Tuesday, 5 November 2013
aces and pilots of JG 51 (continued...part 16)
Seen astride an Emil of the Stab I./JG 51, Kommandeur Hptm. Hermann-Friedrich Joppien in the autumn of 1940 in St. Inglevert-Piehen. Joppien had been awarded the RK on 14 June 1940 and the EL (Eichenlaub- Oak Leaves) on 23 April 1941. KIA on 25 August 1941 with some 70 victory claims, crashing in flames 20 km south-west of Brijansk after downing a MiG-3.
Kommandeur I./JG 51 Hptm. Wilhelm Hachfeld awarded the German Cross in Gold on 10 November 1941 and the Knights Cross on 29 October 1942, eleven victory claims, died in a collision at Bizerta on 2 December 1942 when his bomb-laden Bf 109 was hit by a aircraft coming in to land and over-turned. "Bomben-Willi" died in the resulting explosion..
More pilots and aces of JG 51 on this blog