Soldbuch of Fighter Pilot Koderer; Shot Down 1943 over Croatia
Soldbuch of Fighter Pilot Koderer; Shot Down 1943 over Croatia; Franz Koderer Luftwaffe Soldbuch; fighter pilot, MIA, slightly worn condition, 24 pages plus insert. Footnote: Born February 14th, 1922 in Augsburg to a Lutheran family. He worked as a post office official. He stood at 174 cm, thin build, blond hair and blue eyes. He was attached to the 23rd Pilot Training Regiment on May 22nd, 1941, and was under the command of the Augsburg District Command. He was also trained in the use of special radio communication. On May 19th, 1941 he had a pilot’s aptitude test with the 23rd Training Regiment. His results were: satisfactory as a pilot, bombardier, radio operator, and gunner. He was ruled unsatisfactory as a mechanic and observer or weapons system officer. Overall he was ruled fit for service as a pilot. The 23rd Training regiment was founded in 1940 in Kaufbeuren, Bavaria, and operated primarily in the East. It was disbanded in 1943. He was promoted to Gefreiter on May 1st, 1942. March 19th 1943 he was attached to the 3/ Fighter Wing 104, and then the 10/ Fighter Wing 27. He was promoted to Unteroffizier on March 1st, 1943 and on March 16th, 1943 he received his Pilot’s Badge. Fighter Wing 27 (Jagdgeschwader 27) had previously participated in the invasion of France and accompanied the Afrika Korps during the German campaign in North Africa. When Koderer joined that unit they were active primarily in what Luftwaffe Command called the South East Theatre, in the eastern Mediterranean and Balkans. Franz Koderer was reported missing on December 22nd, 1943.