By Roger A. Freeman
One of many first Thunderbolt teams to determine motion within the ecu Theatre of Operations (ETO) with the united states military Air Forces, the 56th Fighter team (FG) was once additionally the one fighter unit in the 8th Air strength to stay outfitted with the strong P-47 till war’s finish. Led via the inspirational ‘Hub’ Zemke, this crew used to be accountable for devising the various bomber escort strategies hired by way of VIII Fighter Command among 1943 and 1945. through VE-Day the 56th FG had shot down a hundred extra enemy airplane than the other staff within the 8th Air strength, its pilots being credited with 677 kills in the course of 447 missions. The exploits of this elite fighter unit are special during this quantity including pictures, their airplane profiles and insignia.
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8-centimeter Flak already in position. The Soviets arrived around noon. The two Tigers were near the road, when the Soviets arrived from the direction of Vitebsk. The Germans had buttoned up in anticipation of the ﬁreworks. The Soviets approached from the southern high ground, where their main line of resistance was located, and moved north in the direction of Newel. Carius issued orders to ﬁre when ready. Both of the tanks ﬁred almost simultaneously. The ﬁrst T-34 was hit and immobilized. A second one was hit by a round from the Flak and blew up.
Oberleutnant Günther Klappich, who had already received the Knight’s Cross, was recommended for the Oak Leaves, which he posthumously received on 8 June 1943 as the 254th member of the German Armed Forces. He was also promoted posthumously to Hauptmann. He had been killed in action on 22 January 1943. ✠ Hans Bunzel was born on 29 April 1915 in Hagnau (Silesia). /Kraftfahr-Abteilung 4 in Dresden. He was not quite 18 at the time. At the beginning of 1934, Bunzel’s company was transferred to Leipzig.
Oberleutnant Leonhardt worked feverishly to get them all operational again. When the main body of Panzer-Abteilung 116 rolled towards the command post of Panzergrenadier-Regiment 156 in Lenin during the morning, the Russian attack on Nowopawlowskij had already started. Oberfeldwebel Schreiber’s calls for help reached the battalion commander, and Hauptmann Tebbe did everything in his power to get the immobilized tanks back up to the front. But all of that was to no avail; it would have taken too long to get there.