Heinrich Wohlers
Major

Heinrich Wohlers

       Heinrich Wohlers was born on 16 March 1912 at Altkloster in the Stade region of Neidersachsen. Trained as a reconnaisance pilot, Oberleutnant Wohlers was serving with 2.(F)/Aufklärungsgruppe 11 early in the war. He later converted to night fighters and was posted to II./NJG 1 on 23 August 1940. On 26 October 1940, Wohlers was transferred to 8./NJG 1. He claimed his first victory on the night of 12/13 March 1941, when he shot down a RAF Hampden twin-engined bomber near Nordhorn. Wohlers was appointed Staffelkapitän of 8./NJG 4 on 30 April 1942. Hauptmann Wohlers had two victories to his credit at this time. On 1 January 1943, Wohlers was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./NJG 4. By the end of 1942, he had increased his victory total to seven, including three RAF bombers shot down on the night of 21/22 December to record his fifth through seventh victories. Wohlers was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of IV./NJG 6 on 13 January 1943. By the end of May, he had nine victories to his credit. In June and July, Wohlers was detached to 3./NJG 1. During his period with the unit he recorded seven victories, including his 10th victory, a RAF Lancaster four-engine bomber shot down near Broich on the night of 16/17 June, two RAF four-engine bombers shot down over Holland on the night of 22/23 June (12-13) and a further two RAF four-engine bombers shot down on the night of 29 June (15-16). On 1 August 1943, IV./NJG 4 was redesignated I./NJG 6. Wohlers retained command of the newly redesignated unit. By the end of 1943, Wohlers had increased his victory total to 28, including three RAF four-engine bombers shot down on the night of 10/11 August (18-20) and a further three on the night of 27/28 August (22-24). On 11 November, Wohlers was promoted to the rank of Major. Wohlers was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 31 December for 28 victories. Major Wohlers was appointed Kommodore of NJG 6 on 2 February 1944. On 15 March 1944, Wohlers undertook a transfer flight from Schleissheim to Echterdingen. His Bf 110 G-4 (W.Nr. 5353) suffered an engine failure and crashed attempting a landing in dense fog at Echterdingen. Wohlers and his crewman, Oberfeldwebel Karl Kleilein were killed. A passenger, a staff officer from 7. Jagddivision, Major Münsterer, along to observe on the flight, was also killed.
    Heinrich Wohlers was credited with 29 victories. All his victories were recorded at night.

Acknowledgements to Frederic Hénoff
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
13.3.1941
0:10
Hampden 8./NJG 1 5km NE Nordhorn
2
10.7.1941
1:31
Wellington 8./NJG 1 4km S Meppen
3
17.11.1942
21:05
Halifax II./NJG 4 2km NE Consigny / Halifax II (W7863) “NP-V” of 158 Sqn flown by S/Ldr P de GH Seymour
4
22.11.1942
22:55
Wellington II./NJG 4 10km S Brienne
5
21.12.1942
19:41
Viermot II./NJG 4 5km S Void-Vacon
6
21.12.1942
22:56
Stirling II./NJG 4 Minecourt
7
21.12.1942
23:13
Wellington II./NJG 4 2.5km W Matignicourt
8
15.4.1943
0:23
Halifax IV./NJG 4 Niederlüstat
9
17.4.1943
1:15
Halifax IV./NJG 4 W Kastenbach
10
17.6.1943
1:20
Lancaster IV./NJG 4 1.5km S Broich
11
22.6.1943
2:12
Halifax IV./NJG 4 2km E Kampen
12
23.6.1943
1:35
Stirling IV./NJG 4 2km S Apeldoorn
13
23.6.1943
2:12
Halifax IV./NJG 4 Kaalherin
14
25.6.1943
1:07
Halifax IV./NJG 4 1km N Welldorf
15
29.6.1943
2:17
Lancaster IV./NJG 4 S Volkel
16
29.6.1943
2:40
Stirling IV./NJG 4 1.5km E Moulfort
17
14.7.1943
1:48
Stirling IV./NJG 4 2km NE Rothem
18
10.8.1943
-
Halifax I./NJG 6 Speßbach
19
11.8.1943
0:37
Halifax I./NJG 6 Bad Kreuznach
20
11.8.1943
-
Stirling I./NJG 6 Schaffhausen
21
11.8.1943
-
Halifax I./NJG 6 Asbach
22
28.8.1943
1:33
Halifax I./NJG 6 Jüngholzhausen
23
28.8.1943
1:46
Stirling I./NJG 6 Oppenheim durch
24
28.8.1943
2:53
Viermot I./NJG 6 2.5km SE Alzey
25
6.9.1943
0:16
Stirling I./NJG 6 NE Pirmasens
26
6.9.1943
0:29
Stirling I./NJG 6 Jägersburg
27
7.9.1943
0:29
Halifax I./NJG 6 SW München
28
26.11.1943
20:12
Halifax I./NJG 6 Maria Buchen
29
25.2.1944
22:45
Lancaster Stab/NJG 6 30km W Augsburg

Victories : 29
Awards : Ehrenpokal (9 August 1943)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (31 August 1943)
                Ritterkreuz (31 December 1943)
Units : NJG 1, NJG 4, NJG 6

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