Hans Strelow
Leutnant

Hans Strelow

    Hans Strelow was born on 26 March 1922 in Berlin. Upon completion of his flight training in February 1941 he was posted to 5./JG 51. After several missions over the Channel Front, Leutnant Strelow was deployed to the east for the invasion of Russia where he began his successes as a fighter pilot, claiming his first victory on 25 June. He received the Ehrenpokal in October 1941. By the end of the year he had a total of 26 victories. During the winter and spring of 1942 he achieved a rapid sequence of victories culminating on 18 March 1942 when he claimed his 46th through 52nd victories for which he was decorated with the Ritterkreuz. After claiming his 66th victory on 24 March he was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr. 84). Receiving the award two days before his 20th birthday, he was the youngest recipient of the Eichenlaub during the war. After a period of leave, Strelow returned to action as Staffelkapitän of 5./JG 51. On 22 May, Strelow was shot down by Pe-2 twin-engined bombers in Bf 109 F-2 “Black 10” (W.Nr. 8239) and force landed nine kilometres behind Russian lines at Uspenskoje. With few chances of evading capture and knowing that highly decorated aces were often tortured before execution by the Russians, he chose to take his own life.
    Hans Strelow flew more than 200 missions and claimed 68 victories on the Eastern Front.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
25.6.1941
10:55
SB-2 5./JG 51 NE Wygonowskie See
2
30.6.1941
14:55
DB-3 5./JG 51 Bobruisk
3
16.7.1941
16:16
V-11 5./JG 51 E Stara Bychow
4
30.8.1941
14:51
Pe-2 5./JG 51 -
5
30.8.1941
14:53
Pe-2 5./JG 51 -
6
30.8.1941
15:05
I-18 5./JG 51 -
7
6.9.1941
16:22
I-18 5./JG 51 -
8
7.9.1941
17:17
I-61 5./JG 51 W Konotop
9
9.9.1941
15:05
R-3 5./JG 51 -
10
13.9.1941
13:08
DB-3 5./JG 51 -
11
14.9.1941
6:23
Pe-2 5./JG 51 E Konotop
12
23.9.1941
16:24
I-18 5./JG 51 -
13
5.10.1941
14:26
DB-3 5./JG 51 NE Ssewsk
14
5.10.1941
14:28
DB-3 5./JG 51 NE Ssewsk
15
5.10.1941
14:29
DB-3 5./JG 51 NE Ssewsk
16
13.10.1941
11:20
R-3 5./JG 51 -
17
14.10.1941
11:15
Il-2 5./JG 51 -
18
29.10.1941
7:22
Pe-2 5./JG 51 -
19
1.11.1941
14:23
I-15 5./JG 51 E Orel
20
1.11.1941
15:30
I-16 5./JG 51 E Orel
21
5.11.1941
9:57
Douglas 5./JG 51 -
22
6.11.1941
10:13
DB-3 5./JG 51 -
23
15.11.1941
10:25
DB-3 5./JG 51 -
24
5.12.1941
10:55
Pe-2 5./JG 51 NW Kaschira
25
14.12.1941
12:04
DB-3 5./JG 51 -
26
14.12.1941
12:20
Pe-2 5./JG 51 -
27
15.12.1941
12:45
I-16 5./JG 51 -
28
4.1.1942
12:35
I-61 5./JG 51 -
29
4.1.1942
12:39
I-61 5./JG 51 -
30
13.1.1942
11:15
R-Z 5./JG 51 -
31
13.1.1942
11:18
R-Z 5./JG 51 -
32
27.1.1942
12:40
DB-3 5./JG 51 -
33
4.2.1942
10:35
I-16 5./JG 51 -
34
4.2.1942
10:40
I-16 5./JG 51 -
35
4.2.1942
15:35
I-61 5./JG 51 E Kaluga: at 2.000m
36
4.2.1942
-
E/a 5./JG 51 -
40
28.2.1942
-
E/a 5./JG 51 -
?
6.3.1942
-
E/a 5./JG 51 -
?
6.3.1942
-
E/a 5./JG 51 -
?
6.3.1942
-
E/a 5./JG 51 -
50
17.3.1942
-
E/a 5./JG 51 -
51
17.3.1942
-
E/a 5./JG 51 -
52
17.3.1942
-
E/a 5./JG 51 -
53
18.3.1942
-
E/a 5./JG 51 -
54
18.3.1942
-
E/a 5./JG 51 -
55
18.3.1942
-
E/a 5./JG 51 -
56
18.3.1942
-
E/a 5./JG 51 -
57
18.3.1942
-
E/a 5./JG 51 -
58
18.3.1942
-
E/a 5./JG 51 -
59
18.3.1942
-
E/a 5./JG 51 -
60
19.3.1942
-
E/a 5./JG 51 -
61
19.3.1942
-
E/a 5./JG 51 -
62
19.3.1942
-
E/a 5./JG 51 -
68
22.5.1942
-
Pe-2 5./JG 51 E Mszensk

Victories : 68
Awards : Ehrenpokal (October 1941)
                Ritterkreuz (18 March 1942)
                Eichenlaub (24 March 1942)
Units : JG 51

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