Borchers, Walter

Date of birth:
January 22nd, 1916 (Ofen/Oldenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
March 6th, 1945 (near Altenburg/Thuringia, Germany)
Buried on:
German War Graves Altenburg
Grave: 123.
German (1933-1945, German Reich)


Walter Borchers was born in Ofen, Oldenburg on January 22nd, 1916.

When the Seocnd World War started, he was a member of 5. / Zerstörergeschwader 76. Late in 1940 he became Staffelkapitän of tis unit. During the campaign in the West and the Battle for England he was credited for a total of 10 victories. In 1941 the unit was transferred and became the 8. / Nachtjagdgeschwader 3. The unit was operational at the home front. On April 22nd, 1943 he was to become the Gruppenkommandeur of III. / Nachtjagdgeschwader 5 which he led until March 23rd, 1944. After his promotion to Major he becam the Kommandeur of Nachtjagdgeschwader 5.

Walter Borchers died on 6th March 1945 as Kommodore, Nachtjagdgeschwader 5 between Walditz andOssa, Northeast of Altenburg. He was at that moment flying his Junkers Ju 88 G-6 "C9+GA" (Werknummer 622 319). He was shot down by Wing Commander Walter Gibb and Flying Officer Kendall from No 239 Squadron, Royal Air Force, flying in a de Havilland Mosquito.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
8. Staffel, III. Gruppe, Nachtjagdgeschwader 3, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
July 12th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Second World War (1939-1945)
Major (Squadron Leader)
Kommandeur, Nachtjagdgeschwader 5, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
July 27th, 1944
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes