Gerhard "Gerd" Barkhorn (20 March 1919 – 8 January 1983) was the second most successful fighter ace of all time after fellow Luftwaffe pilot Erich Hartmann. Other than Hartmann, Barkhorn is the only fighter ace to ever exceed 300 claimed victories.
Born in the Weimar Republic in 1919, Barkhorn joined the Luftwaffe in 1937 and completed his training in 1939.
Barkhorn flew his first combat missions in May 1940, during the Battle of France and then the Battle of Britain without shooting down any aircraft. His first "victory" came in July 1941 and his total rose steadily against Soviet opposition. In March 1944 he was awarded the second highest decoration in the Wehrmacht when he received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords for 250 aerial victories. Despite being the second-highest scoring pilot in aviation history, Barkhorn was not awarded the Diamonds to his Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords after achieving his 300th victory on 5 January 1945.
Barkhorn flew 1,104 combat sorties and was credited with 301 victories on the Eastern Front against the Soviet Red Air Force piloting the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9. He flew with the famed Jagdgeschwader 52 (JG 52–52nd Fighter Wing), alongside fellow aces Hartmann and Günther Rall, and Jagdgeschwader 2 (JG 2–2nd Fighter Wing). Less than two weeks later he left JG 52 on the Eastern Front and joined Jagdgeschwader 3 (JG 3–3rd Fighter Wing), defending Germany from Western Allied air attack.
Barkhorn surrendered to the Western Allies in May 1945 and was released later that year. After the war Barkhorn joined the German Air Force of the Bundeswehr, serving until 1975. On 6 January 1983, Barkhorn was involved in a car crash with his wife Christl. She died instantly and Gerhard died two days later on 8 January 1983.
Early life and career
Barkhorn was born on 20 March 1919 in Königsberg in the Free State of Prussia of the Weimar Republic. Today it is Kaliningrad in Kaliningrad Oblast, the Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea. He was one of four children of Stadtbauoberinspektor (urban design inspector) Wilhelm and his wife Therese. Barkhorn had two brothers, Helmut and Dieter, and a sister Meta.
Following four years of Volksschule (primary school), Barkhorn attended the Wilhelms-Gymnasium, a secondary school, where he graduated with his Abitur (diploma). After his compulsory Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labour Service) Barkhorn joined the military service in the Nazi German Luftwaffe in November 1937 as a Fahnenjunker (Cadet). He started his flight training in March 1938.
World War II in Europe began on Friday 1 September 1939 when German forces invaded Poland and Barkhorn was selected for specialized fighter pilot training. Upon completion of his training, he was commissioned as a Leutnant (Second Lieutenant) and posted to 3. Staffel (3rd squadron) in Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen" (JG 2–2nd Fighter Wing). This unit had an old tradition and was named after the World War I fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen. He was flight trained by Franz Stigler, who would later become a Luftwaffe ace himself. He was then transferred to the 6. Staffel (6th squadron) of Jagdgeschwader 52 (JG 52–52nd Fighter Wing) on 1 August 1940.
World War II
Barkhorn flew his first combat sorties over Belgium and France during the Battle of France and later over southern England during the Battle of Britain, flying the Messerschmitt Bf 109E. On 1 August 1940 Barkhorn was transferred to 6./Jagdgeschwader 52 (JG 52). He did not have any success, although he flew some 21 combat sorties and was shot down in the English Channel on 29 October by RAF fighters. Shortly thereafter he was rewarded with the Iron Cross 1st Class (Eisernes Kreuz erster Klasse). In the Staffel, he flew alongside another promising pilot, Hans-Joachim Marseille.
In 1941, JG 52 was transferred to the east and participated in Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union, on 22 June 1941. Subsequently, Gerhard Barkhorn scored his first victory by shooting down a Red Air Force DB-3 bomber on 2 July, flying his 120th combat sortie.
By November his tally had reached 10 victories and he was promoted to Oberleutnant on 11 November 1941.
On 21 May 1942 Barkhorn was appointed Staffelkapitän of 4./JG 52. He continued to add to his score over the next year, until on 19 July when he became "ace-in-a-day" by shooting down six aircraft in his Bf 109F. He was wounded on 25 July and put out of action for two months, returning to combat in October. During July 1942, Barkhorn had destroyed 30 Soviet aircraft. On 23 August he received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) for having shot down a total of 59 aircraft. After a two-month break from the front he returned to action in early October. On 19 December 1942, Barkhorn had raised his score to 101 victories. That day, he became the 32nd Luftwaffe pilot to achieve the century mark. Barkhorn came to respect the Soviet pilots. On one occasion he was involved in a forty-minute dogfight with a Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Gudkov LaGG-3. "Sweat was pouring off me just as though I had stepped out of the shower," he recalled: despite having a faster aircraft he was simply unable to get a bead on the Russian pilot.
On 9 January 1943, Barkhorn claimed his 105th. His victims included Lieutenant Vasiliyev, and Hero of the Soviet Union Podpolkovnik Lev Shestakov of the 236 IAP Fighter Regiment. Barkhorn strafed their Yakovlev Yak-1 fighters until they caught fire. Both pilots survived. Barkhorn was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub) on 11 January 1943.
Barkhorn, now a Hauptmann, was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 52 on 1 September 1943. On 5 September he shot down Hero of the Soviet Union and Soviet fighter ace Nikolay Klepikov, an ace with 10 personal and 32 shared victories. This was offset by the loss of II./JG 52's 173-victory ace Oberleutnant Heinz Schmidt. The two Lavochkin La-5s shot down by Barkhorn were his 165th and 166th aerial victories. Barkhorn reached the 200 mark on 30 November 1943. On 23 January 1944 Barkhorn became the first German pilot to fly 1,000 combat missions.
The main German fighter unit covering the Crimea and Kuban was his II./JG 52 and in the three months between December 1943 and 13 February 1944 the unit claimed 350 victories, of which 50 were claimed by Barkhorn personally. On 13 February 1944 he reached 250 victories. Barkhorn was the second to reach this total.
He had claimed 15 victories in September, 23 in November and 28 in December, including seven on 28 December alone.
On 2 March 1944 he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern). He attended the wedding of fellow pilot Erich Hartmann as best man. Barkhorn was promoted to Major (major) on 1 May 1944.
On 31 May, on 273 victories, he was shot down by Soviet fighters and hospitalized for four months. With Barkhorn sidelined, Hartmann was to overtake his total.
Eventually returning to his unit the psychological damage and combat stress on Barkhorn became apparent; sitting in his cockpit he became overcome with anxiety, and even when flying with friendly aircraft behind him he felt intense fear. It took several weeks for him to overcome this condition. Returning to combat in October he claimed his 275th victory on 14 November. Over the next few weeks Barkhorn added another 26 victories, scoring his 301st (and final) victory on 5 January 1945.
Defense of the Reich
On 16 January 1945 Barkhorn was assigned as Geschwaderkommodore (wing commander) to Jagdgeschwader 6 (JG 6–6th Fighter Wing), a unit assigned to defend the Reich and equipped with the Focke-Wulf Fw 190D. Barkhorn led this unit until the end-March 1945. During his ten weeks tenure as Geschwaderkommodore of JG 6, he did not claim any aerial victories. JG 6 was a unit consisting mostly of new recruits and former Bf-110 pilots; it suffered heavy losses against the American air fleets. Barkhorn did not last long in this position and was forced to take a medical absence because of severe physical and mental strain.
After his hospitalization Barkhorn was invited by Adolf Galland to join the elite Jagdverband 44 (JV 44–44th Fighter Detachment) flying the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet-fighter. He found flying the Me 262 over the western front difficult and he did not score any victories in it. On 21 April 1945, he flew his 1,104th and last mission. One of the engines of his aircraft flamed out as he was approaching an enemy bomber formation and he was forced to make an emergency landing. As he approached the airfield, his jet was attacked by several prowling North American P-51 Mustang fighters. Barkhorn managed to land his burning plane though he received a slight wound as a result of this action when the cockpit canopy – which on the Me 262A, flipped open to starboard, like a Bf 109's did – prior to crash landing, slammed shut on his neck. Taken prisoner by the Western Allies while still in hospital, he was released from Allied captivity in September 1945.
Barkhorn claimed 301 victories in 1,100 combat missions. He was shot down nine times, bailed out once and was wounded twice.
Later life and service
After Barkhorn was released as a prisoner of war, he then found work in the automobile industry. Following the decision of the Cabinet of Germany to rearm the Federal Republic of Germany, Barkhorn joined the military service of the West German Air Force in 1956. From 1 April 1957 to 31 December 1962, he commanded the Jagdbombergeschwader 31 "Boelcke" (JaBoG 31—Fighter-Bomber Wing 31). In 1964 he was posted to the staff of Luftwaffen-Erprobungskommando (Air Force Test Command) holding the rank of Colonel.
From October 1964 until November 1965, Colonel Barkhorn headed the six-man West German Air Force contingent of the Tripartite Kestrel Evaluation Squadron at Royal Air Force Station West Raynham, Norfolk, England. The squadron's mission was to evaluate the military capabilities of the VSTOL Kestrel (aka the Hawker Siddeley P1127 and forerunner of the Harrier VSTOL aircraft). The squadron consisted of military pilots and ground staff from three nations: Great Britain, USA and West Germany. In addition to being one of the squadron pilots, Barkhorn also served as one of the squadron's two Deputy Commanders. At the conclusion of the evaluation, Barkhorn then accompanied the American contingent to the US, where he assisted in that nation's continuing trials of six of the Kestrels that had been shipped to the US and renamed the XV-6A.
Barkhorn was promoted to Brigadier general in 1969 and to Major general in 1973. His last position was Chief of Staff of the Second Allied Tactical Air Force, a NATO military formation under Allied Air Forces Central Europe. He retired from active service on 30 September 1975.
On 6 January 1983 he and his wife were involved in a car crash near Cologne. His wife died instantly and Barkhorn, without regaining consciousness, died in hospital in Frechen/Cologne on 8 January 1983. They were buried in Tegernsee, Bavaria.
Summary of career
Aerial victory claims
Matthews and Foreman, authors of Luftwaffe Aces – Biographies and Victory Claims, researched the German Federal Archives and found records for 300 aerial victory claims, plus one further unconfirmed claim. All of his aerial victories were claimed on the Eastern Front.
Victory claims were logged to a map-reference (PQ = Planquadrat), for example "PQ 44793". The Luftwaffe grid map (Jägermeldenetz) covered all of Europe, western Russia and North Africa and was composed of rectangles measuring 15 minutes of latitude by 30 minutes of longitude, an area of about 360 square miles (930 km). These sectors were then subdivided into 36 smaller units to give a location area 3 × 4 km in size.
|Chronicle of aerial victories|
This and the ♠ (Ace of spades) indicates those aerial victories which made Barkhorn an "ace-in-a-day", a term which designates a fighter pilot who has shot down five or more airplanes in a single day.
|– 6. Staffel of Jagdgeschwader 52 –|
|1||2 July 1941||18:50||DB-3||6||25 August 1941||10:40||I-153|
|2||28 July 1941||11:20||I-16||7||25 August 1941||12:59||I-18 (MiG-1)|
|3||29 July 1941||17:34||DB-3||8||23 September 1941||16:30||I-18 (MiG-1)|
|4||19 August 1941||13:35||I-18 (MiG-1)||9||4 October 1941||13:37||DB-3|
|5||22 August 1941||12:25||V-11 (Il-2)||10||30 November 1941||10:07||I-61 (MiG-3)|
|– 4. Staffel of Jagdgeschwader 52 –|
|11||16 May 1942||06:18||MiG-1||87||8 December 1942||10:15||P-40||10 km (6.2 mi) south of Prudboj|
|12||18 May 1942||05:50||R-5||88||10 December 1942||14:30||P-40||3 km (1.9 mi) east of Barizynskij|
|13||25 May 1942||09:24||Il-2||89||11 December 1942||09:25||Yak-1||2 km (1.2 mi) west of Kulpinskij|
|14||26 May 1942||05:28||LaGG-3||3 km (1.9 mi) east of Protopopowka||90||11 December 1942||09:27||Yak-1||2.5 km (1.6 mi) northwest of Kulpinskij|
|15||26 May 1942||11:30||Il-2||91||11 December 1942||09:30||Yak-1||4 km (2.5 mi) northwest of Kulpinskij|
|16||27 May 1942||08:30||MiG-1||92||13 December 1942||10:45||P-40||5 km (3.1 mi) northwest of Ssamochin|
|17||27 May 1942||15:28||Pe-2||6 km (3.7 mi) northeast of Petrovskaja||93||13 December 1942||10:50||P-40||5 km (3.1 mi) south of Kamenko|
|18||5 June 1942||04:45||MiG-1||94||13 December 1942||11:30||Il-2||5 km (3.1 mi) north of Tschilekow|
|19||9 June 1942||14:52||LaGG-3||95||17 December 1942||07:50||Yak-1||1 km (0.62 mi) south of Abganerovo|
|20||11 June 1942||09:45||LaGG-3||96||17 December 1942||10:10||Yak-1||5 km (3.1 mi) west of Abganerovo|
|21||14 June 1942||13:55||LaGG-3||97||17 December 1942||13:11||Yak-1||5 km (3.1 mi) north of Shutow 2|
|22♠||22 June 1942||05:52||LaGG-3||Kupiansk||98||18 December 1942||09:45||Yak-1||15 km (9.3 mi) east of Werch, Komskij|
|23♠||22 June 1942||05:55||LaGG-3||Kupiansk||99||18 December 1942||10:35||Yak-1||8 km (5.0 mi) west of Shutowo|
|24♠||22 June 1942||05:57||LaGG-3||Kupiansk||100||19 December 1942||09:15||P-40||3 km (1.9 mi) south of Sety|
|25♠||22 June 1942||06:25||LaGG-3||Kupiansk||101||19 December 1942||09:20||P-40||1 km (0.62 mi) south of Turguta|
|26♠||22 June 1942||11:45||LaGG-3||102||20 December 1942||08:00||LaGG-3||5 km (3.1 mi) east of Gratschij|
|27||23 June 1942||12:55||Yak-1||103||9 January 1943||12:45||Yak-1||PQ 28783, 9 km (5.6 mi) north of the Kuberke train station|
|28||24 June 1942||07:48||LaGG-3||104||9 January 1943||12:50||Yak-1||PQ 28783, 2 km (1.2 mi) northwest of Zimovniki|
|29||24 June 1942||07:52||LaGG-3||105||10 January 1943||06:17||Yak-1||PQ 28852, Remontnaja|
|30||25 June 1942||18:05||LaGG-3||106||4 February 1943||09:10||Yak-4||PQ 44 Ost 08892, 5 km (3.1 mi) northeast of Korsertschy-Chomuty|
|31||26 June 1942||13:05||LaGG-3||107||7 February 1943||12:10||Il-2||PQ 44 Ost 99472, 5 km (3.1 mi) northeast of Budjonowka|
|32||30 June 1942||18:05||LaGG-3||108||11 February 1943||07:15||I-16||PQ 44 Ost 8532, 5 km (3.1 mi) southwest of Eriwanskaja|
|33||30 June 1942||18:09||LaGG-3||109||11 February 1943||13:25||LaGG-3||PQ 44 Ost 8537, 5 km (3.1 mi) southeast of Gelendzhik|
|34||1 July 1942||06:05||LaGG-3||110||11 February 1943||13:30||LaGG-3||PQ 44 Ost 8537, 5 km (3.1 mi) northwest of Gelendzhik|
|35||1 July 1942||10:07||Il-2||111||11 February 1943||13:40||I-153||PQ 44 Ost 7564, 5 km (3.1 mi) southeast of Novorossiysk|
|36||1 July 1942||10:11||Boston||112||12 February 1943||06:03||I-16||PQ 34 Ost 75464, 5 km (3.1 mi) southeast of Kabardinka|
|37||1 July 1942||19:04||Hurricane||113||12 February 1943||06:10||I-16||PQ 34 Ost 75462, east of Kabardinka|
|38||2 July 1942||07:20||LaGG-3||114||12 February 1943||11:55||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 86552, 4 km (2.5 mi) southeast of Peltawskaja|
|39||2 July 1942||09:20||LaGG-3||115||12 February 1943||12:03||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 8659, 5 km (3.1 mi) northwest of Iwanowskaja|
|40||4 July 1942||06:27||LaGG-3||116||13 February 1943||13:34||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 8522, 4 km (2.5 mi) northwest of Georgije|
|41||4 July 1942||10:30||LaGG-3||117||22 February 1943||08:15||LaGG-3||PQ 34 Ost 75422, 1 km (0.62 mi) north of Hight 446|
|42||5 July 1942||17:43||Hurricane||118||22 February 1943||08:20||LaGG-3||PQ 34 Ost 75422, 3 km (1.9 mi) east of Schirokoja-Balka (Balker)|
|43||6 July 1942||15:30||LaGG-3||119||26 February 1943||10:45||LaGG-3||PQ 34 Ost 75463, 7 km (4.3 mi) southwest of Kabardinka|
|44||9 July 1942||15:55||LaGG-3||120||27 February 1943||14:00||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 86533, 6 km (3.7 mi) northwest of Staromyschastowskaja|
|45||10 July 1942||16:40||LaGG-3||121||28 April 1943||09:45||LaGG-3||PQ 34 Ost 86794, 10 km (6.2 mi) east of Mingrelskaja|
|46♠||19 July 1942||07:00||LaGG-3||122||29 April 1943||13:20||LaGG-3||PQ 34 Ost 86792, 8 km (5.0 mi) northeast of Mingrelskaja|
|47♠||19 July 1942||07:35||Hurricane||Rostov area||123||29 April 1943||13:50||LaGG-3||PQ 34 Ost 85211, 2 km (1.2 mi) northwest of Nowo-Iwanowskoje|
|48♠||19 July 1942||07:36||Hurricane||Rostov area||124||29 April 1943||17:30||LaGG-3||PQ 34 Ost 85161, 5 km (3.1 mi) north of Kholmskaya|
|49♠||19 July 1942||11:25||LaGG-3||125||30 April 1943||07:45||Spitfire||PQ 34 Ost 85161, 5 km (3.1 mi) north of Kholmskaya|
|50♠||19 July 1942||15:20||LaGG-3||126||30 April 1943||17:15||LaGG-3||PQ 34 Ost 85173, 3 km (1.9 mi) southwest of Usun|
|51♠||19 July 1942||15:30||I-16||127||9 May 1943||16:55||LaGG-3||PQ 34 Ost 76864, Kruglik|
|52♠||20 July 1942||07:07||LaGG-3||128||28 May 1943||09:18||Spitfire||PQ 34 Ost 76893, 4 km (2.5 mi) southeast of Kijewskoje|
|53♠||20 July 1942||13:16||LaGG-3||129||28 May 1943||09:48||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 76894, 10 km (6.2 mi) east of Kijewskoje|
|54♠||20 July 1942||13:18||LaGG-3||130||29 May 1943||18:20||Il-2||PQ 34 Ost 75231, 4 km (2.5 mi) northwest of Krymskaja|
|55♠||20 July 1942||13:20||LaGG-3||131||29 May 1943||18:25||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 76894, 8 km (5.0 mi) east of Kijewskoje|
|56♠||20 July 1942||16:00||LaGG-3||132||31 May 1943||10:40||P-39||PQ 34 Ost 86573, 4 km (2.5 mi) south of Slawjanskaja|
|57||21 July 1942||09:55||I-16||133||31 May 1943||13:15||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 75231, northwest of Krymskaja|
|58||22 July 1942||17:46||Hurricane||134||8 June 1943||09:28||LaGG-3||PQ 34 Ost 76831, 2 km (1.2 mi) north of Anastasiewskaja|
|59||23 July 1942||04:15||LaGG-3||135||10 June 1943||11:59||La-5||PQ 34 Ost 85132, Abinskaja|
|60||23 July 1942||04:25||LaGG-3||136||10 June 1943||18:28||La-5||PQ 34 Ost 76861, 10 km (6.2 mi) north of Kijewskoje|
|61||23 July 1942||13:50||I-153||137||10 June 1943||18:34||La-5||PQ 34 Ost 86731, 8 km (5.0 mi) east of Krymskaja|
|62||24 July 1942||10:20||I-16||138||30 July 1943||06:40||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 76893, 2 km (1.2 mi) southeast of Kijewskoje|
|63||24 July 1942||15:13||LaGG-3||139||2 August 1943||08:00||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 99778, 2 km (1.2 mi) east of Wagoltschik|
|64||24 July 1942||15:14||LaGG-3||140||2 August 1943||12:15||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 88292, Kuybyshev|
|65||7 October 1942||08:05||LaGG-3||3 km (1.9 mi) northeast Tuapse||141||4 August 1943||15:35||La-5||PQ 35 Ost 61355, Tomarovka|
|66||7 October 1942||13:25||LaGG-3||PQ 95674, Gunaiberg||142||4 August 1943||16:03||La-5||PQ 35 Ost 61365, Belgorod|
|67||7 October 1942||13:29||LaGG-3||PQ 95674, Gunaiberg||143||5 August 1943||09:58||La-5||PQ 35 Ost 61365, Belgorod|
|68||7 October 1942||13:29||LaGG-3||PQ 95674, Gunaiberg||144||5 August 1943||15:55||Yak-1||PQ 35 Ost 61339, northwest of Belgorod|
|69||9 October 1942||12:50||I-16||3 km (1.9 mi) south of Nelkokow||145||5 August 1943||16:02||Yak-1||PQ 35 Ost 61418, Belgorod|
|70||20 October 1942||14:15||R-5||15 km (9.3 mi) southeast of Tuapse||146||7 August 1943||07:05||Yak-1||PQ 35 Ost 61254, Melinowka|
|71||25 October 1942||13:30||LaGG-3||15 km (9.3 mi) southeast of Slepsowskaja||147||7 August 1943||15:20||La-5||PQ 35 Ost 51474, Dorogoschtsch|
|72||25 October 1942||13:35||LaGG-3||16 km (9.9 mi) southeast of Slepsowskaja||148||7 August 1943||15:27||La-5||PQ 35 Ost 51424, Protopopowka|
|73||26 October 1942||15:30||LaGG-3||16 km (9.9 mi) east of Aponka||149||7 August 1943||18:32||La-5||PQ 35 Ost 60832, Sergejewka|
|74||26 October 1942||15:32||LaGG-3||PQ 44811, Bataku-Jurt||150||8 August 1943||06:10||Il-2 m.H.||PQ 35 Ost 61523, Bessonowka|
|75||29 October 1942||12:42||Yak-1||2 km (1.2 mi) north of Altebinal||151||8 August 1943||06:13||Il-2 m.H.||PQ 35 Ost 61523, Bessonowka|
|76||30 October 1942||08:50||Yak-1||6 km (3.7 mi) south of Lazarevskoye||152||12 August 1943||15:45||La-5||PQ 35 Ost 51843, 30 km (19 mi) east of Bogodacha|
|77||30 October 1942||11:50||LaGG-3||10 km (6.2 mi) east of Schatschi||153||21 August 1943||08:07||La-5||PQ 34 Ost 88295, Kurykitschewo|
|78||30 October 1942||12:05||LaGG-3||3 km (1.9 mi) southwest of Alexejewka||154||21 August 1943||11:07||Il-2 m.H.||PQ 34 Ost 88256, 3 km (1.9 mi) east of Kalinowka|
|79||3 November 1942||14:45||LaGG-3||10 km (6.2 mi) north of Tuapse||155||22 August 1943||14:20||La-5||PQ 35 Ost 70763, south of Krasnij-Oskol|
|80||10 November 1942||11:15||LaGG-3||3 km (1.9 mi) southeast of Lazarevskoye||156||23 August 1943||10:00||La-5||PQ 34 Ost 79131, Dolegaskaja|
|81||15 November 1942||09:00||LaGG-3||3 km (1.9 mi) southeast of Lazarevskoye||157||23 August 1943||10:27||La-5||PQ 35 Ost 70843, 15 km (9.3 mi) east of Krassnij-Oskol|
|82||28 November 1942||11:00||P-40||10 km (6.2 mi) northeast of Bussinowka||158||23 August 1943||14:28||La-5||PQ 35 Ost 70792, 3 km (1.9 mi) east of Krassnij-Oskol|
|83||30 November 1942||08:30||P-40||10 km (6.2 mi) west of Tundutow||159||23 August 1943||14:50||La-5||PQ 35 Ost 70792, 5 km (3.1 mi) east of Kamyschewicha|
|84||30 November 1942||08:40||Yak-1||5 km (3.1 mi) south of Kauschino||160||24 August 1943||06:15||Yak-1||PQ 35 Ost 70812, 15 km (9.3 mi) east of Izium|
|85||30 November 1942||08:45||LaGG-3||10 km (6.2 mi) north of Wertjatschi||161||24 August 1943||14:34||Yak-1||PQ 35 Ost 70784, 15 km (9.3 mi) south of Izium|
|86||2 December 1942||13:50||Yak-1||5 km (3.1 mi) south of Tundutow||162!||26 August 1943||17:05||Il-2 m.H.||PQ 34 Ost 76681, 15 km (9.3 mi) northwesth of Anastasijewskaja|
|– Stab II. Gruppe of Jagdgeschwader 52 –|
|163||2 September 1943||17:55||Yak-9||PQ 35 Ost 60151, 1 km (0.62 mi) north of Besljudowka||233||3 January 1944||10:45||Yak-1||vicinity of Iljitsch|
|164||4 September 1943||16:55||Il-2 m.H.||PQ 35 Ost 40232, 1 km (0.62 mi) north of Kotelwa
|234||12 January 1944||10:07||Il-2||east of Bulganak|
|165||5 September 1943||10:55||La-5||PQ 35 Ost 40273||235||18 January 1944||11:27||P-39||Kerch area|
|166||5 September 1943||11:05||La-5||PQ 35 Ost 40222||236||23 January 1944||09:27||Yak-1||Majak area|
|167||6 September 1943||14:15||Yak-1||PQ 35 Ost 60342, 2 km (1.2 mi) northwest of Taranowka||237||23 January 1944||09:29||Yak-1||Kerch area|
|168||6 September 1943||14:25||Yak-1||PQ 35 Ost 6035, 3 km (1.9 mi) east of Taranowka||238||23 January 1944||12:15||P-39||east of Kerch|
|169||6 September 1943||17:24||Yak-1||PQ 35 Ost 60312, 3 km (1.9 mi) west of Ssokolowo||239||24 January 1944||14:56||Yak-1||Cape Tarchan|
|170||8 September 1943||07:45||Il-2 m.H.||PQ 35 Ost 60394, 10 km (6.2 mi) west of Andrejewka||240||25 January 1944||12:50||P-39||vicinity of Kamysh Burun|
|171||8 September 1943||07:55||La-5||PQ 35 Ost 60352, 7 km (4.3 mi) east of Taranowka||241||26 January 1944||12:00||P-39|
|172||8 September 1943||17:23||La-5||PQ 35 Ost PQ 60314, 5 km (3.1 mi) southeast of Taranowka||242||28 January 1944||12:18||P-39||vicinity of Majak-Bakny|
|173||9 September 1943||14:35||Yak-1||PQ 35 Ost 51794||243||10 February 1944||13:45||Yak-9||east of Bulganak|
|174||9 September 1943||17:13||La-5||PQ 35 Ost 51853||244||10 February 1944||15:00||Yak-9||east of Bulganak|
|175||13 September 1943||13:25||Yak-1||PQ 35 Ost 60342, northwest of Taranowka||245||10 February 1944||15:35||Yak-9||vicinity of Bagerowo|
|176||13 September 1943||13:50||Yak-1||PQ 35 Ost 60234||246||12 February 1944||10:46||Yak-9||vicinity of Kerch|
|177||20 September 1943||09:20||R-5||PQ 35 Ost 11212||247||12 February 1944||12:46||Yak-1||Adshim Uschkaj|
|178||15 November 1943||10:07||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 66812, northwest of Taman||248||12 February 1944||12:58||Yak-1||east of Bulganak|
|179||15 November 1943||10:20||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 66594||249||12 February 1944||13:20||Yak-1||25 km (16 mi) southeast of Rusa|
|180||16 November 1943||11:57||P-39||PQ 34 Ost 66832||250||12 February 1944||15:50||Yak-9||vicinity of Majak-Bakny|
|181||16 November 1943||12:25||P-39||PQ 34 Ost 66591||251||25 February 1944||12:00||Pe-2|
|182||16 November 1943||14:17||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 6664, 2 km (1.2 mi) east of Bakssy||252||24 April 1944||11:25||Boston III||vicinity of Sevastopol|
|183||19 November 1943||09:07||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 66644||253||24 April 1944||13:55||Yak-7||over the Black Sea, 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Sevastopol|
|184||19 November 1943||14:15||P-39||PQ 34 Ost 66734, south of Kerch
over the sea east of Elitigen
|254||26 April 1944||12:08||Yak-7||10 km (6.2 mi) south of Sevastopol|
|185||19 November 1943||14:20||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 66811, west of Taman||255||26 April 1944||17:10||Yak-7||Belobek area|
|186||20 November 1943||10:15||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 66677||256||26 April 1944||17:50||Yak-7||over the Black Sea, 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Sevastopol|
|187||20 November 1943||13:40||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 66643, Kolonka||257||27 April 1944||10:48||Yak-7||vicinity of Sevastopol|
|188||20 November 1943||13:45||P-39||Kerch harbor||258||28 April 1944||12:35||Yak-7||15 km (9.3 mi) east of Sevastopol|
|189||21 November 1943||09:22||Yak-9||PQ 34 Ost 66641, northwest of Bakssy||259||28 April 1944||15:23||Yak-7||15 km (9.3 mi) southeast of Sevastopol|
|190||21 November 1943||13:35||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 66613, northeast of Bulganak||260||28 April 1944||15:25||Yak-7||15 km (9.3 mi) east of Sevastopol|
|191||26 November 1943||10:38||Yak-1||southeast of Kerch||261||1 May 1944||11:05||Yak-7||10 km (6.2 mi) south of Sevastopol|
|192||26 November 1943||14:03||Yak-1||southwest of Kertsch||262||4 May 1944||12:24||Yak-7||25 km (16 mi) southeast of Sevastopol|
|193||26 November 1943||14:05||Yak-1||southeast of Kertsch||263||5 May 1944||10:52||Il-2||over the Black Sea, 15 km (9.3 mi) northwest of Sevastopol|
|194||27 November 1943||09:45||P-39||east of Sentinel 3||264||5 May 1944||11:00||Yak-7||10 km (6.2 mi) north-northeast of Sevastopol|
|195||28 November 1943||08:44||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 66732, east of Eltigen||265||6 May 1944||15:10||Yak-7||vicinity of Katscha|
|196||28 November 1943||08:47||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 66534||266||8 May 1944||09:11||Yak-7||over the Black Sea, 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Sevastopol|
|197||28 November 1943||09:00||Yak-1||PQ 34 Ost 66594||267||8 May 1944||09:17||Il-2||10 km (6.2 mi) south of Sevastopol|
|198||29 November 1943||10:15||P-39||west of Cape Takyl||268||30 May 1944||16:55||P-39||10 km (6.2 mi) south of Tudora|
|199||29 November 1943||14:20||Yak-1||PQ Ost 66734, southeast of Eltigen||269||30 May 1944||17:05||P-39||10 km (6.2 mi) south of Tudora|
|200||30 November 1943||09:50||Yak-1||western Kolonka||270||31 May 1944||05:38||P-39||8 km (5.0 mi) north of Iași|
|201||1 December 1943||14:12||Il-2 m.H.||southeast of Eltigen||
|31 May 1944||05:45||P-39|
|202♠||2 December 1943||10:27||Yak-1||Kossa Tusla||271||31 May 1944||06:10||Il-2||10 km (6.2 mi) south of Iași|
|203♠||2 December 1943||10:39||P-39||south of Eltigen||272||31 May 1944||06:15||Yak-9||10 km (6.2 mi) south of Tudora|
|204♠||2 December 1943||10:48||Il-2||east of Eltigen||273||26 October 1944||14:25||Yak-3||15 km (9.3 mi) south of Nyregynaza|
|205♠||2 December 1943||14:15||Yak-1||Kamysh Burun||274||14 November 1944||11:45||Yak-9||35 km (22 mi) west-northwest of Karcag|
|206♠||2 December 1943||14:18||Yak-1||east of Kamysh Burun||275||14 November 1944||12:00||Yak-9||vicinity of Jászberény|
|207♠||2 December 1943||14:23||Yak-1||northwest of Cape Takyl||276||16 November 1944||
|208||4 December 1943||09:06||Il-2 m.H.||east of Eltigen||277||16 November 1944||
|209||4 December 1943||14:09||Il-2 m.H.||east of Eltigen||278||16 November 1944||
|210||6 December 1943||14:21||Yak-1||west of Kossal Tusla||279||16 November 1944||13:40||Yak-3||vicinity of Jászberény|
|211||6 December 1943||14:37||Il-2||southeast of Eltigen||280||16 November 1944||13:45||La-5||20 km (12 mi) southwest of Gyöngyös|
|212||9 December 1943||10:18||Il-2 m.H.||south of Dshankoj||281||17 November 1944||10:23||La-5||40 km (25 mi) east-northeast of Budapest|
|213||9 December 1943||10:25||Yak-1||east of Kolonka||282||17 November 1944||15:00||Yak-3||30 km (19 mi) southwest of Gyöngyös|
|214||17 December 1943||10:13||P-39||northeast of Bakssy||283||23 November 1944||
|215||27 December 1943||12:11||P-39||PQ 34 Ost 6664, northwest of Bakssy||284||24 November 1944||
|216♠||28 December 1943||08:47||Yak-1||north of Cape Warsowka||285||25 December 1944||
|217♠||28 December 1943||08:53||Il-2 m.H.||near Dshankoj||286||25 December 1944||
|218♠||28 December 1943||10:20||Yak-1||east of Cape Chroni||287||29 December 1944||
|219♠||28 December 1943||10:23||Yak-1||west of Cape Chroni||288||29 December 1944||
|220♠||28 December 1943||12:07||Yak-1||Kertsch harbor||289||2 January 1945||
|221♠||28 December 1943||12:10||P-39||north of Bakssy||290||2 January 1945||
|222♠||28 December 1943||12:21||Yak-1||Kertsch harbor||291||2 January 1945||
|223||29 December 1943||09:38||Yak-9||north of Katerles||292||3 January 1945||
|224||29 December 1943||13:35||P-39||east of Opassnaja||293||3 January 1945||
|225||29 December 1943||13:45||Yak-1||south of Bulganak||294||3 January 1945||
|226||29 December 1943||13:48||Yak-1||north of Dshankoj||295||3 January 1945||
|227||30 December 1943||09:30||Yak-1||northern Bulganak||296||4 January 1945||
|228||30 December 1943||13:23||Yak-1||east of Bulganak||297||4 January 1945||
|229||1 January 1944||10:43||Yak-1||over the sea east of Kerch||298||4 January 1945||
|230||1 January 1944||13:08||Pe-2||Cape Tarchan||299||4 January 1945||
|231||1 January 1944||13:09||Pe-2||Cape Tarchan||300||5 January 1945||
|232||1 January 1944||13:10||Pe-2||Cape Chroni|
- Wound Badge in Black
- Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe in Gold with Pennant "1,100"
- Combined Pilots-Observation Badge
- Honorary Cup of the Luftwaffe on 20 July 1942 as Oberleutnant and Staffelkapitän
- German Cross in Gold on 21 August 1942 as Oberleutnant in the 4./Jagdgeschwader 52
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd class (23 October 1940)
- 1st class (3 December 1940)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
- Knight's Cross on 23 August 1942 as Oberleutnant and Staffelkapitän of the 4./Jagdgeschwader 52
- 175th Oak Leaves on 11 January 1943 as Oberleutnant and Staffelkapitän of the 4./Jagdgeschwader 52
- 52nd Swords on 2 March 1944 as Hauptmann and Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 52