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1 Pleines, ErnstFw4/1/1920Rheinhausen2/JGr-West Bf 109G-6 Werk # 163306 "RQ + DS" "Red 3" (lost 5/28/44) Fighter Operational Clasp KIFA 28 May, 1944 while making a force landing by Gabbert. Jager Blatt 4/2002 & D.Drury. Added: He is buried in Jaworz Poland, after crashing in the Trabun See (now Trzebun Lake). The ac was recovered from the lake in 1999, and now resides in the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow, coded "Red 3" (D.Drury). Added: Another source states Fw Ernst Pleines "crashed after takeoff at Jaworz" (A.Rosseels).
2 Pleines, Helmut L.E.Uffz13/NJGr-10, 3/EJG-2 (2/45) Bf 110G-4 or He 219A-0 in NJGr, Ar 96B-6 Werk # 430096 "GE + 61" (lost 2/10/45) in EJG-2 EK 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIC 10 February, 1945 during detached duties from NJGr-10, as an instructor, in 3/EJG-2. Buried Perleberg, Blk 6/1/6. Source: T. Boiten & A.Rosseels.
3 Pleines, WalterUffz57/JG-1 (2/44), 8/JG-1 (5/44), 9/JG-1 (4/44 Reich Def; 3/45 Anklam)Bf 109G-6 "Yellow 9 + I" (lost 4/11/44), G-10 & G-14EP

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Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 11 April, 1944 during aerial combat with a P-47 near Wolfsburg; he crash landed, and his ac was hit again on the ground. One known victory, his 1st, a B-17 at Stuttgart on 25 February, 1944. His 2nd, a B-17 at Deventer-Raalte on 8 March, 1944. His 3rd, a P-47 near Braunschweig on 11 April, 1944. A 4th, a P-38 on 17 July, 1944. A 5th, a P-38 NW of Paris on 18 July, 1944. Survived the war.

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