Heinz-Edgar Berres
Hauptmann

Heinz-Edgar Berres

    Heinz-Edgar Berres was born on 10 January 1920 at Koblenz. On completion of his fighter pilot training, Berres was posted to 3.(J)/LG 2 in the summer of 1941. On 29 November he claimed his first victory when he shot down russian SB-3 bomber. The unit was redesignated 3./JG 77 on 6 January 1942. In March 1942 he was transferred to 1./JG 77. On 12 June 1942, Berres shot down a USAAF B-24 four-engine bomber over the Rumanian oilfields. In early July 1942, I./JG 77 was relocated to the Mediterranean. During the summer, Leutnant Berres was to claim 11 RAF Spitfire fighters shot down over and around Malta to raise his victory total to 18. Berres was transferred to the Stabsstaffel of I./JG 77 based in North Africa in October 1942. He was appointed Staffelkapitän of 1./JG 77 on 13 March 1943. Between November 1942 and March 1943, Oberleutnant Berres claimed 26 Allied aircraft shot down over Libya and Tunisia. In July 1943, he recorded eight victories over the Mediterranean and Sicily, including a four Allied fighters shot down on 2 July for his 45th through 49th victories and a USAAF B-17 four-engine bomber shot down on 5 July for his 51st victory. On 25 July 1943, Berres was escorting a formation of Ju 52 transport aircraft over the Straits of Messina. The formation was attacked, near Milazzo, by RAF Spitfires and Berres has been listed as missing in his BF 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 18 101) “BF + QU” ever since. Berres was posthumously awarded the Ritterkreuz and promoted to the rank of Hauptmann on 19 September 1943.
    Heinz-Edgar Berres was credited with 52 victories in 354 missions. He recorded at least six victories over the Eastern front. Included in his total are two four-engine bombers and 20 Spitfires.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
29.11.1941
13:57
SB-3 3./LG 2 -
2
29.12.1941
10:20
I-15 3./LG 2 -
3
28.2.1942
12:05
I-16 3./JG 77 -
4
9.3.1942
10:05
R-5 3./JG 77 -
5
24.3.1942
13:45
I-16 1./JG 77 -
6
27.3.1942
6:40
I-61 1./JG 77 -
7
12.6.1942
5:28
B-24 1./JG 77 Ploesti?
8
8.7.1942
6:48
Spitfire 1./JG 77 Marsalforn Bay / Spitfire (BR 108) of 603 Sqn, RAF flown by F/L LV Sanders, ditched
9
9.7.1942
19:20
Spitfire 1./JG 77 Off Malta
10
18.7.1942
14:54
Spitfire 1./JG 77 N Valetta
11
22.7.1942
11:39
Spitfire 1./JG 77 E Valetta / Spitfire of 185 or 249 Sqn, RAF
12
23.7.1942
16:44
P-40 1./JG 77 NE Valetta
13
15.9.1942
18:10
Spitfire 1./JG 77 Malta / Spitfire (BP867) “E” of 249 Sqn, RAF flown by F/Sgt BC Peters, killed
14
25.9.1942
11:42
Spitfire 1./JG 77 50km NE Zonqor / Spitfire of 249 Sqn, RAF
15
6.10.1942
11:11
Spitfire 1./JG 77 Malta / Spitfire of 185 or 249 Sqn, RAF
16
13.10.1942
10:45
Spitfire 1./JG 77 Malta / Spitfire of 126 Sqn, RAF
17
14.10.1942
8:07
Spitfire 1./JG 77 NE Valetta / Spitfire (AB489) flown by F/Sgt CA Long, ditched, rescued
18
17.10.1942
13:33
Spitfire 1./JG 77 near Luqa / Spitfire (BP955) “A” of 229 Sqn, RAF flown by Sgt R Miller, killed
19
1.11.1942
7:17
P-40 Stab I./JG 77 Bir-el-Abd
20
3.11.1942
15:57
P-40 Stab I./JG 77 NW Quotaifiya
21
11.11.1942
9:31
P-40 Stab I./JG 77 Marble Arch
22
7.12.1942
15:40
Baltimore Stab I./JG 77 W El Haseiat
23
11.12.1942
15:35
P-40 Stab I./JG 77 E Ras Umm el Gavanigh
24
13.12.1942
12:50
Spitfire Stab I./JG 77 W Marble Arch
25
14.12.1942
11:22
P-40 Stab I./JG 77 W El Agheila
26
8.1.1943
13:07
Spitfire Stab I./JG 77 Bir Dufan
27
14.1.1943
10:45
B-25 Stab I./JG 77 -
28
4.2.1943
14:42
P-38 Stab I./JG 77 -
29
4.2.1943
14:42
P-38 Stab I./JG 77 -
30
8.2.1943
12:50
B-25 Stab I./JG 77 -
31
26.2.1943
14:02
P-40 Stab I./JG 77 -
32
26.2.1943
17:02
P-40 Stab I./JG 77 -
33
7.3.1943
14:44
Spitfire Stab I./JG 77 -
34
10.3.1943
16:34
P-40 Stab I./JG 77 -
35
17.3.1943
13:23
Spitfire Stab I./JG 77 -
36
18.3.1943
13:18
Spitfire Stab I./JG 77 -
37
24.3.1943
9:55
P-40 Stab I./JG 77 -
38
24.3.1943
9:58
B-25 Stab I./JG 77 -
39
24.3.1943
10:06
P-40 Stab I./JG 77 -
40
2.4.1943
11:50
P-40 1./JG 77 -
41
7.4.1943
8:07
Spitfire 1./JG 77 -
42
16.4.1943
15:48
Spitfire 1./JG 77 -
43
22.4.1943
17:38
Spitfire 1./JG 77 -
44
5.5.1943
16:46
P-40 1./JG 77 -
-
1.7.1943
-
Spitfire w.b. 1./JG 77 -
45
2.7.1943
7:58
P-40 1./JG 77 -
46
2.7.1943
8:10
P-40 1./JG 77 -
47
2.7.1943
14:35
Spitfire 1./JG 77 -
48
2.7.1943
14:57
Spitfire 1./JG 77 -
49
3.7.1943
11:02
B-25 1./JG 77 -
50
4.7.1943
10:31
Boston 1./JG 77 -
51
5.7.1943
11:24
B-17 1./JG 77 -
52
24.7.1943
11:30
P-51 1./JG 77 5km S Cerraro

Victories : 52
Awards : Ehrenpokal (18 January 1943)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (16 February 1943)
                Ritterkreuz (19 September 1943)
Units : LG 2, JG 77

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