1 Staffel I. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 52 - 1./JG52

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 1./JG52 (White 1+) Oblt. Johannes Steinhoff Germany 1941 01

Photo's 01-02: This Bf 109E, 'White 1' of 4./JG52 at Maldegem, February-March 1941, is believed to have been the aircraft flown by Oblt. Johannes Steinhoff.

Pilots JG52.2 Hptm. Johannes Steinhoff Russia July 1942 01

Photo 01: Hptm. Johannes Steinhoff, Kommandeur of II./JG52, seen here in the cockpit of his aircraft in July 1942, in which month he flew his 600th war flight.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 1./JG 52 (White 6+) 'Battle of Britain' based France 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 1./JG52 (White 9+) Herbert Bischoff forced landed near London

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 flown by Fw. Herbert Bischoff, 1./JG52. 'White 9', the Bf 109E-1 of Fw. Bischoff of the Coquelles-based 1./JG52 was forced to land at Westgate as a result of combat damage during the mid-afternoon of . This aircraft was fitted with an early style canopy, but featured pilot's back armour and a rear-view mirror. Finished in a 70/71 upper camouflage scheme, the sides of the fuselage, fin and rudder carried a heavy mottle believed to have been in the uppersurface colours. The light coloured square on both sides of the fin behind the swastikas suggests that they had been masked off while the mottling was applied. The I./JG52 'Running Boar' emblem was applied to both sides of the cowling and the spinner was painted half white and half black or 70.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 1./JG52 White 9 Herbert Bischoff forced landed near London 01

Photo 01: This Bf 109E-1 'White 9' of I./JG52 forced landed in a field near Westgate-on-Sea during the mid-afternoon of 24 August. The pilot, Fw. Herbert Bischoff, had been flying as part of a formation of fighters carrying out what he described as an 'aggressive patrol'. While flying at 18,000 feet near London, he was surprised from behind by fighters which damaged his engine and radiator. When his engine seized, Fw. Bischoff forced landed in a cornfield and although part of his port wing was torn off when his aircraft hit an electricity pylon, he was captured uninjured.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 1./JG52 (White 12+) Fw. Heinz Uerlings crash-landed UK 00

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 of 1./JG52 flown by Fw. Heinz Uerlings. The Bf 109E-4 'White 12', flown by Fw. Heinz Uerlings of 1./JG52, took off at 17.00 hrs on 2 September on a freelance patrol. When over England, this aircraft developed engine trouble and Fw. Urlings had already decided to land when he was attacked by a Hurricane. Urlings made a good forced landing at a point two miles north-east of Sturry, near Canterbury at 17.40 hrs. Finished in a high demarcation 02/71 upper splinter scheme, the sides of the fuselage, fin and rudder carried randomly applied mottling in these colors. The tips of the wings and tail planes were painted white, as was the aft section of the rudder. The spinner was painted half white and half black or black-green 70, and the 'Running Boar' emblem of I. Gruppe was carried on both sides of the cowling.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 1./JG52 (White 12+) Fw. Heinz Uerlings crash-landed UK 01

Photo's 01-02: The only known photograph of Fw Heinz Uerlings' 'White 12' of I/JG52, which made a forced landing near Canterbury on 2 September.

2 Staffel I. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 52 - 2./JG52

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 2./JG 52 (Black 1+) Wolfgang Ewald Calais France Aug 1940 01

Photo 01: Oblt. Wolfgang Ewald, Staffelkapitan of 2./JG52, in discussion with airfield personnel at Calais in August 1940 following his return from a sortie. His Bf 109E-3 'Black 1' can be seen behind.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 2./JG 52 (Black 3+) Frankfurt Germany early 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 1./JG52 (Black 5+) Helmut Bennemann Calais France Aug 1940

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E.3 flown by Oblt. Helmut Bennemann of 1./JG52. The Bf 109E-3 'Black 5' flown by Oblt. Helmut Bennemann of 1./JG52 finished in an upper camouflage scheme of 02/7:1.. The sides of the fuselage were mottled with what is believed to be 02 and the yellow paint of the cowling has been extended rearwards to the base of the windscreen and as far down as the top of the wing root fairing. The I. Gruppe 'Running Boar' emblem which was carried on both sides of the cowling appears either to have been masked off very carefully or re-applied over the yellow paint. Reminiscent of the markings of 111./ JG26, the fuselage Balkenkreuz and aircraft number are slightly smaller than generally seen during this period.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 1./JG52 (Black 5+) Helmut Bennemann Calais France Aug 1940 01

Photo 01: 'Black 5' of I./JG52 at Calais during mid-August, with Oblt. Helmut Bennemann on the wing and members of his ground crew. Although this aircraft is fitted with the earlier style of canopy, the pilot's back and head armour is of the type usually associated with the later, heavier framed canopy. A rear-view mirror is fitted to the windscreen framework, though not all pilots favored this refinement as they found the view limited and they were tempted to look around less.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 1./JG52 (Black 5+) Helmut Bennemann Calais France Aug 1940 02

Photo 02: Bf 109Es of I./JG52 prepare for their take-off run at Calais in August. The aircraft in the foreground, 'Black 5', is that of Helmut Bennemann.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 1./JG52 (Black 5+) Helmut Bennemann Calais France Aug 1940 03

Photo 03: Bf 109Es of I./JG52 at Calais, probably mid-August 1940.The aircraft taxiing in the foreground is Obit. Helmut Bennemann's 'Black 5' which has the entire nose back to the windscreen painted yellow.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 1./JG52 (Black 5+) Helmut Bennemann Calais France Aug 1940 04

Photo 04: Oblt. Helmut Bennemann exits from his 'Black 5' at Calais after returning from a successful mission over England during mid-August.

Pilots 1./JG52 Helmut Bennemann France August 1940

Photo 01: Lt. Helmut Bennemann, Gruppenadjutant of I./JG52, wearing an early kapok Schwimmweste. The fine, fibrous filling of these life-jackets was quite solid and made a bulky item of equipment in the narrow confines of the Bf 109's cockpit. Nevertheless, this item was preferred to the later inflatable life-jacket, which pilots feared could be too easily punctured in combat.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E Stab I./JG52 (Black 8+) Karl-Heinz Leesmann Calais France Aug 1940 01

Photo 01: Oblt. Heinz Leesmann, of the Stab I./JG52, seen with his 'Black 8' at Calais after a mission over England, August 1940. He is wearing the later, inflatable life-jacket. At the end of August, he left the Gruppenstab to take over 2./JG52 as successor to Oblt. Wolfgang Ewald. He was later awarded the Ritterkreuz.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 2./JG 52 ( +) Karl-Heinz Leesmann WNr 5065 1940 01-02

Photo 01-02: The tail of Oblt. Karl-Heinz Leesmann's W.Nr 5065 in early September (Photo 02:) showing five victory bars. Two of these bars represent the Hurricanes he destroyed south-east of Ashford on 1 September. On 15 September Leesmann, the Staffelkapitan of 2./JG52, claimed another two Hurricanes, bringing his total to eleven. Note the yellow painted segment of the rudder.

Pilots 1./JG52 Karl-Heinz Leesmann Calais France August 1940 01

Photo 01: Karl-Heinz Leesmann of I./JG52 describes an aerial encounter to Robert Gobel and interested ground crew at Calais, late August 1940.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 2./JG 52 (Red 4+) 'Battle of Britain' France 1940

3 Staffel I. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 52 - 3./JG52

Aircraft manufacturers data plate from a Messerschmitt Bf 109E8 WNr 1510 3./JG52 Egon Gleser KIFA which crashed at Coquelles France
Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 3./JG52 Yellow 2 Ulrich Steinhilper WNr 2798 Coquelles France Oct 1940 POW
Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 3./JG52 flown by Ulrich Steinhilper 1939
Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 3./JG52 Yellow 13 Coquelles France Oct 1940
Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 3.JG52 Yellow 2 being rearmed France 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 3./JG 52 Yellow 5 France 1940

For a short time following the conclusion of the campaign in the West, the name of Oblt. Paul Gutbrod was carried by aircraft of II./JG52. Gutbrod, who was a member of the Stab II./JG52, was killed on 1 June 1940 and was honored in recognition of the fact that he opened the Gruppe's victory tally. In common with several other Bf 109s, this machine carries a diagonal yellow line from the rear of the cockpit to the trailing edge of the wing. The significance of this is not known.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 3./JG52 (Y6+) damaged France 1940 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 3./JG52 (Y11+) France 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 3./JG 52 (Y15+) Karl Wolff crash-landed France Aug 30 1940

Profile 0A-0B: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 of 3./JG52, flown by Uffz. Karl Wolff 'Yellow 15' was finished in a high demarcation 02/71 upper scheme with 71 mottling on fuselage sides and, as with many other Bf 109s of the period, the undersurface 65 wrapped around the wing leading edges. The rudder, cowlings and the tips of the tail-planes and main wings were painted white with the spinner painted half-white and half green 70. The I./JG52 'Running Boar' emblem was carried on both sides of the cowling and the aircraft had been fitted with an early style canopy with head armor and a rear-view mirror.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 3./JG 52 (Y15+) Karl Wolff crash-landed France Aug 30 1940 01-02

Photo's 01-03: On 30 August, Uffz. Karl Wolff crashed in 'Yellow 15', subject of the color profile and seen in this series of photographs prior to being removed for repair. Exactly one month later, on 30 September, 3./JG52 carried out a freie Jagd sweep to London but was intercepted by defending fighters. During the dog-fight which ensued, Uffz. Wolff was wounded in the leg and had to bale out when the engine of his 'Yellow 14' cut out and he lost control during violent evasive maneuvers. Aircraft and pilot came down in Sussex, the aircraft crashing at Clayton Farm, peasmarsh, Sussex while Wolff landed at Udimore.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E Uffz. Karl Wolff, 3./JG 52, Pihen/Calais, France, August 1940

A very attractive scheme was carried by Bf 109E-3 White '15', with which Uffz. Karl Wolff crashed on landing on August 30, 1940. It carried the standard scheme of RLM 02/71/65, and the light blue 65 extended up the fuselage sides. The light blue, which also wrapped around the leading edges of the wings, was subdued with overspray of colors used on the upper surfaces. Furthermore, the aircraft received white paint on surfaces such as the nose, rudder and wingtips, used first and foremost as quick identification features. The I. Gruppe JG 52 unit emblem appeared on the nose of the plane. A month after his hard landing in White '15', Uffz. Wolff was shot down and taken prisoner. Jagdgeschwader 52 became the Luftwaffe's most successful fighter unit mainly due to its operations over the Eastern Front. However, its successes began during the Battle of France, and later, the Battle of Britain. By the end of 1940, the unit's pilots had already racked up 177 kills. On the other hand, losses were quite high as well. Just during the Battle of Britain, the unit lost 53 pilots. The unit was also odd in that its equipment over the course of the war was composed exclusively of Bf 109s.

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Bf109E Uffz. Kurt Wolff, 3./JG 52. Coquelles, France. 1940
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Luftwaffe Badge

Luftwaffe pilot Herbert Bischoff

Awards: Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-1 'White 9' (lost )

Remarks: POW after suffering engine failure and making an emergency landing at Minster Road, Westgate.

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Luftwaffe pilot Egon Gleser

Units: 1./JG-52 (Channel)

Awards: Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-8 WNr 1510 (lost )

Remarks: KIFA crashed at Coquelles during a domestic flight, no cause reported.

Knights Cross

Luftwaffe pilot Johannes 'Macki' Steinhoff

Me109G-2 'Black Double Chevron' of Stab II./JG52. This plane was flown by Gruppenkommandeur Hauptmann Johannes 'Macki' Steinhoff (176 victories, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords) from Tuzov, a frontline airfield near the Don Bend in Southern Russia in late August and early September 1942.

Steinhoff later commanded JG77 in the Mediterranean, rose to command the Me-262 equipped JG7 and was also participated in the 'fighter pilot's revolt' against Goring in 1945. After being relieved of his post as Geschwaderkommodore he went to Galland's JV44 and was badly wounded in a take-off accident on April 16 1945 which left him badly disfigured for the rest of his life.

Steinhoff joined the post-war Bundesluftwaffe and rose through its ranks, eventually leading the NATO council for several years. He was awarded the German Great Cross of Merit, the US Legion of Honor and the Commander's Cross of the French Legion d'Honneur for his services to Western Germany and the NATO. Steinhoff passed away in 1994. Today the German Jagdgeschwader 73 is carrying the traditional name 'Steinhoff'.

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz Database of aerial victories for Johannes Steinhoff

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
18-Dec-39 Johannes Steinhoff 10.(N)/JG26 Wellington   14.30 25-35km SSW Helgoland
18-Dec-39 Johannes Steinhoff 10.(N)/JG26 Wellington   14.35 25-35km SSW Helgoland
10-May-40 Johannes Steinhoff 11.(N)/JG26     DusseldoRG
10-May-40 Johannes Steinhoff 11.(N)/JG26     Den Haag
30-Sep-40 Johannes Steinhoff 4./JG52   13.45 Dorking
14-Feb-41 Johannes Steinhoff 4./JG52     30km N Dungeness
25-Feb-44 Johannes Steinhoff Stab /JG77 B-17 Fortress Hss      
10-May-44 Johannes Steinhoff Stab /JG77 P-38 Lightning 1000m 12.50 60km SE Agram (Zagreb)
09-Jun-44 Johannes Steinhoff Stab /JG77 B-24 Liberator 6000m 11.45 TH 1 (See 80km N Ancona)
14-Jul-44 Johannes Steinhoff Stab /JG77 B-25 Mitchell      
04-Apr-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab /JG77      
25-Jun-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab /JG77 B-17F   13.25 19154
07-Jul-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab /JG77 Martlet   17.25 20km SW Marsala
08-Jul-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab /JG77 P-40 Kittyhawk      
25-Aug-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab /JG77 P-38 Lightning 20m 09.58 52 361
25-Aug-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab /JG77 P-38 Lightning 20m 09.59 52 361
25-Aug-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab /JG77 P-38 Lightning 20m 10.00 52 354
25-Aug-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab /JG77 P-38 Lightning   10.01  
01-Dec-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab /JG77 Mosquito 9500m 10.59 S Varzi (Lombardy)
17-May-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 MiG-1 2500m 09.37 Boroditschnoye
26-May-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik   17.24 1km E Taranovka
22-Jun-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 2000m 17.55 5km NW Kupjansk
21-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 I-180 1000m 16.00 49 411
22-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG-3   10.11 49 475 Bodennahe
22-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 1000m 10.20 49 411
23-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG-3 300m 05.40 59 353
23-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG-3 50m 05.50 59 334
23-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 I-153   12.20 49 124 Bodennahe
23-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 I-180   15.10 49 413
23-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG-3 4000m 17.25 49 411
24-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 I-180 350m 06.20 59 323
25-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG 800m 11.05 49 243
25-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG 500m 11.07 49 253
25-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 I-189   14.45 59 311 Bodennahe
25-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 I-180 2300m 17.37 49 412
27-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 I-180   05.55 49 431 Bodennahe
27-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 I-180   11.34 49 413 Bodennahe
28-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG 200m 14.50 49 223
28-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG   14.57 50 773 Bodennahe
30-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG 500m 13.10 49 161
30-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG 1000m 13.12 40 792
30-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG 2000m 17.00 49 362
30-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG 100m 17.10 49 522
30-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG 200m 17.12 49 522
31-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG-3 3000m 05.20 49 461
31-Aug-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG-3 4000m 17.05 49 474
08-Sep-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG-3 2500m 14.40 44 481
08-Sep-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG-3 2000m 14.42 44 622
10-Sep-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG-3 Low Level 14.15 44 424
16-Sep-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG-3 1500m 16.20 54 371
17-Sep-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik 2000m 14.40 54 322
17-Sep-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG 800m 16.40 54 381
20-Sep-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 I-16 Rata 2000m 09.40 85 371
26-Sep-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 3000m 15.39 85 342
26-Sep-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 1000m 15.40 85 342
11-Nov-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 100m 08.10 94 161
11-Nov-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik Low Level 14.18 95 793
28-Nov-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 P-40 Warhawk Low Level 07.50 49 284
28-Nov-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 2000m 10.40 49 184
30-Nov-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 Low Level 07.45 19 482
30-Nov-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 Low Level 07.46 19 482
30-Nov-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 2000m 10.15 39 424
30-Nov-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 P-40 Warhawk 1200m 10.38 40 754
01-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1   08.20 40 793 Bodennahe
02-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik 1000m 12.15 49 353
07-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 P-40 Kittyhawk   13.23 39 652 Bodennahe
08-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 A-20 Boston III 1000m 09.10 29 253
08-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 A-20 Boston III 1000m 12.32 29 243
08-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 MiG-1 500m 12.40 29 333
08-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 MiG-1 500m 12.50 29 333
10-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG 4500m 11.40 49 173
11-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 3500m 09.23 29 633
11-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 3000m 09.26 2949-16
12-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 P-2 6000m 12.22 38 342
13-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 P-2 2000m 12.15 38 252
13-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1   12.16 38 261 Bodennahe
17-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 P-40 Warhawk 1000m 07.10 38 212
17-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1   13.15 39 883 Bodennahe
18-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 3000m 10.33 39 823
20-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 100m 10.53 39 854
25-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 1000m 13.00 38 241
25-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Pe-2 6000m 13.30 38 334
28-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 La-5 3000m 10.27 38 351
28-Dec-42 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 La-5 1500m 12.55 38 353
09-Jan-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 2000m 12.43 28 782
09-Jan-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 3000m 12.50 28 872
14-Jan-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik 2000m 14.32 17 263
14-Jan-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik 2000m 14.33 17 263
14-Jan-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG-5 3000m 14.33 17 143
25-Jan-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 LaGG-5 4000m 11.50 0865
26-Jan-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 A-20 Boston III 5000m 10.15 08 521
31-Jan-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 A-20 Boston III 3000m 13.00 99 871
01-Feb-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 2500m 14.25 9962
02-Feb-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 3000m 09.25 9962
02-Feb-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1   09.28 99 622
12-Feb-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 100m 12.02 86 590
23-Feb-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik   09.02 76 664 Bodennahne
23-Feb-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 2000m 12.45 86 560
23-Feb-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 2000m 12.47 86 560
25-Feb-43 Johannes Steinhoff Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 2000m 08.40 75 230
28-Feb-45 Johannes Steinhoff JV44 Il-2 *   - -
27-Mar-45 Johannes Steinhoff JV44 Il-2 *   - Raum Oder
17-Apr-45 Johannes Steinhoff JV44 B-17 Fortress   - Munchen
03-Apr-45 Johannes Steinhoff JV44 B-17 Fortress   - -
05-Apr-45 Johannes Steinhoff JV44 P-51 Mustang   - -
05-Apr-45 Johannes Steinhoff JV44 P-51 Mustang   - -
08-Apr-45 Johannes Steinhoff JV44 B-17 Fortress   - Raum Stuttgart
19-May-41 Johannes Steinhoff 4./JG52   12.45 N. Dover
25-Feb-44 Johannes Steinhoff Stab /JG77 B-17 HSS   - -
19-May-41 Johannes Steinhoff 4./JG52   12.40 N. Dover

Luftwaffe Badge

Luftwaffe pilot Heinz Uerlings

Units: 1./JG-52 (Channel)

Awards: EK 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-4 WNr 1261 'White 12' (lost 9/2/40)

Remarks: POW ; crash landed at Tile Lodge Farm, Hoath near Westbere, Canterbury after aerial combat; shot down by F/O Ambrose of RAF No 46 Sq.. His first victory, a Spitfire at Ashford-NW Folkestone on 1 September, 1940.

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz database list of aerial victories for

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
Heinz Uerlings 1./JG52 Spitfire 5000m 12:17 Ashford-NW Folkestone

Knights Cross

Luftwaffe pilot Helmut Bennemann

Helmut Bennemann was born on 16 March 1915 at Wanne-Eickel. In June 1940, Bennemann was serving as Adjutant to I./JG52. He gained his first victory on 26 August, when he shot down a RAF Spitfire fighter near Dover. On 15 September, Bennemann shot down three RAF Hurricane fighters to record his sixth through eighth victories. On 27 April 1941, he was appointed Staffelkapitän of 3./JG52. When I./JG52 was transferred to the Eastern front in September 1941, Bennemann had recorded 12 victories. On 14 June 1942, Bennemann was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG52. On 3 September, he claimed two Russian aircraft shot down (50-51). Hauptmann Bennemann was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 2 October for 52 victories. On 28 December, Bennemann shot down six Russian aircraft to record (67-72). Bennemann was wounded in the explosion of an incendiary bomb on 10 May 1943 resulting in his withdrawal from combat duty for some months. He had 88 victories to his credit at this time. Bennemann was appointed Kommodore of JG53 on 9 November 1943, replacing Oberst Günther von Maltzahn (68 victories, RK-EL) who left JG53 to fulfill a staff role. On 25 April 1944, he shot down a USAAF B-24 four-engine bomber over Bologna to record his 90th victory.

However, his Bf 109G-6 (W.Nr. 163314) Black < 3 was hit by return fire and Bennemann was wounded. He baled out successfully. In June 1944, Bennemann led the Geschwaderstab of JG53 on a short sojourn to the Eastern front, to direct the supply missions for the relief of the city of Vilna. The unit departed Russia for WunstoRG near Hanover in Germany on 22 July. From August 1944, Bennemann led JG53 on Reichsverteidigung duties, initially from bases in France, then from bases in Germany. He recorded three victories in October 1944 to bring his final victory total to 93. Helmut Bennemann was credited with 93 victories in over 400 missions. He recorded 77 victories over the Eastern front. Included in his total are at least 10 Il-2 Sturmoviks.

Luftwaffe pilot List of 93 aerial victories for Helmut Bennemann

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location / Comments
1 26.8.1940 12:50 2./JG52 Dover
2 31.8.1940 13:50 2./JG52 S London periphery
3 1.9.1940 11:45 2./JG52 Sittingbourne
4 2.9.1940 14:00 2./JG52 Canterbury
5 7.9.1940 17:55 2./JG52 London
6 15.9.1940 15:30 2./JG52 Thames Estuary
7 15.9.1940 15:30 2./JG52 Thames Estuary
8 15.9.1940 15:40 2./JG52 Thames Estuary
9 24.9.1940 14:35 2./JG52 10km ahead Dover
10 24.9.1940 14:40 2./JG52 ahead Dover
11 12.10.1940 17:25 2./JG52 SE London
12 14.4.1941 - 1./JG52 Near Vlissinghen
? 27.5.1942 16:05 Il-2 3./JG52 6083: at 50m
? 27.5.1942 19:20 Il-2 3./JG52 7071
? 31.5.1942 16:45 I-153 3./JG52 60 864: at 50m
? 3.6.1942 - Pe-2 3./JG52 2000th for JG52
? 12.6.1942 17:20 LaGG-3 3./JG52 70 221: 1.200m
? 31.7.1942 10:40 Yak-1 Stab I./JG52 07 181: at 800m
? 1.8.1942 14:45 Yak-1 Stab I./JG52 7 853
? 4.8.1942 5:13 Il-2 Stab I./JG52 66 453
? 5.8.1942 10:13 I-153 Stab I./JG52 65 230
? 5.8.1942 10:13 I-153 Stab I./JG52 65 230: at 20m
? 10.8.1942 15:50 MBR-2 Stab I./JG52 85 520: at 100m
? 13.8.1942 8:18 LaGG-3 Stab I./JG52 86 771
? 21.8.1942 8:40 U-2 Stab I./JG52 55 763
? 22.8.1942 8:25 LaGG-3 Stab I./JG52 54 433: at 3.000m
? 22.8.1942 13:15 LaGG-3 Stab I./JG52 64 173
? 23.8.1942 6:42 Pe-2 Stab I./JG52 54 452: at 2.800m / 600th for I./JG52
? 23.8.1942 6:42 Il-2 Stab I./JG52 54 452: at 2.800m
? 27.8.1942 14:27 Il-2 Stab I./JG52 46 362
50 3.9.1942 6:40 LaGG-3 Stab I./JG52 57 753
51 3.9.1942 14:35 Il-2 Stab I./JG52 46 253: at 100m
52 4.9.1942 5:58 Pe-2 Stab I./JG52 46 412: at 700m
53 23.9.1942 11:50 LaGG-3 Stab I./JG52 40 840: at 3.000m
54 24.9.1942 16:35 LaGG-3 Stab I./JG52 49 150: at 2.000m
55 16.10.1942 9:55 MiG-3 Stab I./JG52 49 432
56 17.10.1942 10:10 MiG-3 Stab I./JG52 49 273: at 400m
57 24.10.1942 11:05 Yak-1 Stab I./JG52 49 131: at 2.500m
58 24.10.1942 14:20 La-5 Stab I./JG52 49 272: at 1.000m
59 24.10.1942 14:35 Pe-2 Stab I./JG52 49 471: at 6.000m
60 25.10.1942 16:05 Yak-1 Stab I./JG52 49 462: at 1.500m
61 29.10.1942 15:30 MiG-3 Stab I./JG52 49 294: at 4.000m
62 1.11.1942 11:45 MiG-3 Stab I./JG52 49 452 at 1.500m
63 2.11.1942 9:50 MiG-3 Stab I./JG52 59 143 / 800th for I./JG52
64 26.12.1942 10:30 La-5 Stab I./JG52 01 762 at 200m
65 26.12.1942 10:50 MiG-1 Stab I./JG52 01572
66 27.12.1942 11:29 Pe-2 Stab I./JG52 01 721 at 1.500m
67 28.12.1942 7:20 Il-2 Stab I./JG52 91 864 at 400m
68 28.12.1942 7:22 Il-2 Stab I./JG52 91 864 at 300m
69 28.12.1942 7:23 Il-2 Stab I./JG52 91 863 at 100m
70 28.12.1942 7:30 Il-2 Stab I./JG52 01763
71 28.12.1942 10:00 Pe-2 Stab I./JG52 01 783 at 3.000m
72 28.12.1942 10:03 Pe-2 Stab I./JG52 01 763 at 2.800m
73 17.3.1943 12:45 LaGG-5 Stab I./JG52 61 664: at 2.200m
74 18.3.1943 16:10 LaGG-3 Stab I./JG52 61 891: at 400m
75 19.3.1943 10:13 LaGG-5 Stab I./JG52 62 110: at 1.000m
76 19.3.1943 10:13 LaGG-5 Stab I./JG52 60 212: at 1.000m
77 19.3.1943 13:42 Pe-2 Stab I./JG52 61 851: at 1.000m
78 19.3.1943 13:48 Pe-2 Stab I./JG52 61 851: at 1.000m
79 26.3.1943 9:15 MiG-3 Stab I./JG52 71 794: at 300m
80 29.3.1943 12:23 Il-7 Stab I./JG52 61 451: at 800 m
81 17.4.1943 11:16 LaGG-3 Stab I./JG52 75 492: at 200m
82 17.4.1943 11:23 LaGG-3 Stab I./JG52 S Novorossiysk
83 17.4.1943 15:07 P-39 Stab I./JG52 75 431: at 5.000m
84 17.4.1943 15:09 P-39 Stab I./JG52 75 533: at 3.500m
85 21.4.1943 9:25 LaGG-3 Stab I./JG52 75 423: at 400m
86 27.4.1943 14:52 LaGG Stab I./JG52 -
87 9.5.1943 10:03 I-16 Stab I./JG52 98 840: at 1.000m
88 9.5.1943 10:06 I-16 Stab I./JG52 98 730: at 1.000m
89 15.12.1943 11:15 B-26 Stab/JG53 SW Circano
90 25.4.1944 11:33 B-24 Stab/JG53 Bologna
91 8.10.1944 - P-47 Stab/JG53 Near Worms
92 ??.10.1944 - P-47 Stab/JG53 -
93 29.10.1944 11:45 P-51 Stab/JG53 Jöhlingen

Victories : 93
Awards : Ehrenpokal (5 October 1940)
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (27 July 1942)
Ritterkreuz (2 October 1942)
Units : JG52, JG53
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Luftwaffe pilot Helmut Bennemann

Units: 2./JG-52 (8/40), I./JG-52 Adj., Stafkpt 3./JG-52 (5/42 S.U.), Kdr I./JG-52 (6/42-4/43), Kdr JG-53

Awards: RK(10/2/42), DK-G(6/13/42), EP(10/5/40), EK 1 & 2, Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-4 'Black 5', Bf 109F, Bf 109G-2/R6 'Blk <<' (10/42), Bf 109G-6 WNr 163314 'Black <3 -+-' (lost 4/25/44)

Remarks: Wounded 25 April, 1944 when his G-6 was hit bt B-24 return fire over Bologna. Bailed successfully. 1 Bomber. Over 400 combat missions. His 1st victory, a Spitfire at Dover on 26 August, 1940. His 2nd, a Hurricane S of London on 31 August, 1940. His 3rd, a Spitfire at Sittingbourne on 1 September, 1940. His 4th a Spitfire at Canterbury on 2 September, 1940. His 5th a Hurricane at London on 7 September, 1940. 70 victories in the East. His first known Soviet victory, two Il-2's on 27 May, 1942. A Yak-1 on 31 July, 1942. A Yak-1 on 1 August, 1942. An MDR-2 on 10 August, 1942. Two LaGG-3's on 22 August, 1942. Six Il-2's on 28 December, 1942. A LaGG-5 on 17 March, 1943. Two LaGG-5's and two Pe-2's on 19 March, 1943. Two LaGG-3's and two P-39's on 17 April, 1943. Two I-16 Rata's on 9 May, 1943. Channel pilot in I/JG-52. Bodenplatte pilot. Also served in Italy in November, 1943 and the Ardennes Offensive in December, 1944. One known victory, a Blenheim near Vlissinghen, 14 April, 1941. His 90th victory, a B-24 15 km SW of Forli Italy on 25 April, 1944. His 91st, a P-47 on 8 October, 1944, no location given.

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz List of aerial victories for Helmut Bennemann

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
26-Aug-40 Helmut Bennemann 2./JG52 1500-1000m 12.50 Dover
31-Aug-40 Helmut Bennemann 2./JG52 3500m 13.50 Sudrand London
01-Sep-40 Helmut Bennemann 2./JG52 4000m 11.45 Sittingbourne
02-Sep-40 Helmut Bennemann 2./JG52 2000m 14.00 Canterbury
07-Sep-40 Helmut Bennemann 2./JG52 4000-5000m 17.55 South of London
15-Sep-40 Helmut Bennemann 2./JG52 6000m 15.30 Sudrand London
15-Sep-40 Helmut Bennemann 2./JG52 6000m 15.30 Thames Estuary
15-Sep-40 Helmut Bennemann 2./JG52 6000m 15.40 Thames Estuary
24-Sep-40 Helmut Bennemann 2./JG52 2500-3000m 14.40 vor Dover
24-Sep-40 Helmut Bennemann 2./JG52 2000-2500m 14.35 10km vor Dover
12-Oct-40 Helmut Bennemann 2./JG52   17.25 SE London
14-Apr-41 Helmut Bennemann 1./JG52     near Vlissinghen
27-May-42 Helmut Bennemann 3./JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik 50m 16.05 6083
27-May-42 Helmut Bennemann 3./JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik Low Level 19.20 7071
31-May-42 Helmut Bennemann 3./JG52 I-153 50m 16.45 60 864
12-Jun-42 Helmut Bennemann 3./JG52 LaGG-3 1200m 17.20 70 221
31-Jul-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Yak-1 800m 10.40 07 181
01-Aug-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Yak-1 Low Level 14.45 07 853
04-Aug-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik Low Level 05.13 66 453
05-Aug-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 I-153 Low Level 10.13 65 230
05-Aug-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 I-153 20m 10.13 65 230
10-Aug-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 MDR-2 100m 15.50 85 520
13-Aug-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 LaGG-3 Low Level 08.18 86 771
21-Aug-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab /JG52 U-2 Low Level 08.40 55 763
22-Aug-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 LaGG-3 3000m 08.25 54 433
22-Aug-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 LaGG-3 Low Level 13.15 64 173
23-Aug-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Pe-2 2800m 06.42 54 452
23-Aug-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik 2800m 06.42 54 452
27-Aug-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik Low Level 14.27 46 362
03-Sep-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 LaGG-3 Low Level 06.40 57 753
03-Sep-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik 100m 14.35 46 253
04-Sep-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Pe-2 700m 05.58 46 412
23-Sep-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 LaGG-3 3000m 11.50 40 840
24-Sep-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 LaGG-3 2000m 16.35 49 150
16-Oct-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 MiG-3 Low Level 09.55 49 432
17-Oct-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 MiG-3 400m 10.10 49 273
24-Oct-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Yak-1 2500m 11.05 49 131
24-Oct-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 La-5 1000m 14.20 49 272
24-Oct-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Pe-2 6000m 14.35 49 471
25-Oct-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Yak-1 1500m 16.05 49 462
29-Oct-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 MiG-3 4000m 15.30 49 294
01-Nov-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 MiG-3 1500m 11.45 49 452
02-Nov-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 MiG-3   09.50 59 143
26-Dec-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 MiG-1 Low Level 10.50 01 572
26-Dec-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 La-5 200m 10.30 01 762
27-Dec-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Pe-2 1500m 11.29 01 721
28-Dec-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Pe-2 2800m 10.03 01 763
28-Dec-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik 400m 07.20 91 864
28-Dec-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik 300m 07.22 91 864
28-Dec-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik 100m 07.23 91 863
28-Dec-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik   07.30 01 763 Sicht
28-Dec-42 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Pe-2 3000m 10.00 01 783
17-Mar-43 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 LaGG-5 2200m 12.45 61 664
18-Mar-43 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 LaGG-3 400m 16.10 61 891
19-Mar-43 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Pe-2 1000m 13.48 61 851
19-Mar-43 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 LaGG-5 1000m 10.13 62 110
19-Mar-43 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 LaGG-5 1000m 10.13 60 212
19-Mar-43 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Pe-2 1000m 13.42 61 851
26-Mar-43 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 MiG-3 300m 09.15 71 794
29-Mar-43 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 Il-7 800m 12.23 61 451
17-Apr-43 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 LaGG-3 200m 11.16 75 492
17-Apr-43 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 LaGG-3 Low Level 11.23 74 424 (S Novorossiysk)
17-Apr-43 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 P-39 Aircobra 5000m 15.07 75 431
17-Apr-43 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 P-39 Aircobra 3500m 15.09 75 533
21-Apr-43 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 LaGG-3 400m 09.25 75 423
27-Apr-43 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 LaGG   14.52  
09-May-43 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 I-16 Rata 1000m 10.06 98 730
09-May-43 Helmut Bennemann Stab I./JG52 I-16 Rata 1000m 10.03 98 840
15-Dec-43 Helmut Bennemann Stab /JG53 B-26 Marauder 2000m 11.15 SW Circano (-)
25-Apr-44 Helmut Bennemann Stab /JG53 B-24 Liberator 5000m 11.33 15km SW Forli
08-Oct-44 Helmut Bennemann Stab /JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt      
29-Oct-44 Helmut Bennemann Stab /JG53 P-51 Mustang 4300m 11.45 ua Johlingen

Luftwaffe pilot WOLFGANG EWALD. JG52

Aircrew Luftwaffe pilot 3./JG 52 Wolfgang Ewald '. .. we saw several small black speck's...

I was born in Hamburg on 26 March, 1911, and obtained my pilot's licence in 1929. In 1934, I enlisted in the German Army as I wanted a career as a pilot. After military training I was posted to the Jagdfliegerschule in Schleissheim and then I had to attend various courses in Dresden in order to become an officer.

In 1937, I joined the Legion Condor and was posted to the 2.J88 as a Leutnant. I claimed one victory before I was sent back to Germany and, soon afterwards, to Austria. Then I was posted to join the newly created I./JG433 in Ingolstadt-Manching. Our Gruppenkommandeur was Hptm. Grafvon Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth. I took over the 2. Staffel and for a little while Obit. Adolf Galland was Staffelkapitiin of the 1. Staffel and Lt. Alfons Klein had the 3. Staffel.

On 1 May 1939, the I. Gruppe was redesignated and became I./JG52. On 21 November 1939, the Kommandeur was severely burned during an aerial battle with a French Curtiss. By that time, Galland and Klein had been posted elsewhere and, as I was then the oldest Staffelkapitiin, I took over the Gruppe on a temporary basis until relieved by the replacement Gruppenkommandeur; Hptm. von Eschwege.

The Gruppe's peRGormance during the campaign in the West was disappointing and we only had one claim. On 18 July, we were sent back to Neumppin in the Reich to provide cover during an important meeting in Berlin. Later, on 21 July, we were sent to cover the Richard Wagner Festival in Bayreuth so we did not return to the Channel coast until 3 August 1940.

We were based at Calais-Coquelles, and on 16 August we took off at 18.38 hrs to escort a bomber formation which was to attack the British airfield at Manston. We were flying about 1,000 meters beneath the clouds and as we approached the target we saw several small black specks flying towards the airfield. These were almost certainly British aircraft returning to land and I ordered my pilots to reduce speed and approach in line astern, as if we too were British fighters about to land. This ruse worked and we were able to approach the airfield without any trouble. Once we had flown to within a few hundred meters of the strip, I ordered my pilots to open fire and we succeeded in destroying several Spitfires which were dispersed around the airfield and two more which had just landed. One was set on fire and the other veered off to the side of the runway and formed a 'Flieger Denkmal'. We also fired at the airfield AA defences and silenced them. When we left, we could count five Blenheims and two Spitfires in flames, and we had also blown up an important fuel tank.

We returned to this same airfield two days later during a bomber escort mission over Kent. I had been informed by radio that a Spitfire squadron had just landed so I first ordered the 3. Staffel to cover my 2. Staffel, which would attack. However, once I was certain that there were no Spitfires in the air either near the airfield or towards the coast, I also released the covering 3. Staffel and both the 2. and the 3. began the attack. Once we had silenced the AA defences, we were free to attack the aircraft on the ground and we destroyed ten Spitfires and three Blenheims*.

*RAF… they destroyed a Hurricane from 17Sqn, two Spitfires and severely damaged another six Spitfires before making good their escape. RAF groundcrews, servicing the aircraft in the open, suffered one man killed and 15 injured...

Photo 01: Wolfgang Ewald was appointed Kommandeur of I/JG52 on 28 August 1940 and, in 1942, he took command of III/JG3. He was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 9 December 1942, and on 14 July 1943 he was shot down by Russian AA fire and captured. He did not return to Germany until December 1949 and died on 24 February 1995.

Knights Cross

Luftwaffe pilot Wolfgang 'Pequeno' (Tiny) Ewald

Units: Legion Condor, Stfkpt 2./JG-52, Acting Kdr I./JG-52 (11/39), Kdr III./JG-3 (5/42 Russia)

Awards: RK(12/9/42), Spanish Cross-G, DK-G(10/3/42), EP(9/10/42), EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-4 '<<+' (9/40 Coquelles) & F, Bf 109G-4 WNr 14859 'Black<<-' (1/43), Bf 109G-6 WNr 20220 'Black <<+' (lost 7/14/43)

Remarks: Channel pilot. One victory in Spain. His first victory, during the BOB, a Hurricane on 27 September, 1940. His first known Soviet victory, his 2nd & 3rd overall, both R-Z's on 20 May, 1942. A Soviet triple, his 5th 6th & 7th on 12 June, 1942; two MiG-1's and a Pe-2. A Soviet double on 28 June, 1942, a Lagg-3 and a Pe-2. A MiG-3 on 17 July, 1942. A MiG-1 on 24 July, 1942. Two Pe-2's N of Aksaj on 6 August, 1942. Two LaGG-3's on 23 August, 1942; one N of Popowiskaja, the other SW of Leninsk. A Soviet Hurricane NNW of Stalingrad on 30 August, 1942. A Yak-3 SW of Stalingrad on 4 September, 1942. An Il-2 at Prudkj on 9 September, 1942. Three P-40's and a Boston III on 8 December, 1942. A LaGG-3 and an Il-2 on 5 July, 1943. An Il-2 and a MiG-3 on 7 July, 1943. An Il-2 and a MiG-3 on 8 July, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 11 July, 1943. 2 victories in the West. Russian POW. Shot down 14 July, 1943 by Russian AA gunners (or friendly flak) in his G-6 and was held prisoner for long years. His imprisonment, along with that of his Adj, Einsiedel, deepened the animosity between the two. Deceased 24 February, 1995

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz database list of 68 aerial victories for Wolfgang Ewald

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
02-Sep-40 Wolfgang Ewald Stab I./JG52   18.25  
27-Sep-40 Wolfgang Ewald Stab I./JG52   13.30  
20-May-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 R-Zet   03.49  
20-May-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 R-Zet   03.51  
28-May-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 MiG-1      
12-Jun-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 MiG-1 2000m 10.30 70 224
12-Jun-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 MiG-1 2000m 10.35 70 224
12-Jun-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 Pe-2 3000m 10.42 70 123
13-Jun-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 LaGG-3      
22-Jun-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 LaGG-3   04.00  
22-Jun-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 Pe-2   10.15  
24-Jun-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab /JG3 Pe-2   15.20  
28-Jun-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-3   12.05  
28-Jun-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 P-2   19.09  
01-Jul-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-3 2000m 17.26 Stary Oshkol
17-Jul-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 MiG-3   19.03  
24-Jul-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 MiG-1   11.25  
31-Jul-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Yak-1 500m 11.40 N Peselasovskiy
06-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Pe-2 Low Level 10.55 N Aksaj
06-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Pe-2 Low Level 10.58 N Aksaj
13-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 MiG-3 Low Level 17.43 E Kalatsch
19-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-3   10.50 40 821
23-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-3   05.40 N Popowiskaja
23-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-3   05.55 SW Leninsk
24-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3   17.30 N Leninsk
25-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-3   11.05 Stalingrad
30-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3   09.25 NNW Stalingrad
31-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 P-2   17.15 N Sarepta
31-Aug-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-3   17.23 NE Leninsk
01-Sep-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   10.48 West of Stalingrad
04-Sep-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Yak-1   15.40 SW Stalingrad
07-Sep-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   15.52 N Bhf Kotluban
09-Sep-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   10.38 Prudki
10-Sep-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 P-2   11.20 S Kalatsch
14-Sep-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Yak-1   09.45 Stalingrad
18-Sep-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   17.00 E Stalingrad
18-Sep-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Yak-1   17.07 NE Bhf Kotluban
01-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   06.25 NE Bhf Kotluban
01-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   06.30 S Bhf Jwanowka
17-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Yak-1   09.12 NE Stalingrad
25-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   10.12 Stalingrad
25-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   14.32 Stalingrad
25-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   14.36 Beketowka
26-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   11.15 SE Stalingrad
26-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   14.15 Bhf Bassargino
26-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   14.00 West of Sarepta
26-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   14.04 West of Sarepta
26-Oct-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   14.07 SW Sarepta
02-Nov-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Yak-1   10.14 Achtuba
02-Nov-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 MiG-1   12.54 Achtuba
10-Nov-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 MiG-3   13.10 S Dubowka
01-Dec-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 MiG-3 1800m 09.02 15km N Bhf Tshir
02-Dec-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 500m 10.02 4932
02-Dec-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 500m 10.15 4912
08-Dec-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 P-40 Kittyhawk 2500m 19.55 3961
08-Dec-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 P-40 Kittyhawk 2500m 10.00 3962
08-Dec-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 P-40 Kittyhawk 1500m 10.12 2943
08-Dec-42 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 A-20 Boston III 5000m 13.07 3915
16-Mar-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Yak-7 2000m 14.25 19 872
02-May-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 MiG-3   15.10  
05-Jul-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-3 200m 03.50 61 19
05-Jul-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 300m 07.28 61 681
07-Jul-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik Low Level 03.50 61 69
07-Jul-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 MiG-3 600m 10.42 62 78
08-Jul-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik Low Level 10.12 62 763
08-Jul-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 MiG-3 1000m 18.42 62 79
09-Jul-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-3 Low Level 09.27 62 824
11-Jul-43 Wolfgang Ewald Stab III./JG3 LaGG-5 1500m 13.32 62 87

Wolfgang Ewald

Wolfgang Ewald (26 March 1911 – 24 February 1995) was a German Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

One of the most enduring actions Ewald took part in was a strafing attack on RAF Manston during the Battle of Britain. The attack took place on 18 August 1940, known as The Hardest Day. Three fighters were destroyed, and six were damaged in the attack. Wolfgang Ewald was shot down by Soviet flak in July 1943 during the Battle of Kursk. He was taken prisoner and was held until 1949. During his career was credited with 78 aerial victories, 1 in the Spanish Civil War, 1 on the Western Front and 76 on the Eastern Front.

Awards

  1. Flugzeugführerabzeichen
  2. Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe
  3. Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe (21 September 1942)
  4. Iron Cross (1939)
    2nd Class
    1st Class
  5. German Cross in Gold (3 October 1942)
  6. Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
    Knight's Cross on 9 December 1942 as Major and Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet"[1]

Citations

  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 148.

Bibliography

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1989). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939–1945 (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 3-87341-065-6.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941–1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II. Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
  • Spick, Mike (1996). Luftwaffe Fighter Aces. New York: Ivy Books. ISBN 0-8041-1696-2.

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Luftwaffe pilot Karl-Heinz Leesmann

Units: Kdr III./JG-234 ('38, later JG-26), Kdr I./JG-2 (8/40), Kdr I./JG-52 (6/41), Kdr III./JG-1 (4/43)

Awards: RK(7/23/41), DK-G(6/24/42), EP(10/5/40), EK 1 & 2, Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 110C, Bf 109F-2 WNr 8155 '<<' w JG-52, Bf 109F-2 WNr 9181 (dam 11/6/41), Bf 109G-6 WNr 20073 'White <5+I' (lost) in III/JG-1

Remarks: Channel pilot. His first victory, a Spitfire 5 km E of Margate on 24 August, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire at Dover on 26 August, 1940. Nos.3, 4 & 5, two Hurricanes and a Spitfire in the London-Bromley areas on 31 August, 1940. His 6th a Spitfire at Sittingbourne on 1 September, 1940. His 7th a Spitfire over England on 5 September, 1940. His 8th a Spitfire at Maidstone on 7 September, 1940. Nos.9 & 10, both Hurricanes over the Thames Estuary on 15 September, 1940. Barbarossa pilot. His 15th a Hurricane at Ostende on 15 February, 1941. Shot down with wounds 6 November, 1941 by Soviet ground fire while returning from a mission. A bullet splintered his right forearm, but he managed to land. He did not return to the Eastern Front. Shot down in his G-6 (KIA) over the North Sea after attacking American bombers of the 384BG while he was Kdr III/JG-1. His body washed ashore . His 37th victory was a B-17 during this same engagement. 15 victories in the West, 5 four engine bombers. Buried at Recklinghausen. Another source indicates he may still be MIA.

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz Database list of aerial victories for Karl-Heinz Leesmann

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
24-Aug-40 Karl-Heinz Leesmann 1./JG52 4000m 17.12 5km E Margate
26-Aug-40 Karl-Heinz Leesmann 1./JG52   12.50 Dover
31-Aug-40 Karl-Heinz Leesmann 2./JG52 3500m 13.50 Sudrand London
31-Aug-40 Karl-Heinz Leesmann 2./JG52 2800m 14.00 Bromley
31-Aug-40 Karl-Heinz Leesmann 2./JG52   19.30  
01-Sep-40 Karl-Heinz Leesmann 2./JG52 4000m 11.45-50 Sittingbourne
24-Sep-40 Karl-Heinz Leesmann 2./JG52 2000-2500m 14.30-40 8-10km vor Dover
24-Sep-40 Karl-Heinz Leesmann 2./JG52 2000-2500m 14.30-40 8-10km vor Dover
05-Sep-40 Karl-Heinz Leesmann 2./JG52   11.05  
07-Sep-40 Karl-Heinz Leesmann 2./JG52 4000m 18.00-10 Maidstone
15-Sep-40 Karl-Heinz Leesmann 2./JG52 5000m 15.25 Thames Estuary
15-Sep-40 Karl-Heinz Leesmann 2./JG52 4000m 15.40 Thames Estuary
18-Sep-40 Karl-Heinz Leesmann 2./JG52 5500m 13.50 Tilbury
11-Oct-40 Karl-Heinz Leesmann 2./JG52   12.10  
30-Jun-41 Karl-Heinz Leesmann Stab I./JG52   14.51 160km vor Texel
25-Jul-43 Karl-Heinz Leesmann Stab III./JG1 B-17 Fortress      
25-Jul-43 Karl-Heinz Leesmann Stab III./JG1 Dogfight (B-17)   KiA B-17 Dogfight North Sea
13-Jun-41 Karl-Heinz Leesmann Stab I./JG52 Hudson   06.17 120km W. Texel
12-Jun-41 Karl-Heinz Leesmann Stab I./JG52   21.05 Pl.Qu.148/05 Ost
18-Jul-43 Karl-Heinz Leesmann Stab III./JG1 Beaufighter   20.45 Sea 10km W. Den Helder
18-Jul-43 Karl-Heinz Leesmann Stab III./JG1 Beaufighter   20.44 Sea 8km W. Den Helder
25-Jul-43 Karl-Heinz Leesmann Stab III./JG1 B-17 Fortress   - -
25-Jun-43 Karl-Heinz Leesmann Stab III./JG1 B-17 Fortress   - -
28-May-41 Karl-Heinz Leesmann Stab I./JG52   20.55 200kn NNW Texel
28-May-41 Karl-Heinz Leesmann Stab I./JG52   21.00 200kn NNW Texel
15-Feb-41 Karl-Heinz Leesmann 2./JG52   13.20 Ostende
25-May-41 Karl-Heinz Leesmann Stab I./JG52   16.35 N. Nordeney

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Luftwaffe pilot Kurt Wolff

Units: 1 & 3/JG-52 (Channel)

Awards: EK 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-3 'Yellow 15', Bf 109E-4 WNr 1262 'Yellow 12' (lost 9/30/40)

Remarks: POW , bailing safely after aerial combat, his AC crashing at Clayton Farm, Peasmarsh. His first victory, a Spitfire near Maidstone on 27 September, 1940, an Uffz in 1 Staffel at the time.

Luftwaffe pilot Aisbiz database of 1 aerial victories for Kurt Wolff

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
27-Sep-40 Kurt Wolff 1./JG52      

 

 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)

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  • Flugzeug Publikations GmbH (German) - http://vdmedien.com/flugzeug-publikations-gmbh-hersteller_verlag-vdm-heinz-nickel-33.html
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  • 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/