Konstantin J Vogel

Lieutenant Konstantin H of the 357th Fighter Group with a P-51 Mustang (G4-O, serial number 43-6923) nicknamed "Sweet Helen". Written on slide casing: 'Konstantin Vogel with Mace's P-51.'

Object Number - FRE 6099 - Lieutenant Konstantin Vogel of the 357th Fighter Group with a P-51 Mustang (G4-O, serial number 43-6923) nicknamed "Sweet Helen". Written on slide...

Connie Vogel served as a fighter pilot with the 357th Fighter Group, flying missions out of Leiston, England. On 18 March 1944, after being attacked by FW190s on an escort and support mission to Augsburg, Germany, he crashed SSW of Ehingen/Donau, at Dieterskirch (Bruehlwiesen plot # 119) near Uttenweiler, Germany. Vogel was seen exiting the aircraft but his parachute failed to open. His body was found by locals and buried in the cemetery nearby. Later, his body was repatriated to United States to be buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Longmont, CO.

Vogel had been flying P-51B 43-12442. The wreckage of the crashed P-51 was discovered on October 1, 1993!! In May 2017, three of Connie's nephews, Ken, Ron and Jim, flew to Germany and on 27 May met with local researcher Stefan Rasser and over 20 villagers to remember and honor their uncle's sacrifice. Stefan had arranged for them to visit the church cemetery where Father Tommy gave prayers in both English and German and the Mayor gave a short talk. They then drove to the area where the body was found and a Memorial cross was attached to a tree next to the road. They also drove to the field where the plane crashed and finally had lunch together at a restaurant in Oberwachingen. Jim Vogel called it 'a very special time'.


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Units served with


  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 362nd Fighter Squadron
Ground crew of the 357th Fighter Group winch a P-51 Mustang (G4-H, serial number 43-12474) following a landing accident at Raydon 21 January 1944. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Olmsted, Raydon.'
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group 109th Reconnaissance Squadron 362nd Fighter Squadron



Aerial photograph of Leiston airfield looking south, the control tower and technical site are to the right, 16 October 1945. Photograph taken by No. 541 Squadron, sortie number RAF/106G/UK/929. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Theberton/Saxmundham


Event Location Date Description


Longmont, CO, USA 12 January 1919 1st Lieutenant Konstantin J. Vogel was born January 12, 1919. His next of kin were his parents, Henry and Anna Vogel. He was from Longmont, Colorado.


Killed in Action

Dieterskirch, 88524 Uttenweiler, Germany 18 March 1944 On March 18, 1944, while on a bomber escort mission, he was the Pilot of P-51 tail #43-12442 of the 357th Fighter Group, 362nd Fighter Squadron, when it went down over Dieterskirch near Uttenweiler, Germany. He is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Longmont.


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Date19 Sep 2017 14:21:56
ContributorLucy May

Correspondence with Connie's nephew, Jim Vogel.

Date3 Nov 2015 08:39:00

Schwaebische Zeitung (local newspaper) Feb. 4, 2005

Date31 Oct 2015 20:26:50

Family records

Date30 Oct 2015 21:19:29

Schwaebische Zeitung Biberach Germany (newspaper) of Febuary 4, 2005.

Date8 Mar 2015 00:09:52

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date13 Oct 2014 10:53:35

Konstantin Vogel Individual Deceased Personal File

Date13 Oct 2014 08:07:36

"Promoted posthumously to the grade of First Lieutenant, Army of the United States effective 17 March 1944, under the provisions of Public Law 680, 77th Congress, per Department of the Army letter dated 22 December 1948." - detail from Lt Vogel's Individual Deceased Personal File

Date27 Sep 2014 18:18:02

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3109 / MACR 3109, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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