Johann Badum

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Johann Badum
Born 2 March 1921
Ruthweiler, Germany
Died 12 January 1943 (1943-01-13) (aged 21)
Giordani, Tunisia
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1939–43
Rank Leutnant
Unit JG 77
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Johann Badum (2 March 1921 – 12 January 1943) was a former German Luftwaffe fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Career

Badum was born on 2 March 1921 at Ruthweiler near Pfalz. By January 1942 Badum was serving with the Ergängzungsstaffel of Jagdgeschwader 77 on the south area of the Eastern Front. On 26 February Badum claimed a Pe-2 bomber for his first victory. In April 1942 Badum transferred to 6 staffel of JG 77, with three victories in 45 missions by this time. He claimed a further 17 victories in July 1942 to raise his victory total to 29 and August recorded another 14 victories. He claimed his 51st victory on 16 September. Leutnant Badum was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross in October. In early December 1942, Badum, as part of II./JG 77, was posted to North Africa. Badum quickly claimed three DAF Curtiss P-40 fighters to raise his total to 54. On 12 January 1943 Badum was shot down and killed in Bf 109 G-2 “Yellow 7”, in combat with USAAF P-38 fighters near Giordani in Libya.

Badum was credited with 54 victories in some 300 missions, 51 over the Eastern Front, including 14 Il-2 Sturmoviks.

Awards

References

Citations

  1. Obermaier 1989, p. 83.
  2. Patzwall & Scherzer 2000, p. 21.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 120.

Bibliography

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1989). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939 – 1945 (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 978-3-87341-065-7. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

  • "Aces of the Luftwaffe". Johann Badum. Retrieved 29 February 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>