Wolf Ettel
Oberleutnant

Wolf Ettel

    Wolf Ettel was born on 26 February 1921 at Hamburg. In spring 1942, Ettel was posted to JG 3 based on the Eastern front. Leutnant Ettel was assigned to 4./JG 3. On 24 June, he gained his first two victories when he shot down two Russian Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack aircraft. He was shot down near Voronezh on 10 July, after shooting down a Russian Boston twin-engine bomber. He baled out of his stricken Bf 109 F-4 (WNr 8363) “White 1” behind Russian lines, 15km north of Woronesh, but managed, barefoot and having had to swim across the River Don, to return to his unit four days later. Ettel claimed three victories on 24 July to record his eighth through 10th victories, and followed up with three more on 26 July (11-13). He recorded his 20th victory on 9 August and his 30th victory on 7 October. On 31 October, Ettel shot down three enemy aircraft (32-33). When 4./JG 3 was relocated to the Kuban bridgehead in February 1943, Ettel had 36 victories to his credit. In March 1943, Ettel claimed 28 Russian aircraft shot down, including his 40th victory on 12 March, four Russian fighters shot down on 19 March (46-49), his 50th on 20 March, four enemy aircraft shot down on 25 March (54-57), three Russian fighters shot down on 27 March (59-61) and three Russian fighters shot down on 28 March (62-64). He claimed 36 victories in April, including five shot down on 11 April (66-70) and four on 22 April and 23 April. From 6 May to 11 May, Ettel claimed 20 enemy aircraft shot down, including six Russian fighters shot down on 10 May. He recorded his 120th victory on 11 May but was shot down by flak. He belly-landed his Bf 109 G–4 (W.Nr. 19 453) “White 10” in no-man’s land and managed to return to German lines despite Russian troops bombarding him with rifle fire and grenades. Later that night, Ettel led a combat patrol back to his damaged aircraft to salvage important equipment. Ettel was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 1 June in recognition of this feat. On 5 June 1943, Ettel was appointed Staffelkapitän of 8./JG 27 based in Greece. He shot down a RAF Spitfire fighter over Sicily on 14 July. On 16 July, he shot down two USAAF B-24 four-engine bombers and a Spitfire. Ettel was shot down and killed by flak on 17 July 1943, while making ground-attacks on British positions around Catania. His Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 18 402) crashed near the village of Lentini. Ettel was posthumously awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr 289) on 31 August.
    Wolf Ettel was credited with 124 victories in over 250 missions. Included in his 120 victories achieved over the Eastern front are 21 Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack aircraft. He recorded four victories over the Western front including two four-engine bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
24.6.1942
14:13
Il-2 4./JG 3 -
2
24.6.1942
14:17
Il-2 4./JG 3 -
3
28.6.1942
16:07
Il-2 4./JG 3 -
4
30.6.1942
12:45
Yak-1 4./JG 3 -
5
9.7.1942
13:18
Yak-1 4./JG 3 -
6
9.7.1942
13:30
Il-2 4./JG 3 -
7
10.7.1942
4:30
Boston III 4./JG 3 Voronezh: at 3.000m
8
24.7.1942
6:16
Hurricane 4./JG 3 -
9
24.7.1942
13:25
Il-2 4./JG 3 -
10
24.7.1942
13:31
Il-2 4./JG 3 -
11
26.7.1942
3:55
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 -
12
26.7.1942
8:15
Il-2 4./JG 3 -
13
26.7.1942
8:17
Il-2 4./JG 3 -
14
28.7.1942
9:40
U-2 4./JG 3 29 323: tiefflug
15
28.7.1942
9:48
MiG-1 4./JG 3 39 812: at 600m
16
30.7.1942
5:55
Pe-2 4./JG 3 39 411: at 4.000m
17
30.7.1942
7:10
MiG-1 4./JG 3 39 114: at 2.000m
18
5.8.1942
4:37
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 49 732: at 1.300m
19
7.8.1942
17:47
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 49 520: at 1.800m
20
9.8.1942
5:26
Il-2 4./JG 3 39 34 at 800m
21
9.8.1942
5:35
Il-2 4./JG 3 39 284 at 50m
22
19.8.1942
4:58
MiG-1 4./JG 3 40 730: at 1.500m
23
21.8.1942
13:35
I-180 4./JG 3 39 493: at 3.000m
24
13.9.1942
6:55
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 49 738: at 3.000m
25
13.9.1942
7:10
Yak-1 4./JG 3 47 762: at 1.800m
26
15.9.1942
9:13
Il-2 4./JG 3 47 762: at 800m
27
15.9.1942
9:16
Il-2 4./JG 3 47 653: at 200m
28
23.9.1942
7:08
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 58 773: at 3.500m
29
23.9.1942
7:15
MiG-1 4./JG 3 47/4/5/1: at 2.000m
30
7.10.1942
15:58
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 38 751 at 3.000m
31
7.10.1942
16:00
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 38 742 at 3.000m
32
31.10.1942
16:00
Il-2 4./JG 3 19 894: at 1.200m
33
31.10.1942
16:50
Il-2 4./JG 3 09 664: tiefflug
34
12.2.1943
14:10
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 79 232: at 3.200m
35
13.2.1943
15:30
LaGG-5 4./JG 3 79 132: at 1.500m
36
22.2.1943
13:35
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 88 661: at 3.000m
37
5.3.1943
9:00
U-2 4./JG 3 98 334: tiefflug
38
9.3.1943
8:30
LaGG-5 4./JG 3 88 463: at 3.000m
39
9.3.1943
15:35
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 98 523: at 4.500m
40
12.3.1943
6:50
Il-2 4./JG 3 70 323: tiefflug
41
13.3.1943
6:20
Il-2 4./JG 3 70 761: tiefflug
42
13.3.1943
6:25
Il-2 4./JG 3 70 840: tiefflug
43
16.3.1943
14:25
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 70 523: at 300m
44
17.3.1943
10:50
Boston 4./JG 3 70 463: at 3.500m
45
18.3.1943
15:00
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 61 853: at 1.000m
46
19.3.1943
6:15
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 71 761: at 2.500m
47
19.3.1943
6:45
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 71 724: at 1.000m
48
19.3.1943
14:15
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 61 873: at 2.500m
49
19.3.1943
14:27
I-180 4./JG 3 60 221: tiefflug
50
20.3.1943
8:43
LaGG-5 4./JG 3 98 833: at 1.800m
51
20.3.1943
15:05
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 80 693: at 500m
52
21.3.1943
14:57
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 98 812: at 3.000m
53
21.3.1943
15:00
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 98 734: at 2.500m
54
25.3.1943
7:49
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 88 264: at 300m
55
25.3.1943
7:50
Il-2 4./JG 3 88 264: at 300m
56
25.3.1943
13:30
LaGG-5 4./JG 3 98 842: at 3.500m
57
25.3.1943
13:55
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 98 841: at 2.000m
58
26.3.1943
7:52
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 98 672: at 2.500m
59
27.3.1943
11:15
I-16 4./JG 3 98 842: at 3.500m
60
27.3.1943
11:20
I-16 4./JG 3 98 813: at 3.000m
61
27.3.1943
11:30
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 98 673: tiefflug
62
28.3.1943
10:35
I-180 4./JG 3 71 782: at 1.500m
63
28.3.1943
13:12
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 81 714: at 600m
64
28.3.1943
13:15
I-180 4./JG 3 81 813: at 1.500m
65
2.4.1943
6:42
LaGG-5 4./JG 3 98 371: at 2.000m
66
11.4.1943
9:35
P-39 4./JG 3 85 322: at 2.800m
67
11.4.1943
9:37
P-39 4./JG 3 85 321: at 2.500m
68
11.4.1943
9:40
P-39 4./JG 3 85 122: at 2.500m
69
11.4.1943
13:55
Il-2 4./JG 3 75 184: tiefflug
70
11.4.1943
14:05
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 75 343: at 100m
71
12.4.1943
10:25
P-39 4./JG 3 86 853: at 3.000m
72
12.4.1943
10:35
P-40 4./JG 3 86 893: at 3.00m
73
15.4.1943
15:30
P-39 4./JG 3 86 834: at 3.500m
74
15.4.1943
16:12
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 85 144: at 4.000m
75
15.4.1943
16:15
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 85 342: at 2.800m
76
16.4.1943
14:47
P-40 4./JG 3 -
77
16.4.1943
14:55
P-39 4./JG 3 85 782: at 400m
78
17.4.1943
11:30
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 -
79
17.4.1943
11:35
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 75 423: at 300m
80
17.4.1943
11:43
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 75 452: at 800m
81
18.4.1943
16:15
I-16 4./JG 3 85 343: at 600m
82
18.4.1943
18:50
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 75 462: at 400m
83
22.4.1943
14:01
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 75 413: at 2.000m
84
22.4.1943
14:08
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 75 424: at 500m
85
22.4.1943
14:11
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 75 482: at 300m
86
22.4.1943
14:20
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 85 143: at 2.000m
87
23.4.1943
5:30
U-2 4./JG 3 75 424: tiefst.
88
23.4.1943
17:02
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 75 422: at 4.000m
89
23.4.1943
17:07
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 75 424: at 4.200m
90
23.4.1943
17:10
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 75 424: at 3.500m
91
24.4.1943
5:36
I-16 4./JG 3 85 142: at 2.000m
92
24.4.1943
5:37
I-16 4./JG 3 85 142: at 600m
93
24.4.1943
5:42
I-16 4./JG 3 85 154: tiefst.
94
26.4.1943
12:19
LaGG-5 4./JG 3 95 113: at 3.500m
95
26.4.1943
17:05
LaGG-5 4./JG 3 85 173: at 3.200m
96
26.4.1943
17:20
LaGG-5 4./JG 3 85 231: at 4.500m
97
28.4.1943
12:25
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 85 142: at 4.500m
98
28.4.1943
12:35
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 85 113: at 3.000m
99
28.4.1943
12:40
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 85 113: at 4.500m
100
28.4.1943
12:42
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 85 112: at 2.000m
101
6.5.1943
13:30
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 71 863: at 3.200m
102
6.5.1943
13:35
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 71 864: at 2.800m
103
6.5.1943
13:37
Yak-1 4./JG 3 81 741: at 1.200m
104
6.5.1943
14:00
Yak-1 4./JG 3 71 831: at 1.000m
105
7.5.1943
18:35
Yak-1 4./JG 3 75 262: at 280m
106
8.5.1943
11:51
Il-2 4./JG 3 75 233: at 500m
107
8.5.1943
11:52
Il-2 4./JG 3 75 234: at 500m
108
8.5.1943
12:05
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 75 231: at 1.200m
109
8.5.1943
12:09
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 75 263: at 500m
110
9.5.1943
8:35
Boston 4./JG 3 75 294: at 3.000m
111
9.5.1943
18:09
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 75 234: at 1.200m
112
9.5.1943
18:15
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 75 234: at 2.000m
113
10.5.1943
9:40
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 76 831: at 200m
114
10.5.1943
15:35
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 85 173: at 2.500m
115
10.5.1943
15:35
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 85 171: at 2.000m
116
10.5.1943
15:37
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 85 144: at 200m
117
10.5.1943
15:50
Yak-1 4./JG 3 85 123: at 3.500m
118
10.5.1943
15:55
Yak-1 4./JG 3 84 114: at 4.600m
119
11.5.1943
16:35
P-40 4./JG 3 86 721: at 500m
120
11.5.1943
16:37
LaGG-3 4./JG 3 86 712: at 1.500m
121
15.7.1943
12:12
Spitfire 8./JG 27 SE Noto (SW Avola)
122
16.7.1943
8:10
Spitfire 8./JG 27 15km N Augusta: 5.000-4.500m
123
16.7.1943
12:50
B-24D 8./JG 27 40km SE Potenza: 7.500m
124
16.7.1943
12:55
B-24D 8./JG 27 SW Bari (Krs. Pugia)

Victories : 124
Awards : Ehrenpokal (25 June 1943)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (23 December 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (1 June 1943)
                Eichenlaub (31 August 1943)
Units : JG 3, JG 27

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