Rudolf Trenkel
Hauptmann

Rudolf Trenkel

       Rudolf Trenkel was born on 17 January 1918 at Neudorf in the Ballenstedt region of Sachsen. He joined the army in 1936 but transferred to the Luftwaffe in 1939. On 22 February 1942, Trenkel was posted to JG 77 based on the southern part of Eastern front. Unteroffizier Trenkel was assigned to III./JG 77. He flew with 7./JG 77 and on 26 March he claimed his first victory over I-153 biplane fighter. Trenkel was transferred to JG 52 based on the Eastern front on 1 May 1942. He was assigned to the Geschwaderstab. He claimed three victories serving with this unit. On 15 June 1942, Feldwebel Trenkel was transferred to 2./JG 52 based on the Eastern front. Trenkel recorded his 20th victory on 2 November. On 17 December, Trenkel shot down six enemy aircraft to record his 23rd through 28th victories. He recorded five victories on 16 April 1943 (46-50) and four victories on 2 June (73-76). Trenkel was transferred to Ergänzung-Jagdgruppe Ost in June 1943. Reputedly he claimed three victories with the unit. Oberfeldwebel Trenkel was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 19 August for 76 victories. In October 1943, Trenkel returned to front line duty with 2./JG 52. He claimed 18 victories during October. However, on 2 November, he was shot down in Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 140 167) “Black 3” by a Russian Yak-9 fighter and badly wounded. Following his recovery from the wounds received in November 1943, Trenkel trained as an officer and transferred to Stab/JG 52 with the rank of Oberleutnant. On 14 July, Trenkel claimed his 100th victory. On 15 August 1944, Trenkel was appointed Staffelkapitän of 2./JG 52. In October, Trenkel claimed 12 victories in 10 days but was shot down five times. On 15 October, Trenkel shot down six enemy aircraft (122-127). He was shot down again on 15 March 1945 by flak. Trenkel baled out of his stricken Bf 109 G-14 (W.Nr. 465 260) “Black 12” wounded. Following the surrender, US troops handed over Trenkel to the Russians. However, after four weeks, he was repatriated due to the deterioration of the wounds received in his last combat. He died on 26 April 2001.
    Rudolf Trenkel was credited with 138 victories in over 500 missions. Of the 138 victories recorded over the Eastern front, at least 42 were Il-2 Sturmovik ground attack aircraft
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
26.3.1942
15:02
I-153 7./JG 77 -
2
1942
-
E/a Stab/JG 52 -
3
1942
-
E/a Stab/JG 52 -
4
1942
-
E/a Stab/JG 52 -
5
27.8.1942
14:23
LaGG-3 2./JG 52 46 332: at 800m
6
2.9.1942
8:30
LaGG-3 2./JG 52 46 253: at 800m
7
2.9.1942
13:00
LaGG-3 2./JG 52 46 254: at 200m / confirmation to be later decided
8
10.9.1942
12:13
Il-2 2./JG 52 47 763: at 200m
9
2.10.1942
11:44
Il-2 2./JG 52 49 294 at 150m
10
9.10.1942
12:50
Il-2 2./JG 52 49 241 at 300m
11
9.10.1942
12:55
Il-2 2./JG 52 49 162 at 200m
12
11.10.1942
6:27
Il-2 2./JG 52 49 122 at 50m
13
26.10.1942
14:04
Il-2 2./JG 52 49 361: at 400m
14
26.10.1942
14:09
Il-2 2./JG 52 49 362: at 300m
15
26.10.1942
14:11
Il-2 2./JG 52 49 382: at 150m
16
27.10.1942
-
E/a 2./JG 52 -
17
28.10.1942
-
E/a 2./JG 52 -
18
29.10.1942
11:28
LaGG-3 2./JG 52 49 282: at 800m
19
2.11.1942
10:32
Yak-1 2./JG 52 59 191 at 50m
20
2.11.1942
10:34
R-5 2./JG 52 59 191 at 50m
21
30.11.1942
7:15
U-2 2./JG 52 01 242
22
11.12.1942
11:10
R-5 2./JG 52 01 563 at 10m
23
17.12.1942
-
E/a 2./JG 52 -
24
17.12.1942
-
E/a 2./JG 52 -
25
17.12.1942
-
E/a 2./JG 52 -
26
17.12.1942
-
E/a 2./JG 52 -
27
17.12.1942
-
E/a 2./JG 52 -
28
17.12.1942
-
E/a 2./JG 52 -
29
21.12.1942
13:40
Il-2 2./JG 52 01 571 at 150m
30
21.12.1942
13:42
Il-2 2./JG 52 01 583 at 100m
31
21.12.1942
13:43
Il-2 2./JG 52 01 722 at 50m / confirmation to be later decided
32
21.12.1942
13:44
Il-2 2./JG 52 01 722 at 50m / confirmation to be later decided
33
27.12.1942
6:58
Pe-2 2./JG 52 01 754 at 400m
34
29.12.1942
9:37
LaGG-3 2./JG 52 00 134 at 1.000m
35
29.12.1942
12:18
La-5 2./JG 52 01 411 at 1.800m
36
26.1.1943
12:30
Il-7 2./JG 52 72 234: at 300m
37
29.1.1943
8:20
Il-7 2./JG 52 73 684: at 500m
38
29.1.1943
8:30
Il-7 2./JG 52 73 663
39
29.1.1943
9:15
Il-2 2./JG 52 73 752: at 1.500m
40
29.1.1943
9:17
Il-2 2./JG 52 73 752: at 1.500m
41
26.3.1943
15:25
LaGG-5 2./JG 52 81 742: at 2.000m
42
27.3.1943
16:02
LaGG-3 2./JG 52 362 721
43
28.3.1943
10:20
LaGG-5 2./JG 52 71 851: at 3.000m
44
9.4.1943
8:55
LaGG-3 2./JG 52 86 570: at 3.000m
45
11.4.1943
12:35
LaGG-3 2./JG 52 86 782: at 300m
46
16.4.1943
7:23
LaGG-3 2./JG 52 85 ??? 
47
16.4.1943
8:20
LaGG-3 2./JG 52 85 ??? / confirmation to be later decided
48
16.4.1943
10:50
LaGG-3 2./JG 52 85 ???
49
16.4.1943
11:00
LaGG-3 2./JG 52 85 190 / confirmation to be later decided
50
16.4.1943
11:46
LaGG-3 2./JG 52 76 762
51
17.4.1943
11:10
LaGG-3 2./JG 52 75 460: at 600m
52
26.4.1943
14:00
Yak-1 2./JG 52 85 722: at 3.200m
53
26.4.1943
14:00
Yak-1 2./JG 52 85 761: at 1.800m
54
29.4.1943
10:02
Pe-2 2./JG 52 61 894: at 5.000m
55
7.5.1943
4:29
Il-4 2./JG 52 71 714
56
7.5.1943
18:19
LaGG-3 2./JG 52 61 723: at 2.000m
57
7.5.1943
18:21
LaGG-3 2./JG 52 60 131: at 2.000m
58
7.5.1943
18:24
LaGG-3 2./JG 52 60 212: at 1.000m / confirmation to be later decided
59
9.5.1943
6:25
MiG-3 2./JG 52 98 872: at 5.000m
60
9.5.1943
12:30
P-39 2./JG 52 98 731: at 2.000m
61
11.5.1943
18:05
P-39 2./JG 52 61 995: at 2.500m
62
23.5.1943
4:50
MBR-2 2./JG 52 85 594
63
24.5.1943
16:52
Boston 2./JG 52 86 822: at 5.000m
64
26.5.1943
5:11
Boston 2./JG 52 85 123: at 900m / confirmation to be later decided
65
26.5.1943
5:16
Pe-2 2./JG 52 85 172: at 1.800m / confirmation to be later decided
66
26.5.1943
9:42
P-39 2./JG 52 85 144: at 3.000m
67
30.5.1943
15:28
Pe-2 2./JG 52 75 262: at 1.500m
68
30.5.1943
15:30
Pe-2 2./JG 52 76 892: at 500m
69
30.5.1943
15:31
Il-7 2./JG 52 75 234: at 20m
70
30.5.1943
15:35
Yak-1 2./JG 52 85 141: at 800m / confirmation to be later decided
71
31.5.1943
8:12
Spitfire 2./JG 52 86 744: at 3.000m
72
31.5.1943
11:09
P-39 2./JG 52 75 232: at 4.000m
73
2.6.1943
4:43
LaGG-5 2./JG 52 85 112: at 4.000m
74
2.6.1943
13:27
Pe-2 2./JG 52 85 112: at 600m
75
2.6.1943
13:28
Pe-2 2./JG 52 85 121: at 500m
76
2.6.1943
17:52
LaGG-5 2./JG 52 75 234: at 2.000m / confirmation to be later decided
77
13.10.1943
10:15
Yak-9 2./JG 52 15 152: at 2.000m / without witness - confirmation to be later decided
78
13.10.1943
10:17
Il-2 2./JG 52 15 153: at 1.100m
79
13.10.1943
10:18
Il-2 2./JG 52 15 154: at 900m
80
14.10.1943
5:19
Il-2 2./JG 52 58 152: at 800m
81
14.10.1943
11:50
Yak-9 2./JG 52 58 192: at 2.000m
82
15.10.1943
5:55
LaGG-5 2./JG 52 58 153: at 2.000m
83
15.10.1943
10:35
LaGG-5 2./JG 52 58 131: at 3.000m
84
15.10.1943
13:58
Pe-2 2./JG 52 58 351: at 3.000m
85
22.10.1943
6:34
Il-2 2./JG 52 58 534: at 400m
86
22.10.1943
6:36
Il-2 2./JG 52 58 563: at 300m
87
22.10.1943
14:55
Il-2 2./JG 52 58 361: at 200m
88
23.10.1943
12:05
LaGG-5 2./JG 52 59 744: at 1.200m
89
23.10.1943
12:07
Il-2 2./JG 52 59 743: at 300m
90
23.10.1943
14:02
LaGG-5 2./JG 52 59 753: at 3.000m
91
23.10.1943
15:21
Il-2 2./JG 52 59 751: at 100m / confirmation to be later decided
92
23.10.1943
15:24
Il-2 2./JG 52 59 754: at 50m / confirmation to be later decided
93
24.10.1943
15:20
Il-2 2./JG 52 57 152: at 150m
94
27.10.1943
6:10
LaGG-5 2./JG 52 57 773: at 2.500m
95
27.10.1943
6:15
Yak-9 2./JG 52 57 744: at 600m
96
28.10.1943
8:05
Yak-9 2./JG 52 47 332: at 200m
97
28.10.1943
10:58
Yak-9 2./JG 52 47 328
98
1.11.1943
10:15
Il-2 2./JG 52 66 731: at 250m
99
13.7.1944
17:35
LaGG-5 Stab I./JG 52 51 711: at 2.500m
100
14.7.1944
5:35
P-39 Stab I./JG 52 51 524: at 2.500m
101
14.7.1944
17:55
Il-2 Stab I./JG 52 50 189
102
15.7.1944
15:14
Yak-7 Stab I./JG 52 51 548: at 2.000m
103
15.7.1944
16:58
Yak-7 Stab I./JG 52 41 414: at 2.500m
104
15.7.1944
17:05
Il-2 Stab I./JG 52 41 447: at 50m
105
16.7.1944
17:45
P-39 Stab I./JG 52 51 575: at 3.500m
106
17.7.1944
18:05
P-39 Stab I./JG 52 41 796: at 500m
107
18.7.1944
20:05
Yak-7 Stab I./JG 52 42 851: at 1.500m
108
19.7.1944
13:40
Yak-7 Stab I./JG 52 42 573: at 700m
109
19.7.1944
16:44
P-39 Stab I./JG 52 32 699: at 200m
110
19.7.1944
16:48
Il-2 Stab I./JG 52 42 713: at 100m
111
19.7.1944
19:48
Yak-7 Stab I./JG 52 42 777: at 600m
112
19.7.1944
19:50
Il-2 Stab I./JG 52 42 767: at 400m
113
21.7.1944
15:42
P-39 Stab I./JG 52 30 482: at 4.000m
114
12.9.1944
16:10
Il-2 2./JG 52 10 361: at 1.000m
115
12.9.1944
16:12
Il-2 2./JG 52 10 391
116
13.9.1944
11:54
B-17 2./JG 52 90 452 at 4.000m
117
21.9.1944
15:32
Yak-9 2./JG 52 10 696: at 1.000m
118
21.9.1944
17:54
LaGG-5 2./JG 52 10 665: at 900m
119
22.9.1944
11:30
Il-2 2./JG 52 10 835: at 3.000m
120
22.9.1944
11:33
Il-2 2./JG 52 10 862
121
14.10.1944
14:41
Yak-9 2./JG 52 13 143: at 1.000m
122
15.10.1944
8:15
Yak-9 2./JG 52 13 345: at 1.200m
123
15.10.1944
8:17
Il-2 2./JG 52 13 348: at 400m
124
15.10.1944
10:22
Il-2 2./JG 52 13 344: at 1.200m
125
15.10.1944
10:24
Il-2 2./JG 52 13 342: at 1.000m
126
15.10.1944
10:26
Il-2 2./JG 52 13 376: at 800m
127
15.10.1944
14:11
Boston III 2./JG 52 13 347: at 3.500m
128
16.10.1944
10:45
Il-2 2./JG 52 13 153: at 100m
129
16.10.1944
13:05
LaGG-5 2./JG 52 13 126: at 2.000m
130
17.10.1944
8:00
Pe-2 2./JG 52 25 444: at 500m
131
27.10.1944
15:10
Yak-3 2./JG 52 25 583: at 800m
132
1944-45
-
E/a 2./JG 52 -
133
1944-45
-
E/a 2./JG 52 -
134
1944-45
-
E/a 2./JG 52 -
135
1944-45
-
E/a 2./JG 52 -
136
1944-45
-
E/a 2./JG 52 -
137
1944-45
-
E/a 2./JG 52 -
138
1944-45
-
E/a 2./JG 52 -

Victories : 138
Awards : Ehrenpokal (11 December 1942)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (15 January 1943)
                Ritterkreuz (19 August 1943)
Units : JG 77, JG 52, JGr Ost

Home