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    Here is another photo (taken from AHF) showing both Leopold Hackl & Ludwig Bellof.
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    Nachtschlachtgruppe 3 was formed in mid-October 1943 at Gatchina airfield which is located to the south-west of Leningrad and consisted of such aircraft as the Ar-66, Go-145 and He-46. Bellof can be seen on the right hand side (as viewed) of this quartet. Continuing where Störkampfgruppe Luftflotte 1 left off, NSGr-3 flew night operations, mainly in the area of Pskov. During the German retreat from the Leningrad area NSGr-3 saw its operations affected by the constant change of locations. In May 1944 Bellof won his next high award, the DKiG on 10th May 1944. By October 1944 NSGr-3 had reached Telsiai (north-west Lithuania) with 34 aircraft. A few days later it moved to Skrunda where it found itself cut off in the Kurland Pocket. In September 1944 Bellof was awarded the Bomber Clasp in Gold with Pendant and one month later received a telegram from Generalmajor Sigismund Freiherr von Falkenstein of 3. Flieger-Division with regards to completing 600 sorties. With its limited and diminishing resources it continued to support Heeresgruppe Nord/Kurland until the end of the war and in early February Bellof would, as an Oberfeldwebel, be awarded the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes. He was one of just two members of NSGr-3 to win the RK by wars end, the other being Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel Leopold Hackl. His last award of the war was the Kurland Cuffband that he was awarded on 20th April 1945. Signatures seen on these items belong to Bruno Loerzer (RK), Karl-Franz Beushausen and Friedrich Rademacher. (Source used for unit details: Dive-Bomber & Ground-Attack Units of the Luftwaffe 1933-1945 Vol 2 by Henry L. de Zeng IV and Douglas G. Stankey)

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