Heinz "Figaro" Golinski
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Heinz Golinski

    Heinz “Figaro” Golinski was born on 11 July 1919 at Nordstemmen in the Alfeld region of Leine/Niedersachsen. Golinski was posted to JG 53 in autumn 1941. Unteroffizier Golinksi was assigned to 3./JG 53. He operated over the German Bight and then over Malta. He was then sent as an acceptance pilot to the Messerschmitt concern. In August 1942, Golinski rejoined I./JG 53 based on the Eastern front. Over Russia, he would excel. He claimed his first victory on 28 July 1942, when he shot down a Russian R-5 biplane tactical reconnaisance aircraft. In August, he claimed 17 victories, including his 10th victory on 14 August and claiming three Russian LaGG-3 fighters shot down on 22 August to record his 13th through 15th victories. Golinski was even more successful September claiming 27 victories, including his 30th victory on 12 September, his 40th victory on 22 September and four Russian fighters shot down on 25 September (43-46). In late September, I./JG 53 relocated to the Mediterranean. Golinski had 46 victories to his credit at this time. On 16 October 1942, Golinski was part of the escort for seven Ju 88 twin-engine bombers raiding Malta. Over the island RAF Spitfire fighters intercepted the formation. In the ensuing combat, Golinski shot down one of the attacking Spitfires. However, another Spitfire  then attacked him. His Bf 109 G-2 (W.Nr. 10 582) “Yellow 1” dropped a right undercarriage leg and pieces flew from the right wing. The aircraft went straight down and crashed. Golinski was unable to leave the aircraft and was killed. It is thought Golinski was the victim of Canadian ace, Flt Lt HW “Wally” McLeod (27 destroyed, 9 probable and 12.25 damaged victories, killed in action 27 September 1944). Golinski was posthumously awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold on 5 November, and the Ritterkreuz and promotion to the rank of Feldwebel on 30 December.
    “Figaro” Golinski was credited with 47 victories. He recorded 46 victories over the Eastern front, including 13 Sturmoviks.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1.
28.7.1942
12:25
R-5 3./JG 53 01 762
2.
29.7.1942
15:45
MiG-1 3./JG 53 17 110
3.
3.8.1942
10:55
Il-2 3./JG 53 03 919
4.
3.8.1942
11:02
Il-2 3./JG 53 03 927
5.
5.8.1942
9:38
Il-2 3./JG 53 49 570
6.
8.8.1942
5:58
Il-2 3./JG 53 49 560
7.
8.8.1942
5:59
Il-2 3./JG 53 49 560
8.
12.8.1942
4:24
Il-2 3./JG 53 28 230
9.
13.8.1942
17:45
Il-2 3./JG 53 39 290
10.
14.8.1942
5:05
MiG-3 3./JG 53 -
11.
19.8.1942
8:55
R-5 3./JG 53 40 471
12.
19.8.1942
15:26
Il-2 3./JG 53 49 294
13.
22.8.1942
11:35
LaGG-3 3./JG 53 50 770
14.
22.8.1942
11:37
LaGG-3 3./JG 53 50 770
15.
22.8.1942
17:22
LaGG-3 3./JG 53 50 770
16.
23.8.1942
10:17
U-2 3./JG 53 50 770
17.
23.8.1942
15:45
R-5 3./JG 53 49 210
18.
30.8.1942
5:29
Il-2 3./JG 53 49 210
19.
30.8.1942
10:10
MiG-3 3./JG 53 59 350
20.
2.9.1942
6:05
P-40 3./JG 53 49 390
21.
2.9.1942
9:45
P-40 3./JG 53 49 490
22.
6.9.1942
13:34
Il-2 3./JG 53 40 790
23.
8.9.1942
12:00
Il-2 3./JG 53 49 430
24.
8.9.1942
16:37
Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 520
25.
9.9.1942
12:58
Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 790
26.
9.9.1942
17:04
Il-2 3./JG 53 49 190
27.
10.9.1942
5:10
P-40 3./JG 53 49 440
28.
10.9.1942
8:40
Il-2 3./JG 53 49 271
29.
11.9.1942
16:20
Yak-1 3./JG 53 50 730
30.
12.9.1942
9:15
LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 280
31.
12.9.1942
12:45
LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 270
32.
13.9.1942
8:30
Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 244
33.
13.9.1942
9:33
Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 971
34.
14.9.1942
10:22
LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 410
35.
14.9.1942
16:48
LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 443
36.
15.9.1942
10:32
LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 410
37.
16.9.1942
10:35
LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 293
38.
16.9.1942
16:28
Pe-2 3./JG 53 49 424
39.
18.9.1942
15:22
Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 780
40.
22.9.1943
7:40
Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 760
41.
22.9.1943
7:43
Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 750
42.
23.9.1942
9:21
Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 750
43.
25.9.1942
6:25
Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 223
44.
25.9.1942
9:42
Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 294
45.
25.9.1942
14:00
Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 263
46.
25.9.1942
14:04
La-5 3./JG 53 49 261
47.
16.10.1942
11:17
Spitfire 3./JG 53 15km S Hal Far / Spitfire (EP338) “A” of 249 Sqn, RAF flown by F/Sgt P Carter, killed

Victories : 47
Awards : Ehrenpokal (26 October 1942)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (5 November 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (30 December 1942)
Units : JG 53

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