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1 Koal, FritzFw66/JG-27Bf 109G-10 Werk # 490180 "Yellow 14" (lost 12/25/44)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a P-51 at Mürzzuschlag on 25 July, 1944. A 2nd, a P-47 at Emmerich on 27 September, 1944. His 3rd, a P-51 over Leipzig on 2 November, 1944. Shot down west of Koblenz with severe wounds in "Yellow 14" by the legendary George Preddy, he bailed safely, and returned to combat in March, 1945. His 4th, a B-26 N of Heiligenstadt on 7 April, 1945. His 5th, a C-47 W of Langensalza on 10 April, 1945. His 6th, a P-47 at Havelberg on 16 April, 1945. Magnus Report. A comrade of Hermann Kässinger. Survived the war.
2 Schmidt, Georg 'Schorsch'Uffz11/22/1920Ansbach, Bav.6/ZG-26 (Hildesheim)Bf 410A-1 Werk # 10037 "Yellow 4" (lost 12/22/43)Destroyer Operational ClaspHis 410 crashed at Zeijerveld Holland, NNW of Assen, on 22 December, 1943, cause and pilot/crew disposition unknown. (DeSwart). Added: The only son of Johann & Eva Schmidt, Uffz Schmidt was shot down during aerial combat with a P-51, piloted by Maj George E. Preddy. He was initially buried at Leeuwarden, and re-buried at Ysselsteyn, AR/3/52 on 25 November, 1958 (Find-A-Grave by Fred & Schmidt Family).
courtesy Fred and the Schmidt family

3 Schröder, Karl HeinzFw6/JG-27Bf 109G-14 Werk # 785758 "Yellow 9" (lost 12/25/44)Fighter Operational ClaspShot down west of Koblenz on Christmas Day, 1944, by the Legendary George Preddy. He bailed safely, but his comrade, Fritz Koal was wounded, but did manage to bail also. Jager Blatt 1/2005.
4 Sperling, Hans JoachimFw11/JG-1 (Reich Def)Bf 109G-14/AS Werk # 784158 "Yellow 8" (lost 12/25/44)Fighter Operational Clasp"Yellow 8" was reported lost on 25 December, 1944 in the Hohes-Venn area after combat with four-motor ac; pilot returned OK (Prien & Rodeike). Another source wrote "KIA 25 December, 1944 by P-51s of the 352nd FG (most likely by Maj. Geo. Preddy) as he was attempting to close on B-17s in the Bonn area."
5 Zinnen, Heinrich "Heinz"Uffz2/12/1922Aachen15/JG-11 (9/44 Gymnich), 10/JG-1, 11/JG-1 (12/44 Reich Def)Bf 109G-14/AS Werk # 784111 "Yellow 6" (lost 12/25/44) EK 2
Glider Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 25 December, 1944 by a P-51 of the 352nd FS (most likely Geo. Preddy) over the Hohes Venn area, (Ardennes) while attempting to intercept B-17s. Buried in the War Grave Cem, Daleiden Germany, Block C, Gr 1223. His one known victory, a P-51D at Zutphen-Haaksbergen, near Nijmegen, on 19 September, 1944. Four days earlier, he had been a British POW (briefly) after being shot down by British AA fire behind their lines. Entered the Luftwaffe in 1942, pilot training in 1943.

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