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1 Strüning, HeinzHptm1/13/1912Neviges Rheinland56 5/ZG-26(39), (Z)/KG-30(40), 1/NJG-2(11/40), 7 & 4/NJG-2, Stfkpt 2 & 3/NJG-1(7/42, 7/43), Stfkpt 9/NJG-1 Ju 88C-1 Werk # 0142 "4D + NH" (force land-Flak 4/13/40) in KG-30, Ju 88C-4 Werk # 0363 "R4 + AH" (dam 3/27/41 crashed at Rheims w/eng prob, crew OK) in 1/NJG-2, Bf 110C & He 219 in 3/NJG-1, Bf 110G-4 Werk # 4868 (lost 7/14/43), Bf 110G-4 Werk# 740162 "G9 + CT" (lost 12/44) RK(10/29/42)-El (7/20/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(7/29/42)

EK 1 & 2
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Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 24/25 December, 1944 when he was shot down by an RAF Mosquito of RAF No. 157 Sq., piloted by S/Ldr R.D. Doleman, near Werl. When bailing out, he struck the tailplane and was killed. His body was found some weeks later. WIA 5/6 September, 1943, when both engines were damaged in combat and he crashed at Güsten (Balss). He lost another G-4, Wk# 4868 on 14 July, 1943, crashing at Maasbree Holland after being wounded by enemy fire, no mention of R/O disposition (DeSwart & Bf 110 Loss List). All Night victories, 250 Night combat missions; 30 Day combat missions, 70 missions over England. His first known victory, a Wellington the night of 23 November, 1940, no location. His 2nd, a Hudson 75 km east of Great Yarmouth, 15 Feb., 1941. His 3rd, a Wellington 65 km ENE of Southend on the night of 15-16 February, 1941. His 4th, a Wellington at Peterborough othe night of 6-7 May, 1941. His 5th, a Wellington NE of Clacton the night of 9-10 May, 1941. Nos.8 & 9 two Blenheims at the Grantham airfield the night of 18-19 August, 1941. A 10th, a Fortress I at Upwood on 13 October, 1941. A "4 mot" at Dortmund on 24 March, 1944. A Lancaster 18 km NE of Brügge on 11 May, 1944. A Halifax 15 km SSE of Brussels on 13 May, 1944. Bowers/Lednicer, 56 victories. Alternate spelling: Struening (DeSwart).

28 May 1943 Mosquito lV DZ432 of 109 Sqd piloted by Fritz Chrysler (RCAF) and Ray Logan (RCAF)

2 Wagner, GüntherHptm8/12/191126/NJG-102 (2/44), 7/NJG-2 (6/44)Bf 110, Ju 88EP(3/1/43)

EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Halifax 30 km S of Schweinfurt on 24 February, 1944. A 2nd, a "4 mot" in the Geldern area on 17 June, 1944. A post war summary by the navigator of Halifax LK837 of No.431 Sq, F/O R.C.B.Garity, confirms the 17 June claim belonged to Hptm Heinz Strüning, near Venlo-Goch Duisberg.

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