Otto Tange
Oberleutnant

Otto Tange

    Otto Tange was born on 22 September 1915 at Hochdonn in Holstein. On 17 May 1940, Tange was posted to 5./JG 51. He participated in the French campaign and the Battle of Britain. He claimed his first victory on 10 July 1940, when he shot down a RAF Spitfire fighter near Dover. He recorded one further victory during the battles over England when he shot down a RAF Hurricane fighter near Clacton on 15 August.  Tange had three victories to his credit when 5./JG 51 participated in Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia. By the end of 1941, Tange had increased his victory total to 36. Oberfeldwebel Tange was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 19 March 1942 for 40 victories. He claimed his 50th victory on 16 May. On 14 September, Tange claimed three enemy aircraft shot down. . He recorded his 68th, and last, victory on 30 September, when he shot down a Russian R-5 reconnaissance biplane. In late September 1942, Tange was transferred to Ergänzung-Jagdgruppe Ost to undertake instructional duties. On 1 November, Tange received promotion to the rank of Leutnant. Tange returned to front line duty on 11 July 1943. He was assigned to the Geschwaderstab of JG 51. He participated in three missions with the unit. On 30 July 1943, Tange was shot down and killed by flak near Bolchov. His Fw 190 A-6 (W.Nr. 550 163) “Black 4” fell burning and crashed into a Russian village. Tange was posthumously promoted to the rank of Oberleutnant.
    Otto Tange was credited with 68 victories in 426 missions. He recorded 65 victories over the Eastern front.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
10.7.1940
12:10
Spitfire 5./JG 51 NW Dover
2
15.8.1940
20:05
Hurricane 5./JG 51 S Clacton
3
5.3.1941
15:14
Spitfire 5./JG 51 12km W Le Touquet
4
25.6.1941
10:55
SB-2 5./JG 51 NE Wygonowskie See
5
25.6.1941
10:55
SB-2 5./JG 51 NE Wygonowskie See
6
25.6.1941
11:00
SB-2 5./JG 51 NE Wygonowskie See
7
30.6.1941
8:05
SB-3 5./JG 51 50km E Sluzk
8
1.7.1941
14:17
I-16 5./JG 51 3km NE Gorodek
9
12.7.1941
17:51
DB-3 5./JG 51 10km E Schklow
10
12.7.1941
17:55
DB-3 5./JG 51 24km E Schklow
11
13.7.1941
12:20
Pe-2 5./JG 51 10km SE Gorki
12
15.7.1941
18:33
DB-3 5./JG 51 20km W Mstislawl
13
16.7.1941
12:45
DB-3 5./JG 51 3km S Smolensk
14
28.7.1941
16:59
V-11 5./JG 51 8km N Propojsk
15
23.8.1941
18:00
DB-3 5./JG 51 Wysokaja
16
30.8.1941
17:19
I-61 5./JG 51 5km E Stajnja
17
1.9.1941
16:18
R-3 5./JG 51 7km E Sechtschinskaja
18
2.9.1941
9:31
R-3 5./JG 51 8km E Sechtschinskaja
19
2.9.1941
9:34
R-3 5./JG 51 20km SE Sechtschinskaja
20
6.9.1941
9:48
I-16 5./JG 51 10km N Brjansk
21
9.9.1941
13:42
Pe-2 5./JG 51 10km NE Konotop
22
9.9.1941
16:13
Pe-2 5./JG 51 10km NE Nowgorod
23
13.9.1941
10:03
DB-3 5./JG 51 15km E Konotop
24
13.9.1941
10:07
DB-3 5./JG 51 20km E Konotop
25
13.9.1941
10:12
DB-3 5./JG 51 27km E Konotop
26
14.9.1941
16:28
V-11 5./JG 51 35km SW Konotop
27
14.9.1941
16:33
V-11 5./JG 51 35km SW Konotop
28
27.9.1941
11:10
I-18 5./JG 51 40km E Schatalowka
29
4.10.1941
12:16
I-18 5./JG 51 20km E Dmitrowsk
30
4.10.1941
12:43
DB-3 5./JG 51 25km E Kromy
31
29.10.1941
12:50
DB-3 5./JG 51 30km E Mzensk
32
28.11.1941
13:05
I-18 5./JG 51 10km E Wenew
33
2.12.1941
12:38
I-18 5./JG 51 15km W Moskau
34
2.12.1941
15:02
I-18 5./JG 51 25km NW Moskau
35
4.12.1941
12:53
I-61 5./JG 51 35km S Kaschira
36
14.12.1941
13:20
Pe-2 5./JG 51 -
?
13.1.1942
15:03
DB-3 5./JG 51 -
?
21.1.1942
12:23
Pe-2 5./JG 51 -
?
27.1.1942
13:09
DB-3 5./JG 51 -
?
27.1.1942
13:21
DB-3 5./JG 51 -
50
16.5.1942
18:47
Yak-1 5./JG 51 3543
?
12.8.1942
12:15
MiG-3 5./JG 51 64 171
?
22.8.1942
12:05
MiG-3 5./JG 51 55 883
?
22.8.1942
18:10
MiG-3 5./JG 51 64 171
?
23.8.1942
6:43
Pe-2 5./JG 51 54 284
?
23.8.1942
6:48
Il-2 5./JG 51 54 253
?
27.8.1942
17:49
MiG-3 5./JG 51 64 781
?
27.8.1942
17:57
Il-2 5./JG 51 64 784
?
29.8.1942
11:42
Il-2 5./JG 51 54 251
?
29.8.1942
11:47
Il-2 5./JG 51 54 214
?
5.9.1942
17:04
Il-2 5./JG 51 SE Styschupka
?
14.9.1942
9:53
Il-2 5./JG 51 47 641
?
14.9.1942
10:02
MiG-3 5./JG 51 47 563
?
14.9.1942
10:10
Il-2 5./JG 51 47 524
68
30.9.1942
12:08
R-5 5./JG 51 47 484

Victories : 68
Awards : Ehrenpokal (1 September 1941)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (24 November 1941)
                Ritterkreuz (19 March 1942)
Units : JG 51

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