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Old 11th September 2018, 12:22
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Death of Oblt. Christian Wunder on 21 Feb. 1945

Good morning,

According to deZeng and Stankey, Oblt. Christian Wunder was "21.02.45 Oblt. and Staka 3./KG(J) 54, KIA during a fighter-bomber attack on Giebelstadt airfield."

Can anyone provide the details of the circumstances of his death? Was it in the air or on the ground?

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Jim
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Old 11th September 2018, 12:28
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Re: Death of Oblt. Christian Wunder on 21 Feb. 1945

I./KG(J)/54 was based at Giebelstadt in Feb 45 so I would say an Allied attack on Giebelstadt.
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Old 11th September 2018, 13:18
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Re: Death of Oblt. Christian Wunder on 21 Feb. 1945

from OKL Lw.FüSt Ic Lagemeldungen for 21 February 1945:

Schadensmeldung:

"Giebelstadt: 12.20 Uhr 4 Sprengbomben, 200 Stabbrandbomben, Bordwaffenangriff. 1 Me 262 beschädigt, 2 Verwundete".

Nachträge zur Schadensmeldung:

"Bordwaffentiefangriffe auf Fliegerhorst: Giebelstadt: 15.16 Uhr - 15.26 Uhr durch 11 Mustang. 1 Me 262, 1 Bu 181 zerstört. 1 Gefallener, 1 Verwundeter".

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Old 11th September 2018, 14:58
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Re: Death of Oblt. Christian Wunder on 21 Feb. 1945

Hi,

in the Gen.Qu. loss returns from 13 and 16 March 1945 are listed:
21.2. I./KG(J)54 Fl.Pl. Giebelstadt, Tiefangriff, Bü 181 C-3 120554 75% and Me 262 A-1 111630 35%
21.2. III./KG(J)54 Fl.Pl. Giebelstadt, Bruchlandung infolge technischer Mängel, Me 262 A-1 111612 15%.

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Old 11th September 2018, 15:23
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Re: Death of Oblt. Christian Wunder on 21 Feb. 1945

Radtke page 232: The 8th US Air Force attacks Giebelstadt with P-47 Thunderbolts on the 21/2. The StKpt of 3./KG54 Oblt Wunder & the a/c Mechanic Ogefr Drews from the same Staffel are killed by bomb shrapnel while the a/c Mechanic of 2./KG54 Ogefr Pyttel is wounded while manning his anti-aircraft MG.
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Old 11th September 2018, 15:58
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Re: Death of Oblt. Christian Wunder on 21 Feb. 1945

Thank you, Chris, Rod, Leo and Rudi for your quick replies. Oblt. Wunder was obviously killed on the ground on this date.

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