Flugbuch and award document grouping to Oberfeldwebel Gottfried Wagner.
Born in 1919, Wagner started his flying career with the Luftwaffe in November 1938. He was trained as a Bordfunker, mostly on Dornier Do 17, Junkers Ju 52 and Junkers Ju 86. In July 1939, he transferred to his active unit, the III. Gruppe of Kampfgeschwader 76, at that time based in Wels. Two months later, he flew his first enemy missions (Feindflüge) over Poland. These resulted in the awarding of the EKII in November 1939. In the Western campaign, he added many more bombing missions to his total, mostly supporting the push through the Belgian Ardennes (Chimay, Dinant, ...) and then into France (Cambrai, Arras, Dieppe, ...). More missions would follow with III./KG76 in the Battle of Britain, resulting in an EKI in September 1940. Joining the KG76 in its efforts on the Eastern Front, Wagner would also earn the Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Silber (1941) and Gold (1942), and the Krimschild (1943).
In 1944, Wagner made a suprising shift in his flying career, and became a pilot himself: he earned the Flugzeugführer-Abzeichen in May of that year. By April 1945, he was with the I.(Pz) Gruppe of Schlachtgeschwader 9, a ground attack unit flying on the Focke Wulf Fw 190 equiped with "Panzerblitz" missiles! On 30th of April 1945, Wagner was attacked by Spitfires of the 350 Squadron RAF with the rest of his 3. Staffel while trying to land on the small air strip of Sülte, south of Schwerin. He crashed in an oat field and burned in the exploding aircraft. Also killed in that same attack was his Staffelkapitän, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves winner Andreas Kuffner, and another Knight's Cross winning pilot of 3./SG9, Reiner Nossek. A third Knight's Cross winner, Wilhelm Bromen, was wounded. Wagner is nowadays still buried alongside Kuffner, Nossek and three others on the small cemetery of Sülte.
The grouping consists of:
- Excellent early war Flugbuch with a total of 240 flights from November 1938 to June 1940, including 30 enemy flights during the Polish and French campaigns. All Feindflüge with Dornier Do 17-Z of KG76. Signature of his Staffelkapitän of 8./KG76 in Poland.
- Arbeitsbuch, January 1936.
- Award document for the EK2, November 1939, earned for his missions over Poland, hand signed by Generalmajor Bruno Loerzer, Knight's Cross and Pour le Mérite winner.
- Award document for the EK1, September 1940, earned for the Battle of Britain, hand signed by Generaloberst Ulrich Grauert, Knight's Cross winner.
- Award document for the Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Silber, March 1941, hand signed by Oberstleutnant Ernst Bormann, Knight's Cross and Oak Leaves winner.
- Award booklet for the DRL Sportabzeichen in Bronze, March 1942, complete with portrait photo.
- Award document for the Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Gold, June 1942, hand signed by Oberst Ernst Bormann, Knight's Cross and Oak Leaves winner.
- Award document for the Krimschild, March 1943, facsimile signed by Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein, Knight's Cross, Oak Leaves and Swords winner.
- Award document for the Flugzeugführer-Abzeichen, May 1944, facsimile signed by Generaloberst Bruno Loerzer.
Flugbuch & Citations KG76, KIA Fw190 Pilot
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