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Mission: Defence of the Reich.

Date: 4
th October 1943

Unit: 5 Staffel./Zerstörergeschwader 76

Type. Messerschmitt Bf 110G-3


Coded. ?

Location. Simmerad near Monschau i. d. Eifel. Germany.

Pilot. Leutnant. Hans Metzen. 51510/91 – Killed.
Born 02.12.1916 in Memmingen.

Radio/Op: Unteroffizier. Günther Barth 67382/62 – Killed. Born 22.11.1921 in Trier.


Believed shot down during American day-light bomber force. No further information is known. Can you help?

NOTE: Hans Metzen joined the Luftwaffe during 1938 and became a qualified pilot and attained the officer rank of Leutnant. He was awarded the Iron Cross 1st & 2nd Class. Entry into Austria medal with Prague bar clasp, entry into Memel medal, war flights badge. He was sadly killed in action aged twenty-four while engaged in aerial combat with Allied bombers.


1 Metzencc2 Lt Hans Metzen
ccccHans during training (Brownless) cccccccccccccccc Lt. Hans Metzen killed in action (Brownless)

Lt Metzen 3
Hans pictured relaxing during operations (Brownless)

Hans Metzen Kreuz 2ccHans Metzen Kreuz
Memorial to Hans Metzen located near the crash site (Jeckel)

Burial detail:

Hans Metzen - Original burial: Stadt Passau, Friedhof.

Günther Barth - Original burial: Hauptfriedhof Trier. Feld. HI. Gr.230.

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless with special thanks to Horst Jeckel. March 2014.