Herbert "Puschi" Puschmann
Hauptmann
 
Herbert Puschmann
 
    Herbert “Puschi” Puschmann was born on 10 Augsut 1920 at Bolkenhain in the Jauer region of Niederschlesien. Puschmann was posted to JG 51 in spring 1941. Leutnant Puschmann was assigned to 4./JG 51. He recorded his first two victories on 22 June, when he shot down two Russian SB-2 twin-engine bombers over the Eastern front. Puschmann was lucky to escape injury when his Bf 109 F-2 (W.Nr. 12 730) overturned on landing at Bobruisk on 7 July. On 31 October, Puschmann recorded his 10th victory when he shot down a Russian DB-3 twin-engine bomber. He recorded his 20th victory on 2 July, when he shot down a Russian Pe-2 twin-engine bomber near Dugino. Puschmann’s most successful month was August when he claimed 13 victories, including four enemy aircraft shot down on 5 August to record his 25th through 28th victories and his 30th victory on 12 August. He was wounded by bomb fragments during a Russian bombing raid on 3 September 1942. He had 37 victories to his credit at this time. By November 1942, Puschmann was serving with 5./JG 51 based in North Africa. On 13 January 1943, he was appointed Staffelkapitän of 6./JG 51. Puschmann then led 6./JG 51 during the defence of Tunisia and Italy. He claimed three USAAF P-38 twin-engine fighters shot down near Kebili on 23 January (39-41). On 4 February, he shot his one and only USAAF four-engine bomber near Gabes (48). Puschmann recorded his 50th victory on 21 May, when he shot down an Allied P-40 fighter. On 3 February 1944, Puschmann engaged a formation of USAAF B-26 twin-engined bombers near Rome. He claimed one shot down for his 57th, and final, victory. Shortly afterwards, Puschmann was shot down and killed by return fire from the bombers, his Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 160 767) crashing near Civitavecchia. He was posthumously awarded the Ritterkreuz on 5 April 1944.
    “Puschi” Puschmann was credited with at least 57 victories in 650 missions. He recorded 37 victories over the Eastern front. Of his 20 victories over the Mediterranean front were 9 P-38 twin-engine fighters.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
22.6.1941
9:35
SB-2 4./JG 51 -
2
22.6.1941
9:43
SB-2 4./JG 51 -
3
4.7.1941
7:55
SB-2 4./JG 51 -
4
14.9.1941
16:15
R-10 4./JG 51 -
5
5.10.1941
9:08
DB-3 4./JG 51 -
6
5.10.1941
13:16
R-3 4./JG 51 -
7
6.10.1941
12:10
Pe-2 4./JG 51 -
8
7.10.1941
16:15
RZ 4./JG 51 -
9
27.10.1941
9:40
R-3 4./JG 51 -
10
31.10.1941
9:41
DB-3 4./JG 51 -
11
15.2.1942
12:47
I-61 4./JG 51 -
12
5.4.1942
15:23
Il-2 4./JG 51 -
13
21.5.1942
9:20
Yak-1 4./JG 51 -
14
4.6.1942
18:35
Pe-2 4./JG 51 -
15
12.6.1942
12:35
Il-2 4./JG 51 -
16
13.6.1942
6:15
Il-2 4./JG 51 -
17
13.6.1942
6:17
Il-2 4./JG 51 -
18
15.6.1942
5:15
I-153 4./JG 51 -
19
23.6.1942
18:50
I-16 4./JG 51 -
20
2.7.1942
18:07
Pe-2 4./JG 51 25km NNW Dugino: 1.200m
21
5.7.1942
10:03
LaGG-3 4./JG 51 -
22
5.7.1942
13:51
Yak-1 4./JG 51 -
23
9.7.1942
11:22
Yak-1 4./JG 51 -
24
11.7.1942
10:03
MiG-3 4./JG 51 20km W Location: 500m
25
5.8.1942
4:40
MiG-3 4./JG 51 57 744: at 1.800m
26
5.8.1942
4:43
Pe-2 4./JG 51 47 882: at 1.500m
27
5.8.1942
4:50
Pe-2 4./JG 51 46 241: at 1.500m
28
5.8.1942
17:02
Il-2 4./JG 51 56 381
29
8.8.1942
13:30
MiG-3 4./JG 51 56 121: at 2.000m
30
12.8.1942
11:35
I-153 4./JG 51 54 243: at 700m
31
22.8.1942
9:43
MiG-3 4./JG 51 54 252: at 1.500m
32
25.8.1942
8:23
LaGG-3 4./JG 51 54 243: at 500m
33
25.8.1942
8:47
LaGG-3 4./JG 51 54 222
34
27.8.1942
17:39
Il-2 4./JG 51 63 112: at 50m
35
27.8.1942
17:41
Il-2 4./JG 51 64 784: at 50m
36
28.8.1942
13:47
Il-2 4./JG 51 25km NE Ulanovo: 600m
37
29.8.1942
10:15
I-16 4./JG 51 74 581: at 1.000m
38
27.11.1942
9:08
Spitfire 5./JG 51 12km E Béja
39
23.1.1943
9:29
P-38 6./JG 51 15km NW Kebili
40
23.1.1943
9:33
P-38 6./JG 51 25km NE Kebili
41
23.1.1943
9:35
P-38 6./JG 51 40km NE Kebili
42
31.1.1943
11:02
P-40 6./JG 51 15km SE Maknassy
43
31.1.1943
11:10
P-40 6./JG 51 15km SE Maknassy
44
1.2.1943
8:03
P-40 6./JG 51 10km SW Djedida
45
1.2.1943
8:15
P-40 6./JG 51 25km S Gafsa
46
2.2.1943
8:55
P-40 6./JG 51 5km SE Sened
47
3.2.1943
11:15
P-38 6./JG 51 40km NE Kebili
48
4.2.1943
14:37
B-17 6./JG 51 30km WSW Gabes
49
28.2.1943
14:28
P-38 6./JG 51 10km SW El Djem
50
21.5.1943
18:36
P-40 6./JG 51 79 432
51
5.6.1943
15:19
P-38 6./JG 51 99 129
52
18.6.1943
9:15
P-38 6./JG 51 00 531
53
18.6.1943
9:20
P-40 6./JG 51 00 394
54
25.12.1943
11:17
P-38 6./JG 51 16-PD-74/14 Ost
55
17.1.1944
11:30
P-38 6./JG 51 14 Ost S/KF 5
56
18.1.1944
12:29
Spitfire 6./JG 51 6km SW Lessa
57
3.2.1944
12:50
B-26 6./JG 51 Viterbo

Victories : 57
Awards : Ehrenpokal (17 August 1942)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (24 September 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (5 April 1944)
Units : JG 51

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