Karl-Heinz Langer
Major

Karl-Heinz Langer

    Karl-Heinz Langer was born on 19 April 1914 at Görlitz in Schlesien. Langer held the post of Gruppenadjutant of III./JG 3 from 26 May 1941. However, Oberleutnant Langer gained his first victory on 14 July 1941 over the Eastern front flying with 7./JG 3. On 21 May 1942, Langer ran out of fuel returning from a mission and was forced to make an emergency landing in his Bf 109 F-4 (W.Nr. 13 234) at Krementshug. He escaped injury and his aircraft was only slightly damaged. Langer suffered engine failure in Bf 109 F-4 (W.Nr. 13 139) on 5 September necessitating an emergency landing west of Golubinskaja which wrote off his aircraft but from which he emerged unscathed. On 17 December, with his victory total at 10,  Langer was wounded when his Bf 109 G-2 (W.Nr. 13 739) rolled over an unexploded bomb on the airfield at Pitomnik near Stalingrad and detonated. On his recovery, he shot down a Russian Yak-1 fighter over Stalingrad on 28 December to record his 11th victory. Langer became Staffelkapitän of 7./JG 3 on 1 June 1943, shortly before the Kursk offensive. He had 11 victories to his credit at this time. Langer was appointed acting Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 3 on 14 July, following the capture of Major Wolfgang Ewald (78 victories, RK) by the Russians. He led the unit until relieved by Hauptmann Walter Dahl (128 victories, RK-EL) on 20 July. The unit then moved back to Germany for Reichsverteidigung duties. He shot down his first four-engine bomber on the second Schweinfurt raid of 14 October 1943 for his 16th victory. Langer was himself shot down on this raid. He baled out of his stricken Bf 109 G-6 (WNr 26 024) near Hammelburg wounded. While he was recuperating from his wounds he served as an instructor with Ergänzungsungs-Jagdgruppe Ost before rejoining the Gruppe in spring 1944. On 25 May 1944, Langer was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 3, taking over from Walter Dahl. On 26 July, he was awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold. He led the unit on the 1 January 1945 Bodenplatte operation claiming two RAF Spitfire fighters destroyed on the ground at Eindhoven airfield. He was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 20 April 1945. Langer’s 30th and last victory was achieved over a Russian Yak-3 fighter on 23 April 1945. Langer survived the war but died on 6 May 1955 in Remschied.
    Karl-Heinz Langer was credited with 30 victories in 486 missions. He recorded 10 victories over the Western front, including four four-engine bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
14.7.1941
7:10
I-153 7./JG 3 -
2
5.10.1941
14:55
DB-3 7./JG 3 -
3
9.3.1942
11:08
I-61 7./JG 3 12km SW Salustsche
4
18.3.1942
10:15
Pe-2 7./JG 3 -
5
24.8.1942
13:50
R-5 III./JG 3 Zarjew
6
24.8.1942
13:56
MiG-1 III./JG 3 N.E. Leninsk
7
3.9.1942
15:55
LaGG-3 III./JG 3 Akelin
8
1.10.1942
6:57
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 NE Gratschi
9
17.10.1942
6:23
Il-2  9./JG 3 W Rulew
10
26.10.1942
14:15
Il-2 9./JG 3 49 351
11
28.12.1942
-
Yak-1 III./JG 3 -
12
5.7.1943
11:16
LaGG-5 7./JG 3 SE Rakitnoje
13
7.7.1943
4:07
Il-5 7./JG 3 NW Vollchansk
14
21.7.1943
9:45
LaGG-5 7./JG 3 9km NW Bogoroditskoye
15
31.7.1943
11:15
Il-2 7./JG 3 W Kuybyshevo
16
14.10.1943
14:40
B-17 7./JG 3 Hammelburg
17
27.5.1944
12:17
B-17 HSS III./JG 3 SW Strasbourg
18
30.5.1944
11:12
B-17 III./JG 3 Dessau area
19
30.5.1944
11:17
B-17 III./JG 3 Dessau area
20
21.6.1944
19:10
P-47 III./JG 3 Houdan
21
21.6.1944
19:25
P-51 III./JG 3 SE Dreux
22
26.7.1944
14:50
P-38 III./JG 3 Bagnoles-de L’Orme
23
19.8.1944
9:10
P-47 III./JG 3 Bernay
24
23.12.1944
-
B-26 III./JG 3 -
25
27.12.1944
-
P-47 III./JG 3 -
26
19.2.1945
8:55
Boston III./JG 3 -
27
6.3.1945
15:24
Il-2 III./JG 3 -
28
18.3.1945
-
Il-2 III./JG 3 -
29
19.4.1945
-
Il-2 III./JG 3 -
30
23.4.1945
-
Yak-3 III./JG 3 -

Victories : 30
Awards : Ehrenpokal (12 August 1944)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (26 July 1944)
                Ritterkreuz (20 April 1945)
Units : JG 3

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