The J./ 88 of the Legion Condor (1936-39).

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Re: The J./ 88 of the Legion Condor (1936-39).

Post by Joseph1821 » 13 May 2022 21:03

Can anyone ID this potential Legion Condor pilot. I say potential because he has Spanish Pilot wings.
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Re: The J./ 88 of the Legion Condor (1936-39).

Post by paulrward » 14 May 2022 02:46

Hello All :

Mr. Joseph1821 :

I do not believe that these are photos of a Legion Condor Pilot - I believe they are photos
of a Spanish Escadrilla Azul pilot serving on the USSR front in 1941-1944. I attach an image
of your photo with two additional images showing Spanish Pilots who served with Escadrilla 15
in Russia. Please note the similarity in uniforms.
SCW - Blue Patrol Pilots.jpg
I would be interested in hearing your thoughts


Respectfully ;

Paul R. Ward
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Re: The J./ 88 of the Legion Condor (1936-39).

Post by von thoma » 14 May 2022 08:44

Theodor Weissenberger is wearing a Spanish pilot wings, however, there is no record of any victory of him in Spain.
It was unusual to see this insignia on veteran Legion Condor pilots, on their Luftwaffe uniforms, like Galland, Mölders,
Lützow, Balthasar, etc.
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Re: The J./ 88 of the Legion Condor (1936-39).

Post by von thoma » 14 May 2022 09:34

A board showing some highly decorated pilots in Spain.
Kraft Eberhardt *, with 7 victories claimed, was shot down and killed in aerial combat over Madrid, 13/11/36, flying a He 51 biplane.
You can see how Otto Bertram also wears the Spanish wings in its cloth version.
* ( Sometimes written Eberhard )
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Re: The J./ 88 of the Legion Condor (1936-39).

Post by von thoma » 14 May 2022 09:39

A portrait of Otto Bertram.
A photo hitherto unknown to me.
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Re: The J./ 88 of the Legion Condor (1936-39).

Post by Joseph1821 » 14 May 2022 19:41

I thought it would be strange to see Spanish pilot wings on a German without the Spanish Cross. It may have been a situation that he earned them while he as in training or doing instruction work with the DLR.

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