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1001 Krajnik, KarlUffz6/KG-30 (Med)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 142551 "4D + JP" (lost 9/8/43)Bomber Opderational ClaspThis ac reported lost at Neapel 8 September, 1943, cause unknown, pilot and unnamed crew returned (Ju 88 Loss List).
1002 Kral, KarlFwNAGr.-3Fw 189A-2 Werk # 125228 "5D + DM" (lost 10/20/43)Night Observer Operational ClaspKIA 20 October, 1943 at Gorodek Russia, cause unknown. His Observer, StbsFw Erich Klodner, and one remaining unnamed crewman also KIA. Obs Loss List
1003 Krämer,11/KG-40, 6/KG-40 (7/44)Fw 200C & Ju 88ABomber Operational ClaspFlugbuch (1/42 to 7/44). This could be Ofw Karl Kramer in an unidentified bomber unit.
1004 Kramer, KarlOfwKG unitJu 88A-4, Ju 188E
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/1/44)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
1005 Krämer, KarlUffzIII/StG-3 (S.U.)Ju 87D-3 Werk # 2993 (lost 7/13/43)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspKIC with unnamed crew 13 July, 1943 at Kojakowo, cause not reported. Ju 87 Loss List
1006 Kramer, WernerFw9/3/1915Weferlingen3(F)/123Do 17P-1 Werk # 4086 "4U + AK" (lost 11/1/40)Observer Operational ClaspKIC with his entire crew 1 November, 1940; cause unknown, but believed due to an engine malfunction. The ac crashed at La Rocco, St Quen's Bay, Jersey. The crew are buried in Crypt 53 at Mont de Huisnes (Fr.). Remaining crew: Lt Wilhelm Göhringer, Obs (chamber 86); Uffz Karl Grünmüller (chamber 87 and Gefr Benno Pfiffer (chamber 85. Pilot Kramer rests in chamber 88 (D.Drury).
1007 Kratzer, KarlFw8/KG-51 S.U.)Ju 88A-14 Werk # 144465 "9K + ZS" (lost 7/14/43)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/13/43 Post.)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
MIA with unnamed crew at Uljanowo 14 July, 1943 during aerial combat with an Allied fighter. Ju 88 & KG-51 Loss Lists & DK-G Awards List.
1008 Kraupp, KarlOfwWekusta 76Ju 88D-1 & D-5
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/13/43)

EK 1 & 2
Meteorological Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
1009 Krause, Karl HeinzUffzIV(Sturm)/JG-3Fw 190A-8 Werk # 732009 (80% dam 3/2/45)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Injured in a crash 2 March, 1945 at the Prenzlau airfield, overturning on landing due to technical failure.
1010 Krauss, RudolfLt1/(H)/32Hs 126B-1 Werk # 4374 "V7 + 1K" (lost)Observer Operational ClaspMIA 9 February, 1942 after being shot down by Soviet fighters at Murmansk. His R/O, Ofw Karl Matten, was also listed as MIA. Source: SIG Norway.
1011 Krebs, KarlOfw11/16/1913Plauen6/KG-76 (Channel)Ju 88A-1 Werk # Unk "F1 + GP (lost 8/18/40)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 18 August, 1940; shot down by a Hurricane at Church Farm, Aylesford, near Maidstone, possibly that of Sgt Paul Farnes of No. 501 Sq., three remaining unnamed crew POW (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: Remaining crew (POW): War Correspondent Lt Buchmeier, Fw O.Watermann and Uffz H.Löffler. Krebs buried at CC, Blk 1, Row 9, Gr 355. The intended target seemed to be the RAF station, West Malling (D.Drury).
1012 Kreisel, KarlFw11/JG-54Fw 190D-9 Werk# 210076 "Yellow 10" (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 29 December, 1944 in aerial combat with Typhoons of RAF Nos. 168 & 439 Squadrons over Nieburg/Rheine, near Lingen.
1013 Kremer, KarlLt5/JG-1 (8/44 Reinsehlen)Fw 190A-6 Werk # 550759 (lost 1/24/44), Fw 190A-8 Werk # 175004 "White 12" (lost 11/26/44)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 26 November, 1944 during aerial combat with a P-51 near Helmstedt; bailed safely. WIA 24 January, 1944 during aerial combat with fighters near Antwerp; crashed near Kallo Belgium, no further detail (Rosseels).
1014 Kremkel, KarlOgefr11/28/1921JGr-SüdBf 109F-4 Werk # 9239 (lost)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Injured during a force landing into the sea in his Bf 109 by La Ciotat on 2 December, 1943. The cause was engine trouble. Jager Blatt 3 & 4/2004.
1015 Krenkel, KarlOgefrJGr Süd (France)Bf 109F-4 Werk # 9239 (60% dam 12/2/43)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Injured in an emergency landing at La Ciorat on 2 December, 1943 due to an engine fire.
1016 Krentz, KarlUffz3Stab/JG-11 (12/44), 1/JG-11 (3/45)Bf 109G, Fw 190A
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 24 April, 1945 during aerial combat in the berlin area (L. Wiegels). His first victory, a P-51 S of the Mittelland Kanal on 5 December, 1944. His 2nd victory, a P-51 in the Asch/Maastricht area on 1 January, 1945. His 3rd victory, a P-39 on 27 March, 1945.
1017 Kresse, ArturOfw3(F)/AufKlGr Ob.d.L.Do 215 Werk # Unk (lost 7/1/40)Observer Operational ClaspMIA 1 July, 1940; failed to return from a reconnaissance mission to Grimsby. Remaining crew: Lt Karl Vockel, Obs (KIA); Fw Wilhelm Wagner, R/O (KIA) and Ogefr Johann Braun, Flt Engr (MIA). The bodies of Vockel & Wagner were reported to have washed ashore, but their grave sites are unknown (D.Drury).
1018 Kretschmar, KarlOgefr4/JG-300Bf 109G-10 Werk # 151933 (lost 2/28/45)Fighter Operational ClaspKIC 28 February, 1945 when he crashed during takeoff from Borkheide airfield (Bf 109 Loss List). Alternate spelling: Kretschmer.
1019 Krieger, HeinzUffzErg/Fernaufkl.Gr (Reich Def)Ju 88D-1 Werk # 1047 "F2 + MN" (lost 7/4/43)Observer Operational ClaspKIC with his Observer Lt Karl Stauff and two other unnamed crew 4 July, 1943, crashing in the Ostsee, cause not reported (Ju 88 Loss List).
1020 Krieger, HerbertUffz2/Kü.Fl.Gr-406BV 138C-1 Werk # 0311026 "K6 + HH" (lost)Air-Sea Rescue Operational ClaspMIA 28 July, 1943; shot down during aerial combat with a Beaufighter of RCAF No.404 Sq. near Shetland. Remaining crew (all MIA): Lt Karl Wiegrefe, Observer; Uffz Fritz Röhlig, R/O; Uffz Herbert Bertz, Mech and Ogefr Herbert Philipp, Gunner. Source: SIG Norway.
1021 Kröcher, Friedrich KarlLt8/JG-11Fw 190A-7 Werk # 643918 (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 11 April, 1944 during aerial combat, crashing at Haftling, near Diepholz. Source: L. Wiegels.
1022 Kröcher, Karl HeinzOblt9/6/1921Meiningen3/KG-100He 177A-3 Werk # 332217 "5J + HL" (lost 1/24/44)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 24 January, 1944; accidentally shot down by German flak, crashed near Maria-ter-Heide Belgium, 15 km north of Antwerp. Buried Lommel, Block 52/99. Source: A. Rosseels. Remaining crew: Uffz Karl Fritz, geb 9/22/1920, (KIA), Obs; Uffz Gerhard Schmidt, geb 2/21/1920, (KIA), R/O; Uffz Johann Fischer, geb 3/31/1919, (KIA), Wart; Fw Heinrich Middeke, geb 3/13/1916, (KIA), Gunner; Uffz Heinz Gerhard Raczek, geb 6/10/1923, (KIA), Wart; Ogefr Hans Werner Rülke, geb 11/18/1922 (WIA), Gunner and Ogefr Leonhard Meier, geb 2/20/1924, (WIA), Wart (B.Bines).
Lommel, Belgium
1023 Krögel, Karl Gerhard?Uffz7/JG-54 (or 7/JG-302) Recih Def 12/43Bf 109G-6 Werk# 27082 "White 8" (lost 12/24/43)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 24 December, 1943 during aerial combat at Ludwiglust.
1024 Krom,LtBf 110 "G9 + HN"Remaining crew: Fw Labida and Fw Karl Heinz Schoenemann. Jager Blatt 6/2001.
1025 Kröner, Hans FriedrichLt210/NJG-1Bf 110G-4 Werk # 6223 (lost 9/23/43) EK 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 23/24 September, 1943 during aerial combat with a Mosquito of RAF No. 605 Sq., piloted by F/Lt C.E. Knowles. He was shot down during a landing attempt at Mainz-Finthen airfield (Boiten). Remaining crew (KIA): R/O Uffz Otto Damman and Gnr Ogefr Karl Buls. The RCAF Claims list indicated the Canadian pilot was F/L M.W. Beveridge of No. 418 Sq.. One known victory, a Wellington NW of Alkmaar on 17 August, 1943.
1026 Krüger, HorstOfwWekusta 76 (Nikolayev) Ju 88A-4 Werk # 5910 "5Z + RA" (lot 4/14/42) Meteorological Operational Clasp MIA with his entire crew, 14 April, 1942, when they failed to return from a reconnaissance operation, circumstances unknown. Remaining crew: Wd.-Sekr. Robert Lohle, Obs; Fw Adalbert Mübach (or Müsbach), R/O and Ogefr Erwin Walter Karl Beese, Flt Engr. Two matches on the VDK database: Wd.-Sekr and Ogefr Beese, showing their place of death as Alushta, Crimea, where they are believed buried (D.Drury).
1027 Krüger, KarlUffz6/JG-11 (Reich Def)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 411002 "Yellow 5" (lost 3/3/44)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 3 March, 1944, reason and place unknown. Mombeek MIA List.
1028 Krüger, KarlOblt3/KG-40 Fw 200C Werk # 0083 "F8 + ZL" (lost 11/8/41) Bomber Operational Clasp AC reported lost 8 November, 1941, no location, all six crew KIA (Fw 200 Losses, 1988 Book per H. Breuer).
1029 Krüger, KarlLt9/KG-51 (S.U.)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 6640 "9K + DT" (lost 2/26/43)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew at Tuapse 26 February, 1943, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List).
1030 Krüger, KarlOblt8/22/1918Stfkpt 6/KG-2 Do 217E-4 Werk # 1217 "U5 + OP" (lost 8/19/42) Bomber Operational Clasp KIA 19 August, 1942 when he failed to return after attacking the Allied landing at Dieppe. He was believed lost due to an attack by fighters. His body washed ashore, after crashing into the North Sea off Leeuwarden, Netherlands. Oblt Krüger is buried at Ysselsteyn, Blk AR, Row 5, Gr 110. Remaining crew: Gefr Wilhelm Glänzer (MIA), Uffz Karl Heinz Grasse (KIA, bur Bourdon 19/1/25) and Uffz Paul Kloska (MIA) (C.De Swart & D.Drury).
1031 Krüger, OttoLt1/KG-28 (Nantes)He 111H-5 Werk # 3534 "1T + HH" (lost 5/11/4)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW with his entire crew, 11 May, 1941, after being sd by a nightfighter and crashed at Galleywood, Chelmsford, Essex. The crew bailed safely and were captured. Remaining crew: Uffz Karl Schrey, Obs; Gefr Andreas Lindenmayer, R/O and Uffz Otto Gauernack, Flt Engr (D.Drury).
1032 Kubilius, KarlUffzErg/JG-26, III/JG-26Bf 109F-4Fighter Operational Clasp
1033 Kübler, KarlUffz3/22/19132/ZG-52Bf 110 (lost)Destroyer Operational ClaspKIA 27 May, 1940 during the French Campaign, crashing his 110 in the North Sea, off the coast of De Panne, buried Lommel, Block 42/299. Source: A. Rosseels.
Lommel, Belgium
1034 Kübler, KarlUffz2/NJG-3Ju 88C-6 Werk # 360446 "D5 + FK" (lost 11/14/43)Night Fighter Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew 14 November, 1943, cause unknown, location not reported (Ju 88 Loss List).
1035 Küchenmeister Karl HeinzOblt12/8/1914II(Lufttorpedostf)/KG-26 (Sola)Ju 88A-17 Werk # Unk (lost 4/21/45)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA with unnamed crew, 21 April, 1945; sd by a Mosquito, crashed into the North Sea, 100km S of Stavanger Norway (KG-26 Loss List).
1036 Kück, Karl vonLt1/JG-3 (Channel)Bf 109F-2 Werk # 6737 "White 8" (lost 5/16/41)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 16 May, 1941 after being hit by AA fire while carrying out a strafing mission at Hawkinge. He bailed south of Dover, but too low for his chute to deploy. Alternate spelling: Kueck.
1037 Kuehl, Karl HeinzLt11/28/19189/JG-27Bf 109G-6 Werk # 20566 :Yellow 14 + I" (70% dam 5/12/44)Fighter Operational ClaspOn 12 May, 1944, he made an emergency landing due to combat damage. After the landing he was murdered, no further detail (Lost Aircraft Report).
1038 Kugel, AlexanderUffz11/KG-30 (Aalborg West)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 4316 "4D + MV" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 27 February, 1944 when he attempted an emergency landing during a heavy snowstorm. The AC hit the ground, north of the town of Aalborg, in a shallow dive killing all four onboard. Remaining crew (KIC): Fw Karl Baumann, Uffz Alfons Kriesten and Uffz Anton Kemper. All were buried in the Frederikshavn Cemetery on 6 March, 1944. Source: Air War over Denmark. Alternate spelling: Kugl.
1039 Kugelbauer, KarlLt4/20/192053/JG-27 (9/41)Bf 109E & F (Trop)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 8 July, 1942 when he was shot down with wounds near El Daba by a P-40 of RCAF No. 250 Sq., piloted by P/O W.J. Whitside. Wounded in the chest and right arm, he bailed out, but the shoulder strap of his parachute had been severed, and he fell out of the harness when the chute snapped open. One known victory, a Martin 167, on 27 September, 1941. Good friend of Marseille. Alternate spelling: Kügelbauer. His second victory was a Hurricane of RAF No. 73 Sq., piloted by Sgt Foster, on 10 February, 1942. Third, a P-40 on 2 March, 1942. He was shot down on 25 April, 1942 during aerial combat with a P-40 of the SAAF near Gazala. He survived the incident. His 4th and 5th victories were P-40s 20 km east southeast of El Alamein on 3 July, 1942.
1040 Kühborth, Karl HeinzLt5/19/192213/JG-302, 2/JG-300Bf 109G-14/AS (lost 9/27/44 at Willershausen)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 27 September, 1944 at Willershausen opposing B-24s on the Kassel Raid, a Fw at the time. His one known victory, a Lancaster at Mannheim on 6 September, 1943. Alternate spelling: Kühbort (OKL) & Kühburth (JG-300 Loss List)
1041 Kühdorf, KarlLt187/JG-26 (3/41 Sicily), Stab I/JG-77 (2/43), 3/JG-77 (8/43), 2/JG-77 (3/44), 1/JG-77 (4/44)Bf 109E-7 in JG-26, Bf 109G (Trop) in JG-77
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/1/45)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 4/45. Four victories in JG-26. One known Desert victory, his 4th, a P-40 on 15 February, 1943. On 4 July, 1943, during the Sicilian campaign, he scored his 5th victory, AC type and location not given. His 6th, a P-40 on 8 July, 1943. His 7th, a Spitfire V on 3 August, 1943. His 10th, a B-24 on 2 April, 1944, no location. His 12th, a P-47 8 km S of Ferrara on 15 May, 1944. His 14th & 15th, both P-47s in the Rhein-Taunus area on 7 October, 1944. His 16th, a B-26 in the Monschau area on 23 December, 1944. His 17th, an Il-2 on 18 April, 1945. His 18th, a Yak-3 on 21 April, 1945. Alternate spelling: Kuehdorf.
1042 Kuhl, KarlFw13/JG-53Bf 109D & E EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a Hawk-75A near Merzig, 30 September, 1939.
1043 Kühl, Karl HeinzLt29/JG-27 (Reich Def)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 20566 "Yellow 14 + I" (lost 5/12/44)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 12 May, 1944 during aerial combat at Giessen. Two known victories, his 1st & 2nd, both B-24s S of Marburg on 19 March, 1944.
1044 Kuhlebert, WilhelmOfwInstructor (?) FFS B-33 (Prag-Resin)Ju 88A-12 Werk # 887212 "TJ + KX" (lost 4/29/44)Pilot BadgeKIC with two students 29 April, 1944 at Grünau, 35km S of Wels, Upper Austria, cause unknown. Students: Gefr Werner Fiolka & Uffz Karl Heinz Gegerle. All three buried at St Martin (Martin Schaider, crashsite examiner). I selected the Ofw as the instructor pilot for lack of crew descriptions.
1045 Kühn, Karl ErnstOblt10/28/19215/KG-55 (3/43)He 111H-16
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/20/43)

EP (10/26/42), EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge, Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List. Added: Injured in a crash 29 March, 1943 due to bad weather (LOCS).
1046 Kühnert, KarlUffz4/JG-53 (Tunisia)Bf 109G-4 Trop Werk # 16024 "White 11 + -" (lost 3/3/43)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 3 March, 1943 during aerial combat with a Spitfire at Mateur, crashed at Djebel-Achkel (Bf 109 Loss List).
1047 Kühnle, KarlFw8/StG-1 (S.U.)Ju 87D-3 Werk # 2307 "J9 + BK" (lost 8/5/43)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(4/3/44)

EK 1 & 2
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List. KIA with unnamed crew 5 August, 1943 NW of Kutafino due to flak. Ju 87 Loss List
1048 Kukla, SiegfriedUffz12/KG-2Do 17Z-1 Werk # 2507 "U5 + GW" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA the night of 25/26 April, 1942 after the bombing raid on Bath England. Apparently lost on the return flight, he sent out an SOS signal at 22:26 and 23:45 hours, and was then intercepted and attacked 40 miles south of Worthing by S/L J.G.Topham (DFC) and F/L Strange in Beaufighter II, X7690, of RAF No.219 Sq.. At 00:16 hours, he received a Directional Fix from Paris-Villacoublay giving a position of 40 miles northeast of Cherbourg. He then "homed" on Caen from the northwest, and at 00:34 hours signalled "Pancake-Pancake Landing", and appears to have crashed into the sea, as he was called between 00:35 and 00:59 hours without reply. Remaining crew: Gefr Karl Küsters, Observer (MIA); Uffz Karl Graf, R/O (KIA) and Uffz Hans Jansen, Mech (KIA). The bodies of Graf and Jansen were subsequently recovered from the sea. Source: Bristol Past, John Penny.
1049 Kulka, KarlUffz13/JG-54 (S.U.)Fw 190A-4 Werk# (14)5785 "Yellow 12" (lost 2/1/43) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 1 February, 1943 over Schlüsselburg. His first known victory, a Soviet Il-2 on 23 August, 1942. Alternate spelling: Kulke.
1050 Külken, HerbertFw1/KG-40Fw 200C-1 "F8 + EH" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 20 July, 1940 after being shot down by AA fire after venturing too close to the Durham coastline. He was picked up by searchlights during a mining operation and crashed into the North Sea off Crimdon Dene, north of Hartlepool. Remaining crew: Hptm Roman Stessyn, Observer (MIA), Fw Karl Nicolai, wireless operator (POW), Fw Willi Meyer, mechanic (KIA) and Gefr Silverius Zraünig, gunner (MIA). Meyers body washed ashore on the Yorkshire coast and he was buried at Driffield, later transferred to the German War Cemetery at Cannock.
1051 Kulla, KarlUffz6/JG-77Fi 156 Werk# 5617Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 7 May, 1943; Ferry flight, Creteville-Trapani. Mombeek MIA List.
1052 Künstle, August KarlHptmUnkFw 200B-2 Werk # Unk "D-ASSH" (lost 4/21/45)
Spanish Cross
EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
KIC 21 April, 1945 at Piesenkofen, Germany, cause unknown. No mention of crew. He was pictured wearing the WWI pilot badge (F.Braun).
1053 Kuntze, Karl HeinzLt2/22/19204(F)/11Ju 88 Werk # 1127 "6M + DM" (lost 1/8/42)Observer Operational ClaspMIA with his entire crew 8 January, 1942 when they failed to return from a reconnaissance mission to Sukhinichi, Kaluga Oblast, Russia, cause unknown. Remaining crew: Lt Albert Bolz, Obs; Fw Herbert Radtke, R/O and Ogefr Rudolf Becker, Gnr (D.Drury).
1054 Kupfer, KarlUffz23/NJG-3Bf 110
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a Wellington "KM-8" at Benthem, northeast of Eindhoven, on 13 March, 1941 (Perry Claims). A 2nd, a Wellington 10 km southeast of Leer, 10 April, 1941. Boiten 3 victories.
1055 Küpperbusch, KarlObltI/TG-2Ju 52
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/31/43)

EK 1 & 2
Transport Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
1056 Kürth, Karl HeinzUffz11/JG-2 (Channel)Fw 190A-5 Werk # 2355 (30% dam 6/15/43) EK 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 15 June, 1943 due to enemy fire, making a force landing at the Bernay airfield. One known victory, a Spitfire 5 km SSW of Cisterna on 29 February, 1944. Alternate spelling: Kurth.
Fw190A-5 2535 Kurth, Uffz. Karl-Heinz 1. JG 2 15-Jun-43 WIA in Luftkampf. Notlandung. Loss report says WNr. 2355. Kanal Gen.Qu.6.Abt. (mfm #10)-Vol.18; Ring, JG 2 loss list, p.12 Fl.Pl. Bernay 30% F (Source: Luftwaffe Archives and Reference Group)

29 February 1944: The 309th Fighter Sqd , 31st Fighter Group USAAF also reported 10–15 Focke-Wulfs. Capt. James A. Benzing, Lt. Richard D. Faxon and Lt. John F. Porter each claimed one shot down. The American leader, Major Garth Jared: 'On 29 February 1944, I led 16 Spitfire aircraft on a routine patrol over Anzio beach-head. 1st Lt. William G. Nisbet [was] my wingman. At approximately 1405 hours, we contacted about 12 Fw 190s in the Cisterna area, and in the ensuing fight, the flight was split into two ship elements, mine consisting of Lt. Nisbet and myself. We followed two enemy aircraft for about 10 or 15 miles north east of Cisterna. The last time that I saw Lt. Nisbet was at approximately 1410 hours, when we turned back toward the beach, and at that time Lt. Nisbet was flying behind me, just north-east of Cisterna. Just after that I heard someone call over the R/T: “I’m bailing out!” I asked: “Who?” and received an unintelligible reply. Other members of the flight however, say the name given was Nisbet. Captain Benzing, added: Approximately three minutes after contact was made with the enemy over the Cisterna area at 1405 hours, I head someone call on the R/T that he was going to bail out … At the time I was engaged with an enemy aircraft and had no time to look for him. However, about two minutes later I was able to break off and started to return to Anzio. I saw a white parachute floating down at about 4,000 feet and watched it down to about 1,000 feet. Hauptmann Adalbert Sommer of Stab I./JG 2, claimed a Spitfire, as did Uffz. Kurth of 1. Staffel whose claim best matches the place and time of Nisbet’s downing. However, the final part of Major Jared’s statement is worth noting: We were going through a very active enemy anti-aircraft zone at the time and it is my belief that the aircraft piloted by Lt. Nisbet was hit by enemy flak, since the FW-190’s had broken away and were no longer in the area.' (Source
1057 Küster, Karl HermannLt1/25/19111(H)/23Hs 126 (lost)Observer Operational ClaspKIA 15 May, 1940 during the French Campaign, crashing near Orbais Belgium. Source: A. Rosseels. Added: Küster actually died of his wounds/injuries on 19 May, 1940, as indicated on his grave marker. His Observer, Lt Felix Hach, was also killed. Both are buried at Lommel Belgium, Blk 48, Küster in Gr 283 and Hach in Gr 222. The cause of the crash probably a result of combat with a Hurricane of No.615 Sq.. (D.Drury).
Lommel, Belgium
1058 Kütterer, HelmutLt1/16/1923Dresden7/KG-40Fw 200C-4 Werk #0183 (lost 7/9/44)Bomber Operational ClaspKIFA 9 July, 1944 when he flew into a mountain 100 km NE of Clermont-Ferrand, on a transfer flight, killing the entire crew and four Ground Crew. Remaining crew (KIFA): Fw Karl Novotny, geb 10/13/1919, Obs; Fw Horst Flechsig, geb 7/16/1920, R/O 1; Fw Karl Greeb, geb 12/20/1912, R/O 2; Uffz Kurt Schramm, geb 10/3/1922, Mech; Uffz Ernst Kreigenfeld, geb 7/13/1919, Gunner and Ogefr Erhard Sumpf, geb 10/16 1924, Gunner. Source: B.Bines.
1059 Kutzera, Karl HeinzUffz9/25/1921Caen (area), Normandy5Stab II/JG-11 (9/43 Reich Def), III/JG-11 (12/43 Reich Def), Jagd Staffel Helgoland/JG-1, 9/JG-1 (7/44 France)Bf 109G-5 Werk # 110221 "Black
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 18 July, 1944 during aerial combat near Caen. Buried Champigny-St Andre France, Block 9, Grave 90. WIA 1 December, 1943 after being hit by U.S. bomber return fire over Nykobing Denmark. Despite being severely wounded, he made an emergency landing at Nykobing Falster, east of Nykobing, where he was hospitalized (Source: Prien & Rodeike). His first known victim was a B-17 on 19 May, 1943. One known victory, his 2nd, a B-17 (HSS) 70 km NW of Den Helder on 27 September, 1943. WIA 9 October, 1943 in Werk # 19874 , in aerial combat, opposing U.S. bombers during the Münster raids. His 3rd, a B-17 (HSS) on 29 November, 1943. His 4th, a Spitfire in the Caen area on 14 July, 1944. His 5th, a Spitfire in the Caen area on 17 July, 1944.
1060 Labmayer, KarlUffz11/8/1923 Niederham, Pfarre, St Marienkirchen, Austria Flugzeugführer in Wekusta 2 He 177A-3 Werk # Unk "D7 + ??" (lost 7/22/44) Pilot Badge KIC 22 July, 1944 on the Western Front, 5km NW of the airfield Mont de Marsan due to engine fire. Buried Kriegsgräberstätte Berneuil, Blk 6, Row 18, Gr 811. Data found on Obituary Card on the internet. Added: He flew his first combat mission on 18 July, 1944, just 4 days before his death (falkeeins-blogspot). Added: Shortly after takeoff, the ac crashed into a forest near the airfield as Uffz Labmayer attempted to return to base. The ac was engulfed in flames killing the entire crew. Remaining crew: Gefr Siegfried Mattausch, Gefr Heinz Lehmann, Siegfried Tritschler, Manfred Rehm and Reg. Rat. Walter Kuspert, meteorologist (Gilles Collaveri).
1061 Ladwein, KlausFw5/29/19152/ZG-76 (Channel)Bf 110D-0 "M8 + EK" (lost 8/15/40)Destroyer Operational ClaspPOW 15 August, 1940 after being shot down at sea off the Norwegian coast. The fate of his wireless operator, Ogefr Karl Lenk, is unknown (Lenk KIA per Bf 110 Loss List). Deceased 6 February, 2003. Another source, SIG Norway identifies the pilot as Ogefr Lenk and Ladwein as Observer, however they do caution the researcher that the data may have some errors.
1062 Lahmann, Heinrich KarlFw27/NJG-1 (7/44), 9/NJG-1 (1/45)Bf 110G-4 Wk#160758 "G9 + ?T" (lost 1/16/45 Hessberg, cmbt w/Lancaster, bailed safely at Ausstieg), Bf 110G-4 Wk#730036 (lost 7/24/44), Bf 110G-4 Wk # 160659 (lost 3/3/45)
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 3 March, 1945 crashing in Wk# 160659 due to engine failure by Sichtigvor, NW of Werl. Remaining crew(KIA); Uffz Richard Hey and Uffz Hans Gero Heidtfeld. In a prior incident, Fw Lahmann and another crew were forced to bail from Werk # 160758 when on a mission in the Magdeburg area, they were low on fuel, and attempting to land at Erfurt, the airfield was under construction. Consequently, they bailed over Ausstieg. Crewman Fw Georg Rhode became entangled on the tail, and was killed in the crash, buried Ehrenhain. The remaining crewman, Gunner Ogefr Heinz Aleit, survived. Another G-4, Wk# 730036 crashed at Balk Holland (Oude Helling) on 24 July, 1944, cause and pilot/crew disposition unknown (DeSwart). Lahmann reported a "4 mot" the night of 5/6 July, 1944 over the Waddensee, it may have been an "unconfirmed" victory, yet I gave him credit for one victory. Jager Blatt 4/2002 & 4/2004. Added: The 5/6 July victory reported as a Hudson IIIA "MA-R", of No.161 Sq., piloted by F/Lt John W.Menzies (MIA) (Archive Report, Allied Forces via S.Youngs).
1063 Lahnor, WalterOblt12/8/1917Rathenow2(F)/11 Do 17P-1 Werk # 4119 (or 4919?) "6M + EK" (lost 8/11/41) Observer Operational Clasp KIA with his entire crew on 11 August, 1941 when he collided with a Do 17Z-3 of KG-2, piloted by Fw Karl Wilhelm Kaletsch (KIA), in the area of Novgorod, Russia. Remaining crew: Lt Joachim Wilckens, Obs and Uffz Karl Sternberger, R/O. Lt Lahnor is commemorated in the War Cem at Korpovo, Russia. Lt Wilckens buried Korpovo 7/3/188. Uffz Sternberger believed buried in Novgorod (D.Drury).
1064 Lammert, KarlUffz1/31/1920Hildburghausen1/KGr-100He 111P-2 Werk # 6894 (lost 7/8/41)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 8 July, 1941 when his ac was sd by a Beaufighter of No.604 Sq., piloted by F/Lt Hugh Speke, and crashed into the sea south of Boscombe, Hampshire. Remaining crew: Uffz Heinrich Erdweg, Obs (KIA); Gefr Josef Plitzke, R/O (KIA) and Gefr Robert Schmid, Gnr (POW). Only the pilot, Uffz Lammert is found on the VDK, listed "in a sea grave" and commemorated on the Kiel-Laboe Naval Memorial (D.Drury).
1065 Lampen, Karl L.Uffz211/JG-53 (Reich Def) Bf 109G-6 Werk # 165544 "Black 3 + I" (lost 8/15/44) EK 2, Fighter Operational Clasp KIA 15 August, 1944 during aerial combat with a P-51; his G-6 crashed Diever Holland (Landgoed "Oldengaerde"), near the Diwa airfield. (DeSwart & Bf 109 Loss List).
1066 Lamprecht, KarlOfw2/KGzbV-900Ju 52
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/18/43)

EK 1 & 2
Transport Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
1067 Lamprecht, WalterOblt5/1/19081(F)/122Ju 88A-5 Werk # 809 [or 0809] (lost 8/30/41)Observer Operational Clasp WIA 30 August, 1941; shot down by flak at Plotki, S.U. Remaining crew: Lt Karl Heinz Läschke [or Laechke] (WIA), Obs; Uffz Rudolf Krebs (KIA), R/O and Uffz Horst Effenberger (WIA), Gunner. Wiki Luft data. Added: Uffz Krebs is commemorated in the War Cem at Duchowschtchina, believed buried among the unknowns (D.Drury & LOCS).
1068 Landrock, KurtUffzIV/KG-30 (Aalborg)Ju 88A-5 Werk # 638 (95% damaged)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 3 January, 1943 attempting an emergency landing during a training exercise, cause not given. The AC burst into flames killing all four of the crew. Remaining crew (KIC): Ogefr Gerhard Schön, Obs; Uffz Karl Piatz, R/O and Uffz Sönke Sönnichsen, Gunner. All were buried in the Frederikshavn Cemetery on 6 January, 1943. Source: Air War over Denmark.
1069 Lang, FriedrichOfw6/17/1914Lorch8/KG-51 (8/40 Channel), 1/KG-6 (Deelen Holland)Ju 88 A-1 Werk # 7076 "9K + DS" (dam 8/30/40), Ju 88A-14 Werk # 144354 "3E + BH" (lost 3/25/43)EK 1(11/12/40)
EK 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
KIC 25 March, 1943 when chased by a Beaufighter of RAF No. 219 Sq., this AC struck the hillside at Linhope Rigg after circling Powburn with engines running rough. An examination of the wreckage indicated the AC was flying somewhat level when it hit the ground. There was no fire. Remaining crew (all KIC): Uffz Walter Schulz, Observer; Ofw Karl Kleih, wireless operator, EK 1; and Gefr Werner Fiedler, gunner. All the crew were killed in the crash and were later buried at Chevington Cemetery, near Broomhill, Northumberland. Crashed his Wk# 7076 at Montdesir 30 August, 1940 during landing due to undercarriage failure, crew OK (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: Burials at Chevington, Sec H: Ofw Lang, Gr 18; Uffz Schulz, Gr 62; Ofw Kleih, Gr 27 and Gefr Fiedler, Gr 63 (D.Drury).
1070 Lang, KarlFw12/27/1914UnkUnkUnkKilled at Heteren, Gelderland, the Netherlands 23 March, 1943. Burial at Ysselsteyn BM-3-54 (Burial marker via Find-A-Grave by Fred).
1071 Lange, KarlFwI/KG-6 (Channel)Ju 88A-14 Werk # 144558 (70% dam 3/23/43)Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp
Injured 23 March, 1943 making an emergency landing at Heteren (Betuwe), SW of Arnhem, due to an engine fire, remaining unnamed crew OK (Ju 88 Loss List).
1072 Lange, Karl HeinzFwTG unitJu 52
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/1/45)

EK 1 & 2
Transport Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
1073 Lange, Karl HeinzUffz2/JG-53 (Romania)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 165671 "Black 12" (lost 8/18/44)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 18 August, 1944 during aerial combat with a P-51 at Maiul/Ciora Romania, bailed safely.
1074 Langenberg, KarlFw75/ZG-76Bf 110
EK 1 & 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Morane on 12 May, 1940, no location. His 2nd & 3rd, both Spitfires on 23 May, 1940, no location. Nos.4 & 5, a Spitfire and a Hurricane in the Portland area on 15 August, 1940. His 6th, a Spitfire at London on 11 September, 1940. His 7th, a Spitfire SE of London on 15 September, 1940.
1075 Langenberg, KarlHptm5/Sch.G-2, 1/SG-4Fw 190A-6 Werk # 470412 "White 7" (lost)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/1/44)

EK 1 & 2
Assault Operational Clasp
KIFA 18 March, 1944, no further detail. Alternate spelling: Lamgenburg. DK-G Awards List
1076 Langer, Karl HeinzMaj4/19/1914Görlitz Schlesien68 Stafkpt 7/JG-3(3/42 S.U.), Kdr III/JG-3, zbV (Spec Purpose) Ges., Stab I/JG-300(8/43), Kdr I/JG3 (3/44), Kdr III/JG-3 (1/45) Bf 109F-4 Werk # 13234 (15% dam 5/21/42; WIC: Emergency land, out of fuel), Bf 109F-4 Werk # 13139(9/42), Bf 109G-2 Werk # 13739(12/42), Bf 109G-6y Werk # 26024 "White 1" Oct, 43 in 7/JG-3, Fw 190 RK(4/20/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(7/26/44)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge(9/5/42)
Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pend.
WIA 17 December, 1942 by Soviet bomb splinters. WIA 14 October, 1943 in Wk# 26024 after downing a B-17, his 16th. 486 combat missions. 3 bombers. Another source states his victories as 30. One known victory, perhaps his first Soviet, an I-61 12 km SW of Salustsche on 9 March, 1942. An R-5 at Zarjew and a MiG-1 NE of Leninsk on 24 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 at Akelin on 3 September, 1942. His 8th, a LaGG-3 NE of Gratschi on 1 October, 1942. An Il-2 on 26 October, 1942. A Yak-1 on 28 December, 1942. A LaGG-5 S of Rakitnoje on 5 July, 1943. One known western victory, a "4 mot Flzg." at Berlin on 24 August, 1943. Another "4 mot" W of Nürnburg on 28 August, 1943. A Halifax at Brandenburg-Briest on 1 September, 1943. His 20th, a P-47 at Houdan on 21 June, 1944. A B-26 near Büllingen-Stavelot on 23 December, 1944. His 25th, a P-47 in the Ardennes sector on 27 December, 1944. His 26th, a Soviet Boston on 19 February, 1945. An Il-2 (No. 27) on 6 March, 1945. No. 29, an Il-2 on 4/19/45. His 30th, a Yak-3 on 23 April, 1945. (Could he have scored 41 more victories by May, 1945?) Deceased 6 May, 1955 in Remscheid. Photo
1077 Langner, WolfgangHptm5/8/1911GoldbergOfhr II/KG-157 (4/37), Oblt & TO II/KG-157 ('39), Stfkpt 7/KG-27 ('40, 5/41 Orleans-Bricy) He 111P-2 Werk # 1389 "1G + GR" (lost 5/11/41) Bomber Operational Clasp KIA 11 May, 1941 when his ac was sd by a Beaufighter of No.29 Sq., piloted by P/O Grout, and crashed at sea 5km S of Seaford, Sussex. The bodies of three of the crew washed ashore at Newhaven. Remaining crew (KIA): Fw Erwin Ortmann, Obs (bur CC/4/4/50); Uffz Heinz Krause, R/O (bur CC/4/4/51) and Uffz Karl Biersack, Flt Engr (missing at sea, mem at Laboe Naval Memorial). Hptm Langner bur CC/2/2/28 (D.Drury, LOCS & Grandson, Wolfgang Helmreich (1/2021).
1078 Lau, Karl HeinzHptm5/1/1914I/KG.z.b.V-101 (11/40)Ju 52EP

EK 1(11/16/40) & 2
Transport Operational Clasp in Gold(10/1/41)
Joined the Luftwaffe in 1935. 301 missions, 51 over the Front Lines.
1079 Laub,Uffz4Erg/JG-54 (2/42 S.U.), 9/JG-54 (12/42)Bf 109E & F in Erg/JG-54, Bf 109G-2 "Yellow 10" (80%)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
This AC was reported 80% damaged, no location given nor pilot disposition. His first known Soviet victory, an R-5 on 10 February, 1942. A 2nd, a MiG-3 on 30 December, 1942. A 3rd, an Il-2 on 5 January, 1943. A 4th, a Pe-2 on 6 January, 1943. This is probably Karl Laub.
1080 Laub, Karl "Karlchen"Ofw7 5/JG-26, 9/JG-54, 11/JG-54, 11/JG-26 (2/44), 9/JG-26 (4/44), 11/JG-26 (5/44) Fw 190A-8, Bf 109G-6 (5/44), Bf 109K-4 Werk # 330357 "Yellow 8" (lost 12/14/44) EP

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 14 December, 1944 in "Yellow 8" by RAF Tempests of No. 56 Squadron NW of Münster- Burgsteinfurt. Gehrke was flying with Laub, the day he was killed when a wing fairing came loose during the dogfight, and he dove straight into the ground. Like Guhl, another "Old Hare", Laub and Guhl were very popular with the "new Growth" pilots for the concern shown for the survival of all the pilots in their formations. One known victory, his 3rd, a P-47 SE of St. Pol on 18 October, 1943. A 4th, a B-17 W of Barnstorf on 20 December, 1943. His 5th, a Spitfire on 14 January, 1944. A 6th, a B-17 12 km SW of Longwy on 25 February, 1944. His 7th, a B-17 at Meitingen on 24 April, 1944. Five of his seven victories came while serving in JG-26. He may have scored another victory on 29 April, 1944, as reported by OKL, an "Unidentified AC", location Illegible. Laub had a reputation for caution and was a popular leader among the "New Growth" pilots. Alternate spelling: Laube.
1081 Laube, KarlOfw19/JG-26Fw 190A EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His one known victory, an "Unidentified" AC at "1846" hours, per claim "C.2027/I" "Anerk: Nr. 98". Source: Perry Claims.
1082 Laubisch, HeinzOblt2(F)/Nacht Do 215B-5 Werk # 0054 (dam 12/30/42), Do 217E Werk # Unk (lost 1/29/43)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/25/43)

EP (9/13/42), EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge, Night Observer Operational Clasp
MIA 29 January, 1943 in his Do 217, no further detail (LOCS). Injured in a crash on 30 December, 1942 when he crashed at the Orscha airfield, Belarus due to an engine malfunction. Remaining crew (also injured): Oblt Karl Heinz Licht, Obs and Ofw Helmut Dully, R/O (D.Drury). DK-G Awards List
1083 Laue, KarlGefr1/18/192115/SKG-10Fw 190A-5 Werk # 51365 (lost 5/30/43)Assault Operational ClaspKIA 30 May, 1943 after being hit by flak, crashing at a house in Teignmouth Rd., Torquay, Devon, He was buried Cannock Chase, Block 2, Gr 63. Source: M.Croft.
1084 Laufer, Karl HeinzFw17/JG-11 (10/43), 2/JG-11 (11/43)Fw 190A-5 Werk # 410094 (lost 11/13/43)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 13 November, 1943 during aerial combat in the Husum area. One known victory, his 1st, a B-17 at Bellingwolde on 8 October, 1943.
1085 Leban, KarlHptm36/JG-77 (6/41)Bf 109E-7 Werk # 4137 "Yellow 6 + -" (lost 7/28/41)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 28 July, 1941 during aerial combat west of Serby. Source: Bf 109 Loss List)
1086 Leesmann, Karl HeinzMaj5/3/1915Osnabrück37Kdr III/JG-234 (38, later JG-26), Kdr I/JG-2 (8/40), Kdr I/JG-52 (6/41), Kdr III/JG-1 (4/43 Reich Def)Bf 110C, Bf 109E-4 Werk # 5065 (BoB), Bf 109F-2 Werk# 8155 "<<" w JG-52, Bf 109F-2 Werk # 9181 (dam 11/6/41), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 20073 "White <5 + I" (lost 7/25/43) in III/JG-1 RK(7/23/41)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(6/24/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Channel pilot. His first victory, a Spitfire 5 km E of Margate on 24 August, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire at Dover on 26 August, 1940. Nos.3, 4 & 5, two Hurricanes and a Spitfire in the London-Bromley areas on 31 August, 1940. His 6th, a Spitfire at Sittingbourne on 1 September, 1940. His 7th, a Spitfire over England on 5 September, 1940. His 8th, a Spitfire at Maidstone on 7 September, 1940. Nos.9 & 10, both Hurricanes over the Thames Estuary on 15 September, 1940. Barbarossa pilot. His 15th, a Hurricane at Ostende on 15 February, 1941. Shot down with wounds 6 November, 1941 by Soviet ground fire while returning from a mission. A bullet splintered his right forearm, but he managed to land. He did not return to the Eastern Front. Shot down in his G-6 (KIA) 25 July 1943 over the North Sea after attacking American bombers of the 384BG while he was Kdr III/JG-1. His body washed ashore 16 August, 1943. His 37th victory was a B-17 during this same engagement. 15 victories in the West, 5 four engine bombers. Buried at Recklinghausen. Another source indicates he may still be MIA.

Leesmann as new Kommandeur lll./JG3 in front of his Me109
1087 Lehl, JosefLt5/27/1920Augsburg2/KG-100He 177A-3 Werk # 332212 "5J + NK" (lost 1/8/44)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 8 January, 1944; crashed 3 km east of Chiemsee during a Firing exercise due to an engine failure. Remaining crew (KIC): Fw Hans Joachim Kölpin, geb 8/13/1918, Co-pilot; Uffz Willi Höfer, geb 6/7/1921, R/O; Uffz Johann Kiesler, geb 12/31/1921, Wart; Fw Karl Grützner, geb 9/30/1916, Gunner and Ogefr Walter Böhmer, geb 8/22/1921, Gunner. Source: B.Bines.
1088 Lehmann, KarlFhjUffz19/SG-4 (8/44 S.U.)Fw 190F EK 2
Assault Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a SovietIl-2 on 4 August, 1944. Record No. 14,000!!!
1089 Lehmann, KurtHptm11/25/1916WoltersdorfStfkpt 2/KG-53 (42), 10/EJG-2 (1/45), 11/JG-7 (3/45)He 111H-5 Werk # 3564 (dam 11/19/40), He 111H-6 Werk # 7402 "A1 + LK" (70% dam 12/25/42), Me 262 in JG-7 RK(2/19/43)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(6/5/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp w/Pendant
WIA 25 December, 1942; sd by Soviet fighters 15 km NW of Novo Sokolniki. remaining crew: Lt Wilhelm Döring, Obs (WIA); Ofw Johannes Meyer, R/O (WIA); Fw Heinrich Wehrmann, Flt Engr (KIA; EP 5/28/42) and Uffz Karl Paul, Gnr (WIA). 344 bombing missions, 18 as a fighter pilot. Deceased Augsburg 25 June, 1981.
1090 Leiner, KarlOgefr1II/TG-3 (11/43 S.U.) EK 2
Transport Operational Clasp
His first known victory (have no idea what he was flying), a Soviet LaGG on 26 November, 1943.
1091 Leiter, Karl-Heinz HansUffz44/JG-54 (7/43 S.U.), 10/JG-54 (8/43 S.U.)Bf 109G-5 Werk# 15986 "White 1" (lost 9/3/43) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 3 September, 1943 during aerial combat northwest of Gatschina/N.Korpikow S.U.. His one known victory, a Soviet Il-2 on 26 July, 1943. A 2nd, a LaGG-5 on 27 August, 1943. Nos. 3 & 4, both LaGG-5s on 2 September, 1943.
1092 Leither, KarlLt2/9/1914Wien - Guntramsdorf1/KG-4He 111P Werk # Unk (lost 6/1/40)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 1 June, 1940; sd by fighters over Dunkirk and crashed at Rohsol bei Dunkirchen, killing all four crewmen. Remaining crew: Fw Horst Tromsdorf, Uffz herbert Edmund Fünfstrück and Uffz Rud. Walter Patzer. All buried in the War Cem. Werl Waldfriedhof, Germany; Leither Gr 13, Tromsdorf Gr 12, Fünfstrück Gr 11 and Patzer Gr 10. The crew positions were not identified, Leither was selected for this entry (D.Drury).
1093 Leja, Karl HeinzOfw12/KGzbV-1Ju 52
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/23/43)

EK 1 & 2
Transport Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
1094 Lemme, WernerOblt10/21/1912Gollnow, Posen 2/KG-253 (2/35-5/37 Augsburg), 2/KG-355 (10/37-3/38 Fassberg), 3/355 (6/38-12/38), 1/K 88 Legion Condor (7/39), 3/KG-53 (9/39), 5/KG-3 (9/39-7/40), Stffüh 2/KG-3 (5/41-9/41 Schatalowka, S.U.) Go 145 & He 111 in 355, He 111 in 3/KG-53 & 5/KG-3, Do 17Z & Ju 88A in 2/KG-3 , Ju 88A-5 Werk # 886282 "5K + KK" (lost 9/16/41)
Spanish Cross in Silver
Spanish Cross of Military Merit

EK 2(9/25/39)
EK 1(7/10/40)
Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp in Brz(5/25/41); in Sil (8/30/41)
KIC 16 September, 1941; crashed and burned at the Schatalowka-West airfield (now Shatalovo Russia), SE of Smolensk, cause not reported. He was acting as observer this date. Buried Gollnow, 26 September, 1941. Remaining crew (KIC): Ofw Erwin Heinssen, Pilot; Ofw Friedrich Teika, R/O and Ogefr Karl Oberbreier, Gnr (D.Drury via Matti Salonen, 12 O'clock Forum). He rec'd his Observer Badge on 30 June, 1938, his Pilot Observer Badge on 25 October, 1940. He is known to have participated in the Czech & Austrian annexations prior to Russia. Source: multiple documents.
1095 Leonhard, KarlHptm7/3/1913Kaiserslautern232/JG-53(9/39), 3/JG-53 (9/40; 10/41 Channel), Stfkpt 8 & 3/JG-53 (7/42), Kdr II/JG-11 (8/44), Kdr I/JG-11 (445)Bf 109E-1 "Red 7" & Bf 109E-3 "Red 7" in 2/JG-53, Bf 109E-4 "Yellow 5" in 3/JG-53 in 40, Bf 109F-4/Z Werk # 7299 "Yellow 8" (10/41 in 3/JG-53), Bf 109F-4/Trop in 8/JG-53, Bf 109G-14 & K-4 in II/JG-11, Fw 190A in I/JG-11
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a Potez 63 at Soissons, 26 May, 1940. In July 1940, he received his Bf 109E-4 "Yellow 5" (Prien). In March 1941, he received his Bf 109F-2 "Yellow 5" (Prien). Flew Bf 109F-4 "Yellow 8" in October, 1941, Russia (Prien). His 2nd, a Hurricane in the London/Brighton area on 29 September, 1940. His 9th & 10th victories, both BB-22s on 31 May, 1942; one 10 km SE of Kursk, the other S of Poltava. His 11th, a P-39 30 km E of Kashornoye on 3 July, 1942. His 12th, a Spitfire over Marsa Scirocco on 18 December, 1942. His 13th, a P-38 28 km west southwest of Genova Italy, 1 December, 1943. His 14th, an "Abschuss" on 18 December, 1943, no location given (Perry Claims). His 15th, a B-24 10 km southwest of Padua Italy, 28 December, 1943. A B-26 at Adenau-Eifel on 23 December, 1944. A P-47 in the Worms area on 30 December, 1944. Victories 21 to 23 were two Pe-2s and a Boston on 16 April, 1945. Deceased 30 November, 1995. He resided in San Diego, CA. Served on all fronts; France, England and Russia. Jager Blatt Obit. Alternate spelling: Leonhardt.

Gela Sicily Spring 1942 L-R: Werkmeister Ofw. Krüger, Staffelkapitän Oblt. Wolfgang Tonne, Oblt. Karl Leonhard, Lt. Walter Seiz

1096 Leonhards, Hans Gefr11/JG-11 (S.U. 6/44), 10/JG-11Fw 190A-8 Werk # 680585 (lost 6/30/44), Fw 190A-8 Werk # 732107 ""Black 10 + I" (lost 12/25/44)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 25 December, 1944 in aerial combat, map quadrant QL-RL, in the area of Bastogne. Mombeek MIA List. Injured in a crash at Minsk on 30 June, 1944 while landing after a transfer flight. This could be a Karl Leonhard on the Magnus Ace List with 23 victories, who served in JG-53 and JG-11.
1097 Leopold, KarlFw12/31/1916Karlovy, Cz.11/NJG-1 Bf 110G-4 Werk # 6104 (lost 5/19/43) EK 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIC 18/19 May, 1943 when he collided with a Bf 110 of 2/NJG-1, 1.5 km SE of Dongen, NE of Breda. His Bf 110 crashed at Dongen/Rijen Holland, SE of Oosterhout (Boiten). One known victory, a Wellington on 13 May, 1943. Fw Leopold buried Ysselsteyn BM-3-74. His R/O-Gnr, Uffz Kurt Müller (geb 8/8/1919), was also killed, and buried Ysselsteyn, BM-3-73 (Find-A-Grave by Fred).
1098 Leppers, KarlOfhr114/JG-300 (Reich Def)Bf 109G-10 Werk # 151077 (lost 3/2/45) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 2 March, 1945; aerial combat near Kempten; Update: crashed near Burg. Buried in the Burg Militry Cem (Mombeek MIA List). One known victory, a P-51 opposing the Berlin-Münster Raid on 5 December, 1944. Leppers, Gütel and Heinz Schäfer all went MIA this same day.
1099 Leppert, KarlUffzV/KG-40 (Atlantic)Ju 88C-6 Werk # 360340 "F* + ??" (lost 8/31/43)Bomber Operational ClaspKIFA with unnamed crew 31 August, 1943 near the Orleans-Bricy airfield; collided with another C-6, Wk# 360387, piloted by Uffz Willfried Schlütter (KIFA w/one other unnamed crew) (Ju 88 Loss List).
1100 Lerner, KarlUffz8/19/19245/JG-300Fw 190A-8 "Red 6" (lost 3 Feb. 45)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 3 February, 1945, no location.

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