PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Brönnle, Herbert
Date of birth: December 25th, 1920 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:  July 4th, 1943 (Lake Lentini/Catania/Sicily, Italy)
Nationality:  German
BIOGRAPHY: 
Herbert Brönnle was transferred on 1st September 1940 to 2. / Jagdgeschwader 54, where he was promoted to Unteroffizier. He had to made a forced landing behind enemy lines on 17th August. He had to walk 20km to reach his own forces again. He was severely wounded on 14th May 1942 and was hospitalised until december. In the period he was promoted to Leutnant (19th May 1943), he was transferred to 2. / Jagdgeschwader 53, returning in operational service again. On 4th July 1943 he was shot down by Spitfires during air action over Catania airfield in eastern Sicily, crashing north of Lago di Lentini.
He was credited with 59 aerial victories in 387 combat sorties.

Promotions:
23rd June 1941: Unteroffizier;
?: Feldwebel;
?: Oberfeldwebel;
19th May 1943: Leutnant;
22nd June 1943: Oberleutnant.
     
LUFTWAFFE EHRENPOKALE FÜR BESONDERE LEISTUNGEN IM LUFTKRIEG
Rank: Unteroffizier
Unit: 2. / Jagdgeschwader 54
Awarded on: October 7th, 1941
 
     
DEUTSCHES KREUZ IN GOLD
Rank: Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit: I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 54 "Grünherz", Luftwaffe
Awarded on: June 15th, 1942
 
     
RITTERKREUZ DES EISERNEN KREUZES
Rank: Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
Unit: Flugzeugführer, 4. Staffel, II. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 54 "Grünherz", Luftwaffe
Awarded on: March 14th, 1943
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 2. KLASSE
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 1. KLASSE
 
     
FLUGZEUGFÜHRERABZEICHEN
 
     
FRONTFLUGSPANGE FÜR JÄGER IN GOLD
 
 
 
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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.
- Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
- Kurowski F., Oberleutnant Otto Kittel, Der erfolgreichste Jagdflieger des Jagdgeschwaders 54, Flechsig Verlag, Würzburg, 2007
- Aces of the Luftwaffe
- Axis Biographical Research
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