Emil Bitsch
Hauptmann

Emil Bitsch

     Emil Bitsch was born on 14 June 1916 at Bad Griesbach in Baden. From July 1941, Bitsch served with III./JG 3 based on the Eastern front. Leutnant Bitsch was assigned to 8./JG 3 and had accumulated five victories by this time. He claimed two Russian Yak-4 twin-engine fighters shot down on 24 June 1942 to record his ninth and 10th victories. In July, he claimed 15 victories, including his 20th victory shot down on 13 July. Bitsch recorded 18 victories in August, including his 30th victory shot down on 16 August and his 40th victory shot down on 28 August. On 4 September, Oberleutnant Bitch was shot down by Flak near Wertjatschi am Don northwest of Stalingrad. He baled out of his Bf 109 F-4 (W.Nr. 13 325) and landed safely but had suffered light injuries in the incident. Bitsch recorded his 50th victory shot down on 19 March 1943. On 1 June 1943, Bitsch was appointed Staffelkapitän of 8./JG 3. In July, Oberleutnant Bitsch claimed 29 victories, including six enemy aircraft shot down on 5 July (75-80). He recorded his 100th victory on 21 July. Bitsch was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 29 August for 104 victories. In August 1943, III./JG 3 was relocated to Germany to serve on Reichsverteidigung duties. Bitsch shot down four USAAF four-engine bombers during this period. On 15 March 1944, Bitsch was shot down and killed in Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 161 139) in aerial combat with USAAF P-47 fighters over Schijndel.
    Emil Bitsch was credited with 108 victories. He recorded four victories over the Western front, all four-engine bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
2.7.1941
12:28
Il-2 8./JG 3 -
2
20.9.1941
17:06
Pe-2 8./JG 3 -
3
3.10.1941
14:42
Il-2 8./JG 3 -
4
5.10.1941
14:38
SB-3 8./JG 3 -
5
5.11.1941
11:55
I-61 8./JG 3 -
6
26.2.1942
14:33
I-301 8./JG 3 -
7
15.3.1942
12:58
Pe-2 8./JG 3 40km S Demjansk
8
19.3.1942
8:57
I-61 8./JG 3 30km S Staraya Russa
9
24.6.1942
18:12
Yak-4 8./JG 3 NE Schtschignoye
10
24.6.1942
18:17
Yak-4 8./JG 3 NE St Tschmenissowo
11
2.7.1942
7:00
MiG-3 8./JG 3 -
12
2.7.1942
12:10
Boston 8./JG 3 -
13
2.7.1942
12:13
Boston 8./JG 3 -
14
3.7.1942
19:25
Il-2 8./JG 3 -
15
3.7.1942
19:26
Il-2 8./JG 3 -
16
4.7.1942
17:16
Boston 8./JG 3 -
17
4.7.1942
17:17
Boston 8./JG 3 -
18
5.7.1942
6:20
Yak-4 8./JG 3 -
19
5.7.1942
6:22
Yak-4 8./JG 3 -
20
13.7.1942
9:58
R-10 8./JG 3 -
21
26.7.1942
16:15
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 -
22
26.7.1942
16:18
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 -
23
28.7.1942
13:13
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 -
24
31.7.1942
11:05
Pe-2 8./JG 3 SE Kalatsch
25
31.7.1942
11:42
Il-2 8./JG 3 W Klatskaya
26
7.8.1942
17:40
Pe-2 8./JG 3 SW Stalingrad
27
7.8.1942
17:41
Pe-2 8./JG 3 40km SW Stalingrad
28
12.8.1942
18:00
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 SE Kalatsch
29
13.8.1942
9:35
MiG-3 9./JG 3 N Paparo
30
16.8.1942
9:35
MiG-3 9./JG 3 5km S Rachlinka
31
19.8.1942
17:50
Il-2 9./JG 3 SE Katschalinskaya
32
19.8.1942
17:55
R-5 9./JG 3 SE Katschalinskaya
33
20.8.1942
16:22
Pe-2 9./JG 3 SSW Rajgorod
34
20.8.1942
16:26
Pe-2 9./JG 3 W Swjelnyi-Yar
35
21.8.1942
17:40
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 E Stalingrad
36
25.8.1942
5:30
R-5 9./JG 3 Stalingrad
37
27.8.1942
5:25
I-16 9./JG 3 Achtuba
38
27.8.1942
15:20
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 NNW Achtuba
39
28.8.1942
17:00
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 NE Stalingrad
40
28.8.1942
17:20
Il-2 9./JG 3 E Stalingrad
41
29.8.1942
6:05
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 NW Dubovka
42
30.8.1942
16:50
Il-2 9./JG 3 W Sarepta
43
31.8.1942
10:45
Il-2 9./JG 3 E Sarepta
44
2.9.1942
17:10
Pe-2 9./JG 3 20km NE Stalingrad
45
2.9.1942
17:11
Pe-2 9./JG 3 20km NE Stalingrad
46
4.9.1942
6:55
Il-2 9./JG 3 2km W Stalingrad
47
9.3.1943
11:35
Yak-1 9./JG 3 Petrowskij
48
9.3.1943
11:37
Yak-1 o.Zg. 9./JG 3 SW Petrowskij / without witness / unconfirmed
49
16.3.1943
15:15
Yak-4 9./JG 3 70 390
50
19.3.1943
10:38
Il-2 9./JG 3 3km S Stary
51
20.3.1943
8:45
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 10km S Rostov
52
23.3.1943
15:46
Il-2 9./JG 3 12km E Tschugenyur
53
25.3.1943
13:50
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 20km S Rostov
54
20.4.1943
8:35
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 -
55
23.4.1943
9:15
P-39 9./JG 3 75 46
56
27.4.1943
4:45
Il-2 9./JG 3 88 12
57
27.4.1943
4:50
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 88 23
58
27.4.1943
4:52
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 89 79
59
29.4.1943
9:20
R-5 9./JG 3 9868
60
1.5.1943
6:05
MiG-3 8./JG 3 E Starabelsk
61
6.5.1943
18:10
Il-2 8./JG 3 SE Slavyansk
62
6.5.1943
18:13
Il-2 8./JG 3 E Krassny-Liman
63
9.5.1943
6:55
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 bei Bataysk
64
9.5.1943
16:10
Pe-2 8./JG 3 NE Krassny-Liman
65
12.5.1943
5:05
Il-2 8./JG 3 SW Izyum
66
14.5.1943
17:35
Il-2 8./JG 3 E Privalnaya
67
24.5.1943
7:14
I-16 8./JG 3 W Bataysk
68
24.5.1943
7:17
I-16 8./JG 3 W Bataysk
69
10.6.1943
8:45
LaGG-5 8./JG 3 N Starobelsk-Ost
70
11.6.1943
11:01
LaGG-5 8./JG 3 E Pokrowskoje
71
13.6.1943
4:05
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 SE Starobelsk
72
13.6.1943
4:15
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 E Starobelsk
73
15.6.1943
17:34
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 N Starobelsk
74
2.7.1943
9:40
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 98 22
75
5.7.1943
3:25
Il-2 8./JG 3 E Belgorod
76
5.7.1943
7:42
Il-2 8./JG 3 61 184
77
5.7.1943
7:47
Il-2 8./JG 3 61 18
78
5.7.1943
7:51
Il-2 8./JG 3 NW Tomarewka
79
5.7.1943
12:35
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 61 33
80
5.7.1943
16:40
Il-5 8./JG 3 61 49
81
7.7.1943
4:15
Il-5 8./JG 3 61 62
82
7.7.1943
17:15
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 61 27
83
8.7.1943
5:57
Pe-2 8./JG 3 61 23
84
8.7.1943
13:02
LaGG-5 8./JG 3 61 27
85
8.7.1943
13:12
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 61 24
86
11.7.1943
13:35
LaGG-5 8./JG 3 61 24
87
11.7.1943
13:35
LaGG-5 8./JG 3 61 24
88
13.7.1943
5:39
LaGG-5 8./JG 3 62 87
89
13.7.1943
5:41
LaGG-5 8./JG 3 62 88
90
15.7.1943
18:10
Pe-2 8./JG 3 70 72
91
16.7.1943
4:57
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 E Izyum
92
16.7.1943
18:25
Yak-1 8./JG 3 98 142
93
17.7.1943
10:25
Il-2 8./JG 3 8km S Izyum
94
19.7.1943
5:35
LagG-5 8./JG 3 70 87
95
19.7.1943
5:42
LaGG-5 8./JG 3 70 85
96
19.7.1943
5:45
LaGG-5 8./JG 3 70/6/8
97
19.7.1943
12:10
Yak-1 8./JG 3 98/1/4
98
20.7.1943
4:15
LaGG-5 8./JG 3 70/7/5
99
20.7.1943
4:20
LaGG-5 8./JG 3 70/7/2
100
21.7.1943
14:14
Il-2 8./JG 3 79 13
101
31.7.1943
5:35
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 88 262
102
31.7.1943
5:55
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 88 23
103
1.8.1943
10:30
Il-2 8./JG 3 8822
104
1.8.1943
10:32
Il-2 8./JG 3 8825
105
1.10.1943
13:44
B-17 8./JG 3 -
106
14.10.1943
14:45
B-17 8./JG 3 Aschaffenburg-Würzburg
107
19.12.1943
12:28
B-17 8./JG 3 Dolomit di Sesto
108
13.2.1944
-
B-24 8./JG 3 -

Victories : 108
Awards : Ehrenpokal (31 August 1942)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (19 October 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (29 August 1943)
Units : JG 3

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