Hauptmann Wolf-Dietrich Huy
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Wolf-Dietrich Huy (August 02, 1917 – July 13, 2003).
According to his wife, his first name is spelled Wolfdieter.
Huy was credited with 40 air victories (38 on the Eastern Front) in over 500 operational missions.
He was Knight of Aeronautical Virtue Order with Swords ( Romania ) by Royal Decree no. 2836/11.10.1941 : ” For Lieutenant Huy Wolfdieter. He has 70 missions to the enemy and 14 soviet airplanes shot down. ”
He seriously damaged the British Battleships “HMS Warspite” and “HMS Valiant”…
Thanks to Michel Tomcat Gt for Photo research.
Born on 2 August 1917 in Freiburg, Lieutenant Huy joined Jagdgeschwader 77 (JG 77) in September 1939.
His first combat claim was a Spitfire on 31 May 1940.
On 13 August 1940, Huy was posted in Stab, III./JG 77.
By early 1941, Huy’s staffel served mainly as a Jabo pilot , flying ground support missions. During operations against Greece and Crete Huy carried out several successful attacks on shipping in Bf 109F-4 coded ‘White 1’, (works number 8334).
III./JG 77 sunk several ships, including the 22,000 ton freighter ‘Hellas’, as well as damaging the Royal Navy Cruiser HMS Fiji and a Destroyer.
On 22 May 1941, 7./JG 77 attacked the British battleship HMS Warspite between 12:13 pm and 12:48 pm during the Battle of Crete .
Lieutenant Huth, Sergeant Furth and Sergeant Pichler each had a hit on the Warspite and damaged her.
Following the operations in Crete, JG 77 was withdrawn to prepare for Operation Barbarossa , the Invasion of the Soviet Union, which started on 22 June 1941.
III. Group supported the advance East as part of Army Group South, and scored heavily.
Huy was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross ( Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross ) on 5 July 1941, awarded principally for his Jabo exploits in May 1941, but also for attaining 22 air victories, 21 of them since 22 June 1941.
5/32 IAP-ChF (NOT 8 IAP-ChF). Overclaiming, only 3 losses. Includes Ivan Stepanovich Lyubimov WIA (leg amputated), Mladshiy Leytenant Allakhverdov KIA and Serzhant Nikolayev bellylanded
III./JG 77 served in the Crimea through to early 1942.
On 23 January 1942 he was shot down by a Soviet Union 32 IAP , Starshiy Leytenant Mikhail Avdeyev.
He flew Bf 109 F-4, WNr 7111, “White 3”.
A Soviet offensive aimed at relieving Sevastopol ensued and Lieutenant Huy claimed the group’s 600th victory on March 11 1942, and his thirty-eighth victory, but then he was mistakenly shot down and wounded by his own German anti-aircraft fire.
On 11 March 1942 he flew a Bf 109 F-4, without the WNr or markings being specified in the loss report.
He was the 83rd recipient of the Oak Leaves on 17 March 1942 as Lieutenant and squadron commander of the 7th / JG 77.
In August 1942, he returned to JG 77 with his wounds healed, and shortly afterwards his unit was transferred to North Africa.
Hurricane II (“Spitfire”)
1 sqn SAAF. Maj Gerald John “Major Lemmie” Le Mesurier, damaged but made it back despite blacking out for a while or otherwise, 127 and 80 sqn Hurricanes escorting 2 from 208
On 28 October 1942, he claimed his first Desert Spitfire over Egypt, flying in Bf 109 G-2/R6 “White 1” (W.Nr. 13 633)
The very next day, Huy was shot down by a Supermarine Spitfire Vc of No. 601 Squadron , flown by P / O JH Nicholls (eventual 7-kill ace) on 29 October 1942 over the El Alamein area.
He survived the crash and spent the rest of World War II as a prisoner of war.
Huy died on 13 July 2003 in Gernsbach.
Profile number 60 by Claes Sundin.
Flown by Hauptmann Wolf-Dietrich Huy, 7./JG 77, Tanyet Harun/Egypt, October 29, 1942.
Wolf-Dietrich Huy served with III./JG 77 from the outbreak of the war, and would remain with this unit. In 1941, he became one of the top scorers of this Gruppe.
Nevertheless, on January 23, 1942, he was shot down by one of the best aces in Soviet 32 IAP/VVS-ChF, Starshiy Leytenant Mikhail Avdeyev.
“Everything happened very quickly”, recalls Huy.
“Before I had time to place myself in a firing position, another Russian took a shot at me and hit my engine, which stopped abruptly and then started to emit smoke.”
On March 11, 1942, Huy achieved his thirty-eighth victory, but was mistakenly shot down by German ground fire. He returned to his unit after recovering from his sustained wounds in August 1942, and shortly afterward, this unit was transferred to North Africa.
During most of the air war over North Africa, the German fighter pilots took advantage of the inferior equipment in the fighter units of their enemy.
The three most successful “desert aces, JG 27’s Marseille, Schroer and Stahlschmidt scored 151, 61 and 59 victories respectively in 1942–most of them against Curtiss P-40s or Hurricanes.
Things started to change when the Spitfires arrived in Egypt. From August 1942, the Spitfires of Nos. 145 and 601 Squadron were in regular activity over North Africa.
On September 1, 1942, when Marseille scored 17 victories against Hurricanes and P-40s, the Spitfires of RAF 601 Squadron brought down Oberfeldwebel Herbert Krenz, an ace in JG 27 with 11 victories.
One week later, Oberleutnant Hans-Arnold Stahlschmidt was killed in combat with the same Spitfires.
On October 29, 601 Squadron’s Pilot Officer Nicholls brought down yet another German ace, Hauptmann Wolf-Dietrich Huy of III./JG 77.
Huy had recently arrived from the Eastern Front. In service with III./JG 77 since the outbreak of the war, he had amassed 40 aerial victories.
He would spend the remainder of the war in British captivity.
Iron Cross (1939)
2nd Class (1 December 1939)
1st Class (1 May 1941)
Honor trophy of the Luftwaffe on 25 January 1942 as Lieutenant and pilot
Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Knight’s Cross on 5 July 1941 as First Lieutenant and Staffelkapitän of the 7./JG 77
83rd Oak Leaves on 17 March 1942 as Lieutenant and squadron commander of the 7th / JG 77