Wolfgang Lippert
Hauptmann

Wolfgang Lippert

    Wolfgang Lippert was born on 14 September 1914 at Fraureuth in the Werdau region of Sachsen. He joined the Luftwaffe and, following fighter pilot training, was posted to I./JG 134 “Horst Wessel”. On 15 March 1937, Oberleutnant Lippert was transferred, as a founding member, to I./JG 53 based at Wiesbaden-Erbenheim. Lippert gained his first aerial victories during the Spanish Civil War flying with the Condor Legion. Leutnant Lippert was assigned to 3. Staffel of J 88. He amassed five victories in this conflict between the middle of 1938 and March 1939, receiving the award of the Spanienkreuz in Gold mit Schwerten. Following his return to Germany, Lippert was appointed Staffelkapitän of 3./JG 53 on 1 May 1939. He led the unit during the French campaign. He claimed his first victory of World War 2 on 30 September 1939, when he shot down a French Morane fighter in the Wissembourg area. Hauptmann Lippert was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 27 on 4 September 1940. He gained five victories with the unit over England during the Battle of Britain, all RAF fighters. He was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 24 September after 13 victories gained in World War 2. Lippert was to lead II./JG 27 in the invasion of Russia, after a brief sojourn in the Balkans. Lippert had compiled 25 victories, including his Spanish Civil War victories, by the time the Gruppe was relocated to North Africa at the end of September 1941. He claimed two RAF P-40 fighters and a Wellington twin-engine bomber shot down on 22 November to record his 27th through 29th victories. On 23 November 1941, after shooting down a RAF Hurricane fighter, Lippert’s Bf 109 F-4 (W.Nr. 8469) was hit in the engine while engaged with Curtiss P-40s and Blenheim bombers. In baling out of his stricken aircraft, he broke both his legs when he struck the vertical stabiliser. He landed behind British lines, was captured and taken to a hospital in Egypt. Both legs became infected and required amputation. He died from an embolism after the operation without regaining consciousness. Some sources indicate that Lippert was shot down by the Australian ace Clive  Caldwell (28.5 confirmed, 6 probable and 15 damaged victories) of 250 Sqn, RAF.
    Wolfgang Lippert was credited with 30 victories. His score included five victories gained during the Spanish Civil War and four victories claimed over the Eastern front.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
15.7.1938
-
I-15 3. J/88 Spain
2
23.7.1938
-
I-16 3. J/88 Spain
3
14.8.1938
-
I-16 3. J/88 Spain
4
4.10.1938
-
I-16 3. J/88 Spain
5
29.12.1938
-
I-15 3. J/88 Spain
6
30.9.1939
14:45
Morane 3./JG 53 Büdingen
-
7.4.1940
-
Hurricane 3./JG 53 Near Thionville / not confirmed
7
7.4.1940
12:50
Spitfire 3./JG 53 SW Diedenhofen / Hurricane of 73 Sqn RAF flown by P/O GF Brotchie, baled out, wounded
8
10.5.1940
13:55
Curtiss Hawk 3./JG 53 SE Metz
9
14.5.1940
19:30
Wellington 3./JG 53 Sedan
10
15.5.1940
16:13
Bloch 151 3./JG 53 S Charleville
11
20.5.1940
18:35
Curtiss Hawk 3./JG 53 Noyon
12
3.6.1940
14:20
Spitfire 3./JG 53 S Paris
13
9.6.1940
14:50
Curtiss Hawk 3./JG 53 Proult
14
16.8.1940
18:00
Spitfire 3./JG 53 -
15
26.8.1940
17:35
Spitfire 3./JG 53 Portsmouth
16
2.9.1940
8:55
Hurricane 3./JG 53 -
17
7.9.1940
19:05
Spitfire Stab II./JG 27 London
18
17.9.1940
16:48
Hurricane Stab II./JG 27 Maidstone
19
25.10.1940
13:05
Hurricane Stab II./JG 27 London
20
25.10.1940
13:06
Hurricane Stab II./JG 27 London
21
1.11.1940
9:15
Hurricane Stab II./JG 27 Canterbury
22
22.6.1941
4:15
I-15 Stab II./JG 27 S Knyszyn
23
22.6.1941
4:18
I-17 Stab II./JG 27 NW Wizna
24
25.6.1941
-
SB-3 Stab II./JG 27 N Njemenczin
25
25.6.1941
12:15
DB-3 Stab II./JG 27 SW Wilna
26
23.10.1941
9:30
Hurricane Stab II./JG 27 S Bug Bug / Hurricane of 1 Sqn, SAAF flown by Lt Mackenzie
27
22.11.1941
10:20
P-40 Stab II./JG 27 S Ain el Gazala
28
22.11.1941
16:30
P-40 Stab II./JG 27 NW Bir Hacheim / Tomahawk of 112 Sqn, RAF or 3 Sqn, RAAF
29
22.11.1941
16:45
Wellington Stab II./JG 27 Bir Hacheim / Wellington of 109 Sqn, RAF
30
23.11.1941
12:25
Hurricane Stab II./JG 27 S Bir Hacheim / Hurricane of 229 or 238 Sqn, RAF

Victories : 30
Awards : Ritterkreuz (24 September 1940)
Units : JG 134, J/88, JG 53, JG 27

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