Konrad "Pitt" Bauer
Oberleutnant

Konrad Bauer

      Konrad “Pitt” Bauer was born on 9 February 1919 at Gelsenkirchen. In March 1943, Bauer was serving with JG 51 based on the Eastern Front. Unteroffizier Bauer was assigned to 10./JG 51. He recorded his first victory on 20 March, when he shot down a Russian Pe-2 twin-engine bomber. By September 1943, Bauer was serving with the Geschwaderstab of JG 51. On 15 December 1943, he claimed six enemy aircraft, five of which he shot down in five minutes on one mission. He gained a total of 18 victories over the Eastern front. Bauer was transferred to 2./JG 3 “Udet”, operating on Reichsverteidigung duties, in March 1944. He recorded his first victory over a four-engine bomber on 18 April, when he shot down a USAAF B-17. He shot down another two B-17s on 24 May. In June 1944, Bauer was transferred to 5.(Sturm)/JG 300. This unit was mostly equipped with Focke-Wulf 190 A-8/R2 or R8 with two 30mm cannon Mk 108 and two 20mm cannon MG 151/20 to combat the increasing number of USAAF four-engine bombers raiding Germany. With this unit he became one of the best Viermottöters recording 29 four-engine bombers shot down. On 7 July 1944, Bauer shot down two USAAF B-24 four-engine bombers and escorting USAAF P-38 twin-engine fighter in the Oschersleben area. On 11 September, after shooting down three USAAF P-51 fighters, he was himself shot down in Fw 190 A-8 (W.Nr. 681 469) “Red 21” and wounded losing two fingers from his right hand. Feldwebel Bauer was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 31 October 1944 for 34 victories, including 14 four-engine bombers. At the end of January 1945, Bauer returned as Staffelkapitän of 5./JG 300. Bauer was recommended for the Eichenlaub but never received the award.
     “Pitt” Bauer flew 416 combat missions and shot down 57 enemy aircraft. He recorded 18 victories over the Eastern front. Of his 39 victories recorded over the Western front, 32 were four-engine bombers including some Herausschüsse and at least five P-51 fighters. He was shot down seven times.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
20.3.1943
15:25
Pe-2 10./JG 51 25 281: at 100m
?
1.9.1943
18:12
LaGG-5 Stabsstaffel/JG 51 25 467: at 400m
?
2.9.1943
11:10
Il-2 Stabsstaffel/JG 51 25 496: at 600m
?
5.9.1943
11:23
Il-2 Stabsstaffel/JG 51 SW Yel'nya: at 300m
?
29.11.1943
14:24
Pe-2 Stabsstaffel/JG 51 25km E Shlobin: at 1.500m
?
15.12.1943
8:20
Il-2 Stabsstaffel/JG 51 03 176: at 100m
?
15.12.1943
10:06
Boston III Stabsstaffel/JG 51 93 276: at 900m
?
15.12.1943
10:07
Boston III Stabsstaffel/JG 51 93 425: at 900m
?
15.12.1943
10:09
Il-2 Stabsstaffel/JG 51 93 436: at 400m
?
15.12.1943
10:09
Il-2 Stabsstaffel/JG 51 03 311: at 400m
?
15.12.1943
10:10
Il-2 Stabsstaffel/JG 51 93 299: at 300m
?
10.1.1944
11:15
Yak-7 Stabsstaffel/JG 51 95566 at 700m
?
10.1.1944
11:17
Il-2 Stabsstaffel/JG 51 93 617: at 200m
?
12.1.1944
12:05
Pe-2 Stabsstaffel/JG 51 93 643 at 3.500m
?
12.1.1944
12:05
Pe-2 Stabsstaffel/JG 51 93 627
19?
18.4.1944
14:50
B-17 2./JG 3 Zehdenick
20?
24.5.1944
-
B-17 2./JG 3 -
21?
24.5.1944
-
B-17 2./JG 3 -
?
7.7.1944
9:36
B-24 5./JG 300 Arten
?
7.7.1944
9:37
B-24 5./JG 300 Arten
?
7.7.1944
9:46
P-38 5./JG 300 Wernigerode
?
19.7.1944
9:35
P-51 5./JG 300 Obergünzberg
?
20.7.1944
11:05
B-17 5./JG 300 Zwickau
?
20.7.1944
11:06
B-17 5./JG 300 Zwickau
?
25.7.1944
11:08
B-24 5./JG 300 14 Ost N/CL: 6.500m [Martinsburg-Spitz]
?
27.7.1944
10:00
B-24 5./JG 300 Szèkesfehervar
?
27.7.1944
10:00
B-24 5./JG 300 Szèkesfehervar
?
27.7.1944
10:01
B-24 5./JG 300 Szèkesfehervar
?
9.8.1944
10:45
B-17 5./JG 300 Wildberg
?
15.8.1944
11:45
B-17 5./JG 300 Daun-Kyllberg area
?
22.8.1944
10:05
B-24 5./JG 300 Nagykanisza Mura
?
23.8.1944
12:18
P-51 5./JG 300 Hochschwab
-
23.8.1944
12:19
P-51 5./JG 300 Hochschwab / not confirmed
?
29.8.1944
10:45
B-17 5./JG 300 Trencin area, 2nd BG
?
11.9.1944
11:52
P-51 5./JG 300 SE Kassel
?
11.9.1944
11:53
P-51 5./JG 300 SE Kassel
?
11.9.1944
11:58
P-51 5./JG 300 Schwarmstädt-Arsfeld

Victories : 57
Awards : Ehrenpokal (31 March 1944)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (10 July 1944)
                Ritterkreuz (31 October 1944)
Units : JG 51, JG 3, JG 300

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