- Wehrpass to Oberfeldwebel Johann "Hans" Balker. First issue from June 1938. As Balker had been in continuous military service from April 1934, the Wehrpass has a nice uniform portrait photo of him. He had started out with the infantry, but joined the Luftwaffe in October 1936: first he was deployed with Kampfgeschwader 152 "Hindenburg" in Greifswald, then from March 1937 with Kampfgeschwader 257 in Zerbst. After some time with KG257's successor Kampfgeschwader 26, he was finally given the opportunity to start his active flying career in August 1940. After two years of training, he moved to an active unit in August 1942: the Verfügungsstaffel des Generalquartier in Schönwalde, Post Velten. From March 1943 he is listed with the Flieger-Sonderkommando der Oberbefehlshaber der Luftwaffe, first in Jüterbog, later in Dedelsdorf. This rather obscure unit was flying directly under the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM), its duties included testing and acceptance flights for airplanes newly delivered by the factories. During one of these flights, Johann Balker was killed in a crash on 26th of May 1944 on the French airfield of Toulouse-Blagnac. He is nowadays buried in the German war cemetery of Dagneux.
- Wehrpass in excellent and complete condition. It comes with a postcard sized portrait with his wife. Notice only the Dienstauszeichnung was entered in the Wehrpass, but he is wearing the pilot's badge in the photo. His career, wartime units and circumstances of the crash make this Wehrpass definitely worthy of further research!
France 1943 KIA Pilot Wehrpass
- Product Code: DX004
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