Wilfried Herling

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Wilfried Herling
Born (1920-06-07)7 June 1920
Dortmund-Hörde
Died 28 November 1943(1943-11-28) (aged 23)
airfield near Apostolove
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe
Rank Hauptmann (posthumous)
Unit Sturzkampfgeschwader 2
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Wilfried Herling was killed on 28 November 1943, when straffed on take-off by 15 IAP Yak 1s led by Kpt Leontiy.[1][Note 1] Herling died 28 November 1943 near the Bolsh-Kostromka-Nord airfield, when the returning unit was jumped by enemy fighters, and the Ju 87 of RK Holder Lt Hans Krumminga was hit by German flak and rammed Herling's aircraft. Both aircraft crashed and burned, killing both crews. He flew 700 combat missions, destroying 26 tanks, 10 AA guns, 21 Field guns, 6 supply and 2 armored trains plus additional shipping damage.

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  1. ^ IAP—Istrebitelny Aviatsionny Polk (Fighter Aviation Regiment—Истребительный Авиационный Полк)

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  1. ^ Bergstrom 2008, p. 30.
  2. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 180.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bergström, Christer (2008). Bagration to Berlin—The Final Air Battles in the East: 1944–1945. Burgess Hill: Classic Publications. ISBN 978-1-90322-391-8. 
  • Brütting, Georg (1992) [1976]. Das waren die deutschen Stuka-Asse 1939 – 1945 [These were the German Stuka Aces 1939 – 1945] (in German) (7th ed.). Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch. ISBN 978-3-87943-433-6. 
  • 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. 
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1976). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe 1939–1945 Band II Stuka- und Schlachtflieger [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Luftwaffe 1939–1945 Volume II Dive Bomber and Attack Aircraft] (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 978-3-87341-021-3.