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1 Priebe, Eckehard J. 'Ecki'Oblt6/24/1916Berlin31.J/88 Legion Condor, Stfkpt 2/JG-77 (9/39 Poland-8/40 Channel)Bf 109B (in Spain), Bf 109E-1 Werk # 3378 "Red 13 + o" (9/39), Bf 109E-1 Werk # 4076 (lost 8/31/40)
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Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 31 August, 1940, being shot down by two Spitfires over England, piloted by F/O Brian Carbury of No.603 Sq. and F/Lt Denys Gillam of No.616 Sq. (D.Drury). Bailed safely landing at Elham Park Wood. The swastika from Priebes rudder was removed, and is on display at the 8th Air Force Museum in Pooler, GA. One victory in Spain. One known victory, his 1st, a Mureaux over the Rhine, south of Lauterburg, 11 October, 1939. His 2nd, a Morane 406 west of Dinant, 15 May, 1940. His 3rd, a Hurricane northeast of Cambrai, 19 May, 1940. Priebe, author of the book "Thank You Canada", as he spent his POW time there. Deceased 7 December, 1999.
2 Priebe, WilliHptm11/30/1907Shot down 19 April, 1945 by Birenbach/Göppingen. Jager Blatt 2/2001.
3 Priebe, WolfgangLtII/ZG-1 (5/43 Med), 4/ZG-1 (10/43 France)Bf 110G-2 Trop Werk # 6237 "S9 + MM" (dam 5/9/43), Bf 110G-2 Werk # 150130 "S9 + SM" (lost 10/8/43) Wound Badge
Destroyer Operational Clasp
POW with unnamed crew 8 October, 1943 after being shot down by Spitfires of Nos. 453 & 610 Squadrons, 53 miles off Bishop's Rock, Scilly Isles. Added: Remaining crew this date, POW Ogefr Peter Kühl (D.Drury). Priebe injured, and Fw Friedrich Kleine-Kleffmann, R/O, was killed, when they made an emergency landing SE of Reggio on 9 May, 1943, due to an engine fire. The deceased buried in the Pomezia War Cemetery, south of Rome, Blk G, Grave 1217. Bf 110 Loss List & D.Drury.
Pomezia, Italy
4 Schweitzer, WalterUffz3/28/19143/Ku.Fl.Gr. 606Do 17Z-3 Werk # 2695 "7T + GL" (lost 4/10/40)Observer Operational ClaspMIA 9 or 10 April, 1940; the ac crashed at sea, failed to return from an anti-submarine mission to the Skagerrak, cause unknown. Remaining crew (MIA): Lt.z.S Walter Priebe, Obs; Matrose (Seaman) Emil Tölle, R/O (remembered either on Laboe Naval Mem or U-Boat Mem. at Möltenort) and Gefr Ewald Pohl, Flt Engr (believed KIA, remembered on the Laboe Naval Mem) (D.Drury),

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