Walter Schuck and Joe Peterburs – Reunion of Friends

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Photographs of Walter Schuck

Walter Schuck

Walter Schuck was born on 30 July 1920 in Frankenholz. He was a German World War II fighter ace who served in the Luftwaffe from 1937 until the end of World War II. He claimed 206 enemy aircraft shot down in over 500 combat missions, eight of which while flying the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter.

He earned the Knight’s Cross on 8 April 1944 as Oberfeldwebel and pilot in the 7./ Jagdgeschwader 5 and the Oak Leaves (616.) on 30 September 1944 as Leutnant and pilot in the 9./ Jagdgeschwader 5.

On 10 April 1945 he claimed four B-17 Flying Fortresses shot down. One of the bombers was “Henn’s Revenge” of the 303rd Bombardment Group, and another was “Moonlight Mission” of the 457th Bombardment Group. Shortly afterwards, his Messerschmitt Me 262 was hit by a P-51 Mustang of the fighter escort, piloted by Lt. Joseph Anthony Peterburs of the 55th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group, causing Schuck to bail out. Schuck sprained both ankles upon landing and the war ended before he recovered. After the war, he wrote a book on his military career, called “Abschuss!: Von der Me 109 zur Me 262“.

Former Enemies

In 2005 Schuck met Peterburs in person during a visit to the US. They both became close friends.

Walter Schuck meets Joe Peterburs who shot him down in 1945 (Credits: Uwe Benkel / Arbeidsgruppe Vermisstenforschung)

Walter Schuck meets Joe Peterburs who shot him down in 1945. In the back stands Kurt Schulz. (Credits: Uwe Benkel / Arbeidsgruppe Vermisstenforschung)

Arbeitsgruppe Vermisstenforschung states: ”Walter Schuck visited lots of our presentations in the past and also supported our work. He always wanted us to search for his missing comrades and bring them back home to their families. We will always keep his memory alive.

Walter Schuck - special guest of "Arbeitsgruppe Vermisstenforschung" during a presentation (Credits: Uwe Benkel / Arbeitsgruppe Vermisstenforschung)

Walter Schuck – special guest of “Arbeitsgruppe Vermisstenforschung” during a presentation (Credits: Uwe Benkel / Arbeitsgruppe Vermisstenforschung)

Walter Schuck (second from left) visits a presentation of Arbeitsgruppe Vermisstenforschung - Uwe Benkel (right) (Credits: Uwe Benkel / Arbeitsgruppe Vermisstenforschung)

Walter Schuck (second from left) visits a presentation of Arbeitsgruppe Vermisstenforschung – Uwe Benkel (right) (Credits: Uwe Benkel / Arbeitsgruppe Vermisstenforschung)

Walter Schuck gets out of his Messerschmitt Me 262 - the P-51 of Joe Peterburs in the back (Credits: Uwe Benkel / Arbeidsgruppe Vermisstenforschung)

Walter Schuck gets out of his Messerschmitt Me 262 – the P-51 of Joe Peterburs in the back (Credits: Uwe Benkel / Arbeidsgruppe Vermisstenforschung)

Death

Former Oberleutnant of the Luftwaffe, later Hauptmann a.D., and Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves Holder Walter Schuck has died at 94 years of age on 28 March 2015.


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  1. I met Walter Schuck at the Air & Space Museum several years ago at an event sponsored by Virginia Bader. He was there with Guenther Rall. He could only speak broken English but I could understand what he was saying to me. A very fine gentleman whom I am honored to have met–

    • Walter was responsible for the death of my cousin who was on Moonlight Mission on April 10, 1945. I find it very difficult to get a warm fuzzy feeling over any former nazi.

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