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Rudolf Trenkel

Victories : 138
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Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : 26th April 2001


Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross
Knights
Cross

Rudolf Trenkel was born on 17 January 1918 at Neudorf in the Ballenstedt region of Sachsen. He joined the army in 1936 but transferred to the Luftwaffe in 1939. On 22 February 1942, Trenkel was posted to JG 77 based on the southern part of Eastern front. Unteroffizier Trenkel was assigned to III./JG 77. He flew with 7./JG 77 and on 26 March he claimed his first victory over I-153 biplane fighter. Trenkel was transferred to JG 52 based on the Eastern front on 1 May 1942. He was assigned to the Geschwaderstab. He claimed three victories serving with this unit. On 15 June 1942, Feldwebel Trenkel was transferred to 2./JG 52 based on the Eastern front. Trenkel recorded his 20th victory on 2 November. On 17 December, Trenkel shot down six enemy aircraft to record his 23rd through 28th victories. He recorded five victories on 16 April 1943 (46-50) and four victories on 2 June (73-76). Trenkel was transferred to Ergänzung-Jagdgruppe Ost in June 1943. Reputedly he claimed three victories with the unit. Oberfeldwebel Trenkel was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 19 August for 76 victories. In October 1943, Trenkel returned to front line duty with 2./JG 52. He claimed 18 victories during October. However, on 2 November, he was shot down in Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 140 167) “Black 3” by a Russian Yak-9 fighter and badly wounded. Following his recovery from the wounds received in November 1943, Trenkel trained as an officer and transferred to Stab/JG 52 with the rank of Oberleutnant. On 14 July, Trenkel claimed his 100th victory. On 15 August 1944, Trenkel was appointed Staffelkapitän of 2./JG 52. In October, Trenkel claimed 12 victories in 10 days but was shot down five times. On 15 October, Trenkel shot down six enemy aircraft (122-127). He was shot down again on 15 March 1945 by flak. Trenkel baled out of his stricken Bf 109 G-14 (W.Nr. 465 260) “Black 12” wounded. Following the surrender, US troops handed over Trenkel to the Russians. However, after four weeks, he was repatriated due to the deterioration of the wounds received in his last combat. He died on 26 April 2001.

Rudolf Trenkel was credited with 138 victories in over 500 missions. Of the 138 victories recorded over the Eastern front, at least 42 were Il-2 Sturmovik ground attack aircraft.

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Rudolf Trenkel

Squadrons for : Rudolf Trenkel
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JG52

Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG52

The most successful Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II, with a claim total of more than 10,000 victories over enemy aircraft. It was home to the top three scoring Experten of the Luftwaffe, Erich Hartmann, Gerhard Barkhorn and Günther Rall. The unit flew the various marks of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 exclusively through the war.

JG77

Country : Germany
Founded : May 1939
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG77

Herz As (Ace of Hearts) was a Luftwaffe fighter wing during World War II. It served in all the German theaters of war, from Western Europe to the Eastern Front, and from the high north in Norway to the Mediterranean.

JG 77 was formed in May 1939 with I. and II. Gruppe. III./JG 77 was formed on 5 July 1940 in Trondheim from the II(J)./JG 186. I./ JG 77 was reorganized on 21 November 1940 into IV./JG 51 and a new I./JG 77 was established. In January 1942 I./JG 77 was transferred to I./JG 5 and a new I./JG 77 was created.

In April 1942 1. Staffel was transferred to Romania and designated the defence unit for the Ploie?ti oil fields at Mizil. (This staffel was redesignated 1./JG 4 in August 1942.)
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Me109



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Manufacturer : Messerschmitt
Production Began : 1937
Retired : 1945
Number Built : 33984

Me109

Willy Messerschmitt designed the BF109 during the early 1930s. The Bf109 was one of the first all metal monocoque construction fighters with a closed canopy and retractable undercarriage. The engine of the Me109 was a V12 aero engine which was liquid-cooled. The Bf109 first saw operational service during the Spanish Civil War and flew to the end of World War II, during which time it was the backbone of the Luftwaffe fighter squadrons. During the Battle of Britian the Bf109 was used in the role of an escort fighter, a role for which it was not designed for, and it was also used as a fighter bomber. During the last days of May 1940 Robert Stanford-Tuck, the RAF ace, got the chance to fly an Me109 which they had rebuilt after it had crash landed. Stanford-Tuck found out that the Me109 was a wonderful little plane, it was slightly faster than the Spitfire, but lacked the Spitfire manoeuvrability. By testing the Me109, Tuck could put himself inside the Me109 when fighting them, knowing its weak and strong points. With the introduction of the improved Bf109F in the spring of 1941, the type again proved to be an effective fighter during the invasion of Yugoslavia and during the Battle of Crete and the invasion of Russia and it was used during the Siege of the Mediteranean island of Malta. The Bf109 was the main fighter for the Luftwaffe until 1942 when the Fw190 entered service and shared this position, and was partially replaced in Western Europe, but the Me109 continued to serve on the Eastern Front and during the defence of the Reich against the allied bombers. It was also used to good effect in the Mediterranean and North Africa in support of The Africa Korps. The Me109 was also supplied to several German allies, including Finland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Slovakia. The Bf109 scored more kills than any other fighter of any country during the war and was built in greater numbers with a total of over 31,000 aircraft being built. The Bf109 was flown by the three top German aces of the war war. Erich Hartmann with 352 victories, Gerhard Barkhorn with 301 victories and Gunther Rall with 275 kills. Bf109 pilots were credited with the destruction of 100 or more enemy aircraft. Thirteen Luftwaffe Aces scored more than 200 kills. Altogether this group of pilots were credited with a total of nearly 15,000 kills, of which the Messerschmitt Bf109 was credited with over 10,000 of these victories. The Bf109 was the most produced warplane during World War II, with 30,573 examples built during the war, and the most produced fighter aircraft in history, with a total of 33,984 units produced up to April 1945. Bf109s remained in foreign service for many years after World War II. The Swiss used their Bf109Gs well into the 1950s. The Finnish Air Force did not retire their Bf109Gs until March 1954. Romania used its Bf109s until 1955. The Spanish Hispanos flew even longer. Some were still in service in the late 1960s.

Known Victory Claims - Rudolf Trenkel

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

26/03/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel7JG 77I-153-15.02Eastern Front
27/08/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-346 332: 800m14.23Eastern Front
02/09/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-346 253: 800m8.3Eastern Front
02/09/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-346 254: 200m13Eastern Front
10/09/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-247 763: 200m12.13Eastern Front
02/10/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-249 294: 150m11.44Eastern Front
09/10/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-249 241: 300m12.5Eastern Front
09/10/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-249 162: 200m12.55Eastern Front
11/10/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-249 122: 50m6.27Eastern Front
26/10/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-249 362: 300m14.09Eastern Front
26/10/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-249 382: 150m14.11Eastern Front
26/10/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-249 361: 400m14.04Eastern Front
29/10/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-349 282: 800m11.28Eastern Front
02/11/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52R-559 191: 50m10.34Eastern Front
02/11/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Jak-159 191: 50m10.32Eastern Front
30/11/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52U-201 242: tiefflug7.15Eastern Front
11/12/1942Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52R-501 563: 10m11.1Eastern Front
21/12/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-201 571: 150m13.4Eastern Front
21/12/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-201 583: 100m13.42Eastern Front
21/12/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-201 722: 50m13.43Eastern Front
21/12/1942Fw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-201 722: 50m13.44Eastern Front
27/12/1942Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Pe-201 754: 400m6.58Eastern Front
29/12/1942Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-300 134: 1000m9.37Eastern Front
29/12/1942Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52La-501 411: 1800m12.18Eastern Front
26/01/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-772 234: 300m12.3Eastern Front
29/01/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-773 684: 500m8.2Eastern Front
29/01/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-773 663: tiefflug8.3Eastern Front
29/01/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-273 752: 1500m9.15Eastern Front
29/01/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-273 752: 1500m9.17Eastern Front
26/03/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-581 742: 2000m15.25Eastern Front
27/03/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-336 2721: tiefflug16.02Eastern Front
28/03/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-571 851: 3000m10.2Eastern Front
09/04/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-386 570: 3000m8.55Eastern Front
11/04/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-386 782: 300m12.35Eastern Front
16/04/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-385 xxx7.23Eastern Front
16/04/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-385 xxx8.2Eastern Front
16/04/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-385 xxx10.5Eastern Front
16/04/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-385 190: tiefflug11Eastern Front
16/04/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-376 762: tiefflug11.46Eastern Front
17/04/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-375 460: 600m11.1Eastern Front
26/04/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Jak-185 722: 3200m14Eastern Front
26/04/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Jak-185 761: 1800m14Eastern Front
29/04/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Pe-261 894: 5000m10.02Eastern Front
07/05/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-471 714: tiefflug4.29Eastern Front
07/05/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-361 723: 2000m18.19Eastern Front
07/05/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-360 131: 2000m18.21Eastern Front
07/05/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-360 212: 1000m18.24Eastern Front
09/05/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52MiG-398 872: 5000m6.25Eastern Front
09/05/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Airacobra98 731: 2000m12.3Eastern Front
11/05/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Airacobra61 995: 2500m18.05Eastern Front
23/05/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52MBR-285 594: tiefflug4.5Eastern Front
24/05/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Boston86 822: 5000m16.52Eastern Front
26/05/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Boston85 123: 900m5.11Eastern Front
26/05/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Pe-285 172: 1800m5.16Eastern Front
26/05/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Airacobra85 144: 3000m9.42Eastern Front
30/05/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Pe-275 262: 1500m15.28Eastern Front
30/05/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Pe-276 892: 500m15.3Eastern Front
30/05/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-775 234: 20m15.31Eastern Front
30/05/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Jak-185 141: 800m15.35Eastern Front
31/05/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Spitfire86 744: 3000m8.12Eastern Front
31/05/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Airacobra75 232: 4000m11.09Eastern Front
02/06/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-585 112: 4000m4.43Eastern Front
02/06/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Pe-285 112: 600m13.27Eastern Front
02/06/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Pe-285 121: 500m13.28Eastern Front
02/06/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-575 234: 2000m17.52Eastern Front
13/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-2mH.15 153: 1100m10.17Eastern Front
13/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-2mH.15 154: 900m10.18Eastern Front
13/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Jak-915 152: 2000m10.15Eastern Front
14/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-2mH.58 152: 800m5.19Eastern Front
14/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Jak-958 192: 2000m11.5Eastern Front
15/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-558 153: 2000m5.55Eastern Front
15/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-558 131: 3000m10.35Eastern Front
15/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Pe-258 351: 3000m13.58Eastern Front
22/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-2mH.58 534: 400m6.34Eastern Front
22/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-2mH.58 563: 300m6.36Eastern Front
22/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-2mH.58 361: 200m14.55Eastern Front
23/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-559 744: 1200m12.05Eastern Front
23/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-559 753: 3000m14.02Eastern Front
23/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-2mH.59 743: 300m12.07Eastern Front
23/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-2mH.59 751: 100m15.21Eastern Front
23/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-2mH.59 754: 50m15.24Eastern Front
24/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-2mH.57 152: 150m15.2Eastern Front
27/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-557 773: 2500m6.1Eastern Front
27/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Jak-957 744: 600m6.15Eastern Front
28/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Jak-947 332: 200m8.05Eastern Front
28/10/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Jak-947 328: tiefstflug.10.58Eastern Front
01/11/1943Ofw. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-2mH.66 731: 250m10.15Eastern Front
13/07/1944Oblt. Rudolf TrenkelStab I.JG 52LaGG-551 711: 2500m17.35Eastern Front
14/07/1944Oblt. Rudolf TrenkelStab I.JG 52Airacobra51 524: 2500m5.35Eastern Front
14/07/1944Oblt. Rudolf TrenkelStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.50 189: tiefst.17.55Eastern Front
15/07/1944Oblt. Rudolf TrenkelStab I.JG 52Jak-751 548: 2000m15.14Eastern Front
15/07/1944Oblt. Rudolf TrenkelStab I.JG 52Jak-741 414: 2500m16.58Eastern Front
15/07/1944Oblt. Rudolf TrenkelStab I.JG 52Il-241 447: 50m17.05Eastern Front
16/07/1944Oblt. Rudolf TrenkelStab I.JG 52Airacobra51 575: 3500m17.45Eastern Front
17/07/1944Oblt. Rudolf TrenkelStab I.JG 52Airacobra41 796: 500m18.05Eastern Front
18/07/1944Oblt. Rudolf TrenkelStab I.JG 52Jak-742 851: 1500m20.05Eastern Front
19/07/1944Oblt. Rudolf TrenkelStab I.JG 52Jak-742 573: 700m13.4Eastern Front
19/07/1944Oblt. Rudolf TrenkelStab I.JG 52Airacobra32 699: 200m16.44Eastern Front
19/07/1944Oblt. Rudolf TrenkelStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.42 713: 100m16.48Eastern Front
19/07/1944Oblt. Rudolf TrenkelStab I.JG 52Jak-742 777: 600m19.48Eastern Front
19/07/1944Oblt. Rudolf TrenkelStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.42 767: 400m19.5Eastern Front
21/07/1944Oblt. Rudolf TrenkelStab I.JG 52Airacobra30 482: 4000m15.42Eastern Front
12/09/1944Oblt. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-2mH.10 361: 1000m16.1Eastern Front
12/09/1944Oblt. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-2mH.10.391: tiefflug16.12Eastern Front
13/09/1944Oblt. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52B-1790 452: 4000m [E. Eisenach]11.54Western Front
21/09/1944Oblt. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Jak-910 696: 1000m15.32Eastern Front
21/09/1944Oblt. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-510 665: 900m17.54Eastern Front
22/09/1944Oblt. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-210 835: 3000m11.3Eastern Front
22/09/1944Oblt. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-210 86211.33Eastern Front
14/10/1944Oblt. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Jak-913 143: 1000m14.41Eastern Front
15/10/1944Oblt. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Jak-913 345: 1200m8.15Eastern Front
15/10/1944Oblt. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-2mH.13 348: 400m8.17Eastern Front
15/10/1944Oblt. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-2mH.13 344: 1200m10.22Eastern Front
15/10/1944Oblt. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-2mH.13 342: 1000m10.24Eastern Front
15/10/1944Oblt. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-2mH.13 376: 800m10.26Eastern Front
15/10/1944Oblt. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Boston13 347: 3500m14.11Eastern Front
16/10/1944Oblt. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Il-2mH.13 153: 100m10.45Eastern Front
16/10/1944Oblt. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52LaGG-513 126: 2000m13.05Eastern Front
17/10/1944Oblt. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Pe-225 444: 500m8Eastern Front
27/10/1944Oblt. Rudolf Trenkel2JG 52Jak-325 583: 800m15.1Eastern Front

Known Claims : 120

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