Staffelkapitän KG 51

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Staffelkapitän KG 51

Postby Durhamlad » 31 Oct 2017 12:46

Does anyone know of a Staffelkapitän Henning 5./KG 51?
There is a photo of him on Ebay (200 Euros!!!) showing him receiving an award for Staffel 5's 3000th mission.
I am trying to trace KG 51 officers with the initials RH. So far I have found two - Oblt Rudolf Hallensleben and Major Rudolf Hanne. But I am unable to find the first name of StK Henning, who was killed late in the war, or any other information.
I have looked in the excellent book Kampfgeschwader 51 "Edelweiß" (Wolfgang Dietrich) and while Oblt Henning is listed as third last staffelkapitan of 11 Gruppe 5 Staffel his first name and initial are not given.
I would be grateful for any assistance after failing in many hours of research.
Thank You!

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Re: Staffelkapitän KG 51

Postby Larry D. » 31 Oct 2017 16:00


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Re: Staffelkapitän KG 51

Postby Durhamlad » 31 Oct 2017 17:09

Hello Larry D.
That was quick! I've tried ages to try to find StK Henning's first name without success but now you've solved it - I'd love to know how. The photo on Ebay seems to have been taken somewhere hot - the officer is wearing a straw hat and one of the guys near is in shirt sleeves.
Many thanks for you help and best wishes.
Durhamlad (UK).

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Re: Staffelkapitän KG 51

Postby Larry D. » 31 Oct 2017 20:05

His Gruppe was in South Ukraine from 1941 to 1943. Lots and lots of hot weather there during the summer months.

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Re: Staffelkapitän KG 51

Postby Durhamlad » 02 Nov 2017 13:33

Hello again Larry D.

Thanks to your help I've discovered that Hptm. Kurt Henning was transferred on 29/12/44 as Staka 13./Erg.KG 1. I believe he was working on the jet fighter being developed. But I don't know if he survived the war like his former KG 51 colleague Rudolf Henne, the much decorated officer with 450 missions who died in 1962. I believe Henne's son, Rudolf H. Henne, now retired, became a director of the German Aerospace Centre and Institute of Technical Thermodynamics. He must have inherited his father's love of the air!

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Re: Staffelkapitän KG 51

Postby Larry D. » 02 Nov 2017 14:00

If you have his date and place of birth, you can fill in this inquiry blank and the results may tell you if he was killed and buried during the war:

http://www.volksbund.de/graebersuche.html

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