Croatia

CROATIA

Airmen of Czech and Slovak origin who flew with Luftwaffe

NAME                           VICTORIES             UNIT               NATIONALITY

Martinko, Eduard                  12        (+1 U)   15.(Kroat)/JG 52   Czech
Sandtner, Vladimir                 1        (+1 U)   15.(Kroat)/JG 52   Slovak
U ... unconfirmed
Eduard Martinko: Born on 2nd September 1917 near Karlovac. Martinko was part of the Czech minority in Yugoslavia. Eduard Martinko is sometimes credited vith 11 confirmed and 2 unconfirmed victories (Fekets, M.: 4. zrakoplovna lovačka skupina v bojích na východě 1941 až 1944 & Zrakoplovni satnik Cvitan Galić - Part I-IV, in Revi, Nos. 32-35/2000.) or 13 conf and 1 unc. victories (Máče, J.: Eduard Martinko - české eso Luftwaffe, in Vojenské letectvo, No. 1/2004). He claimed ten confirmed and three unconfirmed victories, two of which were later confirmef.

Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6, W.Nr.19680, 'red 9', 15.(Kroat)/JG 52, pilot Eduard Martinko. He was shot down by German flak on 12th of November 1943 near Kerch.
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6, W.Nr.19680, 'red 9', 15.(Kroat)/JG 52, pilot Eduard Martinko. He was shot down by German flak on 12th of November 1943 near Kerch.

Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10/U3, W.Nr.W.Nr.2104, 'black 4', 2. Lovacko Jato, 1. Zrakoplovna Skupina, pilot Vladimir Sandtner, Lucko airfield, April 1945. On 16th April 1945 Vladimir Sandtner defected aboard this plane accompanied by Josip Cekovic who piloted the Messerschmitt Bf.109G-14 'black 10'. He landed in Falconara region (Italy) 12 kilometers westward of Ancona. This airplane was captured by Americans.
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10/U3, W.Nr.W.Nr.2104, 'black 4', 2. Lovacko Jato, 1. Zrakoplovna Skupina, pilot Vladimir Sandtner, Lucko airfield, April 1945. On 16th April 1945 Vladimir Sandtner defected aboard this plane accompanied by Josip Cekovic who piloted the Messerschmitt Bf.109G-14 'black 10'. He landed in Falconara region (Italy) 12 kilometers westward of Ancona. This airplane was captured by Americans.


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Sources & Literature
  1. Ciel De Gloire - Histoire des As de L Aviation de 1914 a nos jours, http://www.cieldegloire.com/.
  2. Ciglic, B. - Slavic, D.: Croatian Aces of World War 2, Aircraft of the Aces 49, Osprey Publishing Ltd., October 18 2002.
  3. Fekets, M.: 4. zrakoplovna lovačka skupina v bojích na východě 1941 až 1944 & Zrakoplovni satnik Cvitan Galić - Part I-IV, in Revi, Nos. 32-35/2000.
  4. Gleize, Jean-Paul: Aces, http://jpgleize.perso.neuf.fr/aces/homeaces.htm.
  5. Máče, J.: Eduard Martinko - české eso Luftwaffe, in Vojenské letectvo, No. 01/2004.
  6. Prien, Jochen - Stemmer, Gerhard - Rodeike, Peter - Bock, Winfried: Die Jagdfliegerverbände der Deutschen Luftwaffe 1934 bis 1945 - Teil 12 Tielband III Einsatz im Osten 4. 2. bis 31. 12. 1943, Buchverlag Rogge GmbH, Eutin, 2014.

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