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1 Bär, Oskar Heinrich 'Heinz' or 'Pritzl' Obstlt3/25/1913Sommerfeld bei Leipzig221 1/JG-51 (9/40 St Ingelvert), Stafkpt 12/JG-51, Kdr IV/JG-51, Kdr I/JG-77, Kdr JGr-Süd, II/JG-1 (4/44), Kdr JG-3 (1/45), III/EJG-2, Kdr EpKdo 162, JV-44 Bf 109E-4 Werk # 3714 "White 13" (crashed into Channel 9/2/40, pilot rescued), Bf 109F-2 Werk # 6663 "White 7" (4/41), Bf 109F-2 Werk # 8318 "Brown 1" (8/41), Bf 109F-4 Wk# 7555 (5/42), Bf 109F-4 Wk#13376 "<< +" (Italy 42), Bf 109G-6 Wk# 18591 (20% dam; Bär injured when rammed by a landing ac), Fw 190A-7 Werk # 172689 "Red 23", Fw 190A-8/R2, Fw 190A-9 Werk # 205241 (9/44), Me 262C-1 "V186" w III/EJG-2, He 162

Deutsche Kreuz -Gold (6/8/42)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pendant
21 Bombers. His 200th victory was a B-24 Ser. # 41-29273 "Flak Magnet" of 458BG, 753BS, downed 22 April, 1944 (Abschussmeldung on file) at Hoetmar Germany, flown by 1/Lt Geo. N. Spaven Jr. (KIA). Germanys 9th ranked fighter Ace. 1000 combat missions. EL 8/14/41. Historys first Jet Ace! 16 victories in the Me 262. 10 victories in the Desert, Kdr I/JG-77. He was shot down 18 times. His 100th victory, an I-16 Rata on 19 May, 1942, the same day he downed five; three additional I-16s and an R-5. His 200th victory, a B-24 in the Ahlen area on 22 April, 1944 in his A-7 "Red 23". One of his last victories, a P-47 in the Bad Aibling area on 28 April, 1945, and a Mosquito, next day, same area, serving in JV-44. Began as Fw in JG-51 in Bf 109E Werk # 3714 "White 13" & E # 6663 "White 7". Also, Kdr I/JG-77 in May 1942. Served in JG-3 also. Fw 190A carried Werk # 172689 of II/JG-1. Also known to have flown Fw 190A-7 Werk # 431007 "Red 13" in II/JG-1. Flew an Me 262A-1a Wk#110559 "Red 13" also, in April, 1945. 16 Me 262 victories. Often out of Görings favor, he coined the phrase, "In my crate, I'm the commander". Killed in a light plane crash in Brunswick in 1957.

Major Heinz Bär (Kommandeur ll./JG1) briefing pilots at Rheine. L-R: Oblt. von Kirchmayr - Oblt. Burath - Unknown - Lt. Schwarz - Lt. Wegner - Lt. Deppe - Lt. Terborg - Obfw. Bach - Obfw. Schuhmacher - Obfw. Niederreicholz - Fw. Sauer - Fw. Fuchs - Uffz. Zinkl

2 Zinkl, RudolfUffz4 6/JG-1 (10/43 Rheine), 4/JG-1 (2/44), 6/JG-1 (2/44) Fw 190A-6 Werk # 550873 "Yellow 9" (lost 10/20/43)
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Shot down by B-17 return fire on 20 October, 1943 at Boekel, east of Veghel Holland. He was able to bail out safely. His first victory, a B-17 5 km southwest of Goch, by Eerde NL, 20 October, 1943. A 2nd, a B-17 (e.V.) in the Münster area on 22 February, 1944. Another 2nd victory (No. per OKL), a B-17 15 km SW of Ansbach on 25 February, 1944. His 3rd, a B-17 in the Hildeshein area on 23 March, 1944. A 4th, a B-24 (n.b.) on 8 April, 1944, no location, believed unconfirmed. A 5th, his 4th per OKL and Perry Claims, a P-47 SW of Mortain on 28 July, 1944 (another source refers to this victory as his 4th.) Jager Blatt article.

Major Heinz Bär (Kommandeur ll./JG1) briefing pilots at Rheine: 13 from left - Uffz. Zinkl

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