- Soldbuch to Flieger-Hauptingenieur Hermann Berkenkamp. First issue from September 1939. This Nürnberg born engineer continued his technical job in the Luftwaffe. Although not in a combat role, he did serve as flying personnel and was awarded the Flugzeugführerabzeichen in July 1940. After assuming the technical command of the Fliegerhorst Straubing for over two years, he moved to the staff of the famous Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen" in October 1941.
- Berkenkamp served with the JG2 as (head) engineer until January 1944. The Geschwader staff was based in France during these years: Brest, Beaumont-le-Roger, Cormeilles-en-Vexin, Calais, Marseille, .... In this time frame, he was awarded the KVKII and KVKI. Berkenkamp continued to receive the Fliegerzulage for flying personnel. Also notice the nice entries for a private Walther PP pistol and private watch with "Jagdgeschwader Richthofen" stamp on the extra inlay page, signed by Adjudant Maier. This Oberleutnant is known for at least two victories on American B-17 bombers over France in 1942/43. The best signatures are on the leave pages, though: two leaves have been signed by Geschwaderkommodore Walter Oesau, the famous Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords winner who crashed to his death in 1944.
- In January 1944, Berkenkamp was moved to the staff of Jagdgeschwader 1. In September of that year, he moved to the staff of the I. Jagdkorps, then to the IX. Fliegerkorps. Berkenkamp entered allied captivity; a POW stamp on page 15 was signed by a Generalmajor who was acting as Lagerkommandeur of the POW camp "Lager E1" in Sonderdilching.
- The Soldbuch is in a very good condition, page 1/2 is loose but it's a 100% complete with all pages. Very nice portrait photo with officer shoulder boards worn on a leather jacket. Surely Berkenkamp will be mentioned in some of the unit histories of JG1 / JG2... further research is welcome!
JG2 Richthofen Pilot / Engineer Soldbuch
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