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2001 Kassa, WernerOfw1/1/1914Angerburg Erg/JGr West, 10(Jabo)/JG-26 (4/42 Channel) Fw 190A-2/U3 Werk # 2080 "Black 13 + bomb" (lost 8/25/42) Fighter Operational Clasp KIA 25 August, 1942 when he was hit by Canadian small arms fire on a bomb run against an Eastbourne factory. His A-2 crashed inverted into an Eastbourne Dike at Lottbridge Drove, Eastbourne, Sussex. Buried Cannock Chase, Block 4, Gr 74 (M.Croft). Added: Another source suggests he was sd by P/O E.G.Johnstone.
Cannock Chase
2002 Kässinger, Hermann4/7/1922DurmersheimFlugzeugführer in a Bomber unit in Holland, 6/JG-27 (8/44)Do 217, Bf 109G "Yellow 14" (damaged Budapest 8/44)Fighter Operational ClaspKnown to have made an emergency landay in Hungary, in "Yellow 14" in August, 1944. Bailed at least twice, the 2nd time in November 1944, after aerial combat with a P-51. Survived the war. Worked for GM in Totonto, before starting his own construction and land developement company in the US, living in New York. Deceased 24 October, 2004. Jager Blatt article.
2003 Kastellan, GerhardGefr7/KG-54 (Med)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 300054 "B3 + DR" (lost 8/11/43)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA with unnamed crew at Lentini 11 August, 1943, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List).
2004 Kastens, WilhelmUffz1/JG-77Bf 109E-1 Werk# 3620 "Yellow 1" (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 22 August, 1941 near Taibela, south of Murmansk, cause unknown. Mombeek MIA List. The Magnus Report lists his victories as 5, however I found none on the OKL Claims List.
2005 Kastner, Hans JoachimLt6/ZG-26Bf 110C-4 unk Wk# "3U + EP" (lost 8/18/40)Destroyer Operational ClaspPOW 18 August, 1940 after aerial combat; emergency landing at Newchurch, his unnamed gunner also POW. (Bf 110 Loss List & BoB T&N, pg 590). Alternate spelling: Kästner. Added: His R/O-Gnr, Uffz Walter Kaffenberger, also POW. The exact landing at St Mary's Marsh, Blackmanstone, Newchurch, Kent (D.Drury)
2006 Kastner, KarlUffz3/KG-51Ju 88A-1 Werk # unk "9K + KL" (lost 8/12/40)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 12 August, 1940; sd over the English Channel after an attack on the Portsmouth Harbor. Remaining crew (MIA): Gefr Andreas Graf, Obs; Ogefr Wilhelm Nold, R/O and Gefr Otto Frieling, Gnr (D.Drury).
2007 Katajainen, Nils Edvard NipaOfw5/31/1919Helsinki, Finland36 3/LeLv-24 (3/42 Kontupohja), 3/HLeLv-24 (Lappeenranta 5/43 and 7/44) B-239 "BW-368" "Yellow 1" (3/42), Bf 109G-8 Werk # 200041 "MT 462" (6/44 Lappeenranta), Bf 109G-6 Wk# 165461 "MT-476" "Yellow 7" (7/44)
Mannerheim Cross

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
He began his military career by entering the volunteer service of the air force in 1939. He was promoted to Corporal on 5 August 1940 following a reserve NCO course. During the Winter War he served in fighter squadrons 24 and 32 and was discharged on 1 March 1941.

However, after just a few months' time Finland began its pre-war mobilization, preparing for the Continuation War. Katajainen returned to Fighter Squadron 24, where he belonged to the third flight. During his wartime career he won 17 victories flying Brewster Buffaloes and a further 18 victories flying Messerschmitt Bf 109s. During a period of six months in 1942 Katajainen was transferred to LeLv 6 and began training on captured Soviet SB-2 bombers. He flew anti-submarine missions, until his influential friends managed to arrange for him to return to LeLv 24.

Katajainen was badly wounded in an air battle on 5 July 1944. He was discharged from the air force on 10 November 1944 following his hospitalization and subsequent convalescence period. He was appointed Knight of the Mannerheim Cross on 21 December 1944 (number 170). Katajainen was the only pilot from the reserve pool that received the Mannerheim Cross. (Source: Wikipedia)
2008 Kath, OttoHptm6I/JG-20, 3/JG-2 (9/39), Stab III/JG-51 (7/40), JG-54 (3/42 S.U.), JG-54 Adj.Bf 109E-3 "White <+" in JG-20, Bf 109E-4 # 4115 (lost), Bf 109F-4 # 7243 (20%), Fi 156 Wk# 5421 (lost)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
His 1st victory, a Defiant S of Folkestone on 19 July, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire S of Dover on 8 August, 1940. Wounded 24 September, 1943, east of Witebsk, Soviet Union, while flying Werk# 5421. On 6 April, 1941, Kath was shot down with wounds in Werk# 4115 "Black <" near Ptuj. His first known Soviet victory, an I-18 on 6 July, 1941. On 28 March, 1942, his Werk# 7243 sustained 20% damage near the Staraja-Russa S.U. airfield. Not known if he was injured at this time. He often flew wingman for his Kdr, Hannes Trautloft. Flugbuch (8/36 to 9/43).
2009 Kathe, WolfgangOblt5/16/1913Halle8/StG-1Ju 87B-1 Werk # 0479 (lost 8/28/40)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspKIFA 28 August, 1940 when he collided mid-air with another Ju 87 slightly north of Deauville, Lower Normandy, during a domestic flight, the second ac was piloted by Lt Josef Mühlthaler, also KIFA. Kathe's unnamed R/O-Gnr believed uninjured. Kathe buried in the German War Cemetery at La Cambe (Fr), Blk 36, Gr 58 (no row number specified (D.Drury).
2010 Kattlün, HeinzOblt127/JG-51 (8/43 S.U.), 5/JG-11 (6/44 France)Bf 109G-6/AS Werk # 163801 "Black 2" (lost 6/7/44)EP

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 7 June, 1944 during aerial combat with a P-47, crashing near Grumesnil (L.Wiegels). His first known victory, a Soviet Pe-2 on 8 March, 1943. A 2nd, a P-39 on 14 May, 1943. A 3rd, a Soviet Il-2 (m.H.) on 9 August, 1943. A 4th, an Il-2 (m.H.) E of Yelnya on 11 August, 1943. A 5th, a LaGG-5 NE of Yelnya on 12 August, 1943. A 6th, a Yak-9 NW of Yelnya on 15 September, 1943. A 7th, a LaGG-5 SE of Smolensk on 20 September, 1943. An 8th, a MiG-3 W of Tschernobyl on 4 October, 1943. A 9th, a Yak-7 at Smolensk on 14 October, 1943. A 10th, a Yak-7 at Loyev on 28 October, 1943. Nos.11 & 12, a LaGG-3 and a Yak-7 15 km S of Nevel on 10 November, 1943. Alternate spelling: Kattlun (OKL, 1st two victories).
2011 Kätz,Oblt17/SG-3 (8/44 S.U.)Fe 190F EK 2
Assault Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet LaGG-5 on 5 August, 1944.
2012 Kauders,Fw24/SG-2 (8/44 S.U.)Ju 87, Fw 190F EK 2
Assault Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet Yak-9 on 8 August, 1944. A 2nd, an Il-2 on 22 August, 1944.
2013 Kauffmann, WernerOfw84/JG-53 (Channel)Bf 109D, Bf 109E-1 Werk # 6180 (lost 10/26/40), Bf 109E-4 Werk # 0865 "White 9 + -" (lost 11/11/40)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 11 November, 1940 after aerial combat over the Thames Estuary (Prien). Known to have lost Wk# 6180 over the Channel during aerial combat with Spitfires of RAF No. 62 Sq., however he was rescued (Prien). One known victory, his 1st, a Morane 406 southwest of Saargemünd, 31 October, 1939. His 2nd, a Morane SW of Saargemünd on 31 March, 1940. His 3rd, a Potez 63 at Roye, 7 June, 1940. His 4th, a Potez 63 on 8 June, 1940, no location. A 5th, a Hurricane WSW of Insel Wight on 16 August, 1940. A 6th, a Spitfire in the Dungeness area on 6 September, 1940. His 7th, a Hurricane in the London/Dungeness area on 27 September, 1940. His 8th(referred to as No.7 by OKL), a Hurricane at Maidstone on 5 October, 1940. Alternate spelling: Kaufmann.
2014 Kaufmann,Ofw23/ZG-1Bf 110 EK 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Soviet I-153 on 26 July, 1942. A 2nd, an Il-2 on 31 August, 1942. This may be Uffz Leonard Kaufmann in ZG-26 in 1940.
2015 Kaufmann,Fw1/KGr-100He 111H-3 Werk # 6873 "6N + BH" (dam 8/15/40)Bomber Operational ClaspDuring a night mission to either Cheltenham or birmingham on 14/15 August, 1940, a flare went off inside the ac causing damage within the ac. The Gnr, Uffz Friedel Dörner, biled as was taken prisoner at Balcombe, Sussex. The others stayed onboard, suffering minor burns, but returned to France. Remaining crew (WIA): Lt Seebauer (Obs?) and Fw Adalbert Knier (R/O?), later KIA 14/15 June, 1941 as a pilot. (D.Drury).
2016 Kaufmann, LeonardFw37/ZG-26 Bf 110D/0 Werk # 3405 "3U + HR" (lost 9/6/40)
EK 1 & 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
MIA 6 September, 1940; believed lost to fighters over England. His Gunner, Fw Gerhard Schumann (geb 3/14/1918 Prieschka) was KIA (Bf 110 Loss List). One known victory, his 1st, a Hawk-75A on 14 May, 1940, no location. His 2nd, a Morane on 20 May, 1940, no location. his 3rd, a Spitfire over England on 31 August, 1940. Added: Fw Schumann buried Hawkinge Cem., Kent, Plot O, Row 1, Gr 1 (Luftwaffe Graves UK).
2017 Kauper, GeorgUffz10/JG-5 (Lade Norway)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 15804 "White 6" (lost 8/24/43)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 24 August, 1943; flying at low level, he struck a rock south of Hustad Norway. Source: SIG Norway.
2018 Kayser, W.Uffz7/KG-2 (8/43 Soesterberg)Do 217M-1 Werk # 722753 "U5 + LR" (lost 8/15/43)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 15 August, 1943; believed sd by a Mosquito, and crashed into the North Sea. Remaining crew (all MIA): Uffz G.Lange, Obs; Uffz W.Runge, R/O and Gefr J.Zaus, Gnr (SGLO).
2019 Kazar,LtHungary21/1 Ftr. Sq. (8/42)R.2000 HejaFighter Operational ClaspHis two known victories, both LaGG-3s near the village of Davidovka on 9 August, 1942. Source: Punka-Osprey.
2020 Keck, XaverUffz1/JG-77 (Channel)Bf 109E-1 Werk # 4068 "White 8" (lost 8/31/40)Fighter Operational ClaspPOW 31 August, 1940, bailing out after aerial combat between Walderslade and Boxley.
2021 Kegenbein, ErichOblt1/Kü.Fl.Gr.-106, redesig KGr.-106 (Channel) Ju 88A-4 Werk # 140718 "M2 + FH" (lost 8/19/42) Wound Badge, Observer Operational Clasp POW/WIA with two other unnamed crew 19 August, 1942; hit by flak over the Solent, and once damaged, crashed at St. Boniface Down, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, one other KIA (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: Remaining crew: Gefr Erwin Östreich, Obs (POW/WIA); Uffz Fritz Arnold, Gnr (POW/MIA) and Uffz Walter Hase, R/O (KIA). Uffz Hase buried Cannock Chase, Blk 7, Row 10, Gr 237 (D.Drury).
2022 Kehl, Dietrich Oblt11/27/19226 4/JG-26 (8/42), 5/JG-26 (3/43), Stab/JG-26 (9/43), 5/JG-26 (1/44) Fw 190A-2 in 4 Staffel, A-4 in 5 Staffel, Bf 109G Wk# 15923 (crsh 8/17/43) in 5 Stf, Fw 190A-7 Werk # 340336 "White 12" (lost 2/25/44)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 25 February, 1944 during aerial combat near Amanvillers (F-57865) in "White 12" with a P-47 of 4FG. He bailed successfully, but was killed when he struck a high tension power line. He crash landed his 109 near Antwerp on 17 August, 1943 due to fuel shortage (Rosseels). One known victory, a Typhoon at Neuville-Vitasse on 16 June, 1943. On 2 September, 1943, he shot down Lt. John Vogts Thunderbolt of 56th FG ("Zemkes Wolfpack), 10 km ENE of Etaples, but his claim was denied for lack of a witness. Vogts P-47 crashed at Eastchurch, England. Another known victory, a P-51 at Rosay, NW of St. Saens, on 7 September, 1943. A B-24 on 29 January, 1944.
2023 Keil, Anton 'Toni'Hptm10/21/1910Plattling, Ndb.1Stfkpt in III/StG-162 and III/StG-51(7/40 France), Kdr II/StG-1 (8/40 Pas de Calais)Ju 87B-2 "6G + AD in III/StG-51, Ju 87R-2 Werk # 8157 (or 6157?) "6G + AD" (lost 8/29/41)
RK(8/19/40)

EK 1 & 2
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp in Gold
Channel pilot. Barbarossa pilot. KIA 29 August, 1941 after ground looping during an emergency landing east of Skalova RR Station at Bajewo-Torojez. The AC overturned. Both he and R/O Fw Wilhelm Knof were killed. The AC was set afire by Soviet troops. 132 missions. Alternate spelling: Kiel (Ju 87 Loss List)
2024 Keil, GeorgLt2/15/1913Regensburg362/JG-2 (5/40 Channel), 3/JG-2 (8/42), 8/JG-11 (10/43), 9/JG-11 (3/44), Stfkpt 9/JG-11 (1/45)Bf 109E & F in JG-2, Bf 109G & Fw 190A in JG-11
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(12/24/44)
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Five victories during the Battle of France. I found two additional victories, Spitfires on 19 August, 1942. One known victory, his 7th (per OKL), a B-17 on 2 October, 1943, as a Fw. Another known, his 8th, a B-17 in the Wagenfeld area on 8 October, 1943. A B-24 on 18 March, 1944, no location. His 10th, still a Fw, a P-38 on 15 April, 1944, no location. His 11th, a B-17 on 22 May, 1944, no location. Magnus Report. Bowers/Lednicer, 36 victories.
2025 Keinath, AlfredUffz84/JG-77 (8/42 S.U.; 2/43 Tunisia), 2/Fl.Ub.F.Gr.-1Bf 109F-4 Werk # 13188 "White 11 + -" (20% dam 8/12/42), Bf 109F-4 Werk # 7028 "White 4 + -" (50% dam 9/17/42), Bf 109G-2 (Trop) Werk # 10762 "Yellow 3 + -" (20% dam 2/26/43)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His G-2 made a force landing north of Seftimi on 26 February, 1943 after aerial combat, pilot OK. Made a belly landing 10 km west of Samljansk on 12 August, 1942 after combat; pilot OK. Made an emergency landing 1 km south of Latnaja on 17 September, 1942 after combat; pilot OK. Served in Africa and Russia. His first known Soviet victory, a LaGG-3 on 9 August, 1942. Two Soviet Hurricanes on 13 September, 1942. An Il-2 on 15 September, 1942. Two known Desert victories; both Aircobras; one 57 km southwest of La Fauconnerie, the other 15 km northwest of Maknassy on 13 March, 1943. A Supplimental Claim suggests a third P-39 also downed on the 13th.
2026 Keinen,Ogefr14/KG-53 (8/43 S.U.)Bf 109G or Bf 110 EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Bomber escort. His first known victory, a Soviet "Fighter" at Beisanowo on 9 August, 1943.
2027 Kell, WalterFw8/KG-26 (Channel?)Ju 88A-14 Werk # 144660 "1H + DS" (lost 8/13/43)Bomber Operational ClaspThis ac reported lost in the vicinity of a convoy by Alboran 13 August, 1943, cause unknown, crew returned (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: During a reconnaissance flight, the ac sustained some sort of damage (from the convoy?) and made an emergency landing at Reus Tarragona Spain, where the crew were interned and later repatriated; the ac was repaired and used by the Spanish Air Force. Remaining crew: Ogefr Otto White, Obs; Uffz Hermann Meier, R/O and Uffz Claus Olszewski, Gnr (D.Drury).
2028 Keller,Fw17/JG-300Bf 109G, Fw 190A EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Mosquito at Berlin West on 15 August, 1944.
2029 Keller, Friedrich "Fritz"Hptm3/24/1918Köln13 2/JG-27 (5/40), I/JG-27 (2/42), Kdr II/JG-27 (3/44 to end) Bf 109E-3 (60% dam 5/12/40) & F in 2 Staffel, Bf 109G-14/AS in II Gruppe EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
He was uninjured when his 109E-3 crashed at Berkelaar Holland, south of Maasbracht, on 12 May, 1940, cause unknown. (DeSwart) His first victory, a Morane 406 in the Compiegne/Roye area, 5 June, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire S of Portland on 11 August, 1940. He again, took command of II/JG-27 in February, 1945, to the end of the war. Two known victims were two P-40s of RAAF No. 3 Sq. near El Adem on 8 February, 1942. His 7th, a B-24 on 8 April, 1944 at Wissingen, E of Osnabrück. His 8th, a B-17 NE of Helmstedt on 29 April, 1944. A 9th, a P-38 at Budapest on 14 July, 1944. A 10th, another P-38 SW of Ammersee on 20 July, 1944. An 11th, a B-17 (e.v.) E of Leinefelde on 29 July, 1944. A 12th, a P-38 in the area S of Pressburg on 7 August, 1944. A 13th, a P-47 W of Euskirchen on 17 December, 1944.
2030 Keller, LotharHptm4/7/1914Dresden201.J/88 Legion Condor, 2/JG-3 (Channel), Kdr II/JG-3 (2/41)Bf 109B (in Spain), Bf 109E-4 "White 1", Bf 109E-4 Werk # 5276 (lost 9/11/40; mid-air coll w/Ofw Hessel over Channel; pilots OK), Bf 109F
RK(7/9/41 Post.)

Spanish Cross-Gold

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIFA 26 June, 1941 near Wladimierz Poland during an observation flight in a "Storch", when he collided with another AC and crashed. Scored 4 Soviet victories in three missions on 22 June, 1941 in aerial combat in the Dubno, S.U. area. 3 victories in Spain. 16 victories in the West. His 1st victory, a Morane northwest of Dinant, 14 May, 1940. His 2nd & 3rd, both Hawk-75As south of St. Quentin, 17 May, 1940. His 4th, a Spitfire at Philippeville on 19 May, 1940. His 5th & 6th, both Morane 406s at Cambrai, 21 May, 1940. His 7th, a Spitfire at Bethune on 23 May, 1940. His 8th, a Morane 406 S of Amiens on 31 May, 1940. His 9th & 10, both Caudron 710s at Dreux, 10 June, 1940. His 11th, a Hurricane on 18 August, 1940, no location. His 12th, a Hurricane at the Thames Estuary on 26 August, 1940. His 13th, a Spitfire E of London on 31 August, 1940. His 14th, a Morane at Rochester on 7 September, 1940. His 15th, a Spitfire in the London area on 15 September, 1940. His 16th, a Hurricane E of Dover on 10 February, 1941. His 17th, 18th, 19th & 20th victories, his 1st in the S.U., three I-16s and an I-153 on 22 June, 1941.
2031 Keller, OttoLt159/NJG-5 (12/43), 4/NJG-5 (1/44), 7/NJG-5 (2/44), 9/NJG-5 (3/44)Bf 110
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EP


EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a "4 mot" on 24 December, 1943. A 2nd, a B-24 at Kiel-Tönning on 5 January, 1944. A triple victory on 20 February, 1944 (Archive Report); a "4 mot" at Gardelegen, and two Halifax at Heading. A "4 mot" 50 km outside Berlin on 24 March, 1944. A "4 mot" on 27 April, 1944, no location. A Lancaster, same night, 15 km SE of Heidelberg. A Lancaster 30 km S of Ostende on 28 May, 1944. A 2nd Lancaster, same day, 40 km NW of Ostende. a "4 mot" N of Aumale on 1 June, 1944. A Lancaster near Königsberg on 30 August, 1944. Magnus Report.
2032 Keller, WilliFw25/JG-2 (8/42), 6/JG-2 (9/42)Fw 190A EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Spitfire on 19 August, 1942. His 2nd, a Spitfire into the sea northwest of Le Harve on 8 September, 1942. This may be Wilhelm later posted to JG-3.
2033 Kellinger, Friedrich FritzUffz4/JG-53 (5/44 Reich Def), 7/JG-53 (France)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 412447 "White 8 + -" (dam 5/28/44), Bf 109G-14 Werk # 780766 "White 6 + -" (lost 8/14/44)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIC 14 August, 1944; crashed on landing at Hustedt. WIA 28 May, 1944 during aerial combat with a P-51, force landing near Helmstedt/Mariental.
2034 Kellner, AntonUffz1/StG-77 (S.U.)Ju 87D-3 Werk # 1475 "S2 + DH" (lost 8/4/43)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/21/42)

EK 1 & 2
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List. MIA with unnamed crew 4 August, 1943 after making an emergency landing in Map Quad Pl.Qu. 6852 due to enemy fire. Ju 87 Loss List
2035 Kemen, GerhardFw3/14/1920Erg/JG-26 (6/40), 1/JG-26 (Channel)Bf 109E-1 Werk # 4827 "White 8" (lost 8/14/40) EK 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 14 August, 1940. He graduated from flight training in June of 1940, an Uffz at the time. He was shot down over Dover flying a bomber escort mission, by P/O R.F. Smythe, flying a Hurricane, of RAF No. 32 Squadron. Shot in the back, he was able to bail out. The AC crashed at Coldred England. He was transferred to a Canadian POW camp and repatriated in 1943 with several other wounded pilots. He returned to active duty late in the war, but to ground duty only. Deceased 27 August, 1997.
2036 Kemethmüller, HeinzLt6/26/1914Nürnberg898/JG-3 (1/42), 7/JG-26(3/43 SU), 9/JG-26 (3/44), Stafkpt 4/JG-26 (6/44), Stfkpt 9/JG-26 (11/44)Bf 109F, Fw 190A-4 Werk # 2438 "White 5" (75% dam 2/4/43), Bf 109G-4 Werk # 19216 "White 6 + I" (lost 8/17/43; WIA combat with P-47), Fw 190A-3, Fw 190A-8 in 4/JG-26, Fw 190D-9 Werk # 205206 "Blue 9" (lost 11/4/44)
RK(10/2/42)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(4/13/42)
EP(4/12/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
On 4 November of 1944, he was seriously injured in "Blue 9" in a ground accident at Greven airfield. He never returned to flight status. Wounded seven times. WIA 4 February, 1943 aerial combat, force landed north of Merville. 463 combat missions. 3 bombers. His first known Soviet victory, his 9th overall, an I-61 on 22 February, 1942. Another Soviet victory, a Pe-2 8 km WSW of Litzinowo on 15 March, 1942. A MiG-1 3 km E of Bugagowka on 22 May, 1942. A Pe-2 at Novo Nikolskoye on 25 August, 1942. A Pe-2, a LaGG-3 and an I-16 Rata on 21 May, 1943. A B-17 # 41-24601 of 305BG, 365BS on 13 January, 1943. Another, while an Ofw in 7/JG-26, a B-17 of the 306BG on 29 July, 1943 flown by 1/Lt Donald R. Winter. Four of the crew perished when a wing came off. His 75th & 76th victories, both P-51s S of Neuseidler See on 23 April, 1944. His 80th, a Spitfire N of Caen on 29 June, 1944. A double victory on 12 July, 1944; both P-47s, one S of Conches, the other at Damville. 19 victories in the West. Nominated for the EL. Flugbuch (7/40 to 11/44). Bowers/Lednicer, 89 victories. Deceased 20 February, 1984. Photo
2037 Kempf, OttoLt1/ZG-1 (S.U.)Bf 110F-2 Werk # 2713 "S9 + KH" (lost 8/11/42)Destroyer Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew 11 August, 1942 after an attack by a Soviet fighter at Tormijeik. Bf 110 Loss List
2038 Kempf, WilliLt9/KG-1 (S.U.)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 5811 "V4 + KT" (lost 8/8/42)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with two unnamed crew near Kriwzt 8 August, 1942, cause unknown, one other unnamed crew returned (Ju 88 Loss List).
2039 Kempin, GünterFw12/2/1920Stettin 10/KG-27 (8/41), 1/KG-27 (12/41), 14(Eis/N)/KG-27 (7/43 Night Train Hunter Unit), 14/KG-27 (9/44), 3/KG-4 (3/45) He 111H
RK(4/17/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(6/17/43)
EP(3/5/43)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
Ofw Günther Bierbrauer's Radio Operator with 424 combat missions. The two, destroyed 49 Soviet Armored Trains. One of the few R/O to receive the RK. Deceased 12 August, 1998, Braunschweig.
2040 Kennel, KarlMaj1/17/1914Pirmasens, Pfalz34I /ZG-76 (39), II/ZG-2 (40) Stfkpt 5/Sch.G-1 (10/42), Kdr I/SG-152 (10/43), Kdr II/SG-2 (7/44)Bf 110, Me 210, Fw 190A-8 Werk # 171189 "<< + -" 8 May, 1945 in SG-2
RK(9/19/43)
EL(11/25/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/16/42)
EP(9/9/41)

EK 1 & 2
Assault Operational Clasp w/Pendant
Close support and fighter cover missions. 957 missions. 3 victories in the West, all others in the Soviet Union. One known Soviet victory, a LaGG-5 on 6 August, 1944, while Kdr of II/SG-2. A 2nd, an Il-2 on 22 September, 1944. A 3rd, an Il-2 on 23 September, 1944. His last mission was flown on the morning of 8 May, 1945. Surrendered at Kitzingen. Bowers/Lednicer, 34 victories.

2041 Kensche, FriedrichOblt32/NAGr-4 (1/44 S.U.)Fw 189A-3
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(4/16/44)

EK 1 & 2
Observer Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet LaGG-5 on 8 Janauary, 1944. A 2nd, a LaGG-3 on 29 March, 1944. A 3rd, a Yak-7 on 11 August, 1944.
2042 Kensecke,Lt12/NAGr-4 (8/43 S.U.)Fw 189A, Fw 190A EK 2
Observer Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet LaGG-5 in the Andrejewska area on 4 August, 1943.
2043 Keppler, GerhardLt121/JG-27 (9/42), 2/JG-27 (9/43)Bf 109F & G (Trop.)EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
6 Bombers. 6 victories in the Desert. His first victory, a P-40 of SAAF No 1 Sq., 40 km northwest of Marsa Matruh on 2 August, 1941. A P-40 E of Sidi Rezegh on 30 May, 1942. A Hurricane near Sidi Heneish on 28 June, 1942. Another victory, a P-40 southeast of El Alamein on 6 September, 1942. His 7th, a B-24 near Wiener Neustadt, 1 October, 1943. His 8th, a B-17 (HSS) NE of Heilbronn on 14 October, 1943. His 9th, a B-17 100 km S of Wiener Neustadt on 2 November, 1943. His 10th, a B-24 (HSS) SE of Linz on 22 February, 1944. His 12th, a B-17 near Traunsee, SW of Linz on 24 February, 1944.
2044 Keppler, HansObstlt2/11/1912Entringen2/KG-51 (39), Stfkpt 7/KG-51 (9/41), Kdr III/KG-1 (11/41), Kdr KG-1 (8/42 S.U.)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 144037 "V4 + CD" (lost 9/3/42)
RK(8/20/42)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/25/42)
EP(2/5/41)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
KIA 3 September, 1942 after colliding with a Bf 109 piloted by Gefr Lengwenings (KIC, crashing near Sigolovo), SE of Mga, near Lake Ladoga. Remaining crew (KIA): Ofw August Windisch, Obs; Fw Werner Schubert, R/O and Fw Werner Niersberger, Gnr.. 300+ combat missions.
2045 Keresztes,HptmHungary11/1 Ftr. Sq. (8/42)R.2000Fighter Operational ClaspOne known victory, a LaGG-3 near the village of Davidovka on 9 August, 1942. Source: Punka-Osprey.
2046 Kerkhoff, ErnstFw104/JG-52 (3/43 S.U.)Bf 109G-2 Werk # 14787 (lost 4/30/43), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 20155 "White 8 + -" (lost 8/31/43), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 140210 "White 7 + -" (lost 2/21/44)EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 21 February, 1944; hit by flak, location not reported. His Wk# 20155 reported lost 31 August, 1943, probably due to engine trouble, no location reported, pilot returned. His first known victory, a Soviet U-2 on 22 March, 1943. A 2nd, a P-39 on 28 March, 1943. A 3rd, a LaGG-3 on 30 March, 1943; he was WIA in this skirmish. A 4th, an Il-2 on 21 April, 1943. A 5th, a Soviet P-40 on 29 April, 1943. A 6th, a P-2 on 7 September, 1943. A 7th, an Il-2 (m.H.) on 22 October, 1943. Nos. 8 & 9, both Il-2s E of Eltigen on 2 December, 1943.
2047 Kerna, WalterUffz9/TG-1 (Italy)Ju 52/3m Werk # 5766 "1Z + MT" (lost 8/23/43)Transport Operational ClaspKerna survived the crash of his Ju 52 on 23 August, 1943, 5 km NW os Savelli Italy due to accidental ground contact while conducting medical transport. Remaining Crew: Uffz Heinrich Jansen (KIC), R/O; Fw Hermann Grub (KIC), Flt Engr. and Flg Kurt Schulz (Survived), Gunner. Fw Grub reported buried at Cassino Italy. Source: Grandson of Fw Grub, Henrik Forsman.
2048 Kernhoff, HeinzOfw2/KG-200 (Kdo "Carmen", Bergamo It.)Ju 88A-2 Werk # 170492 "A3 + TB" (lost 8/13/44)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC with his entire crew, 13 August, 1944, when their ac suffered an engine failure and crashed 35km from Bergamo. Remaining crew (desig unk): Lt Otto Klingohr, Ogefr Leonard Abraham, Gefr Horst Seifert and Uffz Heinz Bartsch. Three graves are known via VDK in the Ger War Cem. at Costermano, Italy, in Blk 9, as follows: Lt Klingohr Gr 165, Ogefr Abraham Gr 276 and Uffz Bartsch Gr 164 (D.Drury). Naming the pilot (Kernhoff) may be in error, since designations were not given.
2049 Kessel, KarlObstlt6/1/1912Mülheim1/KG-2, Kdr IV/KG-2 (3/41), Kdr I/KG-2 (5/43), Kdr KG-2 (2/44)Do 17Z to 11/41, Do 217 E & K as Kdr KG-2
RK(1/24/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/29/43)
EP( 6/1/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp in Gold
Battle of Britain pilot. 269 combat missions. Retired Bundeswehr General. Deceased 24 August, 1997, Bonn.
2050 Kessels, HansFw12/10/19165/JG-6Fw 190A-8 Werk # 1714__ "White 3" (lost 8/25/44)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 25 August, 1944, enemy action at La Fere (JG-6 List).
2051 Kessler, FranzUffzFl.ü.G.-1Fw 190F-3 Werk # 670392 (lost 8/16/43)Pilot BadgePilot reported killed 16 August, 1943 at Vilsberg, no further detail.
2052 Kessler, WolfgangUnk7/KG-26Ju 88A-14 Werk # (14?) 2294 "1H + HR" (lost 8/27/43*)Bomber Operational ClaspThis ac made an emergency landing at S'Avall Spain on 27 August, 1943*, due to a fuel shortage. Remaining crew (interned & repatriated 10/5/43): Alois Edhofer, R/O; Ulrich Zenke, bombardier and Franz Silvester, Gnr (D.Drury). *Another Spanish source suggests the date of loss was 2 April, 1943, however, the Spanish authorities repatriated the internees consistently shortly after their internment.
2053 Ketner, Hans JoachimUffz11/28/19211/JG-3 (Stubendorf)Bf 109G-14/AS Werk # 165701 "White 4" (lost 8/22/44)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 22 August, 1944 during aerial combat with a P-51 of 31FG at Libava CZ, buried Erfurt Cem.
2054 Kettler, FritzGefr5/JG-6Fw 190A-6 Werk # 173084 "White 4" (lost 8/23/44)Fighter Operational ClaspKilled in a crash 23 August, 1944 at Herpy, no further detail (JG-6 List).
2055 Kettling, Hans UlrichOblt1/ZG-76 (Channel)Bf 110D-0 Werk # 3155 "M8 + CH" (lost 8/15/40)Destroyer Operational ClaspPOW 15 August, 1940 after being shot down by a Spitfire of RAF No. 41 Sq., piloted by P/O George Bennions. With both engines dead, the Bf 110D crash landed at Streatlam, near Barnard Castle. Also a POW, Ogefr Friedrich Wilhelm "Fritz" Volk, his wireless operator. He is known to have been in aerial combat near Oslo on 9 April, 1940, and the "M8 + CH" was indentified as Bf 110C. I beleive the "C" model is correct for this time period. Source: SIG Norway.
2056 Kettner, BertholdFw171/JG-52 (9/42 S.U.)Bf 109F & GEP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Magnus Report. His first known victory, a Soviet Il-2 on 30 September, 1942. A 2nd, a LaGG-3 on 1 October, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 16 October, 1942. An Il-2 on 7 May, 1943. Two LaGG-3s on 28 May, 1943. An Il-2 on 22 July, 1943. A Yak-1 on 25 July, 1943. A yak-1 on 31 July, 1943. A Pe-2 on 10 August, 1943. A Yak-1 on 28 September, 1943. A P-39 on 3 October, 1943. An Il-2 (m.H.) on 5 October, 1943. A P-39 on 22 October, 1943. A LaGG-3 on 28 November, 1943.
2057 Keul, ManfredLt8/2/19223(F)/123Ju 88H-1/T Werk # 430898 (lost 4/6/44)Observer Operational ClaspKIC with his entire crew 6 April, 1944; crash "St Jacques de la Lande, Mivoie", cause not reported. Remaining crew (pos unk, all bur Mont de Huisnes, Vault 14): Lt Felix Przymuszala [geb 5/15/1920, bur Gr 11944 (may be 1944)]; Prufmeister Johann Briel (geb 12/12/1912, bur Gr 120) and Fw August Gessner (geb 11/26/1909, bur Gr 124. Pilot Lt Keul buried Grave 122 (absa3945).
2058 Keuneke, GüntherUffz8/11/19203/KG-66Ju 88S-3 Werk # 330801 "Z6 + FL" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 6 August, 1944; shot down by flak near Lespandebys; the remaing crew (unnamed) all bailed safely w/o injury. Source: B.Bines.
2059 Kicherer, WalterUffz34/ZG-26 (4/44), 5/JG-6 (8/44)Bf 110, Bf 109G & Fw 190A in JG-6
EK 1 & 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
One known victory, a B-17 80 km NNW of Kolberg on 11 April, 1944. A 2nd, a B-24 into the baltic, SW of Bornholm, on 29 May, 1944. Now in JG-6, a 3rd victory, a P-38 at La Fere on 25 August, 1944.
2060 Kickert, Rolf Lt3/11/19211210/JG-51 (10/41 S.U.), Stfkpt 10/JG-51 (12/42 S.U.)Bf 109F-2 Werk # 9636 "White 11" (lost 12/19/42)EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 19 December, 1942 at Welikije-Luki, cause unknown. His first known victory, two Soviet R-3s on 12 October, 1941. A 3rd, a Yak-1 on 1 June, 1942. A 4th & 5th, a MiG-3 and an Il-2 on 4 August, 1942. A 6th, a MiG-3 NE of Ijamkino on 5 September, 1942. A 7th & 8th, two Pe-2s on 10 September, 1942. A 9th, an Il-2 at Olichev on 6 December, 1942. Nos 10 & 11, a MiG-3 and an Il-2 near Welikije-Luki on 16 December, 1942. A 12th, an Il-2 5 km NE of Velikiye Luki on 17 December, 1942.
2061 Kiefel, AdolfOfw8/29/1913Görlitz6/ZG-26 Bf 110C Werk # 3060 "3U + IP" (lost 8/18/40) Destroyer Operational Clasp KIA 18 August, 1940 after being shot down by a Hurricane during aerial combat with Sgt Peter Robinson of RAF No. 56 Sq., crashing at Pluckley, Kent, England while on an escort mission. His R/O-Gunner, Uffz Josef Hemmersbach (geb Lövenich), was also killed in the crash. Both are buried at CC, Plot 1, Row 5; Kiefel in Gr 168, Hemmersbach in Gr 169 (D.Drury).
Cannock Chase
2062 Kiefner, GeorgOblt1/20/192212 3/JG-26 (7/43), 2/JGr-West, I/JG-26 (1/44), Stfkpt 1/JG-26 (7/44, repl Max Groth), JV-44 (4/45) Fw 190A-4 Werk # 2386 "Yellow 12" (lost 8/17/43), Fw 190A-6 Werk # 530948 "White 11" (dam 3/23/44), Fw 190A-7 Werk # 340307 "White 11" (lost 4/1/44; injured bailing), Fw 190A-8 Wk# 171079, "White 5" (dam 8/12/44), Fw 190A-8 Werk # Unk "Black <" (lost 8/17/44), Fw 190D-9 Wk# 600158 "White 5" (lost 1/23/45), Fw 190D-9 Werk # 211027 "White 4" (15% dam (eng fire) 3/9/45) EP


EK 1 & 2, Silver Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp in Gold
WIA 17 August, 1943 in Wk# 2386 when he took a bullet in the knee and crashed at St Leonard, 30 km east of Antwerp. WIA 23 March, 1944 in A-6 Wk# 530948 "White 11" by Spitfire of No. 312 Sq., 3km W of Wevelgem. Bailed safely, with wounds, 1 April, 1944, from his A-7 SW of Courtrai after combat. His A-8 was damaged by AA fire on a low level strafing mission of American armor, on 12 August, 1944, E of Paris. He was uninjured 17 August, 1944, in another A-8, "Black <" shot down NE of Chartres. His D-9 " White 5" was shot down near Albachten on 1/23/45 by his own flak; he bailed safely without injury. His final D-9 "White 4" made an emergency landing at Vörden airfield 9 March, 1945, due to an engine fire. Only 15% damaged, it was left behind, to be found by advancing Allied Troops. Downed a B-24 of 44BG, his 3rd victory, on 21 January, 1944. Although not responsible for the downing of Uncle Ralph Krackers B-24 HSS near Almelo (his 5th victory) on 6 Mar., 1944, it does appear that he was credited with the victory. The photo was taken 24 June, 1944 at Boissy-le-Bois, the day he recd. the A/C. I have reason to believe that Hptm. Walter Matoni of II/JG-26 flew this same A/C. 140 combat missions. Shot down 5 times. One known victory, a Boston (e.V.) on 30 July, 1943. Another, a B-17 at Hulst-Terneuzen on 12 August, 1943. A 4th, a P-47 E of Maubeuge near Colleret on 7 January, 1944. His 6th, a P-51 at Bocholt-Roermond on 20 May, 1944. A P-51 at Caen on 11 July, 1944. A Spitfire at Caen/Carpiquet on 15 July, 1944. A P-47 on 7 August, 1944 (N. Fr.). Letter & photo of Georg on file.
2063 Kiel, RudolfObstlt10/25/1911Sondershausen1/KG-55 (39), Stfkpt 10/KG-55 (1/1/41), Kdr IV/KG-55 (4/41), Kdr I/KG-55 "Greif" (1/43), Kdr KG-27 "Boelcke" (5/45)He 111P-4 Werk # 2866 "G1 + AH" (dam 10/9/40), He 111H in all units
RK(12/20/41)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(7/19/43)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
His Wk# 2866 developed serious engine trouble during a raid on London on the night of 9/10 October, 1940. He nursed the ac back to France after his crew bailed out, and landed at St Sabens. In July and August, 1941, Kiels Group was credited with the destruction of 58 railway cars, 675 trucks and 22 tanks. 400+ combat missions. Deceased 1 July, 2003, Murnau.
2064 Kies, RudolfFw2(F)/100 (S.U.)Ju 88D-1 Werk # 430603 "T5 + HK" (lost 8/19/43)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/17/43 Post.)

EK 1 & 2
Observer Operational Clasp
MIA 19 August, 1943 at Lichaja-Nowoschop, no further detail. DK-G Awards List & Ju 88 Loss List.
2065 Kiesel, WolfgangLt5/19/191989/JG-51 (7/43 S.U.), Stab I/JG-11 (3/44 Rotenburg)Bf 109G, Fw 190A-7/R2 Werk # 340046 (lost 3/8/44)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 8 March, 1944 during aerial combat, crashing at Wendeborstel, 15 km NW of Wunstorf (Wiegels). Buried Berlin-Wilm.-Stahndorf Blk L, Row 21, Grave 363. His first known victory, a Soviet LaGG-3 on 5 July, 1943. A 2nd, an Il-2 (m.H.) on 17 July, 1943. A 3rd, an Il-2 (m.H.) on 27 July, 1943. A 4th, a LaGG-5 NNW of Spas-Demensk on 13 August, 1943. Nos. 5, 6 & 7, a LaGG-3 and an Il-2 (m.H.) near Podbushye and an Il-2 (m.H.) near Dyatkovo on 24 August, 1943. An 8th, an Il-2 (m.H.) at Yelnya on 17 September, 1943.
2066 Kieszner,Lt6/KG-30 (Channel)Ju 88A-1 Werk # 4033 "??" (lost 8/27/40)Bomber Operational ClaspKnown to have crashed his Wk# 4033 on 27 August, 1940, while landing at the Aalborg Norway airfield, AC destroyed, pilot and crew killed in the crash. Source: SIG Norway & Ju 88 Loss List.
2067 Kilchling,Uffz27/NJG-1Bf 110
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a "4 mot" S of Stuttgart on 15 March, 1944. A 2nd "4 mot" the night of 18-19 August, 1944, no location given, most likely in the Zoutkamp area, along with Ernst Modrow.
2068 Kilian, Heinz JürgenFw8/9/1921Walldorf8 5/JG-11 (5/43), 8/JG-77 (8/43; 4/44 Romania), 11/JG-77 (8/44), 3/JG-1 (11/44, 1/45 Twente) Bf 109G-6 in JG-11, Bf 109G-2 Werk # 13491 "Black 2" (10% dam 4/4/44; WIA, combat west of Giurgiu) & Bf 109G-6 Werk # 163117 (30% dam 7/31/44; WIA, combat w/P-51 at Turnu-Magurele, crashed Scarisoares) in 8/JG-77, Fw 190A-8 Werk# 738159, "Yellow 6" (lost 1/1/45) in JG-1 EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp
Opposed the 306th BG on 21 May, 1943 in JG-11. 2 bombers; B-17 on 6/13/43, B-24 (his 1st victory) on 5/14/43. His 2nd, a B-17 on 13 June, 1943. Downed a P-40 in southern Italy on 14 August, 1943. His 4th victory, a B-17 over Romania on 4 July, 1944. His 5th, a B-24 over the Balkans on 28 July, 1944. His 6th & 7th, both Yak 9s over Romania on 21 August, 1944. His 8th, an Il-2 over Romania on 23 August, 1944. Kilian was shot down during "Operation Bodenplatte" on 1 Jan., 1945. He was shot down and killed by his own Flak , approximately 3.5 miles south of Nightevecht, Holland (Prov. of Utrecht), between Loenen and Vreeland. Although he was able to bail out of the AC, his chute failed to open. Buried Ysselsteyn Block CT/8/198. Alternate spelling: Killian (Geensen).
Ysselstein, Holland
2069 Kilian, JakobFw1/JG-52 (S.U.)Bf 109G-2 Werk # 13465 "White 2" (lost 8/7/42)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 7 August, 1942 making an emergency landing at Michailowskaja after aerial combat damage.
2070 Kimmer,Uffz18/JG-300Bf 109G-6Ek 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a B-24 at Steenwijk on 15 August, 1944.
2071 Kind, WolfgangUffzIV/JG-5 (Norway)Fw 190A-3 Werk # 5425 (30% damaged 8/13/43)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 13 August, 1943 when he overturned on landing at the Stavanger-Sola Norway airfield after an operation. This might be Wolfgang Kindt.
2072 Kindler, AlfredHptm9/4/1915Mauschdorf, Oberschlesien6/KG-2 (10/39), Stfkpt 5/KG-2 (10/41), Stfkpt 6/KG-2 (11/41)Do 17Z-3 Werk # 2839 "U5 + FP" (dam 8/29/40; sd by NF, uninjured), Do 217E-4 Werk # 5482 "U5 + FP" (lost 7/31/42)
RK(9/24/42 in captivity)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/7/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
Shot down by flak, and POW, over England, crashing at Newmarket on 31 July, 1942, after 230 combat missions. Remaining crew POW): StbsFw Herbert Schirmer, Obs; Ofw Willi Kostka, R/O and Ofw Alois Horch, Flt Engr.. Deceased 30 August, 2000, Mühltal.
2073 Kinzel, WernerOfw4(West)/Fl.Ü.G-1Ju 87D-1 Werk# 131132 (50%), Fw 190F-8 Werk # 173081 (lost)Observer Operational ClaspKIC 7 August, 1944, in his F-8 north of Münster-Handorf, cause unknown. Known to have made a force landing by Halgofrei in his Ju 87 on 5 December, 1943, his disposition and that R/O-Gunner Ofw Ernst Storch are unknown. Jager Blatt 6/2004 & 1/2005.
2074 Kipfmüller, WalterHptm3/3/1920Munich1 & 2/KGr-606, Stfkpt 2/KG-77Do 17 (40s), Ju 88A-5 Werk# 8241 "7T + LH" (dam 12/41), Ju 88A-4 Werk # 1350 "7T + KK" (dam 3/23/42)
RK(10/29/43)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/15/42)
EP( 3/18/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge(10/8/41)
Bomber Operational Clasp
Shot down with wounds 9/10 August, 1941. Shot down a 2nd time 23 March, 1942 in Wk # 1350; he and his Obs, Uffz Georg Friedrich reached their life raft. and were rescued. Uffz Wilhelm Kühlwetter, R/O and Uffz Anton Schuster, Gnr, went down with the ac. (DK-G Awards List & Ju 88 Loss List). Deceased 30 January, 1991, Munich.
2075 Kipper, JostOblt12/28/1915Giessen1Stffüh 4/JG-3Bf 109E-1 Werk # 1134 (lost)Fighter Operational Clasp KIA 29 August, 1940, after being shot down during the Battle of Britain, over Hooe, Sussex in his Bf 109. Buried Cannock Chase, Block 4, Row 12, Gr 168 (M.Croft). His crashsite at Johnsons Lodge Field, Green Farm, Hooe, Sussex, was excavated in 1973 by the Wealden Aviation Archaeological Group. Source, Eric Zemper, Eugene, OR. This was the same date as his one known victory, a Hurricane, location not given, but most likely in the Sussex area. Added: He was sd by a Hurricane of No. 85 Sq., piloted by S/Ldr Peter Townsend. Kipper was able to bail out, but his chute failed to open (D.Drury).
Cannock Chase
2076 Kircheis, ErichOblt10/4/1912JG-51 (38), Adj JG-51 (40 Channel)Bf 109D, Bf 109E-4 Werk #5395 (lost 8/28/40) Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 28 August, 1940 after being shot down in his E-4 at South Barham Farm, Denton, England. He bailed safely, but suffered a broken leg on landing. Promoted to Hptm while interned in Canada. Deceased 30 April, 1998. Jager Blatt Obit.
2077 Kirchenloher, HansFwI/JGr-Süd (Reich Def)Bf 109G-5 Werk # 15550 (lost 8/19/43)Fighter Operational ClaspKIC 19 August, 1943; crashed at Mainz-Castell due to an engine fire.
2078 Kirchner, HeinzUffz23/JG-300Bf 109G-14/AS (lost 9/28/44 at Quedlinburg)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 28 September, 1944 during aerial combat at Quedlinburg; bailed safely (JG-300 Loss List). One known victory, a B-24 15 km S of Neulengbarss on 26 June, 1944. A 2nd, a B-24 (HSS) S of Raab on 22 August, 1944.
2079 Kirchner, HorstLt1112/JG-51 (5/43 S.U.), 2/JG-302 (7/44)Bf 109F, Bf 109G-6 Werk # 20350 (lost 8/4/43), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 441784 "Red 1" (lost 7/21/44)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(12/1/44 Post)
EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge(8/4/43)
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 21 July, 1944 (Magnus). WIA 4 August, 1943 during aerial combat, an Ofw at the time, location not reported. His first known Soviet victory, a LaGG-3 on 30 May, 1943. A MiG-3 on 5 July, 1943. A MiG-3 and a LaGG-5 on 10 July, 1943. A Yak-1 on 12 July, 1943. A Soviet Boston NE of Raiski on 5 August, 1943. A 7th Soviet, a LaGG-5 on 3 May, 1944. One known western victory, his 8th overall, a B-24 W of Budapest on 2 July, 1944. His 9th, another B-24 at Essling/Wein on 8 July, 1944. A B-24 (HSS) N of Neusiedlersee on 16 July, 1944. His 10th (per Perry Claims), a B-24 (HSS) at Vienna on 21 July, 1944. His 11th, a B-17 at Traunsee on 21 July, 1944. Alternate spelling: Kirschner.
2080 Kirschner, Hans JoachimHptm7/6/1920Niederlössnitz, Sachsen188 1 Erg/JG-3 (8/41), 5/JG-3 (5/42 S.U.), Stfkpt 5/JG-3 (10/43 Schiphol), JG-53, Kdr IV/JG-27 Bf 109F, Bf 109G-6 Werk # 18802 "Black 1" (10/43), Bf 109G-6 Wk# 20618 (lost 12/17/43)
RK(12/23/42)
EL(8/2/43)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(12/21/42)
EP(12/21/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge, Fighter Oper.Clasp w/Pendant
KIA 17 December, 1943 near Metkovic Croatia. After aerial combat with Spitfires, he parachuted to safety, but was shot by partisans of the 29th Communist Brigade. On 5 July, 1943, he reached his 150th victory by shooting down nine enemy AC. Approximately 600 combat missions. His first known Soviet victory, a DB-3a on 21 May, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 30 June, 1942. A Yak-1 and a DB-3 on 13 July, 1942. A Yak-1 and an Il-2 on 22 July, 1942. Three Yak-1s on 26 July, 1942. Four Soviet victories on 9 August, 1942. three Il-2s on 17 August, 1942. An Er-2 and a MiG-1 on 11 October, 1942. Two LaGG-3s on 29 October, 1942. Two Lagg-3s and an I-180 on 22 February, 1943. A Yak-1 and a LaGG-3 on 9 March, 1943. Two LaGG-5s and an Il-2 on 13 March, 1943. A MiG-1 and two LaGG-3s on 25 March, 1943. Two I-16s and a LaGG-3 on 11 April, 1943. Nos 79 & 80, both P-39s on 16 April, 1943. Eight Soviet victories on 20 April, 1943. Six on 8 May, 1943. No. 143, a LaGG-3 on 21 June, 1943. 21 victories in the West. His 1st, a Spitfire 50 km N of Bergen-aan-Zee on 20 August, 1941. Germanys 19th ranked fighter Ace. Photo

2081 Kirstein, HelmutUffz78/JG-51 (8/43 S.U.)Fw 190A
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 12 February, 1944 (Magnus). His first known victory, a LaGG-5 and a P-39 on 2 August, 1943. Two DB-3s in the Dyatkovo area on 24 August, 1943. A 5th, an Il-2 (m.H.) SW of Kirov on 12 September, 1943. A 6th, a LaGG-5 NW of Yelnya on 15 September, 1943. A 7th, an Il-2 on 16 December, 1943.
2082 Kischka, WernerUffz3/KG-6 (Italy)Ju 88A-14 Werk # 144366 "3E + KL" (lost 8/23/43)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew 23 August, 1943, cause unknown, location not reported (Ju 88 Loss List).
2083 Kitzing, HelmutOfw1/NAGr-2 (S.U.)Bf 109G-4 Werk # 19777 (lost 8/3/43)Observer Operational ClaspKIA 3 August, 1943 during aerial combat at Map Quadrant Pl.Qu. 6158.
2084 Kiworra, HermannOfw276/JG-52 (S.U.)Bf 109F, Bf 109G-2 Werk # 14828 "Yellow 5 + -" (lost 3/18/43)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(6/4/43 Post.)
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 18 March, 1943 during aerial combat offshore near Gelendshik, 70 km SE of Anapa. His body was ashore in Turkey. His first known Soviet victory, an Il-2 on 26 July, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 23 August, 1942. A Yak-1 on 25 August, 1942. An I-180 on 28 August, 1942. An Il-2 on 31 August, 1942. A MiG-1 on 7 September, 1942. Two I-153s on 10 October, 1942. A MiG-1 on 10 December, 1942. Two Yak-1s and two Il-2s on 11 December, 1942. An R-5 on 17 December, 1942. An Il-2 and a Pe-2 on 22 December, 1942. An Il-2 on 25 December, 1942. An Il-2 on 4 March, 1943. A U-2 on 10 March, 1943. A Pe-2 on 11 March, 1943. Two Yak-1s and an Il-2 on 13 March, 1943. Two Yak-1s on 17 March, 1943.
2085 Klager, ErnstOblt227/JG-53 (11/40; 3/41 Germany; 3/42 Comiso; 6/42 Med), 8/JG-53 (7/42)Bf 109E-4 (11/40), Bf 109F-2 Werk # 6696 (90% dam 3/17/41; failed takeoff from Mannheim/Sandhofen), Bf 109F-2 Werk # 5700 "White 10" (4/41), Bf 109F-4 Trop Werk # 10179 (lost 6/9/42; crashed Tmimi , flak, pilot OK), Bf 109F-4/Z/Trop Werk # 10077 "Black 5 + I" (lost 7/3/42)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 3 July, 1942; shot down during a fighter sweep over El Alamein. He shared "White 10" with Gefr Josef Frankhauser (Prien). Suffered a takeoff accident in Bf 109F-2 Werk # 6696, 90% damaged, without injury to himself (Prien). One known Soviet victory near Smolensk on 6 August, 1941 (Prien). At least 5 victories in the Desert. Perhaps his first, a Hurricane on 11 December, 1941. His tenth victory, a Spitfire over Malta on 18 March, 1942. Another Spitfire over Malta on 20 March, 1942. A P-40 15 km northwest of Bir Hacheim on 1 June, 1942. A P-40 on 3 June, 1942 and another on 5 June, 1942, southwest of Fort Acroma. A P-40 of a SAAF Sq. near Tmimi on 9 June, 1942. Later this same day, he was hit by flak and force landed at Tmimi. A Hurricane of RAF No. 208 Sq. in the El Daba/Mersa Matruh area on 27 June, 1942.
2086 Klages, RolfOblt3/22/19202 Stab/FAGr-2 (8/42 S.U.), Stfkpt 3/NJG-4 (5/44), 3/NJG-4 (7/44), I/NJG-4 (3/45) Ju 88C-5 Werk # 430181 (dam 8/2/42), Bf 110G-4 (5/44), Ju 88G-1 Werk # Unk (lost 7/5/44)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 4/5/ July, 1944 and crashed 2 km SW of Aumale, west of Amiens, after aerial combat (Balss). One known victory, a "4 mot" at Abbeville on 25 June, 1944. A 2nd, a Lancaster at Aumale on 5 July, 1944. Added: WIA 2 August, 1942 hit by Soviet AA fire, Map Quadrant Pl.Qu.07681. No crew detail (D.Drury).
2087 Klaiber, OttoMajStab III/NJG-3Bf 110, Ju 88Night Fighter Operational ClaspKIC 15 August, 1944 at Hüls, near Krefeld, no further detail (Balss). Jager Blatt 6/2003.
2088 Klamrotz, EckehardtObltStab III/KG-51 (S.U.)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 144088 "9K + FD" (lost 8/2/42)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA with two other unnamed crew on 2 August, 1942 at Amawir due to an enemy fighter attack, one unnamed crew returned (Ju 88 Loss List).
2089 Klante, HelmutOfw217/JG-5, JV-44 (4/45)Bf 109F & G, Me 262 A-1a or Fw 190D-9
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet Hurricane on 18 May, 1942. A 2nd Hurricane on 28 May, 1942. A 3rd, a P-40 on 2 September, 1942. A P-40 on 9 September, 1942. A Pe-2 on 11 September, 1942. A P-39 on 25 July, 1943. A P-39 on 23 August, 1943. A P-39, a P-40 and an Il-2 on 14 September, 1943. A P-40 and two Il-2s on 27 September, 1943. His JV-44 service found on a pilot list on-line. Magnus victories, 21.
2090 Klar, KarlUffz7/16/19216/JG-54Fw 190A-3 Werk# 122116 "Yellow ?" (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 18 August, 1944 over Map Quadrant 03456.
2091 Klar, MartinFw7/JG-26 (Channel)Bf 109E-1 Werk # 3464 (lost 8/31/40) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 31 August, 1940 after being shot down by a Hurricane at Mill House Farm, Allington, Kent. Added: Possibly shot down by F/O Brian van Mentz in a Spitfire of No.222 Sq., who claimed a "probable" this day (D.Drury).
2092 Klärner, AdolfUffz7/4/1921412/JG-51(1/44 S.U.), 4/JG-302 (7/44 Götzendorf)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 441864 "Black 11" (lost 8/24/44)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 24 August, 1944 during aerial combat with a P-51 of 52FG at Ostojkovice CZ., buried Cheb Cem, Block 8 (as Unknown). His first known victory, a Soviet Il-2 (m.H.) on 12 January, 1944. A 2nd Soviet, an Il-2 on 28 April, 1944. A 3rd Soviet, a P-39 on 10 May, 1944. One known western victory, a B-17 at Traunsee on 21 July, 1944.
2093 Klaus, ErnstFw8/KG-77 (Med)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 140137 "3Z CS" (lost 8/26/42)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW with unnamed crew at Malta 26 August, 1942, sd by fighters (Ju 88 Loss List).
2094 Klee, HansOfw67/JG-2 (Germany)Bf 109F-2 Werk # 8131 (lost 3/14/41)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIC 14 March, 1941 at Dessau, no cause reported. One known victory, his 1st, a Hawk-75A west southwest of Charleville, 15 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire over the Isle of Wight on 24 August, 1940. His 3rd, a Hurricane at Themsemündung on 5 September, 1940. His 4th, a Spitfire at the Thames Estuary on 7 September, 1940. His 5th, a Herford 20 km NE of Fecamp on 9 October, 1940. His 6th, a Spitfire at Portsmouth on 15 November, 1940.
2095 Kleemann,UffzII/JG-54 (Channel)Bf 109E-4 Werk# 2759 (lost 8/28/40)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 28 August, 1940; aerial combat over the English Channel.
2096 Klein,Uffz3Stab II/SG-3 (8/44 S.U.), 5/SG-3 (9/44 S.U.)Fw 190F
EK 1 & 2
Assault Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet U-2 between Palejas & Birzui on 3 August, 1944. Nos. 2 & 3, a LaGG-5 and a Pe-2 on 14 September, 1944.
2097 Klein,Lt36/SG-3 (8/44 S.U.)Fw 190F
EK 1 & 2
Assault Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet Il-2 on 24 August, 1944. A 2nd, a Pe-2 on 15 September, 1944. A 3rd, an Il-2 on 23 September, 1944.
2098 Klein, AlfonsOblt2/6/1921Dieringhausen, Rheinland39J/88 Legion Condor, 2/JG-52 (9/43 S.U.), 10/JG-11 (6/44 S.U.), Stffüh 4/JG-11 (8/44), Stfkpt 10/JG-11 (2/45)He 51B-1 (in Spain), Bf 109F & G in JG-52, Fw 190A-8 Werk # 175141 "Green 6" (lost 9/12/44; P-51 combat near Wiesbaden)
RK(4/27/45)

Spanish Cross

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(9/19/44)
EP(7/20/44)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Oper.Clasp
Total of about 480 combat missions, including 120 low level sorties. 1 victory in Spain. His first known Soviet victory, an Il-2 on 1 September, 1943. A Pe-2 on 22 September, 1943. An Il-2 (m.H.) on 3 October, 1943. A Pe-2 on 16 October, 1943. Two Il-2s on 20 October, 1943. A P-39 on 24 October, 1943. An Il-2 on 26 October, 1943. An Il-2 on 10 March, 1944. An Il-2 on 23 March, 1944. An Il-2 (m.H.) on 24 April, 1944. 6 victories in the West. Two known western victories, both P-47s at Foret dErmenonville on 27 August, 1944. His 30th victory, a P-51 SSW of Hahn on 12 September, 1944. A P-38 near the Ardennes on 17 December, 1944. A B-26 and a P-51 at the Eifel on 23 December, 1944. His 34th, a Yak-3 on 5 February, 1945. His 35th, a Yak-9 in the Küstrin area on 23 March, 1945. His 36th, a Yak-9 in the Küstrin area on 24 March, 1945. His 37th, a Yak-9 on 25 March, 1945. His 38th, a Yak-3 on 16 April, 1945. His 39th, and last victory, a Yak-9 on 18 April, 1945. Also credited with 5 Tanks destroyed on the ground. Lived for a long time in the USA. Deceased 2 July, 2004. Photo
2099 Klein, ErichUffz28/JG-26Fw 190A-8 Werk # 680831 "Blue 7" (lost) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 27 September, 1944 in aerial combat with a Spitfire of RAF No. 412 Sq. S of Nijmegen. His two victories; a Spitfire of RAF No. 1 Sq. in the Yvetot area, NW of Rouen, on 17 August, 1944 and a P-51 of RAF No. 315 Sq. at Beauvais on 18 August, 1944.
2100 Klein, FranzUffz14 & 6/JG-300 (8/44 Holzkirchen)Fw 190A8/R2 "Yellow 15"
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 8 August, 1944 during aerial combat with P-51's and B-17's southwest of Berlin (falkeeins-blogspot). One known victory, a B-17 in the Graz area on 26 July, 1944.

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