Gerhard Friedrich
Major

Gerhard Friedrich

    Gerhard “Gerd” Friedrich was born on 16 September 1917 at Berlin-Johannisthal. Friedrich initially served as a transport pilot. He participated in the invasion of Crete with KG z.b.v. 106. He underwent conversion training as a night fighter pilot and was posted to III./NJG 1 at the beginning of 1942. Friedrich claimed his first victory on the night of 16/17 June when he shot down a RAF Wellington twin-engine bomber. By October 1942, Oberleutnant Friedrich was serving with II./NJG 2. He gained at least one victory with this unit, when he shot down a RAF Halifax four-engine bomber near Bar-le-Duc on the night of 24/25 October as his fourth victory. Friedrich was serving with 8./NJG 4 by December 1942. He gained one victory with this unit claiming another Halifax shot down near Courouvre on the night of 6/7 October as his fifth victory. On 1 January 1943, Friedrich was appointed Staffelkapitän of 10./NJG 4. Friedrich gained a further three victories with 10./NJG 4. However, on the night of 16/17 April, his Bf 110 F-4 (W.Nr. 4755) was hit by return fire from RAF bombers he was attacking and he and his bordfunker were wounded. Both managed to bale out of the stricken aircraft near Hochspeyer. On 1 August 10./NJG 4 was redesignated 1./NJG 6. On the night 25/26 February 1944, Hauptmann Friedrich claimed a RAF Lancaster four-engine bomber shot down near Seeburg as his 10th victory. Friedrich was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of I./NJG 6 on 12 July 1944. He had 18 victories to his credit at this time. On the night of 11/12 September, Friedrich claimed a Lancaster shot down near Darmstadt to record his 20th victory. He claimed four Lancasters shot down near Pforzheim on the night of 23/24 February 1945 (26-29). On the night of 14/15 March, he claimed a further three Lancasters shot down (30-32). On 15 March 1945, Friedrich was awarded the Ritterkreuz for 29 victories. On the night of 16/17 March 1945, Friedrich collided with a RAF Lancaster four-engine bomber near Stuttgart at 21:00 hours. Friedrich and his crew were killed in Ju 88 G-6 (W.Nr. 621801) “2Z+LB” along with the seven crew of the British bomber.
    “Gerd” Friedrich was credited with 33 victories. All his victories were recorded at night.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
17.6.1942
3:08
Wellington III./NJG 1 5km W Ijmuiden
2
20.6.1942
3:13
Wellington III./NJG 1 10km N Zandvoort
3
26.7.1942
2:12
Wellington III./NJG 1 6km W Zieuwent
4
24.10.1942
21:50
Halifax II./NJG 2 Bar-le-Duc
5
6.12.1942
19:27
Halifax 8./NJG 4 Courouvre
6
9.3.1943
23:35
Lancaster 10./NJG 4 NW Rinuthalb
7
17.3.1943
0:16
Halifax 10./NJG 4 Börnloß
8
11.4.1943
3:23
Wellington 10./NJG 4 Luinbach-Weuir
9
6.9.1943
0:57
Halifax 1./NJG 6 Nr Mannheim-Sandhofer
10
26.2.1944
1:33
Lancaster 1./NJG 6 Seeburg
11
2.3.1944
4:04
Halifax 1./NJG 6 60km S Saarbrücken
12
18.3.1944
22:32
Halifax 1./NJG 6 Preist
13
31.3.1944
0:57
Halifax 1./NJG 6 NW Nürnberg
14
11.4.1944
0:03
Lancaster 1./NJG 6 Montdidier
15
11.4.1944
0:13
Halifax 1./NJG 6 Near Montdidier
16
28.4.1944
2:00
Halifax 1./NJG 6 W Friedrichshafen
17
28.4.1944
2:34
Halifax 1./NJG 6 Schaffenhausen
18
13.6.1944
1:25
Lancaster 1./NJG 6 Near Deelen
19
12.9.1944
0:15
Lancaster I./NJG 6 S Darmstadt
20
12.9.1944
22:46
Lancaster I./NJG 6 NW FuF “Christa”
21
28.1.1945
23:53
Lancaster I./NJG 6 S Wildbad
22
1.2.1945
19:20
Lancaster I./NJG 6 Ludwigshafen
23
2.2.1945
23:20
Lancaster I./NJG 6 Karlsruhe
24
2.2.1945
23:25
Lancaster I./NJG 6 Karlsruhe
25
21.2.1945
20:45
Halifax I./NJG 6 10km SW Worms
26
23.2.1945
20:00
Lancaster I./NJG 6 E Pforzheim
27
23.2.1945
20:08
Lancaster I./NJG 6 E Pforzheim
28
23.2.1945
20:12
Lancaster I./NJG 6 SE Pforzheim
29
23.2.1945
20:15
Lancaster I./NJG 6 S Pforzheim
30
14.3.1945
23:15
Lancaster I./NJG 6 -
31
14.3.1945
23:18
Lancaster I./NJG 6 -
32
14.3.1945
23:24
Lancaster I./NJG 6 -
33
16.3.1945
21:03
Lancaster I./NJG 6 7km S Echterdingen / Lancaster I (PB785) “UL-L2” of 576 Sqn, RAF flown by F/L Dotten, 7 killed

Victories : 33
Awards : Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (1 October 1944)
                Ritterkreuz (15 March 1945)
Units : NJG 1, NJG 4, NJG 6

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