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1 Janssen, Oblt3/NJG-3Bf 110Night Fighter Operational ClaspKnown to have served with Paul Zorner. Pictured together.
2 Kliene, ErhartObltKG-He 111Bomber Operational ClaspKIA June 1944. A close friend of Paul Zorner.
3 Wilke, HeinrichOfw2/21/1921Bielefeld58NJG-2, 3, 5Bf 110 RK(11/25/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/1/44)
EP(4/24/44)

EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
Russian POW until 1947. Radio Operator for Paul Zorner. Participated in these 58 aerial victories. One of the few R/Os to receive the RK. Deceased 23 June, 1983.
4 Zorner, PaulMaj3/31/1920Roben bei Leobschütz Schlesien (now Poland)59Instr 40-41, 4/KGzbV-104, II/NJG-2 (7/42 Gilze-Rijen), 8/NJG-2, 10/NJG-3, Stffüh 2/NJG-3 (12/42 Wittmundhafen), Stfkpt 3 (3/43/Vechta) & Stfkpt 8/NJG-3 (Kastrup Denmark), Kdr III/NJG-5 (4/44 Mainz-Finthen), Kdr II/NJG-100 (10/44 to end)Ju 52; Ju 88, Bf 110E-1 Werk # 3962 "D5 + DH" (force land-US bomber combat, 4/17/43), Bf 110G-4 Werk # 6219 (bailed-eng fire, 7/25/43), Bf 110G-4 "D5 + BS" in 8/NJG-3 3/44), Bf 110G-4 "C9 + AD"(4/44) & Ju 88G-6 "C9 + HD" (10/44) in III/NJG-5, Do 217 in /NJG-2; Bf 109, Do 217, Ju 88G-6 Werk # 621541 "W7 + AC" in NJG-100 RK(6/9/44)-EL(9/17/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/20/44)
EP(8/31/43)
EK 1 (3/12/43) & 2 (6/9/41)
Trans Oper. Clasp in Silver (10/21/41) & Night Ftr Oper. Clasp in Gold (3/30/44)
After surrendering his Group at Karlsbad on 10 May, 1945, he was turned over to the Russians. Russian POW until December, 1949. A Transport pilot from March to October, 1941 with 162 missions in N.Africa, the Med, and Russia, converted to Night Fighter. Shot down during aerial combat in Bf 110E-1 Werk# 3962 "D5 + DH near Cloppenburgh on 17 April, 1944. Lost another Bf 110, a G-4 model, Werk# 6219 on 25 July, 1944 due to an engine fire. All the crew bailed safely. 272 combat missions; 59 victories in 110 Night missions! All victories were Night victories. A Lancaster I of RAF No.166 Sq Serial ME636, piloted by W/O G.A.Woodcock at Müritz the night of 15-16 February, 1944. Four "4 mots" on 11 June, 1944 in the Dreux area. His long-time R/O was Fw Heinrich Wilke, a RK recipient 29 November, 1944. His 59th and last victory, a B-24 SSE of Graz on 6 March, 1945, when he served as Kdr II/NJG-100. Bowers/Lednicer, 59 victories. Last known, living in Homburg.

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