Biplane fighter aces

Germany

Oberleutnant Alfons Klein

– 18 February 1939

Alfons Klein took part in the Spanish Civil War as a member of the Legion Condor.

On 26 September 1936, the German pilots accounted for the destruction of three enemy aircraft - a Vickers Vildebeest for Leutnant Wolf-Heinrich von Houwald and a Breguet XIX each for Oberleutnants Ekkehard Hefter and Klein.

On 2 March 1937, the Chief of Staff, Oberstleutnant Dr.-Ing. von Richthofen’s plans for reorganisation and rotation began to start when four of the original pilots, Oberleutnant Hannes Trautloft, Leutnant Wolf-Heinrich von Houwald, Unteroffizier Erwin Sawallisch and Oberleutnant Klein, were sent back to Germany.

In 1938, he served in Fliegergruppe 30.

Klein was appointed Staffelkapitän of 3./JG 433 in November 1938.

He was killed on 18 February 1939, when the Ju 53/3m tri-motor transport he was a passenger in crashed due to severe icing in a snowstorm over the Eger hills while en route from Ingolstadt to Berlin. Purportedly, he was going to attend the Berlin Motor Show.

At the time of his death, Klein was credited with 1 biplane victory, this one being claimed in the Spanish Civil War.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1936                
1 26/09/36   1 Breuget XIX Destroyed Heinkel He 51B-1   Spain J/88

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 destroyed.

Sources:
Aces of the Legion Condor – Robert Forsyth, 2011 Osprey Publishing, Oxford, ISBN 978-1-84908-347-8
Aces of the Luftwaffe
Aircrew Remembered
The Legion Condor - Karl Ries and Hans Ring, 1992 Schiffer Publishing, ISBN 0-88740-339-5
The Luftwaffe, 1933-45
Additional information kindly provided by Leo Etgen and Alfredo Logoluso.




Last modified 30 March 2014