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Günther Radusch

Günther Radusch

German flying ace
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Quick Facts
Intro German flying ace
Countries Germany
Occupations Aviator
Gender male
Birth 11 November 1912 (Świecie, Gmina Świecie, Świecie County, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship)
Death 29 July 1988 (Nordstrand, Nordsee-Treene, Nordfriesland, Schleswig-Holstein)
Günther Radusch
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Biography

Günther Radusch (11 November 1912 – 29 July 1988) was a German pilot in the Luftwaffe pilot during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves of Nazi Germany. Radusch is credited with 65 aerial victories. He claimed one victory during the Spanish Civil War, the remaining 64 victories were all claimed at night in over 140 combat missions, including the destruction of 57 four-engine bombers.

Radusch, an glider pilot as a student, joined the military service of the Heer before transferring to the Luftwaffe. Radusch and nine others, among them Günther Lützow, Wolfgang Falck and Hannes Trautloft, were recommended for training at the Lipetsk fighter-pilot school in the Soviet Russia. He was sent to Spain as part of the Condor Legion in October 1936. He claimed his only aerial victory in the Spanish Civil War on 22 April 1937. Together with fellow pilot Franz Heilmayer of 2./Jagdgruppe 88 they each claimed one Polikarpov I-15 shot down, one of which was flown by Felipe del Río Crespo, a seven victory flying ace. Radusch also tested the Heinkel He 112 5-1 under combat conditions in Spain. For his services in Spain he received the Spanish Cross in Gold with Swords.

Aerial victory claims

Radusch was credited with 65 aerial victories claimed in over 140 combat missions. He claimed one victory during the Spanish Civil War, the remaining 64 victories were all claimed at night and includes the destruction of 57 four-engine bombers.

Chronicle of aerial victories
Victory
(total)
Victory
(nocturnal)
Date Time Type Location Serial No./Squadron No.
– 2./Jagdgruppe 88 –
1 22 April 1937
I-15 Spain
Stab I./Nachtjagdgeschwader 3 –
2 1 10 April 1941 03:00 Wellington 2 km (1.2 mi) southwest Papenburg
Stab II./Nachtjagdgeschwader 3 –
3 2 27 February 1942 00:55 Wellington west Westerland
4 3 26 April 1942 02:08 Stirling south Scheldt Estuary
5 4 28 April 1942 01:05 Stirling Rømø
6 5 29 April 1942 02:18 Wellington
7 6 17 August 1942 02:42 Halifax Sønderborg
8 7 17 August 1942 02:52 Halifax
9 8 22 September 1942 01:01 Wellington 18 km (11 mi) west Blidsel
10 9 2 October 1942 01:04 Stirling
11 10 2 October 1942 01:22 Stirling
12 11 17 December 1942 19:53 Lancaster southeast Ribe
13 12 8 January 1943 20:00 Lancaster west Sylt
14 13 17 January 1943 22:14 Lancaster 5 km (3.1 mi) west Eiderstedt
15 14 21 April 1943 03:07 Stirling in sea
16 15 21 April 1943 03:32 Stirling in sea
17 16 15 June 1943 01:15 Lancaster 10 km (6.2 mi) south Venlo
18 17 15 June 1943 01:20 Lancaster 20 km (12 mi) west-southwest Venlo
– 3./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 –
19 18 17 June 1943 01:45 Lancaster northeast Neerpelt
20 19 22 June 1943 01:34 Halifax 16 km (9.9 mi) north-northwest Venlo
Stab I./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 –
21 20 25 June 1943 00:57 Wellington Wellen
22 21 25 June 1943 01:15 Wellington Jasmund
23 22 25 June 1943 01:24 Lancaster northwest Venlo
24 23 26 June 1943 01:58 Halifax 20 km (12 mi) south Nijmegen
25 24 29 June 1943 02:15 Halifax Waalre
26 25 29 June 1943 02:24 Halifax 7 km (4.3 mi) south Eindhoven
27 26 29 June 1943 02:34 Halifax 5 km (3.1 mi) north Helmond
28 27 29 June 1943 02:56 Lancaster 5 km (3.1 mi) northwest Eindhoven
Stab II./Nachtjagdgeschwader 3 –
29 28 28 July 1943 00:26 Lancaster south Vollerwiek
30 29 28 July 1943 00:43 Lancaster Wöhrden
31 30 30 July 1943 00:25 Lancaster 1 km (0.62 mi) north Hemminger
32 31 3 August 1943 01:22 Lancaster 40 km (25 mi) east-southeast Helgoland
33 32 3 August 1943 02:14 Halifax 20 km (12 mi) north-northwest Helgoland
Stab Nachtjagdgeschwader 5 –
34 33 18 August 1943 01:46 four-engined bomber Peenemünde
35 34 18 August 1943 01:55 four-engined bomber Peenemünde
36 35 18 August 1943 02:00 four-engined bomber Peenemünde
Stab II./Nachtjagdgeschwader 3 –
37 36 22 September 1943 01:01 Wellington
Stab Nachtjagdgeschwader 5 –
38 37 27 September 1943 23:24 Lancaster southwest Hanover
39 38 9 October 1943 01:51 Lancaster 20 km (12 mi) west Hanover
40 39 22 October 1943 20:57 Halifax 5–10 km (3.1–6.2 mi) west-northwest Kassel
41 40 22 October 1943 21:04 Halifax 10 km (6.2 mi) northeast Kassel
42 41 22 October 1943 22:13 Lancaster 20 km (12 mi) north Kassel
43 42 14 January 1944 19:29 Lancaster
44 43 20 January 1944 19:30 Lancaster
45 44 20 January 1944 19:39 Lancaster
46 45 21 January 1944 23:15 Halifax
47 46 29 January 1944 03:12 Halifax
48 47 30 January 1944 20:24 Lancaster
49 48 30 January 1944 20:27 Lancaster
50 49 30 January 1944 20:30 Lancaster
Stab Nachtjagdgeschwader 2 –
51 50 20 February 1944 05:39 four-engined bomber KH-9
52 51 25 February 1944 24:00 Halifax Schnee-Eifel
53 52 26 February 1944 00:30 Halifax south Rottweil
54 53 31 March 1944 00:36 four-engined bomber Adenau
55 54 31 March 1944 00:41 Lancaster southwest Koblenz
– 8./Nachtjagdgeschwader 2 –
56 55 22 May 1944 01:44 four-engined bomber LK-LL-KL-KK
57 56 22 May 1944 01:56 four-engined bomber LK-LI-KI-KK
58 57 22 May 1944 02:00 four-engined bomber IK-KK-KI-II
Stab Nachtjagdgeschwader 2 –
59 58 28 May 1944 02:07 four-engined bomber Meerle
60 59 13 June 1944 01:48 four-engined bomber Amiens
61 60 29 June 1944 00:37 Halifax Compiègne
62 61 29 June 1944 00:44 Halifax Soissons
63 62 1 July 1944 01:12 four-engined bomber Saint-Leu-d'Esserent
64 63 1 July 1944 01:14 four-engined bomber Saint-Leu-d'Esserent
65 64 8 July 1944 01:05 Lancaster TB-89

Awards

  • Spanish Cross in Gold with Swords
  • Iron Cross (1939) 2nd and 1st Class
  • Honour Goblet of the Luftwaffe (Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe) on 19 October 1942 as Major and Gruppenkommandeur
  • German Cross in Gold on 13 February 1943 as Major in the II./NJG 3
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
    • Knight's Cross on 29 August 1943 as Major and Gruppenkommandeur of the II./NJG 3
    • 444th Oak Leaves on 6 April 1944 as Major and Geschwaderkommodore of NJG 5 on 6 April 1944 as Oberstleutnant and Geschwaderkommodore of NJG 5


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