Fritz Tegtmeier opened his account on the first day of Operation Barbarossa. His score built up slowly, and he was sidelined for several months due to injuries sustained in a collision with a Bf 110. Returning to duty in April 1942 he scored steadily until May 1943 when he was posted to instructor duty with 53 victories. In September he returned to the front with 3./JG 54. He was awarded the Knight’s Cross for 99 victories in March 1944, and was subsequently promoted to Leutnant and made Staffelkapitän of 3./JG 54. He was undertaking conversion training on the Me 262 with JG 7 at the end of the war. He was credited with 146 aerial victories.
This is the Fw 190A-6 of Fritz Tegtmeier of 3./JG 54, stationed at Wesenberg, Estonia, March 1944.