LUFTWAFFE GROUND KILLS

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    fubar57 Well-Known Member

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    I think I had this in the wrong section...Did the Luftwaffe include ground kills as part of a pilot's score? I thought this was only an Eighth Air Force thing. I found a photo of Walter Oesaus's 109E, Werknr.1559 that show 39 kill markings on the rudder, 14 pointing downwards. The caption says that the downward pointing ones indicated ground kills. Thoughts?

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    The Luftwaffe high command didn't count them, but it doesn't mean individual pilots didn't.
     
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    Thanks for that, Redcoat. I'll have to find the photo again and see if I can find a date for it, see how it correlates to his kills to that date.

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    Wilhelm Balthasar marked his ground kills on his tail/rudder, but they did not count towards his total victory tally.
     
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