Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Luftwaffe Bomber Ace Walter Grasemann in Front of He 111

Oberleutnant Walter Grasemann (23 July 1917 - 26 November 2007), Staffelkapitän of 9.Staffel / III.Gruppe / Kampfgeschwader 27 (KG 27) "Boelcke", in front of a Heinkel He 111 with the code 1G+BT after receiving the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (Knight's Cross of the Iron Crosses) in 9 October 1943. Grasemann was awarded the decoration for his successes against railway targets and industrial facilities. The Staffel letter "T" and the yellow aircraft letter "B" identify the aircraft in the background as belonging to 9. Staffel. The first two letters of the manufacturer's code in front of the Balkenkreuz were only thinly overpainted, rendering the black characters of the unit code "1G" barely visible. The He 111 is an H-20 with the DL 131 rotating turret in the dorsal position. The aircraft are in the process of being refueled and a fuel truck may be seen on the extreme left of the photograph.

Source :
Magazine "Luftwaffe im Focus", Spezial No.1 - 2003

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