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Helmut Wick-ace

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    "Mölders made me what I am today", Helmut Wick told a German reporter in the autumn of 1940, when he was one of the most succesful Experten of the German Fighter Air Arm.

    Helmut Wick was credited with 56 victories achieved flying 168 combat missions. In his score are 24 Spitfires.

    Wick was particularly successful during the French campaign recording 12 confirmed and two unconfirmed victories, including four French fighters shot down on 5 June to record his fourth through seventh victories and his 10th victory shot down on 8 June.

    Oberleutnant Wick was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 27 August 1940.

    On 5 October, he shot down five RAF fighters in the Isle of Wight area (37-41). This gained him the immediate award of the Eichenlaub (Nr 4).

    25 years of age, Wick was the youngest Major in the Wehrmacht.

    On 6 November, Wick claimed five RAF fighters shot down (48-52). On 28 November 1940, Wick achieved his 55th victory during an early sortie to become the leading fighter ace in the world. Later in the day, on a "Freie Jagd" over the English Channel, Wick scored his 56th victory, a Spitfire. In turn, his aircraft was shot down by British ace Flight Lieutenant John Dundas.

    http://www.luftwaffe.cz/wick.html

    http://hem.passagen.se/galland/wick.html

    http://www.jacksonharrison.co.uk/BoB2/Battle_personnel/Profiles/Luftwaffe/wick.htm
     
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    Good one Kai. Also, I have a nice Heinrich Hoffmann print showing Helmut Wick standing on Hitler's left side just after Hitler awarded him with his Oak Leaves. They are at the Berghoff. This photo was taken appx 3 months before Wick was listed as Missing in Action.

    Helmut Wick was an Oberleutnant & Staffelkapitan with 3/JG 2 Richthoffen. He got his [​IMG] on: August 27/1940 and was the 4th recipient of the Oak Leaves on: October 6/1940 as a Hauptmann.
     
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