Waldemar-H. Radener
Oberleutnant

Waldemar Radener

     Waldemar-H. “Waldi” Radener was born on 24 January 1921 at Lüchtrigen in the Weser region of Westfalen. Leutnant Radener joined JG 26 in February 1943 following completion of his flying training. He was assigned to 4./JG 26. Radener shot down a RAF Spitfire fighter on 3 May to record his first victory. On 30 July he downed two USAAF P-47 fighters near Arnhem for his 4th and 5th victories. Radener was appointed  Staffelkapitän of 6./JG 26 on 18 August, replacing Hauptmann Johannes “Hans” Naumann (34 victories, RK) who was taking command of II./JG 26. On 11 September, Radener was relieved of his command when Naumann was given command of 6./JG 26 to allow Major Johannes Seifert to take over II./JG 26. Radener assumed his previous position of second in command to Naumann.

Pilots of 4./JG 26 in mid-1942

Pilots of 4./JG 26 in mid-1942. From left: Ofw. Willi Roth (20 victories, DK-G) , Lt. Ernst Janda (2 v.), Fhr. Waldemar-H. Radener, Uffz. Gerhard Birke (5 v.), Hptm. Kurt Ebersberger (30 v. DK-G) and Fw. Adolf Glunz (72 v. RK-EL).

    Radener shot down a P-47 on 11 January 1944 to record his 10th victory. He was awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold for 16 victories on 16 April. On 11 May, Radener brought down a USAAF B-24 four-engined bomber but then accidently rammed a second in his Fw 190 A-8 (WNr 680120) “Brown 2”. He baled out suffering only minor injuries. Radener was shot down on by USAAF P-51 fighters on 15 June in Fw 190 A-8 (WNr 730934) “Brown 2”. He baled out, but his parachute became caught up on his aircraft. He managed to free it but suffered injuries on landing serious enough to keep him out of combat until the end of the month. On 9 September 1944, Oberleutnant Radener was re-appointed Staffelkapitän of 7./JG 26. By the end of December he had 23 victories to his credit. Radener was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 26 on 30 January 1945, replacing Major Anton Hackl (192 victories, RK-S) who had been appointed appointed Kommodore of JG 300. On 22 February 1945, Anton Hackl requested Radener transfer to JG 300 to command II./JG 300. Radener was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 12 March 1945. Radener survived the war. He joined the Bundesluftwaffe but was killed in a flying accident on 8 January 1957 near Schöngau.
    “Waldi” Radener was credited with 37 victories. He also recorded a further 14 unconfirmed victories. All his victories were recorded over the Western front, including 12 four-engined bombers with an additional six unconfirmed.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location
Comments
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13.3.1943
15:33
Spitfire 4./JG 26 E Étaples Spitfire of 402 or 403 Sqn, RAF - not confirmed
1.
3.5.1943
6:50
Spitfire 4./JG 26 20km W Somme Estuary Spitfire of 41 Sqn, RAF
-
14.5.1943
13:00
B-17 HSS 4./JG 26 NW Antwerp B-17 of 351 BG, USAAF – not confirmed
2.
22.6.1943
9:34
P-47 4./JG 26 10-15km NW Domburg  
3.
26.6.1943
19:04
P-47 4./JG 26 10-12km NNW Le Tréport P-47 of 56 FG, USAAF
-
4.7.1943
17:40
Spitfire 4./JG 26 Berck-sur-Mer not confirmed
-
26.7.1943
11:25
Spitfire 6./JG 26 15km SE Lille Spitfire of 317 Sqn, RAF – not confirmed
4.
30.7.1943
10:20
P-47C 6./JG 26 Near Arnhem P-47 of 78 FG, USAAF
5.
30.7.1943
10:28
P-47C 6./JG 26 3km S Werkendam P-47 of 56 FG, USAAF
-
27.8.1943
19:40
Spitfire 6./JG 26 NW Dunkirk Spitfire of 341 Sqn, RAF flown by Cdt René Mouchotte, killed – not confirmed
6.
3.9.1943
9:58
P-47 6./JG 26 3km N Guyancourt P-47 of 56 FG, USAAF
-
6.9.1943
12:10
B-17 HSS 6./JG 26 S Reims not confirmed
-
10.10.1943
15:35
B-17 HSS 7./JG 26 NE Münster not confirmed
-
14.10.1943
13:35
B-17 HSS 7./JG 26 N Koblenz not confirmed
7.
30.12.1943
14:00
P-47 7./JG 26 12km SE Beauvais  
8.
30.12.1943
14:36
B-17 7./JG 26 32km WNW Arras  
9.
5.1.1944
13:14
B-17 7./JG 26 Near Miraumont  
10.
11.1.1944
13:15
P-47 7./JG 26 Near Lingen P-47 of 353 FG, USAAF
-
29.1.1944
11:25
B-24 HSS 7./JG 26 10km N Trier B-24 of 44 BG, USAAF – not confirmed
11.
4.2.1944
12:00
B-24 7./JG 26 10km SE Albert B-24 of 446 BG, USAAF
-
8.2.1944
11:10
P-47 7./JG 26 N Laon P-47 of 352 FG, USAAF – not confirmed
-
8.2.1944
11:12
P-47 7./JG 26 N Laon P-47 of 352 FG, USAAF – not confirmed
-
11.2.1944
13:50
P-38 7./JG 26 SE Valenciennes P-38 of 20 FG, USAAF – not confirmed
12.
18.2.1944
12:05
Typhoon 7./JG 26 N Amiens Typhoon of 174 Sqn, RAF
-
24.2.1944
12:25
B-17 HSS 7./JG 26 NW Ascheberg B-17 of 92 or 306 BG, USAAF - not confirmed
13.
24.2.1944
14:00
B-24 7./JG 26 5km NW Wetzlar  
-
24.2.1944
14:20
P-51 7./JG 26 NW Wetzlar-SE Bonn P-51 of 357 FG, USAAF – not confirmed
14.
25.2.1944
14:45
B-24 HSS 7./JG 26 Notweiler-W Bergzaben  
15.
25.2.1944
15:20
B-17 e.V 7./JG 26 Willgartswissen-Pirmasens  
16.
12.4.1944
13:10
B-24 HSS 7./JG 26 18km N Namur B-24 of 445 BG, USAAF
17.
24.4.1944
12:22
B-17 HSS 7./JG 26 NE St Dizier  
18.
27.4.1944
17:42
P-47 7./JG 26 SW Reims P-47 of 356 FG, USAAF
19.
29.4.1944
13:35
B-17 HSS 7./JG 26 5km SE Roubaix B-17 of 401 BG, USAAF
20.
8.5.1944
10:32
P-47 7./JG 26 6km N Soissons P-47 of 404 FG, USAAF
21.
11.5.1944
14:00
B-24 7./JG 26 44km W Chartres B-24 of 487 BG, USAAF
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15.6.1944
7:15~
P-51 7./JG 26 E Bonneval P-51 of 339 FG, USAAF – not confirmed
22.
23.12.1944
12:57
Lancaster 7./JG 26 W Köln Lancaster of 582 Sqn, RAF
23.
23.12.1944
13:01
Lancaster 7./JG 26 NW Köln-NNW Düren Lancaster of 405 or 582 Sqn, RAF

Victories : 37
Awards : Knight`s Cross
Units : JG 26, JG 300

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