7. Staffel III. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - 7./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 7./JG53 (W1+) France September 1940 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 7./JG53 (W2+I) France September 1940 01

RIGHT: No doubt due to the influence of Werner Molders, Gruppenkommandeur of III. Gruppe from 26 September 1939 to 20 July 1940, JG53 developed a number of special formations and tactics during the Battle. Similarly, the unit had its own distinctive 02/70/71 camouflage scheme, first developed in early 1940 and retained in a number of variations throughout the year. In this photograph, 'White 2' of 7./JG53 shows a variation of this finish, and is complete with yellow nose and red cowling ring. The use of RLM 02 in combination with the original 70/71 proved a very effective camouflage scheme, merging well with most backgrounds when the aircraft was parked on the ground or flying at low level.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 7./JG53 (W4+I) Seine Bay, France August 1940 01

Photo 01: Photographed from an aircraft of a Schwarm returning from a mission, three Bf 109Es of 7./JG53, White '4', '5' and '8' are seen flying above the Seine Bay on 23 August. Note that the III.Gruppe wavy line symbol has now been replaced by a vertical bar.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 7./JG53 (W5+I) Hans-Georg Schulte shot-down Manston POW 0A

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 of 7./JG53 flown by Uffz Hans-Georg 'H.G' Schulte. Schulte's 'White 5' of 7./JG53 took off at 17.30 hrs on to carry out a freelance patrol. It was flying with four other Bf 109s from the 7. Staffel at a height of 16,500 feet when it was attacked by fighters and Uffz. Schulte forced-landed near R.A.F. Manston at 18.50 hrs. Finished in an uppersurface scheme of 02/71, the colors were extended down the fuselage sides in random patches suggesting a scheme similar to that of the earlier low demarcation 70/71 finish. The spinner, upper and lower cowlings and rudder were painted white with the previously applied red cowling band showing through the white in places on the cowlings. Both the '5' and vertical III. Gruppe bar were applied in white with no sign of any outlining, and the Hakenkreuz on both sides of the fin had been overpainted. The white borders to the arms of the fuselage Balkenkreuz were also very narrow, having been reduced to lessen their visibility.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 7./JG53 (W5+I) Schulte shot-down Manston 01

Photo 01: 6 September 1940, and the B109E-4 'White 5' of 7./JG53's Uffz. Hans-Georg Schulte lies abandoned on Vincents Farm to the north of RAF Manston. Flying with four other Bf 109s on a late afternoon freie Jagd over Dover, Schulte was attacked by fighters and his aircraft damaged. Although Schulte attempted to land on Manston airfield he overshot and his machine came to rest in a field. Note the old style Balkenkreuz.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 7./JG53 (W5+I) Schulte shot-down Manston Sep 16 1940 02

Photo 02: Another view of Uffz. Schulte's aircraft, apparently just prior to being scrapped.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 7./JG53 (W5+I) Schulte Poulmic-Brest France 1940 01

Photo 01: A line-up of Messerschmitt 7./JG53 aircraft, believed to have been photographed on the III. Gruppe Feldflugplatz at Poulmic-Brest between late July and mid-August 1940.The camouflage is the 02/70/71 scheme mentioned earlier and the Hakenkreuz on the fin of ' White 12' has been painted out and then, unusually, re-applied to the rudder. The pilots are, from left to right, Fw. Hermann Neuhoff, Uffz. Hans-Georg Schulte, Lt. Franz Gotz, Oblt. Heinz AltendoRG and unknown. 'White 5' in the line-up is the E-4 which Uffz. Schulte crash-landed near Manston aerodrome on the evening of 6 September.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 7./JG53 (W5+I) Schulte Seine Bay France August 1940 01

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September 12th 2010

No probs Matthew,

I've attached the pic. It shows the aircraft on display in Barker's Pool, Sheffield. Not sure of the date, probably 1940. The photo on your website of the damaged aircraft being hoisted is also Barker's Pool (Sheffield City Hall is in the background), and it is being positioned for display. My Dad went to see this very aircraft, and bought a stamp to help contribute to the war effort. He remembers it arriving on an RAF "Queen Mary" transporter.

The 'new' photo was sent to me by someone I know only as "Mike" on the Sheffield Forum, after I put out a request for information, so if you need to credit anyone, it should be him I guess (I'm not saying it's necessary BTW). feel free to use it, it's all historical stuff, and your website seems to have by far the best collection of info & pictures of this particular aircraft. I'll send a pic of my model when it's done. I started it in February, so don't hold your breath! I got a lot, in fact most, of my reference photos from your website, so thanks for that. Here's my build log if you're interested:
http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=44278

Quick question: is your website something to do with flight sims. or primarily a history forum? Cheers, Garth.

November 29th 2010

Matthew,

You might remember I sent you a photo of "White-5" displayed in Sheffield, which you put on your site?

As promised, here is a link to my finished model of "White-5", a lot of useful info I got from your great website:
http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=59365&st=0
Not perfect by any means (especially in terms of the mottling - very tricky to do right!), but the best I can do.
Cheers, Garth.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 7./JG53 (White 6+) Herbert Schramm France 1940

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 'White 6' flown by Fw. Herbert Schramm of 7./JG53 This profile shows the aircraft after the engine cowlings had been repainted a bright yellow to cover the unit's earlier red band and after the re-application of JG53's 'Pik As' badge. In contrast, the rest of the aircraft is quite weathered and worn, with a faded 02/71 uppersurface camouflage. The Blue 65 fuselage side had a light random overs pray of 02 and small, heavier patches of 71, while the area from the cowling to the windscreen and all canopy framing was also 71. The aircraft had no swastika and the Werk Nummer was obscured by a single row of nine victory bars, the first two marked with French roundels and the rest representing RAF aircraft.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 7./JG53 (White 6+) Herbert Schramm France Nov 1940 01

Photo's 01: Fw. Herbert Schramm of 7./JG53 in front of his 'White 6' in the late Autumn of 1940. During air combat over Dungeness on 17 October, Schramm claimed a Spitfire as his ninth victory but was unable to claim his tenth until the first day of the Russian campaign. Schramm was a very experienced pilot and, pre-war, had been an instructor and a factory pilot.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 7./JG53 (White 6+) Herbert Schramm France Nov 1940 02

Photo 01: Another view of Fw. Herbert Schramm's 'White 6' of 7./JG53 after re-application of the 'PikAs' badge.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 7./JG53 (White 8+I) France Nov 1940 01

Photo 01: The pilot of 'White 8' of 7./JG53 preparing for another sortie. The finish of this machine is almost identical to that on 'White 6'. Note the curved armour plating mounted inside the canopy which, when the canopy was closed, mated with a similar plate inside the fuselage and protected the pilot's back and head during attacks from the rear.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 7./JG53 (White 9+I) after a belly landing on a French Beach 1940 01

Photo 01-02: The interrogation reports of several pilots from JG53 shed some interesting light on the history of the Geschwader's markings. According to these reports, when first formed, the personnel of JG53 adopted as their badge the Ace of Spades, or card of death and are believed to have worn uniforms with a distinctive cut to show they belonged to an elite unit (in much the same way as RAF fighter pilots denoted their status by leaving the top button of their tunics unfastened). However, in the Summer of 1940, Reichsmarschall Goring ordered that the special uniforms and the Ace of Spades badge were to be dropped and the Geschwader became known as the Red Ring Geschwader on account of the red circle which was then painted round the engine cowling. Neither the reasons for Goring's order, nor the particular significance of the red ring, are yet fully understood but it was probably intended as a punishment and may also have had some ideological relevance. Throughout September and October, JG53 was very active, two or more sorties per day being the rule rather than the exception and rest days were only taken when bad weather prevented flying. Whether this hard work had any bearing on the original order suppressing the Geschwader emblem being later rescinded is not known.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 7./JG53 (White 10+I) Hermann Neuhoff France 1940

Photo 01: Photographed from an aircraft of a Schwarm returning from a mission, three Bf 109Es of 7./JG53, White '4', '5' and '8' are seen flying above the Seine Bay on 23 August 1940. Note that the III.Gruppe wavy line symbol has now been replaced by a vertical bar.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 7 Staffel III./JG53 (White 11+I) France Sep 1940

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 of III./JG53. Carrying the now familiar red ring around the cowling, this Bf 109E-1 of III./JG53, 'White 11', had an irregular coat of 02 applied over the original 70/71 uppersurface scheme to create a 'reverse mottle' effect. The white segments of the Balkenkreuz were significantly reduced but no effort had been made to lessen the visibility of the aircraft number or vertical Gruppe bar which were applied in white but without the customary black border. Although no definitive information on the position of the Hakenkreuz is presently available, for the purposes of this profile it has been provisionally placed in the normal fin location.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 7 Staffel III./JG53 (White 11+I) France Sep 1940 01-03

Photo's 01-03: Three views of 'White 11' from 7./JG53 showing one of the many camonflage schemes applied to Bf 109Es during the summer and autumn of 1940. In this instance, RLM 02 has been applied over the original 70/71 mid-level demarcation finish to produce a 'reverse mottle' effect on the fuselage sides and wing uppersurfaces. The identity of the Leutnant is not known.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 'White 11' of III./JG 53. The aircraft was finished in RLM 70/71 on upper surfaces, and RLM 65 on the undersides, with color division line in mid-fuselage. Typica1ly of this unit and this pe­riod, it was later given an irregular coat of RLM 02 applied over the original RLM 70/71 upper surface scheme to create a 'reverse mottle' effect. This intricate pattern was highly individualistic. The red cowling band was JG 53's temporary marking. The white segments of the Balkenkreuz are significantly reduced. Code number '11' and vertical bar of III. Gruppe are white, without the usual black outline.

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Hi, Great site by the way. I have some info on this aircraft featured on your site:

Bf 109E-JG53.7-(W12+I)- Pilot Poschenrieder-crash-landed-Kent-1940

I have been doing some research on this aircraft as I live in Strood quite close to where the aircraft came down. here are some eye witness stories that I found from people who remember the incident:

Taken from leaflet produced by the friends of Broomhill Association:

In more recent times, during the 2nd World War, a German Messerschmitt plane crashed on the hill. The wounded pilot was helped by a young woman before being taken to Chatham Police Station by the Home Guard with fixed bayonets, followed by an angry crowd of housewives wielding brooms and spades. In 1955, the pilot returned to thank the doctor who treated him and the girl who had helped him.

An Eyewitness account from Robin Downs:

During the Battle of Britain I was thirteen years old and living in Jersey Road, Strood. I remember on one occasion a German Messerschmidt plane flying low over the gardens and heading towards the church at Frindsbury. As it reached that point the anti-aircraft guns in Chatham Dockyard fired a burst near it and it turned, obviously disabled and losing height flew back in our direction. As it reached the end of Jersey Road only apparently a couple of hundred feet up the pilot opened up his machine guns. We naturally thought that he was firing at us and immediately flattened ourselves on the ground. The plane, its propellers nearly stopped, crashed on Broom Hill, then used for farming and now a park. The farm workers, believing as we had done that they had been fired at, tried to get at the pilot who wisely stayed in the aircraft until some soldiers arrived to take him prisoner. He had in fact been firing to get rid of his ammunition which may have exploded when he crashed. This incident, which may well be remembered by other people in Strood at that time, made a lasting impression on me. A short time ago a programme about occupied France was shown starring John Thaw. In the opening scene he was machine gunned by a Messerschmitt, in every way, even to the yellow nose, identical to the plane which came down in Strood all those years ago. This created with me at any rate a strong feeling of de ja vu.
Robin Downs

Eyewitness account from Doris Washington:

I was just turned twelve years old when the war broke out. The unknown was frightening; as war was announced on the radio fear seeemed to flow through my veins instead of my blood. We were a family of four. I was to witness dog fights often. One day an enemy plane was shot down and as he was coming down he was shooting at everything. My father and I were walking to our shelter when it happened and he threw me to the ground and covered me with his body. We were lucky, within minutes of him crash landing on Broom Hill people had armed themselves with whatever they could find, mostly carving knives and the like.

Fortunately the police arrived in time and an ambulance. He refused to be carried to the ambulance and it was said he had broken his back. His seat was metal and the plane like a heavy make of canvas which didn't last long when the souvenir seekers arrived.

I think the pilot died later in hospital. He was no more than a boy.

Also there are some paintings and drawings of this event and aircraft if you do a search of the pilot on this website: http://www.aviartnutkins.com/

The artist is also the curator of the Shoreham Aircraft Museum (www.shoreham-aircraft-museum.co.uk) where the pilot visited the museum a couple of years ago to sign prints of the paintings. You may notice that there appears to be some irregularities in the type of aircraft involved. Some say BF 109 E-1 and some say BF 109 E-4.

Just thought that you might be interested as your website has been a great help to my research on this aircraft.

Thanks
Clint Mitchell

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 7./JG53 (White 12+I) Ernst Poschenrieder crash-landed Kent POW

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 of 7./JG53 flown by Uffz. Ernst Poschenrieder. On 30 September, Bf 109E-4, 'White 12' of 7./JG53 was being flown on an escort mission over Kent when it was attacked and damaged, ultimately crash-landing near Strood and seriously injuring the pilot, Uffz. Ernst Poschenrieder. Finished in an upper scheme of 02/71., the fuselage carried a heavily applied green 71. mottle with the entire cowling, rudder and tips of the main wings painted yellow. The spinner was fitted with a nose cap and as with many JG53 aircraft, although the white areas of the Balkenkreuz had been significantly reduced, the '12' and vertical Gruppe bar remained boldly displayed in white.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 7./JG53 (White 12+I) Ernst Poschenrieder crash-landed Kent 1940 01-02

Photo's 01-02: Two views of Uffz. Ernst Poschenrieder's Bf 109E-4, 'White 12' of 7./JG53, laying in a field at Strood, near Rochester, where it came to rest after being shot down during an escort mission on the early afternoon of 30 September. Although the bright sunlight in these photographs suggests the cowling was white, the RAF crash report on this machine clearly states it was yellow. Unfortunately, in both photographs the tail area is hidden by the guarding British soldiers, but the view of this aircraft in Volume Two, Section 2, Page 189 indicates that the Hakenkreuz on the fin had once been painted out and, when re-applied, was positioned on the rudder.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 7./JG53 (White 12+I) Ernst Poschenrieder Poulmic-Brest France 1940 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 7./JG53 (W5+I) Uffz. Hans-Georg Schulte Poulmic-Brest, France 1940 01

Photo 01: A line-up of 7./JG53 aircraft, believed to have been photographed on the III. Gruppe Feldflugplatz at Poulmic-Brest between late July and mid-August 1940.The camouflage is the 02/70/71 scheme mentioned earlier and the Hakenkreuz on the fin of ' White 12' has been painted out and then, unusually, re-applied to the rudder. The pilots are, from left to right, Fw. Hermann Neuhoff, Uffz. Hans-Georg Schulte, Lt. Franz Gotz, Oblt. Heinz AltendoRG and unknown. 'White 5' in the line-up is the E-4 which Uffz. Schulte crash-landed near Manston aerodrome on the evening of 6 September.

8. Staffel III. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - 8./JG53

Aircrew Luftwaffe 8./JG53 pilot Heinz Kunert 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4/B 8./JG53 (B2+I) based at Le Touquet-Etaples France with a 250 kg bomb for a target in England Sep 1940 01

Photo 01: In 8./JG53, the 8 Staffel became the Jabo Staffel and in this photograph one of the unit's aircraft is seen taxiing to the take-off point with a 250 kg bomb destined for a target in England. Note the capped spinner to the yellow nose and, typical of JG53, the old style fuselage Balkenkreuz and mid-demarcation camouflage.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 8./8./JG53 (Black 3+I ) France 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 8./JG53 (B7+I) Walter Fiel WNr 5901 crash-landed Kent POW 0A-0B

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 'Black 7' of 8./JG53 flown by Oblt. Walter Fiel when he was shot down on the morning of 2 October 1940. Finished in a 70/71 upper scheme, the colours extended unevenly down the fuselage sides with some mottling applied beneath the cockpit canopy. Both upper and lower cowlings were yellow with a red ring approximately 1 foot in width around the centre. The '7', which was of a non-standard pattern, and the vertical Gruppe bar were black with a thin white outline. The rudder was also painted yellow and the Werk Nummer 5901 was clearly visible on the fin. The spinner was painted half red and half yellow with the backplate halved in black, or black-green, and white, and was also fitted with a yellow nose cap.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 8./JG53 (B7+I) Walter Fiel WNr 5901 crash-landed Kent POW 01-02

Photo's 01-02:The Bf 109E-4 flown by 26 year old Oblt. Walter Fiel of 8./JG53 on 2 October when he was attacked by about 16 Spitfires, one of which slightly damaged his aircraft. Although there were very few. 303 strikes in this machine, Fiel's radiator, petrol tank and probably the fuel lines were hit and Fiel crash-landed with his engine backfiring near Peckham, Kent. Oblt. Fiel, who had been awarded the EKI, had previously served with JG3.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 8./JG 53 (Black 11+I) belly landed France 1940

Profile 00: This machine is probably belly landed in 1940 at the Western campaign behind enemy lines. Souvenir hunters have cut out the swastika. The machine was then recaptured back. The squadron insignia 'Pik-As' on the hood was probably already on the censored negative.

Diese Maschine ist vermutlich 1940 beim Westfeldzug hinter den feindlichen Linien bauchgelandet. Souvenirjäger haben das Hakenkreuz herausgeschnitten. Die Maschine wurde dann wieder zurück erobert. Das Geschwaderabzeichen 'Pik-As' auf der Motorhaube wurde vermutlich bereits auf dem Negativ zensiert.

9. Staffel III. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - 9./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG53 (Y4+I) in the foreground France 1940 01

Photo 01: The interrogation reports of several pilots from JG53 shed some interesting light on the history of the Geschwader's markings. According to these reports, when first formed, the personnel of JG53 adopted as their badge the Ace of Spades, or card of death and are believed to have worn uniforms with a distinctive cut to show they belonged to an elite unit (in much the same way as RAF fighter pilots denoted their status by leaving the top button of their tunics unfastened). However, in the Summer of 1940, Reichsmarschall Goring ordered that the special uniforms and the Ace of Spades badge were to be dropped and the Geschwader became known as the Red Ring Geschwader on account of the red circle which was then painted round the engine cowling. Neither the reasons for Goring's order, nor the particular significance of the red ring, are yet fully understood but it was probably intended as a punishment and may also have had some ideological relevance. Throughout September and October, JG53 was very active, two or more sorties per day being the rule rather than the exception and rest days were only taken when bad weather prevented flying. Whether this hard work had any bearing on the original order suppressing the Geschwader emblem being later rescinded is not known.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG53 (Yellow 7+I) in the background France 1940

Photo 01: The interrogation reports of several pilots from JG53 shed some interesting light on the history of the Geschwader's markings. According to these reports, when first formed, the personnel of JG53 adopted as their badge the Ace of Spades, or card of death and are believed to have worn uniforms with a distinctive cut to show they belonged to an elite unit (in much the same way as RAF fighter pilots denoted their status by leaving the top button of their tunics unfastened). However, in the Summer of 1940, Reichsmarschall Goring ordered that the special uniforms and the Ace of Spades badge were to be dropped and the Geschwader became known as the Red Ring Geschwader on account of the red circle which was then painted round the engine cowling. Neither the reasons for Goring's order, nor the particular significance of the red ring, are yet fully understood but it was probably intended as a punishment and may also have had some ideological relevance. Throughout September and October, JG53 was very active, two or more sorties per day being the rule rather than the exception and rest days were only taken when bad weather prevented flying. Whether this hard work had any bearing on the original order suppressing the Geschwader emblem being later rescinded is not known.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 9./JG53 (Yellow 10+I) Eduard Koslowski Germany 1939

Photo 01: The photo is believed to have been taken in November 1939. Koslowski made his first kill on 6/11/1939, and got awarded the Iron Cross II, and this photograph is believed to be a publicity photo taken to celebrate this even.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG53 (Y11+I) France 1940

Photo 01: Two aircraft of 9./JG53 with 'Yellow 11' nearest the camera. Note that both aircraft have red cowling rings and that the Hakenkreuz has been retained in the correct position on the fin of both machines.

 
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Luftwaffe pilot Hermann Neuhoff

Units: 3./JG-53 (9/39), 7./JG-53 (1/40), Stfkpt 6./JG-53 (4/42 Comiso)

Awards: RK(6/19/42 in absentia), DK-G(10/17/41) EP(1/6/41), EK 1(5/40) & 2, Wnd Bdg(4/10/42), Fighter Oper. Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109D, Bf 109E-3 'White 10' (10/39), E-4 'White 2', Bf 109F-2 WNr 6702 'Wh 2'(7/41), Bf 109F-4/Trop 'White 2+I' (3/42), Bf 109F-4 WNr 7375 'Yel 1+-' (lost 4/10/42)

Remarks: British POW 10 April, 1942; returning pilots reported he was erroneously shot down with wounds at Lucqa in 'Yellow 1 + -' by Lt. Werner Schöw of 1/JG-53. Another source claims he may have been the victim of Canadian Ace, Sgt Garth Horricks of RAF No.185 Sq.. Battle of Britain pilot; served in Soviet Union, and in the Med.. Flew Bf 109F-2 Wk# 6702 in Russia. 452 missions, 21 of his victories in Russia. One known victory, his 1st, a Hurricane southeast of Diedenhofen, 2 March, 1940. His 2nd, a Morane at Sedan, 14 May, 1940. His 3rd, a Hawk-75A west of Laon, 18 May, 1940. His 4th a Caudron S of Creil on 27 May, 1940. His 5th a Hawk-75A west of Creil, 3 June, 1940. His 6th a Hurricane at Poix on 5 June, 1940. His 7th a Hawk-75 at Rethel-Attigny on 9 June, 1940. His 8th a Bloch 151 at Reims-Epernay on 11 June, 1940. His 9th a Blenheim 20 km NE of Etaples on 15 September, 1940. His 10th a Spitfire at Ashford on 18 September, 1940. His first known Soviet victory, a DJ-6 SW of Rabrarija on 22 June, 1941. By the time he was sent to N. Africa (12/41), he already had 37 victories, the first, a Hurricane on 12 December, 1941. Survived the war. Deceased 17 January, 2006.

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz database list 20 of aerial victories for Hermann Neuhoff

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
02-Mar-40 Hermann Neuhoff 7./JG53   12.20 SE Diedenhofen
14-May-40 Hermann Neuhoff 7./JG53 Morane 406 4000m 10.30 Sedan
18-May-40 Hermann Neuhoff 7./JG53 Hawk-75A   16.38 West of Laon
27-May-40 Hermann Neuhoff 7./JG53 Caudron   14.25 South of Creil
03-Jun-40 Hermann Neuhoff 7./JG53 Hawk-75A Low Level 10.35 West of Creil
05-Jun-40 Hermann Neuhoff 7./JG53   07.50 Poix
09-Jun-40 Hermann Neuhoff 7./JG53 Hawk-75A   10.15 Rethel-Attigny
11-Jun-40 Hermann Neuhoff 7./JG53 Bloch 151   12.03 Reims-epernay
15-Sep-40 Hermann Neuhoff 7./JG53 500m 19.00 20km NE Etaples
18-Sep-40 Hermann Neuhoff 7./JG53 3000m 10.55 Ashford
22-Jun-41 Hermann Neuhoff 7./JG53 DJ-6   09.38 SW Rabrarija
11-Dec-41 Hermann Neuhoff 7./JG53   11.30 North Africa
12-Dec-41 Hermann Neuhoff 7./JG53   16.00 North Africa
12-Dec-41 Hermann Neuhoff 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   16.10 North Africa
14-Dec-41 Hermann Neuhoff 7./JG53   15.45 North Africa
01-Mar-42 Hermann Neuhoff 7./JG53   13.10 Sudfront (MTO)
18-Mar-42 Hermann Neuhoff 7./JG53   17.30 Sudfront (MTO)
20-Mar-42 Hermann Neuhoff 7./JG53   08.23 Sudfront (MTO)
09-Apr-42 Hermann Neuhoff 6./JG53     Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
09-Apr-42 Hermann Neuhoff 6./JG53     Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)

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Luftwaffe pilot Ernst Poschenrieder

Units: Flugzeugführer 7./JG-53 (3/40 Wiesbaden-Erbenheim)

Awards: Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E 'White 4' (3/40), Bf 109 E-1 WNr 5175 'White 12+I' (lost 9/30/40)

Remarks: POW after aerial combat with a Spitfire he crash landed his AC on Broom Hill, Strood, Rochester, Kent, England. He sustained serious back injuries in the crash, and spent the rest of the war in British captivity. Per the JG-53 Chronicles by Jochen Prien, he destroyed two Barrage Balloons over Dover on 1 September, 1940. Source: Aviation Art by Geoff Nutkins.

Ernst Poschenrieder flew Bf109E-4 WerkNr. 5175 with 7./JG53, based at Le Touquet-Etaples airfield, Northern France. On Monday 30th September 1940 his unit was on bomber escort duty. After Intercepting RAF Spitfires over North Kent his aircraft was hit. The plane damaged it emerged from the clouds and flew low above the gardens of Jersey Road, Strood, towards the church at Frindsbury. As it reached the church the Anti-Aircraft Guns at Chatham Dockyard fired a burst near the aircraft and it turned, disabled and losing height back in the direction of Strood. Before crashing the pilot discharged his remaining ammunition to prevent it exploding when he crash landed, causing many frightened onlookers to take cover. Eventually at 2:00pm the aircraft crash landed in a potato field at Broom Hill. The Incensed farm workers in a nearby orchard and onlookers believing to have been shot at by the pilot armed themselves with whatever they could and approached the downed aircraft intent on harming the pilot, but a Scottish Land Army girl kept the angry crowd at bay until the Police and soldiers arrived. The pilot had seriously injured his back in the crash but refused to be carried to the ambulance. He was taken to the Naval Hospital (now Chatham Maritime Hospital) to be treated. He then spent some time as a prisoner of war at the Glen Mill POW Camp, Oldham before ending the war years in Canada. In 1955 the pilot Ernst Poschenrieder now a prosperous timber merchant living in Stuttgart, made a sentimental journey back to Strood to identify the actual site of the crash and to try and find the pretty young lady who had helped him. A newspaper report of the journey quoted him as stating that "through the years he had treasured the memory of the woman that showed him kindness. He just wanted to find her and buy her the biggest bunch of flowers her arms could hold". By coincidence, the taxi driver he hired at Chatham Train Station remembered the Incident as he had lived in Broomhill Road at the time. He took him to Broom Hill where Ernst recognized the site of the crash. Ernst was able to trace the specialist who had treated him when he was taken to the Naval Hospital, and visited him on the Saturday evening to thank him. The neighbours of Leslie Mason (The taxi driver) after meeting Ernst, remembered that the young lady that he was searching for was a Scottish Land Army girl and had been billeted with the Main family who at the time also lived in Broomhill Road. The neighbours family were still in touch with the Mains, who now lived at Hythe. Through them, Ernst was able to contact the girl, Sarah Kortwright, and visit her in Scotland where he presented his saviour with a large bouquet and took her out to dinner.[WR1]

Another interesting version of the story is that as the plane flew low over the houses, a local man shot at it with his Lee-Enfield rifle from the door of his Anderson shelter in the back garden of his house in Gordon Road. When the plane was inspected after it crashed, it was noticed that there were 3 bullet holes in it. The gentleman went to his grave firmly convinced that he had shot it down.[WR1]

Following are eye witness accounts of what happened on that day:

During the Battle of Britain I was thirteen years old and living in Jersey Road, Strood. I remember on one occasion a German Messerschmitt plane flying low over the gardens and heading towards the church at Frindsbury. As it reached that point the anti-aircraft guns in Chatham Dockyard fired a burst near it and it turned, obviously disabled and losing height flew back in our direction. As it reached the end of Jersey Road only apparently a couple of hundred feet up the pilot opened up his machine guns. We naturally thought that he was firing at us and immediately flattened ourselves on the ground. The plane. its propellers nearly stopped, crashed on Broom Hill, then used for farming and now a park. The farm workers, believing as we had done that they had been fired at, tried to get at the pilot who wisely stayed in the aircraft until some soldiers arrived to take him prisoner. He had in fact been firing to get rid of his ammunition which may have exploded when he crashed. This incident, which may well be remembered by other people in Strood at that time, made a lasting impression on me. A short time ago a programme about occupied France was shown starring John Thaw. In the opening scene he was machine gunned by a Messerschmitt, in every way, even to the yellow nose, identical to the plane which came down in Strood all those years ago. This created with me at any rate a strong feeling of deja vu.[WR1]

Robin Downs

/ was just turned twelve years old when the war broke out. The unknown was frightening: as war was announced on the radio fear seemed to flow through my veins instead of my blood. We were a family of four. I was to witness dog fights often. One day an enemy plane was shot down and as he was coming down he was shooting at everything. My father and I were walking to our shelter when it happened and he threw me to the ground and covered me with his body. We were lucky, within minutes of him crash landing on Broom Hill people had armed themselves with whatever they could find,, mostly carving knives and the like. Fortunately the police arrived in time and an ambulance. He refused to be carried to the ambulance and it was said he had broken his back. His seat was metal and the plane like a heavy make of canvas which didn’t last long when the souvenir seekers arrived. I think the pilot died later in hospital. He was no more than a boy.[WR1]

Doris Sancto

The photos below of the downed aircraft on Broom Hill are shown with a soldier standing in front of the tail section of the aircraft, this is because in the interest of morale he was possibly obscuring the kill markings recording the number of enemy planes the pilot had shot down. This Aircraft had 8 kill markings present, all of which were earned by this particular aircrafts former pilot Feldwebel Hermann Neuhoff, who was at this time the only pilot of 7./JG53, who had 8 kills. Also the Swastika is placed in an unofficial position on the tail. The interrogation reports of several captured pilots from JG53 shed some interesting light on the history of the Geschwaders markings. According to these reports, when first formed, the personnel of JG53 adopted as their badge the Ace of Spades, or card of death, and are believed to have worn uniforms with a distinctive cut to show they belonged to an elite unit (in much the same way as RAF fighter pilots denoted their status by leaving the top button of their tunics unfastened). However, in the Summer of 1940 the Geschwader Kommodore of JG53 was Major Hans-Jurgen von Cramon-Taubadel. While JG53 was making a reputation for itself during the Battle of Britain, according to RAF Air Ministry intelligence summary no 60, Reichsmarshall Hermann Goring was informed that Major Jurgen von Cramon-Taubadel's wife was Jewish. Goring then ordered the whole of JG53 to remove the "Pik As" emblem from their planes, and replace it with a red stripe around the engine cowling as punishment. All of JG53's planes were immediately stripped of their "Pik As" insignia. Soon after the whole of JG53 stripped the swastikas off the tails of their planes in protest. During this phase of the Battle of Britain, JG 53's planes were easily recognizable because of the red band and the absence of a swastika on the tail of their Bf109's. On 30 September 1940, the day that this aircraft was shot down Major Gunther Freiherr von Maltzahn became Kommodore and JG53.[WR1]

Web Reference:

  • WR1 - http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=7022.0
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    Luftwaffe pilot Herbert Schramm

    Units: FlgzFr 7./JG-53 (4/40 Wiesbaden-Erbenheim), 8./JG-53 (4/41), Flight Instr. Erg./JG-Süd (7/42), Stafkpt 5./JG-27 (10/43)

    Awards: RK(8/6/41)-EL(2/1/45 Post.), EP(2/23/42), EK 1 & 2, Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp

    Known Aircraft: Bf 109E 'White 3+I' (10/40), Bf 109 E-4 'White 6+I' , Bf 109E-7 WNr 5976 (80% dam 7/13/42; eng dam Mannheim), Bf 109F-2 'Black 3+I'(30%dam 9/10/41) in 8/JG-53, Bf 109G-6 WNr 410291(lost 12/1/43)

    Remarks: KIA in aerial combat with a P-47 at Stembert, near Eupen Belgium. He managed to bail out, but his chute did not open. 3 Bombers, one a Blenheim on 12 February, 1942 over Malta. 480 combat missions. His first known victory, his 2nd, a Spitfire NE of Dungeness on 2 September, 1940. His 3rd, a Spitfire S of London on 15 September, 1940. His 4th a Hampden near the Insel Wight on 26 September, 1940. Nos.5 & 6, both Spitfires at London on 30 September, 1940. His 7th a Hurricane at Maidstone on 5 October, 1940. His 8th a Spitfire at Dungeness on 17 October, 1940, most likely in 'White 6'. 28 victories in the East. His 1st Soviet victory, a DB-6 N of Kalvarija on 22 June, 1941. One known 'damaged' claim, a Morane at Sedan on 14 May, 1940. His first victory, a Morane 406 10 km south of Creil, 27 May, 1940. By the time he was sent to N.Africa (12/41), he already had 37 victories. His 40th victory, a B-17 at Bischdorf (St. Avold) on 14 October, 1943. He belly-landed his 'Black 3 + I' at Ossijaki on 10 September, 1941 due to engine trouble, 30% damaged.

    Luftwaffe pilot List of 17 aerial victories for Herbert Schramm

    Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
    14-May-40 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53 Morane 406     Sedan
    14-May-40 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53 Morane 406     Sedan
    27-May-40 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53 Morane 406   14.15 10km S Creil
    02-Sep-40 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53 6000m 17.50 NE Dungeness
    15-Sep-40 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53   12.50  
    26-Sep-40 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53 Hampden   13.16  
    30-Sep-40 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53   14.55  
    30-Sep-40 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53 5000m 14.38 South of London
    05-Oct-40 Herbert Schramm 9./JG53   18.40 Thames Estuary
    17-Oct-40 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53 6500m 11.00 Dungeness
    16-Apr-41 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53   12.00 Ärmelkanal
    16-Apr-41 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53   - Ärmelkanal
    22-Jun-41 Herbert Schramm 8./JG53 DB-6   09.44 N Kalvarija
    12-Feb-42 Herbert Schramm 8./JG53   18.23  
    14-Oct-43 Herbert Schramm 5./JG27 B-17 Fortress 7000m 15.47 BischdoRG (St Avold)
    29-Nov-43 Herbert Schramm 5./JG27 B-17 Fortress Hss 8000m 15.15 SW Bremen
    30-Nov-43 Herbert Schramm 5./JG27 B-17 Fortress Hss 8000m 12.35 Koln
    01-Dec-43 Herbert Schramm 5./JG27 Dogfight (P-47)   KiA P-47 Dogfight Stembert

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    Luftwaffe pilot Hans-Georg Schulte

    Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz database list of 11 aerial victories for Hans-Georg Schulte

    Awards: EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

    Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-1 'White 13+I' (Wiesbaden), Bf 109E-4 WNr 1506 'White 5+I' (lost 9/6/40)

    Remarks: POW after belly-landing at Vincents Farm, near Manston England after aerial combat over the Thames Estuary. Uninjured in a Bf 109E force landing on 8 November, 1939, unknown reason, at Wengerohr. One known victory, his 1st, a Morane 15 km west of Sedan, 14 May, 1940. A 'damaged' Hawk-75 SW of Compiegne on 21 May, 1940. His 2nd victory, a Potez 63 in the Ornoy/Villers area, 4 June, 1940. His 3rd, a Morane 406 at Compiegne, 7 June, 1940. His 4th a Hurricane over England on 13 August, 1940. His 5th a Hurricane over the Thames on 1 September, 1940. His 6th a Spitfire over England on 5 September, 1940. His 7th a Spitfire in the Dungeness area on 6 September, 1940.

    Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
    Tuesday, May 14, 1940 Hans-Georg Schulte 7./JG53 Morane 406 4000m 10:20 10-15km W Sedan
    Tuesday, May 21, 1940 Hans-Georg Schulte 7./JG53 Hawk-75A     SW Compiegne
    Tuesday, June 04, 1940 Hans-Georg Schulte 8./JG53 Potez 63   18:15 Ornoy-Villers
    Friday, June 07, 1940 Hans-Georg Schulte 8./JG53 Morane 406   16:51 Compiegne
    Tuesday, August 13, 1940 Hans-Georg Schulte 7./JG53   11:50  
    Sunday, September 01, 1940 Hans-Georg Schulte 7./JG53   12:20 Thames Estuary
    Thursday, September 05, 1940 Hans-Georg Schulte 7./JG53   16:20  
    Friday, September 06, 1940 Hans-Georg Schulte 7./JG53   19:10  
    Sunday, July 11, 1943 Hans-Georg Schulte 9./JG53 P-38F Lightning 2000m 11:25 15km S Pachino
    Saturday, August 21, 1943 Hans-Georg Schulte 9./JG53 P-38 Lightning      
    Sunday, August 29, 1943 Hans-Georg Schulte 9./JG53 -      

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    Luftwaffe pilot Walter Fiel

    Units: Stab I./JG-3 (5/40), Stfkpt 8./JG-53 (9/40 Channel)

    Awards: EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

    Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-4B WNr 5901 'Black 7+I' (lost 10/2/40)

    Remarks: POW belly-landing at East Peckham, Addelsted, near Tunbridge England, after aerial combat. 'Black 7' was later put on display in Sunderland England. One known victory, his 1st, a Potez 63 near Arras, 22 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Morane 406 at Amiens/Arras, 25 May, 1940. His 3rd & 4th both Blenheims of RAF No.235 Sq. at Calais on

    Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz database list of 4 aerial victories for Walter Fiel

    Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
    Walter Fiel Stab I./JG3 Potez 63   12.40 bei Arras
    Walter Fiel Stab I./JG3 Morane 406     Arras
    Walter Fiel 8./JG53 Albacore   18.40 Calais v FAA
    Walter Fiel 8./JG53   18.40 Calais v 235Sqn

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    Luftwaffe pilot Hans (Heinz) Kunert

    Units: III./JG-53 (4/40 Wiesbaden-Erbenheim), Stfkpt 8./JG-53 (9/40 Channel)

    Awards: EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

    Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-1, Bf 109E-3 in '40, Bf 109E-4 WNr 1171 (lost 9/8/40)

    Remarks: KIA 8 September, 1940 during aerial combat when he collided with Oblt Wittmeyer in Werk # 3478. His parachute is believed to have failed (Prien). One known victory, his 1st, a Hurricane north of Sedan, 14 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Hawk-75A on 24 May, 1940, no location. His 3rd, a Hawk-75A 15 km west of Arras, 27 May, 1940. Per the JG-53 Chronicles, he downed a Bloch on 29 May, 1940, along with Lt Panten & Lt Müller (Prien). His 4th & 5th, both Hurricanes northwest of Reims, 1 June, 1940. His 6th, a Potez 63 at La Sieve, 2 June, 1940. His 7th, a Bloch 152 west of Compiegne, 5 June, 1940. His 8th, a Spitfire 10 km E of Südspitz Portland on 25 August, 1940. His 9th, a Spitfire on 5 September, 1940, no location. On this particular victory, his name was given as 'Kurt', however all others were Heinz or Hans.

    Asisbiz database list of 9 aerial victories for Heinz Kunert

    Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
    Tuesday, May 14, 1940 Heinz Kunert 8./JG53 Hurricane 1200m 16:30 N Sedan
    Friday, May 24, 1940 Heinz Kunert 8./JG53 Curtiss   18:15 -
    Monday, May 27, 1940 Heinz Kunert 8./JG53 Curtiss   09:10 15km NW Amiens
    Saturday, June 1, 1940 Heinz Kunert 8./JG53 Hurricane   20:05 NW Reims
    Saturday, June 1, 1940 Heinz Kunert 8./JG53 Hurricane   20:09 NW Reims
    Sunday, June 2, 1940 Heinz Kunert 8./JG53 Potez 63   12:45 La Selve
    Wednesday, June 5, 1940 Heinz Kunert 8./JG53 Bloch 152 3-4000m 11:20 W. Compiegne
    Sunday, August 25, 1940 Heinz Kunert 8./JG53 Spitfire 3800m 18:29 10km ost Sudspitz Portland
    Thursday, September 5, 1940 Heinz Kunert 8./JG53 Spitfire   16:23 -

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    Luftwaffe pilot Eduard Koslowski

    Units: I./JG-20, 9./JG-53 (9/39), 8./JG-53 (9/40), 9./JG-26 (7/41)

    Awards: EP, EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

    Known Aircraft: Bf 109D, Bf 109E 'Yel 10' & Bf 109-F-2 & F-4 in Staffel, Fw 190A-2 WNr122068 'Yel 1+I' (lost 2/12/42)

    Remarks: KIA in aerial combat with Spitfires N of Calais, while protection German warships in the Channel. He was buried in Bourdon France. Koslowski flew as wingman for Harald Jung while serving in I/JG-20. MIA briefly on 22 June, 1941 after downing an I-153 and after making a force landing, uninjured, in Bf 109F-2 Werk # 5523 'Black 2 + I' (100%) at Merkina S.U., returning the next day (Prien). One known victory, his 1st, a Mureaux southwest of Merzig, 6 November, 1939. His 2nd, a Spitfire on 7 September, 1940, no location. His 3rd, a Spitfire near Ashford on 17 September, 1940. His 4th a Spitfire at Tonbridge on 17 October, 1940. A Soviet DB-3 on 15 July, 1941. His 10th a Spitfire on 27 August, 1941, no location. His 11th a Spitfire on 8 December, 1941, no location. His 12th a Spitfire on 9 January, 1942. Victories 10, 11 & 12 were achieved while serving in JG-26. Magnus.

    Luftwaffe pilot List of 8 aerial victories Eduard Koslowski

    Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
    06 Nov 1939 Eduard Koslowski 9./JG53 Mureaux   10.45 SW Merzig
    06 Nov 1939 Eduard Koslowski 9./JG53 Mureaux   10.45 SW Merzig
    07 Sep 1940 Eduard Koslowski 9./JG53   19.25  
    17 Sep 1940 Eduard Koslowski 9./JG53   16.40  
    17 Oct 1940 Eduard Koslowski 8./JG53 8200m 16.50 Tonbridge
    27 Aug 1941 Eduard Koslowski 9./JG26   08.15  
    08 Dec 1941 Eduard Koslowski 9./JG26   13.00  
    09 Jan 1942 Eduard Koslowski 9./JG26   - -

     

     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/