30 June 1910|
|Died||27 March 1974
|Unit||ZG 76, NJG 3, NJG 1, NJG 4, JV 44|
|Commands held||I./NJG 4|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
Born in Stuttgart, Herget trained as a pilot prior to the outbreak of war, and was serving with II./ZG 76 flying the twin-engine Messerschmitt Bf-110 with 6 staffel. In intensive operations during the 1940 Western campaign he scored his first air victories with three Spitfires downed during May and a Curtiss Hawk in June, he was also awarded the Iron Cross 2nd class.
During the Battle of Britain he claimed two Hurricanes on 30 August, and a Spitfire the following day. Three more Spitfires were claimed on 1 September and another on 2 September. By the end of 1940, he had amassed 14 air victories.
In 1941, Herget converted to the night fighter role with NJG 1 and in September 1942 became Commander of I gruppe, NJG 4 until December 1944. On 20 June 1943 Herget had claimed some 30 victories and was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). He was awarded the Oak Leaves in June 1944, after 63 victories.
In January 1945 he underwent training to fly the new Me 262 jet fighter. After service with Sonderkommision Kleinrath, an experimental operations unit, he joined Adolf Galland's Jagdverband 44 in April 1945. His last missions of World War II were flown with JV 44, claiming one victory ( a P-47) before the war's end.
Herget is credited with 72 aerial victories (57 at night and 16 during daylight missions) in 700 combat sorties. This included 8 RAF bombers claimed in just 50 minutes during a raid against Frankfurt on the night of 20 December 1943.
- Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe for night fighter pilots in Gold with pennant
- German Cross in Gold on 7 February 1942 as Oberleutnant in the III./NJG 3
- Iron Cross (1939) 2nd and 1st class
- Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
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