Lothar Linke
Oberleutnant

Lothar Linke

    Lothar Linke was born on 23 October 1909 at Liegnitz in Schlesien. Pre-war he was a flying instructor. At the outbreak of World War 2, Oberfeldwebel Linke was serving with 3./ZG 76. He participated in the invasions of Poland and Norway. He recorded his first victory on 19 April 1940, when he shot down a RAF Blenheim twin-engine bomber near Stavanger in Norway. Linke transferred to the Nachtjagd in August 1940. Following conversion training, he was posted to II./NJG 1. He was assigned to 4./NJG 1. Linke gained his first night victory on the night of 11/12 May 1941, when he shot down a RAF Wellington twin-engine bomber near Osterfelde. On 1 November, 4./NJG 1 was redesignated 5./NJG 2. Linke had accumulated two victories by day and a further two victories by night at this time. By the end of 1942, Linke had increased his victory total to 11. Also, 5./NJG 2 had been redesignated 11./NJG 2 on 1 October. On 27 February 1943, Linke was appointed Staffelkapitän of 12./NJG 1. On the night of 4/5 May, he shot down four RAF bombers to record his 20th through 23rd victories. Linke was shot down on the night of 13/14 May 1943, after downing two RAF Lancaster four-engine bombers, when his Bf110 G-4 (W.Nr. 4857) “G9 + CZ” was hit by return fire northwest of Lemmerwegen. He and his crewman baled out but Linke struck the tail unit of the aircraft and fell to his death. Oberleutnant Linke was posthumously awarded the Ritterkreuz on 19 September 1943.
    Lothar Linke was credited with 27 victories in over 100 missions. He recorded 24 victories at night, including 12 four-engine bombers and one Mosquito. Of his three victories recorded by day, two were recorded flying as a Zerstörer pilot.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
19.4.1940
-
Blenheim 3./ZG 76 W Stavanger / Blenheim (P4906) of 107 Sqn, RAF flown by Sgt P Chivers
2
12.5.1941
1:16
Wellington 4./NJG 1 SE Osterfelde
3
25.7.1941
23:57
Hampden 4./NJG 1 Scheldt Estuary
4
22.4.1942
-
Hudson 5./NJG 2 By day
5
25.4.1942
0:04
Hampden 5./NJG 2 NW Ameland / Hampden (P5330) of 420 Sqn, RAF flown by Sgt J Potter
6
26.6.1942
-
Wellington 5./NJG 2 -
7
27.7.1942
2:05
Lancaster 5./NJG 2 Rottevalle / Lancaster (R5748) of 106 Sqn, RAF
8
5.9.1942
4:03
Wellington II./NJG 2 446 6I3
9
14.9.1942
2:54
Wellington II./NJG 2 534 8D
10
22.11.1942
21:54
Ventura Stab/NJG 1 543 6H6
11
17.12.1942
21:18
Halifax IV./NJG 2 432 4B
12
9.1.1943
18:22
Halifax II./NJG 1 645 1G3
13
21.4.1943
2:07
Mosquito 12./NJG 1 N Ijsselmeer / Mosquito IV (DZ386) “XD-H” of 139 Sqn, RAF flown by W/Cdr WP Shand, 2 killed
14
3.2.1943
22:19
Wellington IV./NJG 1 448 312
15
3.2.1943
22:34
Halifax IV./NJG 1 445 9D2
16
3.3.1943
22:21
Halifax 12./NJG 1 544 1E3
17
5.3.1943
22:52
Wellington 12./NJG 1 447 3F
18
21.4.1943
2:07
Mosquito 12./NJG 1 531 7F1
19
27.4.1943
3:36
Wellington 12./NJG 1 434 5E5
20
5.5.1943
0:58
Wellington 12./NJG 1 De Wijk
21
5.5.1943
1:14
Halifax 12./NJG 1 633 1G
22
5.5.1943
1:40
Lancaster 12./NJG 1 Workum
23
5.5.1943
2:10
Halifax 12./NJG 1 547 1D
24
13.5.1943
2:02
Halifax 12./NJG 1 54/7/6B
25
13.5.1943
23:22
Lancaster 12./NJG 1 Eesterga
26
13.5.1943
23:51
Lancaster 12./NJG 1 WSW Sneek
27
24.5.1943
3:41
Lancaster 12./NJG 1 Waddenzee

Victories : 27
Awards : Ehrenpokal (25 January 1943)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (12 April 1943)
                Ritterkreuz (19 September 1943)
Units : ZG 76, NJG 1, NJG 2

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