Stab I. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 20 - Stab I./JG20

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 I./JG20 color photographs series Germany 1939 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 Stab I./JG20 Otto Kath Germany 1939 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 Stab I./JG20 ((+Hannes Trautloft WNr 5205 being rearmed Brandenburg Briest 1939 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 Stab I./JG20 ((I+ France early 1940 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 Stab I./JG20 (+~ Otto Kath WNr 5205 being rearmed Brandenburg Briest 1939 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 Stab I./JG20 (o+ Hofe WNr 1490 France 1940 01-03

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 Stab I./JG20 (o+ Hofe WNr 1490 France 1940 0A-0B

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 Stab I./JG20 (o+ Hofe WNr 1490 France 1940 Avions 189 Page 20

Messerschmitt Bf 109E Stab I./JG20 (I+~ Germany 1939 01-02

Messerschmitt Bf 109E Stab I./JG20 ((I+ France early 1940

Book Reference: Das Jagdgeschwader 51 JG-Mölders Eine Bilddokumentation über die Jahre 1938-1945. ISBN 3-925480-17-X Autors : Paul Stipdonk, Michael Meyer

Messerschmitt Bf 109E Stab I./JG20 (I+~ Germany early 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 1./JG20 Germany 1939

Messerschmitt Bf 109E Stab JG20 ((+ Hannes Trautloft France 1940

Hannes Trautloft with Wolfgang Falck 1942 01

Photo 01: During a tour of the Eastern Front in August and September 1942, Falck visited numerous Luftwaffe units to evaluate their ability to protect themselves at night against Soviet bombers. He is seen here visiting the Geschwader kommodore of JG54, Hannes Trautloft.

Pilots JG54 Hannes Trautloft series

Photo 02: Officers of JG54. From left Oblt. Reinhard Seiler, who returned as Staffelkapitan of I./JG54 on 28 June 1941 after having recovered from wounds suffered on 5 August 1940; Hptm. Dietrich Hrabak, Major Hannes Trautloft and Oblt. Hans Philipp.

Pilots 5./JG54 Hannes Trautloft Russia Aug 6 1941 01

Photo 01: Major Hannes Trautloft, right, the Kommodore of JG54, in discussion with Generaloberst Keller, CO of Luftflotte 1. The aircraft in the background coded (B1+) is probably the Bf 109F-2 flown by Oblt. Hubert Mutherich, the Staffelkapitan of 5./JG54.

Pilots JG54 Hannes Trautloft with Wolfgang Falck 1942 01

Photo 01: During a tour of the Eastern Front in August and September 1942, Falck visited numerous Luftwaffe units to evaluate their ability to protect themselves at night against Soviet bombers. He is seen here visiting the Geschwader kommodore of JG54, Hannes Trautloft.

Pilots JG54 Hannes Trautloft signed 01-02

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Messerschmitt Bf 109E Stab JG20 (o+ Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe WNr 1490 France 1940 0A 0B

Profiles:00 Messerschmitt Bf 109E.3 Oblt. Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe, Technical Officer III./JG51 Oblt. Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe's Bf 109E-3 W.Nr 1490 as it appeared during the mid-summer of 1940. Finished in a high demarcation 70/71 camouflage scheme it carried the III.Gruppe 'Axt van Niederrhein' beneath the cockpit ledge.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E JG20.1 (o+ Hofe WNr 1490 France 1940 01

Photo 01: This Bf 109E-3 belonged to the Technical Officer of III./JG51 is being refueled at a temporary landing strip in France shortly after Dunkirk.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E JG20.1 (o+ Hofe WNr 1490 France 1940 02

Photo 02: Bf 109Es of III./JG51 on an unidentified French airfield in the early summer of 1940. The aircraft in the middle foreground is that of the Technical Officer, Oblt. Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe W.Nr 1490. The black cat emblem on the cowling of the aircraft in the foreground is that of 8.Staffel which had been 2./JG20 before it became a part of JG51. Both aircraft are finished in the high demarcation 71/02/65 scheme.

JG54 Pichon-Kalau von Hofe+Reserve Waldhausen+Hannes Trautloft Sep 1940

Photo 01: Tense personnel of Stab/JG54 anxiously await the return of an overdue pilot. In the foreground left, still wearing his life jacket is Oblt. Pichon-Kalau von Hofe, Hptm. der Reserve Waldhausen, and the Kommodore, Major Hannes Trautloft. Several members of the ground staff are in the background. The missing pilot, Oblt. Otto Kath had become separated from his Schwarm during a mission over England but eventually returned unharmed.

1 staffel I. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 20 - 1./JG20

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 1./JG20 Germany 1939 01-03

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 1./JG20 (White 3+~) Brandenburg Briest Sep 1939 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 1./JG20 unidentified aircraft Brandenburg Briest 1939 01-03

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 1./JG20 White 9 Brandenburg Briest Sep 1939 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 1./JG20 (W9+) flown by Wilhelm Otterbeck who was shot down over Middelburg Holland on

Photo's: Show the crash remains of Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 1./JG20 (W9+) flown by Wilhelm Otterbeck who was shot down over Middelburg Holland on by a of GC I/4, piloted by French pilot Lt J. Hirschauer.

Book Reference: Avions No 155 2007

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 1./JG20 (White 1+~) WNr 1432 Walter Oesau rudder section kills 1940 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 1./JG20 unidentified aircraft Brandenburg Briest 1939 04

2 staffel I. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 20 - 2./JG20

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 2./JG20 (Red 8+~) being rearmed Germany 1939 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 2./JG20 (Red 10+~) being rearmed Brandenburg Briest 1939 01-03

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 2./JG20 (Red 7+~) Brandenburg Briest 1939 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 2./JG20 (Red 7+~) Brandenburg Briest 1939 02

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 2./JG20 Red 1 with Oblt v Minnigerode Summer 1939 ebay photo 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 2./JG20 Red 2 and 3 Straussberg August 1939 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 2./JG20 Red 3+~ Fritz Stendel Brandenburg Briest 1939 01

Photo's: sad to say with this stupid law passed by another generation of Bureaucratic Idiots so many photo's are being destroyed by people trying to remove the swastika another classic example of a badly swastika edited photo Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 2./JG20 Red 2 and 3 Straussberg August 1939

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 2./JG20 Red 3 Germany winter 1939-40

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 2./JG20 Flugzeugfuhrer Bonninghardt 25th Feb 1940 ebay 01

3 staffel I. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 20 - 3./JG20

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 3./JG20 (Y6+~) undergoing major repairs Germany 1939 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 3./JG20 Yellow 4 France 1940 01

 
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Luftwaffe pilot Albrecht Freiherr von Minnigerode

Units: Legion Condor, Stab I./JG-2 (7/39), Stfkpt 2./JG-20 (2/40)

Awards: Spanish Cross, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-4 (lost 5/11/40)

Remarks: POW 11 May, 1940 after being hit by Dutch AA fire. His 109 crashed at Amerongen Holland (DeSwart), near Tiel. He sat out the rest of the war in Canada after being quickly sent to England from the Netherlands. Nickname 'Minni'.

Asisbiz database list of aerial victories for Albrecht Freiherr von Minnigerode

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Luftwaffe pilot Fritz Stendel

Units: 2./JG-20 (5/40), 8./JG-51 (8/42 S.U.), Kdr IV./JG-5 (5/44)

Awards: DK-G(9/24/42), EP, EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E in JG-20, Bf 109F in JG-51, Fw 190A, Bf 110 in IV/JG-5

Remarks: One known victory, his 1st, a Hawk-75A south of Middelburg, 17 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire SW of Dover on 8 August, 1940. His 3rd, a Spitfire S of London on 18 August, 1940. His 4th, a Spitfire near London on 7 September, 1940. His 5th & 6th, a Hurricane and a Spitfire near London on 15 September, 1940. His 7th, a Spitfire over the Thames on 11 November, 1940. His first known Soviet victory, while in JG-51, an Il-2 on 4 August, 1942. An Il-2 on 5 August, 1942. An Il-2 on 10 August, 1942. An Il-2 E of Kuklovo on 5 September, 1942. An Il-2 on 29 October, 1942. An Il-2 on 11 May, 1943. A Boston on 6 July, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 8 July, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 16 July, 1943. Two Yak-9's E of Oescha on 12 October, 1943. A Boston III at Retschiza on 28 October, 1943. A Soviet P-39 on 29 September, 1944. A LaGG-3 and a P-40 on 8 October, 1944. An Il-2 (m.H.) on 11 October, 1944. Two Yak-9's on 21 October, 1944. Bowers/Lednicer, 39 victories.

Asisbiz database list of 25 aerial victories out of 39 for Fritz Stendel

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
Friday, May 17, 1940 Fritz Stendel 2./JG20 Hawk-75A   17:14 South of Middelburg
Thursday, August 8, 1940 Fritz Stendel 8./JG51 Spitfire   12:50 SW Dover
Sunday, August 18, 1940 Fritz Stendel 8./JG51 Spitfire   14:32 South of London
Saturday, September 7, 1940 Fritz Stendel 8./JG51 Spitfire   18:44  
Sunday, September 15, 1940 Fritz Stendel 8./JG51 Hurricane   15:28  
Sunday, September 15, 1940 Fritz Stendel 8./JG51 Spitfire   15:36  
Monday, November 11, 1940 Fritz Stendel 8./JG51 Spitfire 1500m 13:13 Thames Estuary
Tuesday, August 4, 1942 Fritz Stendel 8./JG51 Il-2 Sturmovik Low Level 19:10 46 252
Wednesday, August 5, 1942 Fritz Stendel 8./JG51 Il-2 Sturmovik Low Level 09:01 46 212
Monday, August 10, 1942 Fritz Stendel 8./JG51 Il-2 Sturmovik Low Level 14:15 46 291
Saturday, September 5, 1942 Fritz Stendel Stab III./JG51 Il-2 Sturmovik   05:02 E Kuklovo
Thursday, October 29, 1942 Fritz Stendel Stab III./JG51 Il-2 Sturmovik 300m 16:07 37 551
Tuesday, May 11, 1943 Fritz Stendel 8./JG51 Il-2 Sturmovik 600m 12:30 63 413
Tuesday, July 6, 1943 Fritz Stendel 8./JG51 A-20 Boston 1200m 09:32 63 681
Thursday, July 8, 1943 Fritz Stendel 8./JG51 LaGG-5 300m 13:54 63 321
Friday, July 16, 1943 Fritz Stendel 8./JG51 LaGG-5 1800m 13:07 54 692
Tuesday, October 12, 1943 Fritz Stendel 8./JG51 Yak-9 3500m 09:22 18km SE Orscha
Tuesday, October 12, 1943 Fritz Stendel 8./JG51 Yak-9 2500m 09:37 21km E Orscha
Thursday, October 28, 1943 Fritz Stendel 8./JG51 A-20 Boston III 3800m 15:02 Retschiza
Friday, September 29, 1944 Fritz Stendel Stab IV./JG5 P-39 Aircobra 800m 15:19 QA-59
Sunday, October 8, 1944 Fritz Stendel Stab IV./JG5 LaGG-3 500m 07:57 TD-85
Sunday, October 8, 1944 Fritz Stendel Stab IV./JG5 P-40 Warhawk 900m 08:06 TD-64
Wednesday, October 11, 1944 Fritz Stendel Stab IV./JG5 Il-2 Sturmovik m.H. 200m 10:52 TC-25
Saturday, October 21, 1944 Fritz Stendel Stab IV./JG5 Yak-9 800m 12:28 TB-71
Saturday, October 21, 1944 Fritz Stendel Stab IV./JG5 Yak-9 800m 12:27 TA-91

Knights Cross

Luftwaffe pilot Werner Pichon-Kalau von Höfe

Units: Stab III./JG-51 (7/40), TO and Stfkpt 7./JG-54 ('42)

Awards: DK-G, EP, EK 1 & 2, Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-4 WNr 5909 'Black <o' in III/JG-51, Bf 109F-2's WNr 5778 &12704, Bf 109F-4 7465 'White 1' (lost ), Bf 109G-2

Remarks: MIA in Werk# 7465 near Tolsstowa, S.U. He did return shortly thereafter. Each of the other AC did receive damage in other encounters. In one, on 16 March, 1941, he was wounded in # 5909 near Le Mans. His first known victories, Nos.1, 2 & 3, all Defiants S of Folkestone on 19 July, 1940. His 4th a Spitfire near Tonbridge on 12 October, 1940. His 5th a Spitfire in the London area on 25 October, 1940. His 6th a Spitfire at Ashford on 27 October, 1940. His first known Soviet victory, an I-18 on 16 February, 1942. An I-26 on 12 March, 1942. Five victories on 16 March, 1942; an I-18, two R-Z's, and 'Unident' and a 'Doppeldeck'. A P-40 on 21 March, 1942. A P-40 on 11 May, 1942. A MiG-3 on 15 June, 1942. Deceased 24 September, 1999.

Luftwaffe pilot List of aerial victories for Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
19-Jul-40 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe Stab III./JG51 Defiant   13.45 South of Folkestone
19-Jul-40 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe Stab III./JG51 Defiant   13.46 South of Folkestone
19-Jul-40 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe Stab III./JG51 Defiant   13.43 South of Folkestone
12-Oct-40 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe Stab /JG54      
25-Oct-40 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe Stab /JG54      
27-Oct-40 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe Stab /JG54     Ashford
16-Feb-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 I-18   15.15  
12-Mar-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 I-26   17.41  
16-Mar-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 R-Zet   09.29  
16-Mar-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 R-Zet   09.32  
16-Mar-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 Doppeldeck   14.25  
16-Mar-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 Unident:   15.31  
16-Mar-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 I-18   08.10  
21-Mar-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 P-40 Warhawk   10.32  
28-Mar-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 I-18   10.40  
11-May-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 P-40 Warhawk   06.53  
15-Jun-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 MiG-3   15.20  

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Luftwaffe pilot Wilhelm Otterbeck

Units: 1/JG20

Awards: Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E1 (lost 5/17/40)

Remarks: POW 17 May, 1940 after being shot down by a of GC I/4, piloted by Lt J. Hirschauer. His 109 crashed near Middelburg Holland (DeSwart & Wings to Victory)

Knights Cross

Luftwaffe pilot Hannes Trautloft KOMMODORE OF JG54

'We all feel that a powerful drama is unfolding.. . '

I arrive at the airfield at 02:30 while stars still shine in the dark skies. As a result of the cool night, dew covers the clover undeRGoot and my fur-lined flying boots are damp. The airfield is alive with activity.

In the parking. places, 45 engines are being warmed-up and create a monotonous roar as the chief mechanics rev them up. Bright, blue-yellow flames shoot from the exhaust stubs and the air is filled with a rare scent from the mixture of soil, flowers, grass, petrol and oi1.As the eastern skies are tinged with colour, there is the first chirping of birds and the shadows and darkness quickly disappear. Everyone on the airfield is aware that this is the dawn of a fateful day.

Shivering, we climb into our aircraft. The metal seat is cold and the harness is damp. The chief mechanic straps me in and wishes me luck as I close the canopy. The engine starts with a thunder. As always before a combat mission, my throat is dry and perhaps my heart is beating faster than normally. At 02.50 hrs we take off. The order is for all Geschwader of the I. Fliegerk01ps to cross the border at 03.00 and as we fly over it, the front comes alive.At 03.05, heavy artillery is brought into action and everywhere, all along the front, we see the muzzle flashes of the guns. It is a rousing scene, and at this moment the Eastern Front is born. From our vantage point we can see to the north across the Memel River, while to the south the Romintener Heath is visible. We all feel that a powerful drama is unfolding, that a door is being opened on a new phase of history, but one which will possibly be fateful for us all.

We fly in the direction of Kowno. The pilots fly nervously. I recognize this from the first operations of previous campaigns. It is due to anxiety, as so much is unknown: What will the Russians do? Will our surprise attack succeed? Will the Russian fighters engage in combat? Are their aircraft superior to ours? Before and below us on the dark ground is the city and airfield of Kowno, which can be identified only through its outline and contours.At this moment the sun rises above the eastern horizon, suddenly bringing glittering rays of light on our aircraft as we fly through the crystal-clear air of the dawn of a new day.

Our bombers attack the airfield at Kowno, the bombs landing in the middle of the parked aircraft. Suddenly, there are two fighters in front of us, but they disappear as quickly as they had appeared. There is no combat with them. We fly back. Numerous fires blaze along the entire front and thick black columns of smoke rise high in the sky.

The Russians wtre not prepared in any way for the first, surprise attack and most of their bases are attacked without any resistance. Soon, however, this situation changes and our bases at Gerlinden and Lindental report that they have spotted enemy bombers flying overhead. The alert squadrons take off to prevent the penetration of East Prussian airspace and, of the 26 SB 2 bombers which enter the area, 17 are shot down. Everywhere we see parachutes and burning, crashing aircraft. The other enemy aircraft flee in a wild panic but are followed all the way to Schaulen. We fly operations throughout the day, each pilot flying five to seven sorties. Our spines and backs ache. Escort for bombers, fighter sweeps, and low-level attacks are alternated. This afternoon we gained air superiority over our area. No Russian fighter dares to appear.

During a fighter sweep late that afternoon, we carry out a surprise attack on an enemy bomber formation which consists of 50-60 SB 2s. Unfortunately, because we are short of fuel we can only make two attacks. The first one is unsuccessful, but during the second, the right engine of the bomber in front of us is burning. The aircraft jettisons its bomb load but then explodes in the air. As we turn away, we encounter strong return fire from the tailgunners in the other bombers. The enemy formation flies south but our fuel shortage compels us to return to base. We radio for reinforcements which intercept this formation and shoot down another 11 aircraft. One of our Me 109s has been hit and is unable to lower its landing gear. The pilot makes a careful and successful crash-landing. One hour later we take off for our next mission. One pilot loses his bearings during air combat but reports from Litzmannstadt in the late afternoon.

Toward dusk we fly one last mission in the direction of Schaulen but there is no contact with the enemy. We fly low over our ground troops who are half way to Kowno and Schaulen. Dense clouds of dust reveal the direction of the advance of each column, just as in Poland. There are fires everywhere; entire villages are in flames. Tauroggen is burning and produces a large column of black smoke which can be seen from far away. After the final mission, the successes of the day are reported to the Fliegerkorps. The Geschwader destroyed 45 aircraft in the air and 35 on the ground.
The strain of the day's fighting is very noticeable. We are all dog-tired and need rest, but this is a bad time for fighter pilots to sleep and we are unable to relax until the middle of the night. After just two hours, however, we have to prepare for the next day's operations.

Luftwaffe pilot '...there was no throttle!'

During the Balkans campaign, the 'Green Hearts' Geschwader, then stationed at Belgrade-Semlin, was withdrawn from combat operations. Before our aircraft were passed on to another unit, the ground personnel did their best to bring them up to first-class condition and parked them around the edge of the airfield. Until they took delivery of new aircraft, the 'Green Hearts' therefore led a peaceful existence and each person used his free time in his own way. For the pilots, this involved some high-peRGormance Yugoslav gliders which they had found in a hangar and had made ready to f1y.Thus, every Friday, while the war raged elsewhere, such famous glider pilots as Wolfgang Spate, Franz Eckerle, and 'Hubs' Miltherich peRGormed their masterly aerobatics displays over the Semlin air base.These so impressed me that I decided I wanted to take part so, one Friday, 'Hubs' Miltherich gave me the necessary instruction, a Go-145 tow-plane was coupled up to the glider, and off I went.

At first everything proceeded smoothly. Then, at a height of 1, 000 metres, as I banked the glider into a turn, I saw below me a Do-17 which had carried out an emergency landing in one of the tributaries of. the River Danube which ran close to the airfield. Fascinated, and purely out of habit, I rolled the glider upside down to take a better look at the crash-landed Dornier. This cost me a considerable loss in height, but 1 was so engrossed that it was only as I automatically reached for the throttle that I realised that I, the experienced fighter pilot, was not seated in my Bf 109 and that there was no throttle!

Struggling to return to the airfield in a shallow glide, I saw before me, as if forming a barrier, the proud lines of Bf 109s which the ground personnel had so carefully serviced. The whole Geschwader was watching and a collision seemed inevitable, but I pushed the stick forward and hoped for the best. The nose dropped and the glider picked up a little speed, but I was still heading straight towards the parked Bf 109s. I hauled back on the stick and the glider staggered to a height of three metres, rose over the parked aircraft - and stalled.

The glider fell like a stone. There was a loud crash as it broke apart, losing its canopy and wings. I sat in the wreckage surprised but uninjured until one of the workshop foremen arrived and, anxious to be helpful, set about freeing me from the smashed remains. However, he clearly had not recognised me as the Geschwader Kommodore, for as he pulled away the splintered wood and torn fabric, I heard him dryly remark, 'I should have known! Bloody Friday again!'

Hannes Trautloft was born on 3 March 1912 at Groß-Obringen near Weimar in Thüringen. On 1 April 1931 he joined the Deutsche VerkehRGliegerschule at Schleißheim and learned to fly. In 1932 he spent four months at the secret training base in Lipezk, Russia. He returned to Germany to serve in the army until 1934 when he was transferred to Jagdfliegerschule Schleißheim as a Leutnant.

Trautloft was one of six pilots that sailed aboard the Ursaramo arriving at Cadiz, Spain on 7 August 1936 to support Franco's Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War. Initially flying He 51 biplane fighters Trautloft and Kraft Eberhardt (seven victories, killed in action 13 November 1936) recorded the first German victories in Spain by each claiming a Breguet XIX shot down on 25 August 1936. On 30 August, Trautloft claimed a Potez 540 for his second victory but became the first German pilot shot down over Spain. He baled out and landed near Nationalist forces and returned unharmed. In December 1936, four prototype Bf 109s were delivered to counter the Russian SB twin-engine bombers and the I-15 and I-16 fighters supporting the Spanish Republican forces. Trautloft went on to record three more confirmed victories flying the Bf 109 for a total of five victories in Spain. Perhaps more importantly, Trautloft was responsible for developing tactics for the deployment of the Bf 109 in service. He was awarded the Spanienkreuz in Gold mit Schwertern for his service in Spain. On his return to Germany, Trautloft served with different units, including winning the international roundthe-alps air race in Switzerland as part of the 'Dreier-Patrouille' flying Bf 109s, before being appointed Staffelkapitän of 12./JG132 on 1 July 1938. 12./JG132 was redesignated 2./JG331 on 1 November 1938. At the outbreak of World War 2, Trautloft was serving with 2./JG77.

He participated in the Polish campaign. He gained his first victory in the new conflict when he shot down a Polish PZL P.23 attack aircraft near Warta. Trautloft was promoted to the rank of Hauptmann and became Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG20 on 19 September 1939. He gained two victories with the unit during the French campaign. I./JG20 was to be redesignated III./JG51 on 4 July 1940. The Battle of Britain saw Trautloft record two further victories to raise his victory total to five in World War 2 and 10 overall. On 25 August 1940, Trautloft was appointed Kommodore of the newly formed JG54, a post he would hold until July 5, 1943. He led the Jagdgeschwader during the remainder of the Battle of Britain. Trautloft flew 120 missions over the Channel before JG54 was relocated to Germany for rest and refit. He recorded three further victories over England to raise his overall victory total to 13.

Trautloft and JG54 participated in the Balkans campaign and Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia. Major Trautloft was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 27 July 1941 for achieving 20 victories and outstanding leadership. By the end of 1941 he had recorded 26 victories. He recorded 19 victories in 1942, including his 30th victory on 16 March, his 40th on 9 May and his 50th on 15 February 1943. On 6 July 1943, Trautloft was appointed Inspizient Ost with the General der Jagflieger's office. He was appointed Inspekteur der Tagjäger on 27 November. Trautloft's involvement in the so-called 'Mutiny of the Fighter Pilots' in 1945 led to his removal and subsequent posting to 4 Flieger-SchulDivision based at Strassburg. He ended the war with this unit based at Döberitz-Elsgrund. Post-war, Trautloft joined the Bundesluftwaffe on 1 October 1957 with the rank of Brigadegeneral. During the 1960's,Trautloft served as the Inspector General of the Bundesluftwaffe. He retired on 30 June 1970 with the rank of Generalleutnant. Trautloft was active in many veterans' organizations until his death on 11 January 1995 at Bad Wiessee near München.

Hannes Trautloft was credited with 58 victories in 560 missions. He recorded 45 victories over the Eastern front. Included in his total are five victories recorded during the Spanish Civil War.

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location / Comments
1 25.8.1936 - Breguet XIX J/88 Spain
2 30.8.1936 - Potez 54 J/88 Spain
3 1.9.1936 - Nieuport 52 V. J/88 Spain
4 30.9.1936 - Potez 54 V. J/88 Spain
5 8.12.1936 - I-16 V. J/88 Spain
6 5.9.1939 8:20 PZL P.23 2./JG77 Warta 15km NW Sieradz
7 29.5.1940 18:40 Stab I./JG20 SE Dünkirchen
8 31.5.1940 18:06 Stab I./JG20 N Dünkirchen
9 19.7.1940 13:42 Defiant Stab III./JG51 S Folkestone
10 8.8.1940 12:48 Stab III./JG51 Dungennes
11 25.8.1940 20:20 Stab/JG54 Ärmelkanal
12 7.9.1940 19:00 Stab/JG54 Maidstone
13 27.10.1940 15:05 Stab/JG54 Ashford
14 22.6.1941 16:48 DB-3 Stab/JG54 NW Mariampol
15 23.6.1941 10:15 SB-3 Stab/JG54 Kussen
16 24.6.1941 19:30 DB-3 Stab/JG54 N Tauroggen
17 25.6.1941 9:30 DB-3 Stab/JG54 S Schaulen
18 30.6.1941 15:10 DB-3 Stab/JG54 N Dünaburg
19 30.6.1941 15:50 DB-3 Stab/JG54 N Dünaburg
20 6.7.1941 19:10 SB-2 Stab/JG54 S Ostrow
21 13.7.1941 17:34 I-18 Stab/JG54 Soltzy
22 14.7.1941 18:12 I-18 Stab/JG54 SE Kingisepp
23 21.7.1941 21:00 SB-2 Stab/JG54 Waluj
24 24.7.1941 19:52 SB-3 Stab/JG54 E Porchow
- 24.7.1941 - SB-3 Stab/JG54 not confirmed
25 24.7.1941 20:00 SB-3 Stab/JG54 E Dno
- 17.9.1941 - I-18 Stab/JG54 not confirmed
26 4.10.1941 10:40 I-26 Stab/JG54 Leningrad / Ljuban
27 7.10.1941 15:10 I-16 Stab/JG54 Smolino
28 7.10.1941 15:15 I-18 Stab/JG54 Smolino
29 25.10.1941 9:38 Pe-2 Stab/JG54 Budogoschtsch
30 25.10.1941 14:26 SB-2 Stab/JG54 NE Oskuje
31 29.10.1941 11:07 I-26 Stab/JG54 Tichwin
- 8.11.1941 - I-26 Stab/JG54 not confirmed
32 6.3.1942 10:00 R-5 Stab/JG54 Tschudowo
33 9.3.1942 10:20 I-16 Stab/JG54 Ljuban
34 14.3.1942 9:14 I-26 Stab/JG54 Nowgorod
35 16.3.1942 14:58 I-26 Stab/JG54 Malaja Wischera
36 18.3.1942 10:42 I-18 Stab/JG54 Nowgorod
37 20.3.1942 16:10 I-18 Stab/JG54 Malaja Wischera
38 29.3.1942 15:38 I-18 Stab/JG54 Staraja Russa
39 1.4.1942 15:42 Il-2 Stab/JG54 Staraja Russa
40 1.4.1942 15:50 Il-2 Stab/JG54 Staraja Russa
41 4.4.1942 14:30 I-301 Stab/JG54 Metino
42 4.4.1942 14:33 I-301 Stab/JG54 E Tschudowo
43 5.4.1942 11:30 I-61 Stab/JG54 Fedosina
44 9.5.1942 15:50 Yak-1 Stab/JG54 Demyansk
45 9.5.1942 16:10 Pe-2 Stab/JG54 Demyansk
46 30.5.1942 9:24 MiG-3 Stab/JG54 -
47 5.8.1942 18:35 Pe-2 Stab/JG54 SE Shimsk
48 9.8.1942, 10:00 Pe-2 Stab/JG54 NE Reschew
49 22.8.1942 10:15 LaGG-3 Stab/JG54 N Uljanovo
50 28.8.1942 5:12 LaGG-3 Stab/JG54 N Rschev
51 17.1.1943 10:01 Il-2 Stab/JG54 N Mga: at 200m
52 14.2.1943 14:10 Il-2 Stab/JG54 10 523
53 14.2.1943 14:15 Il-2 Stab/JG54 10 562
54 14.2.1943 14:30 Il-2 m.H. Stab/JG54 10 524
55 15.2.1943 9:28 Mustang Stab/JG54 00 444
56 17.2.1943 15:02 Il-2 m.H. Stab/JG54 10 522
57 18.2.1943 9:50 Il-2 Stab/JG54 10 382
58 7.3.1943 14:10 Il-2 Stab/JG54 18 324

Victories :58

Awards :

Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (27 July 1942)
Ritterkreuz (27 July 1941)

Units :J/88, JG77, JG51, JG54

http://www.luftwaffe.cz/trautloft.html

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz Database list of aerial victories for Hannes Trautloft

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
05-Sep-39 Hannes Trautloft Stab I./JG77 PZL P-23   08.20 Warta 15km NW Sieradz
29-May-40 Hannes Trautloft Stab I./JG20   18.40 SE Dunkirk
31-May-40 Hannes Trautloft Stab I./JG20   18.06 N Dunkirk
19-Jul-40 Hannes Trautloft Stab III./JG51 Defiant   13.42 South of Folkestone
08-Aug-40 Hannes Trautloft Stab III./JG51   12.48 Dungeness
25-Aug-40 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54   20.20 armelkanal
07-Sep-40 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54   19.00 Maidstone
27-Oct-40 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54   15.05 Ashford
30-Jun-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 DB-3   15.10  
30-Jun-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 DB-3   15.50  
06-Jul-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 SB-2   19.10  
13-Jul-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 I-18   17.34  
24-Jul-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 SB-3   19.52  
04-Oct-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 I-26   10.40  
07-Oct-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 I-18   15.15  
07-Oct-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 I-16 Rata   15.10  
25-Oct-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Pe-2   09.38  
25-Oct-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 SB-2   14.26  
29-Oct-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik   11.07  
09-May-42 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Yak-1   15.50  
09-May-42 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Pe-2   16.10  
05-Aug-42 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Pe-2 6500m 18.35 SE Shimsk (Novgorod)
09-Aug-42 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Pe-2 1000m 10.00 NO Reschew (Reshev)
22-Aug-42 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 LaGG-3   10.15 N Uljanovo
28-Aug-42 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 LaGG-3 800m 05.12 N Rschev
17-Jan-43 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 200m 10.01 North of Mga
14-Feb-43 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 300m 14.10 10 523
14-Feb-43 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 200m 14.15 10 562
14-Feb-43 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik m.H. 300m 14.30 10 524
15-Feb-43 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 P-51 Mustang 1000m 09.28 00 444
17-Feb-43 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik m.H. 400m 15.02 10 522
18-Feb-43 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 400m 09.50 10 382
07-Mar-43 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 200m 14.10 18 324
30-May-43 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 MiG-3   09.24  

 

 Some of the most widely used Book References:

  • Jagdwaffe: Battle of Britain: Phase One: July-August 1940 (Luftwaffe Colours: Volume Two, Section 1) Paperback Eric Mombeek (Author), David Wadman (Author), Eddie J Creek (Author)
  • Jagdwaffe: Battle of Britain: Phase Two: August-September 1940 (Luftwaffe Colours: Volume Two, Section 2) Paperback Eric Mombeek (Author), David Wadman (Author), Martin Pegg (Author)
  • Jagdwaffe: Battle of Britain: Phase Three: September-October 1940 (Luftwaffe Colours: Volume Two, Section 3) Paperback Eric Mombeek (Author), David Wadman (Author), Martin Pegg (Author)
  • Jagdwaffe: Battle of Britain: Phase Four: November 1940-June 1941 (Luftwaffe Colours: Volume Two, Section 4) Paperback Eric Mombeek (Author), David Wadman (Author), Martin Pegg (Author)

 Some of the most widely used Magazine References:

  • Airfix Magazines (English) - http://www.airfix.com/
  • Avions (French) - http://www.aerostories.org/~aerobiblio/rubrique10.html
  • FlyPast (English) - http://www.flypast.com/
  • Flugzeug Publikations GmbH (German) - http://vdmedien.com/flugzeug-publikations-gmbh-hersteller_verlag-vdm-heinz-nickel-33.html
  • Flugzeug Classic (German) - http://www.flugzeugclassic.de/
  • Klassiker (German) - http://shop.flugrevue.de/abo/klassiker-der-luftfahrt
  • Le Fana de L'Aviation (French) - http://boutique.editions-lariviere.fr/site/abonnement-le-fana-de-l-aviation-626-4-6.html
  • Le Fana de L'Aviation (French) - http://www.pdfmagazines.org/tags/Le+Fana+De+L+Aviation/
  • Osprey (English) - http://www.ospreypublishing.com/
  • Revi Magazines (Czech) - http://www.revi.cz/