Kampfgeschwader 54 'Totenkopf' emblem

Kampfgeschwader 54 'Totenkopf'

    Geschwaderkommodoren:

  • Oberst Walter Lackner, 1 May 1939 - 19 May 1940
  • ObLt. Otto Höhne, 22 Jun 1940 - 22 Nov 1941
  • ObLt Walter Marienfeld, 23 Nov 1941 - 31 Mar 1943
  • ObLt Volprecht Riedesel Freiherr zu Eisenbach, 1 Apr 1943 - 9 Feb 1945
  • Maj Hansgeorg Bätcher, 27 Feb 1945 - 8 Apr 1945

Stab:

Formed 1 May 1939 in Fritzlar from A Stabs-Staffel existed Apr 1940 - Jul 1940.

On 1 Oct 1944 redesignated Stab/KG(J)54.

Airfields and Air Base Locations
Date Location Gruppe Aircraft Used
1 May 1939 - Sep 1939 Fritzlar Luftflotte 3 He 111P
Sep 1939 - Feb 1940 Gütersloh, Munstter-Handorf 4. Flieger-Division
IV. Fliegerkorps (from 11 Oct 1939)
He 111P
Feb 1940 - 28 May 1940 Quackenbruck IV. Fliegerkorps He 111P
28 May 1940 - 10 Jul 1940 Köln-Ostheim IV. Fliegerkorps He 111P, Ju 88A
10 Jul 1940 - 26 Jul 1940 Coulommiers V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
26 Jul 1940 - 1 Jun 1941 Evreux V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
1 Jun 1941 - 17 Jun 1941 Stubendorf V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
17 Jun 1941 - 12 Jul 1941 Swidnik V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
12 Jul 1941 - Aug 1941 Hranowka V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
Aug 1941 - 18 Oct 1941 Kirowograd V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
18 Oct 1941 - 17 Nov 1941 Dnjepropetrowsk-Nord V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
17 Nov 1941 - 21 Dec 1941 Memmingen II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
21 Dec 1941 - 21 May 1943 Catania II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
21 May 1943 - 1 Aug 1943 Grottaglie II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
1 Aug 1943 - 20 Sep 1943 Foggia II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
20 Sep 1943 - Oct 1943 Bergamo II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
Oct 1943 - Jan 1944 Ingolstadt IX. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
Jan 1944 - Jun 1944 Marx IX. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
Jun 1944 - 15 Aug 1944 Eindhoven IX. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
15 Aug 1944 - 22 Aug 1944 Orleans-Bricy IX. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
22 Aug 1944 - May 1945 Giebelstadt IX. Fliegerkorps (J)
9. Flieger-Division (J) (from 26 Jan 1945)
Me 262A

I. Gruppe:

Gruppenkommandeure:

  • Maj Otto Höhne, 1 May 1939 - 21 Jun 1940
  • Hptm Jobst Heinrich von Heydebreck, 22 Jun 1940 - 28 Feb 1941
  • Hptm Richard Linke, 1 Mar 1941 - 19 Aug 1941
  • Hptm Walter Freimann, 20 Aug 1941 - 10 Oct 1941
  • Hptm Hans Widmann, 11 Oct 1941 - 25 Oct 1941
  • Hptm Georg Graf von Platen, 26 Oct 1941 - 19 Nov 1942
  • ObLt Helmut von Raven, 20 Nov 1942 - 13 Apr 1943
  • Hptm Gerhard Molkentin, 14 Apr 1943 - 4 Oct 1943
  • Maj Otfried Sehrt, 5 Oct 1943 - 25 Mar 1945
  • Hptm Baasner, 26 Mar 1945 - 8 May 1945

Formed 1 May 1939 in Fritzlar from with:

Stab I./KG54 from Stab I./KG254
1./KG54 from 1./KG254
2./KG54 from 2./KG254
3./KG54 from 3./KG254

1 Oct 1944 redesignated I./KG(J)54.

Airfields and Air Base Locations
Date Location Gruppe Aircraft Used
1 May 1939 - 2 Sep 1939 Fritzlar Luftflotte 3 He 111P
3 Sep 1939 - 5 Nov 1939 Lippspringe/Celle* 3. Flieger-Division
IV. Fliegerkorps (from 11 Oct 1939)
He 111P
6 Nov 1939 - 14 Feb 1940 Delmenhorst IV. Fliegerkorps He 111P
15 Feb 1940 - 17 May 1940 Quakenbruck IV. Fliegerkorps He 111P
18 May 1940 - 30 May 1940 Werl IV. Fliegerkorps He 111P
30 May 1940 - 10 Jun 1940 Werl/Barth IV. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
10 Jun 1940 - 10 Jul 1940 Quakenbruck IV. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
10 Jul 1940 - 26 Jul 1940 Coulommiers V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
26 Jul 1940 - 1 Jun 1941 Evreux V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
1 Jun 1941 - 17 Jun 1941 Stubendorf V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
17 Jun 1941 - 12 Jul 1941 Swidnik (near Lublin) V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
12 Jul 1941 - 28 Jul 1941 Hranowka (near Dubno) V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
28 Jul 1941 - 8 Aug 1941 Berditschew/Krasznowka V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
8 Aug 1941 - 1 Oct 1941 Ohlau V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
1 Oct 1941 - 18 Oct 1941 Kirowograd-Ost V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
18 Oct 1941 - 17 Nov 1941 Dnjepropetrowsk - Nord V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
17 Nov 1941 - 21 Dec 1941 Memmingen II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
21 Dec 1941 - 23 May 1942 Gerbini** II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
24 May 1942 - 7 Jul 1942 Comiso** II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
7 Jul 1942 - 13 Sep 1942 Gerbini II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
14 Sep 1942 - 20 Dec 1942 Catania II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
21 Dec 1942 - 17 Feb 1943 Piacenza II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
17 Feb 1943 - 5 Jun 1943 Catania II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
6 Jun 1943 - 12 Sep 1943 Ingolstadt/Manching II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
12 Sep 1943 - 13 Dec 1943 Novara-Olleggio II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
13 Dec 1943 - Jan 1944 Ingolstadt/Manching IX. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
Jan 1944 - 13 May 1944 Wittmund-Jever IX. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
13 May 1944 - 1 Jun 1944 Evreux/St. André IX. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
1 Jun 1944 - 6 Jun 1944 Wittmund-Jever IX. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
6 Jun 1944 - 25 Jul 1944 Juvincourt IX. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
25 Jul 1944 - 15 Aug 1944 Eindhoven IX. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
15 Aug 1944 - 22 Aug 1944 Orleans-Bricy IX. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
22 Aug 1944 - 28 Mar 1945 Giebelstadt IX. Fliegerkorps (J)
9. Flieger-Division (J) (from 26 Jan 1945)
Me 262A
28 Mar 1945 - 14 Apr 1945 Zerbst 9. Flieger-Division (J) Me 262A
14 Apr 1945 - 7 May 1945 Prag-Rusin 9. Flieger-Division (J) Me 262A
7 May 1945 - 8 May 1945 Saaz 9. Flieger-Division (J) Me 262A

* 2./KG54 at Neukuhren 8 Sep 1939 - 20 Sep 1939 (Luftwaffen-Lehr-Division)

** a detachment to Eleusis 20 May 1942, and the same detachment moved to Tympakion/Crete and Derna 1 Jun 1942, and returned to Comiso 21 Jul 1942

 

II. Gruppe:

Gruppenkommandeure:

  • ObLt Rudolf Koester, Dec 1939 - 20 Jul 1940
  • Maj Kurt Leonhardy, 20 Jul 1940 - 11 Aug 1940
  • Hptm Karl-Bernhard Schlaeger, 12 Aug 1940 - Aug 1940
  • Hptm Hans Widmann (acting), Aug 1940 - 14 Sep 1940
  • Maj Erhart Krafft von Dellmensingen, 15 Sep 1940 - 17 Nov 1941
  • Hptm Heinz Gehrke, Dec 1941 - 14 Feb 1942
  • Hptm Otto Köhnke, 1 Mar 1942 - 27 Sep 1942
  • Maj Richard Taubert, 1 Oct 1942 - 28 Mar 1943
  • Maj Horst Bressel, 29 Mar 1943 - 23 Oct 1943
  • Hptm Karl Palliardi, 24 Oct 1943 - 25 Apr 1944
  • Hptm Ernst Petzold, 4 Jan 1945 - 8 May 1945

Formed Dec 1939 in Hoya from with:

Stab II./KG54 from Stab II./KG28



4./KG54 from 4./KG28
5./KG54 from 5./KG28
6./KG54 from 6./KG28

Disbanded 30 Apr 1944.

Reformed 5 Jan 1945 in Gardelegen as II./KG(J)54, from IV./KG54. Ordered disbanded 11 Apr 1945.

Airfields and Air Base Locations
Date Location Gruppe Aircraft Used
Dec 1939 - Jan 1940 Hoya IV. Fliegerkorps He 111P
Jan 1940 - Mar 1940 Oldenburg IV. Fliegerkorps He 111P
Mar 1940 - 16 Apr 1940 Celle IV. Fliegerkorps He 111P
16 Apr 1940 - 17 May 1940 Varrelbusch IV. Fliegerkorps
X. Fliegerkorps (20 Apr 1940 to 2 May 1940)
He 111P
17 May 1940 - 3 Jun 1940 Gütersloh IV. Fliegerkorps He 111P
3 Jun 1940 - 15 Jul 1940 Celle IV. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
15 Jul 1940 - 27 Jul 1940 Coulommiers IV. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
27 Jul 1940 - 14 Apr 1941 St. André IV. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
14 Apr 1941 - 26 May 1941 Bretigny IV. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
26 May 1941 - 1 Jun 1941 Lannion Fl. Fü. Atlantik Ju 88A
1 Jun 1941 - 17 Jun 1941 Stubendorf V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
17 Jun 1941 - 15 Jul 1941 Swidnik (near Lublin) V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
15 Jul 1941 - 17 Jul 1941 Hranowka (near Dubno) V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
17 Jul 1941 - 25 Aug 1941 Bjelaja Zerkow/Berditschew-Ost V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
25 Aug 1941 - 30 Aug 1941 Shitomir/Kanatow V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
30 Aug 1941 - 10 Nov 1941 Kirowograd-Nord V. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
10 Nov 1941 - 31 Dec 1941 Landsberg-Lech VIII. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
31 Dec 1941 - 20 Jan 1942 Konigsberg-Neuhausen VIII. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
20 Jan 1942 - 30 May 1942 Orscha-Süd VIII. Fliegerkorps
Luftwaffenkommando Ost (from 10 Apr 1942)
Ju 88A
30 May 1942 - 10 Jun 1942 Seschtschinskaja Luftwaffenkommando Ost Ju 88A
10 Jun 1942 - 22 Jun 1942 Bryansk Luftwaffenkommando Ost Ju 88A
22 Jun 1942 - 9 Jul 1942 Charkov VIII. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
9 Jul 1942 - 16 Aug 1942 Beauvais Luftflotte 3 Ju 88A
16 Aug 1942 - 27 Oct 1942 Chatalowka Luftwaffenkommando Ost Ju 88A
27 Oct 1942 - 26 May 1943 Catania II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
26 May 1943 - 9 Oct 1943 Wien-Aspern II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
9 Oct 1943 - 12 Dec 1943 Bergamo II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
12 Dec 1943 - 23 Dec 1943 Ingolstadt/Manching IX. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
23 Dec 1943 - 6 Apr 1944 Marx-Laon/Athies IX. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
6 Apr 1944 - 30 Apr 1944 Flensburg-Weiche IX. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
5 Jan 1945 - 13 Jan 1945 Gardelegen IX. Fliegerkorps (J) Me 262A
13 Jan 1945 - 28 Mar 1945 Kitzingen IX. Fliegerkorps (J)
9. Flieger-Division (J) (from 26 Jan 1945)
Me 262A
28 Mar 1945 - 21 Apr 1945 Furstenfeldbruck* 9. Flieger-Division (J) Me 262A
21 Apr 1945 - 30 Apr 1945 Waltersdorf-Miesbach 9. Flieger-Division (J) Me 262A
30 Apr 1945 - 3 May 1945 Fischbachau-Schliersee 9. Flieger-Division (J) Me 262A

28 Mar 1945 - 29 Apr 1945 detachment at Prag-Rusin. 4./KG54 was detached to Neuburg/Donau between 28 Mar 1945 - 20 Apr 1945.

III. Gruppe:

    Gruppenkommandeure:

    • Maj Adolf Häring, 1 Feb 1940 - 9 Jun 1940
    • Maj Kurt Leonhardy, 10 Jun 1940 - 19 Jul 1940
    • Maj Richard Linke, 1 Sep 1942 - 17 Sep 1942
    • Maj Kurt Stein, 18 Sep 1942 - 12 Oct 1942
    • Hptm Franz Ibold, 15 Oct 1942 - 2 Feb 1943
    • Hptm Hermann Donandt, 3 Feb 1943 - 31 Mar 1943
    • Maj Franz Zauner, 1 Apr 1943 - 30 Sep 1944
    • Hptm Eduard Brogsitter, 1 Oct 1944 - 8 May 1945

    Formed 1 Feb 1940 in Wiener-Neustadt with:

    Stab III./KG54 new



    7./KG54 new
    8./KG54 new
    9./KG54 new

    Disbanded Jul 1940.

    Reformed 1 Sep 1942 in Catania from with:

    Stab III./KG54 from Stab/KGr.806
    7./KG54 from 1./KGr.806
    8./KG54 from 2./KGr.806
    9./KG54 from 3./KGr.806

    1 Oct 1944 redesignated III./KG(J)54.

    Airfields and Air Base Locations
    Date Location Gruppe Aircraft Used
    1 Feb 1940 - 18 Mar 1940 Wiener-Neustadt IV. Fliegerkorps He 111P
    18 Mar 1940 - 1 Apr 1940 Celle IV. Fliegerkorps He 111P
    1 Apr 1940 - 8 Apr 1940 Bissel IV. Fliegerkorps He 111P
    8 Apr 1940 - 17 May 1940 Vechta IV. Fliegerkorps He 111P
    17 May 1940 - 28 May 1940 Munstter-Handorf IV. Fliegerkorps He 111P
    28 May 1940 - 20 Jun 1940 Köln-Ostheim IV. Fliegerkorps He 111P
    20 Jun 1940 - 11 Jul 1940 Le Bourget IV. Fliegerkorps He 111P
    11 Jul 1940 - 13 Jul 1940 Köln-Ostheim IV. Fliegerkorps He 111P
    13 Jul 1940 - Jul 1940 Munstter IV. Fliegerkorps He 111P
    1 Sep 1942 - 21 Feb 1943 Catania II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
    21 Feb 1943 - 21 May 1943 Piacenza II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
    21 May 1943 - 1 Aug 1943 Grottaglie II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
    1 Aug 1943 - 20 Sep 1943 Foggia II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
    20 Sep 1943 - 26 Oct 1943 Bergamo II. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
    26 Oct 1943 - 1 Apr 1944 Ingolstadt-Manching IX. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
    1 Apr 1944 - 6 Sep 1944 Marx IX. Fliegerkorps Ju 88A
    6 Sep 1944 - 21 Apr 1945 Neuburg/Donau IX. Fliegerkorps
    9. Flieger-Division (J) (from 26 Jan 1945)
    Me 262A
    21 Apr 1945 - 1 May 1945 Erding 9. Flieger-Division (J) Me 262A
    1 May 1945 - 3 May 1945 Prien/Chiemsee 9. Flieger-Division (J) Me 262A

IV. (Ergänzungsgruppe):

Gruppenkommandeure:

  • Olt Günther von Boekmann, 11 Jul 1940 - 30 Nov 1940
  • Hptm Hans Widmann, 1 Dec 1940 - 8 Oct 1941
  • Hptm Heinz Gehrke, 9 Oct 1941 - 1 Dec 1941
  • Hptm Heinz Krenkel, 2 Dec 1941 - 30 Oct 1942
  • Hptm Franz Zauner, 1 Nov 1942 - 31 Mar 1943
  • Hptm Georg Graf von Platen, 1 Apr 1943 - 19 Apr 1943
  • Maj Helmut Stamm, 20 Apr 1943 - 20 Oct 1944

The Ergänzungsstaffel/KG54 was formed 11 Jul 1940 in Lagerlechfeld (near Augsburg), and on 1 Oct 1940 became 10./KG54. 11./KG54 was formed 1 Mar 1941. Stab IV./KG54 and 12./KG54 was formed 1 Apr 1941, and the Gruppe was now fully formed:

Stab IV./KG54
10./KG54
11./KG54
12./KG54

On 20 Oct 1944 renamed II./KG(J) 54:

Stab IV./KG54 became Stab II./KG(J)54
10./KG54 became 4./KG(J)54
11./KG54 became 5./KG(J)54
12./KG54 became 6./KG(J)54

Airfields and Air Base Locations
Date Location Gruppe Aircraft Used
11 Jul 1940 - 9 Feb 1942 Lagerlechfeld* Luftwaffenbefehlshaber Mitte (from Mar 1941) He 111P, Ju 88A
10 Feb 1942 - 1 Mar 1942 Ingolstadt/Manching Luftwaffenbefehlshaber Mitte Ju 88A
1 Mar 1942 - 19 May 1943 Grottaglie Luftflotte 2 Ju 88A
19 May 1943 - 29 May 1943 Istres Luftflotte 2 Ju 88A
29 May 1943 - 17 Dec 1943 Parndorf Luftwaffenbefehlshaber Mitte Ju 88A
17 Dec 1943 - 20 Oct 1944 Gardelegen Luftwaffenbefehlshaber Mitte
Luftflotte Reich (from Jan 1944)
Ju 88A

* 12./KG54 at Barth, 1 Apr 1941 - 1 Jun 1941

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