Heinz Rökker
Hauptmann

Heinz Rökker

    Heinz Rökker was born on 20 October 1920 at Oldenburgh. He joined the Luftwaffe in October 1939 and began flying training with Flieger-Ausbildungs-Regiment 22 at Güstrow in July 1940. In August 1941 he attended Blindflugschule 5 at Belgrade-Semlin before completing his training in September 1941 at Nachjagdschule 1 at Neubiberg near München. Rökker was posted to I./NJG 2 operating in the Mediterranean theatre on 6 May 1942. Leutnant Rökker was assigned to 1./NJG 2. On 20 June 1942, Rökker shot down a RAF Beaufort twin-engined bomber, by day, over the Mediterranean Sea whilst transiting from his base at Catania to Kalamaki in Greece. His aircraft received 25 hits from return fire during the action but he landed safely at Kalamaki. From bases in Libya, he undertook intruder missions over Egypt claiming four RAF Wellington twin-engined bombers shot down. On 4 August 1942, 1./NJG 2 was relocated to Belgium. Rökker was appointed Staffelkapitän of 1./NJG 2 on 15 December 1942. 1./NJG 2 was relocated back to the Mediterranean theatre based in Sicily on 16 February 1943. Rökker undertook night fighter missions over Sicily and Tunisia, recording a RAF Wellington twin-engined bomber shot down near Marsalla on the night of 19/20 April to record his sixth victory. On 2 July 1943, Rökker led the unit back to northern Europe to undertake Reichsverteidigung duties. Rökker enjoyed much success at this time, claiming three victories on each of the nights of 15/16 March 1944 (12-14), 22/23 March (15-17) and 24/25 March (18-20). Rökker was appointed Staffelkapitän of 2./NJG 2 on 1 April 1944. On the night of 6/7 June, he claimed five British bombers shot down in the area of the Allied landings in Normandy (29-33). Oberleutnant Rökker was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 27 July 1944. He recorded his 40th victory on the night of 7/8 August. On the night of 4/5 November, he shot down four enemy aircraft (42-45). He recorded three victories on the night of 3/4 February (50-52). He claimed six enemy aircraft on the night of 21/22 February (56-61). Hauptmann Rökker was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr 781) on 12 March for 60 victories. On the night of 15/16 March, Rökker recorded four enemy aircraft shot down (61-64) as his last victories of the war, including a RAF Mosquito twin-engined bomber shot down over his airfield at St Trond.
    Heinz Rökker was credited with 64 victories in 161 missions. He recorded 63 of his victories at night, including 55 four-engined bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
20.6.1942
17:20
Beaufort 1./NJG 2 near Crete 
2
25.6.1942
23:45
Wellington 1./NJG 2 50km SW Mersa Matruh / Wellington of 37 Sqn RAF
3
26.6.1942
0:09
Wellington 1./NJG 2 40km SW Mersa Matruh
4
28.6.1942
23:58
Wellington 1./NJG 2 60km SE Notland / Wellington of 108 Sqn RAF
5
28.7.1942
23:10
Wellington 1./NJG 2 E Tobruk
6
19.4.1943
1:15
Wellington 1./NJG 2 Marsalla
7
24.8.1943
0:35
Lancaster 1./NJG 2 SW Berlin
8
24.8.1943
0:50
Lancaster 1./NJG 2 SSW Berlin
9
20.12.1943
19:47
Lancaster 1./NJG 2 N Frankfurt
10
24.2.1944
22:43
Stirling 1./NJG 2 Heilbronn
11
25.2.1944
21:43
Lancaster 1./NJG 2 W Hagenau
12
15.3.1944
22:26
Lancaster 2./NJG 2 near Saarbrücken
13
15.3.1944
22:35
Lancaster 2./NJG 2 near Hagenau
14
15.3.1944
23:55
Lancaster 2./NJG 2 30km W Stuttgart
15
22.3.1944
21:30
Lancaster 2./NJG 2 near Aurich
16
22.3.1944
22:27
Viermot 2./NJG 2 near Koblenz
17
22.3.1944
22:35
Halifax 2./NJG 2 N Koblenz
18
24.3.1944
22:50
Lancaster 2./NJG 2 between Berlin and Leipzig
19
24.3.1944
23:20
Halifax 2./NJG 2 near Halle
20
24.3.1944
23:48
Lancaster 2./NJG 2 S Kassel
21
26.3.1944
22:35
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Mönchen Gladbach
22
23.4.1944
1:58
Lancaster 2./NJG 2 50km NW Düsseldorf
23
25.4.1944
2:05
Viermot 2./NJG 2 30km NE München
24
28.4.1944
1:39
Halifax 2./NJG 2 Freiburg in Breisgau
25
12.5.1944
0:23
Viermot 2./NJG 2 20-50km NW Brussels
26
12.5.1944
0:35
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Zeebrügge See
27
12.5.1944
0:49
Viermot 2./NJG 2 05 Ost S/2234
28
28.5.1944
2:08
Halifax 2./NJG 2 20-40km NW Eindhoven
29
7.6.1944
2:42
Viermot 2./NJG 2 10-50km SW Caen 
30
7.6.1944
2:48
Viermot 2./NJG 2 10-50km SW Caen 
31
7.6.1944
2:51
Viermot 2./NJG 2 W Caen
32
7.6.1944
3:01
Viermot 2./NJG 2 W Caen
33
7.6.1944
3:08
Viermot 2./NJG 2 W Caen
34
25.6.1944
0:16
Viermot 2./NJG 2 S Dieppe
35
26.7.1944
3:21
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Romilly
36
26.7.1944
4:38
Viermot 2./NJG 2 NW Châteaudun
37
29.7.1944
0:14
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Orléans
38
29.7.1944
1:17
Viermot 2./NJG 2 50km NE Chaumont
39
7.8.1944
23:29
Viermot 2./NJG 2 near Le Havre
40
7.8.1944
23:35
Viermot 2./NJG 2 NE Le Havre / Lancaster (ND817) of 582 Sqn, RAF
?
8.8.1944
0:06
Viermot 2./NJG 2 E Le Havre
?
19.10.1944
21:48
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Pirmasens
42
4.11.1944
19:31
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Quadrat KP
43
4.11.1944
19:36
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Quadrat KP
44
4.11.1944
20:00
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Quadrat KN
45
4.11.1944
20:06
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Quadrat KN
46
1.1.1945
20:07
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Quadrat ML
47
5.1.1945
19:19
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Quadrat FT
48
5.1.1945
19:29
Viermot 2./NJG 2 W Hannover
49
1.2.1945
19:46
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Koblenz
50
3.2.1945
19:31
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Quadrat LO
51
3.2.1945
19:51
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Quadrat KN
52
3.2.1945
19:56
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Quadrat KN
53
8.2.1945
0:21
Boston 2./NJG 2 Eindhoven
54
14.2.1945
22:03
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Quadrat PU
55
21.2.1945
20:46
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Quadrat IM
56
21.2.1945
20:56
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Quadrat KM
57
21.2.1945
21:06
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Quadrat LM
58
21.2.1945
21:12
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Quadrat LL
59
21.2.1945
21:13
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Quadrat LL
60
21.2.1945
21:19
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Quadrat LL
61
15.3.1945
20:50
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Quadrat LO
62
15.3.1945
20:53
Viermot 2./NJG 2 Quadrat LO
63
15.3.1945
21:26
Viermot 2./NJG 2 St Trond
64
15.3.1945
21:34
Mosquito 2./NJG 2 St Trond

Victories : 64
Awards : Ehrenpokal (12 June 1944)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (13 June 1944)
                Ritterkreuz (27 July 1944)
                Eichenlaub (12 March 1945)
Units : NJG 2

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