- Small Soldbuch grouping to Unteroffizier Franz Zipfel. The first issue Soldbuch was opened on 26th of August 1939 by a Staka of the staff of Kampfgeschwader 53 "Legion Condor". Serving as a Bordfunker in this unit, Zipfel was soon transferred to the 14. Staffel of Lehrgeschwader 1. This Staffel was part of the 5th "Zerstörer" Gruppe, at that time based in Jesau, later moved to Mannheim-Sandhofen, and flying on Messerschmitt Bf 110. On 5th of February 1940, he made his final transfer: to the Zerstörerstaffel of Kampfgeschwader 30 in Perleberg, later Westerland. This Staffel would a few months later be redesignated as the 4. Staffel of Nachtjagdgeschwader 1...
- Zipfel, however, would not join the NJG1: he made a fatal crash in a Dornier Do 17 M-1 in the evening of 31st of March with his pilot, Oberleutnant Gerhard Freiherr von Grote. The pilot was declared dead on the crash site; Zipfel was badly wounded and rushed to the Reservelazarett Greifswald, but succumbed to his skull fracture the next day, 1st of April 1940, at 3:00 pm in the afternoon. He was buried in his home town Nordhalben.
- The Soldbuch is in excellent and complete condition. One identfied signature is that of the Z./KG30's Staffelkapitän Herbert Bönsch, later DKiG, credited with 13 victories and killed as Major and Staka of 9./NJG2 in Holland. Other good (Staffelkapitän) signatures are included but were not yet identified. A portrait photo was never inserted due to his early death, however the Soldbuch comes with Zipfel's Militärbordfunkerschein which does feature a portrait photo from early 1939. Opened by Kampfgeschwader 53 in Ansbach, June 1939, the document has the original signature of Geschwaderkommodore Erich Stahl, later Generalmajor. The digital copies of the WAst archive cards provide more info on Zipfel's and his pilot's death, and are shown here just for reference.
KIA Bordfunker Soldbuch KG30
- Product Code: DH012
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