Bareuther, Herbert

Date of birth:
June 29th, 1914 (Asch/Bohemia, Austrian-Hungarian Empire)
Date of death:
April 30th, 1945 (Pasewalk/Pommerania, Germany)
Nationality:
Austrian (1918-1938, Republic)

Biography

Herbert Bareuther was born July 29th, 1941(?) in Asch, Egerland, at the time part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
He joined the Luftwaffe in 1939. He served in 3./Jagdgeschwader (Fighter Wing). His scored his first victory in the air by shooting down a Russian Ilyushin DB-3. In August 1944 he was promoted to Leutnant (Lieutenant). During the battle for Warsaw, he was shot down over the city and taken prisoner by the Polish resistance. He was however liberated at the conclusion of the battle for Warsaw. In February 1945, he was posted to IV./Jagdgeschwader 3 and was promoted to Staffelkapitän (Wing Commander) in April 1945. He lost his life on April 30th, 1945 in the vicinity of Pasewalk after having been hit by Soviet anti-aircraft fire. He had 55 kills to his credit.
According to some sources, he was posthumously awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross (RKdEK) on May 2nd, 1945. Up to today however, there is no definite proof for this.
Herbert Bareuther as credited with 55 victories.

Promotions:
?: Unteroffizier; (NCO)
December 1942: Feldwebel; (Sergeant)
1944: Oberfeldwebel; (Sergeant-major)
1944: Leutnant (Lieutenant)

Career:
1939 - 1941: trained as pilot;
1941 - 1944: 3. / Jagdgeschwader 51;
1944: instructor flying school;
1944 - April 1945: IV / Jagdgeschwader 3;
April 1945: 14. / Jagdgeschwader 3.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer
Awarded on:
February 15th, 1943
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
Unit:
3. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
February 5th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold

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