Focke Wulf 190 A3 4./JG 1 ”Oesau”, White 7 - Olt. Robert Olejnik, Woensdrecht - Netherlands, June 1942
680 combat missions. 4 bombers. 15 victories in the West. Served in EKdo-16 in October, 1943. Kdr I/JG-400 in September, 1944 and Kdr IV/EJG-2 in November, 1944. His 1st, a Hurricane at Faversham on 26 August, 1940. His 2nd & 3rd, both Spitfires at Themsemündung on 5 September, 1940. His 4th, a Spitfire at Canterbury on 5 October, 1940. His 5th victory, a Spitfire northwest of St. Omer, 5 Feb., 1941. His 38th, a Mosquito 15 km southeast of Den Helder on 9 May, 1943. His 42nd, a B-17 ENE of Bremen on 8 October, 1943. As Kdr I/JG-44 (9/44), he suffered a serious crash in an Me 163 during its development. He was the first Luftwaffe pilot to shoot down a Russian aircraft on the Eastern Front, an I-16, 22 June, 1941, when he was in JG-3. He was flying a Bf 109. He was shot down 14 August, 1941 possibly by the Soviet Ace, Lt. Vasily Demyenok. Known to have flown the Fw 190A-5 in July, 1943. Bowers/Lednicer, 41 victories. Deceased 29 October, 1988 in Munich.
Focke Wulf 190 A7 Stab II./JG 1 ”Oesau”, Red 21 - FhjFw. Max Sauer, Rheine - Germany, March 1944
KIA 29 March, 1944 during aerial combat with P-51 escorts at Badersleben. No known grave. Uninjured 3 November, 1943 when his AC was shot down at Brake, and he bailed safely. One known victory, his 1st, a B-17 on 11 November, 1943. His 2nd, a B-17 NE of Hannover on 30 January, 1944. A 3rd, a B-17 (e.V.) in the Hameln area on 10 February, 1944. Bailed successfully 3 November, 1943 after aerial combat with American escort fighters on the Wilhelmshaven raid. Sauer was the long-time wingman for Oberst Oesau.