Woltersdorf, Helmut

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Woltersdorf, Helmut, born 15-11-1915 in Friedberg, initially joined Hermann Goering’s (did you know) Luftwaffe with the II. Gruppe Zerstörergeschwader 141  under command of Hauptmann Günther Reinecke,, based at Padubitz until May 1939, when it was renamed I.Zerstörergeschwader 76. Woltersdorfs first kill came on 02-09-1939 over Poland. While escorting Dornier Do 17s he shot down a PZL P.11 fighter. He was to score his second kill against this type on 9 September.  During the Norwegian Campaign Helmut scored four kills against RAF  Vickers Wellington bombers, two on the 12 April and two victories on 30 April. During the Battle of Britain Woltersdorf destroyed two Spitfires on 15 August, his only kills of the battle. I./Zerstorergeschwader 76  had been withdrawn from the front-line in September 1940 to re-train in the night-fighter role. Defending Belgian and Dutch air space, Woltserdorf destroyed nine Wellington, three Handley Page, two Avro Manchester, one Lockheed Ventura and a single Handley Page Halifax between 12-05-1941 and 02-06-1942. On 02-06-1942 Woltersdorf was shot down and killed by a Hawker Hurricane piloted by New Zealander Sergeant Peter Gawith    of No. 3 Squadron RAF . The RAF unit had been conducting night sweeps over Europe since 11-12-1941 Gawith survived just two more months. 

Death and burial ground of Woltersdorf, Helmut.

On 28 July he was posted as missing in action over Noordwijk, Netherlands, Woltersdorf, age 26, is buried on the war cemetery of Ysselsteyn in the Netherlands, Plot Q. Also buried there the personalities, General der Infanterie, Feldkommandeur der 642th in Arnhem, Friedrich Kussin,

   the first killed and scalped General during Operation Market Garden. He was posthumously awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight’s Cross on 02-03-1944. Also buried there the personalities, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 526th Reserve-Division, Kurt Scmidt, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 376th Infanterie Regiment, Oskar von der Hagen, Oberleutnant with 3./NJG1  Paul Gildner, Major, Kommandeur III./N.J.G. 1, Egmond Prinz zur Lippe Weissenfeld, Major, Kommandeur I./N.J.G. 100, Heinrich Prinz zur Sayn Wittgenstein 



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