Karl-Heinz Bendert
Oberleutnant
 
Karl-Heinz Bendert
 
    Karl-Heinz Bendert was born on 9 September 1914 at Schwiebus in Mark Brandenburg. He joined the Luftwaffe in 1937. Bendert was posted to JG 27, based at Magdeburg-Ost, in January 1940. Feldwebel Bendert was assigned to 4./JG 27. He gained his first victory, a RAF Blenheim twin-engine bomber shot down near Rotterdam, on 12 May. By September his victory total had risen to six. By November 1941, Bendert was operating over North Africa. Here he was particularly successful. He claimed his 10th victory on 22 May, his 20th on 4 August, his 30th on 12 August and his 40th on 22 August. However, he became embroiled in a controversy over the falsification of his claims along with others in his unit. This did not preclude Leutnant Bendert being awarded the Ritterkreuz on 30 December 1942 for 42 victories. From 3 November 1942 until 7 September 1943, Bendert was assigned flying instructor duties with 2./Ergänzungs-Jagdgruppe Süd. He returned to II./JG 27 but was then appointed Staffelkapitän of 5./JG 27, based in Germany performing Reichsverteidigung duties, on 2 December. On 26 April 1944, Bendert was appointed Staffelkapitän of 2./JG 104. He recorded his last four victories with this unit in February 1945. Bendert survived the war. He died on 16 July 1983 in Oldenburg.
    Karl-Heinz Bendert was credited with 55 victories in 610 missions. All his victories were recorded over the Western front. His score includes ten four-engine bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
12.5.1940
8:54
Blenheim 4./JG 27 N Rotterdam
2
9.6.1940
13:40
Morane 4./JG 27 Foret-de-Villers
3
11.8.1940
11:50
Curtiss P-36 4./JG 27 Portland / wrong identification of A/c
4
3.9.1940
-
Spitfire 4./JG 27 Themsemündung
5
3.9.1940
11:45
Spitfire 4./JG 27 Rochester
6
6.9.1940
10:10
Spitfire 4./JG 27 Tunbridge Wells
7
22.11.1941
16:46
P-40 Stab II./JG 27 SE Bir Hacheim / Tomahawk of 112 Sqn, RAF or 3 Sqn, RAAF
8
13.12.1941
16:55
Blenheim Stab II./JG 27 10km NE Tmimi / Blenheim of 55 Sqn, RAF
9
22.5.1942
7:33
P-40 4./JG 27 30km E Tmimi / Kittyhawk of 450 Sqn, RAF
10
22.5.1942
7:45
P-40 4./JG 27 3km N Ain-el-Gazala / Kittyhawk of 450 Sqn, RAF
11
23.5.1942
10:05
P-40 4./JG 27 5km S Ain-el-Gazala
12
30.5.1942
16:03
P-40 4./JG 27 E Fort Acroma
13
8.6.1942
6:03
P-40 4./JG 27 E Bir Hacheim
14
8.6.1942
6:25
P-40 4./JG 27 8km SE Bir Hacheim
15
9.6.1942
8:25
P-40 4./JG 27 SE El Adem
16
27.6.1942
18:55
P-40 4./JG 27 SE Marsa Matruh
17
27.6.1942
19:00
P-40 4./JG 27 SE Marsa Matruh
18
23.7.1942
18:10
Spitfire 4./JG 27 S El Alamein
19
3.8.1942
18:12
Spitfire 4./JG 27 NW El Hammam / Spitfire V of 145 Sqn, RAF
20
4.8.1942
8:10
P-40 4./JG 27 SE El Alamein / Kittyhawk of 5 Sqn, SAAF
21
4.8.1942
13:30
Spitfire 4./JG 27 NW El Hammam
22
5.8.1942
10:08
P-40 4./JG 27 Alam-el-Halfa
23
6.8.1942
12:05
P-40 4./JG 27 E Deir-el-Abaid
24
6.8.1942
12:08
P-40 4./JG 27 SW El Alamein
25
7.8.1942
9:23
P-40 4./JG 27 S El Hammam
26
7.8.1942
9:30
Hurricane 4./JG 27 10km NW El-Alamein
27
7.8.1942
12:13
Hurricane 4./JG 27 SE Alam-el-Kadim
28
10.8.1942
11:04
P-40 4./JG 27 SE El Alamein
29
10.8.1942
11:05
P-40 4./JG 27 SSE El Alamein
30
12.8.1942
6:43
Hurricane 4./JG 27 SE El Alamein
31
12.8.1942
6:50
Hurricane 4./JG 27 W Alam-el-Kadim
32
12.8.1942
6:52
Hurricane 4./JG 27 E Alam-el-Kadim
33
12.8.1942
7:02
P-40 4./JG 27 SW Alam-el-Halfa
34
12.8.1942
7:04
P-40 4./JG 27 SW Alam-el-Halfa
35
16.8.1942
8:28
P-40 4./JG 27 S Alam-el-Kadim
36
16.8.1942
8:35
P-40 4./JG 27 E Alam-el-Kadim
37
16.8.1942
8:40
P-40 4./JG 27 S El Hammam
38
19.8.1942
9:01
Spitfire 4./JG 27 W El Hammam / Spitfire V of 92 Sqn, RAF
39
19.8.1942
9:05
Spitfire 4./JG 27 WSW El Hammam / Spitfire V of 92 Sqn, RAF
40
22.8.1942
7:28
Spitfire 4./JG 27 S El Hammam
41
22.8.1942
7:30
Spitfire 4./JG 27 S Alam Uzeiligh
42
2.9.1942
9:22
Spitfire 4./JG 27 12km SSW Imayid
43
14.10.1943
14:10~
B-17 Stab II./JG 27 Kirn
44
14.10.1943
16:00~
B-17 Stab II./JG 27 Avencourt
45
11.12.1943
13:25
B-17 HSS 5./JG 27 E Groningen
46
11.1.1944
12:40~
P-47 5./JG 27 S Meppel
47
11.1.1944
12:55~
B-24 5./JG 27 N Leek
48
29.1.1944
10:52
B-17 HSS 5./JG 27 S Seesbach, 15km SW Bingen
49
8.3.1944
13:35
B-17 5./JG 27 3km W Leitzkau
50
8.3.1944
14:10~
B-17 5./JG 27 W Coburg
51
8.4.1944
14:15~
B-24 HSS 5./JG 27 NE Braunschweig
52
II.1945
-
E/a 2./JG 104 Viermot?
53
II.1945
-
E/a 2./JG 104 Viermot?
54
II.1945
-
E/a 2./JG 104  
55
II.1945
-
E/a 2./JG 104  
 
Victories : 55
Awards : Ehrenpokal (18 September 1942)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (15 October 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (30 December 1942)
Units : JG 27, JGr Süd, JG 104
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