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2701 Wilke, HansUffzIII/JG-2Fw 190A-4 Werk # 756 (lost 11/26/43)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 26 November, 1943 during aerial combat near Cattville France.
2702 Will, HansLt.1/KG-55He 111P-2 (lost 6/1/40)Bomber Operational ClaspFrench POW 1 June, 1940; sd by French fighters near Aix les Bain. Remaining crew (POW): Ofw (later Hptm) Oskar Dettke, Obs & RK Winner (4/7/45) and Fw Bruno Marquardt, R/O. and Uffz Alfred Lohr, Flt Engr. Gunner Gefr Jakob Getz was killed by enemy fire. Source: Kaiser RK book. Dettke and the other POWs presumed released after the French capitulation.
2703 Willers, Hans JürgenMaj4/KG-54 (5/40), Erg Staffel/KG-28 (9/41), Kdr KGzvB 200 (Pitomnik S.U.)He 111H "B3 + CM (lost 5/40), Fw 200C-3Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp
WIA 21 May, 1940 when his 111 crashed near Scheldewindeke during the French Campaign. Source: A. Rosseels. Willers known to have made one of the last flights out of Stalingrad with 18 Fw 200Cs, despite orders for no more fly outs (Flieger Blatt 1/2009)
2704 Willis, Falk FredHptm12/27/1914LeipzigStab/KG-4 (42), Stab II/NJG-3 (5/44 Langendiebach)Bf 110, Ju 88G-1 Werk # 710589 (lost 5/4/44)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(11/17/42)

EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIC 4 May, 1944; crashed at Mittel Gründau, near Gelnhausen during a test flight, colliding with a Mü 13D-3 Glider, Wk# 1544 "WL XII-73", piloted by Uffz Hans Schreiber (geb 7/19/24 Esborn) of Glider Training Unit 12/13 (KIFA, no known grave). Willis is buried in the German War Cem. at Gelnhausen, Row 1, Gr 9. His R/O, Uffz Heinz Müller (or Möller) was injured in the crash. Source: M. Balss, D.Drury & Lost Aircraft Report.
2705 Willmerdinger, HansOfw46/SG-2 (1/44 S.U.)Fw 190A
EK 1 & 2
Assault Operational Clasp
His first known victory, a Soviet P-39 on 28 January, 1944. A 2nd, a P-39 on 6 February, 1944. A 3rd, a Yak-9 on 16 March, 1944. A 4th, an Il-2 (m.H.) on 7 April, 1944.
2706 Wiltosch, HansUffz1(H)/14Hs 126 Werk # 4137 (80% dam 4/10/41)Observer Operational ClaspThis ac reported damaged 10 April, 1941 crashing at Petrico due to a servicing fault. Pilot OK; one unnamed crewman injured. Obs Loss List
2707 Wind, HansFw2/JG-2 (Channel)Fw 190A-4 Werk # 5678 "Black 7" (lost 4/4/43)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 4 April, 1943, cause and location not reported.
2708 Wind, Hans Henrik HasseHptm7/30/1919Tammisaari, Finland75LeLv-32 (8/42), Kdr 1/LeLv-24 (SuulajB-239 "BW-393" "White 7" (1/43), B-239 "BW-393" "Orange 9" (4/44), Bf 109G-6 "MT-439" (7/44)
Double Mannerheim Cross

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp

Hans Wind with B-329
(Added by Pietrzak Youngs)
Hans Henrik "Hasse" Wind (30 July 1919, Ekenäs – 24 July 1995, Tampere) was a Finnish fighter pilot and flying ace in World War II, with 75 confirmed air combat victories.

Wind started his pilot career in 1938 by volunteering to join a pilot training course. He was a reserve officer in the Winter War (1939-1940), but did not fly due to a lack of available planes. Wind had now decided to embark on a military career, and he finished training as a lieutenant on 17 June 1941. Transferring to LeLv24 in August 1941, he fought in the Continuation War. He flew a Brewster B239 (the export version of the Brewster Buffalo) from 1941–1943, claiming 39 of his victories in the type. On 22 September 1941, Wind was credited his first kill, a I-15. In August 1942, the squadron was transferred to Römpötti to operate over the eastern Gulf of Finland. On 14 August 1942, Wind shot down two Hurricanes, and four days later a Hurricane and two I-16s. At the end of 1942, his score stood at 14.5 claims. On 5 April 1943, Wind shot down three Il-2s. On 14 April, Wind claimed two Spitfires, and on 21 April two Yak-1s and shared one with fellow ace Sgt Kinnunen. In August 1943, the unit converted to the Messerschmitt Bf 109G. Wind was awarded his first Mannerheim Cross on 31 July 1943 and his second on 28 June 1944.

He was promoted to captain on 19 October 1943 when he was 24 years old and was removed from front-line duty in order to instruct new fighter pilots. Wind was considered one of the most skillful aerial tacticians in the Finnish Air Force, and Wind's 'Lectures on Fighter Tactics' were written in 1943 and used in the training of new pilots for decades to come. Wind returned to the front in February 1944. On 27 May 1944, he scored his first victory with the Bf 109, shooting down two La-5s. A Soviet offensive in the Karelian Isthmus started on 9 June 1944. On 13 June 1944, Capt. Wind led six 109s against a formation of Pe-2 bombers, shooting down four of them. Wind's streak continued in the days that followed; with a P-39 and an IL-2M on 15 June, two Pe-2s and a La-5 the next day, and on 19 June two P-39s (both of the 196 IAP; one flown by Hero of Soviet Union and eventual 29-kill ace Major A. V. Chirkov, who bailed out) and a La-5. On 20 June 1944, Wind added two La-5s, two Yak-9s and a Pe-2. On 22 June, he claimed two Spitfires and a La-5, with two La-5s and two DB-3Fs the next day. On 25 June, he downed three Yak-9s and two Yak-7s.

He was seriously wounded in an aerial battle against some thirty Yak-9s and P-39s on 28 July 1944. Wind shot down one Yak-9 before a 37 mm shell fired by a P-39 exploded against his seat armour. Another shell pierced the armour glass behind his left shoulder, exploding on the instrument panel. Wind was badly wounded in his left arm. He still managed to fly and land at an airfield, even though his plane had been seriously damaged during the attack. Wind recovered from his wounds, but never flew a combat mission again. He finished the war with a total of 302 combat sorties, scoring 75 kills, and is ranked second on the Finnish aces list. He was married on 26 August 1945, then began his studies at the Helsinki School of Business, having resigned from the Air Force on 10 May 1945. Wind died on 24 July 1995 and was survived by his wife and five children. (Source: Wikipedia)


2709 Windbichler, HansLt33/JG-1 (7/43), 2/JG-1 (7/43 Deelen, 3/44) Bf 109G & Fw 190A-5 Werk# 410231 "Blue 4" (lost 7/30/43)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge (7/30/43)
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 30 July, 1943 in Wk# 410231 during aerial combat with P-47s in the Arnhem/Deelen area over Holland. One known victory, his 1st, a B-17 S of Delmenhorst on 6 March, 1944. His 2nd, a B-17 W of Rothaargebirge on 22 April, 1944. His 3rd, a B-24 SE of Verden on 29 April, 1944.
2710 Windschild, WernerLt8/KG-76Do 17Z-2 Werk # Unk (dam 8//18/40), Ju 88A-5 Werk # 2409 "F1 + BS" (lost 7/2/41)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 2 July, 1941, cause unknown. Remaining crew (MIA): Fw Jakob Streibel, Obs; Fw Herbert Haupt, R/O and Fw Felix Reinstein, Flt Engr.. On 18 August, 1940, his Dornier was damaged by a Hurricane of No.17 Sq., piloted by S/L Cedric Williams, over the Strait of Dover, off Gravelines (Fr). He crash landed at Calais; no injuries to the crew. One known passenger, a War Correspondant, Hans Theyer (D.Drury).
2711 Winhusen, HansUffz6/JG-300Fw 190A-7/M (lost 7/26/44 near Markensdorf/Vienna)Fighter Operational ClaspPilot disposition unknown.
2712 Winkermann, Hans DieterLt4/StG-1 (S.U.)Ju 87D-3 Werk # 100032 "6G + VR" (lost 5/22/43)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew 22 May, 1943 after enemy fighter attacks near the Kursk Bahnhof. Ju 87 Loss List
2713 Winkler, EduardGefr10/KG-30 (Aalborg West)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 2071 "4D + DU" (lost)Wound Badge (5/17/44)
Bomber Operational Clasp
WIA 17 May, 1944 when, while on a training flight, he was wounded in an attack by American P-51s and made an emergency landing in a field in Lillevorde Mark Denmark, overturned, and the AC broke in half. Remaining crew: Gefr Erich Messmer, R/O (WIA); Ogefr Hans Müller, Obs (KIA) and Gefr Franz Kaim, Gunner (KIA). Both Müller and Kaim were buried in the Frederikshavn Cemetery on 24 May, 1944. Source: Air War over Denmark.
2714 Winkler, HansFw9(Eis)/KG-1Ju 88A-4, Ju 88C-6
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/17/43)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
2715 Winkler, HansLt6/10/1911Weigmannsdorf1/KG-40 Fw 200C Werk # 0041 "SG + KQ" (lost 3/17/41) Bomber Operational Clasp KIC 17 March, 1941 near Plogoff, Brittany, France; buried Ploudaniel-Lesneven, Block 9/1/8. Source: A. Rosseels. Added: Remaining crew (KIC, Bur same cem): Oblt Helmut Nitsch (geb 12/31/1911 Wuppertal-Barmen, bur 1/1/22), Co-Pilot; Uffz Nikolaus Kleinert (geb 11/29/1914 Charlottenthal, bur 10/6/135), R/O 1; Gefr Wilhelm Harting (geb 6/5/1920 Wülpke, bur 1/1/21), R/O 2; and Fw Anton Langer (geb 4/7/1915 Lilienfeld, bur 1/1/25), Mech. The Observer, Reg Rat Dr Hermann Erhard Haller (geb 12/11/1911 Schwenningen) was injured, and died of injuries in the hosp at Paris-Clichy, buried at the War Cem Champigny-St Andre, Blk 3, Row 22, Grave 1897 (absa3945).
Plousdaniel-Lesneven, France
2716 Winkler, Hans JoachimUffz43/JG-54 (S.U.)Fw 190A-4 Werk# (14)2309 "Yellow ?" (lost 2/11/43)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 11 February, 1943 due to a flak hit over Suluzk and subsequent force landing. His first known Soviet victory, a MiG-3 and a LaGG-5 on 15 January, 1943. A 3rd, a LaGG-5 on 22 January, 1943. A 4th, a LaGG-5 on 10 February, 1943.
2717 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.
2718 Winter, FritzUffz4/8/1917Breslau3/KG-26He 111H-3 Werk # 5609 "1H + EL" (lost 10/4/40)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 4 October, 1940, with his entire crew, when he crashed into the North Sea, cause unknown. The bodies of the crew washed ashore at Hollesley Bay, Suffolk on 30 October, 1940, the date shown on three of the four grave markers. Remaining crew (all buried CC/1/6): Lt Hans Hugo Zingel, Obs (bur Gr 205); Uffz Kurt Blasius, Pos Unk (bur Gr 206) and Uffz Walter Reinelt, Pos Unk (bur Gr 208). Uffz Winter buried Gr 207 (D.Drury).
Cannock Chase
2719 Winter, GerhardOblt9/KG-53He 111H-2 Werk # Unk "A1 + LT" (lost 8/24/40)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW with his entire crew 24 August, 1940 after his ac was sd by a Hurricane of No.151 Sq., piloted by P/O John L.Wemyss Ellacombe. The ac crashed at Landwick, near Great Walkering, Essex. Remaining crew: Fw Adolf Engelhardt, Obs; Uffz hans Schmidt, R/O (WIA); Uffz Otto Wieck, Flt Engr and Gefr Willi Mauer (or Maurer, WIA) (D.Drury).
2720 Winter, Hans WernerUffzI/JG-26 (joins 2/44), 3/JG-26Fw 190A-8 Werk # 170360 "Yellow 9" (lost), Fw 190A-8 Werk # 730466 "Yellow 3" (lost)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 6 June, 1944 when his "Yellow 3" was hit by his own Abbeville flak. WIA 20 May, 1944 NW of Mönchen-Gladbach in "Yellow 9", either as a result of aerial combat, but more likely from German flak. He bailed successfully.
2721 Winterer, Otto Hans Otto?Hptm2/20/1910Kdr II/JG-54 (8/40 Hermalinghen)Bf 109EFighter Operational ClaspChannel pilot. Replaced by Dietrich Hrabak 30 August, 1940.
2722 Witt, Hans GeorgLt3/29/1919Berlin4/LG-1 (Malta)JU 88A-4 Werk # 5717 "L1 + GM" (lost 4/27/42)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with two other unnamed crew 27 April, 1942 over Malta, due to flak, one other crew KIA (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: Pilot KIA, buried in the St Michele Cem., Cagliari, Sardinia (German Losses Over Malta).
2723 Witt, Hans HugoObstltStfkpt in Fl.Grp. Döbernitz (34), Kdr I/JG-334 (11/38), Kdr JG-26 (12/39 to 6/40), Oper Offz Jafu 2Ar 65 in 34, Ar 68E & Bf 109 B & D in JG-334, Bf 109E-1 & E-3 in JG-26Fighter Operational ClaspWWI pilot. Served on the dirigible "Hindenburg" and suffered serious burns in its crash. Personal emblem; Knight on horseback. After serving as Operations Officer of Jafu 2 at Le Touquet in July, 1940, he served in various staff positions in Africa, Norway, Silesia and Italy.
2724 Wittenau, Siegfried Graf vonOblt9/KGbV-108 (See)Do 26V-2A "Seefalke" Werk # 792 "P5 + BH" (lost 5/8/40)Wound Badge
Transport Operational Clasp
Shot down with wounds 9 May, 1940; sd on route to Narvik and were attacked by Skuas of No. 803 Sq. (HMS Ark Royal) in Bogen area. Badly damaged, they made a force landing at Tepkilen. The crew attempted to get to Sweden, but were captured on 15 May, 1940. Remaining crew (POW): Hptm Joachim Fehling, Ofw Wilhelm Kuppers, Uffz Herbert Peukert and Uffz Hans Brettschneider. In addition, there were 12 passengers of 3 Komp, GJR-138, all unhurt but the pilot (Flyvrak Norway).
2725 Wittgen, HansUffz29/ZG-26Me 410
EK 1 & 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
One known victory, a B-17 on 8 March, 1944, no location. A 2nd B-17, same day, by Magdeburg.
2726 Wittig, HansOfw4/KG-77Ju 88A-4/B
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/19/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
2727 Wittland, HansFw12/LG-1 (Africa)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 8617 "L1 + EW" (lost 5/26/42)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew near Bir el Hanassia 26 May, 1942, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List).
2728 Wittmer, HeinrichObstlt2/28/1910Bordeaux7(K)/LG-1 (11/38), Stfkpt 8/KG-55 ( 8/40), Kdr III/KG-55 (10/40), Numerous Staff Positions as Oberst aft 2/43Ju 88, He 111H "G1 + AS" (dam 7/28/41; AA fire, belly land, no injuries) RK(11/12/41)
EP( end June 1941)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp in Gold
His crew on 28 July, 1941: Ofw Hans Achatz, Obs; StbsFw Schmidt, R/O; Uffz Konrad Knössl, Flt Engr; Gefr Nitschke, Gnr.. 184 combat missions. Deceased 27 June, 1992, Neuhaus. Kaiser RK book.
2729 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.
2730 Witzke, HansLt9/1/192324/NJG-1Do 217N Werk # 1464 "G9 + EM" (lost)
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIC 30/31 August, 1943 at Veulen, 15 km SE of the St Trond airfield, cause unknown (Bolten). Buried Lommel Be., Block 21/217 (Rosseels). One known victory, a B-17 near Montzen, SW of Aachen, on 17 August, 1943. A 2nd, a Halifax 5 km W of Tongeren on 23 August, 1943.
Lommel, Belgium
2731 Witzleb, Hans JoachimOblt7I/NJG-3, 7/NJG-1Bf 110, Ju 88
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
Magnus Report. Bolten 6 victories.
2732 Wobst, HansUffz6/16/1921Leer6/JG-53 (Padua 9/43, Eschborn 4/44)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 110360 "White 2" (lost 4/13/44)Fighter Operational ClaspKilled on 13 April, 1944 while on an intercept mission against B-17s and P-51s, crashing in a forest area near Kirrlach. Source: Klaus Deschner & Bf 109 Loss List. Another source suggests he crashed after combat with a P-47 of 354FG. Buried Bruchsal. Added: VBK (Volksbund.de) states his burial in the Military Cem. in Geestemünde, Row 142, place of death, Bruchsal. From his logbook, this was an 'Alarmstart' (scramble) on his 12th combat mission, his second of the day. His first combat mission was against B-24s w/o fighter contact on 30 January, 1944, lasting 2 hrs & 9 mins. Logbook detail and photos courtesy of Karla Kirchner (Hans' fiancée) via Carol Peak and her Father, Jack C. Bolton.

2733 Wöhlbier, Hans F.LtSG unit (S.U. 43-45)Ju 87D, Fw 190F-8
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/1/44)

EK 1 & 2
Assault Operational Clasp w/"400" hanger
405 Combat missions.
2734 Wojan, PaulUffz 1(F)/121 (2/43 Tunisia; 11/43 Channel) Ju 88D-1 Werk # 1361 (lost 2/26/43, inj in crash landing at Gabes FP), Ju 88D-1 Werk # 430652 "7A + CH" (lost 11/15/43) Wound Badge
Observer Operational Clasp
MIA 15 November, 1943; Shot down by flak on a night mission over southeast England. His Ju 88 crashed into the North Sea, west of Schouwen Holland (DeSwart). Mosquitos were also active this night. Remaining crew: Lt Werner Illmann, Obs, buried Ysselsteyn BB-11-268; Ogefr Hans Kampe, R/O (MIA) and Ogefr Adolf Judas, Gunner (MIA) Wings to Victory
Ysselstein, Holland
2735 Wolf, AlbinOblt10/28/1920Neuhaus, Oberfranken1442/JG-1 (9/42), 6/JG-54 (8/42 S.U.), Stfkpt 6/JG-54Bf 109F-4 in 2/JG-1, Fw 190A-6 Wk# 531087 "Yel 4" (dam 12/29/43), Fw 190A-6 Wk# 551142 "Yel 4" (lost 4/2/44) RK(11/22/43)-EL(4/25/44 Post.)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/10/44)
EP(4/30/43)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 2 April, 1944, in Werk# 551142, by a direct hit from AA fire while engaging a Yak 9 near Pleskau Russia. Wounded 29 December, 1943 in "Yellow 4", the AC damage and combat location unknown. For some time, he was the wingman of Hans Beisswenger. All his victories were in the East. His first know Soviet victory, an Il-2 on 6 August, 1942. A Yak-1 on 23 August, 1942. A P-2 on 5 September, 1942. An Il-2 on 30 September, 1942. A Soviet P-39 on 29 December, 1942. A LaGG-3 and an Il-2 on 30 December, 1942. An Il-2 on 14 January, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 11 February, 1943. Two Il-2s and a LaGG-5 on 5 March, 1943. A LaGG-3 on 18 June, 1943. A Yak-7, a Pe-2 and an Il-2 on 13 July, 1943. Three Yak-7s and an Il-2 on 2 August, 1943. Three La-5s and two Yak-9s on 6 November, 1943. Two La-5s and an Il-2 on 15 January, 1944. Three Yak-9s on 19 March, 1944. He scored the 500th victory for 6 Staffel/JG-54. His 135th, JG-54s 7000th victory, a Yak-1 on 23 March, 1944. His last victory, the day he was KIA, a Yak-9 at Pleskau on 2 April, 1944. Photo
Early 1942 Jever
2736 Wolf, HansHptm7/24/19174/ZG-76 (Athens 6/41), 2/ZG-76 (12/43), Stfkpt 5/JG-4 (2/44), Kdr II/JG-4 (4/45)Bf 110, Fw 190ADestroyer/Fighter Operational ClaspCelebrated his 100th combat mission while serving in ZG-76 in the Winter of 1942-43.
2737 Wolf, HansLtIV/KG-30 (12/42 Aalborg)Ju 88A-5 Werk # Unk (dam 12/31/42)Wound Badge, Bomber Operational ClaspBrekken identified pilot. Added: Injured in a crash on 31 December, 1942 at Aalborg West (LOCS).
2738 Wolf, HansOblt7/24/1917Stab/StG-1 (S.U.)Bf 110E, Bf 110D-3 Werk # 4371 (lost 5/7/42)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/31/43)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Destroyer Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List. WIA with unnamed crew 7 May, 1942 after enemy fighter attack near Vereskovo. Bf 110 Loss List
2739 Wolf, HansUffz2/JG-4 (Italy)Bf 109G (lost 1/14/44)Fighter Operational ClaspKIC 14 January, 1944; mid-air collision at Piedimonte, no further detail. JG-4 Report.
2740 Wolf, HansUffz5/KG-30 (Med)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 822190 "4D + FN" (lost 9/12/43)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA with unnamed crew north of Ischia 12 September, 1943 when attacked by a night fighter (Ju 88 Loss List).
2741 Wölfert, Klaus Hans?LtII/JG-26 (joins 7/43), 7/JG-26Fw 190A-6 Werk # 530927 "Brown 12" (lost 10/20/43)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 20 October, 1943 in aerial combat with a P-47 of the 78th FG over Monschau-Eifel. He bailed out at high altitude and froze to death in his chute. His Given Name also reported as Hans.
2742 Wolff, Franz GeorgUffz8/KG-30 (Aalborg Denmark)Ju 88A-1 "4D + IS" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 20 August, 1940 after repeated attacks by 3 Hurricanes of RAF (Polish) No. 302 Sq.. When Wolff realized he was too low to bail, with the starboard engine disabled and the port engine and the cockpit on fire, he made a force landing on the main road alongside Westlands Plantation, at Ottringham, near Hull. Remaining crew: Fw Hugo Keller, Observer (POW), Uffz Wilhelm Rautenberg, rear gunner (KIA) and Uffz Werner Hans Kruczinski, wireless operator (KIA). Kruczinski and Rautenberg were wounded during the attacks. Wolff, Keller and Kruczinski managed to clear the fiery wreck. Rautenberg had fallen clear of the wreckage before it came to rest, badly injured. He and Kruczinski died of their wounds at the Hull Infirmary on 21 and 22 August, respectively, and were buried in the German Military Cemetery at Cannock Chase, Staffordshire.
Cannock Chase
2743 Wolff, HansMaj4/7/1912Salzkotten BürenAuf.Kl.Gr.14 (Münster), Stfkpt 1(F)/124 (Wiener-Neustadt), Kdr LKS 11, Kdr 4(F)/123 (Norway, 1940), Para Regt 30Ju 88A, He 111H, Fw 189A RK(1/12/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Observer Operational Clasp
WIA 28 April, 1945 during combat over St.Pölten with the 30th Fallschirm Regt.. Service over England and France; in Norway, Denmark and Russia; then Reich Defense. Deceased 5 May, 2003 in Hannover.
2744 Wolff, HansOblt6/KG-2 (5/40 Ober-Olm; 8/42 Eindhoven)Do 17Z "U5 + ??" (15% dam 5/27/40), Do 17 (lost 7/4/40), Do 217E-4 Werk # 1152 "U5 + LP" (lost 8/22/42)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(12/3/42 in absentia)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp in Gold
POW 22 August, 1942; shot down at Worlingsworth Suffolk by a Mosquito of No 157 Sq., piloted by W/C Slade. Remaining crew (POW): Obs Uffz Eduard Niesser; R/O Uffz Willi Schlegel and Engr Uffz Anton Mang. His Do 17 damaged 27 May, 1940 making an emergency landing at Giessen due to fuel shortage after a mission to Dunkirk, no injuries reported. A 2nd emergency at St Omer airfield on 4 July, 1940, attacked by Hurricanes, wounding two and damaging the ac. Observer Oblt Dörwaldt and R/O Uffz Krehl the wounded crew members, Wolff was an Ofw at the time. 154 missions. DK-G Awards List
2745 Wolff, JürgenLt3/26/1920Kolberg9/KG-1Ju 88A-5 Werk # 3223 (lost 11/28/40)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 28 November, 1940 when his ac crashed on an operational flight, at Bihucourt, Pas-de-Calais, France, cause unknown. Remaining crew (KIA, bur Ger War Cem. at Bourdon, Blk 4, Row 17): Uffz Alfons Baueregger, Obs (bur Gr 648); Uffz Richard Schwarz, R/O (bur Gr 650) and Uffz Hans Girod, Gnr (bur Gr 649). Pilot Lt Wolff buried in Gr 657 (D.Drury).
2746 Wölki, HansUffz7/KG-3 (Germany)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 1355 (lost 11/17/43)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA with unnamed crew northwest of Münster 17 November, 1943; killed by return fire from enemy aircraft (Ju 88 Loss List).
2747 Wolschinski, Eugen (Eusebius?)Fw5Erg/JGr-West (France 5/42), 6/JG-1Bf 109F-2 Werk # 9155 (lost 5/18/42), Fw 190A-4 Werk # 605 "Yellow 1" (30% dam 4/23/43), Fw 190A-5 Werk # 157337 (lost 10/4/43)EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 4 October, 1943 during aerial combat in the Ahrweiler area. No known grave (Geensen). Injured in a crash near Bourdeaux on 18 May, 1942, no cause reported (Bf 109 Loss List). Uninjured in a crash landing at Woensdrecht on 23 April, 1943 due to a servicing error. One known victory, his 1st, a B-17 on 6 December, 1942 flying with Ofw (later Major) Hans Ehlers. His 2nd, a Spitfire 40 km northwest of Schouwen on 18 March, 1943. A 3rd, a B-17 (e.V.) on 25 July, 1943. A 4th, a B-17 (e.V.) at Reckbergen, 5 km NE of Rintelen on 26 July, 1943. A 5th, a B-17 at Hildesheim on 28 July, 1943.
2748 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).
2749 Wolters, HansOgefrHis Pilot Qualification (Flugzeugführer) Document, dated 24 December, 1942, found for sale online.
2750 Wörner, ErnstOblt10/29/1916Köln1 2/ZG-26 (7/41 Bziszna, S.U.), 1/NJG-1 (3/42), Stfkpt 2/ZG-101 (3/43 to 1944), Ep.Kdo.262 (5/44), Stfkpt 10(Erg)/JG-2 (11/44 - 1/45), 9/JG-7 (1/45 - 3/45) Bf 110C, Bf 110E-1 Werk # Unk "3U + GK" (lost 7/7/41), Bf 110E-3 Werk # 4335 "3U + CM" (lost 7/8/41) in 2/ZG-26, Me 262 V5 Werk # Unk "VI + AB" (lost 5/19/44), Me 262A-1a Werk # Unk "Yellow ??" (lost 3/24/45)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/19/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Destroyer
Night & Day Fighter Operational Clasps
Uninjured 7 July, 1941 when he crashed his E-1 in the Bziszna vicinity. Uninjured 8 July, 1941 when he went MIA briefly with unnamed crew after aerial combat at Volyniec in his E-3, pilot returned (Bf 110 Loss List). He was injured when his Me 262 V5 crashed at Lechfeld due to engine trouble. He bailed with wounds from his Me 262A-1a over Northheim after combat with American fighters in the Dessau vicinity (LOCS & C.Sundin). Two other experienced pilots from JG-7 were sd this same day; Oblt Kelp and Lt Amos. One known victory, a B-17 (HSS) S of Berlin on 24 March, 1945. Wörner was one of three Messerschmidt Experimental Test pilots (with Oblt Ernst Tesch and Uffz Hans Flachs).
2751 Worthmann, Heinz HansUffzII/JG-26 (joins 5/44), 8/JG-26Fw 190A-8 Werk # 170730 "Blue 8" (lost)Fighter Operational Clasp in BronzeKIA 17 June, 1944 during aerial combat in "Blue 8" with Allied fighters SW of Caen.
2752 Wowereit, WilhelmFw8/KG-30 (Gilze-Rijen, Holland)Ju 88A-1 Werk # 7089 "4D + TS" (lost 11/1/40)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 1 November, 1940 when the Ju 88 crashed into the hillside at Glaisdale Head, 13 miles west of Whitby, enroute to bomb the Linton-on-Ouse airfield. The AC burst into flames on impact. The cause has not been determined, but misty conditions did exist this evening. Remaining crew (all KIA): Ofw Hans Schulte-Mäter, Observer, Uffz Alfred Rodermond, wireless operator and Uffz Gerhard Pohling (geb. 12/20/1914), gunner. All four crew members were buried with full military honors at Acklam Road Cemetery, where they still lie.
2753 Wühle, HansOblt1/KG(J)-6Bf 109G-6 Werk # 782167 "Red 13" (lost 1/2/45)Fighter Operational ClaspKIC 2 January, 1945, making an emergency landing in the vicinity of Beneschau, Cz. (F.Braun).
2754 Wülfers, HansFw12/16/19175Erg/JG-54, II/JG-54, 8/JG-54 (8/42 S.U.), III/JG-54 (5/43 Reich Def)Bf 109F-4s; #s 13093 & 13099, G-4 #16116 "Blk 7", G-6 # 20554 "Blk 1" (lost 12/22/43)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 22 December, 1943 in Werk# 20554 "NL+WR" over Herzlake near Quakenbrück. Prior, rammed 5/15/42 in his F-4/R1 Wk# 13093 by an F-4 Wk# 13109 over the Siwerskaja airfield. Downed 6/1/42 in Wk# 13099 over Siwerskaja S.U. airfield. Shot down with wounds on 5/19/43 in Wk# 16116 "CD+WL" over Kiel-Holtenau. One known Soviet victory, an Il-2 on 30 August, 1942. A 2nd Soviet, an I-16 Rata on 1 September, 1942. Three known western victories; a P-47 at Haarlem-Ijmuiden and another P-47 off Ijmuiden on 29 July, 1943. A 3rd, a B-24 10 km W of Quackenbrück on 22 December, 1943, the day he died.
2755 Wulff, Hans HerbertOblt26(J)/TrGr-186 (5/40), Stab I/JG-3Bf 109E EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a Hudson on 19 May, 1940 while in TrGr-186. A 2nd, a Hurricane northwest of St. Omer, 5 Feb., 1941.
2756 Wulff, Hans PeterLt2/22/19231 KG-53 (Russia), ZG-26 (6/44 Königsberg), 8/JG-6 (12/44 Quakenbrück) He 111 in KG-53, Me 410 in ZG-26, Fw 190A-9 Werk # 960224 "Blue 4" (lost 1/1/45) in JG-6 EK 2
Glider Badge
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 1 January, 1945 by the British. Unable to locate Volkel airfield, he selected highway transport to strafe, but was hit by a British Tempests of RNZAF No 486 Sq., piloted by Sq Ldr "Spike" Umbers(KIA 2/14/45). He shot down one Spitfire before he was hit by the New Zealander and forced to bail out with injuries, and be captured 24 miles east of Eindhoven, at Rouwkuilenweg, Venray. Peter was released from captivity in 1948 and settled in Wales. He died suddenly on 2 June, 1997, at age 74, while on a pilgrimage to St Petersburg Russia.
2757 Wüllenweber, EkkehardLt7/KG-27He 111H-5 Werk # 2513 "1G + BR" (lost 5/7/41)Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp
WIA 7 May, 1941; sd by a Beaufighter of No. 600 Sq., piloted by S/Ldr Pritchard. The ac came down at Oborne, near Sherborne, Dorset. Pilot bailed safely with wounds; the crew did not survive. Remaining crew (KIA): Fw Emil Ebert, Obs; Uffz Theo Kowolik, R/O and Fw Hans Ottlik, Mech. The crew buried in CC, Plot 7, Row 5, Graves 123 to 125 (D. Drury).
Cannock Chase
2758 Wunder, HansUffz6/JG-51 (Med)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 16341 "Yellow 7" (lost 4/15/43)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 15 April, 1943, cause and location not reported, pilot returned with wounds.
2759 Wunder, HansFw9/JG-52 (Austria)Bf 109G-14 Werk # 511487 "White 11" (lost 2/8/45)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 8 February, 1945, cause unknown, location not reported.
2760 Wunderlich, HansGefr7/22/1925Neusorg, Bav. 1/JG-102 (most likely @ Aalborg Ost) Bf 109G-6 (most likely) Werk # 165196 (or165096) (lost 10/10/44) Pilot Badge KIC 10 October, 1944: crashed in a marsh at Birkelse Denmark, reason unknown. His remains and the ac were excavated in 2014 after being discovered by a Danish schoolboy, Daniel Kristiansen. Source: Newspaper article via Stefan Youngs. Added: Unit, Werk # and burial detail at Ger War Cem Aalborg, Denmark, Blk 42, Row 4, Gr 184, by D.Drury.
2761 Wunderlich, HansOfw1/NAGr-12 (Reich Def Ost)Bf 109G-8 Werk # 200699 (lost 2/20/45)Night Observer Operational ClaspKIC 20 February, 1945; overturned on landing at the Agram/Pleso airfield.
2762 Wünsche, HeinzGefr11/KG-30 (Aalborg De.)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 1066 "4D + KV" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 27 November, 1943 during a training exercise, when it was seen approaching from the east and hit some trees in the hills 3 km south of Gravlev Denmark. It crashed to the ground and was engulfed in flames, killing the crew of four. Remaining Crew (KIC): Ogefr Otto Amme, Obs; Gefr Herbert Schelling, R/O and Gefr Hans Wegner, Mech. All were buried in the Frederikshavn Cemetery on 3 December, 1943. Source: Air War over Denmark.
2763 Wurm, HansLt 3/JG-2 (6/43), 9/JG-2 (7/44) Fw 190A-4 Werk # 2296 (90% dam 6/30/43), Fw 190A-8 Werk# 731022 in 3 Staffel, Bf 109G in 9 Staffel Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 16 July, 1944; Aerial combat near Caen. Mombeek MIA List. Injured in a force landing at Cabourg 30 June, 1943, due to a technical failure.
2764 Würschinger, HansFw16/JG-27 (7/42), 4/JG-27 (Africa)Bf 109F-4 (Trop) Werk # 7404 "Yellow 4" (lost 7/6/42), Bf 109F-4 Trop Werk # 8598 "White 9 + -" (lost EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 9 October, 1942 during a strafing mission against Daba and Fuka airfields. He was shot down by flak hits on his radiator, over the sea, and killed. One known victory, a Hurricane II south of Bir-el-Mukheisin N. Africa on 21 July, 1942. Würschinger had one Bf 109F written off, after making a force landing on 6 July, 1942, after his AC was hit in the cooling system by a P-40 of RCAF No. 260 Sq., piloted by F/Sgt James F. Edwards.
2765 Wurst, MoritzOfw3/KG-4 (12/40 Eindhoven) He 111H-4 Werk # 3229 "5J + ?L" (lost 12/5/40) Bomber Operational Clasp His He 111 crashed at Amersfoort Holland the night of 4/5 December, 1940, cause and pilot/crew disposition unknown. (DeSwart). Added: Remaining crew (KIA): Oblt Joachim Post, Obs; Uffz Hans Kronawetter, R/O and Uffz Heinz Klinkert, Gnr.. All buried at Ysselsteyn, CW/8: Wurst Gr 191; Post Gr 193; Kronawetter Gr 189 and Klinkert Gr187 (D.Drury).
2766 Wurth, FriedrichFw3/KG-51Ju 88A-1 Werk # 4008 "9K + EL" (lost 5/14/40)Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 14 May, 1940 after being shot down at Preigney by French fighters of GC III/6. Remaining crew (POW); Fw Richard Buck, Obs; Uffz Hans Seidel, Mech and Uffz Gottfried Pfeuffer, R/O. Source: French Report provided by Friedrich Braun.
2767 Wüstholz, Hans LudwigLt4/9/19144/Aufkl.Gr. Ob.d.L.Ju 88 Werk # 0672 "K9 + WH" (lost 1/31/42)Observer Operational ClaspMIA with his entire crew 31 January, 1942, while on a reconnaissance mission covering Baku, Azerbaijan, cause unknown. Remaining crew: Oblt Ernst Ottmann, Obs; the R/O name unknown, and Ofw A.Erdmann, Flt Engr. The VDK confirms the pilot is MIA and commemorated in the memorial book at Kirowograd-Sammelfriedhof, Ukraine (D.Drury).
2768 Wyschka, HansUffz2/JG-2Fw 190D-9 Werk # 210244 "Black 8" (lost 1/1/45)Fighter Operational ClaspPOW 1 January, 1945 after being shot down near Eupen during Operation Bodenplatte. I believe this may be Uffz Wyssola (just a hunch!)
2769 Wyssola, HansUffz3/1/19222/JG-2 (Merzhausen)Fw 190A-8, Fw 190D-9 Werk # 210244 "Black 8" (lost 1/1/45)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 1 January, 1945 after being hit and wounded by AA fire over the St. Trond airfield. He bailed out and was captured in Eupen Belgium.
2770 Yahle, HansUffzII/JG-5Bf 109G-2 Werk # 13618 (30% dam)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIC (injured) 28 August, 1943; non-operational landing accident at Petsamo Norway airfield, cause unknown. Source: SIG Norway.
2771 Ypsenbäuer, HansLtIV/KG-26 (Germany)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 1444 "??" (lost 9/7/43)Bomber Operational ClaspKIFA with unnamed crew 7 September, 1943; crashed after flying into the ground near Drengfurt (Ju 88 Loss List).
2772 Zacher, HansFw73/JG-51 (3/44 S.U.)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 413858 "Brown 1" (lost 10/17/44)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 17 October, 1944 at Ebenrode* (Magnus & H. Breuer). His first known victory, a Soviet Yak-7 on 26 March, 1944. A 2nd, a Pe-2 on 2 May, 1944. A 3rd, a Pe-2 on 2 June, 1944. A 4th, a Yak-7 on 25 June, 1944. A 5th, an Il-2 (m.H.) on 20 August, 1944. A 6th, a Yak-7 on 21 August, 1944. A 7th, an Il-2 on 25 August, 1944. Added: There is a Hans Zacher shown in the VDK Record, however there is no rank, and the death date is stated a 1 October, 1944. The location, Königsberg, is a location match, and zacher is listed as MIA (D.Drury). *Today, Ebenrode is named Nesterov, and is located in the Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia.
2773 Zandt, Hans RichardObltKG unitJu 88A, He 111H
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/1/44)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
2774 Zanjonz, Hans WernerLt5/27/1923Löwenberg19/JG-2 (Channel) Fw 190A-5 Werk # 155851 "<< + I" (lost 6/28/43)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 28 June, 1943 during aerial combat at Kergallie. He was flying Kdr Mayers AC this date. One known victory, a B-17 near St. Nazaire on 29 May, 1943. Added: Burial at Mont de Huisnes, Vault 2, Grave 176 (absa3945). Alternate spelling: Zajons or Zajonz.
2775 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.
2776 Zarm, HansUffz11/JG-301Fw 190A Werk # 202375 (lost 11/27/44)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 27 November, 1944 during aerial combat near Wetteborn with US fighters (Boiten). One known victory, a "4 mot" 6 km W of St Leu d Esserent (Orleans) on 5 July, 1944. Boiten 2 victories. Alternate spelling: Zaren (A. Rosseels).
2777 Zauner, FranzMaj9/4/1916Hallein, Salzburger Land6/KG-54 (9/41), Stfkpt 6/KG-54 (12/41), Stfkpt 10/KG-54 ( 10/42), Kdr III/KG-54 (4/43 Med-9/44), Kdr III/KG-76 (2/45)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 141242 "B3 + GD" (lost 6/12/43 Med),Me 262A in III/KG-54 in 44 RK(2/5/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(11/7/42)
EP(5/25/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp in Gold
Injured in a crash with R/O Uffz Hans Joachim Hogrefe 12 June, 1943; crashed into the sea near Pantelleria due to engine failure. The two remaining crew, Ofw Franz Müller, Obs and Fw Herbert Ebert, Gnr., went (MIA). 212 combat missions. Deceased 29 July, 2008, Munich (Kaiser RK book).
2778 Zech, GerhardUffz 4/25/1920 Nürnberg4/NJG-6 Bf 110G-4 Werk # 720052 "2Z + GM" (lost 4/25/44) Night Fighter Operational Clasp Pilot and crew reported killed 25 April, 1945 by Hof im Westerwald for unknown reason, buried Hamm. Remaining crew: R/O Uffz Hans Weyerstrass (2/21/1922 Neuss), bur Gravenbroich- Elsen-Allrath and Gnr Gefr Friedrich Henn (12/1/1924 Bendorf), bur Bendorf. NOTE: His birthdate per NJG-6 Loss List is reported as 2/29/1920.
2779 Zech, HansFw11/NJG-1 (3/42)Bf 110C-7 Werk # 3601 (lost 3/15/42) EK 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIC 15 March, 1942 at Bruxten Germany, NE of Venlo, after hitting hign tension wires immediately after takeoff from Venlo airfield (Boiten). Added: His R/O, Ogefr M.Brain, was also killed in the crash. Both are buried next to each other at Ijsselstein/Ysselsteyn, no detail (Andre Bergsma 12/2021). Added: Fw Zech buried L-10-240, Ogefr Braun buried L-10-241 (SGLO).
Ysselstein, Holland
2780 Zeche, HansObltStfkpt 9/KG-1 (S.U.)Ju 88A-5 Werk # 3241 "V4 + BT" (lost 12/19/41)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 19 December, 1941 at Schum, cause unknown. Source: A. Mebius.
2781 Zedlitz, Hans Freiherr vonOblt8(Lufttorpedostf)/KG-26 (Gardemoen)Ju 188A-3 Werk # 190317 "1H + HS" (dam 1/12/45)Bomber Operational ClaspPilot uninjured in a landing accident 12 January, 1945 2km NW of Sor Flatanger, W of Namos Norway due to fuel shortage (KG-26 Loss List).
2782 Zehbe, RobertOblt12/9/1913Kiel1/KG-76Do 17Z-2 Werk # 2361 "F1 + FH" (lost 9/15/40)Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp
Battle of Britain pilot WIA 15 September, 1940 over England and buried there. Wartime Grave outside of London, seen on Military Channel. Added: During a raid on London, he had already been damaged and on fire as a result of earlier combat. Hurricane pilot, Sgt Raymond Holmes, of No.504 Sq., rammed the Dornier when his guns jammed. The Dornier tail section separated, and the bomber crashed at Victoria Railway Station, Central London, near Buckingham Palace. Both Zehbe and Holmes bailed, but Zehbe died of his wounds later (You Tube News video). Added: He had been set onfire during combat with 4 to 6 Spitfires over London during a noontime raid. He crashed at Oval cricket grounds about a half mile from Buckingham Palace. This source suggests he was beaten by civilians, but a witness claims he had been wounded. He died of his wounds on 16 September, 1940, and was buried in the Brookwood Cem., Woking, Surrey (Luftwaffe Officer Career Summaries, spelled as Zehbe. His grave marker is clearly Zehbe). MORE: Zehbe buried Brookwood, 15/A/2. Remaining crew: Uffz Hans Goschenhofer, Obs (KIA); Ogefr Ludwig Armbruster, R/O (POW); Uffz Leo Hammermeister, Flt Engr (WIA & POW) and Uffz Gustav Hubel, Gnr (KIA). The two addition deceased crew buried CC; Goschenhofer 5/14/333 and Hubel 1/4/132 (D.Drury).


Zehbe's Dornier falls on Victoria Station, London

Cannock Chase
2783 Zeidler, HansOfw27/NJG-1 (5/44 Bergen) Bf 110G-4 Werk # 730096 "G9 + BR" (lost 5/22/44)
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIC 22 May, 1944; his G-4 crashed 2 km west of the Bergen Holland airfield, cause unknown (DeSwart & Boiten). Added: The crash killed all three crew, buried Ysselsteyn. Ofw Zeidler AR-1-15, R/O Uffz L.Vogel AR-1-14 and Gnr Ogefr A.Schmelzer AR-1-13 (SGLO). One known victory, a Lancaster at Chimay om 31 March, 1944. A Halifax at Rouvroy on 11 April, 1944.
Ysselstein, Holland
2784 Zellner, Johann HansOfw6/19/1918Rosenheim Oberbayern6/StG-77, 3/StG-77, 4/SG-151Ju 87D, Fw 190F-8 Werk # 586844 (lost 2/27/45) RK(7/20/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/31/43)

EK 1 & 2
Dive Bomber w/Pend & Bronze Assault Operational Clasps
KIFA 27 February, 1945 when his Fw 190 crashed at St Reitzenstein on a ferry flight from Finsterwalde to Ingolstadt, about 15 km northwest of Hof/Saale, burning on impact. 650 missions, 630 with the Ju 87.
2785 Zeluskowski, HansUffz5/KG-77 (Med)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 140282 "3Z + PC" (lost 4/17/43)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew 17 April, 1943, probably due to enemy fighters, location not reported (Ju 88 Loss List).
2786 Zepuntke, HansOblt15/JG-4Fw 190A "White 15" EK 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
His combat took place during the Ardennes Offensive and Bodenplatte, up to his last mission on 16 April, 1945, when he was shot down with wounds and suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns before bailing out. During this combat, he was credited with a P-51(w.b.) in the Küstrin area. The Perry Claims indicate his rank as "Uffz".
2787 Zettel, HansLt22/NJG-6 (3/44)Bf 110G-4 Werk # Unk "2Z + LK" (lost 4/25/44)
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
KIC 24/25 April, 1944 in a collision with trees on landing at Halle-Nietleben airfield (Boiten). One known victory, a Stirling at FF "Otto", Montabaur on 31 March, 1944. A "shared" Halifax during an attack on Düsseldorf on 23 April, 1944. The Halifax, Werk # MZ518 "LK-C" crashed at Eppinghoven, 2 km W of Dinslaken.
2788 Ziegler, Rudolf "Rudi"Oblt12/7/19166Stab I/JG-76 (9/39), 9/JG-54, Stab II/JG-54 (8/40 Channel)Bf 109E-4 Werk# 1643 "White 5" (lost 8/30/40)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 30 August, 1940 after colliding with a Bf 109E, Werk# 6072, flown by Oblt Hans Roth of 2/JG-54, over London/ Oxted Surrey. Both bailed safely from 20,000 feet. One known victory, his 1st, a Polish P-23, light bomber, at Klomnice on 3 September, 1939. On 14 May, 1940, he was shot down by F/O E.J. "Cobber" Kain of RAF No. 73 Sq.. He crashed into a field north of Sedan. His 2nd known victory, his 5th per the OKL Report, a Spitfire in the Dover-Canterbury area on 28 August, 1940. His 6th (per OKL), a Hurricane on 30 August, 1940, no location.
2789 Ziegler, WernerLt10/22/19192/LG-1 (4/41 Greece; 3/42 Africa)Ju 88A-5 Werk # 5235 "L1 + UK" (lost 4/20/41), Ju 88A-4 Trop Werk # 5548 "L1 + FK" (lost 3/5/42)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 5 March, 1942 at Fuka, three other unnamed crew MIA, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List). Shot down on 20 April, 1941 by RAF fighters, crew returned except for one KIA, who was unnamed. Ziegler an Ofhr at the time, was uninjured. Added: Shot down north of Karies Greece 20 April, 1941. Remaining crew this date: Gefr Heinrich Baumgartner, Obs (KIA, no known grave); Gefr Gerhard Baumann, R/O (WIA) and Uffz Hans Köppel, Gnr (WIA). Lt. Ziegler buried in the War Cem., El Alamein, in Crypt 4 (D.Drury).
2790 Ziegler, WilhelmFw11/KG-30 (Aalborg)Ju 88A-4 (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 10 January, 1944 when he collided with another Ju 88 over the dispersal area northwest of the Aalborg airfield during a training exercise. The AC crashed in a small forest southeast of Biersted Denmark, killing the crew of four. Remaining crew (KIC): Uffz Johann Uciechowski, Obs; Gefr Hans Möhlenberg, R/O and Gefr Dietrich Spannowski, Mech. All were buried in the Frederikshavn Cemetery on 14 January, 1944. Source: Air War over Denmark.
2791 Ziems, HansLtII/KG-2Do 217E-4 Werk # 4217 (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 31 December, 1942 north of the Avord airfield, cause unknown. Remaining crew (all KIC): Uffz Heinz Droese, Observer, Gefr Leopold Bachler, wireless operator and Uffz Gerhard Weber, gunner.
2792 Zierner, HansUffz6/SG-2Fw 190F-8 Werk # 580690 "Yellow 3" (lost 7/22/44)Wound Badge, Assault Operational ClaspWIA 22 July, 1944 when his ac was sd by P-38's near Buzau, Romania (D.Drury).
2793 Zimmermann, HansUffz9/25/192216/JG-53 (4/44), 8/JG-53 (12/44 Malmsheim)Bf 109G-14/AS Werk # 785613 "Blue 3 + -" (lost 12/23/44)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 23 December, 1944 in aerial combat with a P-47, piloted by Lt Wm. White of 50FG, 313FS, over Sasbach, near Rastatt. He was able to bail out, but his chute failed to open. One known victory, his 1st, a B-17 SSE of Darmstadt on 13 April, 1944. Buried Baiersbronn.
2794 Zimmermann, HansFhjFw18/JG-26Fw 190A-8 Werk # 170379 "Blue 7" (lost) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 17 June, 1944 during aerial combat in "Blue 7" with Allied fighters at Vire, SW of Bateux. His one victory, a P-51 of RAF No. 129 Sq. SE of Caen on 7 June, 1944.
2795 Zimmermann, HansOblt1/TG-3Ju 52
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(11/14/43)

EK 1 & 2
Transport Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
2796 Zimmermann, HansLt8/KG-77 (Med)Ju 88A-4 Werk # 140149 "3Z + ES" (lost 1/9/43)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA at Piacenza_Foggia 9 January, 1943, cause unknown, three other unnamed crew MIA (Ju 88 Loss List).
2797 Zimmermann, Hans JörgOblt18/JG-52 (5/40), Stfkpt 7/JG-52 (7/41)Bf 109E
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 1 September, 1941 in aerial combat with Soviet fighters. One known victory, his 1st, a Hawk-75A in the Reims/Epernay area, 3 June, 1940. The Magnus Report, 7 victories.
2798 Zimmermann, LeoOfw4/16/19155/NJG-4 Ju 88G-6 Werk # 621805 "3C + KN" (lost 3/4/45) Night Fighter Operational Clasp KIA with unnamed crew 4 March, 1945; AC destroyed during Operation Gisela at Metfield Airbase, Linstead Parva, Suffolk; flew into the ground during an attack on a B-24. Source: A. Rosseels & Ju 88 Loss List. Added: The entire crew buried at Cannock Chase, Plot 1, Row 8. Ofw Zimmermann, Gr 299. Remaining crew: Ofw Paul Vey, Gr 296; Uffz Hans Wende (geb 5/1/1922), Gr 298 and Uffz Heinz Paul Pitan (geb 12/10/1920), Gr 297 (D.Drury).
Cannock Chase
2799 Zinner, KurtOfw1/KG-53 He 111H-5 Werk # 3554 "A1 + CH" (lost 10/2/40) Bomber Operational Clasp POW 2 October, 1940 after his ac was sd by a Hurricane of No.151 Sq., piloted by P/O Irving S. Smith. The ac crashed into the sea off Chapel St Leonards, Lincolnshire. The ac came to rest close to shore, and the crew were able to swim in to be captured. Remaining crew (POW): Oblt Hans Seidel, Obs; Ofw Wilhelm Zickler, R/O; Ofw Valentin Weidner, Flt Engr and Uffz Adolf Kreuzer, Gnr (D.Drury).
2800 Zippert, HansUffz12/JG-27 (2/44 Skoplje)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 20230 "Yellow 9" (lost 2/4/44)Wound Badge, Fighter Operational ClaspSuffered severe injuries in a crash 15km SE of Skoplje on 4 February, 1944, due to engine failure (F.Braun).

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