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Original photo of Oberleutnant Bernhard Sartor ca. spring 44
28 February 1913 in Koblenz (Wehrkreiz Rhein)
01.04.33-12.01.34 Sturm Abteilung (SA)
01.01.34-00.00.36 Deutsches Luftsportsverband
01.09.37-31.10.37 Fliegerwaffenschule Fassberg 2. Schülerkompanie
08.09.39-30.10.39 4. Kompanie Flieger Erg. Batl. 23
31.10.30-07.12.39 1. Schülerkompanie Grosses Kampffliegerschule Lechfeld
08.12.39-22.12.39 1. Schülerkompanie Grosses Kampffliegerschule Lechfeld
23.12.39-14.02.40 Fliegerhorstkompanie Burg b.M.
15.02.40-22.02.40 2./Kampfgeschwader 51
23.02.40-01.06.40 4./Kampfgeschwader 51
01.06.40-30.06.40 POW - In French capitivity
28.08.40-01.09.40 Ergänzungsgruppe 4 (Ju 88), Stabs kompanie
02.09.40-04.11.40 2./Ergänzungsgruppe (Ju 88)
05.11.40-31.03.42 4./Kampfgeschwader 51
01.04.42-20.01.44 II./Kampfgeschwader 51
21.01.44-26.03.44 IV./Kampfgeschwader 51
27.03.44-14.04.44 I./Kampfgeschwader 51
15.04.44-25.01.45 Stab/Kampfgeschwader 51
26.01.45-00.04.45 Stab - 14. Flieger Division
27.03.44 Gruppenadjutanten - (I./KG 51)
22.05.44 Geschwaderadjutanten - (KG 51)
26.01.45 Adjutanten (14. Flieger Division)
00.00.?? S.A. Sportabzeichen (S.A. Sports Badge)
00.00.?? Reichssportabzeichen (Reich Sports Badge)
00.00.?? Beobachterabzeichen (Observer's Badge)
22.05.40 Eiserne Kreuz 2. Klasse (Iron Cross 2nd Class)
25.01.41 Eiserne Kreuz 1. Klasse (Iron Cross 1st Class)
27.06.41 Frontflug-Spange für Kampfflieger in Bronze (Operational flying clasp in Bronze for bombers)
25.04.42 Frontflug-Spange für Kampfflieger in Silber (Operational flying clasp in Silver for bombers)
07.07.42 Frontflug-Spange für Kampfflieger in Gold (Operational flying clasp in Gold for bombers)
01.08.42 Ehrenpokal fur besondere Leistung im Luftkreig (Honor Goblet)
23.09.42 Medaille "Winterschlacht Im Osten 1941/42" (Winter War Medal 1941/42)
02.12.42 Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (German Cross in Gold)
15.03.43 Krimschild (Crimea Schield)
15.01.44 Frontflug-Spange für Kampfflieger in Gold mit Anhänger (Operational flying clasp in Gold with pendant for bombers)
20.07.44 Ritterskreuz des Eisernes Kreuz (Knights Cross of the Iron Cross)
30.04.43 Rumänische Medaille "Krues gegen den Kommunisim" (Rumanian Anti-Communist Medal)
1 April 33-January 34
Sartor serves as a member of the SA (Sturm Abteilung) eventually earning the SA Sportabzeichen (S.A. Sports Badge) during his service.
1 January 34-November 36
The overlap in dates between Sartor's SA and his DLV (Deutsches Luftsportsverband) service indicate that he may well have been a member of the SA's Fliegersturm which were gradually incorprorated into the DLV starting in September 1933. Sartor most likely stayed with the DLV undergoing basic flight instruction/fundamentals until joining the Luftwaffe in November of 1936.
10 May 1940
Invasion of Holland, Belgium and France, 4 staffel Kampfgeschwader 51 then based in Lechfeld is directed against targets in the area of Sedan, with the primary purpose of disrupting lines of communications and attacking French troop positions on the Meuse River.
22 May 40
Gefreiter Sartor is awarded the Eiserne Kreuz 2. Klasse (Iron Cross 2nd Class)
1 June 40
On a sortie to Marseille, Gefreiter Sartor and his crew are engaged by aircraft from the French Air Forces GC III/9 over Paladru. Their aircraft is pursued to the north-east by GC III/9 Adjutant Pierre Baritel. Baritel's pursuit is successful and Sartor's damaged Ju88 is forced to land near Ruffieux at 1:45pm with the port engine feathered. Gefreiter Sartor, Feldwebel R. Müller, Unteroffizier P. Dickhut and Gefreiter H. Spiess are captured unhurt by French ground forces. Their Ju88A (8004) 9K+DM is a write-off.
On this same day presumably in light of his being posted as missing Sartor is promoted to the rank of Unteroffizier. To date Sartor had taken part in ten (10) "Feindflug" or combat missions.
2-30 June 40
Unteroffizier Sartor and his crew are held as prisoners of war by the French until finally being released on 30 June following the German-French Armistice.
1 April 42
Sartor is promoted to the rank of Leutnant.
25 April 42
Frontflug-Spange für Kampfflieger in Silber (Operational flying clasp in Silver for bombers)
7 July 42
Frontflug-Spange für Kampfflieger in Gold (Operational flying clasp in Gold for bombers)
1 August 42
Ehrenpokal fur besondere Leistung im Luftkreig (Honor Goblet)
23 September 42
Medaille "Winterschlacht Im Osten 1941/42" (Winter War Medal 1941/42)
Cockpit from outside with Ciuraj at controls and possibly Sartor to his right.
2 December 42
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (German Cross in Gold)
Following a successful sortie, Sartor (right) and his pilot Feldwebel Ciuraj enjoy a cigarette. ca. 43
29 April 43
Sartor and his crew of 9K+AM, are involved in a landing incident which occured presumably from a failed port side landing gear resulting in their Ju88 resting on its port wing. The crew consisted of Fw Robert Ciuraj, Lt Bernhard Sartor, Uffz Albert Mittelmann & Fw Ossenschmidt.
Sartor's 9K+AM seen resting on its port wing.
1 November 43
Sartor is promoted to the rank of Oberleutnant..
20 July 1944
In recognition of over 200 front flights Oberleutant Bernhard Sartor is awarded the Ritterskreuz des Eisernes Kreuz (Knights Cross of the Iron Cross). Sartor's receives his decoration at the hands of Gruppenkommodore of IV Gruppe and Knights Cross holder Major Siegfried Barth in front of assembled personnel from Kampfgeschwader 51. Sartor becomes only the 18th member of Kampfgeschwader 51to receive this coveted decoration (48 total Knights Cross recipients served with KG51, 29 were awarded while serving with other units). Below are five (5) original photographs of Oberleutnant Bernhard Sartors Knights Cross award ceremony.
Sartor awaits his award Sartor receives his Knights Cross from Major Siegfried Barth.
(note wing and engine of nearby Me262).
The award is rendered (note KG 51 Me262 visible at top left). The proud Knights Cross recipient.
The newly awarded Knights Cross winner
Oberleutnant Bernhard Sartor.
1 September 44
Sartor recieves a promotion to the rank of Hauptmann.
Kampfgeschwaer 51Geschwaderkommodore Oberstleutnant Meister (left) with
Geschwaderadjutanten Hauptmann Sartor (center) and Hauptmann Grundmann (right),
Gruppenkommodore, II Gruppe. July 44
26 January 45
Hauptmann Sartor serves as Adjutanten of the 14 Flieger Division. The 14 Flieger Division, based in Bersenbrück , was at this time serving under the command of II. Jagdkorps supporting Heeresgruppe "H". 14 Flieger Division consisted of Kampfgeschwader 51, Lehrgeschwader 1 and Nachtschlachtgruppe 20.
8 May 45
The war in Europe comes to an end with the unconditional surrender of all German armed forces. Hauptmann Sartor was presumably taken into capivity by western allied forces. By wars end Sartor is credited with taking part in 358 combat missions over the course of the war.
9 February 1975
Berhard Sartor dies.
Hauptmann Bernhard Sartor document group