Gerhard "Knall" Koall
Hauptmann

Gerhard Koall

 
    Gerhard “Knall” Koall was born on 7 June 1912 at Königsberg is Ostpreußen. Originally an observer with a Heeresaufklärungsstaffel, Koall underwent conversion training to become a fighter pilot. On 24 January 1941, he was posted to 7./JG 54. During the Balkan campaign, Koall would record his first two victories, including a Yugoslavian Bf 109 fighter shot down over Belgrade on 6 April. Just prior to the commencement of Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia, Koall was transferred to 8./JG 54. By the end of 1941, Koall had accumulated eight victories. On 25 February 1942, Koall was appointed Staffelkapitän of 3./JG 54. The unit was tasked with performing fighter-bomber missions. However, this did not preclude aerial combat and Koall recorded his 10th victory on 13 March, when he shot down a Russian P-40 fighter. On 15 January 1943, he shot down three enemy aircraft to record his 19th through 21st victories. Koall was appointed Staffelkapitän of 4./JG 54 on 17 April 1943. He recorded his 30th victory on 14 August when he shot down a Russian LaGG-3 fighter. On 26 February 1944, Koall was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of IV./JG 54. He led the unit until May 1944. Koall was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of JG 101 on 1 May 1944. On 16 January 1945, he was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./EJG 1. Hauptmann Koall was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 10 October for 37 victories and many successful ground attack and fighter-bomber missions. On 23 April 1945, Koall was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of IV./JG 3 based on the Eastern front. On 27 April 1945, Koall was shot down and killed by Russian flak near Anklam while undertaking a ground attack mission.
    “Knall” Koall was credited with 37 victories. He recorded 35 victories over the Eastern front, including seven Il-2 Sturmoviks.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
6.4.1941
17:15
Bf 109 7./JG 54 Belgrade / Bf 109 of JKRV
2
7.4.1941
14:25
PZL-11c 7./JG 54 Rovine-Bosanki Aleksandrovac / IK-2 of 107 Esc, 4th Fighter Puk, JKRV
3
23.6.1941
11:50
I-15 Stab III./JG 54 -
4
7.7.1941
8:02
SB-3 Stab III./JG 54 -
5
14.7.1941
16:15
DB-3 Stab III./JG 54 -
6
24.7.1941
17:20
SB-2 Stab III./JG 54 W Dno
7
19.11.1941
8:40
PS-84 Stab III./JG 54 -
8
30.11.1941
10:15
I-16 Stab III./JG 54 -
9
27.2.1942
10:30
P-40 Stab III./JG 54 between Krumisnchina and Poroschki: 2.000m
10
13.3.1942
11:25
P-40 3./JG 54 -
11
13.3.1942
11:30
I-16 3./JG 54 -
12
20.7.1942
19:00
DB-3 3./JG 54 -
13
20.7.1942
19:05
I-180 3./JG 54 -
14
2.8.1942
13:00
I-180 3./JG 54 00 154: at 2.000m
15
2.8.1942
13:20
MiG-3 3./JG 54 00 161: at 1.500m
16
24.8.1942
17:31
Yak-1 3./JG 54 47 842: at 2.000m
17
25.8.1942
8:00
Yak-1 3./JG 54 47 852: at 2.500m
18
26.9.1942
10:00
I-16 3./JG 54 10 11: at 1.000m
19
15.1.1943
7:50
Hurricane 3./JG 54 00 252 at 2.500m
20
15.1.1943
8:00
LaGG-5 3./JG 54 00 233 at 4.000m
21
15.1.1943
13:30
Il-2 3./JG 54 10 164: at 200m
22
23.1.1943
13:49
Il-2 3./JG 54 10 153: at 50m
23
23.1.1943
14:05
I-16 3./JG 54 00 262: at 250m
24
9.2.1943
9:15
I-16 3./JG 54 00 412: at 2.000m
25
9.2.1943
11:25
Spitfire 3./JG 54 00 274: at 5.000m
26
19.2.1943
11:22
LaGG-5 3./JG 54 00 273: at 1.500m
27
16.3.1943
7:12
LaGG-3 3./JG 54 18 242: at 1.500m
28
16.3.1943
7:15
LaGG-5 3./JG 54 18 271: at 2.000m
29
27.7.1943
8:20
LaGG-3 4./JG 54 00 263: at 2.800m
30
14.8.1943
6:48
LaGG-3 4./JG 54 00 431: at 3.000m
31
7.9.1943
14:40
Il-2 4./JG 54 18 113: at 800m
32
7.9.1943
14:42
Il-2 4./JG 54 between Tulebjan and Alexino
33
25.3.1944
11:00
Yak-4 Stab IV./JG 54 79 243: at 2.000m
34
1.4.1944
9:30
Yak-9 Stab IV./JG 54 SE Pleskau: at 100m
35
4.4.1944
9:05
Il-2 Stab IV./JG 54 88 362
36
4.4.1944
16:00
Il-2 Stab IV./JG 54 88 363
37
20.5.1944
19:35
Il-2 Stab IV./JG 54 98 724: at 500m

Victories : 37
Awards : Ehrenpokal (1 March 1943)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (17 October 1943)
                Ritterkreuz (10 October 1944)
Units : JG 54, JG 101, EJG 1, JG 3

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