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Wilfried Herling
Born (1920-06-07)7 June 1920
Died 28 November 1943(1943-11-28) (aged 23)
Place of birth Dortmund-Hörde
Place of death airfield near Apostolove
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch 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]


Hptm Wilfred Herling, 7/StG-2, Stfkpt 7/StG-2 Ju 87 (lost KIA).

Wilfried 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 AC. Both AC crashed and burned, killing both crews. 700 missions; destroying 26 tanks, 10 AA guns, 21 Field guns, 6 supply and 2 armored trains plus additional shipping damage.


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