Ludwig Häfner
Leutnant

Ludwig Häfner

    Ludwig Häfner was born on 17 February 1921 at Ingolstadt in Donau. Häfner was posted to JG 3 in mid-1941.  Leutnant Häfner was assigned to 6./JG 3. He participated in the invasion of Russia and recorded his first victory on this front when he shot down what he reported was a Potez 63 twin-engine bomber. On 25 June, he force-landed at Hostynne after returning from a defensive patrol. On 7 September, whilst ferrying new Bf 109 F-1 (W.Nr. 5728) from Germany, Häfner was obliged to make a forced-landing at Przmysl. The aircraft overturned on landing and the Häfner received injuries that required several months hospitalisation. In spring 1942, 6./JG 3 relocated to the Mediterranean theatre. Häfner operated over Malta and North Africa without adding to his victory total. Häfner relocated back to the Eastern front in May 1942 with 6./JG 3. He recorded his third victory on 20 May. In July, Häfner claimed 24 victories, including four Russian LaGG-3 fighters shot down on 9 July to record his 10th through 13th victories, four enemy aircraft shot down on 30 July (24-27) and three on 31 July (28-30). He recorded his 40th victory on 29 September. On 1 October 1942, Leutnant Häfner was appointed Staffelkapitän of 3./JG 3. He recorded his 50th victory on 1 November, when he shot down a Russian MiG-1 fighter. Häfner led a bomber escort mission from Pitomnik on 10 November 1942. No contact was made with the bombers to be escorted so Häfner decided on a freie Jagd and flew towards the Russian fighter base at Kolobovka. Contact was made with a Russian Yak-1 fighter over the airfield and Häfner shot it down for his 52nd, and last, victory. Häfner was then surprised by a large number of Yaks and shot down and killed from low altitude in Bf 109 G-2 (W.Nr. 13 631).
    Ludwig Häfner was credited with 52 victories. All his victories were recorded over the Eastern front and included at least 12 Il-2 Sturmoviks.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location
1
24.6.1941
13:22
Potez 63 6./JG 3 -
2
25.6.1941
7:01
DB-3 6./JG 3 -
3
20.5.1942
14:25
Il-2 6./JG 3 2km SE Wagislaska
4
29.5.1942
6:14
MiG-1 6./JG 3 -
5
13.6.1942
10:23
Il-2 6./JG 3 -
6
13.6.1942
10:43
MiG-1 6./JG 3 -
7
1.7.1942
12:05
LaGG-3 6./JG 3 Voronezh
8
2.7.1942
8:04
R-5 6./JG 3 -
9
4.7.1942
13:37
Il-2 6./JG 3 -
10
6.7.1942
16:32
Yak-1 6./JG 3 -
11
9.7.1942
17:55
LaGG-3 6./JG 3 Nowo-Ussman
12
9.7.1942
18:10
LaGG-3 6./JG 3 Demschtuhliak
13
9.7.1942
18:13
LaGG-3 6./JG 3 N Losow
14
9.7.1942
18:33
LaGG-3 6./JG 3 -
15
10.7.1942
4:37
P-39 6./JG 3 92 474
16
10.7.1942
9:17
MiG-1 6./JG 3 -
17
13.7.1942
4:55
Pe-2 6./JG 3 -
18
13.7.1942
11:55
R-5 6./JG 3 -
19
14.7.1942
11:22
Il-2 6./JG 3 -
20
23.7.1942
9:30
Yak-1 6./JG 3 -
21
25.7.1942
9:55
Yak-1 6./JG 3 -
22
25.7.1942
10:12
MiG-1 6./JG 3 -
23
29.7.1942
17:52
Il-2 6./JG 3 39 411
24
30.7.1942
5:32
LaGG-3 6./JG 3 39 253
25
30.7.1942
5:47
LaGG-3 6./JG 3 32 294
26
30.7.1942
5:48
LaGG-3 6./JG 3 -
27
30.7.1942
-
Pe-2 6./JG 3 -
28
31.7.1942
13:45
LaGG-3 6./JG 3 39 282
29
31.7.1942
13:55
Il-2 6./JG 3 39 192
30
31.7.1942
14:03
Il-2 6./JG 3 39 183
31
6.8.1942
5:35
Pe-2 6./JG 3 Stalingrad
32
7.8.1942
5:47
Il-2 6./JG 3 49 752
33
7.8.1942
10:25
LaGG-3 6./JG 3 49 521
34
20.8.1942
6:20
MiG-1 6./JG 3 40 471
35
23.8.1942
-
MiG-1 6./JG 3 -
36
23.8.1942
-
LaGG-3 6./JG 3 -
37
21.9.1942
-
LaGG-3 6./JG 3 -
38
21.9.1942
-
MiG-1 6./JG 3 -
39
29.9.1942
9:35
LaGG-3 3./JG 3 59 174
40
29.9.1942
12:10
LaGG-3 3./JG 3 49 263
41
9.10.1942
14:40
LaGG-3 3./JG 3 49 133
42
9.10.1942
14:48
LaGG-3 3./JG 3 49 132
43
14.10.1942
7:10
Il-2 3./JG 3 40 751
44
14.10.1942
-
Il-2 3./JG 3 -
45
17.10.1942
10:40
E/a 3./JG 3 -
46
26.10.1942
11:40
Il-2 3./JG 3 49 474
47
27.10.1942
-
E/a 3./JG 3 -
48
30.10.1942
14:12
Il-2 3./JG 3 49 231
49
1.11.1942
14:25
LaGG-3 3./JG 3 59 172
50
2.11.1942
12:12
MiG-1 3./JG 3 49 422
51
3.11.1942
11:08
Yak-1 3./JG 3 59 192
52
10.11.1942
11:54
Yak-1 3./JG 3 80km E Stalingrad

Victories : 52
Awards : Ehrenpokal (21 September 1942)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (25 September 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (21 December 1942)
Units : JG 3

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