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1 Fischer-Bötow, RudolfUffz68/JG-54 (7/42 S.U.)Bf 109F, Bf 109G-2 Werk# 10431 "Black
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA/POW (?) 29 October, 1942 over Jerschino, probably due to engine damage. He was a member of "Rotte Seiler". His first known Soviet victory, a MiG-3 on 11 July, 1942. A MiG-3 on 18 July, 1942. A 3rd, an Il-2 on 1 September, 1942. A 4th, an Il-2 on 9 September, 1942. A 5th, a P-2 on 21 September, 1942. An I-16 Rata 3 km N of Ostrovski on 30 September, 1942. Alternate spelling" Fischer-Bütow.
2 Hahn, Hans 'Assi'Maj4/14/1914Gotha108Bomber Pilot (1/40), Stfkpt 4/JG-2 (5/40), Kdr III/JG-2 (11/41), Kdr II/JG-54 (12/42 S.U.)Bf 109E "White 12", Bf 109E-4 (White 14" (8/40), Bf 109F-1 Werk # 5741 "<< + I" in III/JG-2, Fw 190A-2 Werk# 223 "<< + I" & Bf 109F-4 w III/JG-2, Bf 109G-2/R6 Werk# 13949 "White << + -" (lost 2/21/43)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(7/27/42)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pendant
POW 21 February, 1943, when he was shot down in Werk# 13949 southeast of Salutsche when in command of II/JG-54 (according to Russian sources by Soviet ace Lt. P Grazhdanikov). Member of Rotte Stotz. Plus 36 Unconfirmed. 4 Bombers. 560 missions, 68 victories in the West, 4 four engine bombers. In 4/JG-2, he flew Bf 109E-1, "White 1". In III/JG-2, he flew a Bf 109F-2, Werk# 5749. His 1st victory, a Hurricane at Gembloux, 14 May, 1940. Nos 2 & 3, a Hurricane and a Morane 406 at Tournai on 19 May, 1940. His 4th, a Curtis ENE of Paris on 3 June, 1940. A 5th, a Hawk-75 at Roye on 6 June, 1940. Nos.7, 8 & 9, all Spitfires over Dover on 31 August, 1940. His 10th a Spitfire at Ashford on 4 September, 1940. His first known Soviet victory, a LaGG-3 and three Il-2s on 4 December, 1942. An La-5 and an Il-2 on 12 December, 1942. An Il-2 and a LaGG-3 on 29 December, 1942. Four LaGG-3s and an Il-2 on 30 December, 1942. Four LaGG-3s and three LaGG-5s on 14 January, 1943. Three LaGG-5s on 23 January, 1943. Hahn had a pet bear "Wumm", with whom he boxed! Another nickname, "Vadder". sometimes associated with Hans von Hahn, perhaps mistakenly. A Russian POW for 7 years in Siberia. Deceased 18 December, 1982 in Munich.
(Added by Pietrzak Youngs)


Courtesy Simon Moore
3 Menzel, Werner G.Uffz2/Kü.Fl.Gr. 406 (Hörnum)Do 18D-3 Werk # 767 (or 787) "G" (lost)Observer Operational ClaspPOW 29 November, 1939 after making an emergency landing at sea, 4-5 miles off Sudero Island Denmark due to low fuel. With fuel for one engine, he taxiied to Tveraa, where he and the unharmed crew were interned until the German occupation of Denmark on 9 April, 1940. Remaining seaplane crew: Oblt z.S Manfred Kinzel, Obs; Oberfunkmeister (Naval Rate) Karl Naumann, R/O and Uffz Heinrich Rotte, Flt Engr. Source: Air War over Denmark. Added: Pilot identified as Uffz Werner Menzel after erroneously identified as Oblt z.S Kinzel. The crew members were moved from the Faroe Islands to the Danish mainland (D.Drury).
4 Munderloh, GeorgUffz206/JG-54Bf 109G-2 Werk# 13913 "Yellow 9 + -" (lost 3/6/43)EP

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 6 March, 1943 over Staraja-Russa S.U. after downing his 20th, when his "Yellow 9" collided with another Soviet AC. With his engine dead, he had no choice but to land in enemy territory and be captured. He was a member of "Rotte Beisswenger". His first known Soviet victory, an Il-2 on 13 September, 1942. An I-16 Rata on 26 September, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 17 December, 1942. A LaGG-3 and an Il-2 on 29 December, 1942. An Il-2 on 30 December, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 16 January, 1943. A LaGG-5 and an Il-2 on 11 February, 1943. A LaGG-3 on 17 February, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 19 February, 1943. An R-5 on 20 February, 1943. A LaGG-3 on 23 February, 1943. Three LaGG-3s on 27 February, 1943. A LaGG-3 and an Il-2 on 5 March, 1943. Bowers/Lednicer, 20 victories.
5 Radtke, WalterUffz15/JG-54 (11/42 S.U.), Stab/JG-54 (S.U.)Bf 109F-4 Wk# 7483 "Blk 2" (dam 4/16/42), Bf 109G-2 Wk# 10413 "Wh ?" (60% dam 1/17/43) EK 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Shot down with wounds twice in JG-54. On 16 April, 1942 in 5 Staffel in Wk# 7483 over the Staraja-Russa S.U. airfield. AC damage % unknown. His first known victory, a Soviet Yak-1 on 10 November, 1942. Injured in a crash landing due to bad weather on 17 January, 1943 with Stab/JG-54 (Rotte Trautloft) in Wk# 10413 over Lukaschi, the AC sustaining 60% damage.
6 Rotte, Karl HeinzUffz16/JG-2 (6/41)Bf 109F, Kl 35B-1 Werk # 1616(lost) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIC 13 July, 1941 at Belleville near Dieppe, cause unknown. One known victory, a Blenheim at Pas de Calais on 23 June, 1941.
7 Spanke, Theodor "Theo"Lt12/24/1917Dortmund91/JG-54, 2/JG-54 (8/41 S.U.), 2/JGr-West (3/43 Biarritz) Bf 109E "White 6" in 1/JG-54 & F in '41, Most likely a Bf 109G-2 or Fw 190A "Black ?" (lost 3/16/43)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 18 April, 1942 near Wolchow. Spanke was a member of "Rotte Bremer". His first known Soviet victory, an I-18 on 27 September, 1941. A 2nd, an I-26 on 6 November, 1941. A 3rd, an R-5 on 11 December, 1941. A 4th & 5th, an I-16 and an Il-2 on 24 December, 1941. Victories 6 & 7, both I-26s on 27 February, 1942. An 8th, a MiG-3 on 11 June, 1942. A 9th, a P-39 on 8 September, 1942. (Magnus Report; KIFA 16 March, 1943 and 15 victories, having served in JGr-West also). Added: On 16 March, 1943, Lt Spanke was killed in an accident at Biarritz, Basses-Pyrenees, France, circumstances unknown. He is buried in the German War Cem at Berneuil, France, Blk 8, Row 3, Gr 56 (D.Drury).
8 Sternberg, HorstHptm4/15/1920Tawllninghen235/JG-26 (6/41), Stafkpt 5/JG-26 (Wevelghem Belgium11/41), Stfkpt 6/JG-26Bf 109F, Fw 190A-1 "Black 13" at Wevelghem 11/41, Fw 190A-4, Fw 190A-6 Werk # 470056 "Black 6" (lost 11/29/43) in 5 Staffel, Fw 190A-7 Wk# 642002 "Blk 12" (lost 2/22/44)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/29/43)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 22 February, 1944 in "Black 12" by P-47 pilot Maj. George Carpenter of the American 4th FG, 335th FS. He breached Luftwaffe discipline and left his Rotte to go after a smoking B-17, an easy kill. As his comrades watched in horror, he was jumped by a dozen P-47s. Lt. Crump raked Carpenter, and then dove away for his life. Sternbergs plane flew into the ground and exploded after two turns and then a shallow dive. Crashed near Hückelshofen (D). WIFA 29 November, 1943 in a Fw 190A-6 Wk# 470056 "Black 6" when he crashlanded and overturned at Lille Nord airfield after combat with a Spitfire. One known victory, his 1st, a Spitfire at Dunkirk on 26 June, 1941. His 2nd, a Spitfire at Dunkirk on 16 August, 1941. His 3rd, a Spitfire W of Dunkirk on 19 August, 1941. His 4th, a Spitfire at Wormhoudt on 21 August, 1941. His 15th victory, a B-17 of 94BG on 14 May, 1943 over Scheldt Estuary. His 20th victory, a B-17 (HSS) 30 km NW of Paris on 6 September, 1943.

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