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2101 Willi, KarlOfhr4/JG-26Fw 190A-8 Werk # 171539 "Blue 10" (lost 9/18/44)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 18 September, 1944 when his "Blue 10 was hit by AA fire from the 2nd Amored Div., and he crashed at Munstergeleen Holland (DeSwart), near Maastricht.
2102 Willius, Karl 'Charly'Oblt11/5/1919Mainz Kostheim508/JG-51 (5/40), 3/JG-26 (7/41), Stafkpt 2/JG-26 (8/43)Bf 109F(41), Fw 190A-2 Wk# 5327 "Yellow 5" & 2083 (lost 3/27/42), Fw 190A-8 Wk# 170009 "Blk 5"(lost 4/8/44) RK(6/9/44 Post.)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold (10/15/42)
EP(7/22/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 8 April, 1944 in "Black 5" attacking heavy bombers, when he was shot down by a P-47D of the 361FG, 357FG, flown by 1/Lt Alton B. Snyder over the Zuider Lake in Holland. He had just scored his 50th victory, a B-24 of the 44BG. His body was recovered in 1967 by a Dutch recovery team, still at the controls of his Fw 190 "Black 5", 15 ft. down in the Pieperpolder near Genemuiden, Holland. WIA 27 March, 1942 in aerial combat. Made a hard landing at Ardres due to engine damage. 371 missions, 17 victories in the East. His first victory, a Spitfire SE of Ramsgate on 18 August, 1940. Three Pe-2s and a MiG-3 on 13 May, 1943. Two LaGG-3s on 2 June, 1943. 11 bombers, 12 Spitfires. His first Battle of Britain victory came on 18 August, 1940. His first known Soviet victory, a Yak-4 on 21 April, 1943. A LaGG-3 on 27 May, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 28 May, 1943. 11 four engine bombers. His first Homeland Defense victory, one of the 100BG B-17s on 30 December, 1943 over Soissons. His 40th, a B-17 E of Maubeuge on 4 February, 1944. Another, a B-24 of the 392BG on 15 March, 1944. His 45th, a B-17 at Idstein-Oberüsel on 2 March, 1944. Buried at Ysselsteyn War Cemetery.

2103 Willon, KarlUffz1Stab II/JG-77Bf 109E EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His first victory, a Hurricane at Quad "21-8-5-4" on 8 August, 1940.
2104 Wilms, HermannFw4/KG-26He 111H-3 Werk # 2323 "1H + FM" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 3 February, 1940 after being shot down by Hurricanes of RAF No. 43 Sq., crashing at Bannial Flatt Farm, at the Sleights crossroads, four miles north of Whitby. Remaining crew: Uffz Rudolf Leushake, Observer (KIA), Uffz Karl Missy, wireless operator (POW and Uffz Johann Meyer, mechanic (KIA). Leushake was killed on the first pass, in the nose of the AC, his Observer position. Meyer was mortally wounded in the stomach and Missys right leg was nearly severed from MG fire which raked the fuselage. The two KIA crew members are buried in the German Military Cemetery at Cannock Chase, Staffordshire. This was the first AC to crash on English soil in WWII. Added: Remaining crew (KIA): Rudolf Leushake, bur CC, Blk 3, Row 14, Gr 417 and Johann Meyer, bur same, Gr 418 (D.Drury).
Cannock Chase
2105 Wimmer, WilliFw8/KG-55He 111P-2 Werk # 2858 "G1 + ES" (lost 5/12/41)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 12 May, 1941; sd by AA fire during an attacking a target in Poole Harbor, Dorset. The ac crashed into the harbor mud and exploded. Remaining crew: Oblt Horst Gündel (or Guendel), Obs (KIA); Uffz Heinrich Neuber, R/O (KIA); Uffz Karl Scheuringer, Mech (WIA and Gefr Karl Röhl, Gnr (WIA). All three deceased buried in Cannock Chase. Wimmer; Plot 7/10/239. Gündel; Plot 7/4/101 and Neuber; Plot 7/4/102. Source: D. Drury.
Cannock Chase
2106 Winkelmann, KarlFw3/KG-2Do 17Z Werk # unk "U5 + FL" (lost 7/10/40)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 10 July, 1940 after colliding with a Hurricane of No. 111 Sq., piloted by F/O Thomas Higgs. Both ac lost a wing and crashed into the sea off Dungeness, Kent. At the time of the collision, the Hurricane was under attack by Oblt Walter Oesau of 7/JG-51. Remaining crew: Hptm Walter Krieger, Obs & Stfkpt 3/KG-2 (POW); Ofw Walter Thalmann, R/O (POW) and Fw Horst Orsinsky, Flt Engr (MIA at sea). F/O Higgs was killed and buried at Noordwijk General Cem. (Netherlands), Plot 1, Joint Gr 8 (D.Drury).
2107 Winkle, KarlGefr4/JG-2 (France)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 27058 "White 11 + -" (lost 10/24/43)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 24 October, 1943 during aerial combat near Fains.
2108 Winkler, KarlLt8/20/1920Görlitz14/JG-27 (8/44), 4/JG-27 (12/44), I/JG-27 (2/25 Reich Def)Bf 109K-4 Werk # 333914 (lost 2/25/45)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 25 February, 1945 during aerial combat near Rieste (Bf 109 Loss List & LOCS).
2109 Winse, BernhardOfw3/Kü.Fl.Gr-106 (Amsterdam-Schiphol)Ju 88A-5 Werk # 3422 "M2 + DL" (lost)EP (5/22/41)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp
KIA 2 June, 1941 after being shot down off Tyne during an anti-shipping raid along the north eastern coast, by Hurricanes of RAF No. 317 Sq.. With both engines out of action, Winse was forced to make an emergency landing on the sea. Although wounded, Winse was able to get out of the AC, but drowned before rescuers could get to him. Remaining crew: Oblt z. See Hans Berger, Observer (POW), Ogefr Karl Schummer, wireless operator (POW) and Ogefr Heinrich Forstbach, gunner (KIA). Forst bach had been wounded and is thought to have gone down with the AC.
2110 Wisschke, Karl HeinzUffz43/JG-77Bf 109F & G
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His first known Soviet victory, an I-16 Rata on 27 March, 1942. A 2nd, an I-61 on 25 April, 1942. A 3rd, an I-153 on 9 May, 1942. A 4th, a Spitfire over malta on 28 July, 1942. Alternate spelling: Witschke (OKL victory #4).
2111 Wissmann, KarlUffz2/9/191429/ZG-26Bf 110 (lost 6/14/40) EK 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
Pilot reported killed 14 June, 1940, no further detail. Buried in Champigny St Andre, Blk 9, Grave 1583, with R/O Ogefr Wilhelm Bülow (1/27/1915), Blk 9, Grave 1586. Conflicting Claims List, a Morane 15 May, 1940, no location. His 2nd, a Spitfire on 26 May, 1940, no location.
2112 Witecki, WernerUffz10(Pz)/SG-77 (S.U.)Ju 87G-2 Werk # 492693 (lost 2/18/45)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspKIA with R/O Ogefr Karl Jüttne, 18 February, 1945, due to enemy fighters, location reported. LW Loss Report & Ju 87 Loss List
2113 Witschke, Karl HeinzUffz13/JG-77 (4/42 S.U.), 3/JG-77 (7/42 Med)Bf 109F-4 Werk # 13148 (15% dam 4/29/42), Bf 109F-4 Werk # 13060 "Yellow 2" (lost 7/29/42) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 29 July, 1942; shot down at La Valetta by F/O Beurling of No. 249 Sq.. Made an emergency landing at Nowo Mosnowsk on 29 April, 1942 after running out of fuel, pilot OK.
2114 Witt, Karl HeinzUffz11/JG-4, 16/JG-4 (Frankfurt)Bf 109G-14 Werk # 782391 "Blue 6" (lost 12/23/44)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 23 December, 1944 when he was shot down by P-51s of the 479th FG over Roth (Biewer). He was attacking U.S. bombers around Trier at the time.
2115 Witte, KarlFw8/JG-11 (3/44), 11/JG-11 (7/44)Fw 190A Werk # unk "<2" (lost 3/8/44), Fw 190A-8 Werk # 171063 "Yellow 12" (60% dam 7/9/44), Fw 190A-8 Werk # 737952 "Yellow 1 + I" (lost 1/5/45) Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 5 January, 1945 during aerial combat at Kirchheimbolanden; bailed safely. Shot down by flak in "Yellow 12" on 9 July, 1944, 20 km W of Wilna. He was injured when he made a forced landing. Jager Blatt article. Added: Shot down during aerial combat near Pollhagen while opposing the March 8, 1944 raid on Berlin (falkeeins-blogspot).
2116 Wittern, Karl HeinzUffz4(F)/11 (Germany)Ju i88F-1 Werk # 280038 "6M + NM" (lost 10/26/43)Observer Operational ClaspKIC with his Observer Lt Bruno Ebner and two other unnamed crew 26 October, 1943, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List).
2117 Witzel, Hans KarlLt7/28/1910Breda146/JG-27 (5/40), 5/JG-27 (6/41 S.U.), Stab I/JG-26 (7/41), 1/JG-26 (8/41)Bf 109E, Bf 109F-2, Bf 109F-4 Werk # 8345 (20% dam 8/12/41), Bf 109F-4 Werk # 8339 (lost 9/17/41)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EP(2/2/43)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 17 September, 1941 when Wk # 8339 was hit by Spitfies near Hillebrugge, in the fuel tank, and his AC exploded near Dunkirk. Buried Bourdon France, Block 21/2/53 (Rosseels). WIA 12 August, 1941 when he was hit by Blenheim return fire over the Scheldt Estuary, and force landed at Antwerp. One known victory, his 1st, a Lysander at Dunkirk, 31 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Morane 406 at Montdidier, 6 June, 1940. His 3rd, a Morane at Forte de Villers, 9 June, 1940. A "damaged" Spitfire SE of London on 15 September, 1940. His 1st victories in the Soviet Union, a triple victory, two I-15s and a "Schulflug" on 22 June, 1941. Another triple Soviet victory, three Martin B-26s on 25 June, 1941. His 13th & 14th, both Spitfires; one 15 km northwest of Ijzendijke, the 14th near Groede, both on 12 August, 1941. His 13th & 14th victories were in JG-26. Magnus.
2118 Witzel, KarlFw8/JG-53 (8/41 S.U.)Bf 109F-2 Wk# 5696 "Blk 12 + I (dam 8/16/41), F-2 Wk# 6676 (60% dam 8/17/41) & F-2 Wk# 8940"Blk 6 + I" (80% dam 8/27/41)Fighter Operational ClaspWitzel made two emergency landings at Maklok one day apart. Wk# 5696 on 16 August, 1941 and Wk# 6676 on 17 August, 1941 with 60% damage, however he was uninjured in both. On 27 August, 1941, he was injured in another accident at Maklok in Wk# 8940, 80% damaged, this time pilot error! He was hospitalized in Witebsk. Sounds deliberate to avoid combat. This was his 3rd crash in 12 days. Source: Jochen Prien
2119 Witzke, ErhardUffz4/ZG-26 (5/41 Crete; 10/41 S.U.))Bf 110E-1 Werk # 3928 "3U + IM" (lost 5/16/41), Bf 110E-2 Werk # 4513 "3U + EM" (lost 10/7/41)Wound Badge
Destroyer Operational Clasp
MIA with unnamed crew 7 October, 1941 at Schikowka, cause unknown (Bf 110 Loss List). POW 16 May, 1941 during aerial combat. Shot down by Flt Lt Fry of RAF No. 112 Sq.. Witzke ditched at sea and was rescued, wounded. His Gunner, Fw Karl Reinhardt, got Fry in return. Freed after capture of Crete. Bf 110 Loss List
2120 Wodtke, Friedrich KarlHptm7/29/1916Ansbach3/Kü.Fl.Gr.-406 (4/38), Stffüh III/KG-1 (3/43), Stfkpt 3/KG-30 (9/43), 4/JG-54 (6/44), Stfkpt 8/JG-301 (10/44), Kdr I/JG-301 (11/44)Ju 88, He 111EP(11/1/43)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
LOCS. His EP date from the EP List as provided by Fritz Braun.
2121 Wodtke, WolfgangOblt z. See1/16/1914Karlsruhe3/Ku.Fl.Gr. 406 He 115B-1 Werk # 2081 "S4 + EL" (or BL) (lost 12/6/39) Bomber Operational Clasp KIA 6 December, 1939 when his ac struck a radio mast during an operation. The ac crashed onto West Beach, Sheringham, Norfolk. Remaining crew (KIA): Ofw Emil Rödel (geb 8/21/1910, Schmeckendorf) Obs, buried Great Bircham (St Mary's) Churchyard, Blk1, Row 1, Gr 4. His R/O, Ofw Karl Ullmann (geb 7/5/1908), was buried at CC, Blk 5, Row 16, Gr 363. Wodtke also buried at CC, Blk 5, Row 16, Gr 362 (D.Drury).
Cannock Chase
2122 Wohlers, HeinrichMaj3/16/1912Altkloster, Niedersachsen29 Stafkpt 8/NJG-1 & 8/NJG-4 (11/42), Kdr IV/NJG-4 (1/43), Kdr I/NJG-6 (8/43), Stab NJG-6 Bf 110G-4 Werk # 5353 in NJG-6, Bf 110G-4 Werk # 5353 (lost 3/15/44) RK(12/31/43)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(9/27/43)
EP(8/9/43)

EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp in Gold (7/13/43)
KIFA 15 March, 1944 4 km east of Echterdingen when he crashed Wk# 5353 during a landing in heavy fog. Buried Hamburg/Ohlsdorf, BN/53/714 (Rosseels). Remaining crew (KIC); Ofw Karl Kleilein (geb 12/6/1914 Kups), R/O and a Maj. Münsterer of 7 Jager Division. A Recon pilot in 1940 converted to Night Fighter pilot. Kdr NJG-6 in February, 1944. One known victory, a Halifax 2 km northeast of Consigny on 17 November, 1942. Another, a Wellington 10 km south of Brienne on 22 November, 1942. Three victories on 21 December, 1942; a "4 Mtr", a Stirling and a Wellington in the Marne areas. Another, a Lancaster 2 km S of Broich on 17 June, 1943. Two victories on 23 June, 1943; a Stirling and a Halifax. A triple victory on 11 August, 1943; a Halifax at Bad Kreuznach and a Stirling at Schaffhausen and a 2nd Halifax at Ansbach. Photo
2123 Woile, Karl HeinzUffzFl.ü.G.-1Bf 109G-6 Werk # 20437 (lost 7/22/43)Pilot BadgePilot reported killed 22 July, 1943 when he crashed at Siefersdorf due to a technical failure.
2124 Woite, Karl HeinzUffz12/JG-77, II/JG-5 (10/42 Finland)Bf 109E in JG-77, Bf 109E-7 Werk # 899 (lost 10/4/42))
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 4 October, 1942; shot down with wounds northwest of Warmannsee (Source: SIG Norway). His first victory, a Fortress I, 50 km SW of Stavanger on 8 September, 1941 (OKL).
2125 Wolber,Uffz11/JG-53 (12/42)Bf 109F & G (Trop) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known Desert victory, his first, a Spitfire 20 km southeast of Ferryville on 17 December, 1942. This looks like Karl, next record.
2126 Wolber, KarlUffz11/JG-53 (8/43-12/43, Italy), 12/JG-300 (9/44), II/JG-300 (12/44)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 18684 "Black <" (lost 8/19/43), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 160390 "Black EK 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 15 December, 1943 during aerial combat with a Spitfire at Arce, bailed safely (Bf 109 Loss List). WIA 19 August, 1943 while in JG-53, cause and location not reported. One known victory, a P-51 at Wutike, N of Kyritz, on 12 September, 1944. Pilot disposition 12/44 unknown.
2127 Wolf, KarlUffz10/20/19222/JG-2Fw 190A-8 Werk # 738158 (lost 12/8/44)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 8 December, 1944 during aerial combat with multiple P-47s 20km east of Düren, buried Weinsberg.
2128 Wolff, GüntherLt3/29/19217/KG-2Do 217E-4 Werk # Unk "U5 + KR" (lost 1/15/43)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 15 January, 1943, when his ac was sd over Coleby by a Mosquito of No.151 Sq., piloted by Sgt E.A.Knight & Sgt W.I.L.Roberts, after a bombing raid on Lincoln. The ac crashed, and was destroyed on impact, east of Boothby Graffoe, 8 miles south of Lincoln, killing the entire crew. Remaining crew (all buried War Graves Plot, Row 7, Scopwick Church Burial Ground, Lincolnshire): Uffz Helmut Oscar Knorr, (born 11/14/1919) Gr 38; Ogefr Karl Heinz Krusewitz, (born 4/30/1921) Gr 39 and Uffz Kurt Semlitschka, (born 7/17/1921) Gr 40. Lt Wolff buried in Gr 37. Source: B.Williamson, 10/8/2018 email. NOTE: The pilot was not identified. I made the selection, naming the Lt as the ac commander.
2129 Wolff, KarlUffzII/JG-54, 6/JG-54Fw 190A-8 (lost)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Shot down with wounds 8 May 1945 carrying three passengers. It is quite obvious he was trying to get his ground crew and himself away from Russian captivity. No other detail known.
2130 Wolfien, KarlMajKdr III/KG-26 (2/41)He 111HBomber Operational ClaspGiven name also seen as Günther; may be first or middle name.
2131 Wolnik, KarlOfwKG unitJu 88A, He 111H
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/1/45)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
2132 Wolpers, Heinrich HeinzOfw1/KG-2Do 217E-4 Werk # 4260 "U5 + IH" (lost)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/19/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
MIA 21 July, 1942 off the east coast of England while on a reconnaissance mission and is believed to have been shot down by a night fighter of RAF No. 151 Sq. some 50 miles off Spurn Head. Remaining crew (all MIA): Hptm Walter Frank, Observer, Fw Karl Schmidt, wireless operator and Ofw Armin Eyrich, mechanic.
2133 Wolter, KarlFw3/25/1915Wilhelmsburg8/KG-76 Ju 88A-4 Werk # 888520 "F1 + AS" (lost 9/14/41) Bomber Operational Clasp KIC with his entire crew 14 September, 1941 when he collided with another Ju 88, same unit, piloted by Lt Werner Schanze (KIC). The ac crashed at Legnitten b. Heiligenbeil, East Prussia. Remaining crew: Fw Johann Friedrich Martin "Hans" Lörcher, Bomb Aimer; Uffz Martin Faulstich, R/O; Uffz Xaver Hirblinger, Mech and Ogefr Karl Folgmann, Gnr. Neither crew could be recovered for VDK burial, but are listed as commemorated in the EV. Friedhof, Mamonovo, Russia (D.Drury).
2134 Wrede, KarlOblt5/2/19151Stab II/ZG-76, 4/ZG-76 (9/40) Bf 110C Werk # 3226 "M8 + DM" (or 3U + BR) (lost 9/2/40) EK 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
KIA 2 September, 1940 after aerial combat or AA fire over England, crashing at Frith Farm, Laindon Rd., Frithwood/Billericay, Essex, bur CC, Blk 1, Gr 371. The ac was burnt out, with one of the crew found in the ac. His gunner Uffz Richard Kukawaka 2/11/1916) (alt sp Kukawka), also KIA, bur CC, Blk 1, Gr 373 (Bf 110 Loss List & E. Lam). One known victory, a Morane, 13 May, 1940, no location. Added: Oblt Wrede buried CC, Blk 1, Gr 371 (Luftwaffe Graves UK).

Cannock Chase
2135 Wulff, KarlOblt12(H)/13Do 17P & F, He 111H and Ju 88A & D RK(10/20/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/31/43)

EK 1 & 2
Observer Operational Clasp
2136 Wünsch, KarlLt10/3/1922232/JG-27 (11/42), 3/JG-27 (6/43 France), Stfkpt 2/JG-27 (3/44; 11/44 Rheine)Bf 109F & G(Trop) in 11/42, Bf 109G-6 Werk # 19688 (lost 7/14/43), Bf 109G-14 Werk # 461404 (lost 11/44)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/1/44)
EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge(11/5/41)
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA; failed to return from a mission on 21 November, 1944. Mombeek. WIA 14 July, 1943 during aerial combat at Montigny in Wk# 19688. 10 bombers. His first victory was a Spitfire southwest of El Alamein on 3 November, 1942. Two later known victories were Spitfies on 18 April, 1943. Another victory, a Ventura 90 km west of Den Haag on 4 May, 1943. Two Typhoons in the Le Treport area on 18 May, 1943. His 4th, a Spitfire on 25 May, 1943. His 5th, a B-24 over the Ennstaler Alps on 23 February, 1944. Believed to be his 9th, a B-17 on 25 February, 1944 (Perry Claims). His 10th, a B-24 S of Marburg on 19 March, 1944. His 15th, a B-17 S of Raab (Györ) on 13 April, 1944. His 20th, a P-47 N of Dreux on 14 July, 1944. A P-47 at Torigni-sur-Vire on 24 July, 1944. A P-38 S of La Guerche on 27 July, 1944. His 23rd, and last victory, a P-51 by Köthen on 2 November, 1944. Magnus. Bowers/Lednicer, 25 victories.
2137 Wünsche, GerhardFw2/10/1916CunersdorfStab/KG-26 (Vaernes)He 111H-4 Werk # Unk "1H + FA" (lost 5/28/40)Bomber Operational ClaspThe crew made a force landing on the frozen Lake Gjömmervatnet at Misvaer due to damage received by a Gladiator of No. 263 Sq., piloted by F/Lt Alvin T.Williams, above the Ofot fjord. A rescue attempt was made by a second He 111 piloted By an Ofw Hackner. After picking up the Wünsche crew, Hackner was unable to get airborne when his He 111 was damaged due to drifting snow. After destroying their aircrafts, they walked over the mountain to Saltdal where they were reunited with German forces. Remaining Wünsche crew: Oblt Karl Georg Streng, Fw Erich Heinz and Fw Erich Fledermann. With the exception of Fledermann, the crew lost their lives in France on 19 November, 1940 (Flyvrak Norway). Added: The November, 1940 burials, are as follows at Beauvais, Block2: Oblt Streng, Row 8, Gr 206; Fw Heinz, Row 8, Gr 205 and pilot Wünsche, Row 7, Gr 179. Another source suggests the pilot may have been Oblt Streng (D.Drury). Alternate spelling: Wunsche.
2138 Wunschelmeyer, Karl Oblt168/JG-54 (4/42 S.U.), 12/JG-26 (Reich Def 12/43-2/44)Bf 109F in JG-54, Bf 109G-6/U4 Werk # 20711 "Blue 4" (lost 12/1/43), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 160778 "Blue 5" (lost 2/24/44)EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 24 February, 1944 during aerial combat in "Blue 5" with a P-47 of 78FG at Quackenbrück. WIA due to enemy fire, crashing at Elsdorf, near Köln, on 1 December, 1943. His first known Soviet victory, a MiG-3 on 29 April, 1942. A P-40 on 30 April, 1942. A P-40 on 19 May, 1942. A double Soviet victory, two MiG-3s on 12 June, 1942. A Pe-2 on 24 June, 1942. An I-16 Rata on 27 August, 1942. An Il-2 on 2 September, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 4 September, 1942. Two LaGG-3s on 10 September, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 29 September, 1942. A Pe-2 on 29 December, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 14 January, 1943. A Yak-1 on 17 January, 1943. One known western victory, a B-17 of 92 or 306BG at Hasselünne on 24 February, 1944, while serving in JG-26. Alternate spelling: Wünschelmeyer.
2139 Wünschmann, KarlGefrIV(Sturm)/JG-3Fw 190A-8 Werk # 176003 (? % dam 2/27/45)Fighter Operational ClaspInjured in a belly landing at Finowfurth on 27 February, 1945 due to a fuel shortage.
2140 Zahn, Karl AndreasMajStfkpt 6/KG-53 ('41), Kdr IV/KG-53 (4/43), Kdr SG-111 (11/43), Kdr Bordschützenschule 1 (7/44)He 111H Werk # Unk "A1 + AP" in 6/KG-53, Fw 190F-8 Bomber and/or Assault Operational Clasps LOCS
2141 Zahradniczek, Rudolf "Rolf"Lt12/15/1918Vienna8/Sch.G-1Hs 123B-1 Werk # 0794 (lost 2/7/42)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 7 February, 1942 when his ac was sd by flak near Okorokovo, which lies south of Rshew (Rzhev), Tver Oblast, Russia, during the Rzhev-Vyazma strategic offensive. The VDK shows that he was probably transferred to the War Cem at Rzhev as an unknown. He was the son of FM/LT Karl zahradniczek Elder von Kastelik (D.Drury).
2142 Zapka, Johannes "Hans"Uffz3/L.V.Gr (Swiss designation)Ju 52/3m Werk # 3021 "BJ + YV" (lost 6/6/44)Transport Operational ClaspKIA 6 June, 1944: sd by Swiss fighters when he entered Swiss airspace in his armed transport, at Baulmes, and ignored their directions to land. After 45 minutes in Switzerland, the fighters were given the order to shot the Ju 52 dowm, killing the entire crew. Remaining crew: Ogefr Karl Unertl, Ogefr Kurt Grindel, Uffz Manfred Graupner and Ogefr Otto Graf, crew positions unknown. All are buried in the War Cem. Kehl Germany, Blk A, Row 17, Graves 90-93 (D.Drury). NOTE: See Unertl listed as pilot (Flugzeugführer), another entry.
2143 Zboralski, DieterFw15/TG-1 (12/44)Ju 52Transport Operational Clasp in Gold w/"300" hanger (12/1/44) Doc found online, signed by Maj Karl Heinz Schütte.
2144 Zechbauer, KarlOgefr5/JG-54Bf 109F-2 Werk# 9584 "Black 3" (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 9 July, 1941 over Ostrow. A fire was involved.
2145 Zeddies, Karl LudwigFw75/JG-51 (11/42 Tunisia)Bf 109F, Bf 109G-2 (Trop) Werk # 13999 (lost 11/28/42)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 26 March, 1943 at Maknassy (Magnus & H.Breuer). WIA 28 November, 1942 during aerial combat at Bizerta, His first known victory, a Soviet MiG-1 30 km SE of Mosalsk on 27 July, 1942. One known western victory, a Beaufort 35 km west of Bizerta on 17 November, 1942. Magnus, 7 victories.
2146 Zeidler, Karl ErichUffz4/JG-26Fw 190D-9 Werk # 600170 "Blue 2" (lost 1/1/45) Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 1 January, 1945 in "Blue 2" as a result of his own flak on the return from his mission. He was injured in the crash landing at Lengerich, SW of Osnabrück, which destroyed his AC.
2147 Zein, KarlUffz5/2/19244/JG-77 (6/44 Italy)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 163156 "White 3 + -" (dam 6/6/44), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 162280 "White 8" (lost 10/2/44)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIC 2 October 1944, cause not reported. His G-6 crashed at the Oude Buurserdijk in Boekelo Holland (DeSwart). Injured 6 June, 1944 during an emergency landing at Bergamo, cause unknown (Bf 109 Loss List).
2148 Zeitsch, HermannUffz6/17/19202/Ku.Fl.Gr. 906Ju 88D-1 Werk # 1247 "8L + HK" (lost 9/5/1941)Observer Operational ClaspKIA with his entire crew on 5 September, 1941, lost to unknown cause off the SE coast of the UK. Remaining crew: Oblt.z.See Walter Bothe, Obs, geb 9/19/1921; Uffz Karl Löffler, R/O, geb 12/23/1917 and Uffz Werner Drexhage (or Drexhagen), geb 1/30/1917. All four deceased buried in the Dyce Churchyard, Aberdeen Scotland (LOCS & D.Masson). Added: The crash occurred at Craiginour Hill, at Fetteresso, just W of Stonehaven, Kincardinshire (Ju 88 Loss List). Alternate spelling: Zeitsen. NOTE: Walter Both's grave marker spelled correctly... to search for BOTH use BOTHE!

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2149 Zellmann, KarlOStabsingTransport unit (Italy)Ju 52/3m Werk # 500135 (lost)Transport Operational ClaspKnown to have been co-pilot (or pilot) of the Ju 52 which crashed into the Cervellino mountain on 6 October, 1943. Either he or Hptm Günther Schuster were thought to have parachuted to safety. See further detail under the record of Hptm Schuster. Jager Blatt 5/2004.
2150 Zellner, KarlFw9/28/1918Hangalzesberg Bayr. Wald1/StG-77Ju 87D RK(2/29/44 Post.)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold

EK 1 & 2
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp w/Pendant
KIFA 13 September, 1943 when his Ju 87 was rammed by another when climbing through a cloud, crashing northeast of Poltava. His R/O Uffz Josef Lobert, managed to bail out, but was caught by the tailplane, dying of his injuries the following day in Poltava. 595 missions with the Ju 87.
2151 Zeschke, Karl HeinzFw16/JG-26 (8/43), 7/JG-26 (8/44)Fw 190A-6, Fw 190A-7 Wk# 340308 "Brown 9" (dam), Fw 190A-8 Wk# 731740 "Brown 9" (lost)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 17 August, 1944 by ground fire in Werk # 731740 at Caen. One known victory, a B-17 at St. Trond-Leuven on 17 August, 1943. Made a force landing SW of Charleville on 1 May, 1944 when the engine of his "Brown 9" quit.
2152 Zieher, OttmarLt11/JG-77 (Reich Def)Bf 109K-4 Werk # 330176 "Yellow 8" (lost 11/30/44KIC 30 November, 1944; collided with another K-4, Wk# 330221, piloted by Ofw Karl Gabriel, during a training flight near Neuruppin (Bf 109 Loss List).
2153 Zielow, Karl OttoUffzIV/JG-301 (Reich Def)Bf 109G-10 Werk # 150812 (lost 3/2/45)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 2 March, 1945, cause and location not reported.
2154 Zillich, KarlOblt6/22/1921Hainburg Austria5/KG-27 (4/42 S.U.)He 111H-20 Werk # 700650 "1G + DP" (lost 4/12/44) RK(7/20/44 Post.)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/5/44)
EP(4/12/43)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp in Gold
An Observer, he died of wounds 14 April, 1944 in a Sevastopol hospital; wounds received on 12 April, 1944 when his H-20 was attacked by 20 Soviet fighters over his own airfield at Sarabus Russia. He was buried in the local military cemetery. 268 combat missions. Source: Kaiser RK book.
2155 Zimmer, FritzUffz3/22/19213/KG-66 Ju 88S-3 Werk # 330258 "Z6 + FL" (lost) Bomber Operational Clasp POW 26 July, 1944; lost at Demonville, cause unknown. Remaining crew: Fw Karl Schamschula, geb 2/17/1918, (KIA), Obs and Ofw Fritz Förster, geb 8/30/1915 (MIA), R/O. Source: B.Bines.
2156 Zimmermann, KarlUffz5/StG-1 (S.U.)Bf 108 Werk # 3055 (lost)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 18 November, 1942 at the Nikolajew airfield
2157 Zimmermann, KarlOfwAufkl.Gr. unitBf 109G-6
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/1/45)

EK 1 & 2
Observer Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
2158 Zimmermann, KarlUffz3/KG-51Ju 88A-1 Werk # Unk "9K + CL" (or DL) (lost 8/12/40)Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp
POW 12 August, 1940; sd with wounds by fighters during an attack on Portsmouth. The ac crash location believed near Calshot, Hampshire, or possibly The Solent. Remaining crew: Ogefr Karl Heinz Fahrenheim, Obs (POW/WIA); Ogefr Oskar Hansmann, R/O (POW/WIA) and Gefr Theodor Dickel, Flt Engr (KIA; bur at Gosport (Ann's Hill) Cem, Plot 188, Gr 48 (D.Drury).
2159 Zimmermann, RichardLt9/12/1915London4(F)/14 (S.U.) Ju 88D-1 Werk # 1253 "5F + AM" (lost 7/24/41) Observer Operational Clasp KIA with his Observer Oblt Karl Lockemann and one other unnamed crew at Smolensk-Luki 24 July, 1941, cause unknown, one other crew WIA (Ju 88 Loss list). Added: Remaining crew: Fw Eberhard Quadt, R/O (KIA) and Fw W.Thise, Gnr (WIA). The three deceased are buried among the Unknowns in the Ger War Cemat Schtschatkowo, Belarus (D.Drury).
2160 Zinner, KarlUffz7/KG-27He 111H-16
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/26/43)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
2161 Zipperlein, Karl Uffz14/NJG-1, 6/NJG-2 (1/42)Bf 110D-3 Werk # 4209 "R4 + JP" (lost 1/21/42) EK 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 21 January, 1942 during aerial combat, His 110 crashed into the North Sea by Bergen Holland (DeSwart & Boiten). One known victory, a Whitley IV of RAF No. 51 Sqn. between Achtkarspelen and Rottevalle, date unknown (because I forgot to record it!). On the Bf 110 Loss List, his given name recorded as Kurt.
2162 Zöllner, HeinzHptm11/17/1919Gerdauen10/KG-53 (5/41), 4/KG-53 (10/41), Stffüh 6/KG-53 (5/43), Stfkpt 6/KG-53 (6/43-9/43), Stfkpt 4/KG-53 (7/44)He 111H-6 "A1+FM" (lost in Russia), He 111H-20 Werk # 701235 "A1 + AM (lost 11/5/44) RK(4/5/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(7/27/42)
EP(4/13/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp w/Pendant
MIA 5 November, 1944 over the North Sea in Werk # 701235. Crashed at Schatalowka, Russia in the snow, with Ofw Karl Christmann (RK Holder) Obs; Fw Erich Schneider, R/O & DK winner; Ofw Fritz Marboun, Flt Engr & DK winner and Fw Leonhard Dollmeier, Gnr. and DK winner, all MIA. 400+combat missions. Source: Kaiser RK book.
2163 Zornsch, Karl TheodorFwUnkUnk EP (8/20/42)
EK 1 & 2
Unknown Operational Clasp
Identified as pilot in the Vermeer EP Awards List. The following is from a UK contributor: A Fw Karl Zörnsch, serving in 2(F)/11, believed returned after his Do 17Z Wk# 3409 "6M + HK", made a belly landing in Russia, cause unknown. He was on a reconnaissance mission covering Voronezh to Usman. Remaining crew (disposition uncertain): Oblt Walter Sapeth, Obs; Ogefr U.Damboldt, R/O and Gefr W.Maier, Gnr. (D.Drury). These two may be one in the same person.

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