Walter Zellot

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Walter Zellot
Born 6 October 1920
Died 10 September 1942 (1942-09-11) (aged 21)
Stalingrad, Soviet Union
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Unit JG 53
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Walter Zellot (6 October 1920 – 10 September 1942) was a World War II fighter pilot from Germany. He was appointed Staffelkapitän of 2./JG 53 on 19 August 1942 replacing Hauptmann Klaus Quaet-Faslem.[1] 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).[1] 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,[2] probably the Yak-1 flown by future ace Boris M. Vasilyev (929 IAP).[3]

On 10 September 1942, Zellot was killed while engaged in a low-level attack on Soviet troops northwest of Stalingrad.[1] His Messerschmitt Bf 109 was hit by anti-aircraft fire.[1] He bailed out at low altitude, insufficient for his parachute to open, and was killed.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d John Weal (2007). Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As'. Osprey Publishing. p. 75. ISBN 1-84603-204-0. 
  2. ^ Prien, Jochen - Stemmer, Gerhard - Rodeike, Peter - Bock, Winfried: Die Jagdfliegerverbände der Deutschen Luftwaffe 1934 bis 1945 - Teil 9 Tielband II Wom Sommerfeldzug 1942 bis zur Niederlage von Stalingrad 1.5.1942 bis 3.2.1943, Struve Druck (2006)
  3. ^ Mijail Yurevich Bykov (2008). Асы Великой Отечественной Войны. Самые результативные лётчики 1941-1945 гг. (Asy Velikoy Otechestvennoy Voyny. Samye rezultativnye liotchiki 1941-45 gg), Yauza-EKSMO, Moskow
  4. ^ John Weal; Iain Wyllie; Mark Styling (2001). Bf 109 Aces of the Russian Front. Osprey Publishing. p. 54. ISBN 1-84176-084-6. 
  5. ^ Patzwall 2008, p. 223.
  6. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 456.
  7. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 803.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. 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. 
  • Mijail Yurevich Bykov (2008). Асы Великой Отечественной Войны. Самые результативные лётчики 1941-1945 гг. (Asy Velikoy Otechestvennoy Voyny. Samye rezultativnye liotchiki 1941-45 gg), Yauza-EKSMO, Moskow.
  • 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. 
  • Prien, Jochen - Stemmer, Gerhard - Rodeike, Peter - Bock, Winfried (2006). Die Jagdfliegerverbände der Deutschen Luftwaffe 1934 bis 1945 - Teil 9/III Vom Sommerfeldzug 1942 bis zur Niederlage von Stalingrad 1.5.1942 bis 3.2.1943. Struve Druck. ISBN 978-3923457786.
  • 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 Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.