Ernst Börngen
Hauptmann
 
Ernst Börngen
 
    Ernst Börngen was born on 7 February 1916 at Meuselwitz in Thüringen. On 27 June 1940, Börngen joined JG 27. Leutnant Börngen was assigned to 4./JG 27. He recorded his first victories on 18 August, during the Battle of Britain, when he shot down two RAF Spitfire fighters over Selsey Bill. Börngen participated in the Balkans campaign. He shot down a Greek Gladiator biplane fighter near Kalambaka on 15 April 1941. Following the successful conclusion of the Balkans campaign, Börngen participated in Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia. He claimed two Russian DB-3 twin-engine bombers shot down on 25 June to record his fourth and fifth victories. In late September 1941, II./JG 27 was relocated to North Africa. By the end of 1942, Börngen had added 13 British fighters and a solitary RAF Blenheim twin-engine bomber to his growing victory total. On 20 May 1943, Börngen was appointed Staffelkapitän of 5./JG 27. On 11 July, he shot down a Spitfire (11) but received damage to his Bf 109 F-4trop (W.Nr. 102 03) “Black 3” in the combat that required he make a belly-landing at El Alamein. On 20 September, Börngen was wounded in aerial combat. Börngen led 5./JG 27 during the heavy fighting over southern Italy. On 16 July 1943, Oberleutnant Börngen shot down a USAAF B-24 four-engine bomber to record his 28th victory but his Bf109 G-6trop (W.Nr. 183 71) was hit  by return fire in the engagement. He again received wounds and was required to make a forced-landing. Following his recovery, Börngen was transferred for a spell of instructing at Jagdgruppe Süd. In March/April 1944 he was transferred to the Geschwaderstab of JG 27 and, later, III./JG 27 on Reichsverteidigung duties. On 13 April 1944, Börngen was appointed Staffelkapitän of 2./JG 27. On 13 May 1944, Hauptmann Börngen was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 27. On 19 May 1944, Börngen rammed a USAAF B-24 four-engine bomber over Helmstedt in Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 441 101). He baled out but lost his right arm in the incident. His wounds resulted in him seeing no further action in the war.
    Ernst Börngen was credited with 41 victories in 450 missions. He recorded two victories over the Eastern front. Of the 39 victories recorded over the Western front, 16 were four-engine bombers. Additionally, Börngen recorded 24 unconfirmed victories.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1.
18.8.1940
15:30
Spitfire 4./JG 27 Selsey Bill
2.
18.8.1940
15:40
Spitfire 4./JG 27 Selsey Bill
3.
15.4.1941
7:01
Gladiator 4./JG 27 W Trikkala
4.
25.6.1941
-
DB-3 4./JG 27 Usmjany
5.
25.6.1941
-
DB-3 4./JG 27  
6.
21.12.1941
15:02
Blenheim 5./JG 27 3km SW El Agheila
7.
30.5.1942
17:05
P-40 5./JG 27 SE Fort Acroma / Kittyhawk of 450 Sqn, RAF or 5 Sqn, SAAF
8.
5.6.1942
11:51
P-40 5./JG 27 20km NE Mteifl Chebir
9.
26.6.1942
19:03
P-40 5./JG 27 SE Marsa Matruh
10.
3.7.1942
18:10
P-40 5./JG 27 SW El Alamein
11.
11.7.1942
16:07
Spitfire 5./JG 27 SW El Alamein
12.
20.7.1942
18:23
P-40 5./JG 27 El Alamein
13.
15.9.1942
17:02
P-40 5./JG 27 S El Alamein
14.
9.10.1942
12:20
Spitfire 5./JG 27 N Sanyet Quotaifiya / Spitfire of 92 Sqn, RAF flown by P/O Harvey
15.
20.10.1942
9:20
P-40 5./JG 27 ENE El Daba
16.
27.10.1942
15:03
Spitfire 5./JG 27 N Turbiya
17.
27.10.1942
15:32
Hurricane 5./JG 27 NW El Alamein
18.
11.11.1942
9:27
P-40 5./JG 27 S Sollum
19.
29.4.1943
11:27
P-38 5./JG 27 10km SW Maréttimo
20.
22.5.1943
16:15
P-38 5./JG 27 SSW Maréttimo
21.
25.5.1943
11:32
B-17 5./JG 27 NW Maréttimo
22.
28.5.1943
18:02
B-24 5./JG 27 S Castelvertano
23.
28.5.1943
18:06
B-25 5./JG 27 SW Marsala
24.
2.7.1943
11:15
B-24 5./JG 27 30km ESE Lecce
25.
2.7.1943
11:25
B-24 5./JG 27 20km SW San Cesario
26.
10.7.1943
16:07
Spitfire 5./JG 27 30km SE Syracusa
27.
12.7.1943
-
Spitfire 5./JG 27  
28.
16.7.1943
13:10
B-24 5./JG 27 25km ENE Bari
29.
3.4.1944
10:46
B-17 Stab JG 27 50 S Budapest
30.
6.4.1944
16:23
B-17 Stab III./JG 27 30km SE Marburg
31.
12.4.1944
12:10
B-24 Stab III./JG 27 SW Neusiedler See
32.
12.4.1944
12:12
B-17 Stab III./JG 27 W Neusiedler See
33.
13.4.1944
11:48
B-17 Stab III./JG 27 10km ESE Raab (Györ)
34.
23.4.1944
14:50
B-17 2./JG 27 W Willendorf
35.
12.5.1944
12:37
B-17 Stab JG 27 NW Bamberg
36.
12.5.1944
12:57
B-17 Stab JG 27 Bad Orb
37.
19.5.1944
13:15
B-24 Stab I./JG 27 6km E Helmstedt
38.
19.5.1944
13:20
B-24 Stab I./JG 27 N Helmstedt

Victories : 41
Awards : Ehrenpokal (18 January 1943)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (31 August 1943)
                Ritterkreuz (27 July 1944)
Units : JG 27

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