Walter Engel
Hauptmann
 
Walter Engel
 
    Walter Engel was born on 1 May 1919 at Dresden. Engel was posted to 4.(F)/14 on 23 May 1940. On 18 December 1942, he was transferred to III./KG 3. There then followed moves to IV.(Erg)/KG 3 on 21 February 1943 and II./KG 3 on 26 October 1943. Engel had performed reconnaisance, pathfinder and target illumination missions during this period. On 30 May 1944, Engel was transferred to KG 4. Engel then underwent training as a night-fighter pilot. On 24 September 1944, he was posted to I./NJG 5. On 1 November, he was appointed Staffelkapitän of 3./NJG 5. He gained his first victory on the night of 14/15 December over the Eastern front. On each of the nights of 20/21 December and 22/23 December, Engel claimed four Russian bombers shot down. Engel was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 28 February 1945. In the last weeks of the war, Engel was shot down twice, both times baling out successfully.
    Walter Engel was credited with 10 victories in 266 missions, including 159 long-range reconnaisance missions, 80 bombing missions and 27 night-fighter missions. Included in his victory total are nine victories recorded over the Eastern front.
 
No
Date
Time
Unit
A/c Type
Location / Comments
1
14-15.12.1944
-
3./NJG 5 E/a -
2
18.12.1944
22:11
3./NJG 5 Viermot N Gotenhafen
3
20.12.1944
18:40
3./NJG 5 DB-3F NC-6
4
21.12.1944
0:51
3./NJG 5 DB-3F E Memel
5
21.12.1944
1:01
3./NJG 5 DB-3F NE Memel
6
21.12.1944
1:07
3./NJG 5 DB-3F E Memel
7
22.12.1944
17:17
3./NJG 5 PS-84 LB-6
8
22-23.12.1944
17:39
3./NJG 5 DB-3F LC-5
9
22-23.12.1944
17:50
3./NJG 5 DB-3F KC-9
10
22-23.12.1944
18:17
3./NJG 5 B-25 KE-4
 
Victories : 10
Awards : Ehrenpokal (8 December 1941)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (1 October 1944)
                Ritterkreuz (28 February 1945)
Units : Aufkl. Gr. 14, KG 3, KG 4, NJG 5
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