BF 109 E3, Stab III./JG 53, Hptm. Harro Harder, Brest Poulmic August 1940
KIA 12 August, 1940 after aerial combat with a Spitfire east of the Isle of Wight. His body washed ashore at Dieppe one month later. His brother, Jurgen, kept his memory alive, carrying the name "Harro" on all his 109's, before his own death in 1945, the last of three fighter pilot Harder brothers. 3rd highest scorer in Spain with 11 victories. One known WWII victory, his 1st, a Polish P-24 in the Lubien area, 9 September, 1939. Nos.2, 3 & 4, all Spitfires S of Portland, near the Isle of Wight on 11 August, 1940. Nos. 5 & 6, both Spitfires (n.b.), E of the Isle of Wight on 12 August, 1940. Bowers/Lednicer, 33 victories including 11 in Spain
BF 109 G6, White 16, 1./JG 301, Lt. Horst Prenzel, Manston GB July 1944
POW 21 July, 1944, when he landed his G-6 intact, at 0240, at Manston airfield in Kent thinking it was a German airstrip. Five minutes later, another from his Staffel, Fw Gromill, did likewise, making a belly landing. Their mission had been to intercept Allied Night bombers. Two known victories, both Lancasters over northern France on 6 July, 1944
BF 109 E4, 9./JG 2 Yellow 11, Lt. Dietrich Wickop, Le Havre France October 1940
KIA 16 May 1943 in aerial combat with a P-47 piloted by Lt Charles R. Brown, 78FG (POW 5/16/43) over the North Sea in his A-5, crashing into the North Sea off Vlissingen Holland (DeSwart). Buried Ysselsteyn, BB/8/190. 3 B-17 bombers. His 2nd, a Spitfire on 29 January, 1943. His 3rd, a Spitfire 15 km east of Lowestoft on 1 February, 1943. His 4th, a B-17 10 km east of Den Helder on 4 February, 1943. Other known victories: a B-17 on 5 April, 1943 (unconfirmed); two Spitfires on 16 April, 1943, 6 km west of Vlissingen; a Spitfire on 28 April, 1943, 30 km west of Bergen am See, Norway; his 10th, a Spitfire flown by Norwegian Flt Lt. Marius Eriksen (POW) 2 km north of Wissekerke on 2 May, 1943 (he was wounded in this encounter and force landed near Vlissingen); a Ventura on 3 May, 1943, 7 km northwest of Amsterdam; and his 13th and last victim, a Spitfire on 4 May, 1943, 10 km southwest of Haamstede. His personal emblem, a white gull w/spread wings.
BF 109 G6 AS, Green 13, Stab JG 1, Major Walter "Gulle" Oesau, Bad Lippspringe Germany May 1944
His first known victory, a Hawk-75 at Halsteren on 13 May, 1940, while serving in 1/JG-20. Nos. 2 & 3, both Spitfires NW of Dunkirk on 31 May, 1940. His 4th, a Blenheim 20 km N of Ostende on 1 June, 1940. His 5th, an Amiot 351 SW of Les Andelys on 13 June, 1940. Nos. 10 & 11, a Defiant S of Folkestone and a Hurricane S of Dover on 19 July, 1940. 8 victories in Spain.14 Bombers. On 12 July 1941, he shot down 7 Soviet AC in one minute. Nos.88-92, all Spitfires between Calais and Dungeness on 8/12/41. His 100th, a Spitfire on 26 October, 1941. Flew Bf 109E-3 "Wh 1" in 1/JG-20, 10/39. Flew nearly 300 missions of 430 total before being shot down in a Bf 109G-6/AS Werk # 20601 "Green 13" and KIA by a P-51 and/or a P-38 (most likely) on 11 May 1944, over the Eifel Mountains, southwest of St Vith, Ardennes. He was actually running a fever and bed- ridden on this date, but was infuriated by a Göring remark about his cowardice. The crashsite is at BEHO Lamerle', 5.5 miles SW of St Vith, in the community of Gouvy. His body was flung clear on impact. His body was layed to rest by the chapel of the "Chateau de la Concession. EL 2/6/41. 130 missions in Spain.
BF 109 G6, White 18, Lt. Dietwin Pape, Nordholz Germany June 1943
WIA 22 June, 1944 during aerial combat at Charges with a P-47 of 365 or 368FG at Lille-Nord. He bailed from "White 18" (Wk# 440578) with injuries. Bailed a 2nd time, 14 January, 1945, without wounds, from his K-4 S of Cologne. Two known victories, a Yak-1 and a P-40 in Russia on 18 June, 1943. His 3rd, a P-47 of 365FG at Lisieux on 10 June, 1944. His 4th, a Typhoon of RAF No. 439 Sq. N of Arnhem on 24 September, 1944. A 5th, a P-47 N of Lisieux on 10 June, 1944. A 6th, a Typhoon at Apeldoorn on 24 September, 1944.
British POW 10 April, 1942; returning pilots reported he was erroneously shot down with wounds at Lucqa in "Yellow 1 + -" by Lt. Werner Schöw of 1/JG-53. Another source claims he may have been the victim of Canadian Ace, Sgt Garth Horricks of RAF No.185 Sq.. Battle of Britain pilot; served in Soviet Union, and in the Med.. Flew Bf 109F-2 Wk# 6702 in Russia. 452 missions, 21 of his victories in Russia. One known victory, his 1st, a Hurricane southeast of Diedenhofen, 2 March, 1940. His 2nd, a Morane at Sedan, 14 May, 1940. His 3rd, a Hawk-75A west of Laon, 18 May, 1940. His 4th, a Caudron S of Creil on 27 May, 1940. His 5th, a Hawk-75A west of Creil, 3 June, 1940. His 6th, a Hurricane at Poix on 5 June, 1940. His 7th, a Hawk-75 at Rethel-Attigny on 9 June, 1940. His 8th, a Bloch 151 at Reims-Epernay on 11 June, 1940. His 9th, a Blenheim 20 km NE of Etaples on 15 September, 1940. His 10th, a Spitfire at Ashford on 18 September, 1940. His first known Soviet victory, a DJ-6 SW of Rabrarija on 22 June, 1941. By the time he was sent to N. Africa (12/41), he already had 37 victories, the first, a Hurricane on 12 December, 1941. Survived the war. Deceased 17 January, 2006.
KIA 4 September, 1943 during aerial combat with Spitfires, near Bergues, south of Dunkirk. He bailed, but was too low for his chute to open. Buried Bourdon France, Block 9/20/753 (Geensen). He scored the new III/JG-1 Gruppe's 1st victory on 11 June, 1943. His 21st victory while in JG-1, was a B-17 on 11 June, 1943. Scored 7 SB bomber victories on 12 August, 1941 while on a test flight! His Kdr., Anton Mader, in disbelief, flew off and found the wrecks and credited the lone pilot. Briefly captured by the Russians on 24 September, 1941 after colliding with wingman Lt Herwig Zuzic, he was parachuted into Romania, to spy for the Russians, however, he remained loyal to Germany, but would never be assigned to the East.