Franz-Josef Beerenbrock
Leutnant

Franz-Josef Beerenbrock

    Franz-Josef Beerenbrock was born on 9 April 1920 at Datteln in Westfalen. He joined a flak artillery unit on 1 October 1938, but, in 1939, received pilot training. In March 1941, Beerenbrock was transferred to JG 51. Unteroffizier Beerenbrock was assigned to 12./JG 51. Flying as Rottenflieger to Oberleutnant Karl-Gottfried Nordmann (78 victories, RK-EL), he recorded his first two victories on 24 June.  He claimed at least 13 victories in July. In August 1941, now serving in the Stabstaffel of IV./JG 51, Beerenbrock claimed at least 20 victories, including his 25th victory on 12 August and three victories on 30 August to record his 38th through 40th victories. Unteroffizier Beerenbrock was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 6 October after 42 victories. On 6 December, he recorded his 50th victory. During June and July 1942, Beerenbrock was to claim about 26 victories. Feldwebel Beerenbrock was decorated with the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold on 17 June 1942. He claimed four enemy aircraft on 6 July (77-80) and 11 July (88-91). On 1 August, he claimed nine Russian aircraft shot down (94-102), including six Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack aircraft. Oberfeldwebel Beerenbrock was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr 108) and promoted Leutnant on 3 August. At this time he was the most successful ace of JG 51. Beerenbrock was then granted leave and would not return to combat duty until the end of October. Leutnant Beerenbrock was serving as Staffelkapitän of 10./JG 51 in November. On 9 November 1942, after claiming three enemy aircraft shot down, Beerenbrock was then shot down. He force-landed behind Russian lines in Bf 109 F-2 (W.Nr. 6779) “White 12” and was captured. Beerenbrock was finally repatriated to Germany in mid-December 1949. Post-war he joined the post-war Bundesluftwaffe.
    Franz-Josef Beerenbrock was credited with 117 victories in approximately 400 missions, all on the Eastern Front of which at least 12 were Il-2 Sturmoviks.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location
1
24.6.1941
9:35
SB-2 12./JG 51 -
2
24.6.1941
9:38
SB-2 12./JG 51 -
3
30.6.1941
13:15
R-10 12./JG 51 -
4
4.7.1941
18:45
SB-2 12./JG 51 30km E Syrtow
5
5.7.1941
6:35
DB-3 12./JG 51 10km SE Borrisow
6
6.7.1941
17:45
DB-3 12./JG 51 -
7
6.7.1941
17:50
DB-3 12./JG 51 -
8
9.7.1941
4:45
DB-3 12./JG 51 -
9
9.7.1941
11:25
DB-3 12./JG 51 -
10
10.7.1941
10:42
Pe-2 12./JG 51 -
11
11.7.1941
5:45
Pe-2 12./JG 51 -
12
16.7.1941
9:20
DB-3 12./JG 51 -
13
16.7.1941
9:25
DB-3 12./JG 51 -
14
23.7.1941
13:05
Pe-2 12./JG 51 -
15
23.7.1941
18:20
Pe-2 12./JG 51 -
16
24.7.1941
6:20
I-18 12./JG 51 -
17
24.7.1941
12:10
Pe-2 12./JG 51 -
18
26.7.1941
4:28
R-3 12./JG 51 -
19
29.7.1941
4:25
I-16 12./JG 51 -
20
31.7.1941
19:20
R-10 12./JG 51 -
21
8.8.1941
12:15
R-3 12./JG 51 -
22
9.8.1941
12:16
Pe-2 Stab IV./JG 51 -
23
9.8.1941
14:15
I-16 Stab IV./JG 51 -
24
9.8.1941
14:42
Pe-2 Stab IV./JG 51 -
25
12.8.1941
12:05
I-18 Stab IV./JG 51 -
26
12.8.1941
12:15
I-16 Stab IV./JG 51 -
27
14.8.1941
19:00
I-18 Stab IV./JG 51 -
28
15.8.1941
15:20
I-18 Stab IV./JG 51 -
29
16.8.1941
19:09
I-18 Stab IV./JG 51 -
30
19.8.1941
17:10
I-16 Stab IV./JG 51 -
31
21.8.1941
16:55
Pe-2 Stab IV./JG 51 -
32
25.8.1941
17:58
DB-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
33
25.8.1941
18:02
DB-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
34
26.8.1941
14:15
R-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
35
26.8.1941
14:20
R-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
36
27.8.1941
9:06
I-18 Stab IV./JG 51 -
37
27.8.1941
9:09
I-18 Stab IV./JG 51 -
38
30.8.1941
15:03
I-18 Stab IV./JG 51 10km SE Sechtschinsk
39
30.8.1941
15:05
I-18 Stab IV./JG 51 8km SE Sechtschinsk
40
30.8.1941
15:09
I-18 Stab IV./JG 51 5km SE Sechtschinsk
41
23.9.1941
16:02
SB-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
42
23.9.1941
16:05
SB-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
43
7.10.1941
12:45
Pe-2 Stab IV./JG 51 -
44
7.10.1941
13:30
Pe-2 Stab IV./JG 51 NE Juchnow
45
7.10.1941
16:35
I-18 Stab IV./JG 51 -
46
12.10.1941
14:25
Pe-2 Stab IV./JG 51 -
47
2.12.1941
9:15
I-18 Stab IV./JG 51 -
48
2.12.1941
11:20
Pe-2 Stab IV./JG 51 -
49
2.12.1941
11:23
Pe-2 Stab IV./JG 51 -
50
6.12.1941
13:55
I-16 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
14.12.1941
14:45
I-61 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
23.2.1942
11:45
I-18 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
23.2.1942
11:48
I-18 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
24.2.1942
9:20
I-18 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
26.2.1942
12:15
MiG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
26.3.1942
11:58
MiG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 SE Schalsk
?
31.3.1942
7:55
MiG-1 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
31.3.1942
7:59
MiG-1 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
31.3.1942
16:30
MiG-1 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
1.4.1942
10:55
MiG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
7.4.1942
9:15
R-5 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
22.4.1942
6:40
MiG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
27.5.1942
16:35
MiG-1 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
28.5.1942
4:35
MiG-1 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
28.5.1942
4:45
U-2 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
28.5.1942
18:35
MiG-1 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
1.6.1942
7:50
LaGG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
5.6.1942
18:20
Il-2 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
11.6.1942
17:50
MiG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
16.6.1942
17:30
MiG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
25.6.1942
4:28
Yak-1 Stab IV./JG 51 56 432
?
26.6.1942
18:00
MiG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
28.6.1942
15:10
MiG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
28.6.1942
19:50
Pe-2 Stab IV./JG 51 -
?
5.7.1942
4:05
Pe-2 Stab IV./JG 51 -
77
6.7.1942
5:55
Il-2 Stab IV./JG 51 -
78
6.7.1942
6:00
Il-2 Stab IV./JG 51 -
79
6.7.1942
19:39
I-16 Stab IV./JG 51 -
80
6.7.1942
19:45
I-16 Stab IV./JG 51 -
81
7.7.1942
17:40
LaGG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
82
8.7.1942
5:40
LaGG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
83
9.7.1942
11:20
LaGG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
84
9.7.1942
16:55
LaGG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 25km NE Scheidra
85
10.7.1942
5:50
LaGG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
86
10.7.1942
5:55
LaGG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
87
10.7.1942
19:40
MiG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
88
11.7.1942
5:50
LaGG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
89
11.7.1942
12:55
LaGG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 -
90
11.7.1942
19:30
Il-2 Stab IV./JG 51 -
91
11.7.1942
19:35
Il-2 Stab IV./JG 51 -
92
28.7.1942
13:15
Pe-2 Stab IV./JG 51 -
93
31.7.1942
17:15
Il-2 Stab IV./JG 51 10km NW Rzhev
94
1.8.1942
10:15
MiG-3  Stab IV./JG 51 47 534
95
1.8.1942
10:18
MiG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 47 536
96
1.8.1942
10:25
Il-2 Stab IV./JG 51 47 562
97
1.8.1942
10:28
Il-2 Stab IV./JG 51 47 563
98
1.8.1942
12:37
Il-2 Stab IV./JG 51 47 527
99
1.8.1942
16:25
Il-2 Stab IV./JG 51 47 554
100
1.8.1942
16:27
Il-2 Stab IV./JG 51 47 523
101
1.8.1942
16:30
Il-2 Stab IV./JG 51 47 643
102
1.8.1942
16:35
Pe-2 Stab IV./JG 51 47 811
103
30.9.1942
14:30
U-2 Stab IV./JG 51 38 24
104
30.9.1942
14:45
MiG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 29 594
?
2.10.1942
14:28
LaGG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 5km SW Krasstzy
?
4.10.1942
8:55
LaGG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 5km SE Krestzsky
?
4.10.1942
9:00
LaGG-3 Stab IV./JG 51 2km Skrestzsky
?
4.10.1942
14:12
DB-3 Stab IV./JG 51 25km SW Bologoye
112
7.11.1942
7:42
MiG-3 10./JG 51 17 744
113
8.11.1942
14:45
MiG-3 10./JG 51 17 743
114
8.11.1942
14:50
MiG-3 10./JG 51 17 744
115
9.11.1942
-
E/a 10./JG 51 -
116
9.11.1942
-
E/a 10./JG 51 -
117
9.11.1942
-
E/a 10./JG 51 -

Victories : 117
Awards : Ehrenpokal (15 September 1941)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (17 June 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (6 October 1941)
                Eichenlaub (3 August 1942)
Units : JG 51

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