Wilhelm Ferdinand "Wutz"
- Galland, Wilhelm Ferdinand "Wutz"
Major, Jagdfliegerass and brother of Adolf.
- 23-10-1914, Bochum.
- 17-08-1943, crashed, age 29, over Holland.
Lommel, Belgium, Kriegsgräberstätte. Blok 21-Grab 290.
Galland, Wilhelm Ferdinand "Wutz"
Wutz Galland, born 23-10-1914 in Bochum, was one of four Galland brothers to serve in the Luftwaffe. The oldest brother Fritz Galland served in a fighter and reconnaissance unit and survived the war. His older brother, Lieutenant Genenral. Adolf Galland (see Adolf Galland) was one the most renowned German fighter pilots and leader of German fighter operations and also survived the war. His youngest brother Paul Galland, a flying ace with 17 victories, served with JG 26 and was killed in action on 31-10-1942. Galland scored his first victory on 23-07-1941, shooting down a Spitfire near Hesdin. By the end of 1941 his victory total was three. On 05-05-1942 Galland was promoted to Staffelkapitän of 5./JG 26, with eight victories at the time. His score was 21 by the end of 1942. Hauptmann Galland was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 26 in January 1943. Galland was awarded the Ritterkreuz in May 1943 for 35 victories. Galland was killed in action on 17-08-1943 during the Schweinfurt-Regensburg mission. II./JG 26 took off on a bomber intercept mission and engaged the B-17 bomber formation but were bounced by the escorting P-47 fighters from the 56th Fighter Group, USAAF . It is assumed that Galland was shot down by the American ace Walker "Bud" Mahurin of the 56th Fighter Group, USAA, Bud Mahurin died old age 91, on 11-05-2010. Wutz Galland is buried on the largest war cemetery in West Europe, 39.000 graves, of Lommel in Belgium. Also buried there, Friedrich Alpers, SS Obergruppenführer (see Alpers), Flyer ace Walter Adolph (see Adolph) and the Generals Dr. Wilhelm Dietrich (see Dietrich), Konrad Heinrichs (see Heinrichs) and Vice Admiral Robert Schall-Emden (see Schall-Emden).