Kurt Knappe
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Kurt Knappe
 
      Kurt Knappe was born on 2 June 1918 at Berlin. On completion of fighter pilot training in spring 1941, Knappe was posted to JG 51. Gefreiter Knappe was assigned to 5./JG 51.Knappe participated in the invasion of Russia and gained his first victory on 24 July 1941. By the end of the year his victory total had risen to nine. Unteroffizier Knappe gained his 50th and 51st victories on 4 October 1942 and was awarded the Deutches Kreuz in Gold. He was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 3 November 1942. Knappe was then transferred to 7./JG 2 at the end of November 1942 to undertake Reichverteidigung duties. On 20 April, he transferred to 10./JG 2 where he gained his final victories. On 3 September 1943, Knappe was shot down and killed in combat with USAAF B-17 four-engine bombers and escorting P-47 fighters over Evreux, France in Fw 190 A-6 (W.Nr. 470 016).
    Kurt Knappe was credited with 56 victories. He recorded 51 victories over the Eastern front. Of the  five victories recorded over the Western front, four were four-engine heavy bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
24.7.1941
-
E/a 5./JG 51 -
2
26.7.1941
12:35
DB-3 5./JG 51 -
3
26.8.1941
18:15
Douglas 5./JG 51 -
4
30.8.1941
17:40
Pe-2 5./JG 51 -
5
6.9.1941
13:35
R-3 5./JG 51 -
6
13.9.1941
10:10
DB-3 5./JG 51 -
7
28.9.1941
10:00
Pe-2 5./JG 51 -
8
11.10.1941
11:07
T-2 5./JG 51 -
9
17.11.1941
14:32
DB-3 5./JG 51 -
?
21.1.1942
12:27
Pe-2 5./JG 51 -
?
7.3.1942
14:15
I-18 5./JG 51 SW Modyn: no height
?
31.3.1942
13:37
Il-2 5./JG 51 SE Juschnowo: no height
?
7.7.1942
11:21
MiG-3 5./JG 51 -
?
9.7.1942
7:35
MiG-3 5./JG 51 -
?
9.7.1942
7:37
MiG-3 5./JG 51 -
?
9.7.1942
7:47
MiG-3 5./JG 51 -
?
11.7.1942
13:05
MiG-1 5./JG 51 -
?
2.8.1942
13:05
Il-2 5./JG 51 47 583: at 600m
?
2.8.1942
18:17
Pe-2 5./JG 51 47 574: at 1.000m
?
4.8.1942
10:16
MiG-3 5./JG 51 47 591: at 700m
?
4.8.1942
14:25
Pe-2 5./JG 51 47 563: at 1.000m
?
5.8.1942
18:10
Pe-2 5./JG 51 56 432: at 2.800m
?
13.8.1942
8:52
Il-2 5./JG 51 64 512: tiefflug
?
18.8.1942
8:15
Yak-1 5./JG 51 54 211: at 3.000m
?
22.8.1942
13:10
MiG-3 5./JG 51 55 764: at 1.000m
?
22.8.1942
18:12
MiG-3 5./JG 51 64 171: at 400m
?
23.8.1942
10:05
LaGG-3 5./JG 51 64 171: at 500m
?
23.8.1942
10:08
LaGG-3 5./JG 51 64 171: at 600m
?
9.9.1942
10:57
Il-2 5./JG 51 E Rzhev: no height
?
9.9.1942
11:01
Il-2 5./JG 51 NE Rzhev: no height
?
9.9.1942
17:30
Il-2 5./JG 51 47 754: no height
?
14.9.1942
10:01
U-2 5./JG 51 47 584: no height
?
14.9.1942
10:14
Yak-1 5./JG 51 47 571: at 2.000m
?
21.9.1942
8:02
R-5 5./JG 51 47 812: no height
?
23.9.1942
15:00
I-16 Rata 5./JG 51 47 612: at 2.000m
?
1.10.1942
9:35
R-5 5./JG 51 46 214: tiefflug
50
4.10.1942
13:05
LaGG-3 5./JG 51 8km E Peno
51
4.10.1942
13:10
LaGG-3 5./JG 51 5km SE Peno
52
30.12.1942
11:45
B-17 7./JG 2 14 West N/45/2/1
?
6.3.1943
15:11
B-17 7./JG 2 14 West N/58217 / Claimed as Stirling
?
28.6.1943
19:03
B-17 10./JG 2 604 / 15 West
56
3.9.1943
9:50
B-17 10./JG 2 Paris area
 
Victories : 56
Awards : Ehrenpokal (18 May 1942)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (24 September 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (3 November 1942)
Units : JG 51, JG 2
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