7. Staffel III. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 26 - 7./JG26

Aircrew Luftwaffe ace 8/.JG26 Gustav Sprick 01-02

Aircrew Luftwaffe ace Artur Beese who shot down USAAF 42 5225 B 17F 91BG323BS Aug 17 1943

Aircrew Luftwaffe ace III/.JG26 Ludewig Ebeling Schopel Haibock Nauman 01

Aircrew Luftwaffe ace JG26 Gerhard Schopfel 01-02

Aircrew Luftwaffe ace JG26 Gerhard Schopfel France 1940

Aircrew Luftwaffe ace JG26 Ludewig Ebeling

Aircrew Luftwaffe ace pilot JG26 Artur Beese 01

Aircrew Luftwaffe JG26 pilot Josef Burschgens 1940

Aircrew Luftwaffe JG26 pilot Walter Horten in the cockpit of his Messerschmitt Bf 109E 01

Aircrew Luftwaffe pilot Lt. Egon Troha with 7/.JG26 Werl 1939 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 7./JG26 (White 2+I) Karl-Heinz Bock W.Nr 6294 crash-landed Rye, Sep 17, 1940 00

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 of 7./JG26 flown by Uffz. Karl-Heinz Bock 'White 2', the Bf 109E-1 of Uffz. Karl-Heinz Bock of JG26 which was forced to make a wheels-up landing near Rye after experiencing engine trouble during a freie Jagd over the London area on the afternoon of 17 September. Finished in a high demarcation 02/71 scheme, unusually for an aircraft of the III. Gruppe, the sides of the fuselage and fin carried a light mottling of what is believed to have been 02. The spinner, cowling and rudder were painted yellow and the G26 'Schlageter' shield was carried beneath the windscreen on both sides of the fuselage. Like many E-1s of the summer battles, the aircraft had been fitted with the later style of canopy.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 7./JG26 (White 2+I) Karl-Heinz Bock W.Nr 6294 crash-landed Rye, Sep 17, 1940 00

Photo's 01-02: Uffz. Karl-Heinz Bock's Bf 109E-1, WNr.6294, of 7./JG26 at Broomhill Farm, Camber, near Rye. During a fighter sweep on 17 September, Bock's engine developed a fault and he had to make a forced landing. Note the small identity number and bar which were characteristic of III./JG26 aircraft throughout the Battle of Britain.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 7./JG26 (White 2+I) Karl-Heinz Bock W.Nr 6294 crash-landed Rye, Sep 17, 1940 00

Photo 03: This photograph of Uffz. Karl-Heinz Bock's Bf 109E-1 serves to illustrate the similar appearance of Oblt Muncheberg's aircraft, and for which no suitable photograph exists. Uffz. Bock, flying an aircraft very similar in appearance to Muncheberg's, forced landed this aircraft at Broomhill Farm, near Rye, on the afternoon of 17 September. He was on a freelance fighter sweep to London, suffered engine failure, forced landed and was captured unhurt.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-1 7./JG26 (White 6+I) being refueled and re armed at Essen Muhlheim 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 7./JG26 (White 6+I) during battle of Britain, August 1940 01

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 of 7./JG26 'White 6' of 7./JG26 illustrates the early form of yellow rudder marking that was beginning to make its appearance on Bf 109s during the middle of August 1940. Initially starting off as shown here, it later increased to cover the rear half of the rudder surface and finally the entire surface.

Photo 01: Bf 109E-3 'White 6' of 7./JG26 on which the early application of yellow paint to the top portion of the rudder can clearly be seen.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 7./JG26 (White 7+I) belly landed near Caffiers France 1940 due to a broken camshaft.

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Profile 0A-0B: Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 7./JG26 (White 7+I) Josef Burschgens Werk Nr 1159 Caffiers France 1940 due to a dog fight with Spitfires.

Source: Kagero 'Battle of Britain' Part III Topcolors 15026

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 7./JG26 (White 7+I) Walter Horten in the cockpit of his White 7 France 1940 01

Aircrew Luftwaffe JG26 pilot Walter Horten in the cockpit of his Messerschmitt Bf 109E 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 7./JG26 (White 9+I) Caffiers, France August 1940 01

Photo 01: 'White 9', a Bf 109E-4 of 7./JG26 undergoes an engine change at Caffiers in mid-August. Finished with an 02/7l upper surface with the high demarcation between the upper and lower colors in keeping with III. Gruppe practice, the fuselage Balkenkreuz, aircraft number and Gruppe bar are of smaller proportions than usual. While most of the rudder is yellow, a segment has been left in the original Blue 65 to record the pilot's Abschuss tally.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 7./JG26 White (13+I) Walter Blume Caffiers, France 1940

Photo 01: 'White 13', a Bf 109E-4 of 7./JG26 undergoes an engine maintenance at Caffiers in mid-August.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E7 7./JG26 White (13+I) Klaus Mietusch Sicily 1941

Lotnictwo N03 Profile 0A: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7 of 7./JG26 'White 13' flown by Klaus Mietusch Sicily 1941

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Hi Mate
Where did you get the info on this pilot.
I have a Walter Blume which had claims up to August 16, 1940 then later in 1944 so I suspect this is another Walter Blume or it took him a while to come back to active service.

Hi
It could well be the same man, according to Luftwaffe Im Focus Walter Blume was shot down over England in August 1940 and taken prisoner but was released in a prisoner exchange in 1943 and then resumed operational flying. (I've never heard of anything like that before but obviously it happened.)
Cheers! / Anders

8. Staffel III. Guppe Jagdgeschwader 26 - 8./JG26

Bf 109E 8./JG26 (B1+I) undergoing routine servicing Caffiers France 1940 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 8./JG26 (B3+I) Caffiers, France 1940 01

Photo 01: Although the precise date is undetermined, this photograph shows a line of replacement Bf 109Es for the Caffiers-based 8./JG26. As the third Gruppe of JG26 retained the high demarcation Blue 65 finish throughout 1940, the fuselage Balkenkreuz and numerals were reapplied in smaller format to help conceal the aircraft at high altitude.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 8./JG26 (R3+I) France August 1940

Photo 01: The American cartoon character 'Adamson' was used originally by 4./JG26 but later became the emblem of 8./JG26 when the Staffel was redesignated. It is seen here on 'Red 3' of 8./JG26, France, 1940.

Beautiful color photo of Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 8./JG26 Black 3 based in France during the Battle of Britain 1940

Photo 01: 1-Bf 109E3-8.JG26-Black-3-France-1940-01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 8./JG26 (B13+I) Oblt. Gustav Sprick Calais, France 1940 01

Photo 01: Assisted by his ground crew, Oblt. Gustav 'Micky' Sprick, Staffelkapitan of 8./JG26, straps in to his Bf 109E-3 'Black 13' prior to a mission from Calais in mid August. Note that this aircraft does not carry the Staffel 'Adamson' cartoon emblem.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 8./JG26 ( +) Oblt. Gustav Sprick France Sep 28 1940 01

Photo 01: On 28 September, the use of small formations of Ju88s escorted by large numbers of fighters was successful in bringing the RAF to battle and seventeen British fighters were shot down for the loss of only three German fighters and one pilot. One of the successful pilots on this date was Oblt. Gustav 'Micky' Sprick, the Staffelkapitan of 8./JG26 who had been with the Staffel since 23 September 1939. In this photograph, Sprick has just landed after claiming his 20th victory, a Hurricane of 501Sqn. over Canterbury.

Pilots 8./JG26 Gustav Sprick 01

Photo 01: Oblt. Gustav Sprick, Staffelkapitan of 8./JG26 since 8 August 1940, was awarded the RK on 1 October 1940 when he had 20 victories, By 27 November, his score had risen to 23. Sprick grew up on a farm, joined the Luftwaffe in 1939 and was particularly popular with his Staffel comrades on account of his modesty. Unlike many other successful pilots, he was very reserved about his successes and preferred not to draw attention to himself.

Pilots 8./JG26 Gustav Sprick 02

Photo 01: Oblt. Gustav Sprick, Staffelkapitan of 8./JG26, was killed on 28 June 1941 'when his aircraft lost a wing during an air battle. He had 31 victories. A subsequent investigation revealed a weakness in the structure of the wing.

9. Staffel III. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 6 - 2./JG26

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 9./JG 26 (Y1+I) Gerhard Schopfel France Aug 1940 0A-0C

Profile 00-00A: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 flown by Gerhard Schopfel, of III./JG26. The Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 flown by Oblt. Gerhard Schopfel of III./JG26, circa 18 August. Finished in a high demarcation 02/71 finish, the top segment of the rudder and tips of the wings and tail planes are painted yellow. A yellow pennant is attached to the antenna mast and beneath the cockpit is the red Hollenhund emblem of 9./JG26 and ahead of it, the JG2 'Schlageter' shield. It was while flying this aircraft during the early afternoon of 18 August that Schopfel shot down four Hurricanes of 501Sqn near Canterbury.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG 26 (Y1+I) Schopfel France Aug 1940 01

Photo 01: 'Yellow 1', the Messerschmitt Bf 109E of Gerhard Schopfel, in its revetment at Caffiers. Branches have been placed along the wing leading edges to help camouflage the aircraft, although no effort has been made to cover the conspicuous yellow paint applied to the tips of the wings and tailplanes. This view also shows that the upper wing cross has been applied further inboard than usual.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG 26 (Y1+I) Schopfel France Aug 1940 02

Photo 02: Gerhard Schopfel, Staffelkapitiin of 9./JG26, in the cockpit of his Messerschmitt Bf 109E. On 28 August, Schopfel became Kommandeur of III./JG26 and, with 20 victories, received the Ritterkreuz on 11 September 1940. He later became Kommodore of JG26, which he led from 6 December 1941 to 10 January 1943, and was later also Kommodore of JG4 and JG6.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG 26 (Y1+I) Schopfel France Aug 1940 03

Photo 03: Close-up of the completed Abschuss tally with the four new kills applied to the rudder of Schopfel's ,Messerschmitt Bf 109.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG 26 (Y1+I) Schopfel France Aug 1940 04

Photo 04: A member of the ground crew applies one of the four Abschuss bars to the rudder of Gerhard Schopfel's Bf 109E following his victory over four Hurricanes of 501Sqn on 18 August. Clearly visible in this view is the yellow segment to the top of the rudder and the yellow tips of the tailplanes.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG 26 (Y3+I) Heinz Ebeling taxis with a 250kg bomb Caffiers 1940 01

Photo 01: A Jabo from Oblt. Heinz Ebeling's 9./JG26 preparing to taxi with a 250 kg bomb loaded beneath the fuselage, Caffiers, October 1940. The 'Hellhound' emblem, just visible beneath the cockpit, was black edged in red. Oblt. Ebeling himself collided with his wingman during a mission to England on 5 November and was taken prisoner. It was Ebeling's 96th war flight and, on the same day, he was awarded the Ritterkreuz.

Pilots 9./JG 26 Heinz Ebeling 01

Photo 01: Heinz Ebeling was born on 2 January 1918 at Karlsruhe. Ebeling was posted to JG26 on 1 December 1939. Leutnant Ebeling was assigned to 8./JG26. He achieved his first victory, a French Morane 406 over Gramont, on 17 May 1940. By the end of the French campaign, he had recorded five victories. During the large aerial combats of the Battle of Britain, Ebeling shot down 10 British fighters in August 1940 alone, including three victories on 12 August and two on 15 August. Oberleutnant Ebeling was appointed Staffelkapitän of 9./JG26 on 22 August 1940. On 31 August, Ebeling shot down a RAF Hurricane north of London. However, his Bf 109E-4 (WNr 3712) 'Yellow 3' received hits in the radiator during the encounter. Ebeling managed to nurse the damaged aircraft as far as the Channel where he was forced to bale out. After one and one half hours in the sea, he was rescued by a German air-sea rescue seaplane. Later that same day, Ebeling shot down a further two RAF Hurricanes. After claiming three further victories in September 1940, Ebeling led 9./JG26 through a conversion to the fighter bomber role. From 15 October, he was to lead the Staffel on many fighterbomber missions over England. On 5 November 1940 Ebeling, flying Me 109E-4/B (W.Nr. 3740) 'Yellow 3', collided with his wingman Fw. Walter Braun over Dungeness. Both survived their crashlandings to be taken prisoners for the remainder of the war. Ebeling was awarded the Ritterkreuz on this day for 18 victories. Ebeling died on 30 November 1987 at Obsteig in Tirol.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG 26 (Y4+I) Caffiers, France August 1940 01

Photo 01: With its nose pushed inside a temporary hangar to provide some shelter from the weather, this Bf 109 will have its engine changed. New DB601 engines are contained in the packing cases in the foreground. Note the familiar Daimler-Benz trade-mark stenciled on the case.

Damler-Benz trade-mark stenciled on the case.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 9./JG 26 (Y5+I) based Caffiers, France August 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG 26 (Y6+I) Wolfgang Ludewig Caffiers, France August 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 9./JG 26 9 Staffel III Gruppe (Y8+I) based Caffiers, France August 1940 01

Photo 01: show yellow 8 after a forced landing can't work out whether it has crashed in England or France

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG 26 (Y9+I) Caffiers France Aug 1940 00

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG 26 (Y9+I) Caffiers France Aug 1940 01

Klemm Kl-35 9./JG 26 (NR+NN) Caffiers France August 1940 01

Photo 01: 'Yellow 9' of 9./JG26 photographed while undergoing open-air maintenance at Caffiers during the middle of August. The Klemm Kl-35 in the background was coded 'NR+NN' and was used by the Staffel as a communications or 'hack' aircraft.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 9./JG 26 (Y10+I) Willi Fronhöfer crash landed Ulcombe 00

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E.3 of 9./JG26 flown by Oblt. Wilhelm Fronhofer. 'Yellow 10' the Bf 109E-3 of Oblt. Wilhelm Fronhofer of 9./JG26 which forced landed at Ulcombe during the early evening of 31 August. With an upper scheme of 70/71 it was finished in the commonly seen III./JG26 high demarcation camouflage style with no discernible mottling on the sides of the fuselage, fin or rudder. In keeping with the other aircraft of this Gruppe, the Balkenkreuz, Gruppe bar and aircraft number were smaller than usually seen. The 9.Staffel Hollenhund emblem and JG26 'Schlageter' shield were carried on both sides of the fuselage beneath the cockpit. It is understood that the tip of the spinner was a lighter green than the remainder. The Werk Nummer on the fin is applied on a dark green rectangular background indicating that this aircraft was originally finished in a low-demarcation 70/71 camouflage scheme.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG 26 (Y10+I) Willi Fronhofer crash landed Ulcombe 01

Photo 01: On 31 August, JG26 mounted various missions throughout the day and claimed 22 victories for the loss of five aircraft and pilots, the heaviest loss of pilots in a single day during the whole of the Battle of Britain. During a late afternoon mission the entire Geschwader took off to rendezvous with KG 76, which was to attack the RAF aerodrome at Hornchurch. As soon as the aircraft of III./JG26 crossed the coast, they were attacked by RAF fighters and the aircraft of Oblt. Wilhelm Fronhofer of Stab III./JG26 was one of three pilots shot down. His aircraft, 'Yellow 10' forced landed at Jubilee Hall Farm, Ulcombe, where Fronhofer was taken prisoner.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 9./JG 26 (Y11+I) Artur Beese crash-landed near Calais Aug 1940 0a-0B

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E.1 flown by Fw. Artur Beese of 9./JG26 'Yellow 11', the Bf 109E-l flown by Fw. Artur Beese of 9./JG26 which force-landed and broke its back in the sand dunes near Calais on 24 August. Finished in a high demarcation 02/71 camouflage scheme, it carried both the 'Schlageter' and red 'Hollenhund' emblems beneath the cockpit. The fuel triangle on this aircraft was white with a yellow border and, in keeping with III./ JG26 practice, the aircraft number, Balkenkreuz and III. Gruppe bar were applied in a smaller size than usual.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 9./JG 26 (Y11+I) Artur Beese crash-landed near Calais Aug 1940 01

Photo's 01: Two views of the Bf 109E 'Yellow 11' flown by FW.Artur Beese of 9./JG26 as it lays with its back broken after making a forced landing in the sand dunes near Calais on 24 August following air combat over England. The holes behind the canopy indicate bullet entry points but the pilot was protected by his armored headrest. Of interest in the photograph

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 9./JG 26 (Y11+I) Artur Beese crash-landed near Calais Aug 1940 02

Photo 02: is the red outline and number of the 87 octane triangle. One possible explanation for this unusual variation is that towards the end of August, JG26 had begun to receive some Bf 109E-4/N aircraft powered with the DB601N engine which required 96 octane C-3 fuel. Perhaps the non-standard colors were intended to help avoid refueling errors.

42-5225 B-17F Fortress 91BG323BS OR-S V-Packet

Photo: On August 17th 1943 I./JG26 ace Artur Beese flying a Fw 190A shot down 2 B-17s during the 8th Air Force's raid on Schweinfurt Germany. One of which was 42-5225 B-17F belonging to the 91st BG 323rd BS over Balem, Belgium. 8 of the crew were KIA, 1 became a POW and 1 evaded (MACR 280).

Messerschmitt Fw. Artur Beese 9./JG 26 Caffiers, France, August 1940

This aircraft flown by Fw. Beese, was forced to put down near Calais on August 24, 1940 after combat with RAF fighters. It carried the typical camouflage scheme from the summer of 1940, comprised of RLM 02 and RLM 71 over the upper surfaces. Bottom and sides were in RLM 65. This specific scheme is an example of the unusually high and relatively sharp demarcation of the top fuselage colors. The octane marker by the filler cap is unusual in being a red-bordered yellow triangle.

Letoun, se kterým po souboji se stíhaèi RAF nouzovì pøistál Fw. Beese poblíž Calais dne 24. srpna 1940, nesl standardní kamufláž léta 1940 tvoøenou poli barev RLM 02 a RLM 71 na horních plochách. Spodní plochy a boky trupu byly v RLM 65. Kamufláž je pøíkladem neobvykle vysoko položeného pomìrnì ostrého rozhraní spodních a vrchních barev na trupu. Instruktážní trojúhelníková popiska u palivové nádrže je neobvykle tvoøena žlutou výplní s èerveným lemem.

Messerschmitt Fw. Artur Beese 9./JG 26 Caffiers, France, August 1940

This aircraft flown by Fw. Beese, was forced to put down near Calais on August 24, 1940 after combat with RAF fighters. It carried the typical camouflage scheme from the summer of 1940, comprised of RLM 02 and RLM 71 over the upper surfaces. Bottom and sides were in RLM 65. This specific scheme is an example of the unusually high and relatively sharp demarcation of the top fuselage colors. The octane marker by the filler cap is unusual in being a red-bordered yellow triangle.

Letoun, se kterým po souboji se stíhaèi RAF nouzovì pøistál Fw. Beese poblíž Calais dne 24. srpna 1940, nesl standardní kamufláž léta 1940 tvoøenou poli barev RLM 02 a RLM 71 na horních plochách. Spodní plochy a boky trupu byly v RLM 65. Kamufláž je pøíkladem neobvykle vysoko položeného pomìrnì ostrého rozhraní spodních a vrchních barev na trupu. Instruktážní trojúhelníková popiska u palivové nádrže je neobvykle tvoøena žlutou výplní s èerveným lemem. Tento letoun je obvykle zobrazován se žlutou smìrovkou a motorovým krytem. Fotografie poøízené na místì jeho havárie ukazují, že letoun byl zøejmì znièen ještì pøed aplikací tìchto doplòkù ( viz barevné schéma A)

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG 26 (Y11+I) Uffz. Walter Braun after a mid-air with (Y3+I) POW 01

Photo's 01-02: Uffz. Walter Braun of 9./JG26 baled out of his 'Yellow 11' on 5 November after colliding with 'Yellow 3', the aircraft flown by his Staffelkapitan, Lt. Heinz Ebeling. These photographs show British troops examining the remains of Braun's aircraft and displaying the bomb rack retrieved from the wreckage.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 9./JG 26 (Yellow 12+I) based Caffiers, France August 1940 01

Photo 01: Another swastikas censored photo showing 9./JG 26 Yellow 12+I after a heavy landing. note the damage to the proper and main wheel.

 
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Luftwaffe pilot Artur Beese

Artur Beese was born on 11 March 1916 at Hörselgau. Beese joined JG26 in October or November 1939. Unteroffizier Beese was assigned to the Stabstaffel of III./JG26. He was shot down in aerial combat with French Morane 406 fighters near Lille in France and taken prisoner on 1 June 1940. He was released when France fell. Beese participated in the Battle of Britain. On 24 August 1940, Feldwebel Beese, shot down into the Channel by RAF fighters, was rescued unharmed by the German rescue service. Leutnant Beese claimed his first victory, a RAF Spitfire fighter, shot down on 24 July 1941. At the end of January 1943, I./JG26 was transferred to Russia in an exchange with III./JG54, who replaced them on the Channel Front. By the time the Gruppe was returned to the Channel front in June, Oberleutnant Beese had 13 victories to his credit. On 20 June 1943, Beese was appointed Staffelkapitän of 1./JG26. He recorded his first victories over the increasing number of Allied four-engine bombers raiding German occupied territory on 17 August 1943, when he shot down two USAAF B-17s for his 16th and 17th victories. On 8 September, shot down by RAF Spitfire fighters, he baled out of his Fw 190 A-5 (W.Nr. 550 474) 'White 2' west of Cambrai. He suffered only minor injuries. Oberleutnant Beese was shot down in aerial combat with USAAF P-47 fighters near Melun in France on 6 February 1944.

He attempted to bale out of his Fw 190 A-6 (W.Nr. 531 060) 'White 7' but hit the tail and was killed. He was posthumously awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold on 29 March 1944. Artur Beese was credited with 22 victories in 285 missions. He recorded seven victories over the Eastern front, including three Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack aircraft. Of his 15 Western front victories, six were four-engine bombers.

Luftwaffe pilot List of 22 aerial victories for Artur Beese

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location Comments
1 24.7.1941 14:38 III./JG26    
2 12.8.1941 11:50 III./JG26    
3 8.3.1942 17:15 1./JG26 Near Dunkirk  
4 5.5.1942 15:40 1./JG26 N Hazebrouck Spitfire of 122Sqn, RAF
5 9.5.1942 13:40 1./JG26 4km N Ardres Spitfire of 350 or 457Sqn, RAF
6 23.9.1942 - 1./JG26 5km N Cap Gris Nez  
7 17.2.1943 - P-40 1./JG26 PQ 18463  
8 21.2.1943 - P-40 1./JG26 PQ 18264  
4.3.1943 - Il-2 1./JG26 PQ 18217  
10 14.3.1943 - Il-2 1./JG26 PQ 19848  
11 24.3.1943 - Pe-2 1./JG26 PQ 18574  
12 3.4.1943 - Il-2 1./JG26 PQ 18251  
13 14.5.1943 - Pe-2 1./JG26 PQ 54242  
14 25.7.1943 15:11 1./JG26 N Ghent Spitfire of 165Sqn, RAF
15 15.8.1943 11:57 P-47 1./JG26 Vlissingen-North Sea Spitfire of 453Sqn, RAF
16 17.8.1943 11:35 B-17 1./JG26 Near Berendrecht  
17 17.8.1943 14:50 B-17 1./JG26 N Louvain B-17 of 385BG, USAAF
18 7.9.1943 10:03 P-47 1./JG26 W Rotterdam P-47 of 4FG, USAAF
19 1.12.1943 13:30 B-17 1./JG26 W Ostend  
20 11.1.1944 13:00 B-17 1./JG26 Zuider Zee B-17 of 483BG, USAAF
21 21.1.1944 15:30 B-24 1./JG26 Near Poix B-24 of 44BG, USAAF
22 21.1.1944 15:32~ B-24 1./JG26 Near Poix B-24 of 44BG, USAAF

Victories : 22
Awards : Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (29 March 1944)
Units : JG26
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Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz List of 22 aerial victories for Artur Beese

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
24-Jul-41 Artur Beese Stab III./JG26   14.38  
12-Aug-41 Artur Beese Stab III./JG26   11.50  
08-Mar-42 Artur Beese 1./JG26   17.15 near Dunkirk
05-May-42 Artur Beese 1./JG26   15.40 North of Hazebrouck
09-May-42 Artur Beese 1./JG26   13.40 4km N Ardres
23-Sep-42 Artur Beese 1./JG26 20-50m 07.45 5km W Cap Gris Nez
17-Feb-43 Artur Beese 1./JG26 P-40 Warhawk 400m 13.18 18 463
21-Feb-43 Artur Beese 1./JG26 P-40 Warhawk 50m 13.28 28 141
04-Mar-43 Artur Beese 1./JG26 Il-2 Sturmovik 300m 13.46 18 251
04-Mar-43 Artur Beese 1./JG26 Il-2 Sturmovik 300m 13.40 18 217
14-Mar-43 Artur Beese 1./JG26 Il-2 Sturmovik 200m 09.36 19 848
24-Mar-43 Artur Beese 1./JG26 P-2 200m 07.28 18 574
14-May-43 Artur Beese 1./JG26 Pe-2 50m 05.49 54 242
25-Jul-43 Artur Beese 1./JG26 50m 15.11 LH-5 in See (NW Terneuzen)
15-Aug-43 Artur Beese 1./JG26 P-47 Thunderbolt 50m 11.57 KG-9 (Westkapelle)
17-Aug-43 Artur Beese 4./JG26 B-17 Fortress 6000m 14.50 ML (area Overpelt-Hechtel)
17-Aug-43 Artur Beese 1./JG26 B-17 Fortress 30-50m 11.35 LI-8 (E Antwerp) 42-5225 B-17F Fortress 91BG323BS OR-S V-Packet mission to Schweinfurt by Lt. Artur Beese in an Fw 190A from I./JG 26 over Balem, Belgium. 8 of the crew were KIA, 1 became a POW and 1 evaded (MACR 280)
07-Sep-43 Artur Beese 1./JG26 P-47 Thunderbolt 3000m 10.03 LJ 5 (10km NW Antwerp)
01-Dec-43 Artur Beese 1./JG26 B-17 Fortress 3000m 13.30 LE-3 (30km N Dunkirk)
11-Jan-44 Artur Beese 1./JG26 B-17 Fortress 5500m 13.25 Zuider Zee
21-Jan-44 Artur Beese 1./JG26 B-24 Liberator 3000m 15.24 Grattenoix (SE Neufchatel)
21-Jan-44 Artur Beese 1./JG26 B-24 Liberator   15.30 RD-9 Poix

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Luftwaffe pilot Walter Braun

Units: 9(J)./JG-26

Awards: Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-4/B WNr 3259 'Yellow 11+I' (lost 11/5/40)

Remarks: POW ; while flying wingman for Heinz Ebeling, his Stfkpt, the two collided over Dungeness. Both survived their crash landings. Braun interned in Canada.

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Luftwaffe pilot Karl-Heinz Bock

Units: 7./JG-26 (Channel)

Awards: EK 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-1 WNr 6294 'White 2+I' (lost 9/17/40)

Remarks: POW after his AC developed engine trouble while on a mission over England. Crashed his 'White 2' at Broomhill Farm, Rye England. POW interned in Canada.

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Luftwaffe pilot Josef 'Jupp' Bürschgens

Units: 2/JG-26 (9/39), 7/JG-26 (Channel)

Awards: EP, EK 1 & 2(9/39), Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-1 'Red 5' (9/39), Bf 109E-1 WNr 4495 'White 7+I' (lost 8/11/40), Bf 109E-1 WNr 3892 'White 11+I' (lost 9/1/40)

Remarks: Scored the first victory for JG-26 in 'Red 5' on 28 September, 1939, a French Curtiss Hawk-75A fighter near Tünsdorf/Mettlach while on an escort mission for an Hs 126 on a spotting mission. On this same date, he became the first JG-26 casualty, suffering two bullet wounds, requiring 8 months to recuperate. His 1st, a Hawk 75 on 9/28/39 at Tünsdorf/Mettlach. His 2nd, a Morane 406 at Mantes on 9 June, 1940. His 3rd, a Spitfire at Dover on 25 July, 1940. His 4th a Spitfire at Dover on 14 August, 1940. His 5th & 6th both Spitfires E of Dover on 15 August, 1940. Nos.7 & 8, both Hurricane NNW of Dover on 18 August, 1940. His 9th a Hurricane at Littlestone on 25 August, 1940. His 10th a Spitfire at Croydon on 1 September, 1940. Shot down with wounds 11 August, 1940 in his 'White 7' by a Spitfire, making an emergency landing in the Calais/Caffiers area. POW 1 September, 1940, after downing his 10th shot down by the German Bf 110 fighter he had just rescued from his 10th victiim! He crashed his 'White 11' AC at Newbridge, Iden, near Rye, south of Folkestone, England, suffering head and back injuries. Spent the remainder of the war in a Canadian POW Camp. Released in 1946. Deceased 1 July, 1999.

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz database list of 10 aerial victories for Josef Burschgens

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
Thursday, September 28, 1939 Josef Burschgens 2./JG26 Hawk 75   17:30 bei Tunsdorf/Mettlach
Sunday, June 09, 1940 Josef Burschgens 7./JG26 Morane 406   15:15 Mantes
Thursday, July 25, 1940 Josef Burschgens 7./JG26 5500m 16:40 Dover
Wednesday, August 14, 1940 Josef Burschgens 7./JG26   13:40 Dover
Thursday, August 15, 1940 Josef Burschgens 7./JG26   - East of Dover
Thursday, August 15, 1940 Josef Burschgens 7./JG26   15:55 East of Dover
Sunday, August 18, 1940 Josef Burschgens 7./JG26 3000m 14:04 NNW Dover (Canterbury)
Sunday, August 18, 1940 Josef Burschgens 7./JG26 3000m 14:00 NNW Dover (Canterbury)
Sunday, August 25, 1940 Josef Burschgens 7./JG26 3500m 19:55 Littlestone
Sunday, September 01, 1940 Josef Burschgens 7./JG26   14:50 Croydon

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Luftwaffe pilot Walter Blume

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz database list of 6 aerial victories for Walter Blume

Luftwaffe pilot Walter Blume has 11 aerial victories in total

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
Tuesday, May 14, 1940 Walter Blume 7./JG26   18:45 Brussel
Saturday, June 08, 1940 Walter Blume 7./JG26 3000m 10:15 Neufchatel
Friday, June 14, 1940 Walter Blume 7./JG26 Defiant   17:40 Dreux
Thursday, July 25, 1940 Walter Blume 7./JG26   16:35 Dover Hafen
Thursday, August 15, 1940 Walter Blume 7./JG26   15:55 East of Dover
Friday, August 16, 1940 Walter Blume 7./JG26     West of Calais

Luftwaffe pilot List of 5 aerial victories for Walter Blume when reassigned to

Luftwaffe pilot I hope the prisoner exchange was worth it!!

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
Monday, April 03, 1944 Walter Blume 3./JG27 B-17 Fortress e.V. 4000m 11:00 KS-5 Kecsemet-Paks/Tolna
Wednesday, April 12, 1944 Walter Blume 3./JG27 B-24 Liberator Hss 7400m 12:20 FN-5 (Neunkirchen)
Wednesday, April 12, 1944 Walter Blume 3./JG27 B-24 Liberator Hss   12:20 FN-5 S Wiener Neustadt
Sunday, April 23, 1944 Walter Blume 3./JG27 B-24 Liberator   14:25 SW Wiener Neustadt
Monday, April 24, 1944 Walter Blume 3./JG27 B-17 Fortress e.V. 7000m 13:38 CC-9 (Dachau E Augsburg)

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Luftwaffe pilot Walter Horten

Units: III./JG-134 ('36), JG-26 Technical Officer (6/40), RLM Berlin (5/41)

Awards: EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109B & C, Bf 109E 'White 7+I'

Remarks: Flew often as wingman for Adolf Galland. Galland didn't give up many victories for his wingmen! One victory, his first, a Defiant of No. 264 Sq., E of Canterbury, on 28 August, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire near Gravesend on 31 August, 1940. His 3rd, a Spitfire over London on 7 September, 1940. His 4th, a Hurricane of RAF No. 310 SQ. over the Thames Estuary on 18 (or the 15th?) September, 1940. His 5th & 6th, both Hurricanes of RAF No. 303 Sq. at Guildford on 30 September, 1940. On page 63 in the 'JG-26, Top Guns of the Luftwaffe' book by Caldwell, Horten states that he shot down seven aircraft by September, 1940, before being grounded as were all the Technical Officers. Believed known for his work on the Horten Flying Wing. Retired Bundeswehr Obstlt. Deceased 9 December, 1998. Alternate spelling: Horton.

Asisbiz database list of aerial victories for Walter Horten

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
Wednesday, August 28, 1940 Walter Horten Stab JG26 Defiant 2000m 10:03 E Canterbury
Wednesday, August 28, 1940 Walter Horten Stab JG26 Defiant 2000m 10:03 E Canterbury
Saturday, August 31, 1940 Walter Horten Stab JG26 Spitfire   19:00  
Saturday, September 7, 1940 Walter Horten Stab JG26 Spitfire   18:55  
Sunday, September 15, 1940 Walter Horten Stab JG26 Hurricane   15:30 Thames Estuary
Monday, September 30, 1940 Walter Horten Stab JG26 Hurricane     Guildford
Monday, September 30, 1940 Walter Horten Stab JG26 Hurricane     Guildford

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Luftwaffe pilot Klaus Mietusch

Units: 2/JG-26 ('38), 7/JG-26 (9/39), Stafkpt 7/JG-26 (9/41), Kdr III/JG-26 (7/43)

Awards: RK(3/26/44)-EL(11/18/44 Post.), DK-G(11/2/42), EP(4/26/41), EK 1 & 2, Wnd Bdg, Ftr Oper.Clsp w/Pend (7/10/44)

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-1 WNr 2746(lost), Bf 109E-7 'White 13+I and White 2+I' in 7/JG-26, Fw 190A-3 & Fw 190A-4 WNr 7147 in Staffel, Bf 109G-6 WNr 440640 'Blk 20', WNr 162032 'Black 21' & WNr 162345 'Black 24' w III Grp, Bf 109G-6 WNr 441646 'Black 25' (lost 9/17/44)

Remarks: KIA 17 September, 1944. Fatally wounded in 'Black 25' by a P-51 of 361FG, 376FS, flown by Lt Wm. R. Beyer, while landing at Rath-Aldekerk/Rhineland. Buried Düsseldorf Nordfriedhof, Block 112/0/117 (Rosseels). 10 Bombers. POW (Temp) 8 June, 1940, shot down by an RAF Hurricane in Wk# 2746. Injured in a TO accident due to eng. fail. at Gatschina in Fw 190A-4 Wk# 7147. Bailed successfully w/injuries 3/8/44 near Meppen in G-6 # 162032 'Blk 21', aerial combat with P-51's. Landing acc. 4/12/44 in G-6 # 162345 'Blk 24' hitting a bomb crater and turning over. Downed by Spit 7/17/44 in G-6/U4 #440640 'Wh 20' One known victory, a B-17 on 9 October, 1942 named ''Big Eagle' of the 93BG, flown by Capt. Alexander Simpson. Another B-17, either # 42-3192 'City of Albuquerque' of 303BG, 358BS, or # 42-5392 'Stric Nine' of 303BG, 427BS, both downed northwest of Breda on 19 August, 1943. His favoite wingman was Uffz Erhard Tippe. 452 missions. Shot down ten times. 15 victories in the East. His 65th victory, a P-38 N of Paris on 14 June, 1944. His last victory, a P-51 at Geldern on 17 September, 1944, the date of his death. His 109E-7 was 'Yellow 13' in April 1941. Photo

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz database list of 80 aerial victories for Klaus Mietusch

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
Friday, May 31, 1940 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26   15:40 Dunkirk
Saturday, August 31, 1940 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 5000m 10:10 Chelmsford
Wednesday, February 26, 1941 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 2500m 14:17 10km S Malta
Saturday, March 22, 1941 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 2500m 16:24 40km N Insel Malta
Saturday, March 22, 1941 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 2500m 16:26 40km N Insel Malta
Sunday, April 06, 1941 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 Avia B.33E   12:10 NE Pogorica
Friday, April 11, 1941 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 2500m 11:50 20km N Malta
Sunday, April 13, 1941 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 1500m 10:34 4km NE Kalafrana Bay
Tuesday, May 13, 1941 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26   14:00 2km SW Ta Venezia (Malta)
Tuesday, June 17, 1941 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 Hurricane II   10:30 SE Sidi Omar
Thursday, August 21, 1941 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 Maryland     FlPl Gambut
Thursday, September 18, 1941 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26   16:15 SE Le Paradis
Sunday, September 21, 1941 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 3500m 16:30 20km NW Somme-Mundung
Monday, December 08, 1941 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26   12:55 Berck-sur-Mer
Sunday, April 12, 1942 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26   13:49 12km WNW Dunkirk
Sunday, April 12, 1942 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26   13:34 SE St Omer/Arques
Thursday, April 30, 1942 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26   19:30 3km W Somme Estuary
Sunday, May 03, 1942 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26   16:05 Calais
Sunday, May 03, 1942 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26   15:35-40 Calais
Tuesday, May 05, 1942 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26   15:35 3km NW Poperinght
Wednesday, August 19, 1942 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 1800m 10:12 15km NW Dieppe in See
Wednesday, August 19, 1942 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 2000m 10:32-34 2-3km NE Dieppe
Thursday, August 27, 1942 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 1500m 15:16 20km WNW Cap Gris Nez
Thursday, August 27, 1942 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 3500m 15:10 15km SW Calais
Tuesday, September 22, 1942 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 A-20 Boston III   13:15 3km E Ostende
Friday, October 09, 1942 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 Stirling Hss   10:35 Lille
Friday, October 09, 1942 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 B-17 Fortress   10:45 NE Lille
Wednesday, January 13, 1943 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 B-17 Fortress   14:35 Lille
Wednesday, January 20, 1943 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 5-6000m 12:42 1-5km S. Margate
Wednesday, January 20, 1943 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 50m 13:12 Ardres 50m
Friday, January 22, 1943 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 3500m 15:15 10-15km N. Gravelines
Friday, May 21, 1943 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 I-153 800m 10:20 70 221
Friday, May 21, 1943 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 Pe-2 700m 05:55 80 234
Friday, May 21, 1943 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 LaGG-3 700m 05:53 80 264
Friday, May 21, 1943 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 LaGG-3 1300m 05:47 20 364
Thursday, May 27, 1943 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 LaGG-3 5000m 13:32 00 264
Sunday, May 30, 1943 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 LaGG-3 4000m 19:55 11 782
Monday, May 31, 1943 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 LaGG-3 5000m 16:13 00 243
Thursday, June 17, 1943 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 LaGG-3 5000m 05:13 20 133
Friday, June 18, 1943 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 LaGG-3 5000m 17:15 00 264
Friday, June 18, 1943 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 LaGG-3 5000m 17:18 00 292
Friday, June 18, 1943 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 LaGG-3 4000m 06:12 21 782 (Kinderovo)
Friday, June 18, 1943 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 Yak-7 4200m 20:20 10 131
Friday, June 18, 1943 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 La-5 3000m 06:19 20 764 (Podborovye)
Tuesday, June 22, 1943 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 LaGG-3 3000m 15:33 90 164
Tuesday, June 22, 1943 Klaus Mietusch 7./JG26 LaGG-3 3500m 15:30 90 134
Sunday, July 25, 1943 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 B-17 Fortress 7500m 17:02 10km N. Hamburg
Tuesday, August 17, 1943 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 B-17 Fortress 6000m 15:20 Schleiden (SW Mechernich)
Tuesday, August 17, 1943 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 B-17 Fortress 6000m 15:25 PP-5 (Mendig)
Thursday, August 19, 1943 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 B-17 Fortress 6500m 19:13 NW Breda
Sunday, September 19, 1943 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 6.5-6000m 12:40 NF-5 6.5-6000m (Poperinghe)
Monday, September 27, 1943 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26   12:46 10-15km SW Poix
Sunday, October 03, 1943 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 Spitfire w.b.   18:25 NE Beauvais
Wednesday, October 20, 1943 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 B-17 Fortress 8000m 14:10 PG-QG-PH-QH (Denain-Cambrai)
Monday, November 29, 1943 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 B-17 Fortress Hss 8500m 14:30 DP-EP (Ems Reden-Lathen)
Monday, November 29, 1943 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 B-17 Fortress Hss   14:30 DP-EP SW Papenburg
Tuesday, November 30, 1943 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 P-38 Lightning 9500m 11:50 LN (Venlo-Krefeld area)
Wednesday, December 01, 1943 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 P-38 Lightning 7000m 11:45 PP 7-2 (Neuwied)
Monday, December 20, 1943 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 B-17 Fortress 8000m 12:25 BQ-69 (5km N Wittmund)
Friday, January 14, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 P-47 Thunderbolt 6500m 15:35 St Pol
Friday, January 14, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 6000m 11:45-50 SSW St Omer
Friday, February 25, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 B-17 Fortress Hss 7500m 15:00 UQ 3 (E Pirmasens)
Friday, February 25, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 B-17 Fortress 7500-7000m 12:15 SK1-2 (SW Charleville)
Monday, March 06, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 Typhoon 4000m 13:05 QF-89 to RE-12 (Amiens)
Wednesday, March 08, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 B-17 Fortress   13:25 GB-2 Wolfsburg NE Braunschwieg
Friday, May 12, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 B-17 HSS 5500m 15:42 05 Ost S/QM-QL (Bastogne)
Sunday, June 04, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab /JG26 P-51 Mustang 6500m 20:05-15 NW Romilly-sur-Seine
Thursday, June 08, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 P-47 Thunderbolt 4000m 06:45 SA-SB (Goderville-Yvetot)
Thursday, June 08, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 P-47 Thunderbolt 4000m 06:40 SA NE Le Havre
Wednesday, June 14, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 B-17 Fortress 7500m 08:00 UG-AG (Chateau-Thierry)
Wednesday, June 14, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 P-38 Lightning 7000m 07:35 AE-1-UE 7 (N Paris)
Thursday, June 15, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 B-24 Liberator 7000m 07:00 CB-DC (120˚ Nogent-le-Retrou)
Friday, June 23, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 P-38 Lightning 2000-3000m 14:00 CE (Etampes area)
Friday, June 23, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 P-38 Lightning 2-3000m 14:00 CD-CE (Chartres-Etampes)
Tuesday, July 04, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 P-38 Lightning 4-5000m 14:50 UB (Lisieux)
Monday, July 17, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 3000m 16:40 UT 2-6 (Tilly-Villers Bocage)
Friday, August 18, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 P-47 Thunderbolt 3500m 14:06 UD-78 (zw Mantes u Meulan)
Saturday, August 26, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 P-47 Thunderbolt 4000m 15:00-05 TB-6 (SW Rouen)
Saturday, August 26, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 P-47 Thunderbolt 4000m 14:50-55 TC-4 (1 km S. Rouen)
Sunday, September 17, 1944 Klaus Mietusch Stab III./JG26 P-51 Mustang 3500m 14:55 05 Ost S/LN-KN (Geldern)

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Luftwaffe pilot Heinz Ebeling

Units: JG-26 (joins 12/39), 8./JG-26 (5/40), Stfkpt 9 (Jabo)./JG-26 (8/40 Channel)

Awards: RK(11/5/40), EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-1, Bf 109E-4 WNr 3712 'Yellow 3+I' (lost 8/31/40), Bf 109E-4 WNr 3740 'Yellow 3+I' (lost 11/5/40)

Remarks: POW ; Forced to bail out over London after colliding with his wingman, Fw Walter Braun. Both men were captured near Dungeness, England. On 31 August, 1940, after downing a Hurricane N of London, he crashed into the Channel in Wk# 3712, but was sucessfully rescued by a Do 18 after a 90 minute swim. Later this same day, he downed two more Hurricanes. 163 missions. His first victory, a Morane 406 at Gramont, Kreis Namur, 17 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Hurricane northwest of Ostende, 28 May, 1940. His 3rd, a Hurricane at Dunkirk on 31 May, 1940. His 4th a Morane 406 at Rouen on 9 June, 1940. His 5th a Defiant in the Paris area, 13 June, 1940. Nos.6, 7 & 8, two Hurricanes over the Thames and a Spitfire SW of Dover on 12 August, 1940. His 9th a Spitfire at Folkestone on 15 August, 1940. His 10th a Hurricane at Hythe on 15 August, 1940. Nos.13, 14 & 15, three Hurricanes NW of Folkestone on 31 August, 1940. Nos.16 & 17, both Spitfires, one NW of Dover, the other SE of London, on 7 September, 1940. His 18th and last victory, a Hurricane S of Gravesend on 18 September, 1940. Deceased 30 November, 1987 at Obsteig in Tirol. Photo

Luftwaffe pilot Heinz Ebeling was credited with 18 victories in 163 missions.

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location Comments
1. 17.5.1940 18:30 Morane 406 8./JG26 Gramont  
2. 28.5.1940 12:25 8./JG26 NW Ostend  
3. 31.5.1940 15:45 8./JG26 Dunkirk  
4. 9.6.1940 15:30 Morane 406 8./JG26 Rouen Caudron C 714 of GC I/145 of Armée de l'Air
5. 13.6.1940 12:40 Defiant 8./JG26 Paris Defiant of 142Sqn, RAF
6. 12.8.1940 12:15 8./JG26 Thames Estuary  
7. 12.8.1940 12:20 8./JG26 Thames Estuary  
8. 12.8.1940 18:20 8./JG26 SW Dover Spitfire of 64Sqn, RAF
9. 15.8.1940 12:40 8./JG26 Folkestone Spitfire of 54Sqn, RAF
10. 15.8.1940 19:45 8./JG26 Folkestone Hurricane of 151Sqn, RAF
11. 18.8.1940 18:45 8./JG26 N London  
12. 30.8.1940 18:35 9./JG26 S England Hurricane of 253Sqn, RAF
13. 31.8.1940 9:50 9./JG26 North Weald Hurricane of 56Sqn, RAF
14. 31.8.1940 19:10 9./JG26 NW Folkestone Hurricane of 85Sqn, RAF
15. 31.8.1940 19:20 9./JG26 NW Folkestone Hurricane of 85Sqn, RAF
16. 6.9.1940 11:05 9./JG26 NW Dover Hurricane of 303Sqn, RAF
17. 7.9.1940 18:50 9./JG26 SE London Spitfire of 603Sqn, RAF
- 7.9.1940 18:50 9./JG26 SE London Spitfire of 603Sqn, RAF – not confirmed
18. 18.9.1940 19:40 9./JG26 London  

Victories : 18
Awards : Knight`s Cross
Units : JG26
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Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz List of 18 aerial victories for Heinz Ebeling

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
17-May-40 Heinz Ebeling 8./JG26 Morane 406   18.30 Grand Mont Krs Namur
28-May-40 Heinz Ebeling 8./JG26   12.25 NW Ostende
31-May-40 Heinz Ebeling 8./JG26   15.45 Dunkirk
09-Jun-40 Heinz Ebeling 8./JG26 Morane 406   15.30 Rouen
13-Jun-40 Heinz Ebeling 8./JG26 Defiant   12.40 Raum Paris
12-Aug-40 Heinz Ebeling 8./JG26   18.20 SW Dover
12-Aug-40 Heinz Ebeling 8./JG26   12.20 Thames Estuary
12-Aug-40 Heinz Ebeling 8./JG26   12.15 Thames Estuary
15-Aug-40 Heinz Ebeling 8./JG26 1200m 12.55 Folkestone
15-Aug-40 Heinz Ebeling 8./JG26 6000m 19.50 Hythe
18-Aug-40 Heinz Ebeling 8./JG26   18.45 North of London
30-Aug-40 Heinz Ebeling 9./JG26   18.35  
31-Aug-40 Heinz Ebeling 9./JG26   09.50 North Weald
31-Aug-40 Heinz Ebeling 9./JG26   19.10 NW Folkestone
31-Aug-40 Heinz Ebeling 9./JG26   19.20 NW Folkestone
07-Sep-40 Heinz Ebeling 9./JG26   11.05 NW Dover
07-Sep-40 Heinz Ebeling 9./JG26 5500m 18.50 SE London
18-Sep-40 Heinz Ebeling 9./JG26 6000m 13.50 South of Gravesend

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Luftwaffe pilot Wilhelm Fronhofer - Wilhelm 'Willi' Fronhöfer

Units: 9./JG-26 (Channel)

Awards: EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-4 WNr 1184 'Yellow 10+I' (lost )

Remarks: POW after being shot down by a Spitfire piloted by P/O C.F. Gray of RAF No. 54 Sq., near Ulcombe/London. Fronhöfer made a force landing at Jubilee Hill Farm, Ulcombe, Sussex, England. He was uninjured. One known victory, his 1st, a Mureaux at Löwen on 15 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire I west of Dunkirk, 29 May, 1940. His 3rd, a Hurricane of RAF No. 141 Sq. at Folkestone on 15 August, 1940. Alternate spelling: Fronhoefer.

Luftwaffe pilot Aisbiz database of 3 aerial victories for Wilhelm Fronhofer

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
15-May-40 Wilhelm Fronhofer 9./JG26 Mureaux   08.35 Lowen
29-May-40 Wilhelm Fronhofer 9./JG26 Spitfire I   18.10 West of Dunkirk
15-Aug-40 Wilhelm Fronhofer 9./JG26   20.20 Folkestone

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Luftwaffe pilot Wolfgang Ludewig

Units: 9./JG-26 (5/40), IV./JG-54, Instr JG-106, I./JG-1, Stfkpt 8./JG-1 (8/44 Reinsehlen), Stfkpt 2./JG-1 (5/45)

Awards: EK 2, Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-1 WNr 3462(lost 5/10/40), Fw 190 'Red 11' w JG-54, Bf 109G-6 in 8/JG-1, He 162

Remarks: WIA 10 May, 1940 when he was hit by flak SW of the Hague at Ockenburg (in de dunes-DeSwart). He landed his stricken E-1 near Ypenburg, and was MIA until 18 May. One known victory, his 1st, a Potez 63 on 13 June, 1940, no location. His last command, Stfkpt 2/JG-1 at Leck in May, 1945.

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz database list of 1 aerial victories for Wolfgang Ludewig

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
Thursday, June 13, 1940 Wolfgang Ludewig 9./JG26 Potez 63   10:30  

Knights Cross

Luftwaffe pilot Gerhard Schopfel

Luftwaffe pilot Pilots JG26 Gerhard Schopfel Battle of Britain, France 1940

'We came face to face and shot at each other simultaneously...'
Gerhard Schopfel, JG26

I was appointed Staffelkapitan of 9./JG26 on 23 September 1939. We spent a quiet autumn of 1939 and winter of 1939-40, our Gruppe's only Abschuss being claimed on 7 November by my friend Joachim Muncheberg from the Gruppenstab III./JG26.

During the campaign against the West, I chalked up four victories. In fact, my first aerial combat impressed itself on me more than my first actual victory. I remember I encountered a Belgian Hurricane in the Beauvechain area. We came face to face and shot at each other simultaneously. What is apparent in such an encounter is that you do not know in which direction your opponent will go and, of course, if you each have the same intention, you could collide. I do not know if I hit him but, in any case, he got me several times in the wings. Fortunately, nothing vital in my aircraft was destroyed.

So, the western campaign ended for me without too much damage and we prepared for the next step. If you ask the question, did we feel fear before action? - I would like to tell you the following short story. When I was young, I was a 'pathfinder'. With my gang, we often went to play in ruins. I suffered from vertigo and remained on the ground when my comrades were playing high on the walls. Was it to defeat this fear that I chose to join the Luftwaffe? Probably! When I received orders to enlist, I was very anxious and I really wondered if I had chosen the right arm of service. But when I was in action and too busy to worry, all my fear disappeared.

I had the same feeling during my entire career as a fighter pilot. Between the end of the campaign in France and the forthcoming Battle of Britain, I was anxious to know how things would go; but tension of the Sitzbereitschaft disappeared as soon the start order was given. Action eliminated all fear.

One of my first victories of the Battle of Britain is a good example of this 'fear-non fear' factor. I had a dog-fight with a British Spitfire at very high altitude. I succeeded in firing at him. The pilot lost control of his aircraft which continued to fly horizontally before diving in spirals and crashing. We were already in France. I over flew the crash site and when I decided to flyaway and return to my base, my engine suddenly became trouble some and I had to land immediately. Fortunately, I found a large field and belly-landed without problem. In the proximity, there was a GermanLuftwaffehospital. A doctor arrived quickly at my landing site and took my heart beat. When he had finished, he looked at me in astonishment and said:'You just had a dogfight, you've made a belly-landing yet your heart beats as if you were sitting in a chair reading a book-amazing!'

Gerhard 'Gerd' Schöpfel was born on 19 December 1912 at ERGurt in Thüringen. He was originally a member of the police force but transferred to the Luftwaffe in 1936. Following completion of his flying training, Schöpfel was assigned to I./JG233 which became I./JG135 and, finally, I./JG51. Leutnant Schöpfel was posted to join I./JG26 in 1939. Oberleutnant Schöpfel took command of 9./JG26 on its formation on 23 September 1939. He gained his first victory during the Battle of France, a RAF Hurricane near Courtrai, on 19 May 1940. He added to his score over the beaches of Dunkirk during the evacuation of the British army. He was very successful during the Battle of Britain. On 18 August 1940 he shot down four Hurricanes in one sortie over Canterbury, England. Two of his victims in this engagement were notable RAF fighter pilots Donald McKay (20 confirmed and 4 damaged victories), who baled out wounded, and Kenneth Lee (7 confirmed and 1 damaged victories), who also baled out wounded, both of 501Sqn RAF. Hauptmann Schöpfel became Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG26 when Göring promoted Adolf Galland (104 victories, RK-Br) to Kommodore of JG26 on 22 August 1940. On 11 September 1940 he was awarded the Ritterkreuz on achieving 20 victories.

Major Gerd Schöpfel in his Fw 190A-2 after return from combat sortie. St. Omer, early 1942.

On 1 December 1941 he was promoted to Major and on 6 December 1941 became Kommodore of JG26 when Adolf Galland was promoted General der Jagdfieger. Over Dieppe on 19 August 1942 he shot down two Spitfires for his 41st and 42nd victories. Schöpfel left JG26 on 10 January 1943 to take up the role of Ia (Operations Officer) at Jafü Brittany. He was to serve as Fighter Operations officer southern Italy from July and Fighter Leader Norway from November. On 1 May 1944, he joined III./JG54 before being appointed Kommodore of JG4 on 1 June 1944. On 6 August, he was shot down in combat near Schwerin flying Bf 109 G-6 (WNr 440728). He baled out wounded.

Following recovery from his wounds in November 1944, Schöpfel was appointed Fighter Leader Hungary. In February 1945 he commanded the Luftkreigsschule at Gatow. On 10 April he was appointed Kommodore of JG6 based in northern Czechoslovakia. He became a prisoner of the Russians and languished in Soviet prisons for four and a half years finally returning to Germany in December 1949. After his release from imprisonment in the Soviet Union, Schöpfel worked as a chauffeur. He later became a merchant and in the early 1960s returned to the aviation field as an executive of Air Lloyd in Bonn.

'Gerd' Schöpfel flew 700 missions and gained 45 victories including three four-engined bombers. All his victories were scored over the Western Front.

Luftwaffe pilot List of 45 aerial victories for Gerhard Schopfel

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location Comments
1 19.5.1940 - 9./JG26 NW Tournai Hurricane of 615Sqn RAF
2 29.5.1940 18:10 9./JG26 W Dunkirk  
3 31.5.1940 15:40 9./JG26 Dunkirk Spitfire of 609Sqn RAF
4 2.6.1940 9:25 9./JG26    
5 8.8.1940 12:35 Hampden 9./JG26 S Ramsgate Blenheim of 600Sqn, RAF
6 8.8.1940 12:34 9./JG26 W Canterbury Spitfire of 65Sqn, RAF
- 11.8.1940 11:30 Balloon 9./JG26 S England  
7 12.8.1940 12:30 9./JG26 Folkestone  
8 14.8.1940 13:30 9./JG26 Folkestone-Dover -
9 18.8.1940 13:55 9./JG26 Near Canterbury Hurricane of 501Sqn RAF
10 18.8.1940 13:55 9./JG26 Near Canterbury Hurricane (N2617) of 501Sqn, RAF flown by Donald McKay (20/0/4 victories), baled out, wounded
11 18.8.1940 13:56 9./JG26 Near Canterbury Hurricane (P3059) of 501Sqn, RAF flown by Kenneth Lee (7/0/1 victories, baled out, wounded
12 18.8.1940 13:56 9./JG26 Near Canterbury Hurricane of 501Sqn RAF
13 22.8.1940 20:25 III./JG26 SE Dover Spitfire of 65Sqn, RAF
14 28.8.1940 10:10 Defiant III./JG26 E Canterbury Defiant of 264Sqn, RAF
15 31.8.1940 10:00 III./JG26 Braintree Spitfire of 56Sqn, RAF
16 1.9.1940 15:00 III./JG26 London Spitfire of 72Sqn, RAF
- 6.9.1940 10:30 III./JG26 Dungeness Hurricane of 303Sqn, RAF – not confirmed
17 7.9.1940 18:45 III./JG26 London Spitfire of 603Sqn, RAF
18 9.9.1940 18:05 III./JG26 Thames Estuary Spitfire of 92Sqn, RAF
19 9.9.1940 18:07 III./JG26 Thames Estuary Spitfire of 92Sqn, RAF
20 9.9.1940 18:11 III./JG26 Thames Estuary Spitfire of 92Sqn, RAF
- 11.9.1940 17:30 III./JG26 - Blenheim of 235Sqn, RAF – not confirmed
21 29.10.1940 17:45 III./JG26 - Hurricane of 257Sqn, RAF
22 1.11.1940 15:35 III./JG26 Herne Bay Spitfire of 92Sqn, RAF
23 17.6.1941 19:40 III./JG26 -  
24 23.6.1941 20:30 III./JG26 N France Blenheim of 107Sqn, RAF
25 27.6.1941 17:05 III./JG26 -  
26 28.6.1941 8:50 III./JG26 Audruicq Spitfire of 306Sqn, RAF
27 2.7.1941 12:50 III./JG26 S Lilliers  
28 11.7.1941 14:55 III./JG26 -  
29 7.8.1941 11:40 III./JG26 -  
30 7.8.1941 18:00 III./JG26 SW Dunkirk  
31 9.8.1941 11:45 III./JG26 E Marquise Spitfire of 616Sqn, RAF
32 9.8.1941 17:59 III./JG26 -  
33 21.8.1941 10:18 III./JG26 -  
34 21.9.1941 16:30 III./JG26 -  
35 27.9.1941 15:30 III./JG26 -  
36 27.11.1941 17:30 III./JG26 5km W Boulogne Hurricane of 607Sqn, RAF
37 24.3.1942 17:00~ Stab/JG26 Pas-de-Calais Spitfire of 411Sqn, RAF
38 28.3.1942 18:30 Stab/JG26 Pas-de-Calais Spitfire of 64Sqn, RAF
39 14.4.1942 18:33 Stab/JG26 - Spitfire of 403Sqn, RAF
40 1.6.1942 13:55 Stab/JG26 -  
41 19.8.1942 16:31 Stab/JG26 Off Dieppe Spitfire of 501Sqn, RAF
42 19.8.1942 18:30 Stab/JG26 Off Dieppe Spitfire of 222Sqn, RAF
43 8.11.1942 - B-17 Stab/JG26 -  
44 8.11.1942 - B-17 Stab/JG26 -  
45 6.12.1942 - B-17 Stab/JG26 - B-17 of 305 BG, USAAF
- 20.12.1942 - B-17 Stab/JG26 - Not confirmed

Victories : 45
Awards : Knight`s Cross
Units : JG26, JG54, JG4, JG6
http://www.luftwaffe.cz/schopfel.html

Luftwaffe pilot Aisbiz database of 45 aerial victories for Gerhard Schopfel

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
19-May-40 Gerhard Schopfel 9./JG26     NE Courtrai
29-May-40 Gerhard Schopfel 9./JG26 Spitfire I   18.10 West of Dunkirk
31-May-40 Gerhard Schopfel 9./JG26 3000m 15.40 North of Dunkirk
02-Jun-40 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26 200m 09.25 Dunkirk
17-Jun-40 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26   19.40 (Channel)
07-Aug-40 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26   11.40  
08-Aug-40 Gerhard Schopfel 9./JG26   12.34 West of Canterbury
08-Aug-40 Gerhard Schopfel 9./JG26 Hampden 50m 12.35 S. Ramsgate
12-Aug-40 Gerhard Schopfel 9./JG26 7500m 18.30 Folkestone
14-Aug-40 Gerhard Schopfel 9./JG26 4000m 13.30 Dover-Folkstone
18-Aug-40 Gerhard Schopfel 9./JG26 5200m 13.55 Canterbury
18-Aug-40 Gerhard Schopfel 9./JG26 5000m 13.56 Canterbury
18-Aug-40 Gerhard Schopfel 9./JG26 7000m 13.56 Canterbury
22-Aug-40 Gerhard Schopfel 9./JG26   20.25 SE Dover
28-Aug-40 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26 Defiant 5000m 10.10 East of Canterbury
31-Aug-40 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26   10.00 Braintree
01-Sep-40 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26 2000m 15.00 South of London
07-Sep-40 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26   18.45 South of London
09-Sep-40 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26   18.05 Thames Estuary
09-Sep-40 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26 1800m 18.07 Thames Estuary
09-Sep-40 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26   18.11 Themesmundung
28-Sep-40 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26 7500m 10.45 North of Dungeness
29-Oct-40 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26 4000m 17.45 -
01-Nov-40 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26   15.35 Herne Bay
17-Jun-41 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26 30-10m 19.40 -
23-Jun-41 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26   20.30 Sea 10km N Dunkirk
27-Jun-41 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26   17.05  
28-Jun-41 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26   08.50 Audruicq
02-Jul-41 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26 2500-3000m 12.50 S Lillers
11-Jul-41 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26   14.55  
07-Aug-41 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26   11.40 -
07-Aug-41 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26 5000m 18.00 SW Dunkirk
09-Aug-41 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26   17.59  
09-Aug-41 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26   11.45 E Marquise
21-Aug-41 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26 3200m 10.18 -
21-Sep-41 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26   16.30  
27-Sep-41 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26   15.30  
27-Nov-41 Gerhard Schopfel Stab III./JG26 8000-2000m 17.30 5km W. Boulogne
24-Mar-42 Gerhard Schopfel Stab /JG26     Pas-de-Calais
28-Mar-42 Gerhard Schopfel StabJG26 6200m 18.30 Pas-de-Calais
14-Apr-42 Gerhard Schopfel StabJG26   18.33 10km N. Sangatte
27-Apr-42 Gerhard Schopfel Stab /JG26   15.50  
01-Jun-42 Gerhard Schopfel StabJG26 1700m 13.55 -
19-Aug-42 Gerhard Schopfel Stab /JG26 4000m 16.31 off Dieppe
19-Aug-42 Gerhard Schopfel StabJG26 10-30m 18.30 Dieppe
08-Nov-42 Gerhard Schopfel Stab /JG26 B-17 Fortress      
08-Nov-42 Gerhard Schopfel StabJG26 B-17 Fortress 2700m - -
06-Dec-42 Gerhard Schopfel Stab /JG26 B-17 Fortress      

Knights Cross

Luftwaffe pilot Gustav 'Micky' Sprick

Gustav 'Micky' Sprick was born on 29 November 1917 at Biemsen in the Lemgo region of Westfalen. Sprick was posted to JG26 on 23 September 1939. Fähnrich Sprick was assigned to 8./JG26. Leutnant Sprick shot down his first enemy aircraft on 10 May 1940, a Dutch Fokker T-5 twin-engined bomber over Breda. Sprick was very successful during the French campaign having accrued nine victories by the fall of France. However, on 14 June he was shot down, near Evreux, by RAF Hurricane fighters after claiming one of their number. He force-landed but survived the incident uninjured being rescues by German troops.

On 8 August 1940, Oberleutnant Sprick was appointed Staffelkapitän of 8./JG26. He gained 11 victories in the Battle of Britain. He was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 1 October after gaining his 20th victory on 28 September. By the end of 1940 he had recorded 24 victories. He achieved his 30th victory on 22 June 1941. III./JG26 took-off on 28 June 1941, to intercept British Circus No. 26 targetting the Comines power station. 8./JG26 was attacked from above and broke up into individual combats with RAF Spitfire fighters. Sprick peRGormed a split-S manoeuvre whereby the right wing of his Bf 109 F-2 (W.Nr. 5743) promptly collapsed and he plunged to his death near Holque. 'Micky' Sprick was credited with 31 victories in 192 missions. All his victories were recorded over the Western front.

Luftwaffe pilot List of aerial victories for Gustav Sprick

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location Comments
1. 10.5.1940 - Fokker T5 8./JG26 Breda Fokker T5 of BomVA of Nederlandse Militaire Luchtvaart
2. 11.5.1940 19:30 Curtiss 8./JG26   Curtiss H 75A of GC I/4 of Armée de l'Air
3. 17.5.1940 18:30 Morane 8./JG26    
4. 2.6.1940 9:25 8./JG26   Spitfire of 66, 266 or 611Sqn, RAF
5. 6.6.1940 - Bloch 152 8./JG26    
6. 6.6.1940 - Bloch 152 8./JG26    
7. 6.6.1940 - Bloch 152 8./JG26    
8. 13.6.1940 12:39 Defiant 8./JG26   Defiant of 142Sqn, RAF
9. 14.6.1940 17:50 8./JG26    
10. 12.8.1940 12:20 8./JG26 Thames Estuary-NW Margate 151 or 501Sqn, RAF
11. 15.8.1940 12:58 8./JG26 Dover-NW Boulogne Spitfire of 54Sqn, RAF
12. 18.8.1940 13:50 8./JG26 Canterbury Hurricane of 17Sqn, RAF
13. 24.8.1940 12:20 8./JG26 Ashford Hurricane of 151Sqn, RAF
14. 31.8.1940 19:05 8./JG26 Folkestone Hurricane of 85Sqn, RAF
15. 31.8.1940 19:15 8./JG26 Folkestone Hurricane of 85Sqn, RAF
16. 1.9.1940 15:05 8./JG26 London Hurricane of 79 or 85Sqn, RAF
17. 3.9.1940 11:10 8./JG26 Rochester-Thames Estuary  
18. 17.9.1940 16:35 8./JG26 Gravesend  
19. 23.9.1940 10:35 8./JG26 Thames Estuary Spitfire of 92Sqn, RAF
20. 28.9.1940 11:30 8./JG26 Canterbury Hurricane of 501Sqn, RAF
21. 15.10.1940 13:45 8./JG26    
22. 17.11.1940 10:22 8./JG26 E Harwich  
23. 27.11.1940 9:25 8./JG26 Deal Spitfire of 421 Flt, RAF
24. 16.6.1941 16:35 8./JG26 Dungeness-Étaples  
25. 17.6.1941 19:42 8./JG26   Hurricane of 56 or 242Sqn, RAF
26. 17.6.1941 19:58 8./JG26   Hurricane of 56 or 242Sqn, RAF
27. 18.6.1941 18:20 8./JG26   Spitfire of 145Sqn, RAF
28. 21.6.1941 16:42 8./JG26   Hurricane of 1Sqn, RAF
29. 21.6.1941 16:55 8./JG26    
30. 22.6.1941 16:20 8./JG26   Spitfire of 609 or 611Sqn, RAF
31. 24.6.1941 20:58 8./JG26    

Victories : 31
Awards : Knight`s Cross
Units : JG26
http://www.luftwaffe.cz/sprick.html

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz database list of aerial victories for Gustav Sprick

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
10-May-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26 Fokker T.V     Breda
11-May-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26 Hawk-75A   19.30 NW Antwerpen
17-May-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26 Morane 406   18.30 Grand Mont Krs Namur
31-May-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26 3000m 15.40 Furnes
02-Jun-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   09.25 Dunkirk
02-Jun-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   09.25 Dunkirk
06-Jun-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26 Bloch 151      
06-Jun-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26 Bloch 151      
06-Jun-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26 Bloch 151      
13-Jun-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26 Defiant   12.39 Raum Paris
14-Jun-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   17.50 Poix-Abbeville
12-Aug-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   12.20 NW Margate
15-Aug-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   12.58 Dover - NW Boulogne
18-Aug-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   13.50 Canterbury
24-Aug-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   12.20 Ashford
31-Aug-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   19.15 Folkestone
31-Aug-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   19.05 Folkestone
01-Sep-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   15.05 South of London
03-Sep-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   11.10 Rochester
06-Sep-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26 3500m 10.10 SW Dungeness
11-Sep-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26 5000m 19.30 Canterbury-Ashford
17-Sep-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   16.35 Gravesend
23-Sep-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   10.35 Thames Estuary
28-Sep-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26 7000m 14.45 SW London
15-Oct-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   13.45  
25-Oct-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26 7000m 14.30 Maidstone
17-Nov-40 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   10.22 East of Harwich
16-Jun-41 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26 100m 16.35 zw Dungeness-Etaples
17-Jun-41 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   19.58 Dover Straits
17-Jun-41 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   19.42 N Etaples
18-Jun-41 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   16.20 (Pas-de-Calais) Time correct
21-Jun-41 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   16.42 West of Boulogne
21-Jun-41 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   16.55 20km SW Boulogne
22-Jun-41 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   16.20 off Gravelines
24-Jun-41 Gustav Sprick 8./JG26   20.58 off Gravelines

Luftwaffe Badge

Luftwaffe pilot Heinz Zimmer

Units: III./JG-4 (4/45), most likely 9 Staffel

Awards: EK 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109G, Fw 190D

Remarks: His first known victory, an Il-2 on 17 April, 1945.

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz database list of 1 aerial victories for Heinz Zimmer

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
Tuesday, April 17, 1945 Heinz Zimmer Stab III./JG4 Il-2   14:00± -

 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)
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