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1 Drewes, MartinMaj10/20/1918 Lobmachtersen (Salzgitter), Braunschweig 52Transports, 4/ZG-76( 6/41), 6/ZG-76(8/41), 7 & 9/NJG-3, Stfkpt 11/NJG-1, Kdr III/NJG-1(3/44 to end)Ju 52 (4/40 Norway), Bf 110C-4 Werk # 3013 in 4/76, Bf 110G-4 "G9 + WD", Bf 110G-4 Werk # 720410 "G9 + MD" (lost 7/21/44; WIA, parachuted NE of Tubbergen, Dutch border), Ju 88G in III Gruppe

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EK 1 & 2
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Night Fighter Oper Clasp
Paratrooper drop over Norway. His 1st RO & Gunner, for three years, were Ofw Georg Petz & Fw Handke (Both wounded 21 July, 1944), as was Drewes, all bailing safely from "G9 + MD" (see below note). Seven of the known victories were bombers by Day. One known victory, A Spitfire at Map Quadrant 33.2 on 29 August, 1941. His 10th, a B-24 100 km N of Nordeney on 5 January, 1944. Another was a B-17 of the 306BG, 369BS on 11 January, 1944. His R/O this date was Uffz. Handke. 43 Night victories. 235 combat missions. His Bf 110G-4 Werk # 720410 "G9 + MD" crashed on Loomsweg in Reutum Holland (gem. Tubbergen) on 20/21 July, 1944, as a result of Lancaster return fire. His AC sported the Sharks Teeth. He was the last Kdr of III/NJG-1, from March, 1944 to the end. Survived the war. Photo
2 Froehling, Heinrich "Heiner"Lt4/ZG-76 (Jever 4/41)Bf 110D Werk # 3641 (80% damaged)Destroyer Operational ClaspKnown to have flown with Martin Drewes in the Denmark/Norway areas in March & April, 1941. On a flight from Jever to Rom Denmark, he landed at Rom and hit a soggy landing ground, severely damaging the AC, while he nor his R/O were injured. Source: Air War over Denmark. Alternate spelling: Fröhling.
3 Handke, ErichOfw11/2/1920Darmstadt59IV/NJG-1, III/NJG-1Bf 110 Radio Operator

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/1/44)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
Although not a pilot, Handke flew 129 Night missions and therefore participated in the 59 victories. First 14 victories with Fw Schorsch Fraft (who was later killed), 8 with Heinz Schnaufer, until he found Martin Drewes, his definate driver, with whom he changed over to III Gruppe. Deceased 11 November, 1987.
4 Rotter,MajIII/NJG-1Bf 110G-4Wound Badge
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
Served with Martin Drewes.

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