III. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 51 - 9./JG51 ex 3./JG20

7 Staffel III. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 51 - 7./JG51 ex 1./JG20

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 7./JG51 (White 13+) Werk Nr 1432 flown by Walter Oesau France Aug 1940

Photo 01: 0-Bf 109E4-JG51.7-(W13+)-Walter-Oesau-WNr1432-France-1940-0A.

Luftwaffe aircrew JG51 pilot Walter Oesau France Aug 1940 01-02

Photo 01: Walter Oesau, probably while Kommandeur of III./JG51, wearing the Ritterkreuz awarded on 20 August 1940.

Luftwaffe aircrew JG51 pilot's Robert Ritter von Greim and Walter Oesau France Aug 1940 01

Photo 01: Walter Oesau (right) with General Robert Ritter von Greim, commander of V Fliegerkorps. Soon after this photograph was taken, Oesau was posted to command JG2 in France.

9 Staffel III. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 51 - 9./JG51 ex 3./JG20

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 9./JG 51 (Yellow 5+) Edmund Wagner France 1940

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E.1 of 9./JG51 'Yellow 13' of 9./JG51, finished in a high demarcation upper scheme of 02/71,and illustrates the early application of yellow paint to rudders which took the form of an inverted triangle at the top of the rudder. Beneath the lower edge of the canopy is carried the III.Gruppe emblem of the 'Axe of the Lower Rhine' which had originated with the Gruppe when it was 1./JG20.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 9./JG 51 (Yellow 13+) belly landed on a French Beach France 1940 00

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E.1 of 9./JG51 'Yellow 13' of 9./JG51, finished in a high demarcation upper scheme of 02/71,and illustrates the early application of yellow paint to rudders which took the form of an inverted triangle at the top of the rudder. Beneath the lower edge of the canopy is carried the III.Gruppe emblem of the 'Axe of the Lower Rhine' which had originated with the Gruppe when it was 1./JG20.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG 51 (Yellow 13+) belly landed on a French Beach France 1940 01

Photo 01: Badly damaged, Bf 109E-1, 'Yellow 13' of 9./JG51 lies on a French beach during the summer of 1940. Seen to advantage is the early application of yellow paint to rudders which took the form of an inverted tri-angular area at the top of the rudder.

8. Staffel III. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 51 - 8./JG51 ex 2./JG20

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 8./JG51 (Black 14+) St. Omer Nord France 1940

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Knights Cross

Luftwaffe pilot Walter Oesau

Walter Oesau was born on 28 June 1913 at Farnewinkel in the Dithmarschen region of Schleswig-Hostein. He went into the Reichsarbeitsdienst, or RAD1 in 1933 and then joined the Army, serving as a private in an artillery regiment. By 1934 he had become a Fahnenjunker 2 and began flying training with the Deutsche Verkehrsfliegerschule. He entered the Luftwaffe at about the time it was founded and, with his flying training completed, in 1937 he was posted to jagdgeschwader 132 'Richthofen' as a Leutnant.

1. Reichs Labour Service

2. Officer Cadet

In April 1938, Lt. Oesau volunteered for service in the Spanish Civil War and was sent to join J/88 where he flew the He 51 biplane with 3.Staffel.He claimed his first victory on 15 July, his second on the 17th and his third victory a day later. By the end of July, Oesau had five victories and by the end of his service in Spain had a total of nine, his last being a Rata shot down on 3 November. He returned to Germany promoted to Oberleutnant and with the Spanish Wound Badge, but was later awarded the Spanish Cross in Gold with Swords and Diamonds, a decoration awarded to only 27 combatants who, in the opinion of the Fuhrer, were especially deserving of it.

As from 1 March 1939, Walter Oesau served for a short time with the Stabsschwarm of I./JG2, but on 15 July was appointed Staffelkapitan of I./JG20, later to become 7./JG51. It is customary when referring to pilots' victory claims to discount any achieved in Spain, so Oesau's first victories must be considered to have occurred after the start of the Second World War when he shot down a Curtiss on 13 May, followed by two Spitfires on the 31st. By the end of the French campaign, Oesau had added two bombers to his score, bringing his total to five victories.

With the start of the Battle of Britain, 7./JG51 took part in operations over the Channel and Southern England, and between 7 July and 18 August, Oesau had added a Defiant, ten Spitfires and four Hurricanes to his score, becoming the fifth Luftwaffe pilot to reach 20 victories. For this achievement he was awarded the Ritterkreuz on the 20 August. On 25 August, Hauptmann Oesau was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG51 and on 11 November, by which time he had 39 victories, he became Kommandeur of III./JG3. Oesau's 40th victory occurred on 5 February 1941when he shot down a Spitfire flown by a sergeant pilot of 610Sqn. who became a prisoner of war, and although he identified the aircraft destroyed as a Hurricane, it was another milestone in his career; he was awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross and the German press began referring to him as 'German Air Ace No.3'.

Hptm. Oesau claimed another Spitfire and another Hurricane in the West before his Gruppe was transferred eastwards for the launching of Operation 'Barbarossa', the attack on Russia, in June 1941.Almost immediately, Oesau began to make multiple claims, shooting down two aircraft in separate engagements on the 24th and three in two combats on the 26th. By the end of June, his score had increased to 51 and on 10 July he claimed five Soviet aircraft destroyed for his 64th to 68th victories. He recorded his 70th victory on 11 July and on the 15th his tally had increased to 80, for which he became only the third recipient of the Swords.

With a total of 86 claims, Oesau was recalled to the Western Front and on 29 July he took command of JG2, the 'Richthofen' Geschwader, following the death in action of the Kommodore, 23 victory ace and Eichenlaubtrager Major Wilhelm Balthasar on the 7th. Major Oesau scored his first victory with JG2 on 10 August, when he shot down a Spitfire, and followed up with a further five Spitfires on the 12th. By 26 October, Oesau had recorded his 100th victory, a Spitfire shot down that day, and thus became only the third Luftwaffe pilot to reach this landmark. In accordance with prevailing custom, he was then forbidden to fly further combat sorties in order that his valuable combat experience and qualities of leadership should be preserved. Oesau remained as Kommodore of JG2, however, and on 17 April 1942, despite the official ban on his operational flying, shot down one of four Lancasters claimed by JG2 as the bombers flew over the airfield at Beaumont-Ie-Roger while on their way to bomb the MAl'J diesel-engine works at Augsburg.

At this time,JG2 was equipped with the Bf 109F, but commencing in mid-March, the Gescbwader began converting to the Fw-190, a process which should have been virtually completed by the end of May 1942. Although the Fw-190 possessed some outstanding qualities, its peRGormance deteriorated above 20,000 feet and in mid-May, parts of 1./JG2 gave up their Fw-190s and began converting to the Bf 109G which had a superior peRGormance at that altitude. Parts of II.Gruppe followed suit, so that throughout the early Spring and Summer, the two Gruppen operated a mixture of Fw-190 As and Bf 109G-6s. Later, this arrangement was found to be unsatisfactory and II. Gruppe re-equipped entirely with Bf 109Gs while 1. and II1./JG2 were equipped with the Fw-190.

Meanwhile, on 28 June 1943, Oberstleutnant Walter Oesau was celebrating his 30th birthday at Beaumont-le-Roger when 43 B-17s bombed the airfield. Twenty members of the Geschwader were killed while others were injured and buildings damaged. Oesau had already been notified that he was due to take up a staff position and, three days later, he handed over command of JG2 to Eichenlaubträger Egon Mayer. For Oesau, a series of staff positions followed, including his appointment as Jafü 4 in Brittany, and he was holding this position when he was awarded the German Cross in Gold on 17 October.

By late 1943, the situation for Germany had dictated that the earlier order banning highly-decorated and experienced pilots from combat flying should be relaxed, and on 12 November 1943, Oberst Oesau was appointed Kommodore of JG1, taking over from Oberst Hans Philipp, who had been killed. Oesau soon added at least 14 four-engined US Liberator and Flying Fortress bombers and two P-47 Thunderbolts to his list of victories, his last, a P-47, being his 127th shot down south-west of Verden on 8 May 1944.

Three days later, US bombers raided north-eastern Belgium and Luxemburg. Nearly 900 bombers took part and the fighter escort flew over 1,000 sorties. At Paderborn, 30 Bf 109Gs of Stab and III./JG1 took off with Oesau leading the three aircraft of JG1's Stabsschwarm. While still attempting to attack the bombers, Oesau was bounced by escorting P-38s and separated from his comrades. According to some sources, a ten-minute fight ensued in which Oesau battled alone against five P-38s which apparently damaged Oesau's aircraft, but thereafter accounts vary. One source maintains that the P-38 pilots made no claim as they had seen no strikes on Oesau's Bf 109, but after examination of their gun-camera film, they were credited with a probable. Another account states that Oesau was chased down to ground level where he was finally shot down. Whatever the truth the P-38's gun-camera film apparently showed a Bf 109G¬6/AS coded 'Green 13' and with a red Reich Defence band around the rear fuselage, exactly in accordance with the markings carried by Oesau's machine.

Oesau was found near the remains of his wrecked aircraft. His body had several bullet wounds, suggesting that he was probably unconscious or already dead before his aircraft hit the ground. He was buried at MeldoRG in Schleswig-Holstein.

Unfortunately, we know little of Oesau's character as a man, most historians preferring to judge him only by his victory score. However, a few clues exist. In a secret recording, a German Po\V in RAF hands who had visited JG2 was heard explaining to a fellow prisoner that, while Oesau might have been strict on matters of efficiency and etiquette and had perhaps taken full advantage of his luxurious HQ at Beamont-le-Roger, he ensured also that his men enjoyed the same facilities without any distinctions between even senior officers and NCOs. Adolf Galland characterised Oesau by describing him as'one of the greatest fighter pilots produced by Germany during the Second World War. He was tough-minded as well as a brilliant aerial fighter.'

It seems, however, that Oesau's experiences had taken their toll, though few seemed to realise that by 1944 he was at the end of his tether. One who did was Hartmann Grasser, who served under him as a Major and Kommandeur of III./JG1. Commenting on the loss of Oesau, he said: 'At that time, Oesau was at the end of his physical and mental powers [yet] the German fighter pilots, like their officers, had to fight right through the war without rest. I consider that a grave error on the part of our High Command. I personally took part in the combat when Oesau was lost. Alone, chased by Lightnings and Mustangs, he had no chance of escaping.'

Ironically, several hours after Oesau had been shot down, StablJG1 received an order immediately transferring Oesau away from the battle-front to Galland's Headquarters Staff. Henceforth as a tribute to its late Kommodore's achievements and leadership, JGI received the honour-title ]agdgescbwader 1 Oesau'.

Walter 'Gulle' Oesau was born on 28 June 1913 at Farnewinkel in the Dithmarschen region of Holst. He enlisted in the army in 1933 and served in an artillery regiment. By 1934 he had become a Fahnenjunker and was undertaking flying training with the Deutschen Verkehrsfliegerschule. On completing his flying training he was posted to Jagdgeschwader 'Richtofen'. Leutnant Oesau was one of the first fighter pilots to join J/88 in Spain in April 1938. Here he served with 3. J/88 and gained nine victories. He became one of only 27 recipients of the Spanienkreuz in Gold mit Brillanten. He was also wounded in this campaign and was awarded the Spanish Wound Badge. On 1 March 1939, Oesau joined the Stabsschwarm of I./JG2. On 15 July, Oberleutnant Oesau was appointed Staffelkapitän of 1./JG20 which was later redesignated 7./JG51. Oesau gained his first victory of World War 2 on 13 May 1940. He ended the French campaign with five victories to his credit. On 18 August 1940 he became the fifth Luftwaffe pilot to reach 20 World War 2 victories, bringing him the award of the Ritterkreuz. On 25 August 1940, Hauptmann Oesau was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG51. On 11 November 1940, Oesau was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG3. He led the Gruppe to the Eastern front where the invasion of Russia was launched. He recorded his 40th victory on 5 February 1941. On 6 February, he was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr 9). He recorded his 50th victory on 30 June. He claimed five enemy aircraft shot down on 10 July 1941 for his 64th to 68th victories. He recorded his 70th victory on 11 July and his 80th on 17 July. On 15 July his victory tally had reached 80 and he became only the third man to be awarded the Schwertern. At the end of July 1941 he was recalled to the Western Front to take command of JG2. He recorded his 100th victory on 26 October, only the third Luftwaffe pilot to reach this landmark. He was forbidden to fly further combat missions, his combat experience and leadership qualities being considered too valuable to risk. A series of staff appointments followed, including being appointed JagdfliegeRGührer 4 Brittany.

On 12 November 1943, Oberst Oesau returned to combat when he was appointed Kommodore of JG1 following the death of Oberst Hans Philipp (206 victories, RK-S). He soon added at least 14 victories against the USAAF formations of B-17 and B-24 four-engined bombers. On 11 May 1944, Oesau, leading three aircraft of the Stabsschwarm, took off from Paderborn to intercept Allied bombers raiding north-eastern Belgium and Luxembourg. During his attack on the bombers he was bounced by escorting P-38s. In the ensuing combat he was shot down and killed in his Bf 109G-6/AS (W.Nr. 20601) 'Green 13' near St Vith. 'Gulle' Oesau scored 127 victories in over 300 combat missions. 9 victories were scored during the Spanish Civil War, 74 were scored on the Western front including 14 four-engined bombers (one B-17 as engültige Vernichtung) and 44 over the Eastern front.

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location / Comments
1. 15.7.1938 - Curtiss Stab J/88 Spanish Civil War / I-16
2. 17.7.1938 - Curtiss Stab J/88 Spanish Civil War / I-16
3. 18.7.1938 - Rata Stab J/88 Spanish Civil War
4. 20.7.1938 - Curtiss Stab J/88 Spanish Civil War / I-16
5. 27.7.1938 - SB-2 Stab J/88 Spanish Civil War
6. 15.8.1938 - Curtiss Stab J/88 Spanish Civil War / I-16
7. 20.8.1938 - Rata Stab J/88 Spanish Civil War
8. 15.10.1938 - Rata Stab J/88 Spanish Civil War
9. 3.11.1938 - Rata Stab J/88 Spanish Civil War
10. 13.5.1940 - Curtiss 7./JG51  
11. 31.5.1940 - 7./JG51  
12. 31.5.1940 - 7./JG51  
13. 7.6.1940 - 7./JG51  
14. 16.6.1940 - Amiot 7./JG51  
15. 7.7.1940 - 7./JG51  
16. 10.7.1940 - 7./JG51  
17. 10.7.1940 - 7./JG51 Folkestone
18. 10.7.1940 - 7./JG51 Folkestone
19. 19.7.1940 - Defiant 7./JG51 Defiant of 141Sqn RAF
20. 19.7.1940 - 7./JG51  
21. 25.7.1940 - 7./JG51 Dover
22. 5.8.1940 - 7./JG51 Dover
23. 14.8.1940 - 7./JG51 Dover
24. 15.8.1940 - 7./JG51 Folkestone
25. 15.8.1940 - 7./JG51 Folkestone
- 15.8.1940 - Ballon Luftsperre 7./JG51 Dover
26. 16.8.1940 - 7./JG51 Cape Gris Nez
27. 16.8.1940 - 7./JG51 Cape Gris Nez
28. 18.8.1940 - 7./JG51 Cape Gris Nez
29. 18.8.1940 - 7./JG51 Canterbury
30. 4.9.1940 - Stab III./JG51  
31. 6.9.1940 - Stab III./JG51  
32. 7.9.1940 - Stab III./JG51  
33. 11.9.1940 - Stab III./JG51  
34. 14.9.1940 - Stab III./JG51  
35. 14.9.1940 - Stab III./JG51  
36. 15.9.1940 - Stab III./JG51  
37. 18.9.1940 - Stab III./JG51  
38. 27.9.1940 - E/a Stab III./JG51  
39. 27.9.1940 - E/a Stab III./JG51  
40. 28.9.1940 - Stab III./JG51  
41. 30.9.1940 - E/a Stab III./JG51  
42. 30.9.1940 - E/a Stab III./JG51  
43. 30.9.1940 - E/a Stab III./JG51  
44. 5.10.1940 - Stab III./JG51  
45. 12.10.1940 - Stab III./JG51  
46. 15.10.1940 - Stab III./JG51  
47. 25.10.1940 - Stab III./JG51  
48. 1.11.1940 - Stab III./JG51  
49. 5.2.1941 15:05 Stab III./JG3 Desvres, 2500 m
50. 16.5.1941 15:45 Stab III./JG3  
51. 28.5.1941 19:25 Stab III./JG3 Pas-de-Calais
52. 24.6.1941 12:08 MiG-1 Stab III./JG3  
53. 24.6.1941 15:15 I-15 Stab III./JG3  
54. 26.6.1941 6:42 SB-2 Stab III./JG3  
55. 26.6.1941 6:45 SB-2 Stab III./JG3  
56. 26.6.1941 12:45 I-15 Stab III./JG3  
57. 26.6.1941 12:50 SB-2 Stab III./JG3  
58. 29.6.1941 18:10 Il-2 Stab III./JG3  
59. 30.6.1941 9:20 Il-2 Stab III./JG3  
60. 30.6.1941 13:30 SB-2 Stab III./JG3  
61. 1.7.1941 18:20 SB-2 Stab III./JG3 Lvov area
62. 1.7.1941 18:22 SB-2 Stab III./JG3 Lvov area
63. 1.7.1941 18:24 SB-2 Stab III./JG3 Lvov area
64. 2.7.1941 12:00 SB-3 Stab III./JG3  
65. 6.7.1941 14:42 SB-3 Stab III./JG3  
66. 6.7.1941 17:20 SB-2 Stab III./JG3  
67. 6.7.1941 17:24 Pe-2 Stab III./JG3  
68. 7.7.1941 5:57 Pe-2 Stab III./JG3  
69. 8.7.1941 13:00 SB-2 Stab III./JG3  
70. 8.7.1941 13:02 SB-2 Stab III./JG3  
71. 8.7.1941 13:04 SB-2 Stab III./JG3  
72. 8.7.1941 17:15 SB-2 Stab III./JG3  
73. 10.7.1941 9:07 Il-2 Stab III./JG3  
74. 10.7.1941 11:50 I-17 Stab III./JG3  
75. 10.7.1941 12:35 Pe-2 Stab III./JG3  
76. 10.7.1941 15:55 I-153 Stab III./JG3  
77. 10.7.1941 18:35 I-16 Stab III./JG3  
78. 11.7.1941 17:44 I-16 Stab III./JG3  
79. 11.7.1941 18:00 SB-2 Stab III./JG3  
80. 12.7.1941 13:00 Il-2 Stab III./JG3  
81. 12.7.1941 13:04 Il-2 Stab III./JG3  
82. 12.7.1941 15:35 I-16 Stab III./JG3  
83. 12.7.1941 15:35 I-16 Stab III./JG3  
84. 12.7.1941 15:35 I-16 Stab III./JG3  
85. 12.7.1941 15:36 SB-2 Stab III./JG3  
86. 12.7.1941 15:37 SB-2 Stab III./JG3  
87. 13.7.1941 11:44 DB-3 Stab III./JG3  
88. 15.7.1941 12:50 I-153 Stab III./JG3  
89. 15.7.1941 12:55 DB-3 Stab III./JG3  
90. 22.7.1941 16:40 Il-2 Stab III./JG3  
91. 23.7.1941 11:20 DB-3 Stab III./JG3  
92. 23.7.1941 13:44 SB-2 Stab III./JG3  
93. 23.7.1941 15:28 I-15 Stab III./JG3  
94. 23.7.1941 17:22 DB-3 Stab III./JG3  
95. 24.7.1941 13:55 DB-3 Stab III./JG3  
96. 10.8.1941 14:15 Stab JG2  
97. 12.8.1941 11:43 Stab JG2  
98. 12.8.1941 12:51 Stab JG2 NW St. Omer
99. 12.8.1941 12:53 Stab JG2 NW St. Omer
100. 12.8.1941 13:06 Stab JG2 15 km SE Dover
101. 12.8.1941 13:15 Stab JG2 SE Dover
102. 16.8.1941 19:39 Stab JG2  
103. 16.8.1941 19:42~ Stab JG2  
104. 21.8.1941 10:23 Stab JG2 Off Calais
105. 21.8.1941 15:10 Stab JG2 E Etaples
106. 31.8.1941 20:07 Stab JG2  
107. 4.9.1941 17:35 Stab JG2 St. Omer-Béthune
108. 13.10.1941 14:32 Stab JG2 15km SW Boulogne
109. 26.10.1941 13:08 Stab JG2 Spitfire Vb (AB822) of 72Sqn, RAF flown by Sgt L Stock
110. 17.4.1942 - Lancaster Stab JG2 S Beaumont-le-Roger / Lancaster of 44Sqn RAF, L7536, KM-H
111. 20.12.1942 12:30 B-17 Stab JG2 Melun
112. 20.12.1942 13:53 B-17 Stab JG2 25km NNW Dieppe
113. 4.4.1943 14:30 B-17 Stab JG2 W St Pierre
114. 5.1.1944 12:00 B-24 Stab JG1 Heide, 7500 m
115. 30.1.1944 12:00 B-17 Stab JG1 SW Osnabrück
116. 30.1.1944 12:20 B-17 e.V. Stab JG1  
117. 8.2.1944 12:00 P-38 Stab JG1 Friedburg-Giessen, 8400 m
118. 10.2.1944 12:55 B-17 Stab JG1 Zwolle-Hardenburg, 6000 m
119. 10.2.1944 13:00 P-47 Stab JG1 Zwolle-Kampen, 4000 m
120. 22.2.1944 13:36 B-17 Stab JG1 N Thierl (Bielefeld-Münster), 6000 m
121. 22.2.1944 15:25 B-17 Stab JG1  
122. 24.2.1944 12:40 B-17 Stab JG1 Hameln-Hildesheim, 7500 m
123. 25.2.1944 13:05 B-17 Stab JG1 Baden-Baden area, 6500 m
124. 25.2.1944 15:00 B-24 Stab JG1 Baden-Baden area, 5000 m
125. 6.3.1944 12:05 P-47 Stab JG1 NW Vechta, 6500 m
126. 6.3.1944 12:20 B-17 Stab JG1 S Delmenhorst, 3000 m
127. 8.5.1944 9:45 P-47 Stab JG1 SW Verden

Victories : 127
Awards : Knight`s Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Units : J/88, JG51, JG3, JG2, JG1
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Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
13-May-40 Walter Oesau 1./JG20 Hawk-75A   19.27 Halsteren
31-May-40 Walter Oesau 1./JG20   18.22 NW Dunkirk
31-May-40 Walter Oesau 1./JG20   18.26 NW Dunkirk
01-Jun-40 Walter Oesau 1./JG20   11.35 20km N Ostende
13-Jun-40 Walter Oesau 1./JG20 Amiot 351   15.41 SW Les Andelys
13-May-40 Walter Oesau 1./JG20 P-40 Warhawk   19.27 Halsteren
31-May-40 Walter Oesau 1./JG20   18.22 NW Dunkirk
31-May-40 Walter Oesau 1./JG20   18.26 NW Dunkirk
01-Jun-40 Walter Oesau 1./JG20   11.35 20km N Ostende
13-Jun-40 Walter Oesau 1./JG20 Amiot 351   15.41 SW of Les Andelys
07-Jul-40 Walter Oesau 7./JG51   14.05 5km South of Dover
10-Jul-40 Walter Oesau 7./JG51   14.39 5km South of Dover
10-Jul-40 Walter Oesau 7./JG51   14.49 10km South of Dover
10-Jul-40 Walter Oesau 7./JG51   15.04 West of Folkestone
19-Jul-40 Walter Oesau 7./JG51 Defiant   13.50 South of Folkestone
19-Jul-40 Walter Oesau 7./JG51   13.55 South of Dover
25-Jul-40 Walter Oesau 7./JG51   15.52 5km South of Dover
05-Aug-40 Walter Oesau 7./JG51   09.59 10km SW Dover
14-Aug-40 Walter Oesau 7./JG51   13.59 NW Dover
15-Aug-40 Walter Oesau 7./JG51   12.32 South of Folkestone
15-Aug-40 Walter Oesau 7./JG51   12.34 5km South of Folkestone
16-Aug-40 Walter Oesau 7./JG51   17.35 20km NW Cap Gris Nez
16-Aug-40 Walter Oesau 7./JG51   17.36 20km NW Cap Gris Nez
18-Aug-40 Walter Oesau 7./JG51   18.37 3km South Canterbury
18-Aug-40 Walter Oesau 7./JG51   18.50 8km NW Cap Gris Nez
04-Sep-40 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG51      
06-Sep-40 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG51      
07-Sep-40 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG51     South of London
11-Sep-40 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG51      
14-Sep-40 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG51      
14-Sep-40 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG51      
15-Sep-40 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG51      
18-Sep-40 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG51 6500m 14.30 5km SE Ashford
27-Sep-40 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG51      
27-Sep-40 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG51      
28-Sep-40 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG51      
29-Sep-40 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG51      
29-Sep-40 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG51      
30-Sep-40 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG51      
05-Oct-40 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG51     South of London
12-Oct-40 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG51      
15-Oct-40 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG51      
25-Oct-40 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG51      
01-Nov-40 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG51      
05-Feb-41 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG3 2500m 14.05 Desvres (40 Abschuss)
16-May-41 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG3   15.45  
28-May-41 Walter Oesau Stab III./JG3   19.25 N Calais
10-Aug-41 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2   14.15  
12-Aug-41 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2   11.43  
12-Aug-41 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2   12.50  
12-Aug-41 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2   12.54  
12-Aug-41 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2   13.06  
12-Aug-41 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2   19.27 15km S Dungeness
16-Aug-41 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2   19.38  
21-Aug-41 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2 5500m 10.23 vor Calais
21-Aug-41 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2 6000m 15.10 ostw Etaples
31-Aug-41 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2   20.07  
04-Sep-41 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2   17.35  
13-Oct-41 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2 1500m 14.32-35 15km SW Boulogne
13-Oct-41 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2   15.28  
26-Oct-41 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2   13.08  
17-Apr-42 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2 Lancaster*   17.10  
17-Apr-42 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2 Lancaster   16.55 le Vieil-Evreux 6km ESE Evreux (44Sqn)
05-Sep-42 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2 7700-8000m 11.45 0021/05 Ost
20-Dec-42 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2 B-17 Fortress 5000-6000m 12.30 Melun
20-Dec-42 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2 B-17 Fortress 5000-3500m 13.53 20km NNW Dieppe
04-Apr-43 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2 B-17 Fortress 6500m 14.30 West of St Pierre-les-Elbeuf
29-May-43 Walter Oesau Stab /JG2 B-17 Fortress 7-8000m 17.25 3831/14 West
05-Jan-44 Walter Oesau Stab /JG1 B-24 Liberator   12.00  
30-Jan-44 Walter Oesau Stab /JG1 B-17 Fortress   12.00  
30-Jan-44 Walter Oesau Stab /JG1 B-17 Fortress e.V.   12.20  
08-Feb-44 Walter Oesau Stab /JG1 P-38 Lightning 8400-7600m 12.00 PS-QR (220˚ Bad Nauheim)
10-Feb-44 Walter Oesau Stab /JG1 B-17 Fortress 6000m 12.55 FO-4 (S Coevorden)
10-Feb-44 Walter Oesau Stab /JG1 P-47 Thunderbolt 4000m 13.00 FM-FN (Meppel 270˚ Kampen)
22-Feb-44 Walter Oesau Stab /JG1 B-17 Fortress 1000m 13.36 10km N Thier (Gutersloh)
22-Feb-44 Walter Oesau Stab /JG1 B-17 Fortress   15.25  
24-Feb-44 Walter Oesau Stab /JG1 B-17 Fortress 75-6000m 12.35-40 HT-JT (S Hameln)
25-Feb-44 Walter Oesau Stab /JG1 B-17 Fortress 6500m 13.05 05 Ost S/AR-8 Baden-Baden
25-Feb-44 Walter Oesau Stab /JG1 B-24 Liberator 5000m 15.00 04 Ost S/AQ 2-3 W Baden-Baden
06-Mar-44 Walter Oesau Stab /JG1 P-47 Thunderbolt 500-800m 12.05-10 Cloppenburg-Vechta
06-Mar-44 Walter Oesau Stab /JG1 B-17 Fortress 3000m 12.15-20 ER to FR (Vechta area)
08-May-44 Walter Oesau Stab /JG1 P-47 Thunderbolt   09.45 FS-FT (Sulinghen-Nienburg)

Knights Cross

Luftwaffe pilot Edmund Wagner

Units: 3/JG-2 ('40), 9/JG-51 (9/40 BoB), 9/JG-51 (6/41 S.U.)

Awards: RK(11/17/41 Post.), EP(9/1/41), EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E, Bf 109F-2 WNr 9693 'Yellow 1+I' (11/13/41) in 9/JG-51

Remarks: The most successful individual pilot in October 1941 with 22 victories. KIA in 'Yellow 1' while pursuing Pe-2's at treetop level over the front lines. Raked by the rear gunners machine gun fire, he plunged into the ground, exploding on impact. 1 victory in the West, his first victory, a Spitfire in the Dungeness area on 14 September, 1940. His first known Soviet victories, five SB-2's on 24 June, 1941. Three DB-3's on 25 June, 1941. Two more DB-3's on 26 June, 1941. A DB-3 on 10 August, 1941 and an I-15 & I-16 on 11 August, 1941. Four victories on 10 September, 1941; all I-61's. His 57th victory, an I-61 at Pafmutovkaon 12 November, 1941, one day before his death. Bowers/Lednicer, 57 victories.

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz database list of 53 aerial victories for Edmund Wagner

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
Saturday, September 14, 1940 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51      
Tuesday, June 24, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 SB-2   14:00  
Tuesday, June 24, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 SB-2   17:50  
Tuesday, June 24, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 SB-2   17:51  
Tuesday, June 24, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 SB-2   17:54  
Tuesday, June 24, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 SB-2   10:58  
Wednesday, June 25, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 DB-3   11:25  
Wednesday, June 25, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 DB-3   11:26  
Wednesday, June 25, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 DB-3   11:27  
Thursday, June 26, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 DB-3   15:50  
Thursday, June 26, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 DB-3   15:50  
Friday, July 11, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 DB-3   15:15  
Tuesday, July 15, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-18   10:41  
Monday, August 04, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-15 Rata   11:50  
Sunday, August 10, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 DB-3   19:15  
Monday, August 11, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-16 Rata   11:00  
Monday, August 11, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-15 Rata   11:20  
Sunday, August 17, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 Il-2 Sturmovik   09:20  
Wednesday, August 27, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-61   17:57  
Wednesday, September 10, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-61   11:40  
Wednesday, September 10, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-61   11:40  
Wednesday, September 10, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-61   11:40  
Wednesday, September 10, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-61   11:40  
Monday, September 15, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 DB-3   15:50  
Monday, September 22, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-61   12:25  
Monday, September 22, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-61   12:25  
Wednesday, October 01, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-61   06:00  
Thursday, October 02, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-61   13:05  
Saturday, October 04, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-16 Rata   15:15  
Sunday, October 05, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 DB-3   10:17  
Sunday, October 05, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 DB-3   14:25  
Friday, October 10, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 Pe-2   08:00  
Friday, October 10, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 Pe-2   08:00  
Friday, October 10, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-61   08:15  
Monday, October 13, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 DB-3   13:07  
Tuesday, October 14, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 DB-3   15:35  
Friday, October 17, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 DB-3   14:03  
Friday, October 17, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 DB-3   14:03  
Wednesday, October 22, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 DB-3   12:20  
Thursday, October 23, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 DB-3   13:40  
Thursday, October 23, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 Pe-2   15:40  
Friday, October 24, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-61   13:05  
Saturday, October 25, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-61   11:41  
Saturday, October 25, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-61   11:43  
Saturday, October 25, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 DB-3   11:45  
Monday, October 27, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-61   08:55  
Tuesday, October 28, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-61   15:30  
Wednesday, October 29, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-61   12:24  
Wednesday, November 05, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 Pe-2   15:15  
Thursday, November 06, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 DB-3   07:25  
Thursday, November 06, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 Pe-2   13:30  
Wednesday, November 12, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51 I-61   09:08  
Thursday, November 13, 1941 Edmund Wagner 9./JG51       Pafmutovka (RK 171141 ndT)

 

 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/