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#1 AbfangJager

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:25 AM

Kurt Welter
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    Kurt Welter was born on 25 February 1916 at Köln-Lindenthal. He joined the still secret Luftwaffe on 1 October 1934 and trained as a pilot. Welter served as an instructor up to 10 August 1943 when he was transferred, with the rank of Oberfeldwebel, to Blindflugschule 10. On 2 September 1943, Welter was transferred to 5./JG 301. With this unit he performed Wilde Sau missions intercepting raiding Allied bombers in single-seat fighter aircraft by night. On the night of 22/23 September, Welter shot down two Allied four-engine bombers on what was his first Wilde Sau mission. He shot down a further two on his third mission on the night of 3/4 October. By the beginning of April, he had recorded 17 victories in only 15 missions! Welter was awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold on 10 May. Leutnant Welter was transferred to 5./JG 300 on 7 July 1944. In July, he was to claim two USAAF B-17 four-engined bombers and three P-51 fighters shot down by day. From 25 July 1944, Welter served with 1./NJG 10 performing Wilde Sau missions. He claimed four RAF Lancaster four-engine bombers shot down on the night of 29/30 August to record his 24th through 27th victories. Welter transferred to 10./JG 300 on 4 September 1944. 10./JG 300 was established to counter incursions by RAF Mosquito twin-engined bombers. In September, Welter was to claim seven Mosquitos shot down, including one by ramming! It is thought that during his service with 1./NJG 10 and 10./JG 300, Welter recorded 12 victories in only 18 missions. Welter was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 18 October for 34 victories. On 2 November 1944, Welter was transferred to II./NJG 11. Here he was given command of a unit, set up on 11 November 1944, dedicated to the interception, by night, of RAF Mosquitos. On 28 January 1945, the unit, initially known as Sonderkommando Stamp after its founder and then Sonderkommando Welter, was redesignated 10./NJG 11. The unit was equipped with Me 262 jet fighters. Welter claimed 25 Mosquitos and two four-engined bombers shot down by night and two further Mosquitos by day flying the Me 262. Whilst Welter had tested a prototype Me 262 fitted with Neptun radar, the majority of Welter’s 20 plus night victories were achieved in standard radarless aircraft. Welter was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr 769) on 9 March 1945 for 48 victories. Having survived the war, Welter was killed on 7 March 1949 at Leck in Schleswig-Holstein waiting at a level crossing, when  logs falling from an improperly loaded passing train crushed his car.
    Kurt Welter was credited with 63 victories in 93 missions. He recorded 56 victories at night, including 33 Mosquitos.

 

o    Date    Time    A/c Type    Unit    Location / Comments
1    22.09.1943    23:04    Lancaster    5./JG 301    Hannover, 5000m / 1st combat mission
2    22.09.1943    23:12    B-24    5./JG 301    Hannover, 4000m
3    03.10.1943    22:29    Halifax    5./JG 301    SW Hessen, 4000m
4    03.10.1943    22:41    Halifax    5./JG 301    ENE Hessen, 4000m
5    22.10.1943    21:04    Viermot    5./JG 301    4km NW Kaasel, 4500m
6    22.10.1943    21:14    Viermot    5./JG 301    18km N Kassel, 4500m
7    22.10.1943    21:24    Viermot    5./JG 301    28km N Kassel, 4500m
8    02.01.1944    02:55    Viermot    5./JG 301    
9    06.01.1944    03:46    Viermot    5./JG 301    
10    06.01.1944    04:11    Viermot    5./JG 301    
11    28/29.1.1944    -    Halifax    5./JG 301    
12    20.02.1944    03:27    Lancaster    5./JG 301    
13    20.02.1944    04:16    Lancaster    5./JG 301    
14    18/19.3.1944    -    Lancaster    5./JG 301    
15    18/19.3.1944    -    Lancaster    5./JG 301    
16    24.03.1944    22:44    Lancaster    5./JG 301    
17    24.03.1944    22:50~    Lancaster    5./JG 301    15th combat mission
18    18.07.1944    10:47    P-51    5./JG 300    Fssen area, 7000m / in the day-time
19    18.07.1944    10:55    P-51    5./JG 300    Schongau area, 4500m / in the day-time
20    19.07.1944    09:37    P-51    5./JG 300    Memmingen, 7000m / in the day-time
21    19.07.1944    09:43    B-17    5./JG 300    S K”nigsbrnn, 6000m / in the day-time
22    20.07.1944    11:15    B-17    5./JG 300    Reichenbach, 5500m / in the day-time
23    26.08.1944    22:38    Mosquito    10./JG 300    Nienburg area, 9500m
24    30.08.1944    02:05    Lancaster    10./JG 300    CJ-BJ, 4800m
25    30.08.1944    02:10    Lancaster    10./JG 300    BJ-CJ, 3900mÿ
26    30.08.1944    02:12    Lancaster    10./JG 300    BJ-CJ, 4800mÿ
27    30.08.1944    02:15    Lancaster    10./JG 300    BJ-CJ, 4800m
28    11.09.1944    22:58    Mosquito    10./JG 300    FG 4, 8000m
29    12.09.1944    23:16    Mosquito    10./JG 300    Hopsten-Bramsche, 8300m
30    12.09.1944    23:25    Mosquito    10./JG 300    Tangerhtte, 8000m
31    13.09.1944    17:42    Mosquito    10./JG 300    Salzwedel, 5000m
32    16.09.1944    02:03    Mosquito    10./JG 300    Berlin, 8500m
33    16.09.1944    02:30    Mosquito    10./JG 300    Gardelegen, 8500m
34    18.09.1944    23:05    Mosquito    10./JG 300    HT-JT, 8000m / 40th combat missionÿ
?    1944    -    Mosquito    Kdo Welter    Berlin / two Mosquitos in one night mission
?    1944    -    Mosquito    Kdo Welter    Berlin / two Mosquitos in one night mission
?    12/13.12.1944    -    Lancaster    10./NJG 11    
?    121.944    -    E/a    10./NJG 11    
?    121.944    -    E/a    10./NJG 11    
?    2/3.1.1945    -    Mosquito    10./NJG 11    Mosquito of 139 Sqn, RAF flown by F/Lt Howard
?    5/6.1.1945    -    Mosquito    10./NJG 11    Mosquito of 571 Sqn, RAF flown by F/O Henry
?    10/11.1.1945    -    Mosquito    10./NJG 11    
?    1945    -    Mosquito    10./NJG 11    in the day-time
?    1945    -    Mosquito    10./NJG 11    in the day-time
?    30/31.3.1945    -    Mosquito    10./NJG 11    Mosquito of 692 Sqn flown by F/Sgt Camprey
?    30/31.3.1945    -    Mosquito    10./NJG 11    
?    30/31.3.1945    -    Mosquito    10./NJG 11    
?    30/31.3.1945    -    Mosquito    10./NJG 11    
                    
Victories : 63?                    
Awards : Ehrenpokal (20 March 1944)                    
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (10 May 1944)                    
Ritterkreuz (18 October 1944)                    
Eichenlaub (9 March 1945)                    
Units : JG 301, JG 300, NJG 10, Kdo Stamp, Kdo Welter, NJG 11          

 

Messerschmitt Me 262B-1a/U1, W.Nr.110635 'red 10', 10./NJG 11 „Kommando Welter“, pilot

 

        

 

 

 

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:37 AM

I want Level 15 Messerschmitt Me 262B-1a/U1 . But Full operational Neptun Radar onboard.

 

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#3 DeNooZeR_X

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 07:16 PM

really impressive :salute:


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#4 Wenin

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 07:29 PM

What a necro :P


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#5 Komet_Kat

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 01:10 AM

does it count as worlds first jet ace?


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Posted 16 June 2014 - 01:32 AM

 Very fascinating


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Posted 16 June 2014 - 01:55 AM

does it count as worlds first jet ace

One of possibly many more jet aces


Edited by MisterGrinder, 16 June 2014 - 01:56 AM.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 03:43 AM

Shame he died in such an ignoble way. Great pilot.
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