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Kaiser, Herbert (Höhne, Herbert)

Date of birth:
March 16th, 1916 (Jessen/Herzberg/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
December 5th, 2003 (Felde/Kiel, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Achieved a total of 68 aerial victories (including 42 in the East) over the course of 1000 sorties.
Herbert Höhne took his mother's maiden name Kaiser in 1940.
Career:
1938-1939: served in II.(Jagd-)/Tr.Gr. 186 (later III./JG 77)
05.05.1940: Unteroffizier, 5./JGr. 186
15.01.1942: Oberfeldwebel, 8./JG 77
06.07.1942: Ofw., 9./JG 77
28.10.1942: unhurt? - shot down, forced landing in the desert, returned 2 days later 08.01.1943: Ofw., 8./JG 77
25.09.1943: Ofw., 3./JG 77
11.01.1944: Ofw., 3./JG 1
10.02.1944: Lt., 9./JG 1 unhurt ? - Bf 109 G-6 (Yellow 8 + ) collision with service cart on take-off at Venlo
01.03.1944: transferred from JG 77 to JG 1
11.04.1944: Ofw., 7./JG 1
30.07.1944: Erprobungskommando 262 unhurt? - Me 262 A-2a, bailed out
09.08.1944: severely WIA - Bf 109 G-6 (White 12) in combat with Spitfires ivo Paris and hospitalized until 02.1945
01.03.1945: Leutnant, in Jagd-Verband 44
08.05.1945: surrednder to US - US POW
Ace credited with ca.1,200 combat missions and 68 air victories
01.01.1957: joined the Bundeswehr
01.03.1972: retired as an Oberstleutnant

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit:
8./ JG 77 'Herz As'
Awarded on:
August 9th, 1941
for achieving 12 air victories
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
Unit:
8. Staffel, III. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 77 "Herz As", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
March 30th, 1942
received under the name of Herbert Höhne
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, 8. Staffel, III. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 77 "Herz As", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
March 14th, 1943
The following newspaper excerpt (dated 20./21.03.1943) describes why Kaiser received the Knight’s Cross…

“Oberfeldwebel Kaiser has shot down 53 enemy aircraft over the course of many hard-fought aerial engagements.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
Unit:
8./ JG 77 'Herz As'
Awarded on:
March 30th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
for his 30th confirmed air victory
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit:
8./ JG 77 'Herz As'
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse

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