Werner Hohenberg
Oberfeldwebel

Werner Hohenberg

    Werner Hohenberg was born on 1 November 1920 at Dresden. He joined the Luftwaffe on 20 January 1940 undergoing basic military and flying training at Tulln and Wels in Austria. He was awarded his flying licence on 24 June 1941. He undertook fighter pilot training at Jagdfliegervorschule 2 at Neustadt and at Jagdfliegervorschule 4 at Fürth. His advanced training began at Groningen in The Netherlands in January 1942 and was completed from February to June 1942 at Krakau. Hohenberg was posted to JG 52, based on the Eastern Front, in July 1942. Unteroffizier Hohenberg was assigned to 8./JG 52. In the next year, Hohenberg participated in 200 missions, entered aerial combat on 70 occasions and claimed 33 victories. In July and August, he flew as wingman to Oberleutnant Otto Decker (40 victories, DK, killed in action 27 August 1942) and operated from the Pitomnik airfield over Stalingrad. Following the death of Decker, Hohenberg became wingman to Hermann Graf (212 victories, RK-Br) and, from September to October, the wingman for Josef “Jupp” Zwernemann (126 victories, RK, killed in action 8 April 1944). On 27 August 1942, Hohenberg was injured when he ran out of fuel, force-landing his Bf 109 G-2 (W.Nr. 134 25) near Stalingrad. From December 1942 to March 1943, Hohenberg was wingman to Oberleutnant Günther Rall (275 victories, RK-S) and Oberfeldwebel Friedrich Wachiowiak (at least 86, possibly 120 or 140 victories, RK, killed in action 16 July 1944). He claimed four Russian aircraft shot down on 5 July 1943. He was wounded on 9 July 1943, by flak northeast of Belgorod and baled out of Bf 109 G-4 (W.Nr. 194 96). He was to spend many months in hospital as a result. Unteroffizier Hohenberg was awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold on 17 October. In November 1944, Hohenberg was transferred to I./JG 2 based on the Western Front. Feldwebel Hohenberg flew as wingman to Hauptmann Franz Hrdlicka (60 victories, RK, killed in action 25 March 1945), Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 2. He participated in Operation Bodenplatte on 1 January 1945, but was shot down by Allied flak at Stolberg, southeast of Aachen in Fw 190 D-9 (W.Nr. 210 194) "< II" and became a Prisoner of War. He was promoted to the rank of Oberfeldwebel.
    Werner Hohenberg was credited with 33 victories in 200 missions. All his victories were recorded over the Eastern front.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
6.8.1942
9:52
Il-2 8./JG 52 05 244: at 1.000m
?
23.8.1942
4:45
Yak-1 8./JG 52 49 121: at 100m
?
8.9.1942
16:29
LaGG-3 8./JG 52 40 153: at 1.500m
?
8.9.1942
16:35
LaGG-3 8./JG 52 40 171: at 1.000m
?
13.9.1942
6:30
Il-2 8./JG 52 49 362: at 150m
?
25.9.1942
16:13
Yak-1 8./JG 52 40 753: at 3.000m
?
12.10.1942
15:57
I-16 8./JG 52 44 612 at 1.200m
?
31.10.1942
13:44
LaGG-3 8./JG 52 44 793: at 1.000m
?
1.11.1942
15:25
LaGG-3 8./JG 52 44 791 at 1.200m
?
1.11.1942
15:27
LaGG-3 8./JG 52 44 583 at 1.000m
?
5.11.1942
7:55
I-16 8./JG 52 44 843 at 800m
?
26.3.1943
11:25
LaGG 8./JG 52 85 184: at 600m
?
15.4.1943
15:07
LaGG 8./JG 52 85 174: at 2.700m
?
16.4.1943
11:03
P-39 8./JG 52 85 122: at 1.400m
?
21.4.1943
10:52
LaGG 8./JG 52 75 462: at 4.800m
?
27.4.1943
17:08
LaGG-3 8./JG 52 85 122: at 2.500m
?
30.4.1943
16:15
P-39 8./JG 52 75 262: at 2.000m
?
7.5.1943
4:16
P-39 8./JG 52 85 113: at 900m
?
18.5.1943
16:35
Il-2 8./JG 52 85 173: tiefflug
?
26.5.1943
10:01
Il-2 8./JG 52 76 863: at 500m
?
27.5.1943
4:43
Il-2 8./JG 52 75 232: at 200m
?
2.6.1943
13:40
Il-2 8./JG 52 76 893: at 200m
?
5.7.1943
5:35
LaGG 8./JG 52 61 442: tiefstflug
?
5.7.1943
11:45
LaGG 8./JG 52 61 411: tiefstflug
?
5.7.1943
18:27
Il-2 8./JG 52 61 453 at 500m
?
5.7.1943
18:43
LaGG 8./JG 52 61 422 at 700m
?
7.7.1943
7:44
LaGG 8./JG 52 61 151: at 1.500m

Victories : 33
Awards : Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (17 October 1943)
Units : JG 52, JG 2

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