7. Staffel III. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 54 - 7./JG54

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7/B 7./JG54 (White 1+) Oblt. Hans Ekkehard Bob Holland 1940

Profile 01:Messerschmitt Bf 109E7B 7./JG54 White 1 flown by Hans Ekkehard Bob's Holland 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 7./JG54 (White 2+) Max-Hellmuth Ostermann Holland 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 7./JG 54 (White 4+) Guines, France 1940

Photo 01: Reportedly taken at Guines during August, this view shows 'White 4' and other aircraft of 7./JG54 in various camouflage finishes dispersed beneath the trees on the perimeter of the airfield.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 7./JG 54 (White 5+) Oblt. Gunther Scholz Guines, France August 1940 01

Photo 01: In early August 1940, Guines was the base of III./JG54 under Hptm. Fritz Ultsch. Here, 'White 5' of Oblt. Gunther Scholz's 7.Staffel taxies out to the runway, where two machines of 8. Staffel have already started their take-off run. Note the undersize fuselage Balkenkreuz on 'White 5'.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 7./JG 54 (White 12+) Erwin Leykauf Guines France Aug 1940 01

Photo 01: Ofw. Erwin Leykauf climbs into the cockpit of 'White 12' at Guines sometime in early August 1940. As can be seen in this photograph, Leykauf is wearing ordinary shoes rather than flying boots. This was not a uncommon practice as, in the event of the piloy ditching, it was easier to remove shoes than the more cumbersome flying boots.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 7./JG 54 (White 12+) Erwin Leykauf Guines France Aug 1940 02

Photo 02: In this photograph, Erwin Leykauf has now settled in the cockpit of ' White 12'. Of note are the small proportions of both the aircraft number and fuselage Balkenkreuz.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-1 7./JG54 (White 13+) Arno Zimmermann crash-landed Lydd POW

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E.1 'White 13' flown by Uffz. Arno Zimmermann of 7./JG54 on 27 October 1940 Displaying yet another variation of the locally mixed greys applied to Bf 109s during the late summer of 1940, it carried a fuselage mottle similar in style to that seen on aircraft of JG2 albeit not as densely applied. The cowling and rudder were painted yellow but the yellow on the rudder was only applied to the rear three-quarters with the front edge appearing 'feathered'. A single bar on the port side of the rudder indicated that the pilot had claimed one victory against British aircraft. The spinner was white as was the number '13' which was thinly outlined in black. The 7.Staffel winged clog emblem appeared on both sides of the cowling, the toe of the clog always pointing towards the spinner.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 7./JG 54 (White 13+) Arno Zimmermann crash-landed Lydd POW 01-02

Photo's 01-02: Uffz. Arno Zimmermann of 7./JG54 took off from Guines with the whole of III.Gruppe at 08.35 hrs on 27 October on a fighter sweep over London. On the return flight, the Hurricanes of 605Sqn. were seen below and some of the Bf 109s dived down to attack. As Uffz. Zimmermann was climbing again, a Hurricane, believed to have been flown by Sgt. Eric Wright (who had shot down Viktor Molders on 7 October), fastened onto Zimmermann's tail and fired a burst which hit his engine and wounded the pilot. Despite a cockpit filled with smoke and a badly faltering engine, Zimmermann made for the coast but was obliged to make a forced landing on the beach near Lydd. The winged clog emblem of 7./JG54 was inspired by the time the III.Gruppe spent in Holland refitting after the French campaign.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 7./JG54 (White 5+) Belgrade-Zemun 1941

This photograph was taken in late April 1941 in Belgrade-Zemun, when the unit had delivered its Emil's and convert to newer Bf 109F's. Zemun is a historical town and one of the 17 municipalities which constitute the City of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Before 1934, it was a town separate from Belgrade. Wikipedia

8. Staffel III. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 54 - 8./JG54

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 8./JG54 Black 1 France-Holland 1940 00

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E 8./JG54 aircraft during the Battle of Britain based at Guines, before the Staffel moved to Holland on 21 October 1940. Note the 'Piepmatz' Staffel emblem.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-1 8./JG54 Black 2 Heinrich Elbers WNr 3470 crash-landed Ashford POW

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E.1 flown by Uffz. Heinrich Elbers of 8./JG54.'Black 2' of 8./JG54, the Bf 109E-1 flown by Uffz. Heinrich Elbers during the late afternoon of 2 September. In a surprise attack which wounded Elbers in the foot, the engine of his aircraft was hit and stopped. The aircraft forced landed near Ashford. Finished in a very high demarcation 70/71 upper splinter scheme, the fuselage sides carried a light mottle of what is believed to have been 71. The top segment of the rudder was painted white as were the tips of the wings, tailplanes and forward section of the spinner with the spinner backplate left in black-green 70. The styli sed 8. Staffel red and white sparrow emblem appeared on both sides of the cowling and in keeping with 8. Staffel practice, the aircraft number was carried on the fuselage sides beneath the windscreen. The fuselage Balkenkreuz were smaller than normal with thin, black outlined borders, reminiscent of those seen on pre-war Luftwaffe fighters. The wing Balkenkreuz, too, were in the earlier outboard position and partly covered by the white wingtip paint.

Messerschmitt Bf109, shot down in Kent, on display in the north-west of England.

Earlier this year while trawling through microfilm copies of the Bury Times from the war at the library, I came across this report from November 23 1940 of a Messerschmitt Bf109 being displayed in the town centre to raise money for the Spitfire Fund. It was shot down by a fighter over Dungeness in Kent. A bullet stopped the engine and the pilot, Uffz. Heinrich Elbers, managed to crash land in a field. His aircraft came to rest in a ditch at Finn Farm, Kingsnorth, Ashford. Unteroffizier Elbers was injured (he was shot in the foot) but survived and was taken prisoner, while his Bf109 was taken on tour around the country to raise money to buy more Spitfires. The notice placed by the aircraft in the lead photo with the words “For your information” told the people of Bury that the “Messerschmitt 109 is the pride of Germany’s Luftwaffe and is the type now being used over this country in hit and run bombing raids. It carries 4 machine guns, 2 in each wing and 2 firing from cockpit through propeller blades.” The Bury Times reported that it became necessary to move the aircraft off the street and inside “the new shopping centre of the Bury District Co-operative Society in Market Street… Most amusing of the many comments was that of a woman who asked “Are t’stores selling them now?”

Newspaper Source: http://aircrashsites.co.uk/britain-at-war/nov-23-1940c/

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 8./JG54 Black 2 Heinrich Elbers WNr 3470 crash-landed Ashford Sep 2 1940 01

Photo 01: This Bf 109E-1 'Black 2', W.Nr 3470, was flown on 2 September by Uffz. Heinrich Elbers of 8./JG54. Hit in a surprise attack north of Dungeness, the engine of this aircraft stopped and Elbers forced landed in a field at Kingsnorth near Ashford, the aircraft crashing through a hedge and coming to rest in a ditch at Finns Farm.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 8./JG54 Black 2 Heinrich Elbers WNr 3470 crash-landed Ashford Sep 2 1940 02-03

Photo's 02-03: Two photographs of Elbers' machine while on public display. The aircraft's 'Black 2' was applied to the forward fuselage, just below the windscreen, and as the wing Balkenkreuz were in the old outboard position, they were partly obscured by the white paint on the wingtips.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 8./JG54 Black 2 France-Holland 1940 00

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E 8./JG54 aircraft during the Battle of Britain based at Guines, before the Staffel moved to Holland on 21 October 1940. Note the 'Piepmatz' Staffel emblem.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-1 8./JG54 Black 3 Ofw. Anwarter Erwin Leykauf France 1940 00

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 of 8./JG54 flown by Ofw. Offizier Anwarter Erwin Leykauf. 'Black 3' of 8./JG54 was flown by Ofw. Anwarter Erwin Leykauf and displays five Abschuss bars on its rudder. The aircraft is finished in a very high demarcation 02/71 over 65 scheme and has a yellow painted cowling, on the forward portion of which is the Staffel emblem of a stylized red sparrow on a patch of pale blue. The spinner is white with a black-green backplate. As shown in accompanying photographs, this machine later received a light mottle to the fuselage sides and a fuselage band aft of the cross.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 8./JG54 Black 3 Ofw. Anwarter Erwin Leykauf France 1940 01

Photo 01: Bf 109Es of 8./JG54 lined up in readiness at one of the landing strips around the Foret de Guines, early September. The aircraft closest to the camera with two Abschuss bars on its rudder is believed to be 'Black 1'. Behind this aircraft is Ofw. Erwin Leykauf's 'Black 3' showing five victory bars on the rudder, the fifth being a Spitfire shot down on 2 September.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 8./JG54 Black 3 Ofw. Anwarter Erwin Leykauf France 1940 02

Photo 02: A later photograph of Leykauf's 'Black 3' at Guines, still with five victory bars but now with the addition of an armoured windscreen, lightly mottled fuselage sides and, unusually, a band around its rear fuselage. The addition of mottling to the fuselage sides is typical for the period, but the significance of the fuselage band is not known.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 8./JG54 Black 3 Ofw. Anwarter Erwin Leykauf France 1940 03

Photo 03: The pilot of 'Black 3', Erwin Leykauf. He is shown here as an NCO officer candidate but was later commissioned and became Staffelkapitan of 8./JG54. Leykauf remained with JG54 throughout his wartime flying career and survived the war.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 8./JG54 Black 3 France-Holland 1940 00

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E 8./JG54 aircraft during the Battle of Britain based at Guines, before the Staffel moved to Holland on 21 October 1940. Note the 'Piepmatz' Staffel emblem.

9. Staffel III. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 54 - 9./JG54

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 2./JG54 France September 1940 01

Photo 01: A pilot of 2./JG54 at readiness, this photograph clearly showing the position of the Staffel emblem. The object in the pilot's left hand is his Model LKp N 101 lightweight flying helmet. Except for leather earpieces and leather reinforcing strip across the forehead, this helmet was largely of net construction for comfort in hot weather. The electrical lead visible in the photograph was attached to the back of the helmet.

The Devil on a Pitchfork emblem of 2./JG54.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG54 Yellow 1 Guines, France 1940 01

Photo 01: During the Battle of Britain, JG54 was stationed on various airfields near Calais; the Geschwaderstab and I. Gruppe at Campagne, II. Gruppe in Harlinghem (later at Campagne) and III. Gruppe at Guines where these Bf 109s of 9./JG54 were photographed on 3 September taxiing from the dispersal area to the take-off position.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG54 (W5+~) Guines, France August 1940

Photo: 01 Aircraft of 9./JG54 - The Devil Staffel - taxiing at Guines before a mission, August 1940. Individual aircraft numbers are applied under the cockpit in yellow. Bomber escort missions carried out byJG54 were generally noted for their efficiency.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 9./JG54 (Y5+~) Waldemar 'Hein' Wübke Holland 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 9./JG54 (Y5+~) landing mishap France Sep 1940

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E.3 'Yellow 5' of 9./JG54. Exhibiting one of the camouflage schemes seen on aircraft of JG54, the standard 02/71 finish on the spine of this machine has been extended to cover the Blue 65 fuselage sides with a cross-hatch of sprayed straight lines in 71, carefully applied to avoid obscuring the original markings. The wavy III. Gruppe symbol was applied in a style larger than normal.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 9./JG54 (Y5+~) landing mishap France Sep 1940 01

Photo 01: Although representative of an earlier period in the campaign against Britain, this photograph and profile have been included to show the use of the cross-hatch scheme first introduced at the height of the Battle of Britain. In this instance, the undercarriage of this Bf 109E-3, 'Yellow 5' from 9./JG54, collapsed while landing after a sortie over England, September 1940.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG54 (Y6+~) Guines, France August 1940

Photo: 01 Aircraft of 9./JG54 - The Devil Staffel - taxiing at Guines before a mission, August 1940. Individual aircraft numbers are applied under the cockpit in yellow. Bomber escort missions carried out byJG54 were generally noted for their efficiency.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG54 (Yellow 7+~) Richard-Ewald Baumgarten Groningen Holland Jan 1941

Photo 01: Messerschmitt Bf 109E JG54.3 (Y7+) Uffz. Baumgarten. Groningen, Hollande Jan 1941 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG54 (Y9+) Oblt. Hans Ekkehard France Oct 1940 01

Photo 01: 'Yellow 9' of Oblt. Hans Ekkehard Bob's 9./JG54. On 21 October, the entire III./JG54 moved from Guines to Holland where it was based on airfields at Schiphol, KatWijk, Haamstede and de Kooi. Between 4 December and 15 January, the Gruppe was recalled to Germany to rest and refit.

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 9./JG54 Yellow 13 Anton Schön Holland Oct 1940 0A

On 12th Aug 1940 an emergency landing at Calais. The pilot was part of the 8./JG54and it was usually assumed that this aircraft was flown by Lt. Josef Eberle he had a abdomen wound and was hospitalized which refutes this theory. However additional information from JG54 historian C. Kirsch explains: Lt. Josef Eberle overturned on 12 August 1940 after a dogfight when landing in Guines and was injured in the process. There are yet no clues what aircraft he flew that day but when he crashed the aircraft flipped over on it's back which is not the case with these photo's. Rather, the Yellow 13+ was flown that day by Oblt. Anton Schön who was from the 8.Staffel. His aircraft received hits over Guines South and had to belly land the aircraft when he came back, he was also wounded and was hospitalized. Apparently this aircraft was flown by Oblt. Anton Schön because his usual aircraft was not servicable at the time, so he had to resort to a plane of 9th Staffel aircraft instead. In addition the original photo had the information that Oblt. Anton Schön was the one who flew this aircraft.

Source: http://www.bf-109.com/display.php?lang=en&auth=e&name=version_display&fotonummer=1369 his photo ref 1369

Profile 00: This color profile of 'Yellow 13', a Bf 109E-4 of 9./JG54 illustrate one of the variations in the striped mottling commonly used by this unit. In this instance, diagonally sprayed stripes of what appears to be 71 have been applied to break up the blue of the fin, rudder and fuselage sides.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 9./JG54 Yellow 13 Anton Schön crash-landed near Kent Oct 9 1940 01-02

Photo's 01-02: An example of one of the adaptations of fuselage mottling applied by JG54 can be seen in this view of 'Yellow 13' of 9.Staffel. Also clearly visible is the black bordered yellow Staffel shield containing the devil's head emblem; the head is red with black and white details.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 9./JG 54 Yellow 13 Anton Schön Netherlands August 1940

Very interesting camouflage schemes were rendered on the aircraft of JG 54 by the unit's ground personnel in the summer of 1940. They applied vertical to diagonal lines of RLM 71 in an attempt to darken the light blue fuselage sides. The standard scheme of 02/71/65 was applied, along with the quick identification attributes. The period scheme was applied to Yellow '13', with which, on August 12, 1940, Lt. Josef Eberle managed to cross the Channel and belly land in France despite personal injury. The wingtips and fin of Eberle's aircraft were painted RLM 27 Yellow, lighter than RLM 04 that the spinner, tactical number and background of the III./JG 54 emblem were painted. The bottom wing color RLM 65 extended marginally to the upper surface. Some sources erroneously identify this aircraft as an E-3. Despite having tempted fate once over the Channel, he was not as successful on October 9, 1940, when he lost his life in combat with RAF fighters.

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Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG54 (Y10+~) landing accident, Germany 1940 01

Photo's 01-02: 'Yellow 10' of 9./JG52 after a landing accident. Note the size of the fuselage markings, the number and the III. Gruppe symbol being larger and thicker than usual. The bracket for the rear-view mirror is typical of the pattern seen on a number of JG52's aircraft. III./JG52 was the first Gruppe of JG52 to fly missions against England. The losses suffered were so high, including the Kommandeur and three Staffelkapitane, that at the end of July 1940 the unit was recalled to Germany where these photographs are believed to have been taken.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG54 (Y11+~) France 1940 00

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 9./JG54 (Y13+~) France August 1940 01

Photo 01: Bf 109E 'Yellow 13' of 9./JG54 in France during August 1940. Note, that unlike other aircraft in the Staffel, this machine does not carry the unit's emblem on the side visible.

 
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Luftwaffe pilot Hans-Ekkehard Bob

'Our morale in combat was unbroken.'

HANS-EKKEHARD BOB, JG54.9

Our morale in combat was unbroken and when the weather permitted, we flew many sorties each day. Comparatively speaking, the English were in the better position in that they fought over their own territory and thus could save themselves in an emergency by baling out or carrying out a crash landing. In contrast, if we found ourselves in such circumstances, we had to count on being captured or risk landing our damaged aircraft in the Channel.

In a dogfight during August 1940, my radiator was shot-up, causing the engine cooling system to fail and I had to turn off the ignition to prevent an engine fire. The Me109 1 had a glide angle of 13:1 2. which meant that with the engine stopped we could glide 13 kilometres for each kilometre of altitude. This occurred at an altitude of 4,000 metres over Canterbury, some 80 km from the French coast, so I knew I would never be able to glide that far and had to think of something new. From 4,000 metres I would be able to glide only 52 km at the most, then I would go down into the English Channel. Suddenly it occurred to me to allow the engine to cool during the descent. This I did and the temperature dropped quickly, so I restarted the engine and climbed at full throttle as high as possible until the engine overheated again. I did this repeatedly, climbing up and gliding down, until I finally reached the French coast and carried out an emergency landing on the beach at Calais. My report of this experience was distributed to the units and the method adopted. It later received the nickname 'gebobt' after Bob, my surname.

Our missions over England continued, becoming progressively more difficult until, in the last part of 1940, attacks became impossible to carry out due to the severe weather conditions. The German fighter-pilots were still optimistic even though the daylight bomber operations had been cancelled. The British fighters did not even take off if there were no German bomber formations flying in the English skies. Thus we German fighters could fly around over southern England without contact with the enemy until we reached London. In order to lure the British fighters into the air, some of the Me109 squadrons were equipped with bomb racks. This was the birth of the fighter-bomber.

As the Staffelkapitiin of 9./JG54, I had to carry out a test flight with a 250 kg bomb under the fuselage. The take-off, from a meadow at Guines-South was quite risky since we fighter pilots had no idea how to handle bombs, how to hit the target, or how to operate the whole thing. In fact, the sortie was at first regarded as something suitable for a Himmelfahrtskommando, or suicide squad, but it proved worth the effort as the flight with the bomb was successful. Once in the air, I flew to a small spit of land extending from the English coast where I could release the bomb but exactly where it fell I could not determine as I really did not have the necessary experience. With time, however, and with improvisation - in order to dive at the correct angle, for example, we painted lines on the sides of the canopy - we achieved really good results. We then flew against England where our first targets were the airbase at Biggin Hill and Tilbury docks in London, where warships were being built.

During all of our operations the radio communications traffic of the British fighter pilots were being intercepted. On one occasion3, an interesting conversation took place between ground control and a British fighter formation when ground control said: 'Attack the German bomber formations! 'The English formation leader shouted back: 'There are no bomber formations here!' Ground control: 'But bombs have been dropped' Formation leader: 'I see only Me-109s but they can't drop bombs!' Word quickly got around, though, that the bombs were being dropped by the Me-109 units with the result that air combat was resumed.

1. German pilots of the period referred to the Messerschmitt 109 as the 'Me-109' instead of the technically correct 'Bf109'.
2. Rudolf Rothenfelder of JG2 has stated that the ratio between height and the glide distance was 12:1.
3. Probably 20 September 1940. See main text for further details.

Luftwaffe pilot Hans-Ekkehard Bob

Major Hans-Ekkehard Bob was born on 24 January 1917 at Freiburg/Breisgau. Bob joined the Luftwaffe on 1 December 1936 with the rank of Fahnenjunker. He spent his first year at the Luftskriegsschule Wildpark Werder undergoing six months of basic military training before commencing his flying training on 1 June 1937. At the beginning of 1938, he attended the Officer's Academy. ObeRGähnrich Bob was then transferred Jagdfliegergruppe 133 based at Wiesbaden. His first operational missions came during the occupation of the Sudetenland flying with an Arado Ar 68 biplane fighter equipped unit escorting bomber and transport aircraft. Following the successful conclusion of the operation, Bob was transferred to JG334, equipped with Bf 110 Zerstörer twin-engine fighters and based at Gablingen, where he also received promotion to the rank of Leutnant on 1 September 1938. In July 1939, Bob was transferred to the newly formed 3./JG21, based at Jesau. On 6 June 1940, 3./JG21 was redesignated 9./JG54. He flew his first combat missions of World War 2 in Poland and France as a Schwarmführer (leader of four aircraft). On 10 May 1940, Bob claimed his first victory, a Gloster Gladiator biplane fighter shot down near Tongeren in Belgium. By the end of the French campaign he had recorded four victories. On 1 August 1940, Bob was promoted to the rank of Oberleutnant. He was appointed Staffelkapitän of 7./JG54 on 10 October 1940, replacing Oberleutnant Günther Scholz (34 victories, DK) who had left to lead III./JG54. However, his stay with this unit was short. On 28 November, Bob was appointed Staffelkapitän of 9./JG54, which he led until 1 August 1943. During the Battle of Britain, Bob's unit became one of the first fighter-bomber (Jabo) units. 9.Staffel mostly attacked shipping targets with 250kg bombs. By 11 November 1940, Bob had recorded 19 victories.

Oberleutnant Bob was awarded the Ritterkreuz by Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring on 7 March 1941. On 21 March 1941, Bob undertook a flight in a Bü-131 (W.Nr. 4506) (BG+AB) training aircraft, which resulted in a ditching in Cherbourg harbour following engine failure. He survived unhurt. Staffelkapitän of 9./JG54 Oberleutnant Hans-Ekkehard Bob. ParndoRG, March 1941. The rudder of his Bf109E shows 19 victories.

Bob participated in the Balkan campaign, shooting down two Yugoslavian fighters: a Bf109 on 6 April 1941 for his 20th victory and an IK-2 on 9 April for his 21st victory. Following the conclusion of operations in the Balkans, JG54 was re-equipped with the new Bf 109F and relocated to airfields in East Prussia. On 22 June 1941, 9./JG54 flew their first missions of Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia. Bob recorded his first victory in Russia on 23 June, when he shot down a SB twin-engine bomber. However, his Bf 109 F-2 (W.Nr. 9207) 'Yellow 1' + ~ was hit by return fire from the bomber's gunner necessitating a forced landing deep inside enemy controlled territory near Radviliskis. He managed to make his way back to German lines two days later. He was shot down for a second time on 13 July and was again forced to make an emergency landing this time near Borodkino. On 20 August, Oberleutnant Bob was again forced to make an emergency landing 50km south of Dno, when his Bf109F-2 (W.Nr. 12696) (Y1+~) received hits in the radiator. During a freie Jagd over the Volkhov River on 30 October, Bob encountered a Russian I-16 fighter. In the subsequent engagement, his Bf109F-2 (Y1+~) took hits in the radiator. He made a belly-landing behind enemy lines and was fortunate to evade capture. By the end of 1941, Bob had 39 victories to his credit. On 29 September 1942, he recorded his 50th victory. The sojourn in Russia ended for 9./JG54 on 12 February 1943, when III.Gruppe and 4./JG54 were ordered by the General der Jagdflieger, Adolf Galland, to change positions with units of JG26 based on the Western front. This tactical operation was cancelled, but III./JG54 stayed in the West and was separated from its parent Geschwader for the remainder of the war.

On 17 April 1943, Hauptmann Bob claimed his 57th victory by ramming a USAAF B-17 four-engine bomber near Bremen. He was forced to bale-out of his stricken Bf109G-4 (W.Nr. 14935) (Y1+I). He suffered injuries in the incident. On 1 August 1943, Bob was promoted to the rank of Major and was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of IV./JG51 based on the Eastern front. He gained two further victories with this unit. Bob was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG3, based on the Normandy invasion front, on 9 May 1944. He also led the unit on Reichsverteidigung duties. In August 1944, Bob transferred to Erprobungskommando 262 where he received very rudimentary training on the Me-262 jet fighter. At the beginning of 1945, he became one of the small team of experienced flying officers assigned to the staff of Generalmajor Josef Kammhuber. He worked on the staff directly responsible for allocating newly built Me 262s to operational units before being ordered by Kammhuber to Silesia. Here he joined I. and II/EJG2, both these units being responsible for training of former bomber pilots on to single-engine fighters. Bob next became a member of JV44; the Me-262 equipped unit led by the now former General der Jagdflieger, Adolf Galland (104 victories, RK-Br). At the capitulation on 8 May 1945, Bob was in Koppl, a small village near Salzburg. From there he walked 1,700km in 6 weeks to Celle. After the war Bob initially took employment as a farm labourer before establishing a transport business. In 1956, he founded Bohrmaschinen und Geräte GmbH (BOMAG) in Celle, manufacturing drilling equipment, which does business in 87 countries. He continued flying, establishing the Celle Flying Club.

Hans-Ekkehard Bob flew approximately 700 combat missions and claimed 60 victories. He recorded 37 victories over the Eastern front.

Asisbiz Database of aerial victories for Hans-Ekkehard Bob

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location / Comments
1 10.5.1940 10:33 Gladiator 3./JG21 Tongeren
2 24.5.1940 15:20 Dewoitine 3./JG21 Hénin-Lietard
3 25.5.1940 19:45 Morane 406 3./JG21 N Cambrai
4 26.5.1940 9:10 Curtiss 3./JG21 Cambrai
5 26.6.1940 18:10 9./JG54 60km W Rotterdam
6 12.8.1940 18:33 9./JG54 Canterbury
7 15.8.1940 19:27 9./JG54 Dover
8 16.8.1940 13:13 9./JG54 Calais
9 18.8.1940 14:40 9./JG54 Ramsgate
10 31.8.1940 11:40 9./JG54 Eastchurch
11 31.8.1940 11:42 9./JG54 Eastchurch
12 4.9.1940 10:10 9./JG54 Folkestone
13 9.9.1940 18:40 9./JG54 Tunbridge
14 30.9.1940 14:35 9./JG54 Tunbridge
15 9.10.1940 16:38 9./JG54 Chatham
16 9.10.1940 14:00 9./JG54 Ashford
17 20.10.1940 15:40 9./JG54 London
18 27.10.1940 10:30 9./JG54 Tunbridge
19 11.11.1940 13:17 9./JG54 Margate
20 6.4.1941 17:30 Bf 109 9./JG54 Belgrade / Possibly Bf 109 E of 32 Grupa, JKRV
21 7.4.1941 14:20 IK-2 9./JG54 Martinac / Possibly IK-2 of 107 Esk, 34 Grupa, JKRV
22 23.6.1941 11:50 SB-2 9./JG54 Kedainiai
23 30.6.1941 7:05 SB-3 9./JG54 Daugavpils
24 30.6.1941 7:09 SB-3 9./JG54 Daugavpils
25 30.6.1941 12:35 SB-3 9./JG54 Daugavpils
26 30.6.1941 15:10 SB-3 9./JG54 Daugavpils
27 6.7.1941 18:40 SB-3 9./JG54 Ostrov
28 6.7.1941 18:41 SB-3 9./JG54 Ostrov
29 6.7.1941 18:45 SB-3 9./JG54 Ostrov
30 15.7.1941 19:15 SB-3 9./JG54 Orly
31 24.7.1941 19:55 SB-2 9./JG54 Duo
32 10.9.1941 14:50 I-18 9./JG54 Dem'yansk
33 11.9.1941 9:45 I-18 9./JG54 Dem'yansk
34 15.9.1941 15:15 DB-3 9./JG54 Krasnoje-Selo
35 15.9.1941 15:25 DB-3 9./JG54 Krasnoje-Selo
36 21.9.1941 7:05 I-153 9./JG54 Krasnowardeist
37 7.10.1941 9:40 Il-2 9./JG54 Krasnoje-Bor
38 6.11.1941 10:37 E/a 9./JG54 Kolpino
39 1.12.1941 9:42 I-18 9./JG54 Mostovaja
40 25.4.1942 11:30 MiG-3 9./JG54 Leningrad
41 28.8.1942 11:30 Il-2 9./JG54 Kilosi
42 1.9.1942 9:26 LaGG-3 9./JG54 Kilosi
43 1.9.1942 12:10 Il-2 9./JG54 Rabotschi
44 2.9.1942 13:50 Il-2 9./JG54 Estonski
45 2.9.1942 14:00 Il-2 9./JG54 Gaitolowo
46 10.9.1942 17:04 Il-2 9./JG54 Tortolowo
47 15.9.1942 6:02 LaGG-3 9./JG54 10 113
48 15.9.1942 15:20 LaGG-3 9./JG54 Schlüsselburg
49 22.9.1942 5:35 MiG-3 9./JG54 Beresowka
50 29.9.1942 16:08 LaGG-3 9./JG54 Newa-Bogen
51 17.12.1942 10:51 Il-2 9./JG54 Ssytschewka
52 17.12.1942 11:23 Il-2 9./JG54 Ssytschewka
53 29.12.1943 9:52 Il-2 9./JG54 Kolpina
54 30.12.1943 9:55 Il-2 9./JG54 Velikije-Luki
55 30.12.1942 10:12 LaGG-3 9./JG54 Velikije-Luki
56 14.1.1943 11:37 LaGG-3 9./JG54 Velikije-Luki
57 17.4.1943 12:45 B-17 9./JG54 Oldenburg / Rammed
58 27.7.1943 20:20 9./JG54 W Haarlem
59 ? - MiG-3 IV./JG51 Apostolovo
60 ? - MiG-3 IV./JG51 Apostolovo

Victories : 60
Awards : Ehrenpokal (28 September 1940)
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (24 December 1942)
Ritterkreuz (7 March 1941)
Units : JG54, JG51, JG3, EJG2, JV 44
http://www.luftwaffe.cz/bobh.html - Aces of the Luftwaffe - Hans-Ekkehard Bob

Asisbiz Database of 60 aerial victories for Hans-Ekkehard Bob

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
10-May-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 3./JG21 Gladiator   10.33 Tongeren (as 9/JG54)
24-May-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 3./JG21 Dewoitine   15.20 Henin-Lietard
25-May-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 3./JG21 Morane 406 4000m 19.45 N Cambrai
26-May-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 3./JG21 Hawk-75A   09.10 Cambrai
26-Jun-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob Stab I./JG21 10m 18.10 60km W Rotterdam
12-Aug-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54   18.33 Canterbury
13-Aug-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54   13.13  
15-Aug-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 800m 19.27 SE Dover
16-Aug-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54   13.13 Calais
18-Aug-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 6500m 14.40 10km E Ramsgate
31-Aug-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54   11.40 Eastchurch
31-Aug-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54   11.42 Eastchurch
04-Sep-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54   10.10 Folkestone
09-Sep-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54   18.40  
30-Sep-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 7./JG54   14.35 Tonbridge
30-Sep-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 7./JG54      
09-Oct-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 7./JG54   14.00 Ashford
09-Oct-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 7./JG54   16.38 Chatham
20-Oct-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 7./JG54   15.40  
27-Oct-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob Stab III./JG54 5000m 10.30 10km E Tunbridge Wells
11-Nov-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54   13.17 Margate
06-Apr-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Bf 109E   17.30 Petrowgrad
07-Apr-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 IK-2   14.20 Martinae
23-Jun-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 SB-2   11.50  
30-Jun-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 SB-3   12.35  
30-Jun-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 SB-3   07.09  
30-Jun-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 SB-3   07.05  
30-Jun-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 SB-3   15.10  
06-Jul-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 SB-3   18.45  
06-Jul-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 SB-3   18.40  
15-Jul-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 SB-3   19.15  
24-Jul-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 SB-2   19.55  
10-Sep-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 I-18   14.50  
11-Sep-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 I-18   09.45  
15-Sep-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 DB-3   15.15  
15-Sep-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 DB-3   15.25  
21-Sep-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 I-153   07.05  
07-Oct-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik   09.40  
06-Nov-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik   10.37  
01-Dec-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 I-18   09.42  
25-Apr-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 MiG-3   11.30  
28-Aug-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 100m 11.30 10 191
01-Sep-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 LaGG-3 2000m 09.26 10 191
01-Sep-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 200m 12.10 10 153
02-Sep-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 300m 13.50 10 183
02-Sep-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 300m 14.00 10 182
10-Sep-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 150m 17.04 10 183
15-Sep-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 LaGG-3 1000m 06.02 10 113
15-Sep-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 LaGG-3 5000m 15.20 10 113
22-Sep-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 MiG-3 2000m 05.35 10 354
29-Sep-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 LaGG-3 500m 16.01 00 283
17-Dec-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 1500m 10.51 46 131
17-Dec-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 20m 11.23 47 791
29-Dec-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob Stab III./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 300m 09.52 07 583
30-Dec-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 500m 09.55 07 672
30-Dec-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 LaGG-3 800m 10.12 07 334
14-Jan-43 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 LaGG-3 2000m 11.37 07 671
27-Jul-43 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 20m 20.25 20km W Zandvoort
26-Sep-43 Hans-Ekkehard Bob Stab IV./JG51 Yak-1 4000m 16.37 S Jantschekrak
27-Sep-43 Hans-Ekkehard Bob Stab IV./JG51 LaGG-5 2500m 13.32 ENE Tsisslovka

Knights Cross

Luftwaffe pilot Erwin Leykauf

Erwin Leykauf was born on 22 January 1918 at Germersheim. After he learned to fly at the glider school in Hesselberg, Leykauf joined the Luftkriegsschule in Dresden, studying there during 1936-37. Afterwards, he went for additional flight training at the Luftkriegsschule at Berlin-Gatow. In 1938, of his own accord, Leykauf quit the Luftkriegsschule, which was tantamount to refusing war service in the Werhmacht, to begin studies in aerodynamics and aircraft engineering at the Technische Hochschule in Munich. At the outbreak of World War 2, Fahnenjunker Leykauf was mobilized and reported to III.sheim in Franconia. In May 1940, he was transfered to JG21. Leykauf made his first victory claim with 2./JG21 during his time based in France when he shot down Gloster Gladiator bi-plane fighter on 10 May. On 6 June, I./JG21 was redesignated III./JG54 and Leykauf was assigned to its 7th Staffel. He recorded four confirmed victories during the Battle of Britain.

After JG54 was rotated out of the Channel area for rest and refit, he flew a number of missions in support of the Balkan invasion during the spring of 1941. During Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia, Leykauf shot down a Russian SB-2 twin-engine bomber on 6 July 1941. The rear gunner of the bomber continued shooting at Leykauf's Bf109F-2(W.Nr 6788) (B3+~) and hit the radiator. Leykauf peRGormed an emergency landing behind enemy lines near Ostrow. After many adventures, crossing swamps by day and walking by night, he managed to rejoin his unit. Later the aircraft was recovered by advancing German ground forces. In October 1941, Leykauf became the Adjutant to the Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG54, Hauptmann Reinhard 'Seppl' Seiler (109 victories, RK-EL). During this time Leykauf flew many low-level attacks over the Wolchow area.

On 30 March 1942, Leykauf, flying Bf109F-4 (W.Nr 7492) (B1+~), made another emergency landing, this time due to bad weather, near Krasnogwardeisk. When the Russians started resupplying their troops during the night in the early summer of 1942, using transport aircraft of various types, JG54 were active in intercepting these flights. On the night of 22-23 June 1942, Leykauf claimed 6 victories in 50 minutes bringing his score to 23. On 26 June 1942, Leykauf was awarded the Ehrenpokal. On 23 June 1942, Leutnant Leykauf received the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold. On 29 September 1942, Leykauf was wounded when his Bf 109 G-2 (W.Nr 13613) was hit by anti-aircraft fire and he had to bail out behind the lines. He managed to return to JG54. In 12 February 1943, III./JG54, under the command of Gruppenkommandeur Major Reinhard Seiler and his Adjutant Oberleutnant Erwin Leykauf, transferred to Vendeville near Lille, and placed themselves under the tactical command of JG26. On 6 April 1943, Leykauf was appointed Staffelkapitän of the new 12./JG54. On 14 May 1943, during an alarmstart from Wevelghem airfield, a bomb exploded beneath his Bf109G-6(W.Nr 19632) (Blue11). The blast tossed Leykauf's aircraft onto a railroad track. Leykauf only suffered shock, but the aircraft was destroyed. Leykauf left 12./JG54 on 10 July 1943, when 11. and 12. Staffel, JG54 were renamed 11./ and 12./JG26.

On July 27, 1943, Leykauf arrived at III./JG54, based at Jesau, to command the new 11./JG54. On 23 August, he began converting to the Fw-190 fighter. On 25 August 1943, 11./JG54 moved to Siwerskaja on the Eastern front. Leykauf led IV./JG54, in an acting capacity, from 10 September 1943 pending the arrival of Hauptmann Rudolf 'Rudi' Sinner (39 victories, DK) as Kommandeur on 10 October 1943. IV./JG54 moved to Trakehnen on 21 September 1944, to serve on Reichsverteidigung duties. Under Gruppenkommandeur, Major Rudolf Klemm (42 victories, RK), Leykauf became the Adjutant of IV. Gruppe on 31 October 1944, before leaving to join II./JG3 at Alperstedt. Leykauf's stay at II./JG3 ended on 26 March 1945 with a transfer to JG7 at Brandenburg/Briest, where he received training on the Me-262 jet fighter. However, he did not fly any missions before the war ended. After the war, Leykauf studied pharmacy and settled in a small town in Westfalia. He continued his passion for gliding and was also an enthusiastic horserider. Leykauf continued his hobby of filming, which he started during the war. He made many films of the cultural regions of the world after the war.

Erwin Leykauf was credited with 33 victories. He recorded 27 victories over the Eastern front, including three Il-2 Sturmoviks.

Luftwaffe pilot list of 33 aerial victories for Erwin Leykauf

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location / Comments
1 10.5.1940 10:33 Gladiator 2./JG21 Tongeren
2 12.8.1940 9:32 7./JG54 -
3 28.8.1940 17:21 7./JG54 Canterbury
4 30.8.1940 19:05 7./JG54 -
5 2.9.1940 17:30 7./JG54 Dover-Folkestone
6 7.4.1941 14:45 8./JG54 Rovine-Bosanski Aleksandrovac / Possibly Hurricane of 106 Esk, 33 Grupa, 4th Puk, JKRV
7 6.7.1941 19:52 DB-3 8./JG54 -
8 6.7.1941 19:54 DB-3 8./JG54 -
9 14.7.1941 19:35 DB-3 8./JG54 -
10 17.7.1941 11:30 RZ 8./JG54 -
11 2.9.1941 14:15 I-16 8./JG54 N Lissino
12 13.11.1941 11:45 I-18 8./JG54 -
13 18.11.1941 15:00 I-18 8./JG54 -
14 16.1.1942 15:53 I-26 8./JG54 -
15 16.1.1942 15:55 I-26 8./JG54 -
16 6.4.1942 7:25 R-Z 8./JG54 -
17 14.6.1942 23:45 R-5 8./JG54 E Mostki
18 22.6.1942 23:10 R-5 8./JG54 -
19 22.6.1942 23:15 R-5 8./JG54 -
20 22.6.1942 23:45 R-5 8./JG54 -
21 22.6.1942 23:50 R-5 8./JG54 -
22 22.6.1942 23:55 R-5 8./JG54 -
23 22.6.1942 24:00 R-5 8./JG54 -
24 26.6.1942 0:05 R-5 8./JG54 -
25 9.7.1942 18:20 LaGG-3 III./JG54 Terbury
26 7.8.1942 12:10 Pe-2 III./JG54 18 214
27 7.9.1942 11:50 Il-2 III./JG54 00 511
28 9.9.1942 11:25 Il-2 III./JG54 10 191
29 15.9.1943 12:05 Il-2 11./JG54 00 261
30 6.11.1943 12:18 La-5 11./JG54 97 881
31 8.2.1944 10:00 La-5 11./JG54 0935
32 17.3.1944 10:50 Boston 11./JG54 99 553
33 5.4.1944 17:55 Pe-2 11./JG54 68 262

Victories: 33
Awards : Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (4 August 1942)
Units : JG21, JG54, JG3, JG7
http://www.luftwaffe.cz/leykauf.html

Asisbiz database list of 32 aerial victories for Erwin Leykauf

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
10-May-40 Erwin Leykauf 2./JG21 Gladiator   10.33 Tongeren (as 9/JG54)
12-Aug-40 Erwin Leykauf 7./JG54   09.32  
28-Aug-40 Erwin Leykauf 7./JG54 6000m 17.21 Canterbury
30-Aug-40 Erwin Leykauf 7./JG54   19.05  
02-Sep-40 Erwin Leykauf 7./JG54 5000m 17.30 Dover-Folkestone
07-Apr-41 Erwin Leykauf 2./JG21   14:45 Rovine-Bosanski Aleksandrovac / Possibly Hurricane of 106 Esk, 33 Grupa, 4th Puk, JKRV
07-Apr-41 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 6000m 14.45 -
06-Jul-41 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 DB-3   19.54  
06-Jul-41 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 DB-3   19.52  
14-Jul-41 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 DB-3   19.35  
17-Jul-41 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 SB-3   11.30  
13-Nov-41 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 I-18   11.45  
18-Nov-41 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 I-18   15.00  
16-Jan-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 I-26   15.53  
16-Jan-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 I-26   15.55  
06-Apr-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 R-Zet   07.25  
14-Jun-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 R-5   23.45 E Mostki
22-Jun-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 R-5   23.45  
22-Jun-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 R-5   23.50  
22-Jun-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 R-5   23.55  
22-Jun-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 R-5   24.00  
22-Jun-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 R-5   23.15  
22-Jun-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 R-5   23.10  
26-Jun-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 R-5   00.05  
09-Jul-42 Erwin Leykauf Stab III./JG54 LaGG-3 2000m 18.20 Terbury
07-Aug-42 Erwin Leykauf Stab III./JG54 Pe-2 6500m 12.10 18 214
07-Sep-42 Erwin Leykauf Stab III./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 500m 11.50 00 511
09-Sep-42 Erwin Leykauf Stab III./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik Low Level 11.25 10 191
15-Sep-43 Erwin Leykauf 11./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 1500m 12.05 00 261
06-Nov-43 Erwin Leykauf 11./JG54 La-5 2500m 12.18 97 881
08-Feb-44 Erwin Leykauf 11./JG54 La-5 200m 10.00 0935
17-Mar-44 Erwin Leykauf 11./JG54 A-20 Boston III 20m 10.50 99 553
05-Apr-44 Erwin Leykauf 11./JG54 Pe-2 8000m 17.55 68 262

Knights Cross

Luftwaffe pilot Max-Hellmuth Ostermann

Max-Hellmuth Ostermann was born on 11 December 1917 at Hamburg. He joined the Luftwaffe as a Fahnenjunker in March 1937. At the outbreak of World War 2 Leutnant Ostermann was serving with I./ZG1 flying Bf-110 Zerstörer twin-engined fighters. He participated in the invasion of Poland in September 1939. In April 1940, Ostermann was transferred to JG21. Leutnant Ostermann was assigned to 1./JG21. On 20 May 1940, he achieved his first aerial victory during the French campaign when he shot down a French Morane 406 fighter near Péronne. He recorded a second victory during the French campaign. On 6 June, 1./JG21 was redesignated 7./JG54. During the Battle of Britain, Ostermann did well recording six victories. Ostermann participated in the invasion of the Balkans. On 6 April 1941, he claimed a Yugoslavian Bf 109E fighter shot down over Belgrade. Following the successful conclusion of the Balkans campaign, JG54 and Ostermann then saw much action against the Russians over the Leningrad front. He was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 4 September 1941 for 29 victories. In November 1941, Ostermann transferred to I./JG54.

By Spring 1942, he had shot down 40 Soviet aircraft. He recorded his 50th victory on 20 January 1942, his 60th on 1 February and 70th on 20 March. In February 1942, Oberleutnant Ostermann was appointed Staffelkapitän of 8./JG54. He was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr 81) on 12 March. On 31 March, he claimed his 79th and 80th victories and his 89th and 90th on 29 April. Ostermann recorded his 97th victory on 10 May, but was shot down shortly afterward surviving unharmed. On 12 May he became the seventh pilot in World War 2 to achieve 100 victories, although he was shot down in Bf 109F-4 (W.Nr 13125) (Black 1) on that occasion suffering wounds in the process. He was awarded the Schwertern on 17 May.

Ostermann was afforded leave following the award and did not return to combat duty until August. On 9 August 1942, Ostermann, flying Bf 109G-2 (W.Nr. 10438) (Black 1), shot down a Russian Curtiss P-40 fighter for his 102nd, and last, victory, but shortly after was shot down and killed in a dogfight with Soviet fighter pilots in the vicinity of Amossovo.

Max-Hellmuth Ostermann shot down 102 enemy aircraft in over 300 combat missions. He recorded eight victories over the Western front.

Luftwaffe pilot List of 102 aerial victories for Max-Hellmuth Ostermann

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location / Comments
1 20.5.1940 18:20 Morane 406 1./JG21 W Peronne
2 26.5.1940 9:06 Curtiss 1./JG21 Arras
3 12.8.1940 9:35 7./JG54  
4 30.8.1940 19:05 7./JG54  
5 5.9.1940 10:40 7./JG54  
6 30.9.1940 14:37 7./JG54  
7 8.10.1940 11:46 7./JG54  
8 20.10.1940 15:38 7./JG54 SE London
9 6.4.1941 12:43 Bf-109E 7./JG54 Belgrade
- 7.4.1941 - IK-2 7./JG54 Not confirmed
10 23.6.1941 11:51 SB-2 7./JG54 N Kaunas
11 23.6.1941 11:58 SB-2 7./JG54 N Kaunas
12 26.6.1941 18:32 DB-3 7./JG54  
13 30.6.1941 12:10 DB-3 7./JG54  
14 30.6.1941 12:11 DB-3 7./JG54  
15 30.6.1941 12:15 DB-3 7./JG54  
16 5.7.1941 20:04 SB-3 7./JG54 Ostrov area
17 5.7.1941 20:05 SB-3 7./JG54 Ostrov area
18 5.7.1941 20:08 SB-3 7./JG54 Ostrov area
19 6.7.1941 - SB-3 7./JG54  
20 6.7.1941 17:37 SB-3 7./JG54  
21 28.7.1941 20:03 I-18 7./JG54  
22 1.8.1941 19:06 DB-3 7./JG54 JG54`s 1000th victory
23 14.8.1941 17:01 I-153 7./JG54  
24 14.8.1941 17:04 I-153 7./JG54  
25 17.8.1941 11:37 I-16 7./JG54  
26 18.8.1941 5:25 I-16 7./JG54  
27 18.8.1941 11:02 I-16 7./JG54  
28 21.8.1941 10:45 I-16 7./JG54  
29 23.8.1941 8:03 I-16 7./JG54  
30 3.9.1941 15:45 I-16 7./JG54  
31 7.9.1941 14:25 I-18 7./JG54  
32 7.9.1941 14:30 I-18 7./JG54  
33 9.9.1941 17:25 I-18 7./JG54  
34 10.9.1941 10:24 I-26 7./JG54  
35 11.9.1941 7:51 SB-3 7./JG54 Staraya Russa
36 11.9.1941 14:51 I-15 7./JG54 Staraya Russa
37 17.9.1941 10:24 I-18 7./JG54 Krasnoye Selo / Possibly MiG-3 of 191 IAP/71IAK VVS flown by Yegor Novikov (14 victories)
38 25.10.1941 14:15 I-26 7./JG54  
39 29.10.1941 13:50 I-26 7./JG54  
40 13.11.1941 13:04 Il-2 3./JG54  
41 16.11.1941 15:16 I-28 3./JG54  
42 16.11.1941 15:20 I-28 3./JG54  
43 19.11.1941 6:35 DC-3 3./JG54  
44 30.11.1941 13:45 DC-3 3./JG54  
45 1.1.1942 12:37 I-26 3./JG54  
46 8.1.1942 13:42 I-26 3./JG54  
47 8.1.1942 13:50 I-180 3./JG54  
48 9.1.1942 15:15 I-26 3./JG54  
49 11.1.1942 15:05 I-18 3./JG54  
50 20.1.1942 14:22 I-26 3./JG54  
51 23.1.1942 11:05 I-16 3./JG54  
52 23.1.1942 11:27 Il-2 3./JG54  
53 24.1.1942 13:07 I-16 3./JG54  
54 25.1.1942 11:12 I-153 3./JG54  
55 25.1.1942 11:26 I-153 3./JG54  
56 25.1.1942 16:45 MBR-2 3./JG54  
57 26.1.1942 13:21 Pe-2 3./JG54  
58 28.1.1942 9:18 I-15 3./JG54  
59 28.1.1942 15:01 I-18 3./JG54  
60 1.2.1942 10:50 P-40 3./JG54  
61 14.3.1942 17:05 I-26 8./JG54  
62 16.3.1942 8:30 I-26 8./JG54  
63 17.3.1942 10:06 I-18 8./JG54  
64 17.3.1942 14:00 R-Z 8./JG54  
65 17.3.1942 14:03 R-Z 8./JG54  
66 18.3.1942 16:35 E/a 8./JG54 III./JG54's 500th victory
67 18.3.1942 17:00~ E/a 8./JG54  
68 19.3.1942 11:15 P-40 8./JG54  
69 19.3.1942 11:40 I-18 8./JG54  
70 20.3.1942 12:31 I-18 8./JG54  
71 20.3.1942 17:21 I-18 8./JG54  
72 21.3.1942 11:40 I-18 8./JG54  
73 22.3.1942 17:20 I-18 8./JG54  
74 22.3.1942 17:35 I-18 8./JG54  
75 28.3.1942 10:16 I-18 8./JG54  
76 29.3.1942 9:28 I-16 8./JG54  
77 29.3.1942 11:57 I-16 8./JG54  
78 29.3.1942 12:05 I-16 8./JG54  
79 31.3.1942 13:15 I-18 8./JG54  
80 31.3.1942 13:33 I-18 8./JG54  
81 1.4.1942 18:12 I-18 8./JG54  
82 13.4.1942 12:30 MiG-3 8./JG54  
83 23.4.1942 12:30 MiG-3 8./JG54  
84 23.4.1942 16:02 MiG-3 8./JG54  
85 24.4.1942 6:41 R-Z 8./JG54  
86 25.4.1942 11:50 I-180 8./JG54  
87 27.4.1942 6:15 P-40 8./JG54  
88 27.4.1942 12:12 P-40 8./JG54  
89 29.4.1942 16:22 MiG-3 8./JG54  
90 29.4.1942 16:25 MiG-3 8./JG54  
91 30.4.1942 13:41 P-40 8./JG54  
92 30.4.1942 14:06 MiG-3 8./JG54  
93 6.5.1942 18:12 I-180 8./JG54  
94 6.5.1942 18:19 I-180 8./JG54  
95 7.5.1942 5:58 P-40 8./JG54  
96 9.5.1942 15:23 P-40 8./JG54  
97 10.5.1942 8:25 I-180 8./JG54 10 481
98 12.5.1942 9:36 I-16 8./JG54 10 362
99 12.5.1942 9:41 P-40 8./JG54  
100 12.5.1942 10:53 P-40 8./JG54  
101 8.8.1942 18:58 P-40 8./JG54 29 561
102 9.8.1942 11:33 P-40 8./JG54 29 521

Victories : 102
Awards : Ritterkreuz (4 September 1941)
Eichenlaub (12 March 1942)
Schwertern (17 May 1942)
Units : ZG 1, JG54
http://www.luftwaffe.cz/ostermann.html

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz Database of 102 aerial victories for Max-Hellmuth Ostermann

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
20-May-40 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 1./JG21 Morane 406 2000m 18.20 West of Peronne
20-May-40 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 1./JG21 Morane 406 2000m 18.20 West of Peronne
26-May-40 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 1./JG21 P-40 Warhawk   09.06 Arras
12-Aug-40 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54   09.35  
30-Aug-40 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54   19.05  
05-Sep-40 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54   10.40  
30-Sep-40 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54   14.37  
08-Oct-40 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54   11.46  
20-Oct-40 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 7500m 15.38 SE London
06-Apr-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 Me 109   12.43  
23-Jun-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 SB-2   11.51  
23-Jun-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 SB-2   11.58  
26-Jun-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 DB-3   18.32  
30-Jun-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 DB-3   12.10  
30-Jun-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 DB-3   12.15  
30-Jun-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 DB-3   12.11  
05-Jul-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 SB-3   20.05  
05-Jul-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 SB-3   20.08  
05-Jul-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 SB-3   20.04  
06-Jul-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 SB-3      
06-Jul-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 SB-3   17.37  
28-Jul-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 I-18   20.03  
01-Aug-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 DB-3   19.06  
14-Aug-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 I-153   17.01  
14-Aug-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 I-153   17.04  
17-Aug-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 I-16 Rata   11.37  
18-Aug-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 I-16 Rata   11.02  
18-Aug-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 I-16 Rata   05.25  
21-Aug-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 I-16 Rata   10.45  
23-Aug-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 I-16 Rata   08.03  
03-Sep-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 I-16 Rata   15.45  
07-Sep-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 I-18   14.25  
07-Sep-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 I-18   14.30  
09-Sep-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 I-18   17.25  
10-Sep-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 I-26   10.24  
11-Sep-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 I-15 Rata   14.51  
11-Sep-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 SB-3   07.51  
17-Sep-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 I-18   10.24  
25-Oct-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 I-26   14.15  
29-Oct-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 7./JG54 I-26   13.50  
13-Nov-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik   13.04  
16-Nov-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 I-28   15.16  
16-Nov-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 I-28   15.20  
19-Nov-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 C-47 Dakota   06.35  
30-Nov-41 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 C-47 Dakota   13.45  
01-Jan-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 I-26   12.37  
08-Jan-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 I-26   13.42  
08-Jan-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 I-180   13.50  
09-Jan-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 I-26   15.15  
11-Jan-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 I-18   15.05  
20-Jan-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 I-26   14.22  
23-Jan-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik   11.27  
23-Jan-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 I-16 Rata   11.05  
24-Jan-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 I-16 Rata   13.07  
25-Jan-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 MBR-2   16.45  
25-Jan-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 I-153   11.12  
25-Jan-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 I-153   11.26  
26-Jan-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 Pe-2   13.21  
28-Jan-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 I-15   09.18  
28-Jan-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 I-18   15.01  
01-Feb-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 3./JG54 P-40 Warhawk   10.50  
14-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-26   17.05  
16-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-26   08.30  
17-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 R-Zet   14.00  
17-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 R-Zet   14.03  
17-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-18   10.06  
18-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 -   17.00  
18-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 -   16.35  
19-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 P-40 Kittyhawk   11.15  
19-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-18   11.40  
20-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-18   12.31  
20-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-18   17.21  
21-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-18   11.40  
22-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-18   17.20  
22-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-18   17.35  
28-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-18   10.16  
29-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-16 Rata   11.57  
29-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-16 Rata   12.05  
29-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-16 Rata   09.28  
31-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-18   13.33  
31-Mar-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-18   13.15  
01-Apr-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-18   18.12  
13-Apr-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 MiG-3   12.30  
23-Apr-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 MiG-3   12.30  
23-Apr-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 MiG-3   16.02  
24-Apr-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 R-Zet   06.41  
25-Apr-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-180   11.50  
27-Apr-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 P-40 Warhawk   06.15  
27-Apr-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 P-40 Warhawk   12.12  
29-Apr-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 MiG-3   16.25  
29-Apr-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 MiG-3   16.22  
30-Apr-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 P-40 Warhawk   13.41  
30-Apr-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 MiG-3   14.06  
06-May-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-180   18.12  
06-May-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-180   18.19  
07-May-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 P-40 Warhawk   05.58  
09-May-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 P-40 Warhawk   15.23  
10-May-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-180 1900m 08.25 10 481
12-May-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 I-16 Rata 800m 09.36 10 362
12-May-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 P-40 Warhawk   09.41  
12-May-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 P-40 Warhawk   10.53  
08-Aug-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 P-40 Kittyhawk 2800m 18.58 29 561
09-Aug-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 P-40 Kittyhawk 600m 11.33 29 521
09-Aug-42 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 8./JG54 Dogfight   KiA Dogfight Ammosovo

Knights Cross

Luftwaffe pilot Günther Scholz

Units: 1./JG-21, Stfkpt 7./JG-54 (7/40), Act Kdr III./JG-54 (9/40), Stfkpt 7./JG-54 (6/41 S.U.), Kdr IV./JG-1 (5/42), Kdr I, II & III./JG-5

Awards: Spanish Cross, DK-G(9/8/42), EP, EK 1 & 2 (9/17/39), Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109D-1, Bf 109E-4 WNr 5585 '<<+' and Bf 109E-7 WNr 1177 w 7/JG-54, Bf 109F-4/Z (crash land 4/27/42), Bf 109G in III/JG-5(1/42-6/43)

Remarks: Veteran of Spain with one victory. Channel pilot. Stfkpt 1/JG-21 in July, 1939. One of the first fighter pilots to receive the EK 2, 17 September, 1939, along with Hans Ekkard Bob. His 1st victory, a Hawk-75A east of Löwen, 13 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Morane 406 W of Peronne on 20 May, 1940. His 5th a Spitfire W of Folkestone on 25 August, 1940. Replaced Hptm. Ultsch 6 September, 1940. In April of 1941, both Werk# 5585 'KB+LX' 'Wh ?' and 1177 'Wh ?' crashed near the Pancevo, (Loc?) Airfield, flown by Scholz. Pilot disposition and crash circumstances are unknown in either incident. He obviously survived and went on to command JG-5 as of July, 1944. Also served in Poland, France, Battle of Britain and the Soviet Union. His first known Soviet victory, a SB-2 on 23 June, 1941. A double victory on 7 July, 1941; both SB-3's. An I-153 on 19 September, 1941. An I-26 on 11 October, 1941. A Soviet Hurricane on 18 May, 1942, while serving as Kdr of III/JG-5. Another Hurricane at Murmansk on 14 July, 1942. A MiG-1 on 12 August, 1942. Another III/JG-5 victory, a P-40 W of Cape Korabelnyj on 18 August, 1943. Alternate spelling: Schölz.

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz Database of 28 aerial victories for Gunther Scholz

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
25-Aug-40 Gunther Scholz 7./JG54 7500m 20.10 West of Folkestone
28-Aug-40 Gunther Scholz 7./JG54   17.20  
28-Aug-40 Gunther Scholz Stab III./JG54   11.07  
02-Sep-40 Gunther Scholz 7./JG54 4200m 13.35 -
28-Sep-40 Gunther Scholz Stab III./JG54   11.07 -
06-Apr-41 Gunther Scholz Stab III./JG54 Blenheim I   14.15 Yugoslavia Unternehmen Marita
23-Jun-41 Gunther Scholz 7./JG54 SB-2   11.50  
30-Jun-41 Gunther Scholz 7./JG54 DB-3   12.14  
30-Jun-41 Gunther Scholz 7./JG54 DB-3   12.10  
30-Jun-41 Gunther Scholz 7./JG54 DB-3   12.12  
06-Jul-41 Gunther Scholz 7./JG54 SB-3   10.00  
06-Jul-41 Gunther Scholz 7./JG54 SB-3   10.07  
07-Jul-41 Gunther Scholz 7./JG54 SB-3   15.40  
07-Jul-41 Gunther Scholz 7./JG54 SB-3   15.41  
12-Jul-41 Gunther Scholz 7./JG54 DB-3   16.00  
14-Jul-41 Gunther Scholz 7./JG54 I-16 Rata   03.30  
21-Jul-41 Gunther Scholz 7./JG54 SB-3   20.55  
01-Aug-41 Gunther Scholz 7./JG54 DB-3   19.05  
19-Sep-41 Gunther Scholz 7./JG54 I-153   14.00  
04-Oct-41 Gunther Scholz 7./JG54 I-18   08.35  
11-Oct-41 Gunther Scholz 7./JG54 I-26   11.10  
06-Feb-42 Gunther Scholz Stab III./JG5 P-40 Warhawk 4000m 11.10 37 Ost/20 882
18-May-42 Gunther Scholz Stab III./JG5   10.25  
14-Jul-42 Gunther Scholz Stab III./JG5 4500m 12.35 Murmansk
12-Aug-42 Gunther Scholz Stab III./JG5 MiG-1 4000m 14.30 29 12
26-Jun-43 Gunther Scholz 5./JG26 P-47 Thunderbolt 2500m 19.00 20km N Neufchatel
26-Jun-43 Gunther Scholz 5./JG26 P-47 Thunderbolt   19.00 20km N. Neufchatel
18-Aug-43 Gunther Scholz Stab III./JG5 P-40 Kittyhawk 1000m 16.24 West of Kap Korabelnyj

Luftwaffe Badge

Luftwaffe pilot Arno Zimmermann

Units: 2./JG-21 (5/40 later redesig 8./JG-54), 7./JG-54 (9/40 Guines)

Awards: EK 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-1 WNr 3576 'White 13' (lost 10/27/40)

Remarks: POW near Tonbridge after being caught by RAF Hurricanes of No. 605 Sq. His engine severely damaged, he belly landed on a beach near the Lydd water tower, Lydd, Kent. His one first known victory, a Spitfire in the Dover-Folkestone area on 2 September, 1940. He had made 34 raids on London.

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz Database of 1 aerial victories for Arno Zimmermann

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
02-Sep-40 Arno Zimmermann 7./JG54   13.45  

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Luftwaffe pilot Heinrich Elbers

Units: 8./JG-54 (Channel)

Awards: Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-1 WNr 3470 'Black 2' (lost 9/2/40)

Remarks: POW after being shot down by Hurricanes near the Thames Estuary near Hornchurch. He crash landed at Finns Farm, Kingsnorth near Ashford

Knights Cross

Luftwaffe pilot Erwin Leykauf

Erwin Leykauf was born on 22 January 1918 at Germersheim. After he learned to fly at the glider school in Hesselberg, Leykauf joined the Luftkriegsschule in Dresden, studying there during 1936-37. Afterwards, he went for additional flight training at the Luftkriegsschule at Berlin-Gatow. In 1938, of his own accord, Leykauf quit the Luftkriegsschule, which was tantamount to refusing war service in the Werhmacht, to begin studies in aerodynamics and aircraft engineering at the Technische Hochschule in Munich. At the outbreak of World War 2, Fahnenjunker Leykauf was mobilized and reported to III.sheim in Franconia. In May 1940, he was transfered to JG21. Leykauf made his first victory claim with 2./JG21 during his time based in France when he shot down Gloster Gladiator bi-plane fighter on 10 May. On 6 June, I./JG21 was redesignated III./JG54 and Leykauf was assigned to its 7th Staffel. He recorded four confirmed victories during the Battle of Britain.

After JG54 was rotated out of the Channel area for rest and refit, he flew a number of missions in support of the Balkan invasion during the spring of 1941. During Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia, Leykauf shot down a Russian SB-2 twin-engine bomber on 6 July 1941. The rear gunner of the bomber continued shooting at Leykauf's Bf109F-2(W.Nr 6788) (B3+~) and hit the radiator. Leykauf peRGormed an emergency landing behind enemy lines near Ostrow. After many adventures, crossing swamps by day and walking by night, he managed to rejoin his unit. Later the aircraft was recovered by advancing German ground forces. In October 1941, Leykauf became the Adjutant to the Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG54, Hauptmann Reinhard 'Seppl' Seiler (109 victories, RK-EL). During this time Leykauf flew many low-level attacks over the Wolchow area.

On 30 March 1942, Leykauf, flying Bf109F-4 (W.Nr 7492) (B1+~), made another emergency landing, this time due to bad weather, near Krasnogwardeisk. When the Russians started resupplying their troops during the night in the early summer of 1942, using transport aircraft of various types, JG54 were active in intercepting these flights. On the night of 22-23 June 1942, Leykauf claimed 6 victories in 50 minutes bringing his score to 23. On 26 June 1942, Leykauf was awarded the Ehrenpokal. On 23 June 1942, Leutnant Leykauf received the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold. On 29 September 1942, Leykauf was wounded when his Bf 109 G-2 (W.Nr 13613) was hit by anti-aircraft fire and he had to bail out behind the lines. He managed to return to JG54. In 12 February 1943, III./JG54, under the command of Gruppenkommandeur Major Reinhard Seiler and his Adjutant Oberleutnant Erwin Leykauf, transferred to Vendeville near Lille, and placed themselves under the tactical command of JG26. On 6 April 1943, Leykauf was appointed Staffelkapitän of the new 12./JG54. On 14 May 1943, during an alarmstart from Wevelghem airfield, a bomb exploded beneath his Bf109G-6(W.Nr 19632) (Blue11). The blast tossed Leykauf's aircraft onto a railroad track. Leykauf only suffered shock, but the aircraft was destroyed. Leykauf left 12./JG54 on 10 July 1943, when 11. and 12. Staffel, JG54 were renamed 11./ and 12./JG26.

On July 27, 1943, Leykauf arrived at III./JG54, based at Jesau, to command the new 11./JG54. On 23 August, he began converting to the Fw-190 fighter. On 25 August 1943, 11./JG54 moved to Siwerskaja on the Eastern front. Leykauf led IV./JG54, in an acting capacity, from 10 September 1943 pending the arrival of Hauptmann Rudolf 'Rudi' Sinner (39 victories, DK) as Kommandeur on 10 October 1943. IV./JG54 moved to Trakehnen on 21 September 1944, to serve on Reichsverteidigung duties. Under Gruppenkommandeur, Major Rudolf Klemm (42 victories, RK), Leykauf became the Adjutant of IV. Gruppe on 31 October 1944, before leaving to join II./JG3 at Alperstedt. Leykauf's stay at II./JG3 ended on 26 March 1945 with a transfer to JG7 at Brandenburg/Briest, where he received training on the Me-262 jet fighter. However, he did not fly any missions before the war ended. After the war, Leykauf studied pharmacy and settled in a small town in Westfalia. He continued his passion for gliding and was also an enthusiastic horserider. Leykauf continued his hobby of filming, which he started during the war. He made many films of the cultural regions of the world after the war.

Erwin Leykauf was credited with 33 victories. He recorded 27 victories over the Eastern front, including three Il-2 Sturmoviks.

Luftwaffe pilot list of 33 aerial victories for Erwin Leykauf

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location / Comments
1 10.5.1940 10:33 Gladiator 2./JG21 Tongeren
2 12.8.1940 9:32 7./JG54 -
3 28.8.1940 17:21 7./JG54 Canterbury
4 30.8.1940 19:05 7./JG54 -
5 2.9.1940 17:30 7./JG54 Dover-Folkestone
6 7.4.1941 14:45 8./JG54 Rovine-Bosanski Aleksandrovac / Possibly Hurricane of 106 Esk, 33 Grupa, 4th Puk, JKRV
7 6.7.1941 19:52 DB-3 8./JG54 -
8 6.7.1941 19:54 DB-3 8./JG54 -
9 14.7.1941 19:35 DB-3 8./JG54 -
10 17.7.1941 11:30 RZ 8./JG54 -
11 2.9.1941 14:15 I-16 8./JG54 N Lissino
12 13.11.1941 11:45 I-18 8./JG54 -
13 18.11.1941 15:00 I-18 8./JG54 -
14 16.1.1942 15:53 I-26 8./JG54 -
15 16.1.1942 15:55 I-26 8./JG54 -
16 6.4.1942 7:25 R-Z 8./JG54 -
17 14.6.1942 23:45 R-5 8./JG54 E Mostki
18 22.6.1942 23:10 R-5 8./JG54 -
19 22.6.1942 23:15 R-5 8./JG54 -
20 22.6.1942 23:45 R-5 8./JG54 -
21 22.6.1942 23:50 R-5 8./JG54 -
22 22.6.1942 23:55 R-5 8./JG54 -
23 22.6.1942 24:00 R-5 8./JG54 -
24 26.6.1942 0:05 R-5 8./JG54 -
25 9.7.1942 18:20 LaGG-3 III./JG54 Terbury
26 7.8.1942 12:10 Pe-2 III./JG54 18 214
27 7.9.1942 11:50 Il-2 III./JG54 00 511
28 9.9.1942 11:25 Il-2 III./JG54 10 191
29 15.9.1943 12:05 Il-2 11./JG54 00 261
30 6.11.1943 12:18 La-5 11./JG54 97 881
31 8.2.1944 10:00 La-5 11./JG54 0935
32 17.3.1944 10:50 Boston 11./JG54 99 553
33 5.4.1944 17:55 Pe-2 11./JG54 68 262

Victories: 33
Awards : Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (4 August 1942)
Units : JG21, JG54, JG3, JG7
http://www.luftwaffe.cz/leykauf.html

Asisbiz database list of 32 aerial victories for Erwin Leykauf

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
10-May-40 Erwin Leykauf 2./JG21 Gladiator   10.33 Tongeren (as 9/JG54)
12-Aug-40 Erwin Leykauf 7./JG54   09.32  
28-Aug-40 Erwin Leykauf 7./JG54 6000m 17.21 Canterbury
30-Aug-40 Erwin Leykauf 7./JG54   19.05  
02-Sep-40 Erwin Leykauf 7./JG54 5000m 17.30 Dover-Folkestone
07-Apr-41 Erwin Leykauf 2./JG21   14:45 Rovine-Bosanski Aleksandrovac / Possibly Hurricane of 106 Esk, 33 Grupa, 4th Puk, JKRV
07-Apr-41 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 6000m 14.45 -
06-Jul-41 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 DB-3   19.54  
06-Jul-41 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 DB-3   19.52  
14-Jul-41 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 DB-3   19.35  
17-Jul-41 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 SB-3   11.30  
13-Nov-41 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 I-18   11.45  
18-Nov-41 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 I-18   15.00  
16-Jan-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 I-26   15.53  
16-Jan-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 I-26   15.55  
06-Apr-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 R-Zet   07.25  
14-Jun-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 R-5   23.45 E Mostki
22-Jun-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 R-5   23.45  
22-Jun-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 R-5   23.50  
22-Jun-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 R-5   23.55  
22-Jun-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 R-5   24.00  
22-Jun-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 R-5   23.15  
22-Jun-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 R-5   23.10  
26-Jun-42 Erwin Leykauf 8./JG54 R-5   00.05  
09-Jul-42 Erwin Leykauf Stab III./JG54 LaGG-3 2000m 18.20 Terbury
07-Aug-42 Erwin Leykauf Stab III./JG54 Pe-2 6500m 12.10 18 214
07-Sep-42 Erwin Leykauf Stab III./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 500m 11.50 00 511
09-Sep-42 Erwin Leykauf Stab III./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik Low Level 11.25 10 191
15-Sep-43 Erwin Leykauf 11./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 1500m 12.05 00 261
06-Nov-43 Erwin Leykauf 11./JG54 La-5 2500m 12.18 97 881
08-Feb-44 Erwin Leykauf 11./JG54 La-5 200m 10.00 0935
17-Mar-44 Erwin Leykauf 11./JG54 A-20 Boston III 20m 10.50 99 553
05-Apr-44 Erwin Leykauf 11./JG54 Pe-2 8000m 17.55 68 262

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Luftwaffe pilot Richard-Ewald Baumgarten

Units: 2./JG-21 (5/40), III./JG-52 (10/41 Crimea)

Awards: EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E

Remarks: KIA , colliding with an I-16 during aerial combat near Vlastovka, his 5th victory. One known victory, his 1st, a Morane 406 at Cambrai, 21 May, 1940. A 2nd, a Soviet R-10 Reconnaissance Bomber on 9 October, 1941 near Rostov-on-Don. A 3rd, an I-16 Rata near Rostov on 2 November, 1941. A 4th an I-16 on 16 November, 1941. (Sacic & Ciglic-Osprey).

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz database list of 1 aerial victories for Richard-Ewald Baumgarten

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
Tuesday, May 21, 1940 Richard-Ewald Baumgarten 2./JG21 Morane 406   18:15 Cambrai
9 October, 1941 Richard-Ewald Baumgarten III./JG-52 R-10 Reconnaissance Bomber     Rostov-on-Don
2 November, 1941 Richard-Ewald Baumgarten III./JG-52 I-16 Rata     Rostov-on-Don
16 November, 1941 Richard-Ewald Baumgarten III./JG-52 I-16 Rata     Rostov-on-Don
20 November, 1941 Richard-Ewald Baumgarten III./JG-52 I-16 Rata     Vlastovka colliding with an I-16 during aerial combat KIA

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Luftwaffe pilot Hans-Ekkehard Bob

'Our morale in combat was unbroken.'

HANS-EKKEHARD BOB, JG54.9

Our morale in combat was unbroken and when the weather permitted, we flew many sorties each day. Comparatively speaking, the English were in the better position in that they fought over their own territory and thus could save themselves in an emergency by baling out or carrying out a crash landing. In contrast, if we found ourselves in such circumstances, we had to count on being captured or risk landing our damaged aircraft in the Channel.

In a dogfight during August 1940, my radiator was shot-up, causing the engine cooling system to fail and I had to turn off the ignition to prevent an engine fire. The Me109 1 had a glide angle of 13:1 2. which meant that with the engine stopped we could glide 13 kilometres for each kilometre of altitude. This occurred at an altitude of 4,000 metres over Canterbury, some 80 km from the French coast, so I knew I would never be able to glide that far and had to think of something new. From 4,000 metres I would be able to glide only 52 km at the most, then I would go down into the English Channel. Suddenly it occurred to me to allow the engine to cool during the descent. This I did and the temperature dropped quickly, so I restarted the engine and climbed at full throttle as high as possible until the engine overheated again. I did this repeatedly, climbing up and gliding down, until I finally reached the French coast and carried out an emergency landing on the beach at Calais. My report of this experience was distributed to the units and the method adopted. It later received the nickname 'gebobt' after Bob, my surname.

Our missions over England continued, becoming progressively more difficult until, in the last part of 1940, attacks became impossible to carry out due to the severe weather conditions. The German fighter-pilots were still optimistic even though the daylight bomber operations had been cancelled. The British fighters did not even take off if there were no German bomber formations flying in the English skies. Thus we German fighters could fly around over southern England without contact with the enemy until we reached London. In order to lure the British fighters into the air, some of the Me109 squadrons were equipped with bomb racks. This was the birth of the fighter-bomber.

As the Staffelkapitiin of 9./JG54, I had to carry out a test flight with a 250 kg bomb under the fuselage. The take-off, from a meadow at Guines-South was quite risky since we fighter pilots had no idea how to handle bombs, how to hit the target, or how to operate the whole thing. In fact, the sortie was at first regarded as something suitable for a Himmelfahrtskommando, or suicide squad, but it proved worth the effort as the flight with the bomb was successful. Once in the air, I flew to a small spit of land extending from the English coast where I could release the bomb but exactly where it fell I could not determine as I really did not have the necessary experience. With time, however, and with improvisation - in order to dive at the correct angle, for example, we painted lines on the sides of the canopy - we achieved really good results. We then flew against England where our first targets were the airbase at Biggin Hill and Tilbury docks in London, where warships were being built.

During all of our operations the radio communications traffic of the British fighter pilots were being intercepted. On one occasion3, an interesting conversation took place between ground control and a British fighter formation when ground control said: 'Attack the German bomber formations! 'The English formation leader shouted back: 'There are no bomber formations here!' Ground control: 'But bombs have been dropped' Formation leader: 'I see only Me-109s but they can't drop bombs!' Word quickly got around, though, that the bombs were being dropped by the Me-109 units with the result that air combat was resumed.

1. German pilots of the period referred to the Messerschmitt 109 as the 'Me-109' instead of the technically correct 'Bf109'.
2. Rudolf Rothenfelder of JG2 has stated that the ratio between height and the glide distance was 12:1.
3. Probably 20 September 1940. See main text for further details.

Luftwaffe pilot Hans-Ekkehard Bob

Major Hans-Ekkehard Bob was born on 24 January 1917 at Freiburg/Breisgau. Bob joined the Luftwaffe on 1 December 1936 with the rank of Fahnenjunker. He spent his first year at the Luftskriegsschule Wildpark Werder undergoing six months of basic military training before commencing his flying training on 1 June 1937. At the beginning of 1938, he attended the Officer's Academy. ObeRGähnrich Bob was then transferred Jagdfliegergruppe 133 based at Wiesbaden. His first operational missions came during the occupation of the Sudetenland flying with an Arado Ar 68 biplane fighter equipped unit escorting bomber and transport aircraft. Following the successful conclusion of the operation, Bob was transferred to JG334, equipped with Bf 110 Zerstörer twin-engine fighters and based at Gablingen, where he also received promotion to the rank of Leutnant on 1 September 1938. In July 1939, Bob was transferred to the newly formed 3./JG21, based at Jesau. On 6 June 1940, 3./JG21 was redesignated 9./JG54. He flew his first combat missions of World War 2 in Poland and France as a Schwarmführer (leader of four aircraft). On 10 May 1940, Bob claimed his first victory, a Gloster Gladiator biplane fighter shot down near Tongeren in Belgium. By the end of the French campaign he had recorded four victories. On 1 August 1940, Bob was promoted to the rank of Oberleutnant. He was appointed Staffelkapitän of 7./JG54 on 10 October 1940, replacing Oberleutnant Günther Scholz (34 victories, DK) who had left to lead III./JG54. However, his stay with this unit was short. On 28 November, Bob was appointed Staffelkapitän of 9./JG54, which he led until 1 August 1943. During the Battle of Britain, Bob's unit became one of the first fighter-bomber (Jabo) units. 9.Staffel mostly attacked shipping targets with 250kg bombs. By 11 November 1940, Bob had recorded 19 victories.

Oberleutnant Bob was awarded the Ritterkreuz by Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring on 7 March 1941. On 21 March 1941, Bob undertook a flight in a Bü-131 (W.Nr. 4506) (BG+AB) training aircraft, which resulted in a ditching in Cherbourg harbour following engine failure. He survived unhurt. Staffelkapitän of 9./JG54 Oberleutnant Hans-Ekkehard Bob. ParndoRG, March 1941. The rudder of his Bf109E shows 19 victories.

Bob participated in the Balkan campaign, shooting down two Yugoslavian fighters: a Bf109 on 6 April 1941 for his 20th victory and an IK-2 on 9 April for his 21st victory. Following the conclusion of operations in the Balkans, JG54 was re-equipped with the new Bf 109F and relocated to airfields in East Prussia. On 22 June 1941, 9./JG54 flew their first missions of Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia. Bob recorded his first victory in Russia on 23 June, when he shot down a SB twin-engine bomber. However, his Bf 109 F-2 (W.Nr. 9207) 'Yellow 1' + ~ was hit by return fire from the bomber's gunner necessitating a forced landing deep inside enemy controlled territory near Radviliskis. He managed to make his way back to German lines two days later. He was shot down for a second time on 13 July and was again forced to make an emergency landing this time near Borodkino. On 20 August, Oberleutnant Bob was again forced to make an emergency landing 50km south of Dno, when his Bf109F-2 (W.Nr. 12696) (Y1+~) received hits in the radiator. During a freie Jagd over the Volkhov River on 30 October, Bob encountered a Russian I-16 fighter. In the subsequent engagement, his Bf109F-2 (Y1+~) took hits in the radiator. He made a belly-landing behind enemy lines and was fortunate to evade capture. By the end of 1941, Bob had 39 victories to his credit. On 29 September 1942, he recorded his 50th victory. The sojourn in Russia ended for 9./JG54 on 12 February 1943, when III.Gruppe and 4./JG54 were ordered by the General der Jagdflieger, Adolf Galland, to change positions with units of JG26 based on the Western front. This tactical operation was cancelled, but III./JG54 stayed in the West and was separated from its parent Geschwader for the remainder of the war.

On 17 April 1943, Hauptmann Bob claimed his 57th victory by ramming a USAAF B-17 four-engine bomber near Bremen. He was forced to bale-out of his stricken Bf109G-4 (W.Nr. 14935) (Y1+I). He suffered injuries in the incident. On 1 August 1943, Bob was promoted to the rank of Major and was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of IV./JG51 based on the Eastern front. He gained two further victories with this unit. Bob was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG3, based on the Normandy invasion front, on 9 May 1944. He also led the unit on Reichsverteidigung duties. In August 1944, Bob transferred to Erprobungskommando 262 where he received very rudimentary training on the Me-262 jet fighter. At the beginning of 1945, he became one of the small team of experienced flying officers assigned to the staff of Generalmajor Josef Kammhuber. He worked on the staff directly responsible for allocating newly built Me 262s to operational units before being ordered by Kammhuber to Silesia. Here he joined I. and II/EJG2, both these units being responsible for training of former bomber pilots on to single-engine fighters. Bob next became a member of JV44; the Me-262 equipped unit led by the now former General der Jagdflieger, Adolf Galland (104 victories, RK-Br). At the capitulation on 8 May 1945, Bob was in Koppl, a small village near Salzburg. From there he walked 1,700km in 6 weeks to Celle. After the war Bob initially took employment as a farm labourer before establishing a transport business. In 1956, he founded Bohrmaschinen und Geräte GmbH (BOMAG) in Celle, manufacturing drilling equipment, which does business in 87 countries. He continued flying, establishing the Celle Flying Club.

Hans-Ekkehard Bob flew approximately 700 combat missions and claimed 60 victories. He recorded 37 victories over the Eastern front.

Asisbiz Database of aerial victories for Hans-Ekkehard Bob

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location / Comments
1 10.5.1940 10:33 Gladiator 3./JG21 Tongeren
2 24.5.1940 15:20 Dewoitine 3./JG21 Hénin-Lietard
3 25.5.1940 19:45 Morane 406 3./JG21 N Cambrai
4 26.5.1940 9:10 Curtiss 3./JG21 Cambrai
5 26.6.1940 18:10 9./JG54 60km W Rotterdam
6 12.8.1940 18:33 9./JG54 Canterbury
7 15.8.1940 19:27 9./JG54 Dover
8 16.8.1940 13:13 9./JG54 Calais
9 18.8.1940 14:40 9./JG54 Ramsgate
10 31.8.1940 11:40 9./JG54 Eastchurch
11 31.8.1940 11:42 9./JG54 Eastchurch
12 4.9.1940 10:10 9./JG54 Folkestone
13 9.9.1940 18:40 9./JG54 Tunbridge
14 30.9.1940 14:35 9./JG54 Tunbridge
15 9.10.1940 16:38 9./JG54 Chatham
16 9.10.1940 14:00 9./JG54 Ashford
17 20.10.1940 15:40 9./JG54 London
18 27.10.1940 10:30 9./JG54 Tunbridge
19 11.11.1940 13:17 9./JG54 Margate
20 6.4.1941 17:30 Bf 109 9./JG54 Belgrade / Possibly Bf 109 E of 32 Grupa, JKRV
21 7.4.1941 14:20 IK-2 9./JG54 Martinac / Possibly IK-2 of 107 Esk, 34 Grupa, JKRV
22 23.6.1941 11:50 SB-2 9./JG54 Kedainiai
23 30.6.1941 7:05 SB-3 9./JG54 Daugavpils
24 30.6.1941 7:09 SB-3 9./JG54 Daugavpils
25 30.6.1941 12:35 SB-3 9./JG54 Daugavpils
26 30.6.1941 15:10 SB-3 9./JG54 Daugavpils
27 6.7.1941 18:40 SB-3 9./JG54 Ostrov
28 6.7.1941 18:41 SB-3 9./JG54 Ostrov
29 6.7.1941 18:45 SB-3 9./JG54 Ostrov
30 15.7.1941 19:15 SB-3 9./JG54 Orly
31 24.7.1941 19:55 SB-2 9./JG54 Duo
32 10.9.1941 14:50 I-18 9./JG54 Dem'yansk
33 11.9.1941 9:45 I-18 9./JG54 Dem'yansk
34 15.9.1941 15:15 DB-3 9./JG54 Krasnoje-Selo
35 15.9.1941 15:25 DB-3 9./JG54 Krasnoje-Selo
36 21.9.1941 7:05 I-153 9./JG54 Krasnowardeist
37 7.10.1941 9:40 Il-2 9./JG54 Krasnoje-Bor
38 6.11.1941 10:37 E/a 9./JG54 Kolpino
39 1.12.1941 9:42 I-18 9./JG54 Mostovaja
40 25.4.1942 11:30 MiG-3 9./JG54 Leningrad
41 28.8.1942 11:30 Il-2 9./JG54 Kilosi
42 1.9.1942 9:26 LaGG-3 9./JG54 Kilosi
43 1.9.1942 12:10 Il-2 9./JG54 Rabotschi
44 2.9.1942 13:50 Il-2 9./JG54 Estonski
45 2.9.1942 14:00 Il-2 9./JG54 Gaitolowo
46 10.9.1942 17:04 Il-2 9./JG54 Tortolowo
47 15.9.1942 6:02 LaGG-3 9./JG54 10 113
48 15.9.1942 15:20 LaGG-3 9./JG54 Schlüsselburg
49 22.9.1942 5:35 MiG-3 9./JG54 Beresowka
50 29.9.1942 16:08 LaGG-3 9./JG54 Newa-Bogen
51 17.12.1942 10:51 Il-2 9./JG54 Ssytschewka
52 17.12.1942 11:23 Il-2 9./JG54 Ssytschewka
53 29.12.1943 9:52 Il-2 9./JG54 Kolpina
54 30.12.1943 9:55 Il-2 9./JG54 Velikije-Luki
55 30.12.1942 10:12 LaGG-3 9./JG54 Velikije-Luki
56 14.1.1943 11:37 LaGG-3 9./JG54 Velikije-Luki
57 17.4.1943 12:45 B-17 9./JG54 Oldenburg / Rammed
58 27.7.1943 20:20 9./JG54 W Haarlem
59 ? - MiG-3 IV./JG51 Apostolovo
60 ? - MiG-3 IV./JG51 Apostolovo

Victories : 60
Awards : Ehrenpokal (28 September 1940)
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (24 December 1942)
Ritterkreuz (7 March 1941)
Units : JG54, JG51, JG3, EJG2, JV 44
http://www.luftwaffe.cz/bobh.html - Aces of the Luftwaffe - Hans-Ekkehard Bob

Asisbiz Database of 60 aerial victories for Hans-Ekkehard Bob

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
10-May-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 3./JG21 Gladiator   10.33 Tongeren (as 9/JG54)
24-May-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 3./JG21 Dewoitine   15.20 Henin-Lietard
25-May-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 3./JG21 Morane 406 4000m 19.45 N Cambrai
26-May-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 3./JG21 Hawk-75A   09.10 Cambrai
26-Jun-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob Stab I./JG21 10m 18.10 60km W Rotterdam
12-Aug-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54   18.33 Canterbury
13-Aug-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54   13.13  
15-Aug-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 800m 19.27 SE Dover
16-Aug-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54   13.13 Calais
18-Aug-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 6500m 14.40 10km E Ramsgate
31-Aug-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54   11.40 Eastchurch
31-Aug-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54   11.42 Eastchurch
04-Sep-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54   10.10 Folkestone
09-Sep-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54   18.40  
30-Sep-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 7./JG54   14.35 Tonbridge
30-Sep-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 7./JG54      
09-Oct-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 7./JG54   14.00 Ashford
09-Oct-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 7./JG54   16.38 Chatham
20-Oct-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 7./JG54   15.40  
27-Oct-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob Stab III./JG54 5000m 10.30 10km E Tunbridge Wells
11-Nov-40 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54   13.17 Margate
06-Apr-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Bf 109E   17.30 Petrowgrad
07-Apr-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 IK-2   14.20 Martinae
23-Jun-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 SB-2   11.50  
30-Jun-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 SB-3   12.35  
30-Jun-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 SB-3   07.09  
30-Jun-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 SB-3   07.05  
30-Jun-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 SB-3   15.10  
06-Jul-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 SB-3   18.45  
06-Jul-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 SB-3   18.40  
15-Jul-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 SB-3   19.15  
24-Jul-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 SB-2   19.55  
10-Sep-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 I-18   14.50  
11-Sep-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 I-18   09.45  
15-Sep-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 DB-3   15.15  
15-Sep-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 DB-3   15.25  
21-Sep-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 I-153   07.05  
07-Oct-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik   09.40  
06-Nov-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik   10.37  
01-Dec-41 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 I-18   09.42  
25-Apr-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 MiG-3   11.30  
28-Aug-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 100m 11.30 10 191
01-Sep-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 LaGG-3 2000m 09.26 10 191
01-Sep-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 200m 12.10 10 153
02-Sep-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 300m 13.50 10 183
02-Sep-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 300m 14.00 10 182
10-Sep-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 150m 17.04 10 183
15-Sep-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 LaGG-3 1000m 06.02 10 113
15-Sep-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 LaGG-3 5000m 15.20 10 113
22-Sep-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 MiG-3 2000m 05.35 10 354
29-Sep-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 LaGG-3 500m 16.01 00 283
17-Dec-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 1500m 10.51 46 131
17-Dec-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 20m 11.23 47 791
29-Dec-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob Stab III./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 300m 09.52 07 583
30-Dec-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 500m 09.55 07 672
30-Dec-42 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 LaGG-3 800m 10.12 07 334
14-Jan-43 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 LaGG-3 2000m 11.37 07 671
27-Jul-43 Hans-Ekkehard Bob 9./JG54 20m 20.25 20km W Zandvoort
26-Sep-43 Hans-Ekkehard Bob Stab IV./JG51 Yak-1 4000m 16.37 S Jantschekrak
27-Sep-43 Hans-Ekkehard Bob Stab IV./JG51 LaGG-5 2500m 13.32 ENE Tsisslovka

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Luftwaffe pilot Josef Eberle

Units: 9./JG-54 (Channel)

Awards: Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-4 'Yellow 13' (50%), Bf 109E-4 WNr 1573 'Yellow 3' (lost 10/9/40)

Remarks: KIA 9 October, 1940 in aerial combat with a Spitfire of RAF No.41 Sq., flown by P/O Walker, in 'Yellow 3' over Rochester/Canterbury. Ditched at sea, 10 miles off Dover; washed ashore 10/26/40 near Harwich, Essex; buried Cannock Chase, Block 1, Gr 218 (M.Croft). On 12 August, 1940, he was wounded and sustained 50% damage to 'Yellow 13' over the English Channel and successfully belly landed in France, despite his wounds.

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Luftwaffe pilot Anton Schön

Units: Stab I./JG-21 ('39), 8./JG-54 (Channel)

Awards: EK 2 (9/17/39), Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109D-1 (lost), Bf 109E's, one 60% damaged, Bf 109E-4 WNr 1538 (lost 9/27/40)

Remarks: KIA 27 September, 1940 over Tilbury-Kent when he hit a fence while trying to put his crippled 109E fighter down at Broughton, near Faversham. Buried Cannock Chase, Block 1, Gr 177 (M.Croft). Prior, he survived a Mid-air collision on 15 November, 1939 over Lingen/Ems. On 12 August, 1940 he was wounded over the Guines-South airfield, the AC sustaining 60% damage. It was on this same date that he recorded his first victory, a Spitfire at Ramsgate. One of the first fighter pilots to receive the EK 2, along with Hans Ekkard Bob. Alternate spelling: Schon.

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz database list of 1 aerial victories for Anton Schön

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
12 August 1940 Anton Schön 8./JG54   18:45 Ramsgate

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Luftwaffe pilot Waldemar 'Hein' Wübke

Units: 9./JG-54 (9/40 & '41), Stfkpt 7./JG-54, Kdr II./JG-101 (10/44), Platzschutzstaffel JV-44 (4/45 Ainring)

Awards: DK-G(10/20/42), EP, EK 1 & 2, Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E 'Yel 11' in 9, Bf 109E-4 'Yellow 5' (early '41), Bf 109F-2 WNr 9611 'Yellow 13' (Lost-Tech Fault 12/18/41), Bf 109G-2 WNr 10439 'White 1' (WIA-MiG-3 9/9/42), Bf 109G-6/Y WNr20097 'White 2' (lost-combat), Fw 190D-9 WNr 600424 'Red 1'

Remarks: Wübke was shot down six times while with JG-54. Most times his AC were salvagable. His last was on 27 July, 1943 in Werk# 20097 'White 2' just east of the Schiphol, Holland Airfield. He had been wounded two times while serving with JG-54. His first known Channel victory, a Blenheim on 9 September, 1940. His 2nd, a Blenheim on 11 September, 1940, no location. His 3rd, a Spitfire in the Rochester area on 5 October, 1940. A 4th a Blenheim in the Ashford/Chatham area on 9 October, 1940. A 5th a Blenheim 10 km NW of Den Helder on 27 October, 1940. Fw 190D-9's of JV-44 provided protection for Me 262's. His D-9 was 'Red 3'. Scored one victory in his nightshirt during the Leningrad Operations. His 1st known Soviet victories, a SB-2 and two SB-3's, on 22 June, 1941. An SB-2 on 11 July, 1941. An R-5 on 14 June, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 9 September, 1942. An Il-2 on 4 January, 1943. An Il-2 on 5 January, 1943. Magnus, 15 victories. Bowers/Lednicer, 15 victories. Bolten 16 victories.

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz database list of 15 aerial victories for Waldemar 'Hein' Wübke

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
Monday, September 09, 1940 Waldemar Wubke 9./JG54 Blenheim   18:24 Battle of Britain
Wednesday, September 11, 1940 Waldemar Wubke 9./JG54 Blenheim   11:10 Battle of Britain
Saturday, October 05, 1940 Waldemar Wubke 9./JG54 Spitfire   16:40 Battle of Britain
Wednesday, October 09, 1940 Waldemar Wubke 9./JG54 Hampden   16:40 Battle of Britain
Sunday, October 27, 1940 Waldemar Wubke 9./JG54 Blenheim   10:35 10km NW Den Helder
Thursday, November 07, 1940 Waldemar Wubke 9./JG54 Blenheim   10:30 West of Den Helder
Sunday, June 22, 1941 Waldemar Wubke 9./JG54 SB-2   17:27 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Sunday, June 22, 1941 Waldemar Wubke 9./JG54 SB-3   06:43 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Sunday, June 22, 1941 Waldemar Wubke 9./JG54 SB-3   06:40 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Monday, June 23, 1941 Waldemar Wubke 9./JG54 SB-2   11:50 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Friday, July 11, 1941 Waldemar Wubke 9./JG54 SB-2   03:40 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Sunday, June 14, 1942 Waldemar Wubke 9./JG54 R-5 800m 23:30 10 894
Wednesday, September 09, 1942 Waldemar Wubke 7./JG54 LaGG-3 500m 11:30 10 144
Monday, January 04, 1943 Waldemar Wubke 7./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 300m 14:15 07 761 (based Smolensk)
Tuesday, January 05, 1943 Waldemar Wubke 7./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 200m 09:10 97 834

 

 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/