Wilhelm "Willy" Kientsch
Oberleutnant

Wilhelm Willy Kientsch

    Wilhelm Kientsch was born on 12 May 1921 at Kisslegg in Württemberg. Kientsch was posted to the Ergänzungs-Staffel/JG 27 on 27 May 1941 for operational training. At the beginning of 1942, Oberfähnrich Kientsch was transferred to the Stabsstaffel of II./JG 27 based in North Africa. He gained his first two victories on 18 March when he shot down two RAF P-40 fighters. By late June 1942, by which time Kientsch was serving with 5./JG 27, he had eight victories to his credit and, by the end of 1942, he had increased his score to 16. On 1 June 1943, Kientsch was appointed Staffelkapitän of 6./JG 27. He was particularly successful over Sicily and southern Italy in the spring and summer of 1943 claiming 25 victories, including his 20th victory, a USAAF P-38 twin-engined fighter on 16 April, one of eight he was to claim during his Mediterranean theatre service. Also included in his victories were nine four-engined bombers.

Staffelführer of 6./JG 27 Lt. Willy Kientsch leaves the cockpit
Staffelführer of 6./JG 27 Lt. Willy Kientsch leaves the cockpit of his Bf 109G-6 Trop. Trapani, spring 1943.

    He claimed his 30th victory on 6 June, another P-38 near Pantelleria, and his 40th victory on 17 July, a USAAF B-24 four-engined bomber near Salerno. In August 1943, 6./JG 27 was relocated to bases in Germany to engage in Reichsverteidigung duties. Leutnant Kientsch was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 22 November for 44 victories. On 20 December, he claimed his 50th victory when he shot down a B-24 bomber near Bremen. Kientsch was killed in Bf 109 G-6 (WNr 440073) “Yellow 3” when he became disorientated in cloud during aerial combat and crashed into the ground near Würrisch/Hunsrück in Germany on 29 January 1944. Kientsch was posthumously awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr 527) on 20 July.
    "Willy" Kientsch was credited with 53 victories. All his victories were recorded over the Western front. Included in his total are 20 four-engined bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1.
18.3.1942
8:20
P-40 Stab II./JG 27 15km SW Ain-el-Gazala
2.
18.3.1942
8:40
P-40 Stab II./JG 27 10km SE Tobruk
3.
7.4.1942
15:45
P-40 Stab II./JG 27 S Ain-el-Gazala / Kittyhawk of 450 Sqn RAF
4.
23.5.1942
9:40
P-40 Stab II./JG 27 10km NE Ras-el-Tin / Hurricane of 33 Sqn RAF
5.
23.5.1942
9:55
P-40 Stab II./JG 27 3km NE Ain-el-Gazala / Hurricane of 33 Sqn RAF
6.
4.6.1942
8:20
P-40 Stab II./JG 27 10km SW Mteifel Chebir / Tomahawk of 4 Sqn SAAF
7.
9.6.1942
19:05
P-40 Stab II./JG 27 NE Bir Hacheim
8.
17.6.1942
10:25
P-40 Stab II./JG 27 E Sidi Rezegh
9.
21.7.1942
18:20
Hurricane 5./JG 27 SE El Alamein
10.
20.10.1942
11:40
P-40 5./JG 27 SE Bir el Abd
11.
21.10.1942
8:50
P-40 5./JG 27 SE El Daba / Hurricane of 213 Sqn, RAF flown by P/O WH Stephenson
12.
23.10.1942
7:55
P-40 5./JG 27 NE El Alamein
13.
24.10.1942
16:40
P-40 5./JG 27 SE El Alamein
14.
26.10.1942
6:40
P-40 5./JG 27 SW El Alamein / Kittyhawk of 3 Sqn, SAAF flown by F/Sgt Bullwinkel, baled out
15.
18.11.1942
9:20
P-40 5./JG 27 ENE Sidi Ahmed el Magrun / Hurricane of 33 Sqn, RAF flown by S/L Mannix
16.
27.11.1942
15:25
Spitfire 5./JG 27 15km SW Agedabia / Spitfire of 1 Sqn, SAAF flown by Capt Breidenkamp
17.
5.4.1943
12:50
P-38 6./JG 27 35km W Maréttimo
18.
13.4.1943
13:30
B-17 6./JG 27 10km N Trapani
19.
16.4.1943
16:45
P-38 6./JG 27 30km NNW Maréttimo
20.
16.4.1943
16:55
P-38 6./JG 27 60km NW Maréttimo
21.
29.4.1943
11:35
P-38 6./JG 27 25km W Maréttimo
22.
30.4.1943
10:30
Spitfire 6./JG 27 30km SE Kelibia
23.
9.5.1943
13:45
B-17 6./JG 27 WNW Trapani
24.
21.5.1943
11:20
B-17 6./JG 27 SSW Granitola Torreta
25.
22.5.1943
16:00
B-17 6./JG 27 SW Maréttimo
26.
25.5.1943
11:30
B-17 6./JG 27 NW Maréttimo
27.
28.5.1943
18:10
P-38 6./JG 27 SSW Granitola Torreta
28.
28.5.1943
18:13
P-38 6./JG 27 SSW Granitola Torreta
29.
9.6.1943
14:02
P-38 6./JG 27 N Pantelleria
30.
9.6.1943
14:10
P-38 6./JG 27 20km S Pantelleria
31.
10.6.1943
12:28
Spitfire 6./JG 27 20km NW Pantelleria
32.
10.6.1943
12:32
Spitfire 6./JG 27 20km WSW Pantelleria
33.
15.6.1943
8:40
B-25 6./JG 27 30km SW Maréttimo
34.
15.6.1943
8:45
P-38 6./JG 27 40km S Maréttimo
35.
15.6.1943
10:15
Spitfire 6./JG 27 1km N Maréttimo
36.
2.7.1943
11:30
B-24 6./JG 27 20km SW Gallipolo
37.
10.7.1943
16:05
Spitfire 6./JG 27 15km E Syracusa
38.
13.7.1943
15:35
Spitfire 6./JG 27 20km SW Syracusa
39.
16.7.1943
13:10
B-24 6./JG 27 5km NE Molfetta
40.
17.7.1943
14:10
B-24 6./JG 27 30km SW Salerno
41.
19.7.1943
11:00
B-24 6./JG 27 100km S Spartivento
42.
6.9.1943
10:53
B-17 6./JG 27 SE Schorndorf
43.
6.9.1943
11:00
B-17 6./JG 27 SSW Böblingen
44.
4.10.1943
11:42
B-17 6./JG 27 Valmy
45.
26.11.1943
13:30
B-17 6./JG 27 Duurswoude
46.
26.11.1943
13:35
B-24 6./JG 27 SE Leeuwarden
47.
1.12.1943
12:20
B-17 6./JG 27 Bonn
48.
19.12.1943
12:32
B-17 HSS 6./JG 27 80km SSE Innsbruck
49.
19.12.1943
12:35
B-17 HSS 6./JG 27 80km SSE Innsbruck
50.
20.12.1943
12:05
B-24 6./JG 27 NW Bremen
51.
5.1.1944
11:30
P-47 6./JG 27 Hagen-Bergisch Gladbach-Prüm
52.
7.1.1944
12:20
B-17 6./JG 27 Neunkirchen
53.
11.1.1944
12:12
B-24 6./JG 27 E Assen

Victories : 53
Awards : Knight`s Cross with Oak Leaves
Units : JG 27

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