Bruno Stolle
Hauptmann

Bruno Stolle

      Bruno Stolle was born on 13 April 1915 at Münster in Westfalen. Stolle was a blind flying instructor with I./LG 1 at the beginning of the war but was then transferred to 3./JG 51. On 15 March 1940, Stolle was transferred to 8./JG 2. He took part in the Battle for France. He also participated in the Battle of Britain, where he gained his first aerial victories on 11 August when shot down two RAF fighters. Stolle was appointed Staffelkapitän of 8./JG 2 on 7 September 1940. He had three victories to his credit at this time. His scoring rate increased in 1941 with 11 Spitfires and a single Blenheim recorded. Bruno Stolle was awarded the Ehrenpokal on 12 September 1941 and the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold on 29 October 1942. After 32 victories he received the Ritterkreuz on 17 March 1943.

Stolle`s Fw 190 A-4
Staffelkapitän of 8./JG 2 Hauptmann Bruno Stolle adjusts his parachute harness in front of his Fw 190A-4

    On 1 July 1943, Stolle was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 2. He led the Gruppe until 7 December 1943 when he was relieved by Hauptmann Herbert Huppertz (78 victories, RK-EL, KIA 8 June 1944). In February 1944, Stolle was transferred to Schiessschule der Luftwaffe at Vaerlöse in Denmark, where he undertook an  instructing role until July 1944. In the middle of August 1944, he was transferred to Erprobungskommando Ta 152 at Rechlin. From October until 25 November he was acting Gruppenkomandeur I./JG 11, following which he returned to EKdo Ta 152 at Rechlin.
    Bruno Stolle flew 271 combat missions and shot down 35 enemy aircraft on the Western Front including three four-engine bombers and 19 Spitfires.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
11.8.1940
11:45
Spitfire 8./JG 2 Portland
2
11.8.1940
11:49
Spitfire 8./JG 2 Portland
3
26.9.1940
17:42
Spitfire 8./JG 2 25km SW Isle of Wight
4
2.7.1941
12:35
Spitfire 8./JG 2 W Armentieres
5
5.7.1941
13:30
Blenheim 8./JG 2 -
6
23.7.1941
20:37
Spitfire 8./JG 2 -
7
14.8.1941
18:30
Spitfire 8./JG 2 Gravelines-St Omer
8
14.8.1941
18:33
Spitfire 8./JG 2 Gravelines-St.Omer
9
16.8.1941
13:45
Spitfire 8./JG 2 E Boulogne, 4500m
10
16.8.1941
13:48
Spitfire 8./JG 2 -
11
17.9.1941
16:03
Spitfire 8./JG 2 -
12
21.10.1941
13:02
Spitfire 8./JG 2 -
13
24.11.1941
16:49
Spitfire 8./JG 2 -
14
5.12.1941
16:37
Spitfire 8./JG 2 -
15
5.12.1941
16:45
Spitfire 8./JG 2 -
16
12.2.1942
15:50
Hampden 8./JG 2 -
17
10.6.1942
14:14
Spitfire 8./JG 2 -
18
25.6.1942
18:10
Spitfire 8./JG 2 -
19
18.8.1942
11:08
Wellington 8./JG 2 -
20
8.9.1942
9:12
Beaufighter 8./JG 2 -
21
21.9.1942
20:05
Whitley 8./JG 2 NW Quimper
22
26.9.1942
18:46
Spitfire 8./JG 2 N Landerneau, 100m
23
21.10.1942
14:00
B-17 8./JG 2 6826/14 West, 4000-5000m 
24
7.11.1942
17:12
B-24 8./JG 2 10km N Landerneau, 5500m
25
26.11.1942
14:45
Beaufighter 8./JG 2 135km W Brest
26
1.12.1942
9:48
Beaufighter 8./JG 2 8954/ 14 West: 100m 
27
18.12.1942
15:36
Beaufighter 8./JG 2 8951/14 West
28
18.12.1942
15:39
Beaufighter 8./JG 2 8963/14 West
29
20.12.1942
10:32
Boston 8./JG 2 8962/14 West
30
20.12.1942
10:36
Boston 8./JG 2 8959/14 West
31
29.12.1942
14:35
Spitfire 8./JG 2 6953/14 West
32
29.1.1943
14:35
Spitfire 8./JG 2 14 West N/4075, 100m
33
26.2.1943
17:25
Catalina 8./JG 2 off Brittany, 500m
34
5.4.1943
17:45
Ventura 8./JG 2 5939 / 14 West, 4000m
35
29.5.1943
16:27
B-17 8./JG 2 2937 / 14 West, 5000m

Victories : 35
Awards : Ehrenpokal (12 September 1941)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (29 October 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (17 March 1943)
Units : LG 1, JG 51, JG 2, JG 11, EKdo Ta 152

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