
POW May 1945, interned in the Soviet Union until his release in December, 1949. Channel pilot. 3 Bombers. He, Galland and Müncheberg were the first three JG-26 Knights Cross winners. One known victory, his 1st, a Hurricane in the Lille area on 19 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire I west of Dunkirk, 29 May, 1940. A 3rd, a Spitfire N of Dunkirk on 31 May, 1940. A 4th, another Spitfire at Dunkirk on 2 June, 1940. Nos. 5 & 6, a Spitfire W of Canterbury and a Handley S of Ramsgate, on 8 August, 1940. A 7th, a Spitfire at Folkestone on 12 August, 1940. On 18 August, 1940, he shot down 4 Hurricanes at Canterbury (Nos.7,8,9 & 10 - including Franciszek Koslowski of 501 Sqd RAF ) and made a safe escape. No.15, a Spitfire at London on 7 September, 1940. His 30th, a Spitfire E of Marquise on 9 August, 1941. On 6 December, 1942, he downed a B-17 # 41-24553 of 305BG, 422BS. Shot down with wounds on 6 August, 1944 in Bf 109G-6 Werk # 440728 near Schwerin. Bailed safely. 700 combat missions. 40 victories in the West. Commanded JG-26 after Galland and before Priller. Served as Fighter Leader Hungary in November, 1944. Kdr JG-6 in April, 1945 in northern Cz. Deceased 15 May, 2003. Photo
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Clockwise from left: JG26 Group: Lt. Walter Blume (POW 18 Aug 40), Lt. Werner Bartels (POW 24 Jul 40), Lt. Josef Schauff (KIA 24 Jul 40), Lt. Klaus Mietusch (KIA Sept 17 44), Oblt. Gerhard 'Gerd' Schöpfel, Lt. Gerhard Mueller-Dühe (KIA 18 Aug 40), and Lt. Gustav Sprick (KIA 28 Jun 41) (in front) - Chièvres, late May 1940.
8 Steinocher, OskarGefr11/JG-11Fw 190A-8 Werk # 739562 "Yellow 9 + I" (lost 2/20/45)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 20 February, 1945; belly landed at Müncheberg due to enemy fire.
9 Unger, MartinFw9/JG-54Fw 190A-8 Werk# 739548 "White 17" (lost 3/22/45)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 22 March, 1945 over Müncheberg-Fürstenwalde.

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