Herbert Broennle
Leutnant

Herbert Broennle

    Herbert Broennle was born on 25 December 1920 at München-Pasing. On 1 September 1940, Broennle was posted to 2./JG 54. He gained his first victory on 23 June 1941, over the Eastern front, when he shot down a Russian SB-2 twin-engine bomber. Broennle claimed three Russian SB-3 twin-engine bombers shot down on 6 July to record his second through fourth victories. He claimed his 10th victory, another SB-2, shot down on 12 August. On 17 August, Broennle suffered engine failure in Bf 109 F-2 (W.Nr. 5444) necessitating an emergency landing 20km behind enemy lines near Tschertskowad. He successfully evaded capture and returned to his own lines. On 3 February 1942, he recorded his 20th victory, when he shot down a Russian I-16 fighter in the Volkhov area. His victim was the Russian ace Leitenant Ivan Chulkov (9 individual +2 shared victories) of 41 IAP, VVS. He shot down two Russian SB twin-engine bombers on 14 May to record his 29th and 30th victories but was wounded by return fire. His wounds kept him from combat until December. He recorded his 50th victory on 24 January 1943. Oberfeldwebel Broennle was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 14 March for 56 victories. Broennle was transferred for a spell of fighter pilot instructing with 3./Jagdgruppe Süd. On 19 May 1943, he returned to combat duty with 2./JG 53 based in Sicily. On 2 July, he shot down a USAAF B-24 four-engine bomber for his 58th, and last, victory. On 4 July 1943, Broennle engaged in aerial combat with RAF Spitfires. His Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 18 430) “Black 8” received hits in the engine over Catania. He attempted to return to his base but the engine seized and he crashed vertically to his death to the north of Lago Lentini. It is thought he may have been shot down by New Zealand ace Squadron Leader Evan “Rosie” Mackie (21.5 confirmed, 2 probable and 10.5 damaged victories) of 243 Sqn, RAF.
    Herbert Broennle was credited with 58 victories in 387 missions. Broennle recorded 57 victories over the Eastern front and at least one over the Western front.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
23.6.1941
10:16
SB-2 2./JG 54 -
2
6.7.1941
8:35
SB-3 2./JG 54 -
3
6.7.1941
8:38
SB-3 2./JG 54 -
4
6.7.1941
18:45
SB-3 2./JG 54 -
5
10.7.1941
19:12
SB-3 2./JG 54 -
6
17.7.1941
18:20
I-18 2./JG 54 -
7
18.7.1941
18:31
I-16 2./JG 54 -
8
31.7.1941
16:48
I-18 2./JG 54 -
9
10.8.1941
17:20
SB-3 2./JG 54 -
10
12.8.1941
17:40
SB-2 2./JG 54 -
11
16.8.1941
15:15
I-153 2./JG 54 -
12
19.8.1941
14:35
DB-3 2./JG 54 -
13
24.8.1941
11:05
DB-3 2./JG 54 -
14
8.9.1941
16:25
I-153 2./JG 54 -
15
8.9.1941
16:26
R-5 2./JG 54 -
16
10.9.1941
18:00
I-18 2./JG 54 -
17
11.9.1941
15:18
I-18 2./JG 54 -
18
12.9.1941
6:00
I-153 2./JG 54 -
19
21.9.1941
16:59
I-18 2./JG 54 -
20
23.9.1941
10:53
I-18 2./JG 54 -
21
2.2.1942
15:50
I-16 2./JG 54 Volkhov area? / I-16 of 41 IAP, VVS flown by Starshii Leitenant Ivan Chulkov (9 +2 shared victories)
22
3.2.1942
12:40
I-18 2./JG 54 -
23
5.2.1942
8:50
I-18 2./JG 54 9km SE Malaya Vischera
24
5.2.1942
9:52
Pe-2 2./JG 54 -
25
27.2.1942
8:45
I-18 2./JG 54 -
26
16.3.1942
16:55
I-16 2./JG 54 -
27
20.3.1942
17:05
P-40 2./JG 54 -
28
28.3.1942
13:40
I-15 2./JG 54 -
29
12.4.1942
15:15
Yak-1 2./JG 54 -
30
18.4.1942
12:30
Yak-1 2./JG 54 -
31
14.5.1942
15:17
SB-2 2./JG 54 -
32
14.5.1942
15:18
SB-2 2./JG 54 -
33
22.10.1942
13:56
I-15 2./JG 54 -
34
23.10.1942
12:05
Pe-2 2./JG 54 6km N Tscherwino
35
11.11.1942
8:29
P-40 2./JG 54 00 211
36
7.1.1943
14:04
LaGG-3 2./JG 54 10 231
37
12.1.1943
11:15
Il-2 2./JG 54 10 151
38
12.1.1943
11:18
Il-2 2./JG 54 00 162
39
12.1.1943
11:32
Il-2 2./JG 54 00 264
40
13.1.1943
9:15
Il-2 2./JG 54 10 154
41
13.1.1943
13:20
Il-2 2./JG 54 00 443
42
14.1.1943
11:10
LaGG-3 2./JG 54 10 161
43
14.1.1943
11:20
Hurricane 2./JG 54 10 184
44
15.1.1943
9:00
LaGG-5 2./JG 54 10 161
45
15.1.1943
14:15
P-40 2./JG 54 00 291
46
15.1.1943
14:25
LaGG-5 2./JG 54 10 142
47
22.1.1943
12:55
Il-2 2./JG 54 10 174
48
22.1.1943
13:00
Il-2 2./JG 54 10 153
49
23.1.1943
11:00
Yak-1 2./JG 54 10 142
50
24.1.1943
11:45
LaGG-3 2./JG 54 00 234
51
27.1.1943
14:15
Il-2 2./JG 54 00 291
52
5.3.1943
14:57
LaGG-3 2./JG 54 28 312
53
5.3.1943
14:58
LaGG-3 2./JG 54 28 323
54
15.3.1943
8:45
Il-2 2./JG 54 10 184
55
17.3.1943
16:15
LaGG-3 2./JG 54 18 333
56
17.3.1943
16:17
LaGG-3 2./JG 54 18 334
57
21.3.1943
11:50
P-39 2./JG 54 00 273
?
19.5.1943
13:52
P-38 II./JG 53 60km SW Maréttimo
?
26.5.1943
12:30
B-17 I./JG 53 20km SW Insel Gozo
58
2.7.1943
-
B-24 2./JG 53 -

Victories : 58
Awards : Ehrenpokal (7 October 1941)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (15 June 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (14 March 1943)
Units : JG 54, JG 53

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