Voigt, Dieter

Date of birth:
February 3rd, 1923
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Dieter Voigt was born on February 3rd, 1923 and started his career in 1939 within the “Flieger HJ”. In 1943 he was assigned to the 6. / Schlachtgeschwader 1 as pilot in a Focke Wulf Fw 190. Already on September 7th, 1943 he made his 60th operational sortie. It was on September 13th, 1943 he shot down his first enemy plane, a Lavoschkin La-3 fighter. In October 1943, II. / Schlachtgeschwader 1 became II. / Schlachtgeschwader 2 and Voigt moved with it. The unit then was mainly assigned as fightercover fot the obsolete Junkers Ju 87 over the Eastern Front at places like Bagerove, Karankut and Sevastopol. On 24th September 1944 Voigt shot down nine enemy planes (according to German sources) on the same day. Later Voigt became specialized in shooting down Iljoesjin Il -2's of which he downed more then 30 (according to German sources). Later his unit was transferred to bases ot protect the Plösty oil faculties in Rumania. During a short break in active flying he was trained as an officer, learned flying the Messerschmitt Me 262 and stayed a short period with Schlachtgeschwader 151. After returning to his old unit again he shot down 5 more, American planes between February 13th, and March 27th, 1945 .

Dieter Voigt was finally recognized for destroying 103 enemy aircraft. Noted should be that this recognition has been based on German records. These numbers seem to be high for his records. The only cross reference that up till now was possible, confirm 18 of his kills which is in line with the awarding of the DKiG which often was done round 15 kills.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / II. / Schlachtgeschwader 1
Awarded on:
August 24th, 1943
Frontflugspange für Jäger in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / II. / Schlachtgeschwader 1
Awarded on:
September 5th, 1943
Action:
Received for a single wound inflicted on 5th September 1943.
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / II. / Schlachtgeschwader 1
Awarded on:
September 7th, 1943
Frontflugspange für Jäger in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / II. / Schlachtgeschwader 1
Awarded on:
September 25th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / II. / Schlachtgeschwader 1
Awarded on:
October 7th, 1943
Action:
Received for three wounds inflicted on 23rd August 1943, 15th September 1943 and 6th October 1943.
Details:
The awarding documents shows as the unit 2. / Schlachtgeschwader 1. According to all the other documents and the Hauptflugbuch 6. / II. / Schlachtgeschwader 1, this most porbably is a mistake and had to be II. / Schlachtgeschwader 1.
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / II. / Schlachtgeschwader 1
Awarded on:
October 29th, 1943
Frontflugspange für Jäger in Gold
Details:
Although his unit was already renamed to 6. / Schlachtgeschwader 2, the awarding document was given with his old units mentioning.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / II. / Schlachtgeschwader 1 / Luftflotte 4
Awarded on:
October 29th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / Schlachtgeschwader 2
Awarded on:
May 16th, 1944
Action:
Received in recognition of exceptional bravery and specific merit as Schlachtflieger.
Details:
Published in the Ehrenliste der Deutschen Luftwaffe on 19th June 1944.
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / Schlachtgeschwader 2
Awarded on:
June 27th, 1944
Details:
Awarding published in the Luftwaffen-Verordnungsblatt on 1st October 1944.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold

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