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BAHR, Günther

Oberfeldwebel

Bahr, Günther

* 18.07.1921 Neu Legden/Ostpreußen
+ 24.09.2009

Awarded Knights Cross: 28.03.1945
as: Oberfeldwebel Flugzeugführer I./NJG 6

Severd in the Bundeswehr: 15.02.1962 - 30.09.1975

Last Rank: Major

Günther Bahr was born on 18 July 1921 at Neu-Leegden in the Samland region of Ostpreußen.By 1941, Bahr had been serving as a flight instructor with Zerstörerschule 1 for a year. On 19 December 1941, he was transferred to 6./SKG 210 based on the Eastern front. 6./SKG 210 was redesignated 6./ZG 1 on 4 January 1941. Bahr claimed his first victory on 4 March 1942, when he shot down a Russian R-5 light bomber/reconnaisance biplane. At the end of March 1942, Bahr underwent conversion to night fighting. He was transferred initially to I./NJG 1 but, from 1 July 1943, served successively with 4., 8. and 12./NJG 4. On 1 August 1943, 12./NJG 4 was redesignated 3./NJG 6. Bahr claimed his first night victory on the night of 23/24 August, when he shot down a RAF Stirling four-engine bomber near Berlin. By the end of 1943, he had increased his tally to ten, including two USAAF B-17 four-engine bombers shot down by day on 14 October and three RAF four-engine bombers shot down on the night of 20/21 December. By the end of 1944, Bahr had recorded 20 victories. Then, in three nights, Bahr claimed 15 victories, including four on each of the nights of 7/8 January 1945 and 28/29 January and seven on the night of 21/22 February. Oberfeldwebel Bahr was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 28 March for 37 victories. Bahr was transferred to 7./NJG 6 on 2 April 1945. He remained with this unit until the end of the war.
Günther Bahr was credited with 37 victories. He recorded 34 victories at night, all four-engine bombers, in over 90 combat missions. Additionally, he recorded one victory by day over the Eastern front and two four-engine bombers shot down by day over the Western front.

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location
1 4.3.1942 - R-5 6./ZG 1
2 24.8.1943 0:47 Stirling 3./NJG 6 N Berlin
3 14.10.1943 14:57 B-17 3./NJG 6 20km SE Schweinfurt
4 14.10.1943 15:05 B-17 3./NJG 6 Sulzbach
5 18.10.1943 20:43 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 35km N Hameln
6 3.11.1943 19:55 Halifax 3./NJG 6 25km W Düsseldorf
7 17.11.1943 20:16 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 SSW Hochspeyer
8 20.12.1943 19:24 Viermot 3./NJG 6 1km SW Mannheim
9 20.12.1943 19:38 Viermot 3./NJG 6 50km SW Koblenz
10 20.12.1943 20:00 Viermot 3./NJG 6 Ruppach
11 30.1.1944 20:14 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 NW Berlin
12 30.1.1944 20:25 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 10km NW Oranienburg
13 20.2.1944 3:20 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 15km SSW Stendal
14 25.2.1944 21:28 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 SE Neufchâteau
15 27.4.1944 2:45 Viermot 3./NJG 6 US-6
16 28.4.1944 1:37 Halifax 3./NJG 6 NW Friedrichshafen
17 28.4.1944 2:51 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 15km NW Friedrichshafen
18 29.7.1944 2:08 Lancaster 1./NJG 6 Near Stuttgart
19 26.8.1944 1:15 Viermot 1./NJG 6 W Rüsselheim
20 12.9.1944 22:46 Viermot 1./NJG 6 Worms area
21 8.1.1945 22:27 B-24 1./NJG 6 WSW part of München
22 8.1.1945 22:30 B-24 1./NJG 6 S part of München
23 8.1.1945 22:36 B-24 1./NJG 6 center of München
24 8.1.1945 22:38 B-24 1./NJG 6 WNW part of München
25 28.1.1945 23:32 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 W of Stuttgart
26 28.1.1945 23:39 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 WSW of Stuttgart
27 28.1.1945 23:46 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 N of Ludwigsburg
28 28.1.1945 0:00 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 E part of Mannheim
29 21.2.1945 20:34 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 5-8km WSW of Mannheim-Worms
30 21.2.1945 20:37 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 5-8km WSW of Mannheim-Worms
31 21.2.1945 20:39 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 5-8km WSW of Mannheim-Worms
32 21.2.1945 20:42 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 5-8km WSW of Mannheim-Worms
33 21.2.1945 20:44 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 5-8km WSW of Mannheim-Worms
34 21.2.1945 20:46 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 5-8km WSW of Mannheim-Worms
35 21.2.1945 20:50 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 5-8km WSW of Mannheim-Worms
36 23.2.1945 20:09 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 Pforzheim
37 16.3.1945 21:31 Lancaster 3./NJG 6 W Nürnberg
Victories : 37
Awards : Ehrenpokal (15 May 1944)
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (13 June 1944)
Ritterkreuz (28 March 1945)
Units : ZG 1, NJG 1, NJG 4, NJG 6

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