Hubert Engst
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Hubert Engst

    Hubert Engst was born on 10 November 1921 in Krauschwitz. Hubert Engst completed his flying training at JG 110 at Altenburg in late July 1943. On 30 July 1943, Engst was posted to JG Herrmann, based at Rheine, to fly Wilde Sau missions in single-engine night fighters intercepting RAF night bombers. Unteroffizier Engst was assigned to the Stabsstaffel of II./JG Herrmann. He flew his first combat mission three hours after his arrival at the unit and claimed his first victory, a RAF Stirling four-engine bomber shot down near Wüppertal. By June 1944, Feldwebel Engst was serving with 5./JG 300. On 21 June, he claimed two USAAF four-engine bombers shot down.

Fw. Hubert Engst in his Fw 190A-8/R2 of 6./JG 300 (Wolgang Engst)
Fw. Hubert Engst in his Fw 190A-8/R2 of 6./JG 300 (Wolgang Engst)

From right: Elisabeth Engst (wife of Hubert Engst), Lt. Norbert Graziadei of 5./JG 300 (8 victories) and Fw. Hubert Engst. Löbnitz airfield, fall 1944. (Wolfgang Engst)
From right: Elisabeth Engst (wife of Hubert Engst), Lt. Norbert Graziadei of 5./JG 300 (8 victories) and Fw. Hubert Engst. Löbnitz airfield, fall 1944. (Wolfgang Engst)

    In June 1944, Engst was transferred to 6./JG 300. On 24 August 1944, he attacked a formation of USAAF B-24 four-engine bombers over the Neuhaus region (Jindrichuv Hradec area) of Bohemia. Engst shot down one B-24 to record his sixth victory, but his Fw 190 A-8 (W.Nr. 681 361) “Yellow 7” was damaged by return fire and he was badly wounded. On 24 December, Engst was shot-down and wounded in aerial combat near Hersfeld whilst flying Fw 190 A-8 (W.Nr. 682 181) “Yellow 2”. Engst was awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold some in 1945. He flew combat sorties to the end of war.
    According Wolfgang Engst (son of Hubert Engst) he achieved about 20 victories over four-engine bombers and one Mosquito. All his victories were recorded over the Western front. Engst himself was shot down four times.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location
1
31.7.1943
1:16
Stirling II./JG Herrmann SE Wuppertal, 3500-4000m
2
21.6.1944
10:25
B-24 5./JG 300 SE Schönewalde, 6500m
3
21.6.1944
10:35
B-24 5./JG 300 Luckenwalde, 6000m
4
26.6.1944
9:40
B-24 6./JG 300 SW Tulln, 6000m
5
7.7.1944
9:37
B-24 6./JG 300 S Magdeburg, 6000m
6
24.8.1944
12:45
B-24 6./JG 300 Neuhaus (Jindrichuv Hradec), 6000m
7
27.9.1944
11:04
B-24 6./JG 300 Eschwege, 7700m
-
27.9.1944
11:08
B-24 6./JG 300 Treffurt area, 6500m - not confirmed
?
17.12.1944
12:00
B-24 6./JG 300 Olomouc-Prostejov-Prerov area

Victories : about 20
Awards : Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (1945)
Units : JG Hermann, JG 300

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