Willi Reschke was born on February 3, 1922 and died on July 5, 2017.
He was a Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II.
He was credited with 26 aerial victories in 70 missions.
During 1999, Reschke recounted his wartime experiences in print, published in English in 2005 as “Jagdgeschwader 301/302 ‘Wilde Sau’: In Defense Of The Reich with the Bf 109, Fw 190 and Ta 152;” including writing about the late-war period he spent flying the exotic Focke-Wulf Ta 152 high-altitude fighter-interceptor designed by Kurt Tank.
He flew about 70 missions during his career in which he recorded 27 victories.
Will had claimed over the Western Front, including 20 four-engine bombers.
However, three claims were made flying the Ta 152.
Reschke was shot down 8 times, bailing out five times, and was wounded once.
Willi Reschke passes away at 95 years old.