Ernst-Erich Hirschfeld
Oberleutnant

Ernst-Erich Hirschfeld

    Ernst-Erich Hirschfeld was born on 25 August 1918 at Breslau. At the outbreak of World War 2, Hirschfeld was serving in a flak regiment but then transferred to the Luftwaffe. Following the completion of his flying training, he became a flying instructor, serving in this role until early 1943. He was promoted to the rank of Leutnant on 1 February. On 27 March 1943, Hirschfeld was transferred to JG 54 based on the Eastern front. Leutnant Hirschfeld was assigned to 5./JG 54. He recorded his first, and only, victory over the eastern front on 26 May, when he shot down a Russian LaGG fighter. Hirschfeld transferred to 5./JG 300 on 3 August 1943 to undertake “Wilde Sau” single-engine fighter night interception missions. On the night of 23/24 August, he claimed his first night victory when he shot down a RAF four-engine bomber. Hirschfeld claimed two further RAF four-engine bombers shot down on the night of 18/19 November to record his seventh and eighth victories. He recorded his 10th victory on 20 February 1944, when he shot down a RAF Lancaster four-engine bomber near Leipzig. From February, 5./JG 300 were operating against the daylight bombing raids of the USAAF. Hirschfeld recorded his first American victim on 21 February, when he shot down a B-24 four-engine bomber near Aachen. On 8 March, he shot down a USAAF P-38 twin-engine fighter near Twente but was then shot down by USAAF P-47 fighters near Weerselo. Hirschfeld baled-out of his stricken Fw 190 A-5 (W.Nr. 1231) “Red 2N” with slight burns to his legs. On 13 June, he claimed two B-24s shot down over Weilheim (13-14). He went one better on 21 June, claiming three USAAF four-engine bombers shot down although confirmation was only forthcoming for two (15-16). In late March 1944, Hirschfeld was appointed Staffelkapitän of 6./JG 300. In July, Hirschfeld continued his success against the daytime USAAF formations recording a further six victories, including a USAAF P-51 fighter and a B-17 four-engine bomber shot down over Austria on 26 July (23-24). On 28 July 1944, Hirschfeld was shot down in Fw 190 A-8 (W.Nr. 171 459) “Yellow 1” near Erfurt. He baled out but his parachute failed to open and he plunged to his death. Hirschfeld was posthumously awarded the Ritterkreuz on 24 October.
    Ernst-Erich Hirschfeld was credited with 24 victories in approximately 100 missions. The majority of his victories were recorded over the Western front and included 12 four-engine bombers by day and nine victories by night.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
26.5.1943
19:34
LaGG-5 5./JG 54 70 231
2
24.8.1943
-
Viermot 5./JG 300 -
3
22.9.1943
22:55
Stirling 5./JG 300 NE Hannover
4
22.9.1943
23:15
Lancaster  5./JG 300 S Vechta
5
27.9.1943
23:15
Stirling 5./JG 300 W Hannover
6
3.10.1943
22:27
Stirling 5./JG 300 S Kassel
7
18.11.1943
-
Viermot 5./JG 300 -
8
18.11.1943
-
Viermot 5./JG 300 -
9
29.1.1944
-
Viermot 5./JG 300 -
10
20.2.1944
4:20
Lancaster 5./JG 300 Leipzig
11
21.2.1944
14:45
B-24 5./JG 300 Aachen area
12
8.3.1944
15:42
P-38 5./JG 300 N Twente airfield
13
13.6.1944
-
B-24 5./JG 300 Weilheim
14
13.6.1944
-
B-24 5./JG 300 Weilheim
15
21.6.1944
10:18
B-24 5./JG 300 Berlin-Lichtenberg
16
21.6.1944
10:20
B-17 5./JG 300 Berlin-Lichtenberg
-
21.6.1944
10:24
B-24 e.V. 5./JG 300 S Berlin
17
26.6.1944
9:40
B-24 6./JG 300 SW Tulln
18
26.6.1944
-
B-24 6./JG 300 E Stockerau
19
7.7.1944
9:38
B-24 6./JG 300 Magdeburg area
20
16.7.1944
9:48
B-17 6./JG 300 NW München
21
19.7.1944
9:35
P-51 6./JG 300 Immenstadt
22
25.7.1944
10:58
B-24 6./JG 300 Ostmarkischer area
23
26.7.1944
11:10
P-51 6./JG 300 Austria
24
26.7.1944
11:20
B-17 6./JG 300 Austria

Victories : 24
Awards : Ehrenpokal (15 April 1944)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (10 September 1944)
                Ritterkreuz (24 October 1944)
Units : JG 54, JG 300

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