Herbert Lütje
Oberstleutnant

Herbert Lütje

    Herbert Lütje was born on 30 January 1918 at Abbesbüttel in the Gifhorn region of Niedersachsen. He joined the Luftwaffe as a cadet with the rank of Fahnenjunker in November 1937. In December 1939, Lütje was posted to the Nachjagdstaffel of  LG 2. His stay with the unit was short, being transferred to 12./JG 2 in February 1940. He participated in the French campaign and flew several missions by night in single-engine fighters in June. Leutnant Lütje was transferred to the Stabstaffel of III./NJG 1 in July 1940. On the night of 6/7 September 1941, he claimed his first victory on his 49th mission by night when he shot down a RAF Whitley twin-engine bomber near Metelen. On 1 May 1942, Oberleutnant Lütje was appointed Staffelkapitän of 8./NJG 1. He had recorded five victories by this time. On the night of 9/10 August, Lütje claimed a RAF Wellington twin-engine bomber shot down to record his 10th victory. By the end of 1942, he had increased his victory total to 16. During a day mission against USAAF four-engine bombers on 4 March 1943, Lütje claimed a B-17 bomber shot down near Den Helder for his 18th victory. On the night of 12/13 March, he claimed his 20th victory when he shot down a RAF Halifax four-engine bomber near Alsalte. Lütje recorded six British bombers shot down on the night of 13/14 May for his 23rd through 28th victories. Hauptmann Lütje was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 1 June. Lütje was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of IV./NJG 6, based in Romania, providing aerial protection for the Ploesti oilfields, on 5 June 1943. In September, he flew some missions from Holland gaining three victories (30-32) before relocating back to Romania. Lütje was to operate by day on occasion, intercepting 15th USAAF four-engine bombers. On 10 June 1944, Lütje shot down two USAAF P-38 twin-engine fighters south of Bucharest but suffered wounds in the engagement and had to crash-land his Bf 110 G-4 (W.Nr. 140 018) “2Z + AF”. At night, Lütje was to add six RAF Wellington twin-engine bombers and a Russian DB-3 twin-engine bomber shot down over the Black Sea. At the end of August 1944, IV./NJG 6 was relocated to Germany. On 1 October, Lütje was appointed Kommodore of  NJG 6. During 1945, Lütje was to add eight additional victories by night. On 17 April, Major Lütje was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr 836) for 50 victories. Lütje survived the war but died on 18 January 1967 at Köln-Wahn.
    Herbert Lütje was credited with 50 victories in 247 missions. Included in his total are three victories recorded by day, including one four-engine bomber. He recorded 47 victories by night.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
6.9.1941
23:22
Whitley III./NJG 1 Metelen
2
20.9.1941
22:18
Wellington III./NJG 1 1km W Bentheim
3
8.11.1941
0:04
Halifax III./NJG 1 4km E Terlet
4
26.3.1942
23:50
Wellington III./NJG 1 2km A Vriezenveen / Wellington of 214 Sqn, RAF
5
4.6.1942
2:25
Wellington III./NJG 1 -
6
20.6.1942
2:32
Wellington 8./NJG 1 5km SW Raalte
7
26.6.1942
0:58
Wellington 8./NJG 1 100km NE Nordhorn
8
3.7.1942
1:40
Wellington 8./NJG 1 3km N Nordhorn
9
26.7.1942
2:01
Wellington 8./NJG 1 Wielen
10
10.8.1942
4:18
Wellington 8./NJG 1 8km NW Wierden / Wellington III (BJ608) of 150 Sqn, RAF flown by Sgt S Glover, 4 killed, 1 POW
11
18.8.1942
1:38
Lancaster 8./NJG 1 3km W Emlichheim
12
27.8.1942
23:45
Wellington 8./NJG 1 3km SE Rechteren
13
5.9.1942
2:53
Wellington 8./NJG 1 NE Altenkeine
14
5.9.1942
3:59
Stirling 8./NJG 1 8km NW Hasselt
15
16.9.1942
23:22
Wellington 8./NJG 1 1km N Ahaus
16
17.12.1942
21:10
Lancaster 8./NJG 1 6km NE Zwolle
17
2.3.1943
0:08
Halifax 8./NJG 1 3km N Zuidlo
18
4.3.1943
11:31
B-17 8./NJG 1 W Den Helder
19
5.3.1943
21:35
Halifax 8./NJG 1 5km SE Staphorst
20
12.3.1943
21:18
Halifax 8./NJG 1 3km ESE Alstalte
21
30.3.1943
4:28
Lancaster 8./NJG 1 7km S Raalte
22
3.4.1943
22:45
Lancaster 8./NJG 1 3km W Winterswijk
23
3.4.1943
23:37
Halifax 8./NJG 1 22km S Zwolle
24
13.5.1943
23:52
Lancaster 8./NJG 1 5km SE Almelo
25
13.5.1943
23:42
Lancaster 8./NJG 1 5km N Eldenzaal
26
13.5.1943
23:54
Lancaster 8./NJG 1 3km S Horstel
27
14.5.1943
2:25
Halifax 8./NJG 1 5km W Dedemswaart
28
14.5.1943
2:45
Halifax 8./NJG 1 Dalen
29
14.5.1943
2:55
Halifax 8./NJG 1 19km E Hoogeveen
30
3.9.1943
23:25
Lancaster IV./NJG 6 27km NE Rheine
31
23.9.1943
22:50
Halifax IV./NJG 6 19km W Cochem
32
27.9.1943
23:40
Halifax IV./NJG 6 Neustadt
33
6.5.1944
1:05
Wellington IV./NJG 6 NW Ploesti
34
7.5.1944
23:59
Wellington IV./NJG 6 Maroshéviz
35
8.5.1944
0:18
Wellington IV./NJG 6 SW Blejesti
36
10.6.1944
8:29
P-38 IV./NJG 6 S Bucharest
37
10.6.1944
8:31
P-38 IV./NJG 6 S Bucharest / Shot down by Lütje’s crewman
38
29.6.1944
2:23
Wellington IV./NJG 6 N Stockerau
39
9.8.1944
23:00
Wellington IV./NJG 6 Rumania
40
20.8.1944
23:05
Wellington IV./NJG 6 -
42
20.9.1944
23:30
Wellington IV./NJG 6 NE Neusieder See
43
2.2.1945
23:24
Lancaster Stab/NJG 6 W Karlsruhe
44
14.2.1945
20:27
Lancaster Stab/NJG 6 50km NE Frankfurt-am-Main
45
21.2.1945
20:43
Halifax Stab/NJG 6 SW Worms
46
21.2.1945
20:55
Halifax Stab/NJG 6 Saarbrucken
47
14.3.1945
21:24
Lancaster Stab/NJG 6 NW Nürnberg
48
16.3.1945
21:33
Lancaster Stab/NJG 6 30km SSW Nürnberg / Lancaster I (PD275) “PH-K” of 12 Sqn, RAF flown by F/L Daymond, 6 killed 1 POW
49
19.3.1945
4:45
Lancaster Stab/NJG 6 -
50
21.3.1945
4:59
Lancaster Stab/NJG 6 -

Victories : 50
Awards : Ehrenpokal (28 September 1942)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (28 January 1943)
                Ritterkreuz (1 June 1943)
                Eichenlaub (17 April 1945)
Units : LG 2, JG 2, NJG 1, NJG 6

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