Günther Lützow (4
September 1912 – 24 April 1945) was a German Luftwaffe aviator and fighter ace
credited with 110 enemy aircraft shot down in over 300 combat missions. Apart
from five victories during the Spanish Civil War, most of his claimed victories
were over the Eastern Front in World War II. He also claimed 20 victories over
the Western Front, including two victories—one of which was a four-engined
bomber—flying the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter.
Following his 92nd
aerial victory of the war, Lützow was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron
Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords on 11 October 1941. On 24 October, he claimed
his 100th victory of the war, becoming the second fighter pilot after Werner
Mölders to do so. From September to
November 1941, he also served as acting commander of Jagdgeschwader 51 (JG
51—51st Fighter Wing), replacing Friedrich Beckh, who had been injured in
combat, until the position was filled by Karl-Gottfried Nordmann. After being
instructed not to fly operations, he ignored the order, adding two more
victories before being posted on 11 August 1942 to the staff of General der
Jagdflieger (General of Fighters) Adolf Galland, serving as “Inspector of
Day Fighters, East”.
On July 1943,
Lützow was tasked with commanding fighter operations in Italy. From September
1943 to March 1944, he led the 1. Jagd Division (1st Fighter Division),
commanding all day- and night-fighter operations in northwestern Germany, the
Netherlands and Belgium. Lützow’s role
in the “Fighter Pilots Revolt” was considered mutiny by Hermann
Göring, who exiled Lützow to Italy. In
April 1945, he joined Galland’s Jagdverband 44 (JV 44—44th Fighter Detachment).
He was reported missing in action flying the Me 262 on 24 April 1945 while
attempting to intercept a U.S. Army Air Forces B-26 Marauder raid near
Donauwörth. His body was never recovered.
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