Sophus Baagoe
Oberleutnant

Sophus Baagoe

    Sophus Baagoe was born on 4 March 1915 at Flensburg. At the outbreak of World War 2, Baagoe was serving with with 8./ZG 26 flying Bf 110 Zerstörer twin-engine fighters. He gained his first victory on 12 May 1940 when he shot down a French Morane fighter. Baagoe was to claim a further three victories during the French campaign. By end of September 1940, he had 13 victories to his credit, including nine gained during the Battle of Britain. Oberleutnant Baagoe shot down his 13th victim on 26 September 1940. Following the Battle of Britain, III./ZG 26 were transferred to the Mediterranean theatre. Baagoe brought his victory tally to 14 when he shot down a RAF Hurricane fighter on 20 April 1941 over the Greek port of Piraeus. Following the successful invasion of Greece, III./ZG 26 were then employed in support of the operation to capture Crete. On 14 May 1941, Oberleutnant Baagoe was strafing the airfield at Heraklion when his Bf 110 D-3 (W.Nr. 4290) was shot down into the sea off Crete’s north coast. He was the victim of either New Zealander Pilot Officer D F Westenra (9.333 confirmed, 2 probables and 4 damaged victories) of 1430 Flight, RAF, who had scrambled from the airfield Baagoe was attacking in his Gladiator biplane fighter, or anti-aircraft fire from the airfield defences or, possibly, a combination of both. Baagoe was awarded a posthumous Ritterkreuz on 14 June 1941.
    Sophus Baagoe is credited with 14 victories in 95 missions.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
12.5.1940
8:40
Morane 8./ZG 26 Ghent-Termonde / Morane MS 406 of GC III/1 or GC III/3 of Armée de l’Air
2
27.5.1940
16:03
Hurricane 8./ZG 26 -
3
27.5.1940
16:10
Hurricane 8./ZG 26 -
4
3.6.1940
14:47
Hawk 75A 8./ZG 26 -
5
10.7.1940
15:04
Spitfire 8./ZG 26 -
6
10.7.1940
15:10
Spitfire 8./ZG 26 -
7
29.7.1940
18:24
Hurricane 8./ZG 26 -
8
18.8.1940
14:24
Spitfire 8./ZG 26 -
9
18.8.1940
14:30
Spitfire 8./ZG 26 -
10
31.8.1940
9:37
Spitfire 8./ZG 26 -
11
3.9.1940
11:20
Spitfire 8./ZG 26 -
12
3.9.1940
11:28
Spitfire 8./ZG 26 -
13
26.9.1940
17:37
Spitfire 8./ZG 26 -
14
20.4.1941
-
Hurricane 8./ZG 26 Piraeus / Hurricane of 80 Sqn RAF

Victories : 14
Awards : Ritterkreuz (14 June 1941)
Units : ZG 26

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