Anton-Rudolf "Toni" Piffer
Leutnant

Anton-Rudolf Piffer

    Anton-Rudolf “Toni” Piffer was born on 16 May 1918 at Zirol in the Tirol region of Austria. He joined the Luftwaffe in 1938. On 3 April 1942, Piffer was posted to JG 1 based in Holland. Feldwebel Piffer was assigned to 11./JG 1. He recorded his first victory on 19 September, when he shot down a RAF Mosquito twin-engine photo-reconnaisance aircraft over Osnabrück. The unit was redesignated 2./JG 1 on 1 April 1943. By the end of 1943, Oberfeldwebel Piffer had 17 victories to his credit. However, he had received wounds as a result of an emergency landing near Terwolde on 18 October, due to engine damage to his Fw 190 A-6 (W.Nr. 530 720) “Black 3”. He was wounded again in aerial combat with USAAF bombers and fighters on 11 November. On 8 April 1944, Piffer shot down a USAAF B-24 four-engine bomber near Salzwedel but was shot down himself in Fw 190 A-8 (W.Nr. 170 044) “Black 3”. He was wounded in the encounter. Piffer was promoted to the rank of Leutnant and appointed Staffelführer of 1./JG 1 on 1 May 1944. On 8 April, he was wounded over Salzwedel in aerial combat. He successfully baled out of Fw 190 A-8 (W.Nr. 170 044) “Black 3”. Piffer was required to make a belly-landing on 13 May, when he was rammed by a USAAF P-47 fighter. He was more fortunate than his opponent however, who crashed into the sea. On 16 June, Piffer shot down two RAF Spitfire fighters over the Invasion front. On 17 June 1944, Piffer was shot down and killed in Fw 190 A-8 (W.Nr. 172 604) “White 3” in aerial combat with USAAF fighters over La Cordonniere. He was posthumously awarded the Ritterkreuz on 20 October 1944.
    “Toni” Piffer was credited with 35 victories. All his victories were recorded over the Western front and included 26 four-engine bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
19.9.1942
14:41
Mosquito 11./JG 1 Osnabrück
2
15.5.1943
11:41
Stirling 2./JG 1 6415 / surely B-17
3
22.6.1943
9:48
B-17 2./JG 1 S Dinkslaken
4
30.7.1943
10:25
P-47 2./JG 1 Dordrecht
5
17.8.1943
12:30
B-17 2./JG 1 E Hardheim
6
4.10.1943
11:50
B-17 2./JG 1 NW Daun
7
8.10.1943
15:15
B-17 2./JG 1 Oldenburg-Ahlhorn
8
9.10.1943
12:51
B-17 2./JG 1 Frisians: Sylt and Fohr
9
10.10.1943
-
B-17 2./JG 1 -
10
14.10.1943
13:35
B-17 HSS 2./JG 1 N Aachen
11
11.11.1943
-
B-17 HSS 2./JG 1 Münster-Scheldt Estuary
12
11.11.1943
-
B-17 HSS 2./JG 1 Münster-Scheldt Estuary
13
26.11.1943
11:56
B-17 2./JG 1 SE Bremen
14
16.12.1943
14:15
B-17 2./JG 1 Wadenzee
15
16.12.1943
~14:18
B-17 2./JG 1 Cloppenburg-Herrenveen
16
20.12.1943
13:21
B-17 2./JG 1 Oldenburg
17
22.12.1943
14:09
P-38 2./JG 1 NE Osnabrück
18
5.1.1944
~11:30
B-17 HSS 2./JG 1 Hagen-Bergisch Gladbach-Prüm
19
30.1.1944
12:02
B-17 2./JG 1 -
20
30.1.1944
12:05
B-17 2./JG 1 -
21
31.1.1944
15:30
P-38 2./JG 1 19km E Helmond
22
8.2.1944
12:17
B-17 2./JG 1 Wetzler-Frankfurt
23
24.2.1944
~12:00
B-24 2./JG 1 Lingen-Diepholz
24
8.4.1944
13:56
B-24 2./JG 1 Salzwedel area
25
24.4.1944
15:12
B-17 2./JG 1 N Kaiserslautern
26
29.4.1944
10:58
B-17 HSS 2./JG 1 W Magdeburg
27
8.5.1944
9:56
P-51 1./JG 1 NW Hannover
28
12.5.1944
15:02
B-24 1./JG 1 Wetzlar area
29
13.5.1944
13:38
P-47 1./JG 1 S Lübeck / rammed
30
24.5.1944
11:02
B-17 1./JG 1 Prenzlau
31
28.5.1944
14:06
B-17 1./JG 1 Magdeburg area
32
29.5.1944
12:39
B-17 1./JG 1 Schönewald area
33
15.6.1944
15:41
Auster 1./JG 1 Villers-Bocage
34
16.6.1944
21:25
Spitfire 1./JG 1 Condé-sur-Noireau
35
16.6.1944
21:25
Spitfire 1./JG 1 Condé-sur-Noireau

Victories : 35
Awards : Ehrenpokal (24 April 1944)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (29 March 1944)
                Ritterkreuz (20 October 1944)
Units : JG 1

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