Karl-Heinz Scherfling
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Karl-Heinz Scherfling

    Karl-Heinz Scherfling was born on 6 September 1918 at Gelsenkirchen in Ruhrgebiet. Scherfling was posted to 7./NJG 1 at the end of 1940. He recorded his first victory on the night of 31 March/1 April 1941, when he shot down a RAF Wellington twin-engine bomber near Groningen. On the night of 9/10 April, he recorded his second, and the Nachtjagd’s first, victory over a four-engine bomber when he shot down a RAF Stirling near Lingen. In spring 1942, Scherfling transferred to 5./NJG 2. By the end of 1942, he had increased his victory total to six. On 1 October, 5./NJG 2 was redesignated 10./NJG 1. On the night of 23/24 May 1943, Scherfling claimed two RAF four-engine bombers shot down to record his 10th and 11th victories. He claimed three RAF Lancaster four-engine bombers shot down on the night of 25/26 June (15-17). Scherfling claimed his 20th victory on the night of 13/14 July, when he shot down a RAF Halifax four-engine bomber near Utrecht. By October 1943, Scherfling was serving with 12./NJG 1. He was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 8 April 1944 for 29 victories. On the night of 30/31 March 1944, Scherfling claimed a Lancaster shot down near Venlo to record his 30th victory. On the night of 20/21 July 1944, Scherfling recorded his 33rd, and last, victory. Shortly afterwards, he was shot down and killed in Bf 110 G-4 (W.Nr. 730 218) “G9 + EZ” by a British night fighter. Scherfling’s Bordschütze was also killed in the engagement, but his Bordfunker survived, albeit badly wounded.
    Karl-Heinz Scherfling was credited with 33 victories. All his victories were recorded at night.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
31.3.1941
22:36
Wellington 7./NJG 1 SE Groningen
2
9.4.1941
23:35
Stirling 7./NJG 1 SW Lingen
3
28.6.1942
2:55
Wellington 5./NJG 2 25km W Den Helder
4
3.7.1942
1:50
Stirling 5./NJG 2 NNW Groningen
5
26.7.1942
-
Wellington 5./NJG 2 -
6
24.9.1942
5:03
Halifax 5./NJG 2 -
7
3.2.1943
20:23
Halifax 10./NJG 1 20km E Assen
8
7.3.1943
20:15
Lancaster 10./NJG 1 546 1A3 in See
9
5.5.1943
1:44
Wellington 10./NJG 1 42km SE Groningen
10
24.5.1943
2:14
Stirling 10./NJG 1 N Texel
11
24.5.1943
2:36
Halifax 10./NJG 1 30km NW Vlieland
12
12.6.1943
2:19
Lancaster 10./NJG 1 50km W Bergen-aan-Zee
13
12.6.1943
3:06
Lancaster 10./NJG 1 40km W Alkmaar
14
13.6.1943
3:35
Halifax 10./NJG 1 35km SW Den Helder
15
26.6.1943
0:54
Lancaster 10./NJG 1 20km N Amsterdam
16
26.6.1943
2:51
Lancaster 10./NJG 1 W Wijklaan See
17
26.6.1943
3:08
Lancaster 10./NJG 1 15km S Alkmaar
18
29.6.1943
2:36
Lancaster 10./NJG 1 5km W Zandvoort
19
29.6.1943
0:00
Lancaster 10./NJG 1 Wognum
20
14.7.1943
1:23
Halifax 10./NJG 1 4km SE Utrecht
21
3.8.1943
3:33
Lancaster 10./NJG 1 EJ-9.5 I See
22
18.8.1943
1:38
Halifax 10./NJG 1 Greifswald
23
20.10.1943
19:24
Halifax 12./NJG 1 40km W Bergen-aan-Zee
24
20.10.1943
22:52
Halifax 12./NJG 1 20km SW Den Helder
25
24.12.1943
6:14
Lancaster 12./NJG 1 NE Berlin
26
24.12.1943
6:34
Lancaster 12./NJG 1 Off Alkmaar
27
25.12.1943
22:42
Halifax 12./NJG 1 30km S Ijssel
28
29.12.1943
19:15
Halifax 12./NJG 1 -
29
18.3.1944
22:44
Halifax 12./NJG 1 RP-2
30
31.3.1944
0:45
Lancaster 12./NJG 1 NE Venlo 
31
25.5.1944
1:23
Viermot 12./NJG 1 20km NNE Breda
32
25.5.1944
1:30
Viermot 12./NJG 1 15km N Breda
33
21.7.1944
1:31
E/a 12./NJG 1 -

Victories : 33
Awards : Ehrenpokal (9 August 1943)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (16 August 1943)
                Ritterkreuz (8 April 1944)
Units : NJG 1, NJG 2

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