Brändle, Kurt

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Brändle, Kurt, born on 09-01-1912, in Ludwigsburg, was a German former Hermann Goering’s (see did you know) Luftwaffe fighter ace and recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves  during World War II.

Brändle, who already was a civilian motor-powered aircraft and glider pilot, volunteered for military service in the Luftwaffe of Nazi Germany in 1935. He was posted to Jagdgeschwader 53 (JG 53—53rd Fighter Wing)  under command of Oberstleutnant Werner Junck, in 1939 and claimed 14 aerial victories on the Western Front. In May 1942 he was given command of II. Gruppe (2nd group) of Jagdgeschwader 3 “Udet” (JG 3—3rd Fighter Wing).  Fighting on the Eastern Front, he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on 01-07-1942 after 49 aerial victories. In July and August 1942, he claimed a further 50 aerial victories in the southern sector of the Eastern Front. After claiming his 100th aerial victory he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves on 27-08-1942.

On 05-07-1943 during the Battle of Kursk, Brändle achieved his 150th aerial victory and in August 1943 was transferred to the Western Front fighting in Defense of the Reich.

 
Brändle was officially credited with shooting down 180 enemy aircraft in more than 700 combat missions, the majority, 159   victories, were claimed on the Eastern Front. Adjutant of II./JG 3 File:JG3-Emblem.svg under the command of Kurt Brändle was the fighter ace Leutnant, Hans Fuss.

Death and burial ground of Brändle, Kurt.

5a9240e205c4d80d14e91de93a8c32dd  Kurt Brändle was killed in action on 03-11-1943 West of Amsterdam, over the Netherlands, (see About) (see Ackermans). Brändle attacked an American bomber formation after he had shot down two Thunderbolts. It is assumed that he was shot down by Canadian fighters under the command of Wing Commander Lloyd Chadburn. Lloyd Vernon “Chad” Chadburn was a Canadian World War II fighter ace,
         who was killed on 13-06-1944, shortly after D-Day, in a collision with another Spitfire pilot while taking off from a landing strip in Normandy. He was 24 years of age. Kurt Brändle’s body was later washed ashore and buried on the war cemetery of Ysselstein , Netherlands, 32.000 graves, close to Generalmajor der Infanterie, Feldkommandeur der 642th in Arnhem, Friedrich Kussin the first killed German General during Operation Market Garden. Also buried their the personalities, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 526th Reserve-Division, Kurt Schmidt, General der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 376th Infanterie Regiment, Oskar von der Hagen, and the Flyer aces, Hauptmann, August Geiger, Oberleutnant, Paul Gildner, Major, Kommandeur III./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 , Egmond Prinz zur Lippe Weissenfeld, Major, Kommandeur I./N.J.G. 100, Heinrich Prinz zur Sayn Wittgenstein, Oberleutnant, Helmut Woltersdorf and Oberleutnant in the 26th Jagd Geschwader, Air Fighter Squadron, Karl Willius.
   
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