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Wilhelm Batz

Wilhelm Batz German World War II fighter pilot

German World War II fighter pilot
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Intro German World War II fighter pilot
A.K.A. Wilhelm "Willi" Batz
Was Pilot Aviator Fighter pilot Aircraft pilot
From Germany
Type Military
Gender male
Birth 21 May 1916, Bamberg, Germany
Death 11 September 1988, Ebern, Germany (aged 72 years)
Star sign GeminiGemini
The details
Biography

Wilhelm Batz (21 May 1916 – 11 September 1988) was a German Luftwaffe fighter ace during World War II. A flying ace or fighter ace is a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during aerial combat. Batz flew 445 combat missions and claimed 237 enemy aircraft shot down. 234 of these victories were achieved over the Eastern Front, including at least 46 Il-2 Sturmoviks, but he did claim three victories, including one four-engine bomber against the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) over the Ploieşti oil fields. Batz was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords.

Early life and career

Batz was born on 21 May 1916 in Bamberg, at the time in the Kingdom of Bavaria. He was the son of a Beamter, a civil servant. After Batz graduated with his Abitur (university-preparatory high school diploma), for four years, he volunteered military service in the Luftwaffe on 1 November 1935. Batz grew up between the World Wars, with the Red Baron as his ideal of a fighter pilot.

World War II

Batz joined the Luftwaffe in 1935 and trained as a fighter pilot, becoming an instructor in 1937 at the flying school at Kaufbeuren and the fighter pilot school at Bad Aibling. Promoted Leutnant in November 1940, his applications for combat assignment were continually rejected. With some 5,000 flying hours, Batz was finally transferred to 2./Ergänzungs-Jagdgruppe Ost in December 1942. Batz was then transferred to II./Jagdgeschwader 52 (JG 52). On 11 March 1943, Batz claimed his first victory, an Il-2 Sturmovik, while flying a mission over the Strait of Kerch. He was appointed Staffelkapitän (Squadron Leader) of 5./JG 52 in May 1943, and by September, he had claimed 20 victories. Batz claimed his 75th aerial victory on 26 March 1944 for which he received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes), followed by his 100th victory two days later. He was the 67th Luftwaffe pilot to achieve the century mark.

Group commander and surrender

Batz was promoted to Hauptmann (captain) on 1 April 1944. The narrow land bridge to the Crimean peninsula, held by the German 17th Army, came under attack from Soviet forces on 7 April, leading to the capture of Odessa on 10 April during the Dnieper–Carpathian Offensive. In these battles, Batz claimed six aerial victories on 8 April, five on 10 April, reaching his 120th victory on 13 April. One day later, II. Gruppe (2nd group) moved to an airfield at Cape Chersonez located at the Sevastopol Bay. That morning, the airfield came under aerial attack and bomb splinters injured Batz. Although his injuries were minor, he was grounded for two weeks and banned by the doctor from flying operationally. During his convalescence, Batz succeeded Günther Rall as Gruppenkommandeur (group commander) of III. Gruppe (3rd group) of JG 52 on 19 April 1944.

In June, his unit was moved to defend Romanian targets against the American 15th Air Force. Batz claimed two P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft and a B-24 Liberator bomber at this time. Batz was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub) on 20 July for 188 victories, 200 being achieved on 17 August 1944. The award was presented by Adolf Hitler at the Führerhauptquartier (Führer Headquarters) at Rastenburg on 25 August 1944. Two other Luftwaffe officers were presented with the Oak Leaves that day by Hitler, the night-fighter pilot Hauptmann (Captain) Heinz Strüning and the officer of anti-aircraft warfare, Major (Major) Herbert Lamprecht.

By the end of 1944, Batz had shot down 224 enemy aircraft. In February 1945, Batz was transferred to take command of II. Gruppe of JG 52, based in Hungary. Batz was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern) on 21 April 1945. The bestowal of the Swords to his Knight's Cross cannot be verified via the records held in the German Federal Archives. Batz presented evidence of the conferment which was confirmed by the Gemeinschaft der Jagdflieger (Association of German Armed Forces Airmen).

On 4 May 1945, II. Gruppe moved to Zeltweg Air Base but did not fly combat missions from this airfield. On 8 May, General der Flieger Paul Deichmann, the commanding officer of Luftwaffenkommando 4, ordered the cease-fire by 12:00. To avoid capture by Soviet forces, Batz conferred with Deichmann and was ordered to fly his aircraft to Munich, landing at Unterbiberg where they surrendered to US forces, becoming prisoners of war. He and II. Gruppe personnel where then taken to Fürstenfeldbruck where most of the men were released in June 1945. Batz was taken to Bad Aibling where the ground personnel had surrendered and released shortly after.

Later life

Following World War II, Batz applied for service in the German Air Force of the Bundeswehr in 1955, joining in 1956 holding the rank of Major. Following flight training in the United States, he was commanded to a training squadron of Flugzeugführerschule "S", a pilot training school, in Landsberg. He later commanded this training facility for nine months in 1961. Batz was then appointed Geschwaderkommodore (wing commander) of Lufttransportgeschwader 63 (LTG 63–Air Transport Wing 63) stationed at the Hohn Air Base in Schleswig-Holstein. He commanded this wing from 1961 to 1964, surrendering command to Horst Rudat. Promoted to Oberstleutnant (lieutenant colonel), Batz then served as a staff officer with Lufttransportkommando (Air Force Transport Command) in Köln-Wahn and retired on 30 September 1972. Batz died on 11 September 1988 in a hospital Ebern in Unterfranken. He was buried on the cemetery in Quettingen, a borough of Leverkusen-Opladen.

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 233 confirmed and eight unconfirmed aerial victories, numerically ranging from 1 to 233, omitting the 223rd claim. All these victories were claimed on the Eastern Front.

Victory claims were logged to a map-reference (PQ = Planquadrat), for example "PQ 85131". 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 Batz an "ace-in-a-day", a term which designates a fighter pilot who has shot down five or more airplanes in a single day.
  This and the – (dash) indicates unconfirmed aerial victory claims for which Batz did not receive credit.
  This and the ! (exclamation mark) indicates information discrepancies listed by Prien, Stemmer, Rodeike, Bock, Matthews and Foreman.

Claim Date Time Type Location Claim Date Time Type Location
Stab II. Gruppe of Jagdgeschwader 52 –
1 11 March 1943 15:15 LaGG-3 PQ 34 Ost 85131
Mingrelskaya
20 April 1943 16:10 LaGG-3 northwest of Gelendzhik
Nowor/Gelendzhik
2 13 March 1943 06:40 Boston PQ 34 Ost 6662 6 20 April 1943 16:12 LaGG-3 PQ 34 Ost 75454, 10 km (6.2 mi) southwest of Kabardinka
Black Sea, 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Novorossiysk
3 15 April 1943 12:05 LaGG-3 PQ 34 Ost 85143
east of Krymsk
7 20 April 1943 16:14 Il-2 m.H. PQ 34 Ost 754927 km (4.3 mi) west of Gelendzhik
Black Sea, 10 km (6.2 mi) west of Gelendzhik
4 15 April 1943 15:17 LaGG-3 PQ 34 Ost 85184, 10 km (6.2 mi) southeast of Abinskaja
southeast of Tscherkassowski
6 May 1943
Yak-1
5 20 April 1943 11:05 Il-2 m.H. PQ 34 Ost 85273
Gelendzhik
8 9 May 1943 17:00 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 76893, southeast of Kijewskoje
south of Bakanskij
– 5. Staffel of Jagdgeschwader 52 –
9 10 June 1943 14:45 LaGG-3 PQ 34 Ost 75531, south of Anapa
Black Sea, 45 km (28 mi) west-southwest Gelendzhik
67♠ 5 December 1943 08:33 P-39 west-southwest of Eltigen
10 21 July 1943 16:43 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 75474
Black Sea, 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Novorossiysk
68♠ 5 December 1943 08:50 Yak-1 southeast of Eltigen
11 22 July 1943 08:16! Il-2 m.H. PQ 34 Ost 85141
east of Krymsk
69♠ 5 December 1943 14:07 Il-2 m.H. northwest of Cape Takyl
12 7 August 1943 17:50 P-39 PQ 34 Ost 76863, 8 km (5.0 mi) northwest of Kijewskoje
Kijewskoje
70 6 December 1943 08:00 Yak-1 northeast of Eltigen
13 9 August 1943 08:04 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 75233, Kijewskoje
west of Krymsk
71 6 December 1943 08:06 Yak-1 south of Eltigen
14 9 August 1943 18:15 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 75262, southwest of Krymskaja
south of Krymsk
72 6 December 1943 10:41 P-39 east of Eltigen
15 15 August 1943 17:35 Spitfire PQ 34 Ost 76854
east of Warenikowskaja
73 7 December 1943 09:30 Yak-1 north of Ketschegen
16 5 September 1943 12:19 Yak-1 PQ 35 Ost 60342
5 km (3.1 mi) southeast of Taranovka
74 7 December 1943 09:38 Yak-1 southwest of Gorkom
17 5 September 1943 12:25 Yak-1 PQ 35 Ost 60354
15 km (9.3 mi) southeast of Taranovka
75 7 December 1943 10:10 Il-2 m.H. southeast of Kerch
18 9 September 1943 06:29 Yak-1 PQ 35 Ost 50223
5 km (3.1 mi) southwest of Olshany
76 10 February 1944 09:25 Yak-1 east of Bulganak
19 9 September 1943 06:27 Yak-1 PQ 35 Ost 60142
Andrejewka
77 10 February 1944 09:40 Yak-9 Grammatikowo
9 September 1943 06:45 Yak-1 78 10 February 1944 15:00 Yak-9 east of Bulganak
20 9 September 1943 16:50 Yak-1 PQ 35 Ost 50212
20 km (12 mi) south-southeast of Bohodukhiv
79 12 February 1944 10:47 Yak-1 Majak
21 25 September 1943 14:50 Yak-1 PQ 35 Ost 10114
10 km (6.2 mi) southwest of Perejaslav-Chmel'nickij
80 12 February 1944 11:15 Yak-1 Kerch
22 3 October 1943 15:00 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 58812
10 km (6.2 mi) southwest of Bolschoj Tokmak
81 12 February 1944 15:31 Yak-1 Kerch
23 5 October 1943 15:25 P-39 PQ 34 Ost 49323 82 14 February 1944 08:15 P-39 Kamysh Burun
24 6 October 1943 07:30 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 4918
65 km (40 mi) northwest of Dnipropetrovsk
83 14 February 1944 11:30 P-39 Kolonka
25 7 October 1943 06:53 La-5 PQ 34 Ost 49324
60 km (37 mi) west-northwest of Dnipropetrovsk
84 14 February 1944 11:50 Yak-1 Cape Tarchan
26 8 October 1943 13:20 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 66623
Iljitsch
85 15 February 1944 09:10 P-39 Kolonka
27 12 October 1943 09:40 La-5 PQ 34 Ost 49322
60 km (37 mi) west-northwest of Dnipropetrovsk
86 15 February 1944 14:30 Yak-1 Kolonka
28 12 October 1943 15:40 Yak-9 PQ 34 Ost 49314
Borodajewke
87 21 February 1944 13:15 Yak-1 west of Tatarskij
29 13 October 1943 15:45 La-5 PQ 35 Ost 10152
20 km (12 mi) south of Perejaslav-Chmel'nickij
88 26 February 1944 15:25 Yak-1 Grammatikowo
30 15 October 1943 06:15 La-5 PQ 35 Ost 10161
20 km (12 mi) southeast of Perejaslav-Chmel'nickij
89 1 March 1944 08:10 P-39 Kolonka
31 20 October 1943 10:10 Pe-2 PQ 34 Ost 39281, 2 km (1.2 mi) north of Petrowka
30 km (19 mi) east-northeast of Mironowka
90 2 March 1944 09:55 Yak-1 Cape Tarchan
32 20 October 1943 10:12 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 39251, 5 km (3.1 mi) northeast of Mlynok
30 km (19 mi) southeast of Kremenchuk
91 3 March 1944 13:55 P-40 Majak
33 21 October 1943 15:07 Il-2 m.H. PQ 34 Ost 39612, northwest of Pjatichatki
Pjatichatki
92 10 March 1944 14:28 P-39 Kerch
34 25 October 1943 12:35 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 57182
10 km (6.2 mi) southwest of Melitopol
93 10 March 1944 14:33 P-39 Taman
35 25 October 1943 12:40 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 57183
10 km (6.2 mi) southwest of Melitopol
94 11 March 1944 11:45 Yak-1 Tachigary
36 29 October 1943 11:00 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 47183
25 km (16 mi) northwest of Ivanovka
95 11 March 1944 16:15 Yak-7 20 km (12 mi) east of Perekop
13 November 1943
Yak-1 vicinity of Bagerowo 96 13 March 1944 13:30 Yak-1 Malyj
37 15 November 1943 12:10 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 66564
Kerch
97 14 March 1944 13:06 Yak-1 40 km (25 mi) north of Dshankoi
38 16 November 1943 11:40 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 66832, northwest of Bakssy
east of Bulganak
98 17 March 1944 08:40 Yak-7 Chigari
39 16 November 1943 13:50 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 66692
Achtanisowskaja
99 19 March 1944 07:25 P-39 east of Cape Chroni
40 16 November 1943 14:15 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 66661
Sea, west of Zaporozhskaya
100 22 March 1944 10:43 Yak-9 Cape Tarchan
41 19 November 1943 15:20 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 66641, northwest of Bakssy
east of Bulganak
101 22 March 1944 14:02 P-39 Cape Tarchan
42 21 November 1943 09:15 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 66643, Kolonka
east of Bakssy
102 1 April 1944 16:10 Yak-7 Sea, southeast of Cape Takyl
43 21 November 1943 09:40 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 66671, east of Kerch 103 1 April 1944 16:50 Yak-7 Sea, southeast of Cape Takyl
44 25 November 1943 11:10 LaGG-3 PQ 34 Ost 66642, north of Majak
Adshim-Uschkaj
104 5 April 1944 17:12 Yak-1 Grammatikowo
45 26 November 1943 07:40 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 66561
Malyj
105 6 April 1944 13:55 Yak-7 south of Gromowka
46 26 November 1943 10:37 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 66812, northwest of Taman
west of Taman
106 7 April 1944 07:15 Yak-7 40 km (25 mi) north of Dshankoi
47 27 November 1943 13:45 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 66814, southwest of Taman
Krotkow
107♠ 8 April 1944 12:25 Yak-7 20 km (12 mi) southeast of Perekop
48 28 November 1943 11:27 Yak-1 PQ Ost 66594
Kamysh Burun
108♠ 8 April 1944 13:07 Yak-7 20 km (12 mi) southeast of Perekop
49 28 November 1943 11:33 P-39 PQ 34 Ost 66812, northwest of Taman
west of Taman
109♠ 8 April 1944 14:55 Yak-7 south of Gromowka
50 30 November 1943 10:20 Il-2 m.H. PQ 34 Ost 66841, south of Kossa Tusla
Sea, southwest of Taman
110♠ 8 April 1944 15:08 Yak-7 Tachigary
51♠ 1 December 1943 07:20 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 66733, southeast of Eltigen
Sea, east of Eltigen
111♠ 8 April 1944 15:10 Il-2 40 km (25 mi) north of Dshankoi
52♠ 1 December 1943 07:23 Il-2 m.H. west of Cape Tusla 112♠ 8 April 1944 17:10 Il-2 Grammatikowo
53♠ 1 December 1943 11:10 Il-2 PQ 34 Ost 66731, south of Eltigen
east of Eltigen
113♠ 10 April 1944 12:27 P-39 east of Tomoschewka
54♠ 1 December 1943 14:09 Yak-1 southeast of Eltigen 114♠ 10 April 1944 12:28 P-39 east of Tomoschewka
55♠ 1 December 1943 14:10 Il-2 m.H. south of Eltigen 115♠ 10 April 1944 12:29 P-39 east of Tomoschewka
56♠ 2 December 1943 11:05 Yak-1 PQ 34 Ost 66673, west of Taman
Kossa Tusla
116♠ 10 April 1944 15:45 Yak-1 east of Tomoschewka
57♠ 2 December 1943 11:35 Il-2 PQ 34 Ost 66811
Sea, Cape Tusla
117♠ 10 April 1944 15:48 Yak-1 east of Tomoschewka
58♠ 2 December 1943 13:53 LaGG-3 west of Gorkam 118 11 April 1944 14:15 Yak-7 25 km (16 mi) southeast of Perekop
59♠ 2 December 1943 14:15 Il-2 m.H. northeast of Eltigen 119 13 April 1944 11:15 Boston north-northeast of Sarabus
60♠ 2 December 1943 14:19 Il-2 m.H. southeast of Kerch
Kerch
120 13 April 1944 11:20 Yak-1 10 km (6.2 mi) north of Sarabus
61 4 December 1943 06:30 Il-2 m.H. south of Eltigen 121 29 April 1944 18:02 Yak-7 15 km (9.3 mi) north of Iași
62 4 December 1943 08:20 Yak-1 northeast of Eltigen 122♠ 2 May 1944 13:00 P-39 25 km (16 mi) northeast of Iași
63 4 December 1943 09:15 Il-2 m.H. southwest of Eltigen 123♠ 2 May 1944 13:07 Yak-1 north of Târgu Frumos
64♠ 5 December 1943 05:50 Yak-1 east of Cape Warsowka 124♠ 2 May 1944 14:22 P-39 20 km (12 mi) west of Iași
65♠ 5 December 1943 06:10 Il-2 m.H. southeast of Eltigen 125♠ 2 May 1944 15:10 Il-2 20 km (12 mi) west-northwest of Iași
66♠ 5 December 1943 06:11 Yak-1 east of Eltigen 126♠ 2 May 1944 15:15 P-39 20 km (12 mi) north-northeast of Roman
Stab III. Gruppe of Jagdgeschwader 52 –
127 3 May 1944 14:45 P-39 25 km (16 mi) northeast of Iași 174 30 June 1944 18:49 LaGG
128 3 May 1944 15:01 Yak-7 north of Târgu Frumos 175 15 July 1944 20:00 P-39 40 km (25 mi) northwest of Brody
129 5 May 1944 12:18 La-5 10 km (6.2 mi) west of Târgu Frumos 176 15 July 1944 20:02 P-39 45 km (28 mi) north of Busk
130 5 May 1944 12:24 La-5 north of Târgu Frumos 177 16 July 1944 13:25 LaGG 55 km (34 mi) southwest of Lutsk
131 7 May 1944 15:20 Pe-2 30 km (19 mi) north-northwest of Kishinev 178 16 July 1944 13:28 Il-2 30 km (19 mi) northwest of Brody
132 10 May 1944 11:25 La-5 5 km (3.1 mi) south of Grigoriopol 179 18 July 1944 15:35 LaGG 30 km (19 mi) south of Wlodzimierz
133 10 May 1944 11:27 La-5 10 km (6.2 mi) southeast of Grigoriopol 180 18 July 1944 18:00 LaGG 10 km (6.2 mi) northwest of Zolochiv
134 20 May 1944 13:20 LaGG 15 km (9.3 mi) west-southwest of Grigoriopol 181♠ 19 July 1944 15:57 LaGG Luboml
135 20 May 1944 18:34 LaGG 15 km (9.3 mi) west-southwest of Grigoriopol 182♠ 19 July 1944 16:05 LaGG Luboml
136 20 May 1944 18:35 LaGG 15 km (9.3 mi) west-southwest of Grigoriopol 183♠ 19 July 1944 19:40 LaGG 20 km (12 mi) east-southeast of Kholm
137 20 May 1944 18:35 LaGG 15 km (9.3 mi) west-southwest of Grigoriopol 184♠ 19 July 1944 19:45 Il-2 25 km (16 mi) southeast of Kholm
138 30 May 1944 11:20 LaGG 15 km (9.3 mi) north of Iași 185♠ 19 July 1944 19:46 Il-2 25 km (16 mi) northeast of Hostynne
139 30 May 1944 11:29 P-39 8 km (5.0 mi) north of Iași 186♠ 19 July 1944 19:51 Il-2
140 30 May 1944 17:31 P-39 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Iași 187 21 July 1944 16:42 P-39 Lvov
141♠ 31 May 1944 06:50 LaGG 20 km (12 mi) northeast of Iași 188 26 July 1944 17:18 LaGG 10 km (6.2 mi) west of Sambir
142♠ 31 May 1944 06:57 Il-2 15 km (9.3 mi) north of Iași 189 26 July 1944 17:22 LaGG 10 km (6.2 mi) southwest of Sambir
143♠ 31 May 1944 07:05 Il-2 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Iași
7 August 1944
B-24
144♠ 31 May 1944 07:13 Il-2 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Iași 190 12 August 1944 11:50 Pe-2 30 km (19 mi) southwest of Opatów
145♠ 31 May 1944 07:15 Il-2 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Iași 191 12 August 1944 11:52 LaGG 30 km (19 mi) southwest of Opatów
146♠ 31 May 1944 11:17 P-39 15 km (9.3 mi) north of Iași 192 12 August 1944 15:58 LaGG 20 km (12 mi) south-southwest of Opatów
147♠ 31 May 1944 11:20 P-39 15 km (9.3 mi) north of Iași 193 15 August 1944 11:45 Il-2 25 km (16 mi) northwest of Mielec
148♠ 31 May 1944 11:24 P-39 Sulani 194 15 August 1944 11:50 Il-2 20 km (12 mi) north-northwest of Mielec
149♠ 31 May 1944 11:33 P-39 15 km (9.3 mi) southeast of Tudora 195 15 August 1944 11:55 LaGG 20 km (12 mi) north-northwest of Mielec
150♠ 31 May 1944 11:39 LaGG 15 km (9.3 mi) north of Iași 196♠ 17 August 1944 08:23 LaGG 10 km (6.2 mi) west of Opatów
151♠ 31 May 1944 16:30 LaGG 15 km (9.3 mi) north of Iași 197♠ 17 August 1944 12:39 P-39 15 km (9.3 mi) east-southeast of Opatów
152♠ 31 May 1944 16:45 LaGG 15 km (9.3 mi) southwest of Tudora 198♠ 17 August 1944 12:41 P-39 15 km (9.3 mi) west of Sandomierz
153♠ 31 May 1944 17:05 Il-2 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Iași 199♠ 17 August 1944 12:48 Il-2 15 km (9.3 mi) west of Sandomierz
154♠ 31 May 1944 17:08 Il-2 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Iași 200♠ 17 August 1944 19:25 P-39 15 km (9.3 mi) east-southeast of Opatów
155♠ 31 May 1944 19:14 P-39 30 km (19 mi) northwest of Tudora 201♠ 17 August 1944 19:30 LaGG 40 km (25 mi) east-southeast of Ostrowicz
156 2 June 1944 16:15 P-39 25 km (16 mi) west-southwest of Tudora 202♠ 22 August 1944 12:33 P-39 12 km (7.5 mi) east-southeast of Opatów
157 3 June 1944 12:50 P-39 15 km (9.3 mi) north of Iași 203♠ 22 August 1944 12:34 Il-2 10 km (6.2 mi) north of Sandomierz
158 3 June 1944 13:35 P-39 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Tudora 204♠ 22 August 1944 12:34 Il-2 10 km (6.2 mi) north of Sandomierz
159 3 June 1944 19:45 P-39 15 km (9.3 mi) north of Iași 205♠ 22 August 1944 18:47 P-39 15 km (9.3 mi) west of Sandomierz
160 4 June 1944 08:45 LaGG 15 km (9.3 mi) northwest of Iași 206♠ 22 August 1944 18:49 P-39 15 km (9.3 mi) west of Sandomierz
161 4 June 1944 08:55 LaGG 10 km (6.2 mi) west of Iași 207♠ 22 August 1944 18:57 Il-2 10 km (6.2 mi) north of Sandomierz
162♠ 5 June 1944 14:51 LaGG 15 km (9.3 mi) southwest of Tudora 208 15 October 1944 14:18 Il-2 Resita
163♠ 5 June 1944 15:04 LaGG 15 km (9.3 mi) north of Iași 209 15 October 1944 14:25 Il-2 Resita
164♠ 5 June 1944 15:06 LaGG 15 km (9.3 mi) southwest of Tudora 210 16 October 1944 14:14 LaGG 15 km (9.3 mi) southeast of Turnu Serverin
165♠ 5 June 1944 15:14 LaGG 15 km (9.3 mi) north of Iași 211 17 October 1944 09:42 LaGG Turnu Serverin
166♠ 5 June 1944 18:40 P-39 25 km (16 mi) northwest of Iași 212 17 October 1944 14:05 LaGG Turnu Serverin
167♠ 5 June 1944 19:02 LaGG 15 km (9.3 mi) northwest of Iași 213 20 October 1944 14:07 LaGG 25 km (16 mi) south of Orsova
168♠ 5 June 1944 19:07 LaGG Zahorne 214 20 October 1944 14:08 Il-2 15 km (9.3 mi) southeast of Turnu Serverin
169♠ 5 June 1944 19:17 Il-2 20 km (12 mi) north of Bistritz 215♠ 23 October 1944 10:13 LaGG 25 km (16 mi) south-southwest of Orsova
170 8 June 1944 15:30 LaGG 15 km (9.3 mi) northwest of Iași 216♠ 23 October 1944 10:30 Il-2 25 km (16 mi) northeast of Majdanpek
171 8 June 1944 16:25 LaGG 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Tudora 217♠ 23 October 1944 10:33 LaGG 30 km (19 mi) southwest of Turnu Serverin
23 June 1944
P-51 218♠ 23 October 1944 14:00 LaGG 25 km (16 mi) south of Orsova
23 June 1944
P-51 219♠ 23 October 1944 14:30 LaGG 30 km (19 mi) west-southwest of Orsova
24 June 1944
B-24 220 26 October 1944 11:09 LaGG Orsova
172 30 June 1944 15:25 LaGG 221 26 October 1944 11:10 LaGG Orsova
173 30 June 1944 15:33 Il-2 222 26 October 1944 14:18 LaGG 25 km (16 mi) northwest of Turnu Serverin
Stab II. Gruppe of Jagdgeschwader 52 –
224 13 March 1945
Il-2 229 16 March 1945
Il-2
225 13 March 1945
Il-2 230 19 March 1945
Il-2
226 14 March 1945
Il-2 231 19 March 1945
La-5
227 14 March 1945
Il-2 232 5 April 1945
Il-2
228 14 March 1945
Boston 233 16 April 1945
Il-2

Awards

  • Wound Badge in Silver
  • Honorary Cup of the Luftwaffe on 13 December 1943 as Oberleutnant and pilot
  • Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe in Gold with Pennant "400"
  • Combined Pilots-Observation Badge
  • German Cross in Gold on 28 January 1944 as Oberleutnant in the II./Jagdgeschwader 52.
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (24 April 1943)
    • 1st Class (3 July 1943)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
    • Knight's Cross on 26 March 1944 as Oberleutnant (war officer) and Staffelkapitän of the 5./Jagdgeschwader 52
    • 526th Oak Leaves on 20 July 1944 as Hauptmann and Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 52
    • (145th) Swords on 21 April 1945 as Major and Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 52.

Dates of rank

Wehrmacht
1 November 1940: Leutnant (Second Lieutenant)
1 April 1943: Oberleutnant (First Lieutenant)
1 April 1944: Hauptmann (Captain)
April 1945: Major (Major)
Bundeswehr
1964: Oberstleutnant (Major)
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