PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Bauer, Konrad "Pit"
Date of birth: February 9th, 1919 (Gelsenkirchen/Westernphalia, Germany)
Date of death:  June 17th, 1990 (Gelsenkirchen/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:  German
BIOGRAPHY: 
Konrad "Pit" Bauer was born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on February 9th, 1919.

Bauer served as Unteroffizier with 10. / Jagdgeschwader 51 at the Easter Front in March 1943. On March 20th he scored his first victory. In September he was stationed with the Geschwaderstab of Jagdgeschwader 51. At the Eastern Front he clamed a total of 18 victories.
By March 1944 Bauer was transferred to 2. / Jagdgeschwader 3 at the homefront in Germany. Here he scored his first four engined bomber kill (Boeing B-17) on April 18th.
Konrad Bauer was transferred to 5. / Jagdgeschwader 300 in June 1944. Here he flew the Focke-Wulf A-8/R2. With this unit he shot down a total of 29 four engined bombers. After shooting down three American North American P-51 fighters on 11th September, he was shot down himself in his Fw 190 A-8 (W.Nr. 681 469) "Red 21".
Towards the end of January 1945, Bauer became Staffelkapitän with 5. / Jagdgeschwader 300. He was recommended to receive the Eichenlaub to the Eisernes Kreuz, but it was not awarded anymore.

Konrad Bauer flew a total of 416 operational sorties in which he shot down a total of 57 enemy aircraft. He scored a total of 18 at the Eastern Front and 39 at the homefront. Of this a total of 32 were four engined bombers. He was shot down seven times himself.

After the Second World War, Bauer joined the Bundeswehr until he retired on December 31st, 1960 with the rank of Hauptmann.
He died in Gelsenkirchen on June 17th, 1990.

Air victories:
10. / Jagdgeschwader 51
1. 20th March 1943; 15.25h; Petlyakov Pe-2;
Stabstaffel / Jagdgeschwader 51
?. 1st September 1943; 18.12h; Lavochkin LaGG-5;
?. 2nd September 1943; 11.10h; Iljoesjin Il-2;
?. 5th September 1943; 11.23h; Iljoesjin Il-2;
?. 29th November 1943; 14.24h; Petlyakov Pe-2;
?. 15th December 1943; 8.20h; Iljoesjin Il-2;
?. 15th December 1943; 10.06h; Douglas Boston III;
?. 15th December 1943; 10.07h; Douglas Boston III;
?. 15th December 1943; 10.09h; Iljoesjin Il-2;
?. 15th December 1943; 10.09h; Iljoesjin Il-2;
?. 15th December 1943; 10.10h; Iljoesjin Il-2;
?. 10th January 1944; 11.15h; Yakovlev Yak-7;
?. 10th January 1944; 11.17h; Iljoesjin Il-2;
?. 12th January 1944; 12.05h; Petlyakov Pe-2;
?. 12th January 1944; 12.05h; Petlyakov Pe-2;
2. / Jagdgeschwader 3
19. 18th April 1944; 14.50h; Boeing B-17;
20. 24th May 1944; ?; Boeing B-17;
21. 24th May 1944; ?; Boeing B-17;
5. / Jagdgeschwader 300
?. 7th July 1944; 9.36h; Consolidation B-24;
?. 7th July 1944; 9.37h; Consolidation B-24;
?. 7th July 1944; 9.46h; Lockheed P-38;
?. 19th July 1944; 9.35h; North American P-51;
?. 20th July 1944; 11.05h; Boeing B-17;
?. 20th July 1944; 11.06h; Boeing B-17;
?. 25th July 1944; 11.08h; Consolidation B-24;
?. 27th July 1944; 10.00h; Consolidation B-24;
?. 27th July 1944; 10.00h; Consolidation B-24;
?. 27th July 1944; 10.01h; Consolidation B-24;
?. 9th August 1944; 10.45h; Boeing B-17;
?. 15th August 1944; 11.45; Boeing B-17;
?. 22nd August 1944; 10.05; Consolidation B-24;
?. 23rd August 1944; 12.18h; North American P-51;
?. 23rd August 1944; 12.19h; North American P-51 (unconfirmed);
?. 29th August 1944; 10.45h; Boeing B-17;
?. 11th September 1944; 11.52h; North American P-51;
?. 11th September 1944; 11.53h; North American P-51;
?. 11th September 1944; 11.58h; North American P-51;
     
LUFTWAFFE EHRENPOKALE FÜR BESONDERE LEISTUNGEN IM LUFTKRIEG
Rank: Feldwebel
Unit: Flugzeugführer 5. / Jagdgeschwader 300
Awarded on: March 31st, 1944
Details: Published in the Ehrenliste der Deutschen Luftwaffe on May 8th, 1944.
 
     
DEUTSCHES KREUZ IN GOLD
Rank: Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit: 5. Staffel, II. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 300, Luftwaffe
Awarded on: July 10th, 1944
 
     
RITTERKREUZ DES EISERNEN KREUZES
Rank: Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit: Flugzeugführer, 5. Staffel, II. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 300, Luftwaffe
Awarded on: October 31st, 1944
Action: Received after 34 aireal victories.
Details: No confirmation in the Bundesarchiv.
 
     
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Picture source:   - Bundesarchiv
Information source(s):   - FELLGIEBEL, W.P., Elite of theThird Reich, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003.
- PATZWALL, K. & SCHERZER, V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001.
- PATZWALL, K. D., Der Ehrenpokal für besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2008.
- Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
- Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945
- Aces of the Luftwaffe
- Die Ritterkreuztraeger der Deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS
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