Hans-Heinz Augenstein

Hans-Heinz Augenstein
Hans-Heinz Augenstein
Born (1921-07-11)11 July 1921
Pforzheim, Germany
Died 7 December 1944(1944-12-07) (aged 23)
Münster, Germany
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Rank Oberleutnant
Unit NJG 1
Commands held 7./NJG 1

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Hans-Heinz Augenstein (11 July 1921 – 7 December 1944) was a German Luftwaffe fighter and flying ace during World War II. A flying ace or fighter ace is a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during aerial combat.[1] Operating as a night fighter ace, he was credited with 46 victories, of which 45 were four-engine bombers.[2][Notes 1]


Leutnant Augenstein first served with 3./NJG 1 during mid 1942. He claimed his first victory on the night of 31 July-1 August, a Vickers Wellington downed near Ahlhorn. In late 1942, Augenstein transferred to 7 staffel. He claimed four victories on 27–28 May. In March 1944 Augenstein was made Staffelkapitän of 12./NJG 1 and awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 9 June 1944.

During 1944 Augenstein claimed 42 victories. On the night of 7 December 1944, Augenstein’s Bf 110 G-4 was shot down near Münster-Handorf by a Mosquito night fighter of the Fighter Interception Unit, flown by RAF ace F/L ER Hedgecoe DFC. Augenstein and his Bordfunker Gunther Steins were killed but his Bordschütze Uzz. Kurt Schmidt baled out unhurt.[3]

Hans-Heinz Augenstein was credited with 46 victories, all recorded at night and including 45 four-engine bombers.





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