|Born||6 October 1920
Spittal an der Drau, Austria
|Died||10 September 1942 (aged 21)
Stalingrad, Soviet Union
|Allegiance||Deutsches Reich, Großdeutsches Reich|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Walter Zellot (6 October 1920 – 10 September 1942) was a World War II fighter ace from Germany. He was born on 6 October 1920 in Spittal an der Drau in the Austrian state of Carinthia. Zellot is credited for shooting down 86 Allied aircraft in 296 different missions. Among these 83 were achieved over the Eastern Front.
World War II
Zellot was assigned to the Jagdgeschwader 53. He achieved his first victory on 22 June 1941 when he shot down a Soviet Polikarpov I-16 over the Eastern Front. On 11 July 1941 he shot down three enemy aircraft. By early August 1941, he had a total of 12 victories.
In the autumn of 1941, I./JG 53 was shifted to the Mediterranean theatre and he operated from the bases in Sicily. Zellot shot down two Supermarine Spitfires of the Royal Air Force (RAF) over Malta in April 1942. This included the aircraft of British fighter ace and Squadron Leader John Bisdee (credited for destroying 9 aircraft) of the 601 Squadron who bailed out, landed in the sea and was rescued.
In May 1942, Zellot accompanied I./JG 51 back to the Soviet Union and within only three months achieved 69 victories. He was appointed Staffelkapitän of 2./JG 53 on 19 August 1942 replacing Hauptmann Klaus Quaet-Faslem. In August 1942, he shot down several Soviet aircraft including three victories on August 1, three on August 2, three on August 7, four on August 9, five on August 13, four on August 23 and three on August 28. Leutnant Zellot received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 3 September 1942 for a reported 84 victories (although his actual total kill on that date was 78). However, earlier on the same day of his appointment on 19 August 1942, his Bf.109G-2 WNr.14189 was shot-up by a Soviet fighter, probably the Yak-1 flown by future ace Boris M. Vasilyev (929 IAP).
On 10 September 1942, Zellot was killed while engaged in a low-level attack on Soviet troops northwest of Stalingrad. His Messerschmitt Bf 109 "Gustav" was hit by anti-aircraft fire, which blew off the tail of the aircraft. Some sources claim that Zellot may have been victim of friendly fire. He bailed out at very low altitude. There was insufficient height for his parachute to open and he was killed.
- Iron Cross (1939) 2nd and 1st Class
- Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe on 31 August 1942 as Leutnant and pilot
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 3 September 1942 as Leutnant and pilot in the I./JG 53
- Walter Zellot
- John Weal (2007). Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As'. Osprey Publishing. pp. p75. ISBN 1-84603-204-0.
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- Patzwall 2008, p. 223.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 456.
- Scherzer 2007, p. 803.
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6.
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- Patzwall, Klaus D. (2008). Der Ehrenpokal für besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg [The Honor Goblet for Outstanding Achievement in the Air War] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-08-3.
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- Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.