Heinrich Wurzer
Hauptmann
 
Heinrich Wurzer
 
    Heinrich Wurzer was serving with JG 302, flying “Wilde Sau” missions equipped with Bf 109 G-5 and G-6 single-engine fighters against the RAF night bombing offensive, in November 1943. Hauptmann Wurzer was assigned to 1./JG 302 based at Jüterborg-Waldlager in Germany. During the night of 22 November, he shot down a RAF Lancaster four-engine bomber as his first victory. On 14 January 1944, Wurzer was appointed Staffelkapitän 1./JG 302, replacing Oberleutnant Herbert Petersen who had been killed in flying accident. In the evening of 20 January, he claimed a RAF Halifax four-engine bomber shot down near Berlin to record his second victory at night. Wurzer recorded his first day victory on 30 January, when he shot down a USAAF B-17 four-engine bomber B-17. On 6 and 8 March he shot down two USAAF Viermots to record his 8th through 11th victories. Wurzer claimed his 12th victory on 5 April, when he shot down a USAAF a P-51 fighter. On 29 May, he led his Staffel against a USAAF four-engine bomber formation and claimed two B-24 Herausschüsse for his 19th and 20th victories, while his unit recorded a B-24 destroyed and another two Herausschüsse. Wurzer shot down B-24 east of Wien on 8 July and a minute later added a B-24 Herausschüsse. However, he was wounded in the right arm during this combat and had to make an emergency landing with his Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 441 613) near Götzendorf airfield. This injury kept Wurzer away from combat duty for a more than a month. Wurzer was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 302 on 28 August 1944. In September I./JG 302 was reformed as III./JG 301 and re-equipped with the Fw 190 A-8 fighter. A new commander, Hauptmann Wilhelm Fulda (1 victory, RK), was named to lead the unit, not Wurzer – the reason is unknown.  Details of Wurzer’s subsequent military career are not known.
    Heinrich Wurzer was credited with 26 victories. All his victories were recorded over the Western front. He recorded 24 day victories. Wurzer’s victory total includes 23 four-engine bombers. He claimed two victories at night on Wilde Sau missions.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
22.11.1943
-
Lancaster 1./JG 302  
2
20.1.1944
19:24
Halifax 1./JG 302 W Berlin
3
30.1.1944
-
B-17 1./JG 302  
4
10.2.1944
-
B-24 1./JG 302  
5
20.2.1944
-
B-17 1./JG 302 Seesen
6
22.2.1944
-
B-17 1./JG 302  
7
24.2.1944
-
B-24 1./JG 302 NW Helgoland
8
6.3.1944
12:30
B-17  1./JG 302 Berlin 
9
6.3.1944
-
B-17  1./JG 302  
10
8.3.1944
13:30
B-24 1./JG 302 Magdeburg
11
8.3.1944
13:35
B-24 1./JG 302 Magdeburg
12
5.4.1944
14:55
P-51  1./JG 302 Rumania
13
9.4.1944
-
B-17 1./JG 302  
14
9.4.1944
-
B-17 1./JG 302  
15
10.5.1944
11:32
B-24  1./JG 302 Neusiedler See
16
10.5.1944
11:50
B-24  1./JG 302 Wiener Neustadt
17
24.5.1944
10:10
B-24 1./JG 302 Sankt Pölten
18
24.5.1944
10:17
B-24 1./JG 302 Sankt Pölten 
19
29.5.1944
9:54
B-24 HSS 1./JG 302 SW Sankt Pölten
20
29.5.1944
9:59
B-24 HSS 1./JG 302 SSW Sankt Pölten
21
9.6.1944
9:58
B-24 HSS 1./JG 302 Velden, S Landshut 
22
9.6.1944
10:10
B-24 1./JG 302 S Landshut 
23
16.6.1944
9:57
B-24 1./JG 302 S Komárom 
24
16.6.1944
10:02
B-24 1./JG 302 Mór, SE Raab 
25
8.7.1944
10:50
B-24 1./JG 302 Essling / Wien
26
8.7.1944
10:51
B-24 HSS 1./JG 302 Essling / Wien
 
Victories : 26
Awards : Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (1 January 1945)
Units : JG 302, JG 301
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