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1 Bartels, WernerOblt5/28/1902III/JG-26 Technical Officer (Channel)Bf 109E-1 Werk # 6296 Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Shot down and seriously wounded 24 July, 1940 by an RAF No. 65 Squadron Spitfire at Northdown, Margate, England. The AC was displayed at Croydon, England. He was repatriated in 1943 and joined the Me 262 Program.
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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.
2 Blume, WalterMaj6/1/1915142/JG-26 (9/39), 7/JG-26 (5/40), 3/JG-27 (4/44)Bf 109E-4 "White 13 + I" (lost 8/18/40)EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 18 Aug., 1940 after being shot down near Canterbury by Hurricanes of RAF No.32 Sq., piloted by P/O's Alan Eckford and Karol Pniak. Severely wounded in the crash, he was repatriated in October 1943, and returned to combat duty. One known victory, his 1st, a Hurricane "L-1639" of RAF No. 504 Sq. over Brussels, 14 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Hurricane at Neufchatel, 8 June, 1940. His 3rd, a Defiant at Dreux, 14 June, 1940. His 4th, a Spitfire at Dover Hafen on 25 July, 1940. His 5th, a Spitfire E of Dover on 15 August, 1940. His 6th, a Spitfire W of Calais on 16 August, 1940. Another victory after repatriation, a B-17 (e.V.) at Kecsemet-Paks/Tolna on 3 April, 1944. His 7th, a B-24 (HSS) at Neunkirchen on 12 April, 1944. An 8th, a B-24 (HSS) S of Wiener Neustadt on 12 April, 1944. Another B-24 SW of Wiener-Neustadt on 23 April, 1944. A B-17 (e.V.) "CC-9" at Dachau, east of Augsburg on 24 April, 1944 (Perry Claims). Bowers/Lednicer, 14 victories. Deceased 19 July, 1965 (D.Drury).
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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.
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Blume's Me109 Caffiers airfield east of Calais, sometime June-August 1940.
3 Mietusch, KlausMaj8/5/1918Posen752/JG-26 (38), 7/JG-26 (9/39), Stafkpt 7/JG-26 (9/41), Kdr III/JG-26 (7/43)Bf 109E-1 Wk # 2746(lost), Bf 109E-7 "White 13 + I and White 2 + I" in 7/JG-26, Fw 190A-3 & Fw 190A-4 Werk # 7147 in 7 Staffel, Bf 109G-6 Werk # 440624 "Blk 22" (Etain 3/44), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 440640 "Blk 20", Werk # 162032 "Black 21", Werk # 162345 "Black 24" & Werk # 163445 "Black 22" (6/44 Villcoublay-Nord) w/ III Grp, Bf 109G-6 Werk # 441646 "Black 25" (lost 9/17/44)
RK(3/26/44)
EL(11/18/44 Post.)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(11/2/42)
EP(4/26/41)

EK 1 & 2
Wnd Bdg
Ftr Oper.Clsp w/Pend (7/10/44)
KIA 17 September, 1944. Fatally wounded in "Black 25" by a P-51 of 361FG, 376FS, flown by Lt Wm. R. Beyer, while landing at Rath-Aldekerk/Rhineland. Buried Düsseldorf Nordfriedhof, Block 112/0/117 (Rosseels). 10 Bombers. POW (Temp) 8 June, 1940, shot down by an RAF Hurricane in Wk# 2746. Injured in a TO accident due to eng. fail. at Gatschina in Fw 190A-4 Wk# 7147. Bailed successfully w/injuries 3/8/44 near Meppen in G-6 # 162032 "Blk 21", aerial combat with P-51s. Landing acc. 4/12/44 in G-6 # 162345 "Blk 24" hitting a bomb crater and turning over. Downed by an RCAF Spitire piloted by S/L G. Robertson of No. 411 Sq., 7/17/44 in G-6/U4 #440640 "Wh 20" One known victory, a B-17 on 9 October, 1942 named ""Big Eagle" of the 93BG, flown by Capt. Alexander Simpson. Another B-17, either # 42-3192 "City of Albuquerque" of 303BG, 358BS, or # 42-5392 "Stric Nine" of 303BG, 427BS, both downed northwest of Breda on 19 August, 1943. His favoite wingman was Uffz Erhard Tippe. 452 missions. Shot down ten times. 15 victories in the East. His 65th victory, a P-38 N of Paris on 14 June, 1944. His last victory, a P-51 at Geldern on 17 September, 1944, the date of his death. His 109E-7 was "Yellow 13" in April 1941. Photo


June 1942: L-R: Borris - Phillip - Gruenliger - Priller - Aistleitner - Mietusch - Ruppert

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.


4 Müller-Dühe, GerhardLt4/13/1918Havelberg52/JG-26(9/39), 7/JG-26(8/40)Bf 109E-1 "A" (lost)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 18 August, 1940 over England in aerial combat with two Hurricanes of RAF No. 32 Sq., piloted by F/Lt Peter Brothers & P/O Boleslaw Wlasnowolski. He was hit by a short machine gun burst, and his E-1 caught fire. Plane and pilot went into a steep dive and crashed in a field at Chilham, Kent. Buried Cannock Chase, Block 1, Row 5, Gr 183 (M.Croft & D.Drury). His first victory was a Hurricane "L-1950" of RAF No. 504 Sq. over Brussels on 14 May, 1940. His 2nd, another Hurricane, at Ostende, 28 May, 1940. His 3rd, a Spitfire at Dover on 25 July, 1940. His 4th, a Spitfire at Dover-Folkestone on 14 August, 1940. His 5th, a Spitfire of RAF No. 64 Sq., piloted by P/O Ralph Roberts (POW) E of Dover on 15 August, 1940. Alternate spelling: Müller-Duehe or Mueller-Duhe
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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.



Cannock Chase
5 Schauff, JosefLt4/9/1918Lippe-Bergheim18/JG-26Bf 109E-4 (lost) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 24 July, 1940 in aerial combat NW of Margate with Spitfires of either RAF No. 54 or 65 Sq.. Buried Margate Cem., Kent, Plot "L", Sec 50, Gr 15031 (M.Croft). His one victory, a Hurricane on 8 June, 1940, no location.
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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.
6 Schneider, Gerd DietrichJG-26 (2/42)Bf 109E & FFighter Operational ClaspChannel pilot with Schöpfel and Glunz. Signor on a Robert Taylor painting with these two.
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
(Added by Pietrzak Youngs)

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 Sprick, Gustav 'Micky'Oblt11/29/1917Biemsen Westfalen318/JG-26 (9/39), Stafkpt 8/JG-26 (8/40)Bf 109E-1 (lost 6/40), Bf 109E-4/N "Black 1" & "Black 13", Bf 109F-2 Werk # 5743 "Blk 13 + I" (lost 6/28/41) RK(10/1/40)
EP(9/8/40)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 28 June, 1941, while battling Spitfires near St. Omer (Holque), France in his 109F-2. While performing a routine maneuver, a split S, his right wing collapsed. He had no chance to escape and died in the crash. WIA 14 June, 1940 S of Everaux either by flak of a French fighter. 192 missions, all victories in the West. His first victory, a Fokker T.V. near Breda, 10 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Curtis Hawk NW of Antwerp 11 May, 1940. His 3rd, a Morane 406 at Gramont, Kreis Namur, 17 May, 1940. His 4th, a Hurricane at Furnes on 31 May, 1940. His 5th, a Spitfire at Dunkirk, 2 June, 1940. His 6th, a Defiant near Paris on 13 June, 1940. His 7th, a Hurricane at Poix-Abbeville on 14 June, 1940. His 8th, a Hurricane NW of Margate on 12 August, 1940. His 9th, a Spitfire at Dover-NW Boulogne on 15 August, 1940. His 10th, a Hurricane at Canterbury on 18 August, 1940. His 15th, a Spitfire at Rochester on 3 September, 1940. His 20th, a Spitfire SW of London on 28 September, 1940.
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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.


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