Lipfert, Helmut

Date of birth:
August 6th, 1916 (Lippelsdorf/Saalfeld/Saale, Germany)
Date of death:
August 10th, 1990 (Einbeck/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Helmut Lipfert, previously Führer in the Reichsarbeitsdienst (State Labor Service) joined the Nachrichten-Abteilung (Intelligence Service) within the 1. Panzer-Division (Armored Division). In his capacity of Unteroffizier (NCO) he took part in the campaign against Poland in September 1939.

Early 1941 he enlisted in the Luftwaffe and was trained as a fighterpilot. June 16th, 1942, he was appointed Kriegsoffizier-Anwärter (Candidate Warofficer) with the rank of Feldwebel (Sergeant) and was promoted to Leutnant (Lieutenant) on August 1st, 1942. December 16th, 1942 he was posted to 6. JagdGeschwader 52 ( JG, Fightersquadron) on the Eastern front. Janaury 30th, 1943, he scored his first kill on his 18th operational flight. September 5th, 1943, he had already scored 20 kills and was promoted to Staffelkapitän (Flight captain) of 6/JG 52. October 8th, 1943 he scored 5 kills in one operational flight. When he went on leave on Janaury 25th, 1944 he had reached a total of 88 kills. After his return he scored his 90th kill on April 8th, 1944. At the end of 1944 his score had risen to 166.

February 15th, 1945 he was promoted to Kommandeur of I/JG 53 (Wingcommander) in Hungary. After the disbandment of I/JG 53 he was again posted to II/JG 52 where he took command of 7 Staffel (squadron) and the whole Gruppe. (Wing)

Helmut Lipfert scored a total of 203 aerial victories (27 unconfirmed) in 687 operational missions.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 12th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 26th, 1943
Frontflugspange für Jäger in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 29th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer
Awarded on:
November 14th, 1943
Details:
Awarding published in the Ehrenliste der Deutschen Luftwaffe on 13th December 1943.
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant
Unit:
6. / Jagdgeschwader 52
Awarded on:
January 28th, 1944
Details:
Award 11/302.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Offizier z.V./Staffelführer 6. / Jagdgeschwader 52
Awarded on:
April 5th, 1944
Action:
For achieving his 90th victorie on 1st April 1944.
Details:
1100th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / Jagdgeschwader 53
Awarded on:
April 17th, 1945
Details:
837th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

Sources

  • Photo 1: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • Photo: Willi Schumacher Collection
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