Heinz Venth
Oberleutnant

(Author: Andy Flexen-Pallot)

Heinz Venth

    Heinz Venth was born on 4 February 1922 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.  He joined the Luftwaffe on 2 November 1939.  He started his career with Training Regiment 72 at Detmold leaving in January 1940 to go to School Training Regiment 72 in Brunn. After training he left this Regiment in July 1940 to transfer to Air War School 5 in Bresla-Schongarten. On 11 March 1941 Venth moved again, this time to Fighter Flight School 2 in Zerbst but a week later he transferred to Fighter Flight School 2. After completing his fighter pilot training in July 1941 he was posted to the replacement group of Jagdgeschwader 51. Venth served here until November 1941. Venth joined the 9 Staffel of the JG 51 on 17 November 1941 at their Jermolino airfield in Russia. He stayed with 9 Staffel until 11 February 1944 claiming eleven victories, four of them the Il-2 Sturmovik. Venth then transferred to 10 Staffel of IV./JG 51 in February 1944. Venth was promoted to Oberleutnant on 1 March 1944 and became Staffelkapitän of 10./JG 51 on 9 April 1944. Venth scored a further six aerial victories whilst with 10./JG 51. On 16 July 1944 he was missing in action near Zlowczow in Poland.
    Heinz Venth was credited with 17 victories. All his success was achieved over the Eastern front and included at least six Il-2 Sturmoviks.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
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9.8.1942
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Pe-2 9./JG 51 Schatalowka
?
9.3.1943
10:58
Pe-2 9./JG 51 63 244: at 800m
?
22.5.1943
4:04
P-39 9./JG 51 62 322: at 3.000m
?
6.6.1943
15:10
LaGG-3 9./JG 51 63 561: at 1.000m
?
8.6.1943
19:25
Il-4 9./JG 51 64 851
?
23.8.1943
18:40
LaGG-3 9./JG 51 N Karatschev: at 50m
?
24.8.1943
8:10
Il-2 9./JG 51 SW Dyatkovo: at 300m
?
24.8.1943
8:29
Il-2 9./JG 51 SE Podbushye: at 300m
?
11.11.1943
10:25
Il-2 9./JG 51 NW Loyev: 300m
?
11.11.1943
10:31
Il-2 9./JG 51 N Loyev: 400m / Gomel area
12
10.4.1944
16:45
Il-2 10./JG 51 50 813: at 100m
13
15.4.1944
14:00
LaGG-5 10./JG 51 50 732: at 50m
14
1.5.1944
10:02
Il-2 10./JG 51 59 314: at 500m
15
5.5.1944
11:08
Yak-1 10./JG 51 50 641: at 4.000m
16
29.5.1944
6:52
LaGG-5 10./JG 51 59 381: at 2.800m
17
29.6.1944
12:35
Pe-2 10./JG 51 94 172: at 2.000m

Victories : 17
Awards : Eisernes Kreuz I Klasse (27 July 1943)
Units : JG 51

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