Eberhard Bock
Hauptmann

Eberhard Bock

 
    Eberhard Bock was serving with JG 3 in May 1940. Leutnant Bock was assigned to 3./JG 3. He recorded his first victory on 15 May, when he shot down a French Morane 406 fighter near Charleroi. By the French capitulation he had four victories to his credit. During the Battle of Britain, Bock would record four further victories making him one of the most successful pilots of I./JG 3 during this phase of the war. On 1 September, Oberleutnant Bock was appointed Staffelkapitän of 3./JG 3. However, on 2 December 1940, following a freie Jagd mission over England, he ran out of fuel. Bock was forced to make a belly-landing in his Bf 109 E-7 (W.Nr. 4131) at Cadzand, fortunately on the European side of the Channel. By the end of 1940, he had raised his victory total to eight. Bock led 3./JG 3 for the invasion of Russia. On 24 June 1941, Bock participated in a mission over the Luzk area. His Bf 109 F-2 (W.Nr. 5477) “Yellow 3” was hit by flak severing an oil line. He was forced to crash-land beyond the lines but was fortunate to evade capture and return to his unit the next day with minor injuries. Bock recorded his 10th victory on 29 June, when he shot down a Russian Pe-2 twin-engine bomber near Wielka. His 20th victory was recorded on 10 July, when he shot down a Russian Il-4 twin-engine bomber and a V-11 (probably an Il-2) ground-attack aircraft. On 10 August, eight aircraft of 1./JG 3 and 3./JG 3 undertook a mission in the Kiev area. Contact was made with a Russian formation of six I-17 and three I-16 fighters and five Pe-2 twin-engine bombers. In the ensuing combat, Bock received damage to his Bf 109 F-2 (W.Nr. 6818) necessitating a forced-landing at Vassilkov airfield, fortunately without injury. I./JG 3 was withdrawn to Germany at the beginning of October by which time Bock had 21 victories to his credit. Relocated to Magdeburg in Germany, I./JG 3 underwent conversion to the Bf 109 F-4. Bock led 3./JG 3 to Katwijk in Holland on 12 December 1941. Operations along the Dutch coast commenced from 15 December. On 15 January 1942, 3./JG 3 was redesignated 6./JG 1. Bock gained a double victory over RAF twin-engine bombers while providing fighter cover for Operation Donnerkeil, the “Channel Dash” of the battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and the battlecruiser Prinz Eugen on 12 February 1942. Bock was withdrawn from frontline action following the death of his brother. He served with 2./JG 104, an operational training establishment based at Fürth-Herzogenaurach. He was able to record three victories during his time with unit, all USAAF four-engine bombers: a B-17 shot down on 17 August 1943 near Hanau, a B-24 shot down on 22 February 1944 near Obertraubing and another B-24 shot down on 25 February near Hienheim. On 2 May 1944, Bock was appointed Staffelkapitän of 5./JG 27. He recorded his 27th and 28th, and final, victories with this unit on 12 May, when he claimed two USAAF B-17 four-engine bomber Herausschuss. Bock was shot down and killed on 28 May 1944, in aerial combat with USAAF P-51 fighters near Helmstedt. He baled out of his BF 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 441 324) “Black 6” but struck the tailplane of his aircraft.
    Eberhard Bock was credited with 28 victories, although some sources credit him with 23 or even 30 victories. He recorded 13 victories over the Eastern front. Of his 15 victories recorded over the Western front, at least five were four-engine bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location
Comments
1.
15.5.1940
13:15
Morane 406 3./JG 3 SE Charleroi  
2.
26.5.1940
9:31
Morane 406 3./JG 3 15km SE Amiens  
3.
6.6.1940
-
Blenheim 3./JG 3 St. Valéry-Abbeville  
4.
7.6.1940
-
Hurricane 3./JG 3 Abbeville  
-
21.6.1940
-
1/2 Seaplane 3./JG 3 Loire Estuary On water. Shared with Lt Walter Binder
5.
2.9.1940
-
Morane 3./JG 3 SE London Spitfire or Hurricane
6.
5.9.1940
-
Hurricane 3./JG 3 London area  
7.
9.9.1940
-
Morane 3./JG 3   Spitfire or Hurricane
8.
9.9.1940
-
Morane 3./JG 3   Spitfire or Hurricane
9.
22.6.1941
-
I-153 3./JG 3    
10.
29.6.1941
12:05
Pe-2 3./JG 3 E Wielka  
11.
29.6.1941
17:40
Pe-2 3./JG 3 15km E Rowne  
12.
30.6.1941
16:40
PZL P-37 3./JG 3 SW Zwiatel ?
13.
6.7.1941
15:35
Potez-63 3./JG 3 Shepetowka DB-3
14.
6.7.1941
-
I-153 3./JG 3    
15.
6.7.1941
-
SB-2 3./JG 3    
16.
8.7.1941
17:20
Il-4 3./JG 3 5km E Miropol DB-3
17.
9.7.1941
11:00
Il-4 3./JG 3 12km NE Gudnow DB-3
18.
9.7.1941
16:15
Il-4 3./JG 3 4km SE Miropol DB-3
19.
10.7.1941
17:05
Il-4 3./JG 3   DB-3
20.
10.7.1941
-
V-11 3./JG 3   Il-2
21.
20.7.1941
16:05
Il-4 3./JG 3 1km E Buzowka DB-3
22.
12.2.1942
17:37
Hampden 6./JG 1 7km W Katwijk  
23.
12.2.1942
17:39
Hampden 6./JG 1 10km W Katwijk  
24.
17.8.1943
12:45
B-17 2./JG 104 4km SE Hanau  
25.
22.2.1944
13:07
B-24 2./JG 104 Obertraubling  
26.
25.2.1944
12:57
B-24 2./JG 104 3km W Hienheim  
27.
12.5.1944
12:25
B-17 HSS 5./JG 27 Merzhausen  
28.
12.5.1944
12:28
B-17 HSS 5./JG 27 Merzhausen  

Victories : 28
Awards : Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (21 August 1942)
Units : JG 3, JG 1, JG 104, JG 27

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