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Above; Wick's successor was Wilhelm Balthasar. Balthasar's preferred wingman was Oblt. Erich Leie of the Stab. JG 2. Leie was awarded the RK during August 1941 for 21 "victories" most of which had been won with the Geschwaderstab. Here he is seen in the cockpit of an "Emil" belonging to the Stabsschwarm as indicated by the horizontal bar surmounted by a small rectangle.