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2301 Kromm, EduardMost likely, JG-52Bf 109EFighter Operational ClaspDefected to the Soviets in August, 1941, in his 109.
2302 Kröner, ErnstHptmStab II/KG-76 (Med)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 142515 "F1 + AC" (lost 8/11/43)Bomber Operational ClaspThis ac reported lost SW of Lentini 11 August, 1943, probably due to enemy night fighter, crew returned (Ju 88 Loss List).
2303 Kroner, FritzUffz4/StG-1 (S.U.)Ju 87D-5 Werk # 130661 "6G + HR" (lost 8/22/43)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew 22 August, 1943 NE of Juchino due to flak. Ju 87 Loss List
2304 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.
2305 Kronschnabel, JosefOfw11/8/1913149/JG-53 (3/41; 6/41 S.U.; 4/42 Malta)Bf 109F-2(3/41), Bf 109F-2 Wk # 6700 (90% dam 4/3/41), Bf 109F-2 Wk# 6698(100%), F-4 "Yel 3 + I" (4/42), Bf 109F-4/Trop Werk # 7339 "Yellow 5 + I" (lost 8/31/42)EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 31 August, 1942 after being hit by AA fire and bailing safely 18 km south of El Alamein. He served often as wingman for Lt Erich Schmidt (Prien). He was uninjured in an emergency landing in Wk# 6700 on 3 April, 1941 due to bad weather (Prien). Uninjured in a force landing at Leupalingen S.U. in Wk# 6698 due to engine damage on 22 June, 1941 (Prien). His first known Soviet victory, an I-15 or I-16 on 22 June, 1941. Another Soviet victory, an unnamed AC on 26 July, 1941 (Prien). His tenth victory was a Spitfire over Malta on 25 April, 1942. A P-40 of SAAF No. 2 Sq., piloted by Lt. Brown on his first mission, S of Gazala on 29 May, 1942. A Spitfire of RAF No. 112 Sq. near Gazala on 1 June, 1942, "unconfirmed". Another victory, a P-40 15 km south of Gambut, was recorded 18 June, 1942, and another P-40 30 km south of Burg el Arab on 7 August, 1942. A Hurricane of SAAF No. 7 Sq. near Qattara Depression on 31 August, 1942, being shot down shortly after by AA fire. Deceased 25 September, 2003.
2306 Kroschaulski,Uffz18/JG-52Bf 109F EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a DB-3 E of Dufeprowska on 30 August, 1942.
2307 Kroschinski, Hans-JoachimLt5/11/1920Saalfeld, Ostpreussen762/JG-54 (8/42 S.U.), Fighter Instr., Unit in Kurland aft Sept 44 (?), 3/JG-54 (12/44)Bf 109F in 42, Fw 190A-4 # (14)5794 "Blk 11" (lost 7/21/43), Fw 190A-9 # 380360 "Yellow 6" (lost 12/21/44)
RK(4/17/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/27/43)
EP(10/11/43)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
1 Bomber. 2 Tanks, 1 Gun Boat in Lake Ladoga, and 2 MTBs in Finnish Bay. On 21 December, 1944, after shooting down five Pe-2s, he was seriously wounded and lost both eyes and his right leg while flying Werk# 380360, a Pe-2 victim over Frauenburg. Shot down w/wounds 21 July, 1943 in # (14)5794 by a La-5 over Map Quad. 54711. 360 missions, including 240 low level attacks. His first known Soviet victory, a MiG-3 on 5 August, 1942. An Il-2 on 11 August, 1942. A Yak-1 on 27 August, 1942. A Soviet P-40 on 11 November, 1942. A Yak-1 on 22 January, 1943. Two Il-2s on 23 January, 1943. An Il-2 on 11 February, 1943. An Il-2 on 14 February, 1943. A LaGG-3 on 24 February, 1943. A MiG-3 on 2 March, 1943. A LaGG-5 and a LaGG-3 on 3 May, 1943. A P-40 on 8 June, 1943. An Il-7 on 13 July, 1943. Two La-5s on 16 July, 1943. An La-5 on 21 August, 1943. An La-5 on 15 December, 1943. A LaGG-3 in the Wesenberg sector on 4 January, 1944. A Soviet P-39 on 29 October, 1944. Two P-39s and a Yak-9 on 30 October, 1944. Three Il-2s on 7 November, 1944. Deceased 7 January, 1995. Photo
2308 Krösing, HeinzUffz12/17/19191(F)/123 (Med)Ju 88D-1 Werk # 430651 "4U + CH" (lost 8/22/43)Wound Badge
Observer Operational Clasp
MIA with his Observer Lt Günther Wissel and two other unnamed crew over Malta 22 August, 1943 probably due to enemy return fire (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: POW; SD with wounds and hospitalized at St Patrick's before encarsiration ( German Losses Over Malta).
2309 Krug,Lt14/JG-5Bf 109G, Fw 190A EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a P-47 W of Hamburg on 4 August, 1944.
2310 Krug, Hans PeterOblt9 5/JG-26 (5/40), 4/JG-26 (8/40), Stfkpt 4/JG-26 (9/40) Bf 109E-1 Werk # 3413 "Blk 5" (6/40 France), Bf 109E-4/B Werk # 5385 "White 12 + -" (lost 9/7/40)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 7 September, 1940 after making a forced landing at Sheerlands Farm, Pluckley, Kent resulting from aerial combat with Hurricanes of RAF No. 501 Sq.. On 16 April, 1942, he broke out of the large POW Camp at Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. After stealing a boat near Windsor and paddling to Belle Island in the Detroit River, he fled rapidly through Detroit, Chicago and Dallas on his way to Mexico. He was arrested in San Antonio on 1 May, 1942, after a hotel clerk became suspicious and called the FBI, and was returned to the Canadian Camp. His first victory, a Spitfire I near Waalhaven, 13 May, 1940, and a 2nd, a Spitfire I near Dordrecht, same day. His 3rd, a Hurricane north of Dunkirk, 1 June, 1940. His 4th, another Hurricane north of Dunkirk, 2 June, 1940. Another known victory, his 5th, a Spitfire over Margate on 12 August, 1940. His 6th, a Spitfire SW of Dover on 14 August, 1940. His 7th, a Spitfire at Folkestone on 15 August, 1940. His 8th, a Spitfire at Marquise on 22 August, 1940. His 9th, a Defiant at Boulogne on 23 August, 1940. The Bowers/Lednicer Ace List identifies Hans as "Heinz".
2311 Krug, PeterLtStffüh 6/KG-3Do 17Z-3 Werk # 4251 "5K + LP" (lost 8/28/40)Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp
POW 28 August, 1940: sd by a Spitfire of No.54 Sq., piloted by S/L James Leathart, after initially being damaged by AA fire on the way to his target. The ac went into the sea off Foreness Point, Kent. Remaining crew (POW/WIA): Gefr Artur Burghardt, Obs; Gefr Willi Gailer, R/O and Flg Anton Brückmann, Gnr (D.Drury).
2312 Krüger, AlfredUffz234/JG-52 (8/42 S.U.)Bf 109G-2 Werk # 13509 "White 3 + -" (lost 8/29/42), Bf 109G-2 Werk # 10402 "Yellow 6" (lost 2/3/43)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 3 February, 1943 after downing 2 Soviet fighters, when he made a force landing at Bagajewskij, 20 km west of Rostow, due to flak. Known to have crashed after aerial combat in "White 3" on 29 August, 1942, but was uninjured (Brekken). His first known Soviet victory, a LaGG-3 on 23 August, 1942. Two LaGG-3s on 24 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 25 August, 1942. Another LaGG-3 on 27 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 28 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 29 August, 1942. An R-5 on 19 September, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 23 September, 1942. An R-5 on 26 September, 1942. Two Yak-1s on 26 October, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 30 October, 1942. A Yak-1 on 1 February, 1943. Two Yak-1s on 2 February, 1943. Two more Yak-1s on 3 February, 1943.
2313 Krüger, Friedrich "Fritz"Lt3/4/1923Löbau 2/StG-5 (12/42), I/SG-5 (12/43) Ju 87, C445 (dam 12/12/43), Fw 190F-8 Werk # Unk "Q9 + BA" (lost 8/16/44) Wound Badge, Dive Bomber Operational Clasp Injured 12 December, 1943 while making a force landing near Idriza airfield due to engine failure on takeoff. Shot down by fighters 16 August, 1944 in the vicinity of Werro Estonia; bailed safely (LOCS).
2314 Krüger, GünterGefr1/JG-300 Bf 109G-6 (lost 8/7/44 at Bad Wörrishofen) Fighter Operational Clasp KIC 7 August, 1944 when he crashed into a barn during a training exercise at Bad Wörrishofen. Source: JG-300 Loss List
2315 Krüger, Horst 'Benno'Lt9Stfkpt 5/JG-2 (8/41), Stab II/JG-2 (12/41)Bf 109F in 41, Fw 190A-2 Werk # 20269 "Black 1"(lost 7/26/42) in July 42EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 26 July, 1942 after aerial combat with 2 Spitfires of RAF No. 91 Sq., 10 km south of Dungeness. One known victory, his 1st, a Spitfire on 26 August, 1941, no location. His 2nd, a Spitfire downed on 4 September, 1941, no location. His 3rd, a Spitfire on 18 September, 1941, no location. His 4th, a Spitfire near Dieppe on 20 September, 1941. His 5th, a Spitfire near Le Touquet on 21 September, 1941. His 6th, a Spitfire near Le Touquet on 27 September, 1941. His 7th, a Halifax near Brest on 30 December, 1941. Two victories on 12 February, 1942; a Swordfish and a Spitfire. Magnus, 16 victories.
2316 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).
2317 Krüger, KlausOblt23/SG-2 (8/44 S.U.)Fw 190F EK 2
Assault Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet Il-2 at Nordausgang Adjler on 21 August, 1944. A 2nd Il-2 on 12 December, 1944.
2318 Krüger, MartinOblt12/20/19134/KGr.z.b.V. 500 (2/43), 7/KG-54 (7/43 Med)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 883981 "B3 + GR" (lost 8/17/43)DK-G (2/23/43), EK 1 & 2, Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 17 August, 1943, failing to return from a mission at the Bizerta harbor. Remaining crew (MIA): Ogefr Hans Jochen Metzger, Observer; Uffz Wilhelm Straus, R/O and Fw Erich Fehse, Gunner. Jager Blatt 6/2004 & DK-G Award List.
2319 Krüll, JakobUffz11/20/19/144/KG-76Ju 88A-1 Werk # Unk (lost 8/24/40)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 24 August, 1940; sd by Hurricanes of No. 501 Sq. following an attack on RAF Manston. The ac crashed into the English Channel off the Kent coast. Remaining crew (MIA): Uffz Erich Dubs, Obs; Uffz Horst Freimann, R/O and Uffz Hans Fröba, Gnr.. Pilot Krüll washed ashore on the Dutch side, and is buried at Ysselsteyn, BF/4/89 (D.Drury).
2320 Krull, RudolfOfw47/JG-2 (6/41)Bf 109E & F
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a Spitfire on 25 June, 1941, no location. A 2nd, a Spitfire 21 August, 1941, no location. His 3rd, a Spitfire on 31 August, 1941, no location. His 4th, a Spitfire on 27 September, 1941, no location. Alternate spelling: Krul.
2321 Krupinski, Walter 'Count Punski'Maj11/11/1920Domnau, Ostpreussen1976/JG-52, Stfkpt 7/JG-52 (3/43), Stfkpt 1 & 2/JG-5, Kdr II/JG-11 (4/44 France), Kdr III/JG-26 (9/44), JV-44 (4/45)Bf 109G-2 & G-6 both "Yellow 5" w JG-52, Bf 109G-2 Werk # 13537 (9/42), Bf 109G-2 Werk # 13861 (10/42; WIA), Bf 109G-5 Wk# 110244 (lost 8/12/44; sabotage, engine explosion, bailed safely, pilot OK), Bf 109G-6 Wk# 20062 "White 9" (80% dam 7/5/43), Bf 109G-6 & Fw 190D-9 "<< + I" w III/JG-26
RK(10/29/42)
EL(3/2/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/22/42)
EP(5/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Ftr Oper.Clasp w/Pend
1 Bomber. In the summer of 1941, he belly-landed a Bf 109F "Yellow 6" in Russia. Injured in G-6 #20062 "White 9" (80% dam.), on 5 July, 1943, overturning in a landing accident at Ugrim/Belgorod, resulting from Flak damage. While in II/JG-11, his G-5 motor exploded in mid-air, and was thought to have been Sabotage. Krupinski came to JG-26 after the death of Klaus Mietusch. Scored two victories in JG-26. After the dissolution of III/JG-26 in March 1945, he joined JV 44, Adolf Gallands jet unit, flying the Me 262A-1a. One known early Soviet victory, two LaGGs on 11 May, 1943. On 5 July, 1943, he shot down 11 AC. One of many Soviet multiples, four LaGGs on 20 August, 1943. 1100+ combat missions. 20 victories in the West. His 190th victory, a P-51 SW of Magdeburg on 30 May, 1944. His 193rd, 194th & 195th victories on 1 July, 1944; all three P-47s at Douai-Cambrai. A P-51 at Coesfeld on 21 November, 1944. Victory number 196, a B-17 in the Stuttgart area on 8 April, 1945. His 197th, and last victory, an "e/a" in the last days of April, 1945. Germanys 16th ranked fighter Ace. Retired Bundeswehr GenLt.. Deceased 7 October, 2000. Photo


Winter 1944: Krupinski with Oberst. Priller

Krupinski with Hartmann


Cover produced for the 50th Anniversary of the Night Blitz. Cover depicts a Armstrong Whitworth Whitley of 50 Squadron which was shot down in October 1940.Bomb Carrying BF109a being intercepted by Spitfires of 603 Squadron on 2nd October 1940, London under attack 23 October 1940 and the crests of 17 Squadron and JG52. Signed by Lt General Walter Krupinski

2322 Kruse,Uffz13/JG-51 (8/44 S.U.)Bf 109G EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet Il-2 (m.H.) on 23 August, 1944.
2323 Kruse, OttmarUffz28/JG-26 (joins 7/44)Fw 190A-8 "Blue 6" (8/44 Guyancourt), Fw 190A-8 Werk # 171505 "Blue 13" (lost) EK 2 (8/16/44)
Physical Trng. Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 16 September, 1944 after being shot down without injury in "Blue 13" by a P-47 of 56FG. He bailed successfully, and was taken prisoner upon landing inside the Belgian border (B.Spoelstra). A "New Growth" pilot. One known victory, his 1st, a P-51 of 354FG at Rambouillet (Houdan, S of Mantes) on 16 August, 1944. A second victory was a P-38 of 474FG, 428FS, piloted by Capt James Austin (WIA) N of Beauvais on 25 August, 1944. Austin bailed out with serious injures. None of his 8 Staffel comrades survived the war. His wingman, Uffz Erich Klein was killed 27 September, 1944. In July, 2005, he resides at Ingelheimer Str. 41, 28199 Bremen, a good friend of Werner Molge.. (alternative spelling Ottomar Kruse)
2324 Kruska, KurtOfw36/JG-26Fw 190A-1 & 2, Fw 190A-4 Werk # 5668 "Brown 11" (lost)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 9 April, 1943 during aerial combat in "Brown 11" with a Spitfire of RAF No. 611 Sq. NW of Boulogne. . One known victory, his 1st, a Spitfire by Le Treport on 30 April, 1942. His 2nd, a Spitfire at Foret de Vron on 19 August, 1942. His 3rd, a Spitfire 5 km west of Camierson 14 March, 1943.
2325 Krutzke, GüntherGefr83/JG-54 (6/42), 2/JG-54 (8/42 S.U.)Bf 109F, Bf 109G-2 Werk# 10365 "RF+FG" "Black ?" (lost 8/8/42)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 8 August, 1942; rammed by an enemy aircraft near Kirischi. His first known victory, a Soviet P-40 and an Il-2 on 11 July, 1942. A 3rd & 4th, a P-40 and an I-180 on 20 July, 1942. A 5th & 6th, two MiG-3s on 2 August, 1942. Twp P-40s on 8 August, 1942.
2326 Krzywon, RudolfHptm33/ZG-76 (6/40), 8/NJG-1, 10/NJG-101 (8/43)Bf 110 Werk # 720017 (lost)
EK 1 & 2
Destroyer & Night Fighter Operational Clasps
KIC 9 June, 1944 at Neuendorf Germany, no further detail (Rosseels). One known victory, an Skua at Trondheim, 13 June, 1940. A 2nd, a B-17 W of Verviers on 17 August, 1943. a 3rd, a B-17 near Sennfeld on 14 October, 1943.
2327 Kubik, HeinzUffz1(H)/41Hs 126B (lost 5/12/40)Observer Operational ClaspPOW (briefly) 12 May, 1940 during the French Campaign, crashing near Bas-Oha, no further detail. Source: A. Rosseels. Added: Kubik and his Observer, Oblt Ulrich Strohm, made a force landing near St Trond after combat with a Hurricane of No. 3 Sq., piloted by F/O Wilfred Adams. Strohm continued to fire upon Adams while on the ground. Both were taken prisoner by the Belgians but released later that month. Strohm was promoted to Hptm in April 1942 and known sill alive in August 1944 (R.Randall).
2328 Kubovic, AugustinFwSlovakia113(Slow)/JG-52 (8/43 S.U.)Fw 190A-3 EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His one known victory, a Soviet P-39 on 8 August, 1943. (All OKL)
2329 Kuckartz, WilhelmFw3(F)/33 (Channel?)Ju 88D-1 Werk # 1678 "8H + DL" (lost 8/28/42)Observer Operational ClaspMIA with his Observer Oblt Johann Janetzky and two other unnamed crew 28 August, 1942, cause unknown, location not reported (Ju 88 Loss List).
2330 Kugler, WalterFw66/JG-300 (8/43), 5/JG-300 ( 5/44), 3/JG-302 (8/44), 12/JG-301 (12/44)Fw 190A, Bf 109GEP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA in December 1944 in aerial combat, detail unknown. One known victory, a Lancaster 25 km WSW of Brandenburg on 1 September, 1943. A 2nd, a Lancaster 5 km SE of Mannheim on 23 September, 1943. A 3rd, a "4 mot" in the Rühr 23 May, 1944. A 4th, a B-17 at Kassel on 16 June, 1944 (Perry Claims). A 5th, a B-17 SW of Kassel on 16 August, 1944. A 6th, a B-17 SW of Debrecen on 21 August, 1944.
2331 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)
EP


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.
2332 Kühelm,Lt1Stab II/ZG-1Bf 110 EK 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Soviet I-16 Rata on 30 August, 1942.
2333 Kühl, HeinzUffz3/KG-51 (S.U.)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 5505 "9K + CL" (lost 8/1/42)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(7/12/43)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List. MIA with unnamed crew at Amawir-Krapotki on 1 August, 1942, crashed due to flak (Ju 88 Loss List).
2334 Kühl, WilhelmOfw4/2/1916Thiel1/Kü.Fl.Gr-706 (Aalborg)BV 138C-1 Werk # 0310120 "6I + AH" (lost)Air-Sea Rescue Operational ClaspMIA 22 August, 1942; missing on a reconnaissance operation over the North Sea, believed crashed off Skagerak Denmark. Remaining crew: Oblt Siegfried Schwartz (born 5/6/1918 Kruglanken/Ostpreussen, Buried Frederikshavn Cemetery, 3 September, 1942), Observer (KIA); Ogefr Max Kirmse(2/6/1918 Gross Zarwitz/Leipzig, buried Gothenburg-Kviberg after the war), R/O (KIA); Gefr Erwin Ahrens (born 4/16/1921 Henningsdorf/Potsdam, Buried Norway), Gunner (KIA) and Fw Mathias Gützlö (8/29/1916 Billerbeck), Mech (MIA-No known grave). Source: SIG Norway & Air War over Denmark.
2335 Kuhlberg, Lt zur See…1/B.Fl.St.-196Ar 196 Werk # 0059 "T3 +EH" (dam 8/31/40) Observer Operational Clasp His Ar 196 crash landed at Ijsselmeer Holland, near Nijkerk, on 31 August, 1940. The pilot and unnamed Observer were rescued by fishermen and the aircraft was salvaged and repaired. (DeSwart & Lost Aircraft Report)
2336 Kühle, HelmutMaj7/25/1913Dortmund11 3/JG-52 (40), Stab II/JG-52 (3/43 to 8/43 Kuban, S.U.), Kdr III/JG-6 (11/44, 1/45 Bissel) Bf 109G "Yellow 1" w/ JG-52, Bf 109G-14 Werk # 460339 "<<" (lost 1/1/45) w/ JG-6 EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 1 January, 1945 in the attack on Volkel airfield by AA fire direct hit. His G-14 crashed NNW of Helmond Holland (DeSwart). Buried Ysselsteyn, Z-6-142 (Manrho/Just publ.). One known victory, his 1st, a Hurricane at Themsemündung on 26 August, 1940. His 2nd, a Hurricane S of Ashford on 31 August, 1940. His 3rd, a Spitfire NE of Dover on 24 September, 1940. His first Soviet, a Pe-2 on 19 March, 1943. An Il-5 on 19 April, 1943. A Yak-1 on 29 April, 1943. A Yak-1 on 3 May, 1943. An Il-2(m.H.) on 16 July, 1943. A Yak-1 on 23 July, 1943. Two Il-2s (m.H.) on 12 August, 1943. Magnus, 16 victories.
2337 Kühlein, Elias PaulLt354/JG-51 (7/42 S.U. & Nisch Yugoslavia), 7/JG-51 (6/44 S.U.), Stfkpt 6/JG-51 (12/44), JG-7Bf 109F & G (Trop), Bf 109G-6/R3 Werk # 163269 "White 7"(6/44 Yugoslavia) in 4 Staffel, Me 262
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
About 600 combat missions. His first victory, a Soviet Il-2 on 3 July, 1942. An Il-2 on 6 July, 1942. A Yak-1 on 9 July, 1942. A Pe-2 on 5 August, 1942. A Yak-1 on 16 August, 1942. An Il-2 and a Fessel Baloon on 23 August, 1942. An Il-2 on 27 August, 1942. A Pe-2 on 14 September, 1942. A Pe-2 on 23 September, 1942. A Pe-2 on 27 September, 1942. Known Desert victories, both P-38s; one 25 km northeast of Siliana, the other Map Quadrant 3 East 97632, on 28 December, 1942. Another victory, a Spitfire 35 km north of Gabes on 16 January, 1943. Another, a P-38 15 km east of El Guettar on 6 February, 1943. On 21 March, 1943, he downed a Spitfire 35 km east southeast of Gabes. On 2 November, 1943, he downed a B-17 at Bad Vöslau, near Wiener Neustadt. A B-24 over Yugoslavia on 16 April, 1944. A B-24 on 6 June, 1944. A Soviet La-5 on 5 December, 1944. A captured Bf 109 on 11 December, 1944. A Yak-9 on 21 December, 1944. Bowers/Lednicer, 36 victories.
2338 Kuhlmann, Uffz9/JG-54Bf 109E-4 Werk# 1547 "Yellow ?" (20% loss)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Wounded 27 August, 1940 in aerial combat with a Spitfire over Le Bortel. Died shortly thereafter. The Klein Report states his death was on 16 August (11 days prior to being wounded). Appears to be a typo, the date may have been 16 September, 1940.
2339 Kuhn, BennoLt3/29/19232/KG-26 (8/40)He 111H & Ju 88ABomber Operational ClaspBattle of Britain pilot known to have participated in mine-laying operations at the southern entrance to Skapa Flow early August, 1940. Deceased 25 October, 1999. Jager Blatt Obit.
2340 Kühn, FritzOfw2/KG-40Fw 200C-4 Werk # 0125 "F8 + BB" (lost 8/14/42)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(9/25/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
MIA 14 August, 1942, shot down in Faxafloi Bay, 15km W of Reykjavik, Iceland by a P-38D of 1FG, piloted by Lt Ezra Shahan, believed to be the first US victory in the ETO. Remaining crew (MIA): Ofw Phillip Haisch, Co-P; Ofw Ottmar Ebener (or Ebner), 1st R/O; Uffz Wolfgang Schulze, 2nd R/O; Ofw Artur Wohlleben, Engr and Ofw Albert Winkelmann, Gnr.. Alternate spelling: Kuhn. DK-G Awards List, Stankey & DeZeng and D.Drury. Alternate spelling: Kuehn.
2341 Kühn, Fritz OskarLt7/StG-2Ju 87B-1 (lost 8/16/40)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 16 August, 1940; sd by fighters off Selsey Bill, Sussex, crashing into the sea. His R/O-Gnr, Gefr Josef Wenzel also MIA (D.Drury)
2342 Kuhn, Götz GerhardFhr112/JG-3Bf 109G
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a B-17 at Eichfeld on 16 August, 1944.
2343 Kuhn, JohannesEM11/15/1908Amsterdam, HollandY-2 LvR (Dutch Ftr Grp 5/40), SG-101 (7/43 Paris-Orly), SG-3, 3/Überführungsgruppe (Ferry Group)-West (2/44), TG-30 (6/44)Hs 129 in SG-101, He 111 in TG-30, Fw 190A-8 Werk # 171747 "White 13" (interned in England 8/30/44) Pilot Badge A Dutch volunteer, who served in the Dutch Air Force in 1940, he was shot down with injuries on 10 May, 1940, by a Bf 110 of II/ZG-1. He joined the Luftwaffe in 1942. Depressed at the high risk and losses in the Luftwaffe Ferry Unit, he deserted to England on 30 August, 1944 in his 190A-8, which he was to transport to JG-26 at Brussels-Melsbroek. He made a perfect belly landing in a field at Montkon Road Farm, near RAF Manston, Kent, slightly damaging the A-8. He remained a British POW until 1949. Jager Blatt article.
2344 Kühne, AlfredStbsFw16/ZG-76Bf 110 EK 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Hurricane in the Portland area on 15 August, 1940.
2345 Kühnel, HansFw64/JG-3 (10/42 S.U.), 11/JG-3 (9/43 Med)Bf 109F, Bf 109G-6 Werk # 18047 "Black 11 + ~" (lost 8/16/43)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIFA ? (Magnus). His Wk# 18047 reported lost south of Palmi on 16 August, 1943, after a crash, pilot returned. The OKL sites his 6th victory as a B-24D over southern Italy, 3 September, 1943. His first know Soviet victory, a LaGG-3 on 4 October, 1942. A 2nd Soviet, a LaGG-3 on 2 February, 1943. A 3rd, a LaGG-3 on 24 February, 1943. A 4th, a LaGG-3 on 19 March, 1943. A 5th, a MiG-1 on 25 March, 1943.
2346 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
2347 Küken, WilhelmFw459/JG-51 (7/42 S.U.), JGr-OstBf 109F-2 Werk # 12696 "Yellow 4 + I" (50% dam 8/42), Bf 109G
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(11/26/43)
EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge(8/8/42)
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 2 April, 1944 (Magnus). WIFA 8 August, 1942; a non-operational takeoff accident. His first known Soviet victory, a Pe-2 5 km S of Subzoff on 25 July, 1942. An I-153 on 17 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 28 August, 1942. An I-153 on 27 November, 1942. An Il-2 and a LaGG-3 on 29 November, 1942. A Boston III on 5 December, 1942. An Il-2 on 9 February, 1943. A LaGG-5 and a two Pe-2s on 9 March, 1943. An Il-4 on 5 July, 1943. A Boston III on 6 July, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 7 July, 1943. A LaGG-3 on 18 July, 1943. An Il-2 (m.H.) on 22 July, 1943. A LaGG-3 on 28 July, 1943. A LaGG-3 on 29 July, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 3 August, 1943. An Il-2 (m.H.) on 4 August, 1943. Three Il-2s (m.H.) and a LaGG-5 on 8 August, 1943. Two laGG-3s NW of Spas-Demensk on 11 August, 1943. An Il-2 NE of Dukhovshchina on 16 August, 1943. A LaGG-4 NE of Ssevsk on 21 August, 1943. Two LaGG-3s on 23 August, 1943. Two DB-3s and a LaGG-3 on 24 August, 1943. An Il-2 W of Yelnya on 15 September, 1943. A LaGG-5, a Yak-1 and a Yak-9 near Yelnya on 18 September, 1943. A Soviet B-25 on 16 January, 1944. Bowers/Lednicer, 45 victories.
2348 Kukla, HansUffzI/JG-26 (joins 6/44), 4/JG-26, Acting Stfkpt 4/JG-26 (12/44)Fw 190A-7 Werk # 340329 "Blue 9" (lost), Fw 190A-8, Fw 190D-9 (lost)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 13 August, 1944 during aerial combat in "Blue 9" with a P-51 of 363FG NE of Le Mans. Kukla bailed successfully with facial burns, putting him out of action until October, 1944. The P-51 pilot was Lt. Lee Webster of 382FS. A "Nachwuchs (new growth) who completed the abbreviated flight training program, but survived the war, but not without injuries! He had been burned and bailed three times. Believed to have one unconfirmed victory, possibly a second claimed by a wingman, and confirmed! Engaged P-51 in his D-9 over the Ardennes, 26 Dec., 1944. Bailed w/o injury near Osnabrück on 4 January, 1945 when the engine of his D-9 caught fire. WIA 22 January, 1945 during aerial combat in "Blue 7" with a Spitfire of RAF No. 421 Sq. N of Ibbenbüren. His engine caught fire and he bailed with serious burns, keeping him out of combat until April, 1945. His last flight was a transfer flight on 13 April, 1945. Because his eyelids had not healed properly, the Gruppe surgeon mercifully ordered Kukla into the hospital in the last days.
2349 Külbel, Hans PeterHptm7/24/1909NürnbergKdr I/ZG-2 (8/40) Bf 110D-0 Werk # 3316 "3M + MK" (lost 8/12/40) Destroyer Operational Clasp KIA 12 August, 1940 during aerial combat off Portsmouth. His crewman, Uffz Fritz Budig (geb 4/2/14 Forst) also KIA. Alternate spelling: Kubel & Kübel (Bf 110 Loss List). Added: Pilot buried at Bourdon (Fr), Block 19, Row 13, Gr 491. Budig buried Gosport, Ann's Hill, Cem, Plot 188, Gr 32 after washing ashore in the Channel (D.Drury).
2350 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.
2351 Külow, HansOblt29/NJG-4Bf 110
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
Injured 1/2 February, 1945 on bailing out at Bergen, near Celle, due to engine failure (Boiten). WIA Injured earlier on 24/25 January, 1944 when he was shot up and bailed north of Charleville (Balss). One known victory, a Stirling 15 km NE of Lyons on 17 August, 1943. A Halifax by Rosieres on 11 April, 1944.
2352 Kummer,Hptm1Stab II/ZG-1Bf 110 EK 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
One known victory, a Soviet I-153 on 30 August, 1942.
2353 Kummer, Horst O.Uffz32/NJG-3Bf 110G-4 Werk # 720258 (lost 5/28/44)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
He suffered wounds on 11 August, 1944 at the Nordholz airfield as a result of a gun cleaning accident (Boiten). His G-4 crashedat Dalen Holland, north of Coevorden, on 28 May, 1944, cause and pilot/crew disposition unknown. (DeSwart)
2354 Kunert, Hans HeinzOblt9III/JG-53 (4/40 Wiesbaden-Erbenheim), Stfkpt 8/JG-53 (9/40 Channel)Bf 109E-1, Bf 109E-3 in 40, Bf 109E-4 Werk # 1171 (lost 9/8/40)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 8 September, 1940 during aerial combat when he collided with Oblt Wittmeyer in Werk # 3478. His parachute is believed to have failed (Prien). One known victory, his 1st, a Hurricane north of Sedan, 14 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Hawk-75A on 24 May, 1940, no location. His 3rd, a Hawk-75A 15 km west of Arras, 27 May, 1940. Per the JG-53 Chronicles, he downed a Bloch on 29 May, 1940, along with Lt Panten & Lt Müller (Prien). His 4th & 5th, both Hurricanes northwest of Reims, 1 June, 1940. His 6th, a Potez 63 at La Sieve, 2 June, 1940. His 7th, a Bloch 152 west of Compiegne, 5 June, 1940. His 8th, a Spitfire 10 km E of Südspitz Portland on 25 August, 1940. His 9th, a Spitfire on 5 September, 1940, no location. On this particular victory, his name was given as "Kurt", however all others were Heinz or Hans.
2355 Kunisch, BernhardOblt3/20/1920Neisse7/KG-40Fw 200C-4 Werk # 0166 "F8 + ER" (lost 8/15/43), Fw 200C-5 Werk # 0222 "F8 + AR" (lost 11/20/43)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with entire crew, 20 November, 1943; failed to return from a mission. Shot down by Beaufighters W of Cape Ortegal, Corunna, Spain. Remaining crew (MIA): Hptm Horst Lückstädt (or Lückstedt), geb 4/22/1917, Co-pilot; Uffz Günther Nellner, geb 5/20/1921, Obs; Fw Franz Vrbka (or Urbka), geb 1/10/1920, R/O 1; Uffz Fritz Oetker, geb 7/14/1919, R/O 2; Fw Heinz Schatte, geb 8/17/1920, Wart and Uffz Gerhard Theilemann, geb 11/23/1921, Gunner. Source: B.Bines & D.Drury. Added: On 15 August, 1943, he was engaged in an attack on convoy OS53 when he was hit by return fire from the RN Sloop HMS Stork, and made an emergency landing at Santiago de Compostela, Corunna, Spain. The crew were interned and later repatriated. Remaining crew: Uffz Otto Specht, Co-pilot; Uffz Günther Nellner, Obs; Uffz Horst Flechsig (or Fleschsig), R/O 1; Uffz Fritz Ötker (or Oetker), R/O 2; Uffz Heinz Schatte (or Schadde), Flt Engr and Uffz Gerhard Theilemann, Gnr (D.Drury).
2356 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).
2357 Kuntz, Herbert HeinzHptm2/15/1915Diefflen, Saar3/KG-100 (6/42 S.U., later 4/KG-26), II/KG-200, Stfkpt 2/KG-40 (45)He 111H-4 of 4/KG-26, Do 217
RK(3/14/43)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(5/4/42)
EP(2/4/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp in Gold
Numerous ground destructions during his 365 combat missions. Occasional crew members, a Fw Gerhard Lange, Observer and Mathias Holler, R/O. Deceased 26 August, 1998, Dillingen.
2358 Kunz, Franz "Fritz"Oblt10/3/1921Troppau12 5/JG-53 (2/43 Tunisia), 4/JG-53 (1/44), Stfkpt 2/JG-26 (5/44, 1/45 Fürstenau) Bf 109G-4 Werk # 10875 "Black 7 + -" (lost 2/3/43; WIA, collision with enemy ac, no location reported) in JG-53, Fw 190A-8 "Black 1" (6/44), Fw 190A-7 Wk# 431163 "Black 2" (dam 6/28/44), Fw 190D-9 Werk # 210953 "Blk 1" (lost 1/1/45) EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 28 June, 1944 during aerial combat in "Black 2" (Wk# 431163) with a Spitfire near Boissy-le-Bois, but landed safely. 350+ combat missions as of July, 1944. Four victories in JG-26. On 1 January, 1945 (Target Evere FP), Kunz was one of the first of 2 Staffel to be hit by German Flak over Polsbroek, northeast of Rotterdam. He was forced to bail out of his D-9 Werk # 210953 "Black 1", and was taken to a private clinic in Goude with serious injuries. His 5th victory, a P-38 6 km south of Agricola Italy, 19 August, 1943. His 6th, a P-38 68 km SSE of Marburg on 7 January, 1944. His 7th, a B-17 NW of Kaiserslautern on 13 April, 1944. His 8th, a B-17 S of Munden, E of Kassel, on 19 April, 1944. His 9th, a P-51 in the St. Quentin area on 24 May, 1944. His 10th, a P-51 5 km SE of Caen on 6 June, 1944. His 11th & 12th, both C-47s in the Nijmegen area on 21 September, 1944.
2359 Kunze-Mittendorf, OttoUffzErg/Fernaufkl.Gr.Ju 88A-4 Werk # 8694 "F2 + AN" (lost 8/10/43)Observer Operational ClaspMIA with his Observer Lt Gottfried Gärtner and two other unnamed crew crashing in the Ostsee 10 August, 1943, (Ju 88 Loss List).
2360 Kunze, BernhardFw9/5/1920Halle-Saale9 1/JG-1 (6/43 Deelen), 2/JG-1 (1/44 Köln) Fw 190A-5 Werk # 410055 "White 1"(7/43), A-6 Wk# 530135 "Wh 12" (80% dam 7/28/43), Fw 190A-6 Werk # 550884 "Black 1" (lost 1/5/44) EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 5 January, 1944 while making a force landing at Bergisch-Gladbach in his Fw 190A-6 (L. Wiegels) after being fatally wounded by German flak (Source: Falk K. Börsch, nephew of Bernhard Kunze). Buried Magdeburg Westfriedhof, Blk A Gr 231. 8 of his 9 victories were bombers. One known victory, a B-17 100 sm W of Texel on 13 June, 1943. His 2nd, a B-17 at Geldern on 22 June, 1943. His 3rd, a B-17 near Grossheide on 26 July, 1943. A 4th, a B-17 near Stromberg on 17 August, 1943. His 5th, a B-17 off Ooudorp on 19 August, 1943. His 6th, a B-17 12 km ENE of Siegburg on 4 October, 1943. A 7th, a B-17 at Sittard on 14 October, 1943. His 8th, a P-47 on 1 December, 1943. His 9th, a B-24 N of Hopsten on 22 December, 1943. His A-6 crashed into a swimming pool at Drachten Holland on 28 July, 1943, after combat with a B-17, pilot safe. Also known to have flown Fw 190A-5 Werk # 410055 (35% dam) in August, 1943, later piloted and 65% damaged on 19 October, 1943, by Ofw Fritz Bahl. Flew an Fw 190A "White 7" also.
2361 Kunze, KurtUffz15/ZG-76Bf 110 EK 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Spitfire in the Portland area on 15 August, 1940.
2362 Küper, WilfriedUffz24/KG-3 (7/43 S.U.)JU 88C-6 Werk # 360398 "5K + FC" (lost 7/18/43)
EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
MIA with unnamed crew in Map Quadrant Pl.Qu. 6086 on 18 July, 1943 after being attacked by enemy fighters (Ju 88 Loss List). His first known victory, a Soviet Pe-2 on 10 July, 1943. A 2nd, a "2 Mot" at the Waluiki airfield on 5 August, 1943. NOTE: either the Ju 88 Loss date or his second victory date are incorrect.
2363 Kurde, GerhardUffz9/KG-54 (Med)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 300055 "B3 + FT" (lost 8/23/43)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew at Palermo 23 August, 1943, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List).
2364 Kürten, HeinzFw37 & 9/JG-52 (5/43 S.U.)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 20174 (lost 8/7/43) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIFA 7 August, 1943 (Magnus); collided with a G-4, Wk# 19893 in Map Quad Pl.Qu. 61512. One known victory, a Soviet LaGG on 16 May, 1943. Another LaGG on 10 June, 1943. A 3rd, an Il-2 (m.H.) on 3 August, 1943. Magnus 15 victories. Alternate spelling: Kürter.
2365 Kurz,Oblt19/SG-10 (8/44 S.U.)Fw 190F EK 2
Assault Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet Yak-9 on 17 August, 1944.
2366 Kurz, AlbertUffz18/JG-27Bf 109E EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His first victory, a Hurricane S of the Isle of Wight on 8 August, 1940.
2367 Kurz, GüntherLt10/5/19211Neustrelitz336/JG-52 (S.U.)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 27181 (lost 10/11/43)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(12/26/43 Post.)
EP(1943)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 11 October, 1943; aerial combat with a LaGG-5, Map Quadrant Pl.Qu. 10144. His first known victory, a Soviet I-153 on 22 February, 1943. A 2nd, an R-5 on 1 March, 1943. A 3rd, a Boston on 5 March, 1943. A 4th, a LaGG-3 on 6 March, 1943. A 5th, a U-2 on 10 March, 1943. An R-5 and a LaGG-3 on 13 March, 1943. An Il-5 on 17 March, 1943. Two Il-2s on 22 March, 1943. An Il-5 on 29 March, 1943. An Il-2 on 19 April, 1943. Two LaGG-3s on 20 April, 1943. A Yak-1 on 30 April 1943. Two Il-5s on 5 May, 1943. A Soviet Spitfire on 7 May, 1943. A Spitfire on 26 May, 1943. A Soviet Boston on 1 August, 1943. An Il-2 (m.H.) on 7 August, 1943. A Yak-1 on 9 August, 1943. A Yak-1 on 1 September, 1943. An Il-2 (m.H.) on 6 September, 1943. A Yak-1 and a Pe-2 on 9 September, 1943. A Yak-1 on 10 September, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 24 September, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 27 September, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 3 October, 1943. A Yak-1 on 8 October, 1943. Two LaGG-5s S of Chodoroff on 11 October, 1943, the date he was KIA.
2368 Kuschke, JoachimOfw7/23/1913Leipzig2/Kü.Fl.Gr.-806Ju 88A-1 Werk # 4094 "M7 + YK" (lost 9/7/40)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC with his entire crew at the Nantes airfield on 7 September, 1940, cause unknown. Remaining crew (Pos unk, all bur Pornichet Cem, Blk 3): Uffz Hans Groth (geb 1/26/1917 Stieglitz, bur Row 5, Gr 14); Uffz Sibo Stecheisen (geb 4/10/1917 Borkim, bur Row 6, Gr 157); Gefr Alfred Keller (geb 8/13/1919 Essen, bur Row 5, Gr 134) and Flg August Ehses (geb 8/28/1905 Zeltingen, bur Row 2, Gr 38). Pilot Ofw Kuschke buried Row 6, Grave 177 (absa3945).
2369 Kusicke, Ernst AugustOfw7/LG-1 (S.U.)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 5888 "L1 + ER" (30% dam 10/19/42)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/4/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List. His A-4 was reported damaged in Map Quadrant Pl.Qu. 5934 19 October, 1942; crew disposition and cause not reported, ac recovered (Ju 88 Loss List).
2370 Küster, HelmutOblt6/2/1913KielStab StG-3Do 17M (lost 8/40)Bomber or Dive Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 3 August, 1940 in the Dinan area. Cause not reported. Küster buried at Marigny Cemetery, Block 2, Row 26, Grave 995. Remaining crew; Fw Willi Krause and Uffz Ernst Sellke, both also buried in the Marigny Cemetery along with Küster. Source: D.Dahiot
2371 Küster, KarlFw4/23/19213/KG-2Do 217M-1 Werk # 722964 "U5 + IL" (lost 8/19/44)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 19 August, 1944; lost due to unknown circumstances at Londerzeel, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. Remaining crew (KIA, desig unk): Uffz Rolf Köttnitz, Uffz Rudolf Rosenhahn and Ogefr Heribert Thomas. Three are buried in the German War cem at Lommel, Blk 46: Fw Küster, Grave 355; Uffz Köttnitz, Grave 19 and Uffz Rosenhahn, Grave 534. No VDK match for Ogefr Thomas (D.Drury).
2372 Kustusch,Fw16/NJG-2, 3/NJG-4 (8/43), III/NJG-6Bf 110C "R4 + BP" in NJG-2, Do 217N-1 in NJG-6
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory while in NJG-4, a Halifax at Boussu on 11 August, 1943. Kutusch was known to have made a forced landing in Hungary in the Do 217N-1. Found on Frost List at PilotenBunker.
2373 Kutscha, HerbertHptm4/24/1917Ratibor Oberschlesien47 5/JG-77, 6/ZG-1 (7/42S.U.), II/SKG-210, Sk 12/JG-3 (2/44 Venlo), Kdr II/JG-3 (11/44), Stab II/JG-27, III/JG-11 Bf 110, Bf 109F, Bf 109G-6 Werk # 411032 (lost 2/10/44), Bf 109G-6 Wk# 411048 (lost 2/24/44)
RK(9/24/42)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(2/23/42)
EP(11/3/41)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge(12/25/44)
Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pendant
His G-6 crashed at Vroomshoop Holland (north van Russenweg) on 10 February, 1944, cause and pilot disposition unknown (DeSwart). Added: Shot down with wounds and bailing safely from his Wk# 411032 on 10 February, 1944, after aerial combat with a P-47 by Quakenbrück. In addition to the aerial victories, his ground victories included 41 AC , 41 Tanks, 15 RR engines, 11 AA guns, and 157 trucks. 900 combat missions, including many close support missions. 6 bombers. 14 victories in the West. One known victory, his 1st while in 5/JG-77, a Wellington north of Wangerooge, 14 December, 1939. His 2nd, a Hudson 40 km N of Ameland on 24 February, 1940. His first known Soviet victory, an I-153 on 25 July, 1942. Another I-153 on 9 August, 1942. His 34th, a P-38 on 31 January, 1944. His 35th, a B-17 on 10 February, 1944. A P-51 in the Eisleben area on 2 November, 1944. A P-47 at Monschau-St Vith on 17 December, 1944, while serving in 15/JG-27. Deceased 14 September, 2003.

Lt. Kutscha with his Bf 109 G-6 W.Nr. 15 762 'Gelbe 14' 'RH+JD', 12./JG 3, San Severo, Italy, August 1943.
2374 Küttner, SiegfriedFw511/JG-3 (4/44), 14(Sturm)/JG-3 (11/44)Fw 190A-8/R2EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 1 May, 1945; Combat with a Yak-9, area of Schwerin. One known victory, a B-17 on 11 April, 1944, no location. Another, a B-17 Final Destruction at Ludwigslust on 18 April, 1944. His 3rd, a B-17 (HSS) in the Kempten area on 19 July, 1944. His 4th, a B-24 (HSS) at Lechtaler Alpen on 3 August, 1944. His 5th, a B-17 NW of Halle on 2 November, 1944. Mombeek MIA List.
2375 Kzienzyk, Lt8/KG-2Do 17 Werk # Unk "U5 + CS" (lost 8/21/40)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 21 August, 1940; sd by F/Lt P.S.Weaver of No.56 Sq.. The ac crashed at Gippeswyk Park, Ippswich. Remaining crew (POW): Uffz Behnke, Gefr Sollfrank and Flg Stertz. F/O R.E.P. Brooker was sd by this Dornier during this same action. Source: R.Randall.
2376 Laas, UweLt15/KG-51Me 410A-1/U2
EK 1 & 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
KIA 1 August, 1944 at Bargny, no further detail (Boiten). One known victory, a Halifax over England on 22 April, 1944.
2377 Labusga, ErichOfw46/JG-3Bf 109E-1
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 14 August, 1940; Aerial combat, area of Dover-Calais. One known victory, his 1st, a Blenheim on 27 May, 1940, no location. His 2nd & 3rd, both Morane 406s, southwest of Compiegne, 3 June, 1940. His 4th, a Blenheim over England on 27 July, 1940. Mombeek MIA List.
2378 Lach,Uffz16/JG-300Fw 190A EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a P-38 over Austria on 22 August, 1944.
2379 Lacha, MartinLt7/2/1920Kassel11 11/JG-1 (7/42), 2/JG-1 (5/43), 3/JG-1 (10/43), 1/JG-1 (12/43 Dortmund) Bf 109E-3 "Blk 4" & Fw 190A-3 "Blk 7" & Fw 190A-4 Wk# 0606 (50% dam 8/25/42) in11/JG-1, Fw 190A-4 (3/JG-1),Fw 190A-7 Wk# 430162 "White 1" (lost 12/16/43) EP

EK 1& 2 (10/23/43)
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a Spitfire, on 2 May, 1943, southwest of Vlissingen. His 2nd, a B-17 at Havixbeck on 22 June, 1943. His 3rd was over Col. Arman "Pete" Peterson CO (KIA) of the 78FG, flying a P-47, on 1 July, 1943, over Goeree, Holland. The P-47 crashed NE of Ouddorp. Flugbuch (7/43 to 12/44). His 4th, same day, another P-47 at Oostvorne, NE of Schiedam. His 5th, a B-17 (HSS) on 26 July, 1943. His 6th, a B-17 S of Maastricht on 17 August, 1943. His 7th, a B-17 at Schiedam on 19 August, 1943. His 8th, a B-17 S of Wagenfeld on 8 October, 1943. His 9th, a P-47 at Altenberg, NW of Münster on 11 November, 1943. His 10th, a B-17 on 11 December, 1943. His 11th, a B-17 off De Koog, Texel on 16 December, 1943. Injured in a crash on 25 August, 1942 in an Fw 190A-4 Werk # 606, while in 11/JG-1. Known to crash his A-7 at Menaldum Holland on 16 December, 1943, after being hit by B-17 return fire. Wounded, he bailed safely. This was the first A-7 known to be lost. One of a few surviving JG-1 pilots.
2380 Lack,Uffz110/JG-5 (8/44 S.U.)Bf 109G, Fw 190A EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet Boston III on 17 August, 1944.
2381 Lackner, SiegfriedUffz5/JG-27Bf 109E-1 (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 11 August, 1940 during aerial combat S of Portland. Crashed into the sea. Mombeek.
2382 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.
2383 Lagauer, LeopoldOblt8/KG-77 (Med)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 2158 "3Z + ES" (lost 8/12/42)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew 12 August, 1942 probably shot down by Naval fighters (Lt Johnston of 806 Sq.?) during Operation Pedestal (Ju 88 Loss List).
2384 Lage, Heinz zurUffz23/JG-51 (Channel)Bf 109E-4 Werk # 5355 (lost 8/31/40), Bf 109E-1 Werk # 4840 "Yellow 7" (lost 9/7/40)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 7 September, 1940 after aerial combat at Bethersden, near Ashford, bailed safely. Bailed safely, w/o injury after a mid-air collision on 31 August, 1940 with Oblt Rudolf Busch. One known victory, his 1st, a DH Rapide biplane north of Texel, 21 June, 1940. His 2nd, a Hudson 80 km NNW of Texel on 4 July, 1940.
2385 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).
2386 Lambert, AugustOblt2/18/1916Kleestadt Hessen116Close Spt pilot: 6/SG-2 (2/44 S.U.), SG-151, 8/JG-77, Stfkpt 8/SG-77, 12/SG-2 (4/45)Ju 87, Fw 190A (Jabo), Fw 190F-8 Werk # 584043 "Black 9" (lost) RK(5/14/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/1/44)
EP(1/17/44)

EK 1 & 2
Assault Operational Clasp w/"300" hanger
Although a Close Support pilot at all times, destroying 10+ tanks, he was a passionate fighter pilot. 350 combat missions. His first known victory, two Yak-9s on 13 February, 1944. A Yak-9 on 16 March, 1944. Two P-39s on 19 March, 1944. Two Il-2s a P-39 and a Yak-9 on 10 April, 1944. Five Il-2s (all m.H.) on 17 April, 1944. In the spring of 1944, during the Sevastopol Campaign, he was able to boost his victories from 20 to 90, during which he achieved daily scores of 12, 14 and 17 victories. KIA 17 April, 1945, during take-off at Hoyerswerda, Kamenz/Saxony when he was surprised by Mustangs of 55FG, and shot down. Buried at Kamenz-St Just Cemetery. Prior to his death, he was credited with his last victory, a P-51 west of Prague, 17 April, 1945. This P-51 was the last P-51 shot down by an Fw 190. Most victories in the East. Highest scoring Assault Pilot.
2387 Lamberty, RudolfOblt9/KG-76Do 17Z-2 Werk # unk "F1 + DT" (lost 8/18/40) Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp
POW 18 August, 1940; sd with wounds after his ac was hit and set onfire by AA fire at RAF Kenley and then attacked by Hurricanes of No. 111 Sq., piloted by Sgt's Ronald Brown and William Dymond. The ac crashed at Leaves Green, Kent, just north of Biggin Hill. Remaining crew (POW/WIA): Hptm Joachim Roth, Stfkpt & Obs; Hptm Gustav Peters (pos unk), Ofw Valentin Geier (pos unk) and Fw Hugo Eberhard, R.O. Lamberty was promoted to Hptm on 1 April, 1942, Roth was promoted Major on 1 July, 1942, both while in captivity (D.Drury)
2388 Lamer, G.UffzIII/KG-2Do 217M-1 Werk # 722750 (lost 8/17/43)Bomber Operational ClaspHis Do 217 crashed at Gilze Rijen Holland on 17 August, 1943, cause and pilot/crew disposition unknown. (DeSwart)
2389 Lampe, HelmutLtII/JG-26 (joins 7/44), 5/JG-26Fw 190A-8 Werk # 731748 "White 5" (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 26 August, 1944 during aerial combat with a Spitfire of RAF No. 416 or 421 Sq. at Amiens-Beauvais. Mombeek.
2390 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).
2391 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).
2392 Lampskemper, Bernard (Bernhard?)Fw22/JG-3 (Channel)Bf 109E-4 Werk # 5338 "Black 8" (lost 8/29/40) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 29 August, 1940 after his AC was damaged in combat by a Hurricane piloted by Sgt Glendon Booth of RAF No. 85 Sq. (KIA 2/41D.Drury). He made an emergency landing at Pevensey, Sussex. One known victory, his 1st, a Hurricane west of Douai, 22 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Hurricane at Abbeville, 7 June, 1940.
2393 Landgrebe, ErichUffz16/JG-1Fw 190A-6 Werk # 550454 "PT + XY" (lost 8/9/43), Fw 190A-7 Werk # 340049 "yellow 3" (dam 5/8/44)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Injured in a crash at the Rheine airfield 9 August, 1943 due to an engine fire during a transfer flight. Injured in a 2nd incident on 8 May, 1944 making an emergency landing NW of Schwarmstedt after combat with "4 mots". One known victory, a B-17 (n.b.) on 8 May, 1944, detail unknown.
2394 Landry, Hans HerbertLt9/30/1918Kochendorf52/JG-3 (Channel 6/40), Stab I/JG-3 (8/40)Bf 109E-4 Werk # 0941 (lost 8/28/40)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW; Shot down with wounds at Church Farm, Church Whitfield, near Dover, Kent, on 28 August, 1940 and managed to bail out, though mortally wounded, and DOW 23 September, 1940. One known victory, his 1st, a Morane 406 north of Cambrai, 21 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Potez 63 near Amiens, 5 June, 1940. His 3rd, a Battle near Evreux, 14 June, 1940. His 4th, a Blenheim at St.Andre-de-lEure, 15 June, 1940. His 5th, a Hurricane on 18 August, no location. Added: He is buried at CC, Blk 5, Row 14, Gr 331 (D.Drury).
Cannock Chase
2395 Landsmann, AloisOfw6/7/1915Sulzbach3/NAGr-13 Bf 109G-8 Werk # 200040 (lost 8/2/44)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(7/26/43)

EK 1 & 2
Observer Operational Clasp. Added: He was awarded the EP on 14 December
1942 (R.Randall)
WIA 2 August, 1944; sd at Combourg, near Evreux France, while on a reconnaissance mission. His wingman, Uffz Werner Eckert also MIA. DK-G Awards List & R.Randall. Added: Ofw Landsmann died of wounds 25 November, 1944; buried Mont de Huisnes, Vault 11, Grave 133 <
2396 Lang, Emil "Bully"Hptm1/14/1909Thalheim Oberbayern1731/JG-54, 9/JG-54, 5/JG-54 (3/43 S.U.), Stfkpt 5/JG-54 (9/43), Kdr II/JG-26(7/44)Fw 190A-4 "White 3" in 1/JG-54, Fw 190A-6 Werk # 550201 "Black 7" w/ 5/JG-54 in Russia, Fw 190A-8 Werk # 171240 "Green 1" (lost 9/3/44) w/ II/JG-26 RK(11/22/43)-EL(4/11/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(11/25/43)
EP(10/27/43)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 3 Sept., 1944 in "Green 1" in a crash near St. Trond after a dogfight at 700 feet, with Thunderbolts, when his undercarriage fell out, and he dove vertically into the ground. Another source says he was the victim of a P-51 piloted by American Ace, Darrell Cramer, 55FG, 338FS. He downed four P-51s on 20 June, 1944 near St. Andre-de-l'aure. Before the war, he was a Lufthansa pilot and a well-known track and field athlete. 72 victories within three weeks, reportedly 18 in one day. 403 combat missions. His first known Soviet victory, a MiG-3 on 23 March, 1943. Two Il-7s and a LaGG-5 on 13 July, 1943. Three P-39s and a P-40 on 1 August, 1943. A P-39, two Il-2s and a LaGG-5 on 15 September, 1943. Six La-5s, and four Yak-7s on 13 October, 1943. Scored 12 Soviet victories, Nos. 62-73 on 21 October, 1943. Nine more victories on 22 October, 1943. An astonishing 17 victories on 3 November, 1943. 25 victories in the West. One known western victory, his 165th, a P-47 SE of Vernon on 19 August, 1944. Added: "Green 1" may have been an A-5, Wk# 150.1240, and was known to have crashed at Overhespen, 7 miles west of St Trond. Another source suggests Hptm Lang was sd by a Spitfire XII of No.41 Sq., piloted by F/Lt Terry Spencer, the Cramer claim location no match (D.Drury).

2397 Lang, ErnstLt2(F)/123 (Med)Ju 88D-1 Trop Werk # 430254 "4U + DK" (lost 8/10/42)Observer Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew 10 August, 1942, cause unknown, location not reported (Ju 88 Loss List).
2398 Lang, ErwinFw27/JG-53 (Italy)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 161015 "White 13 + I" (lost 1/28/44)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 28 January, 1944 after aerial combat with a Spitfire 7km east of Anzio. One known victory, his 1st, a P-38 10 km southeast of Insel Ventotene, 30 August, 1943. His 2nd, a B-24 southeast of Vicenza Italy, 28 December, 1943.
2399 Lang, FriedrichMaj1/12/1915Mährisch Trübau (Sudetenland)1/StG-163, Stfkpt 1/StG-2 (6/40-1/42), T/O I/StG-2, Kdr III/SG-1 (4/43-5/44), Kdr SG-2, Kdr SG-101Ju 87B-2 "T6 + HH" in 1/StG-2, Ju-87D-5 & Fw 190F-9 Werk # 426027 (35% dam 3/13/45) RK(11/23/41)-EL(11/21/42)-S(7/2/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(5/4/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Dive Bmbr. Oper. Clasp
His last assignment was Kdr SG-101 in February, 1945, flying the Ar 96, Fw 190F and the Hs 129. 1008 missions, including one in the Fw 190, in which he ground looped and was injured returning from a mission on 13 March, 1945. While hospitalized, he became a U.S. POW and was released 10 August, 1945. His expert gunner, Ofw Alois Berndl, 859 missions, also received the RK on 6/16/44. Lang deceased 29 Decemberm 2003 Hannover (P. Bastin).
2400 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).

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