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4801 Zweigart, Eugen LudwigOblt5/3/1914Saargemünd699/JG-54 (10/40; 7/43 Schiphol), 7/JG-54 (10/43), Stfkpt 8/JG-54 (3/44), Stab III/JG-54 (5/44)Bf 109F-2 "Yellow 2" (dam 35% 7/5/41), Bf 109F-2 #12943 (dam 35% 11/11/41), Bf 109G-6 "Yellow 5", Bf 109G-6 #15678 "Yellow 7"(WIA-aerial combat, lost 7/27/43),Fw 190A-8 # 170736 "Blk 3"(lost 6/8/44) RK(1/22/43)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold (11/30/42)
EP (10/26/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 8 June, 1944 in aerial combat with a P-51, in Werk# 170736 "Black 3", over Le Cambaux, France. Bailed successfully, but reportedly killed by P-51 pilot while hanging in his chute. Prior, 7/5/41 35% damage to an unidentified F-2 over Druja and on 11/11/41, 35% damage to Wk# 12943 over Sablino. In neither incident was there a pilot disposition. On 27 July, 1943 he was wounded by B-25 return fire in his G-6 "Yel 7" over the Schiphol Holland airfield. Bailed successfully. The G-6 crashed at Noorden, SW of Mijdrecht Holland (DeSwart). 15 victories in the West. His 1st, a Blenheim 25 km NE of De Kooi on 10 November, 1940. One bomber (another source says 10 bombers). His 1st known Soviet victory, an I-153 on 22 June, 1941. An I-18 on 11 September, 1941. An Il-2 on 30 September, 1941. An I-26 on 5 November, 1941. An I-18 on 1 December, 1941. An Il-2 and an I-26 on 9 February, 1942. A Pe-2 on 4 April, 1942. A MiG-3 on 30 July, 1942. Two Soviet P-40s on 13 August, 1942. Two P-40s on 3 Sept, 1942. Two Yak-1s and two La-5s in the Kiev area on 29 Dec, 1942. Alternate spelling: Zweigert (DeSwart).

L-R: Wilhelm Schilling - Zweigart 1942
4802 Zweng, WilhelmFw11/26/1915Pfronten (Bav)1(H)/14 (2/40), 7(H)/32 ('43)Hs 126, Fw 189A
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(4/17/43)

EK 1 & 2
EP (11/2/42), Observer Operational Clasp
The VDK reports the Fw had died on 17, August, 1944, near Papile, Lithuania, circumstances unknown. He has not yet been transferred to a VDK cemetery. He is believed still buried at Papile. DK-G Awards List & D.Drury
4803 Zwernemann, JosefOblt3/26/1916Kirchworbis Thüringen1267/JG-52 (7/40), 3/JG-77, 2/JG-11, Stfkpt 1/JG-11 (2/44)Bf 109E(7/JG-52), Fw 190A-7 Wk# 07169 "Black 1"(2/JG-11), Fw 190A-7 Wk# 431164 (lost 4/8/44) RK(6/23/42)-EL(10/31/42)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(5/25/42)

EK 1 & 2
Ftr Oper.Clasp w/Pend
KIA 8 April, 1944. Shot down by Mustangs at Anrewitz, west of Gardelegen, Germany. Werk# 431164 "White 11". Reportedly shot in his chute. Werk # 07169 was shared with Alwin Doppler. Approximately 600 combat missions. 20 victories in the West. His 1st western victory, a Spitfire NE of Margate on 24 July, 1940. His first known Soviet victory, a Yak-1 on 26 August, 1942. Three Yak-1s on 31 August, 1942, one of many multiple victories. Another multiple, three LaGG-3s on 8 September, 1942. Three Il-2s on 13 September, 1942. Six victories on 22 September, 1942; two Yak-1s and four LaGG-3s. A Yak-1 and three LaGG-3s on 19 October, 1942. Three Lagg-3s, an Il-2 and an I-16 Rata on 29 November, 1942. He downed the famous Russian Ace, Lt Dimitry Glinka of 45 IAP, on 15 April, 1943, in a P-39. Victory 118 was a P-38 in the Hannover-Braunschweig area on 10 February, 1944. His 125th victory, a B-24 at Uelzen on 8 April, 1944. His 126th, a P-51 at Salzwedel, same day, and the day of his death. Photo

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Zwernemann was killed in combat with Mustangs near Gardelegen on 4/8/44. At the time of his death he was StaffelKapitan of I./JG11 (Youngs).

4804 Zwesken, Rudi "Bulle"Ofw8/13/1919Marschendorf Mähren521/JG-52 (1/44 S.U.), 2 (Lobnitz), 5 & 6(Sturm)/JG-300 (6/44 -1/45 Schönfeld)Bf 109G, Fw 190A RK(3/21/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(44)

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
Total number of victories unknown, presumably 27 in the East and 25 in the West, including numerous four engine bombers, several rammed. One known victory, a B-17 at Oranienburg on 21 June, 1944. A 2nd known, a B-24 (e.V.) near Tulln on 26 June, 1944. A B-24 in the Magdeburg area on 7 July, 1944. A P-38 S of Munich on 19 July, 1944. Two P-38s on 22 August, 1944; one at the Bakony Forest, the other at Mor. A B-24 over Austria on 22 August, 1944. A B-24 at Neuhaus/Böhmen (Bohemia?) on 24 August, 1944. A B-17 at Brünn on 29 August, 1944. A B-17 NE of Eberswalde on 12 September, 1944. Two 15th AAF B-24 Js on 17 December, 1944; "Ten Men Bak" # 42-51324 of 461 BG, 764 BS, piloted by 2/Lt Kenneth B. Smith and "Little Joe" #42-50934 of 484BG, 824BS, piloted by 1/Lt Charles A. Himmler; one at Kremsier, the other at Olmütz. A P-51 near Schwalmstedt on 24 December, 1944. A B-17 on 14 January, 1945. Reported to have commited suicide in Bitterfeld,Saxonia, in 1947.
4805 Claussen, ErnstOfhr8/SG-2 Ju 87D-3 Werk # 131126 "T6 + GS" (lost 8/15/44) Ground Assault Operational Clasp MIA 15 August, 1944 after a mid-air collidision with another squadron ac near Karulaane (or Käru in Lääne-Viru County, Estonia). The other ac piloted by Ofhr Joachim Erdmann (MIA). Ofhr Claussen was seen bailing, but went missing. His R/O, Uffz Gerhard Zimdars, also bailed with injuries (D.Drury).
4806 Erdmann, JoachimOfhr8/SG-2 Ju 87D-3 Werk # 141589 "T6 + JS" (lost 8/15/44) Ground Assault Operational Clasp MIA 15 August, 1944 after a mid-air collision with another squadron ac, piloted by Ofhr Ernst Claussen (MIA), at Karulaane (or Käru in Lääne-Viru County, Estonia. His R/O, Uffz Johann Leineweber also missing (D.Drury).
4807 Varnbüler, Axel Karl Heinrich Eberhard von und zu Hemmingen Ofhr2/20/1924Dresden9/SG-2 Ju 87D-5 Werk # 140798 "T6 + CT" (lost 8/19/44) Ground Assault Operational Clasp KIA with his R/O, Uffz Helmut Hiller, 19 August, 1944, when his ac was sd by AA fire near Ergli, Latvia. Neither of their remains could be recovered by the VDK for transfer to a military cemetery, but they are commemorated in the memorial book at Riga Beberbeki, Latvia (D.Drury). Alternate spelling: Varnbühler.
4808 Gleisberg, HorstFhjUffz7/SG-2 Ju 87D-5 Werk # 130970 "T6 + MR" (lost 8/1/44) Ground Assault Operational Clasp KIA with his R/O-Gnr, Gefr Julius Gross, 1 August, 1944, when their ac was hit by AA Fire near Gumbinnen, Königsberg, East Prussia. Only the name of Gefr Gross can be found on VDK. He has not yet been transferred to a Military Cem.. However, there is understood to exist, a grave at Chernyakhovsk, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia (D.Drury).
4809 Treurer, FritzUffz9/SG-2Ju 87D-5 Werk # 141374 "T6 + OT" (dam 8/1/44)Wound Badge, Ground Assault Operational ClaspWIA 1 August, 1944 during aerial combat with fighters, and made an emergency landing east of Ebenrode, E. Prussia (today Nesterov, Russia). No mention of his R/O-Gnr (D.Drury).
4810 Humpke, OttoUffz10(Pz)/SG-2 Ju 87G-2 Werk # 131174 "T6 + BU" (dam 8/5/44) Wound Badge, Dive Bomber Operational Clasp WIA with his R/O-Gnr, Uffz Walter Alsen, 5 August, 1944, while engaged in aerial combat. He made an emergency landing, locaton unknown (D.Drury).
4811 Tränkner, HermannOfhr7/SG-2 Ju 87D-5 Werk # 141491 "T6 + AR" (lost 8/5/42) Groud Attack Operational Clasp MIA 5 August, 1944 when his ac made an emergency landing near Wilkowoski/Ostpr. following combat with fighters. His R/O-Gnr, Uffz Josef Albrecht was killed. His remains have not been transferred to a military cemetery, but a grave is understood to exist at Vilkaviskis, Lithuania, formerly Wilkowoski. He is commemorated in the War Cem. at Kaunas, Lithuania (D.Drury).
4812 Käfer, FranzLt15/JG-3Fw 190A-8/R2 Werk # Unk (lost 8/23/44)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 23 August, 1944 during aerial combat with U.S. 15th Air Force fighters in the vicinity of Trampen,during an attack on the Markersdorf airfield (Fliegerlynchjustiz by G.Hoffmann, p 206-21 via R.Snape).1
4813 Ebeling, AlfredFw1/SG-2 (Gorgenyaroszfalu, Hungary?) Fw 190G-3 Werk # 160913 "White G" (dam 8/8/44) Wound Badge, Ground Assault Operational Clasp Injured in a mid-air collision 8 August, 1944 with another Fw 190 piloted by Fw Helmut Köster. The collision took place near Reghin (Ger. Sächsisch-Regen), Mures Co., Hungary. Fw Ebeling managed to parachute clear, however, Fw Köster perished (D.Drury).

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