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Luftwaffe Victories by Name and Date

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This remarkable database is intended to complement data in the Kracker Archive (on this site) by providing a daily account of each Luftwaffe pilot's actions against his opponent(s). Using a number of primary and secondary sources, we attempt to list for each pilot, his victories in their date order, so far as this has been possible (records, however, are on many occasions not up to this task). One line thus covers one complete action and victory. Thus, for example, you can read across from a pilot's name to discover that he scored 65 victories in total and the line you are reading is the 38th victory he recorded.

This is a work-in-progress.
It is our first 'crowd-corrected' database. The number of errors contained in the raw data is higher than for other of our databases and as a consequence, we need your help in cleaning up the data: with over 600,000 data items in the database we simply can't do this on our own. Duplication errors were introduced when we consolidated data from several sometimes-overlapping sources, and there are the usual errors associated with wartime records. Despite this, the records contain information not commonly found elsewhere and hence merit publication. It's relatively easy to see when a pilot's record is duplicated: 2 victories on the same date and at the same time are obviously describing a single incident, even if one version has the pilot's first name and other might not, comparing other details will show it's the same person. Let us know please when you find any of these, or any other errors, by raising a ticket on the Helpdesk. Thanks in advance.

Bear in mind when cross-referencing Luftwaffe claims to our Allied Losses and Incidents Database that for consistency, Date of Death in the Allied Losses and Incidents Database is the date the mission was briefed since the precise time of a loss was not usually certain at the time. Take-off was usually later the same day as the briefing, though occasionally a delay meant take-off occurred after midnight and therefore strictly the 'next day'. Our date is always the briefing date. Obviously many missions flew through midnight, therefore a Luftwaffe claim against a plane - or a locally generated crash report - may record the incident as occurring on the day following our date. For example, a Luftwaffe claim for a shoot-down at 0345 on 4 April will correspond to a Loss in the Allied Losses and Incidents Database for 3 April. Times are from German records and are thus are LOCAL (not GMT)

Search on date (format YYYY-MM-DD) to show who recorded victories in that date. Search on 'YYYY-MM-DD AND LaGG-3' to show who claimed a LaGG-3 victory on that date. Search on '1944-06' to discover all recorded victories on all fronts for June 1944. To Search on name, try 'last name'. If this produces too many results, use 'last name AND first name', thus 'marseille AND hans-joachim'

There are numerous duplicate entries included owing to the number of sources employed. These are being removed as found.

In the Links column you may find Links back to the Kracker Archive or forward to an extended story about this pilot, or a reference to his action in one of our other Databases. Where links are not provided, you may search for the pilot's name in our Kracker Archive, or you may use the serial number of his victim to search for further information in our Allied Losses and Incidents Database.

The Luftwaffe employed a grid reference system for action locations, as is occasionally shown in the location column. An explanation of the complex system is provided. An external site provides a conversion facility (unfortunately not currently accessible) which allows you to see the exact location of an action.
In order to get the location correct you must first determine (by reference to other sources) the location at which the pilot was based for this victory. This will tell you the Zusatzzahlgebiet (largest square) in which he was operating. Select that in the 'Current “Zusatzzahlgebiet“ (the largest square of Luftwaffe Map)' for example select 15 O (for 15 degrees East of Greenwich Meridian). After you have done that, put the location grid shown in the database in the 'Change Planquat' box, and you will then see a map showing where the action took place.


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#Name (↑)First NamesRankVictoriesSequenceVictoryDate (↑)Victory TimeOpponentAirCraft (↑)UnitLocationNotesLinksPhoto
1 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35-1939-09-209:55Balloon6./JG 53 
2 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35-1939-09-30Battle

6./JG 53Unconfirmed
3 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35311941-04-1019:10Blenheim

II./JG 53E Southend
4 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35101940-06-077:05Bloch 151

6./JG 53E Compiegne
5 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)3531939-09-2512:20 Curtiss Hawk 75

6./JG 53S BienwaldListed as Curtiss
6 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35131940-08-1614:36Hurricane

6./JG 53 
7 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35141940-08-1614:37Hurricane

6./JG 53 
8 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35161940-09-0610:16Hurricane

6./JG 53 
9 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35181940-09-15-Hurricane

6./JG 53 
10 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35191940-10-0512:40Hurricane

6./JG 53 
11 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35221940-10-2016:25Hurricane

II./JG 53London
12 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35261940-11-1113:15Hurricane

II./JG 53 
13 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35281940-11-3015:25Hurricane

II./JG 53 
14 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35341941-05-1719:18Hurricane

II./JG 53Hurricane 71 Sqn, RAF flown by P/O Kolendorski
15 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35271940-11-1514:10Lysander

II./JG 53Lysander 4 Sqn, RAF flown by P/O Empson
16 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35331941-05-0412:53Lysander

II./JG 535km E Deal
17 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)3541940-03-3115:55Morane

6./JG 53SW Saargemünd Morane GC III/7, Armée de l’Air
18 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)3551940-03-3115:57Morane

6./JG 53SW SaargemündMorane of GC III/7, Armée de l’Air
19 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)3591940-05-2520:02Morane

6./JG 53 
20 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)3511938-11-06Polikarpov I-15

2. J/88Spain266th victory J/88
21 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)3571940-05-1212:00Potez 63

6./JG 53Luxembourg Po 63-11 (Nr 444) of GR I/22, Armée de l’Air, 3 POW
22 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)3581940-05-2111:14Potez 63

6./JG 53E MontmédyPo 63 (Nr 630) of GAO 518, Armée de l’Air, 1 killed
23 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35111940-08-0817:15Spitfire

6./JG 53S Swanage Spitfire 152 Sqn, RAF
24 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35121940-08-1318:45Spitfire

6./JG 53 
25 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35201940-10-118:55Spitfire

II./JG 53 
26 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35211940-10-1217:33Spitfire

II./JG 53 
27 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35241940-11-07-Spitfire

II./JG 53 
28 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35251940-11-0817:37Spitfire

II./JG 53 
29 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35291940-12-01-Spitfire

II./JG 53 
30 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35301941-03-1917:25Spitfire

II./JG 53Bexhill-Hailsham Spitfire II of 610 Sqn, RAF flown by Sgt Hale
31 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35321941-05-0317:03Spitfire

II./JG 53S Dungeness Spitfire 1 PRU, RAF flown by P/O Panton
32 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)3521938-12-28Tupolev SB-2

2. J/88Spain278th victory J/88
33 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35351941-06-22Tupolev SB-2

II./JG 53 
34 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)3561940-03-3120:00Wellington

6./JG 53Bad identification?
35 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35151940-09-05-6./JG 53 
36 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35171940-09-07-6./JG 53 
37 BretnützHeinz (Pietzsch)35231940-10-28-II./JG 53 

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