Montag, 9. Januar 2012

BF 109 G6 9./JG 1 Lt. E. Wintergerst Leuwarden Netherlands 1943

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.

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