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LW JU-88 Pilots Soldbuch

Article about: Leutnant Ludwig-Martin-Schroeder born 4-9-23 Greifswald Germany. Pilot training was from 1-12-41 through 2-7-43. Received the LW Pilots badge 30-7-43. Was in depot for roughly a month. 1st u

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    Leutnant Ludwig-Martin-Schroeder born 4-9-23 Greifswald Germany. Pilot training was from 1-12-41 through 2-7-43.
    Received the LW Pilots badge 30-7-43. Was in depot for roughly a month. 1st unit III/ L.G.1. 9 staffel then assigned to the 8 Staffel same unit. There is a lot of information; So just a brief over view. He was trained over 2 yr period. Stationed in the Mediterranean. In 4-12-43 he received the Bronze Operational Flying Clasp and EK2. I was told his plane sunk a British Destroyer.

    12-12-43 Leut. Schroeder went on a night mission from Crete to Bary of the coast of Southern Italy to never return. Officially a M.I.A. A short but illustrious career. He underwent all that training and died 4 months into his career.
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    v/nice item to have.

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    That is a neat one.

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    Thats cool!!
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    Very nice. I have a Wehrpass to a Knights Cross winner of LG-1 and was the commander of II Gruppe at the time this man was in the Geschwader, so I have a soft spot for the unit.

    Schröder was killed while flying Ju-88A-4 L1+CS (Werk Nr 550404). All the crew were reported MIA.
    Beobachter: Unteroffizier Josef Hardt
    Bordfunker: Unteroffizier Heinz Friedrich
    Bordschütze: Unteroffizier Gottfried Spalt

    They were shot down by flak.

    Do you know when the supposed ship sinking took place? I have the 2 volume unit history of LG-1 by Peter Taghon so can check up on the details for you.

    You will be interested to know that the signature for the two award entries is that of Karl Peters who won the DKiG & Knights Cross

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    I have the DRK Vermisstenbildliste volumes for Luftwaffe aircrew and it just so happens that there is not only a photo of Schröder but for all his crew.

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    I THANK YOU! This is epic information I understand the British destroyer was sunk in the Med November 43 no exact date. I also have his M-38 side cap he rarely wore it. I knew Karl Peters made the 2 award enteries.

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    The signature on page 23 if you are unaware of it looks to be that of Erich Baumgartl who won the Ehrenpokal, DKiG & RK. He won them with 3./KG-55 which was then renamed 9./LG-1 in mid 1943.

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    That I didn't know Thanks again. Since we are on the subject what would this soldbuch be worth? I have only 2 at the moment and do not know their value?

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    I would say that it is worth around $350. The lack of a photo isn't such a problem as it never had one but it is a replacement Soldbuch and he only served in a front line unit for 6 months, plus the Soldbuch isn't packed with entries. The RK signatures help push the price up a little.

    With regards to the destroyer, there is no mention of LG-1 sinking a destroyer in November 1943. These are the ships lost in November 1943. The only destroyer sunk was HMS Dulverton and she was hit by a glider bomb launched from KG-100 aircraft...

    November - Landing craft assault LCA No.212, 316. 505, 545 (total 4, 11-13t each), lost in Mediterranean.
    November - Landing craft mechanised (MkIII), LCM No.583 (52t), lost in Mediterranean.
    November 4 - Landing craft tank (MkIV), LCT No.583 (611-640t), lost in Mediterranean
    November 12 - Motor launch ML No.358 (75t, 9/42), lost off Leros island, Dodecanese
    November 13 - Escort destroyer DULVERTON (1,050t, 27/9/41), sunk by aircraft glider bomb off Kos, Dodecanese
    November 19 - Submarine SIMOOM (715t, 30/12/42), lost, Dardanelles Approaches. Date approximate
    November 22 - Boom defence vessel BARFLAKE (750t, 23/9/4), sunk by mine, Naples
    November 22 - Minesweeper HEBE (815t, 1937), sunk by mine off Bari, E Italy
    November 23 - Whaler SANTA (R, 355t, 1936), mined W of Maddalena, Sardinia
    November 24 - Motor torpedo boat MTB No.73 (38t, 3/10/41), sunk by aircraft, Maddalena, Sardinia
    November 27 - Motor launch ML No.126 (75t, 19/9/40), lost after damage by U-boat torpedo, W Italy

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