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  • Hansgeorg Bätcher

    Hansgeorg Bätcher, the son of an engineer, was born on January 13th, 1914 in Finsterwalde. As a child Batcher dreamt of becoming a pilot and had achieved every requirement to become a glider pilot by the age of 17. In January 1935 he joined the newly formed Luftwaffe division and much to his disappointment began training as an observer. Batcher still had dreams of becoming a head pilot so on his off-duty time he began clocking hours on a multi-engine plane. In October 1938 he had once again achieved his goals and his long sought after dreams of becoming a pilot.

    During Batcher’s time in the war he completed an outstanding 658 combat missions. He told place and witnessed some of the most prominent battles in the war. He participated in the invasion of Poland in 1939, and in the invasion of France in 1940. During one mission, he was shot down and captured in Rouen on the 5th of June, 1940. He was released following France’s surrender, and for a short time acted as a flying instructor. He continued active service in May 1941 with KGr.100 “Wiking,” fitted with Heinkel He 111 Bombers. In July 1941 he was made Staffelkapitän of KGR. 100, and deployed on the Eastern Front. His unit was flying missions over Moscow in late summer and fall of 1941. During these missions he earned the Bomber Clasp in Bronze in August, Silver in September, and Gold in November. In early 1942, KG 100 was conducting maritime attacks against Soviet naval targets in the Black Sea. Bätcher had the distinction of being the most successful Pilot during this operation, sinking several Soviet vessels. In March of the same year he was promoted to Hauptmann. In the summer of 1942 he was engaged in the aerial assault of Sevastopol, and on July 2nd he successfully carried out his 300th mission.

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