Gustav Denk
Oberleutnant

Gustav Denk

    Gustav Denk was born on 24 January 1915 at Soest in Westfalen. At the outbreak of World War 2, Denk was serving with JG 52. Oberfeldwebel Denk was assigned to 6./JG 52. He participated in the invasions of Poland and France. However, he did not claim his first victory until the Battle of Britain, when, on 13 July 1940, he shot down a RAF Blenheim twin-engine bomber off Borkum. At the end of 1940, he was posted for training as an officer. Denk claimed his greatest successes over the Eastern front flying with the Stabsstaffel of II./JG 52, commanded at this time by Hauptmann Johannes Steinhoff (176 victories, RK-S). Leutnant Denk recorded his 10th victory on 23 August 1942, when he shot down a Russian LaGG-3 fighter. In September, he claimed 11 victories, including three Russian LaGG fighters shot down on 9 September (11-13) and a further two LaGG fighters shot down on 25 September (20-21). Denk claimed two victories on 12 November (29-30). In December, he claimed 15 victories, including three Russian fighters shot down on 8 December (40-42), a further three Russian fighters on 19 December (45-47) and his 50th, a Russian La-5 fighter shot down on 26 December. In January 1943, Leutnant Denk was appointed Staffelführer of 5./JG 52. He recorded 10 victories with the unit, raising his victory total to 61, before transferring to a similar role with 6./JG 52 on 12 February. Denk’s first day with his new unit saw him claim five enemy aircraft shot down (62-66). On 13 February 1943, Oberleutnant Denk made a strafing attack on the Russian airfield at Tschernigow and destroyed two aircraft on the ground. However, his Bf 109 G-2 (W.Nr. 14 554) “Black 13” was then hit by flak and exploded, killing Denk instantly.
    Gustav Denk was credited with 67 victories in over 500 missions. He recorded one confirmed victory over the Western front. He was posthumously awarded the Ritterkreuz on 14 March 1943.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
13.7.1940
19:50
Blenheim 6./JG 52 NW Borkum
-
1.5.1941
14:28
Blenheim 6./JG 52 Not confirmed
2
25.8.1941
16:35
I-18 6./JG 52 -
3
7.9.1941
18:30
I-16 6./JG 52 -
4
13.9.1941
16:05
DB-3 6./JG 52 E Klimowka
5
21.9.1941
5:55
I-153 6./JG 52 -
6
22.8.1942
10:56
I-153 II./JG 52 49 334
7
23.8.1942
5:40
LaGG-3 II./JG 52 49 661
8
23.8.1942
17:30
LaGG-3 II./JG 52 49 271
9
7.9.1942
8:18
E/a II./JG 52 -
10
7.9.1942
12:05
I-16 II./JG 52 44 651
11
9.9.1942
5:38
LaGG II./JG 52 54 651
12
9.9.1942
14:08
LaGG II./JG 52 44 482
13
9.9.1942
14:44
LaGG II./JG 52 44 444
14
10.9.1942
14:07
LaGG-3 II./JG 52 44 454
15
12.9.1942
14:14
LaGG-3 II./JG 52 44 453
16
16.9.1942
16:20
LaGG-3 II./JG 52 54 414
17
16.9.1942
16:21
LaGG-3 II./JG 52 54 414
18
18.9.1942
14:15
I-153 II./JG 52 54 442
19
18.9.1942
14:16
I-153 II./JG 52 54 442
20
25.9.1942
16:28
LaGG II./JG 52 95 743
21
25.9.1942
16:31
LaGG II./JG 52 95 743
22
26.10.1942
14:20
Yak-1 II./JG 52 44 784
23
30.10.1942
12:22
Yak-1 II./JG 52 94 161
24
30.10.1942
12:37
Yak-1 II./JG 52 94 161
25
2.11.1942
11:56
R-5 II./JG 52 94 152
26
2.11.1942
11:56
LaGG-3 II./JG 52 94 152
27
3.11.1942
11:32
Pe-2 II./JG 52 94 481
28
3.11.1942
12:00
LaGG-3 II./JG 52 94 152
29
12.11.1942
14:04
I-16 II./JG 52 95 723
30
12.11.1942
14:06
Il-2 II./JG 52 95 753
31
15.11.1942
9:14
Yak-1 II./JG 52 96 161
32
28.11.1942
12:06
Il-2 II./JG 52 49 382
33
28.11.1942
12:10
Il-2 II./JG 52 49 353
34
30.11.1942
13:09
Yak-1 II./JG 52 39 143
35
30.11.1942
13:12
Yak-1 II./JG 52 39 153
36
30.11.1942
13:15
Il-2 II./JG 52 29 432
37
1.12.1942
8:57
P-40 II./JG 52 39 311
38
2.12.1942
12:14
Yak-1 II./JG 52 49 354
39
2.12.1942
12:16
Il-2 II./JG 52 49 354
40
8.12.1942
9:45
Yak-1 II./JG 52 39 651
41
8.12.1942
9:46
Yak-1 II./JG 52 39 654
42
8.12.1942
9:58
P-40 II./JG 52 39 491
43
18.12.1942
10:33
Yak-1 II./JG 52 39 823
44
18.12.1942
10:34
Yak-1 II./JG 52 39 733
45
19.12.1942
13:14
La-5 II./JG 52 49 534
46
19.12.1942
13:15
Yak-1 II./JG 52 49 641
47
19.12.1942
13:17
Yak-1 II./JG 52 49 671
48
20.12.1942
10:54
Il-2 II./JG 52 39 853
49
22.12.1942
10:51
La-5 II./JG 52 39 823
50
26.12.1942
10:28
La-5 II./JG 52 39 812
51
28.12.1942
10:27
La-5 II./JG 52 38 351
52
26.1.1943
10:35
Pe-2 5./JG 52 8 613
53
27.1.1943
14:25
R-5 5./JG 52 7 442
54
31.1.1943
13:07
LaGG-3 5./JG 52 99 601
55
31.1.1943
13:10
LaGG-3 5./JG 52 9 541
56
1.2.1943
12:00
La-5 5./JG 52 18 544
57
2.2.1943
6:50
LaGG-5 5./JG 52 12 842
58
2.2.1943
13:32
Yak-1 5./JG 52 8 842
59
7.2.1943
12:54
Yak-1 5./JG 52 99 662
60
11.2.1943
6:00
Yak-1 5./JG 52 86 460
61
11.2.1943
6:02
Yak-1 5./JG 52 86 490
62
12.2.1943
7:50
I-153 6./JG 52 85 174
63
12.2.1943
7:53
I-153 6./JG 52 85 311
64
12.2.1943
14:35
I-153 6./JG 52 85 482
65
12.2.1943
14:37
I-153 6./JG 52 85 624
66
12.2.1943
14:42
R-5 6./JG 52 85 833
67
13.2.1943
9:38
Boston 6./JG 52 86 522
 
Victories : 67
Awards : Ehrenpokal (23 October 1942)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (23 December 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (14 March 1943)
Units : JG 52

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