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Heinkel He-219 UHU Losses & Ejections

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crew photo seat
6th September 1943 Luftwaffe He 219A-O  190010

G9+FB

3.Sqdr NJG 1  Oberleutnant Heinz Strüning Heinkel
Oberfeldwebel Bleier   Heinkel
               
11/12th April 1944 Luftwaffe Heinkel He-219   Venlo Intercepted by a Mosquito from 239 Sqd. Crashed near Weert, Nertherlands Gefreiter Werner Perbix.   Heinkel (compressed air) katapultsitz
Unteroffizier Herter   Heinkel (compressed air) katapultsitz

I was pleased to see your site and I looked immediately to April 1944: in the night of 11/12th April 1944 a He219 took off from Luftwaffe airfield Venlo, east of my hometown Venlo. The crew was Unteroffizier Herter (surname still unknown) and Gefreiter Werner Perbix. The aircraft was intercepted by a Mosquito from 239 Sqd. , the location given as 'near Aachen'. The crew left the He219, using the ejection seats for the first time under operational combat conditions. So far, they might be rightfully appointed to be the first crew who saved their lives by means of ejection under combat conditions. Unfortunately, the serial number of this He219 has not been discovered too, but the remains of this nightfighter were excavated in the 1970's by the Dutch air force near Weert, a town in the southeast area of the Netherlands.

Hoping that this small contribution was worth mentioning, all the best,

Drs. Marcel A.L.M. Hogenhuis / Venlo

(Chairman of the Förderverein Ehemaliger Fliegerhorst Venlo) see: www.fliegerhorst-venlo.net

 

NOTE by site author
In his memoirs Ernst Heinkel mentions that the two crew were awarded 1000 Reichsmarks each as a reward for being the first crew to use the ejection seat ("Katapultsitzen") in an emergency combat situation
 

19th May, 1944 Luftwaffe Heinkel He-219 V6 DH + PV

Werknr.
190006

pilot - Joachim Eisermann flew aircraft during ejection test   Erprobungsspringer Wilhem Buss Dornier ? (compressed air) katapultsitz
19th / 20th May 1944    (nightflight) Luftwaffe He 219A-O 190116

G9+DC

II./NJG 1 Heinkel (compressed air) katapultsitz
Leutnant Otto Fries ejected, wounded in action  

1st ejection

Feldwebel Alfred Staffa ejected wounded in action

1st ejection

Heinkel (compressed air) katapultsitz

On night Operations for home defence the righthand engine suddenly exploded into flames - probably due to enemy fire. Control response was marginal and, after jettisoning canopy, the pilot lost control of the aircraft. Wireless Operator baled out and was severley wounded on landing with his parachute. Lt Fries could not regain sufficient control to try landing the burning aircraft and ejected. He landed unhurt by means of his parachute. The aircraft crashed at 01.25 hrs 3 Km south of s´Hertogenbosch and was destroyed.

Possibly shot down by Mosquito Night-fighter "R" 85 Sqn flown by F/Lt K.D. Vaughan & F/Sgt R.D. McKinnon

The report explicitly states "Lt Fries... ejected". The report of Herr Thesenfitz to Heinkel gives the W/O´s name as "Staffer" -which seems to be the correct spelling, "Staffa" could be just a phonetic spelling of the name!

4th June 1944 Luftwaffe He 219A-O 190188

G9+BL

I./NJG 1    Hauptmann Heinz Eicke,  unhurt ejected near river
Schelde
  Heinkel (compressed air) katapultsitz
Oberfeldwebel Heinz Gall, killed in action    

The crew flew on a night target-simulation. After about 1 1/2 hrs flight time the aircraft was attacked from the rear. There had been no warning from either the Radarcontroller or the Wireless Operator. The left engine immediately burst into flames and could not be exstinguished. Pilot landed with his parachute and was not hurt, the W/O was found dead with his parachute not deployed about 500m from the crashsite. The airplane crashed 400m north of Wilhelminsdorp.

Probably shot down by Mosquito Night-fighter NF MkVIII HK248 of RAF 219 Sqn flown by Pilot Officers D.T.Tull & P.J. Cowgill

The report only mentions the parachute landing, not the way the pilot left the aircraft

6th June 1944 Luftwaffe He 219A-O 190177

G9+JK

I./NJG 1     Leutnant Ernst Mauß, wounded in action   Heinkel (compressed air) katapultsitz
Unteroffizier Günter Kraus, killed in action    

                       The crew took off on 05-06-44 at 23.01 hrs on a night target simulation. Due to weather closing in they were recalled to Grove. While overflying the field in the penetration-procedure in southerly direction the left engine lost RPM and, after power could not be restored, was shut down. The engine burst into flames explosively, also noted by the Wireless Op. Pilot ordered the bale-out and the canopy was jettisoned by the W/O. At this instant crew communication broke and, after twice calling the W/O, the pilot ejected successfully. The W/O´s remains were found in the crashed  aircraft near the road Herning - Silkeborg, 8 Km East of Herning and 4 Km South of Ikast.

The report states only the bale-out, but does not specify it was an ejection.

Details  also seen as Erwin Mauz, aircraft as G9+1K

12th June, 1944 Luftwaffe Heinkel He-219 V6 DH + PV

Werknr.
190006

pilot - Joachim Eisermann flew aircraft during ejection test   Erprobungsspringer Wilhem Buss

Do 335 seat at
differing pressure

Dornier ? (compressed air) katapultsitz
22nd June 1944 Luftwaffe He 219A-O 190203 

G9+LF 

II./NJG 1 Oberleutnant Johannes Hager, unhurt    Heinkel (compressed air) katapultsitz
Feldwebel Hubert v. Bergen,  killed in action    
Feldwebel Robert Körschgen, wounded in action    

 On night Operations for home defence over the Schelde estuary the aircraft was hit by return fire from a tailgunner and the Wireless  Operator was killed. The Air Gunner baled out and was lightly wounded in the process. The damaged aircraft was recovered at  Eindhoven A/D by the pilot.

The report only mentions the W/O taking to his parachute, again no direct mention of an ejection. There appears to be some confusion with the crew of this aircraft. The He-219 being a two seat aircraft.

 Air Gunner´s name also given as: Feldwebel Robert Kürschgen

6th July 1944 Luftwaffe He 219A-O I./NJG 1    Oberfeldwebel Josef Ströhlein, unhurt Heinkel (compressed air) katapultsitz  
Unteroffizier Keune, unhurt Heinkel (compressed air) katapultsitz  

After attacking B-17 bomber at about 01.45 hrs

Is this possible - normally B-17s did not do Night Operations, that could be a mis-identification ?

". . . 214 squadron was re-equipped with B-17s for electronic countermeasures including jamming and spoofing by German-speaking crewmembers.  I believe they were active by early July 1944.  My source is the excellent book "A Thousand Shall Fall" by Murray Peden, a Canadian 214 pilot."
Fred Mitchell,   Dallas, TX
(Feedback received with thanks Friday 19th August 2005)

                                                              

 

the aircraft was severly damaged by return fire and crashed. The crew baled out successfully.

The report only states that the crew escaped by means of parachute but nothing about the way the got out of the aircraft.

13th August 1944 Luftwaffe

He 219A-O

  I./NJG 1  Leutnant Ewald Hittler ejected, unhurt     Heinkel (compressed air) katapultsitz
Unteroffizier Friedhelm Wildschütze ejected, unhurt    Heinkel (compressed air) katapultsitz

On night Ops shot down by Night Intruder near Wilhelmshaven. Crew escaped unhurt by means of parachute. Aircraft shot down at 00:13h crashing into the Schillig Straits.        

It seems the reports are getting ever more terse, again no details are given about the way the crew got out of the aircraft. These ejections were verbally confirmed by Ltn. Otto H. Fries

15th October 1944 Luftwaffe He 219A-O 190059

G9+EH

I./NJG 1 Unteroffizier Franz Frankenhauser, unhurt    Heinkel (compressed air) katapultsitz
Unteroffizier Helmut Biank, killed in action    

On night Ops fired on by Night Intruder - Left engine and wing set on fire. The pilot saved himself by means of parachute, the W/O was  killed

The report does not state whether the W/O was killed by the enemy fire or in the process of baling out.

5th November 1944 Luftqaffe He 219A-O 190182

G9+HL

I./NJG 1 Oberfeldwebel Wilhelm Morlock, killed in action    
Unteroffizier Alfred Soika, unhurt (?)   Heinkel (compressed air) katapultsitz
Crashed at 20:00h near Ibbenbühren. Pilot found dead in wreckage, the bordfunker escaped by means of a parachute.
27th November 1944 Luftwaffe He 219A-O    I./NJG 1 Unteroffizier Hugo Oppermann, unhurt      Heinkel (compressed air) katapultsitz
Unteroffizier Hansen, unhurt   Heinkel (compressed air) katapultsitz

Aircraft crashed due to engine fire. The crew baled out with their parachutes.

Again no mention of the way the crew got out of the aircraft.

18th December 1944 Luftwaffe He 219A-O 190229

G9+GH

I./NJG 1 Unteroffizier Herbert Scheuerlein, unhurt   Heinkel (compressed air) katapultsitz
Unteroffizier Hans-Günther Heinze, killed in action   Heinkel (compressed air) katapultsitz

On night Ops the aircraft was shot down at 22.15 hrs by a Night Intruder near Südlohn in the County Ahaus/westfalen. The pilot  escaped by means of parachute, the W/O was killed.

The report does not state whether the W/O was killed by the enemy fire or in the process of baling out, again no mention of the way the crew got out of the aircraft.

W/O also given as Unteroffizier Max-Günther Heinze and found with unopened parachute

31st December 1944 Luftwaffe He 219A-2 290184

G9+FL

I./NJG 1  Oberleutnant Heinz Oloff, wounded in action   Heinkel (compressed air) katapultsitz
Feldwebel Helmut Fischer, wounded in action   Heinkel (compressed air) katapultsitz

On night Ops the aircraft was shot down by a Night Intruder near Schleiden. The crew escaped by means of parachute, the aircraft crashed near Kloster Steinfeld.

 Again no mention of the way the crew got out of the aircraft. This crew also ejected on the 20th March 1945

31st December 1944 Luftwaffe He 219A-2 290194

G9+KL

I./NJG 1  ???    
???    

 Is this aircraft confused with the above entry - note similarity of both wknr and coding

5th January 1945 Luftwaffe He 219A-O 190188

G9+CK

I./NJG 1 Oberfeldwebel Josef Ströhlein, killed in action     
Unteroffizier Keune, unhurt    Heinkell (compressed air) katapultsitz

Aircraft took off for Night Ops at 19.14 hrs. After engaging a 4-engined enemy aircraft the fighter was shot down by a Night Intruder at 20.08 hrs 5 Km South of Wesendorf. The pilot was killed,the W/O escaped by means of parachute.

The report does not state whether the pilot was killed by the enemy fire or in the process of baling out, again no mention of the way the crew got out of the a/c.It was the second time for this particular crew that they had to get out of a He-219!                         W/O´s name given as: Unteroffizier Kenne

5th January 1945 Luftwaffe He 219A-2 420329

G9+BH

I./NJG 1 Oberfeldwebel Hans Keilich, wounded in action   Heinkell (compressed air) katapultsitz
W/O unknown, unhurt   Heinkell (compressed air) katapultsitz

After an enine fire in the right engine the aircraft went out ofcontrol. The crew took to their parachutes, the aircraft crashed near Diepholz.

Again no mention of the way the crew got out of the aircraft.

16th January 1945 Luftwaffe He 219A-2  - ? - 

G9+EK

I./NJG 1  Heinkell (compressed air) katapultsitz
Feldwebel Alfred Staffa ejected, unhurt 

2nd ejection

Leutnant Otto Fries ejected, injured

2nd ejection

Heinkell (compressed air) katapultsitz

Shot down by Night Intruder at 21.45 hrs near Meschede. Crew escapedby means of parachute.

Again no mention of the way the crew got out of the aircraft, but personal testimony from both crew members confirm ejections.This was the second ejection for both Fries and Staffa. (personal statements by both crew members

1st February 1945 Luftwaffe He 219A-0 190210

G9+HH

I./NJG 1 Heinkell (compressed air) katapultsitz
Hauptmann Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow ejected, unhurt Feldwebel Alfred Staffa ejected, unhurt 

3rd ejection

 
Heinkell (compressed air) katapultsitz

Shot down by Night Intruder near Honnef, crew escaped by means of parachute. Again no mention of the way the crew got out of the aircraft

With Fries injured in the ejection on 16th January his bordfunker Staffa paired with Modrow. Staffa made his third ejection from a Heinkel He-219 - probably the most ejections made in combat during World War II.

3rd February, 1945 Luftwaffe He 219A-2 290070

G9+OH

I./NJG 1  Hauptmann Alexander Count Resseguier de Miremont, unhurt   Heinkell (compressed air) katapultsitz
Feldwebel Fritz Habicht, wounded in action    Heinkell (compressed air) katapultsitz

Shot down by Night Intruder, crew escaped by means of parachute.W/O severly wounded in the process.

From the German wording it seems the W/O got wounded in the  bale-out.

A/c´s tactical Callsign given as G9+CH

3rd February, 1945

Unteroffizer Gunther Karl Heinrich Thurow & Gefreiter Neff of 1 - NJG-1 flying He-219 G9 + WH shot down by Mosquito NF MkXXX MT281 of No. 410 Sqn RCAF flown by Flt. Lt. B.N. Plummer DFC and his British navigator Flt. Lt.
E.H.Collis. Forced to crash land at Handorf due to ejection seat compressed air system failed.

7th February 1945 Luftwaffe He 219A-2 290203

G9+ ?

I./NJG 1 Oberfeldwebel Hans Sieben, unhurt   Heinkell (compressed air) katapultsitz
Unteroffizier Walter Stiefelhagen, unhurt   Heinkell (compressed air) katapultsitz

Shot down by friendly fire (Flak set one engine on fire) near Telgte. Crew escaped by means of parachute.

Again no mention of the way the crew got out of the aircraft.

14th February 1945 Luftwaffe He 219A-2 290203

G9+ ?

I./NJG 1 Oberfeldwebel Hans Sieben, unhurt   Heinkell (compressed air) katapultsitz
Unteroffizier Walter Stiefelhagen unhurt   Heinkell (compressed air) katapultsitz

No further details given besides the fact of a bale-out. See also entry for the 7th February

19th March 1945 Luftwaffe 1  He 219A-2 - ? - I./NJG Hauptmann Werner Baake ejected, unhurt     Heinkell (compressed air) katapultsitz
Feldwebel Rudolf Bettaque ejected, unhurt     Heinkell (compressed air) katapultsitz

Shot down by Night Intruder 35 Km North of Gießen, crew escaped by means of parachute.

Again no mention of the way the crew got out of the aircraft

20th March 1945 Luftwaffe He 219A-2  - ? - 

G9+BL

I./NJG 1 Oberleutnant Heinz Oloff, unhurt   Heinkell (compressed air) katapultsitz

Feldwebel Helmut Fischer, unhurt

  Heinkell (compressed air) katapultsitz

Shot down by Night Intruder, crew escaped by means of parachute.

Again another Double-"banger" ! See 31st December 1944.