|Gustav Rödel was
born on 24 October 1915 at Merseburg in Sachsen. He joined the Luftwaffe with the rank of
Fahnenjunker in 1936 and underwent fighter pilot training. Rödel participated in the
Spanish Civil War with the Condor Legion serving with J 88. He was awarded the
Spanienkreuz in Bronze with Schwertern for his achievements there. On 15 July 1939, Rödel
joined JG 21. Leutnant Rödel was assigned to 2./JG 21. He participated in the invasion of
Poland gaining his first victory, a Polish P.24 fighter shot down near Warschau, on 1
September. However, on 7 September, he was forced down during a ground-strafing mission...
|Horst Brock was
born on 26 September 1922 at Breslau. He joined the Luftwaffe and began flying training
with Flieger-Ausbildungs-Regiment 61, based at Oschatz, on 25 May 1941. Brock completed
his fighter pilot’s training with Jagdgruppe Ost based at St Jean d’Angely in France.
On 16 March 1943, Brock was posted to JG 3 based on the Eastern front. Leutnant Brock was
assigned to 5./JG 3. He recorded his first victories on 15 April, operating over the
northern sector of the Kuban bridgehead, when he shot down two Russian fighters. Brock
recorded his 10th victory on 11 May, when he claimed a Russian Yak-1 fighter shot down...
at least 17 victories
Bärsdorf was born on 18 July 1920 at Leubus. Bärsdorf volunteered to join the newly
formed JG Herrmann, operating single-engine fighters by night to counter the British night
bombing offensive, in early July 1943. The unit was the brainchild of Major Hajo Herrmann
(7 victories, RK-S). Leutnant Bärsdorf was assigned to Stabsstaffel of II./JG Hermann
based at Rheine flying Fw 190 A fighters. He recorded his first victory on the night of
29/30 July, when he intercepted a RAF Lancaster four-engine bomber, one of 777 heavy and
medium bombers targetting Hamburg, and shot it down near Hamburg...
Scherfling was born on 6 September 1918 at Gelsenkirchen in Ruhrgebiet. Scherfling was
posted to 7./NJG 1 at the end of 1940. He recorded his first victory on the night of 31
March/1 April 1941, when he shot down a RAF Wellington twin-engine bomber near Groningen.
On the night of 9/10 April, he recorded his second, and the Nachtjagd’s first, victory
over a four-engine bomber when he shot down a RAF Stirling near Lingen...
|Bruno Stolle was
born on 13 April 1915 at Münster in Westfalen. Stolle was a blind flying instructor with
I./LG 1 at the beginning of the war but was then transferred to 3./JG 51. On 15 March
1940, Stolle was transferred to 8./JG 2. He took part in the Battle for France. He also
participated in the Battle of Britain, where he gained his first aerial victories on 11
August when shot down two RAF fighters. Stolle was appointed Staffelkapitän of 8./JG 2 on
7 September 1940. He had three victories to his credit at this time. His scoring rate
increased in 1941 with 11 Spitfires and a single Blenheim recorded...
|Hubert Engst was
born on 10 November 1921 in Krauschwitz. Hubert Engst completed his flying training at JG
110 at Altenburg in late July 1943. On 30 July 1943, Engst was posted to JG Herrmann
based at Rheine, to fly Wilde Sau missions in single-engine night fighters intercepting
RAF night bombers. Unteroffizier Engst was assigned to the Stabsstaffel of II./JG
Herrmann. He flew his first combat mission three hours after his arrival at the unit and
claimed his first victory, a RAF Stirling four-engine bomber shot down near Wüppertal. By
June 1944, Feldwebel Engst was serving with 5./JG 300. On 21 June, he claimed two USAAF
four-engine bombers shot down...
about 20 victories
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