Heinrich-Wilhelm Ahnert was born on 29 April 1915
at Ziegelheim near Altenburg in Thüringen. Ahnert participated in the Polish
and French campaigns as a Reconnaisance pilot. In spring 1941, he transferred
to the Jagdwaffe and 3./JG 52 based in Holland. By September 1941, he had
four victories to his credit. Relocated to the Eastern front with 3./JG
52, Ahnert was particularly successful during the German summer offensive
of May 1942. In May and June, he claimed 30 victories. He recorded his
50th victory on 9 July 1942. On 23 August 1942, Ahnert engaged Russian
Pe-2 twin-engine bombers in combat over Koptewo. His Bf 109 G-2 (W.Nr.
13508) “Yellow 9” was hit by return fire from the bomber’s gunners and
he crashed to his death. Oberfeldwebel Ahnert was posthumously awarded
the Ritterkreuz on 23 August.
Heinrich-Wilhelm Ahnert was credited with 57 victories.
He recorded 53 victories over the Eastern front.
Victories : 57
Awards : Ehrenpokal (23 February 1942)
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (27 July 1942)
Ritterkreuz (23 August 1942)
Units : JG 52