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3 3rd Feb. 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. (source Profile No. 219 - He-219 by Richard Bateson)

   January  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crew photo seat
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

 

   February 

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crew seat photo
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

   March

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crew photo seat
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.

 April  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
19th April 1945 Luftwaffe Heinkel He-162 3 Staffel JG-1     Fhj. Fw. Gunther Kirchner

(latest information suggests Kirchner did not eject and was killed in aircraft crash)

  Heinkel (cartridge) scheudersitz
20th April 1945 Luftwaffe Heinkel He-162 1 Gruppe / JG-1   Shot down??? Leutnant Rudolf Schmidtt ejected Heinkel (cartridge) scheudersitz
21st April 1945 Luftwaffe Heinkel He-162 6 Staffel / JG-1     Feldwebel Erwin Steeb ejected   Heinkel (cartridge) scheudersitz
24th April 1945 Luftwaffe Heinkel He-162 II Gruppe / JG-1     Hptm. Paul-Heinrich Dahne ejected Heinkel (cartridge) scheudersitz
30th April 1945 Luftwaffe Heinkel He.162 JG-1     Lt. Hans Rechenberg (possibly ejected - needs clarification)   Heinkel (cartridge) scheudersitz

 May  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st May 1945 Luftwaffe Heinkel He-162 JG-1     Uffz Anton Riemer   Heinkel (cartridge) scheudersitz
1st May 1945 Luftwaffe Heinkel He.162 JG-1     Lt. Adalbert Schlarp (possibly ejected - needs clarification)   Heinkel (cartridge) scheudersitz

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