Jagdgeschwader 53 - JG53 in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations

1 Staffel I Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 - 4./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4/Z 1./JG53 White 4 Mediterranean Apr 1942

Profile Source: 'White 3' of I./JG53 Mediterranean Apr 1942

4 Staffel II Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 - 4./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 4./JG53 (white 1-+-) flown by Gerhard Michalski Italy 1942-43

Messerschmitt Bf 109F 4./JG53 (White 11+-) North Africa 1942

Photo 01-02: A Bf 109F, destroyed in its blast bay, being examined by Allied personnel. The emblem on the cowling shows that this machine obviously served with JG53 but although the aircraft is marked with the horizontal bar of II. Gruppe, it is thought that as this Gruppe was in Sicily between May and November, this machine in-fact belonged to III./JG53. Note the all white wingtips.

5 Staffel II Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 - 4./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4/Trop 5./JG53 (B1+-) Staffelkapitan Kurt Brandle Sicily 1942

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109F 5./JG53 ((+- Kurt Brandle Italy 1942

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4/Trop 5./JG53 (B2+-) Herbert Rollwage Pantelleria Italy 1942

Profile Source: Model Airplane Int 065 2010 12 Page 33

6 Staffel II Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 - 6./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109F2 6./JG53 (Y6+-) Comiso Sicily 1942

Profile 01: Messerschmitt Bf 109F2 6./JG53 (Y6+-) Comiso Sicily 1942

Messerschmitt Bf 109F 6./JG53 (Y12+-) Comiso Sicily 1942 00

Profile 01: Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 Yellow 12 of 6./JG53, Sicily, Spring 1942 This aircraft was finished in the standard colours first introduced for fighters in July 1941 with undersurfaces in Grey 76 and the fuselage mottled predominantly with 74 and 75 with the subtle addition of 02. The uppersurfaces of the wings were finished in a 74/75 splinter pattern and the aircraft showed signs of some wear and tear as a result of operational use. There is also evidence of some repainting as the fuselage shows patches of newly-applied 74, particularly in the area of the fuselage number, possibly where an earlier identity has been changed, and on the engine cowling where the Geschwader badge has perhaps also been changed or repositioned.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F 6./JG53 (Y12+-) Comiso Sicily 1942 01

Photo 01: The Grey 74/75 splinter pattern applied to the wing uppersurfaces of this Bf 109F-4, Yellow 12 of 6./JG53, photographed at Comiso in Sicily in the Spring of 1942, conforms almost exactly to the pattern prescribed for the F and G series.

III. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 - III./JG53

7 Staffel III Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 - 4./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 7./JG53 (W1+I) Heinz Altendorf WNr 7348 North Africa 1942 00

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 'White 1' of 7./JG53, December 1941 This aircraft, possibly W.Nr. 7348, was finished in a standard low-demarcation 79/78 scheme with a white spinner and, although it lacks the usual white forward nose section, had a white fuselage band upon which was superimposed a black outline-style vertical III.Gruppe bar. Note that the 'Pik As' badge of JG53 has been applied at a slight angle and that apart from heavy exhaust staining, the machine has a fairly clean appearance.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 7./JG53 (W1+I) Heinz Altendorf WNr 7348 North Africa 1942 01

Photo 01: The III./JG53 was ordered to North Africa to support]G 27 and this Bf 109F-4, 'White 1', is believed to have been W.Nr 7348 flown by the Staffelkapitan of 7./]G 53, Oblt. Heinz Altendorf. On 16 December 1941, Altendorf and his wingman, Gefr. Hartmut Klotzer, were strafing British armour near Mechili when both aircraft were hit by ground fire. KI6tzer succeeded in turning away in the direction of his own lines but was unable to return to his base and eventually made a successful crash-landing in the desert. After a day's march he was picked up by an armoured car and returned to his lines. Altendorf also crash-landed but came down close to British tanks and was taken prisoner. Soon afterwards, the Gruppe left North Africa and transferred to Sicily to begin operations against Malta.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 7.JG53-(W2+I) Hermann Neuhoff Sicily 1942

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 7./JG53 (W5+I) Jürgen Harder Libya 1942

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4/trop 7./JG53 (W11+I) Jürgen Harder Martuba, North Africa May 1942

Messerschmitt Bf 109F4 7./JG53 (W12+I) background and (W1+I) Heinz Altendorf WNr 7348 North Africa 1942

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 'White 1' of 7./JG53, December 1941 This aircraft, possibly W.Nr. 7348, was finished in a standard low-demarcation 79/78 scheme with a white spinner and, although it lacks the usual white forward nose section, had a white fuselage band upon which was superimposed a black outline-style vertical III.Gruppe bar. Note that the 'Pik As' badge of JG53 has been applied at a slight angle and that apart from heavy exhaust staining, the machine has a fairly clean appearance.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F 7./JG53 (W1+I) Heinz Altendorf WNr 7348 North Africa 1942 01

Photo 01: The III./JG53 was ordered to North Africa to support]G 27 and this Bf 109F-4, 'White 1', is believed to have been W.Nr 7348 flown by the Staffelkapitan of 7./]G 53, Oblt. Heinz Altendorf. On 16 December 1941, Altendorf and his wingman, Gefr. Hartmut Klotzer, were strafing British armour near Mechili when both aircraft were hit by ground fire. KI6tzer succeeded in turning away in the direction of his own lines but was unable to return to his base and eventually made a successful crash-landing in the desert. After a day's march he was picked up by an armoured car and returned to his lines. Altendorf also crash-landed but came down close to British tanks and was taken prisoner. Soon afterwards, the Gruppe left North Africa and transferred to Sicily to begin operations against Malta.

8 Staffel III Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 - 4./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109F 8./JG53 (Black 4+I) transfer flight to Sicily via the Alps 1941

Photo 01: In the Autumn of 1941, Allied action from Malta was having an increasing effect on the German and Italian supply route to North Africa where the German situation was critical. Despite the decisive battles being fought in Russia, elements of Luftflotte 2 were moved to Italy and North Africa. By 28 November, advance elements of III./JG53 had reached Sicily with the rest of the Gruppe following soon afterwards. In this photograph, taken in early December 1941, Black 4 of 8./JG53 is seen in flight over the Alps during the transfer flight to Sicily. The Gruppe subsequently transferred to North Africa but returned to Sicily after only two weeks.

9 Staffel III Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 - 4./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4/Z Trop 9./JG53 (Y1+I) Franz Gotz Libya 1942

Profile 00: Bf 109F 9./JG53 (Y1+I) Franz Gotz Libya June 1942

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 9./JG53 (Yellow 4+I) North Africa 1942

Profile 0A: Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 trop 'Yellow 4' of 9./ JG53, Quotaifiya, October 1942. The uppersurface camouflage finish on 'Yellow 4' was an overall application of RLM 79 Sandgelb with an uneven demarcation line along the lower fuselage suggesting that the 79 has been simply brushed over an earlier finish. This earlier scheme is believed to have been 74, 75 and 76 and it is possible that the undersurfaces, rather than being RLM 78 Hellblau, remained 76 and have been shown accordingly in the profile. Full theatre markings were applied and comprised a completely white spinner, white wingtips top and bottom and a white band around the rear fuselage. The Grey 76 of the original scheme may be seen around the swastika on the fin and the badge of JG53 appeared on both sides of the nose.

Photo's 01-03: Very similar camouflage and markings have been applied to this Bf 109F-4 trop of 9./JG53 which was found and photographed by advancing Allied troops, probably on the airfield at Quotaifiya where a number of JG53's aircraft were damaged by Allied bombing. Note that the black arms of the fuselage cross are wider than normal and, again, that the cross lacks an outer black outline.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F 9./JG53 (Yellow 9+I) WNr 12564 North Africa 1942

Photo 01: The III./JG53 achieved little in North Africa before withdrawing to Sicily. All its equipment was left behind and its aircraft were either destroyed on the ground to prevent them falling intact into enemy hands or were handed over to JG27. Little is known of this Bf-109, 'Yellow 9' found abandoned in North Africa, but on the original print a WNr., possibly 12564, appears on the tail and the machine is believed to have been flown by 9./JG53. Of particular interest is the 74/75 European camouflage which has been modified with the addition of a third, much darker color, around the wing root.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4/Trop 9./JG53 (Yellow 9+I) Heinz Herkenhoff WNr 12564 North Africa 1942

Photo 01: The III./JG53 achieved little in North Africa before withdrawing to Sicily. All its equipment was left behind and its aircraft were either destroyed on the ground to prevent them falling intact into enemy hands or were handed over to JG27. Little is known of this Bf-109, 'Yellow 9' found abandoned in North Africa, but on the original print a WNr., possibly 12564, appears on the tail and the machine is believed to have been flown by 9./JG53. Of particular interest is the 74/75 European camouflage which has been modified with the addition of a third, much darker color, around the wing root.

ASISBIZ it would be interesting if this was the machine Heinz Herkenhoff had used.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F 9./JG53 (Y9+I) Herkenhoff Libya 1942

Messerschmitt Bf 109F 9./JG53 (Yellow 9+I) WNr 12564 North Africa 1942

Photo 01: The III./JG53 achieved little in North Africa before withdrawing to Sicily. All its equipment was left behind and its aircraft were either destroyed on the ground to prevent them falling intact into enemy hands or were handed over to JG27. Little is known of this Bf-109, 'Yellow 9' found abandoned in North Africa, but on the original print a WNr., possibly 12564, appears on the tail and the machine is believed to have been flown by 9./JG53. Of particular interest is the 74/75 European camouflage which has been modified with the addition of a third, much darker color, around the wing root.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F 9./JG53 (Yellow 9+I) WNr 12564 North Africa 1942

Photo 01: The III./JG53 achieved little in North Africa before withdrawing to Sicily. All its equipment was left behind and its aircraft were either destroyed on the ground to prevent them falling intact into enemy hands or were handed over to JG27. Little is known of this Bf-109, 'Yellow 9' found abandoned in North Africa, but on the original print a WNr., possibly 12564, appears on the tail and the machine is believed to have been flown by 9./JG53. Of particular interest is the 74/75 European camouflage which has been modified with the addition of a third, much darker color, around the wing root.

 
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Knights Cross

Kurt Brandle - alt Brändl

Units:4/JG-53(5/40), Stfkpt 5/JG-53(12/41), Stab II/JG-3(5/42 S.U.), Kdr I/JG-3(8/42), Kdr II/JG-3(7/43)

Awards:RK(7/1/42)-EL(8/27/42), DK-G(3/9/42), EK 1 & 2(4/1/40), Wnd Bdg(5/26/40), Ftr Oper.Clasp w/Pend

Known Aircraft:Bf 109F-4/Trop Black 1+- (12/41), Bf 109F-4 Werk # 10117 Black <<+- (8/42), Bf 109F-4/Trop Werk # 8665 <<+-, Bf 109F-4/Trop Wk# 13387 <<+- w II/JG-3, Bf 109G-2 & G-6 Wk# 26058 <<+- (lost 11/3/43)

Remarks:KIA 3 November, 1943 in Bf 109G6 Werk # 26058 when he was shot down off Egmond, over the North Sea, by fighters escorting Medium bombers to Amsterdam. His body washed ashore later. About 700 combat missions. 20 victories in the West. His 1st victory, a Morane south of Sedan, 13 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire W of Portland on 11 August, 1940. His 3rd, a Spitfire WSW of Insel Wight on 16 August, 1940. His 5th, a Spitfire 10 km W of Insel Wight on 26 September, 1940. His first known Soviet victory, an R-5 on 20 May, 1942. One of many multiple victories, five on 7 August, 1942; all Il-2's in the Klirchevski/Plosowitoje/Isoleniyj areas. An ER-2 and two Il-2's in the Stalingrad area on 23 August, 1942. Four Il-2's and a Yak-1 on 17 December, 1942. Two Il-2's on 31 December, 1942. A LaGG-3 and an Il-2 on 20 April, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 19 June, 1943. Five Soviet victories on 5 July, 1943. The info on the Bf 109F-4 "Black 1" is from a modeler description; the AC was flown at Frolov (Stalingrad) Russia. Germany's 20th ranked fighter Ace. His first mechanic was Fw Helmut Henning. Burial: Block CW, Row 1 Grave 25. Alternate spelling: Brändl.

Asisbiz Database of 150 aerial victories for Kurt Brandle

Date Pilot Name Unit EA Type Height Time Location
13-May-40 Kurt Brandle 4./JG53 Morane 405   12.05 South of Sedan
11-Aug-40 Kurt Brandle 4./JG53 4000-200m 11.45 West of Portland
16-Aug-40 Kurt Brandle 4./JG53 5800m 18.15 WSW Insel Wight
11-Sep-40 Kurt Brandle 4./JG53   17.40 Battle of Britain
26-Sep-40 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53 4000-2000m 17.38 10km W Insel Wight
11-Nov-40 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53   13.07 Battle of Britain
11-Nov-40 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53   13.15 Battle of Britain
24-Dec-41 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53   13.08 North Africa
04-Jan-42 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53   10.28 North Africa
19-Jan-42 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53   13.54 Sudfront (MTO)
15-Feb-42 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53 3500m 10.14 Sudfront (MTO)
24-Mar-42 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53   15.08 Sudfront (MTO)
21-Apr-42 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53 1500m 17.39 1½km S Burkirkara
21-Apr-42 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53   12.37 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
20-May-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 R-5   03.49 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
23-May-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 I-61   07.26 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
23-May-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 I-61   12.17 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
26-May-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1   08.57 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
26-May-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1 1000m 17.20 7km S Savintzy
26-May-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1 1000m 17.10 E Savintzy
29-May-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   15.49 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
02-Jun-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1   13.14 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
02-Jun-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1   13.14 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
10-Jun-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG 1200m 17.32 N Buganjewka
11-Jun-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3   06.35 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
11-Jun-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3   06.42 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
12-Jun-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Su-2   10.54 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
13-Jun-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3   10.18 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
24-Jun-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3   11.38 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
29-Jun-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   18.42 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
30-Jun-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3   11.38 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
01-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 3m 16.17 Gornchevnoye
03-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3   15.10 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
04-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3   16.58 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
08-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   19.32 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
08-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   19.27 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
08-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   19.24 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
10-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1   09.50 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
10-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1   09.52 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
10-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   09.30 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
11-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 R-5   08.55. Ostfront (Eastern Front)
13-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-3   09.07 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
16-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   17.17 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
16-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   17.20 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
16-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3   11.49 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
16-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   17.23 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
20-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3   15.44 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
21-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Low Level 09.05 Konstantinovskoye
23-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3   13.01 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
23-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3   13.03 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
24-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-1   11.41 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
26-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-1   16.11 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
26-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 1200m 12.04 Kalatsch
26-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   16.07 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
26-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   16.05 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
26-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1 800m 12.09 Kalatsch
27-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 2500m 09.11 Kalatsch
27-Jul-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 2500m 09.12 Kalatsch
03-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-1 500m 14.55 S Peskovaltka
05-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-1 400m 07.12 NW Dubovnye-Ostrog
06-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 ER-2 3000m 11.26 SE Ivanovka
06-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 ER-2 3000m 11.35 E Tschapurniki
06-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 ER-2 3000m 11.25 NE Jksaj
07-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 ER-2 2000m 14.10 S Klirchevski
07-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 ER-2 30m 14.11 Klirchevski
07-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 ER-2 800m 17.45 WNW Plosowitoje
07-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 ER-2 800m 17.46 S Isoleniyj
07-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 ER-2   14.09 S Klirchevski
08-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Su-2 100m 09.50 SW Leonov
08-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Su-2 2500m 09.46 E Nischniye-Uitzi
08-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Su-2 2500m 09.48 West of Popov
09-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 R-5   14.40 O Mostrowskoj
10-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 I-181 1500m 07.07 SW Busiowka
11-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1 1500m 12.04 SW Stalingrad
19-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 R-2 100m 11.31 SW Alayev
19-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 R-2 1500m 11.28 SW Ganyselino
22-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 300m 09.45 Satovo
22-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 300m 09.47 NE Grabsch
23-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 1000m 08.44 Kotkluban
23-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 ER-2 3000m 05.43 SW Karpovka
23-Aug-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 1000m 08.42 NW Stalingrad
15-Sep-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 500m 09.44 5km N Subzoff
21-Sep-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1 200m 11.07 18km NE Rzhev
21-Sep-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 P-2 1500m 11.06 10km N Rzhev
29-Sep-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 2000m 08.59 18 274
29-Sep-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 I-16 Rata 2000m 09.08 18 252
07-Nov-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 4000m 12.29 17 862
10-Nov-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 3000m 12.27 17 853
11-Nov-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 La-5 2600m 14.17 27 731
17-Dec-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-1 1400m 13.10 49 714
17-Dec-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 200m 13.30 39 824
17-Dec-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 80m 10.55 29 452
17-Dec-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 200m 13.17 39 851
17-Dec-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 200m 13.23 39 670
27-Dec-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1 1000m 11.55 29 394
27-Dec-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 10m 12.05 29 441
31-Dec-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 200m 07.06 19 462
31-Dec-42 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 150m 07.30 19 491
03-Jan-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Low Level 07.53 09 391
26-Jan-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 2300m 11.47 09 562
28-Jan-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-4 6600m 09.25 09 713
01-Feb-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-4 7000m 11.22 99 861
01-Feb-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1 2500m 11.05 99 461
01-Feb-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-1 2500m 11.15 99 513
02-Feb-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 800m 09.21 99 614
02-Feb-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 900m 09.23 99 623
02-Feb-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 50m 09.25 99 642
10-Feb-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-5 2000m 09.10 99 452
20-Apr-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 50m 11.56 75 423
20-Apr-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Low Level 11.58 75 464
23-Apr-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 1800m 09.45 85 213
23-Apr-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 300m 17.12 75 433
29-Apr-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-4 1000m 07.56 85 181
29-Apr-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-4 1000m 07.57 85 181
29-Apr-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-1 3000m 07.47 85 154
07-May-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 I-16 Rata 800m 16.26 86 774
08-May-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 I-153 80m 11.31 75 262
08-May-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 I-153 Low Level 11.33 85 114
08-May-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 1400m 15.23 85 123
11-May-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 3200m 11.56 85 144
31-May-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-5 1100m 06.02 71 497
19-Jun-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-5 2000m 08.55 62 819
20-Jun-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 A-20 Boston III 7000m 09.57 70 161
05-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 800m 03.50 60 126
05-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 20m 03.57 60 287
05-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-1 50m 04.07 60 298
05-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-4 800m 10.20 61 472
05-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-4 Low Level 10.24 61 247
06-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-4 400m 14.07 61 615
06-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-4 600m 14.04 61 612
07-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-4 400m 08.03 61 166
07-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-5 2000m 07.33 61 466
07-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-5 800m 07.50 61 211
14-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-5 1500m 08.35 61 253
14-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-5 1800m 08.41 61 281
17-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-4 200m 08.13 61 131
17-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 A-20 Boston 6800m 14.16 51 456
21-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-5 2200m 10.14 88 269
21-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-1 3000m 10.12 98 147
22-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-7 Low Level 04.24 88 212
22-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-7 400m 10.44 88 291
22-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-7 200m 10.47 98 177
22-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Low Level 10.50 98 181
23-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-7 600m 09.33 88x197
23-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-7 100m 09.35 88 182
27-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-5 1200m 18.15 61 184
30-Jul-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 400m 12.22 88 239
03-Nov-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 P-47 Thunderbolt 9500m 12.30 EK-4 (NW Schagen)
03-Nov-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Dogfight   KiA Dogfight off Egmond
03-Nov-43 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 P-47 Thunderbolt 9200m 12.31 FK-4 (1km W Egmond)

Knights Cross

Stefan 'Steff' Litjens

Stefan 'Steff' Litjens was born on 13 October 1913 at Hasselt in Niederrhein. Following a pre-war fighter pilot's training, he was posted to JG53 in August 1937. At the outbreak of World War 2, Unteroffizier Litjens was serving with 4./JG53. On 16 October, Litjens was sent to Wiesbaden as a flight instructor to assist with the formation of II./JG53.

He remained at Wiesbaden until 4 November. Litjens recorded two victories during the French campaign. During the Battle of Britain, Litjens recorded four victories. Over the Eastern front, Litjens was to be particularly successful. He shot down five Russian fighters on 25 August 1941. On 11 September, Litjens shot down two Russian SB-2 twinengined bombers to record his 22nd and 23rd victories. Later that day, he engaged in aerial combat with Russian I-16 and I-18 fighters while escorting Ju 87 dive bombers in the Romanova area. During the dogfight, his Bf 109F-4 (W.Nr. 8408) was hit by return fire. He baled out of his stricken aircraft badly wounded landing in friendly territory. He was hospitalised at Riga but lost the sight from his right eye.

Oberfeldwebel Litjens returned to 4./JG53, now based in Sicily, in October 1942, despite his vision impairment. He flew missions over Malta before the unit was transferred to Tunisia. Here he claimed eight Allied aircraft shot down and flew many ground attack missions. Litjens was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 21 June 1943 for 32 victories. Following a lengthy period of leave, Litjens returned to 4./JG53 on 17 November 1943. The unit was now operating on Reichsverteidigung duties. On 22 February 1944, he shot down three USAAF B-17 four-engined bombers. He downed a further two B-17 bombers on 23 March. However, he was again shot down by return fire making an emergency landing in Bf109G-6 (W.Nr. 440 215) 'White 5+' near Gifhorn. He suffered an injury to his left eye which precluded any further combat duty. He remained with the unit until the end of the war and never stopped trying to have the decision to refrain him from combat overturned. Stefan Litjens died on 25 February 2002 aged 88.

'Steff' Litjens was credited with 38 victories in 444 missions. He recorded 17 victories over the Eastern front. Of his 21 Western front victories, five were four-engined bombers.

Units:4./JG-53 (10/39 Mannheim-Sandhofen), III./JG-53 (Operation Barbarossa), 4./JG-53 (9/41)

Awards:RK(6/21/43), DK-G(4/24/42), EP(7/21/41), EK 1 & 2, Wound Badge, Glider Badge, Fighter Oper.Clasp

Known Aircraft:Bf 109E-3 WNr 1244 'White 5+-' (10/39), Bf 109F-2 WNr 6673 'White 5+-', Bf 109F-4 WNr 7173 'Wh 5+-' (9/41), Bf 109F-4 WNr 8408 ' (lost 9/11/41), Bf 109G-2/Trop 'White 5+-' (3/43), Bf 109G-6 WNr 440215 'Wh 5'(lost 3/44)

Remarks:A fighter pilot since 1937. His 1st victory, a Morane W of Saarbrücken on 7 April, 1940. A 2nd, a Curtiss Hawk-75A over Metz, 10 May, 1940. A 3rd, a Potez 63 on 8 June, 1940, no location. A 4th, a Spitfire N of Portland on 13 August, 1940. A 5th, a Spitfire at Tonbridge on 26 October, 1940. A 6th & 7th, two Spitfires on 11 November, 1940, no location. On 11 September, 1941 he lost his right eye after being shot down at Romanowa by an I-16 of the 191 IAP. Despite the handicap, he flew again in November 1942 at Malta, Tunisia, and home defense scoring another 14 victories. He scored a triple victory on 22 February, 1944, his 33rd, 34th & 35th; three B-17's while based at Vienna-Seyring. On 23 March, 1944, after downing two B-17's in 'White 5' near Braunschweig, he crashed injuring his left eye, ending his combat duties. 'White 5' seemed to be his favorite number as his E-3 in 1939 was also a 'White 5', Werk # 1244. 400 missions. 5 four engine bombers. 16 victories in the East. Photo Deceased 25 February, 2002.

List of 21 aerial victories for Stefan Litjens

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location
- 7.4.1940 12:30 Morane 4./JG53 W Saarbrucken / not confirmed
1 10.5.1940 15:25 Curtiss 4./JG53 Metz
2 8.6.1940 11:00 Potez 63 4./JG53 -
3 13.8.1940 17:40 4./JG53 N Dorchester
4 26.10.1940 11:30 4./JG53 near Tonbridge
5 11.11.1940 13:25 4./JG53 -
6 11.11.1940 13:28 4./JG53 -
- 4.6.1941 18:00~ 4./JG53 10km S Dungeness / not confirmed
7 22.6.1941 5:56 SB-2 4./JG53 -
8 22.6.1941 5:58 SB-2 4./JG53 -
9 1.7.1941 19:35 SB-3 4./JG53 -
10 1.7.1941 20:12 SB-3 4./JG53 -
11 7.7.1941 10:44 SB-3 4./JG53 -
12 7.7.1941 10:46 SB-3 4./JG53 -
13 10.7.1941 9:03 SB-3 4./JG53 -
14 10.7.1941 9:05 SB-3 4./JG53 -
15 25.8.1941 10:16 I-16 4./JG53 near Chudovo
16 25.8.1941 14:31 I-18 4./JG53 near Chudovo / Probably MiG-3
17 25.8.1941 16:36 I-18 4./JG53 near Chudovo / Probably MiG-3
18 25.8.1941 16:36 I-18 4./JG53 near Chudovo / Probably MiG-3
19 25.8.1941 16:39 I-18 4./JG53 near Chudovo / Probably MiG-3
20 26.8.1941 5:30 I-18 4./JG53 near Spaskaya-Polist
21 27.8.1941 16:00 I-153 4./JG53 -
22 11.9.1941 10:10 SB-2 4./JG53 SE Kolpino
23 11.9.1941 14:19 I-18 4./JG53 Romanowa
24 26.11.1942 16:46 4./JG53 10km SE Mateur
25 28.11.1942 15:39 P-38 4./JG53 3-4km E Ferryville
26 4.12.1942 15:51 Boston 4./JG53 18km W Mateur
27 4.12.1942 15:55 4./JG53 18km SW Mateur / Boston?
28 6.12.1942 10:18 4./JG53 25km S Tebourba
30 1.1.1943 11:12 4./JG53 5km E Bone
31 5.4.1943 9:45 P-38 4./JG53 5km N Ras-Zebrt: 50m
32 12.4.1943 9:05 P-38 4./JG53 10km W Zembra
33 22.2.1944 - B-17 4./JG53 -
34 22.2.1944 - B-17 4./JG53 -
35 22.2.1944 - B-17 4./JG53 -
36 24.2.1944 13:07 B-17 4./JG53 DJ-7: 7000m [Kremsmunster]
37 23.3.1944 10:38 B-17 4./JG53 near Gifhorn
38 23.3.1944 10:44~ B-17 HSS 4./JG53 near Gifhorn

Victories : 38
Awards : Ehrenpokal (21 July 1941)
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (24 April 1942)
Ritterkreuz (21 July 1943)
Units : JG53
http://www.luftwaffe.cz/litjens.html

Asisbiz Database of 21 aerial victories for Stefan Litjens

Date Pilot Name Unit EA Type Height Time Location
07-Apr-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 Morane   12.30 West of Saarbrucken
10-May-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   15.25 Metz
08-Jun-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 Potez-63   11.00 Reich (Western Front)
13-Aug-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 4000m 17.38-42 N Portland
26-Oct-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53   11.30 Tonbridge
11-Nov-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53     Battle of Britain
11-Nov-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53     Battle of Britain
04-Jun-41 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53     Reich (Western Front)
26-Nov-42 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 2000m 16.46 10km SE Mateur
28-Nov-42 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 P-38 Lightning 20-30m 15.39 3-4km E Ferryville
04-Dec-42 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 A-20 Boston 40m 15.55 18km W Mateur
06-Dec-42 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 40m 10.18 25km S Tebourba
01-Jan-43 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 400m 11.12 5km E Bone
05-Apr-43 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 P-38 Lightning 50m 09.45 5km N Ras-Zebrt
12-Apr-43 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 P-38F Lightning Low Level 09.05 10km W Zembra
22-Feb-44 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress     Based Wien/Seyring
22-Feb-44 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress     Based Wien/Seyring
22-Feb-44 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress     Based Wien/Seyring
24-Feb-44 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 13.07 DJ-7 (Kremsmunster)
23-Mar-44 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 10.38 HA-3 SW Braunschweig
23-Mar-44 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress Hss     Channel Front

Knights Cross

Oberstleutnant Gerhard Michalski

Gerhard Michalski was born on 25 June 1917 at Augsdorf in the Mansfeld region of Harz. Michalski was posted to JG53 in 1940. Leutnant Michalski was assigned to the Gruppenstab of 6./JG53. He gained his first victory on 31 March 1940, when he shot down a French Morane fighter over the French border. Michalski later participated in the Battle of Britain gaining eight victories. On 1 October 1940, he was appointed Adjutant of II./JG53. Operating over Russia, Michalski was to claim 13 further victories by the end of August 1941 to raise his victory total to 22. On 1 October 1941, Oberleutnant Michalski was appointed Staffelkapitän of 4./JG53 based at Leeuwarden in Holland. In late November, II./JG53 relocated to Sicily. Operating over Malta, Michalski was to become the most successful German fighter pilot in this area recording 26 victories. Michalski was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG53 on 1 June 1942. He also recorded his 30th victory the same day. Oberleutnant Michalski was awarded the Ritterkreuz for 41 victories on 4 September. On 15 October, Michalski was shot down in aerial combat with RAF Spitfire fighters off Marsaxxlokk Bay on his 500th combat mission. He baled out of his stricken BF 109 G-2 (W.Nr.10 484), landing in the sea. He was rescued by a Do 24 three-engine flying boat of the German air-sea rescue service. In October 1942, II./JG53 were relocated to Tunisia. By the beginning of May 1943, Michalski had recorded eight further victories, including his 50th victory, a Spitfire shot down over the harbour of Bone, on 1 January 1943. Following the fall of Tunisia, II./JG53 relocated to bases in Sicily in May 1943. On 18 June, Michalski was shot down near Donnafucata in Sicily in Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 16 362) in aerial combat with Spitfires. He baled out wounded, landing in the sea, from where he was rescued by the German air-sea rescue service and taken to a hospital in Ragusa.
La Marsa, II./JG53`s command post, March 1943

Michalski returned to JG53 in late August 1943. On 1 September, Major Michalski temporarily assumed command of JG53 when Kommodore, Oberst Günther von Maltzahn (68 victories, RK-EL) was forced into hospital with a severe bout of malaria. Von Maltzahn returned to the Geschwader on 28 September and Michalski returned to command II./JG53. In November 1943, II./JG53 was relocated yet again. Based in Austria the Gruppe operated on Reichsverteidigung duties. Michalski recorded his 60th victory on 2 November. On 24 April 1944, Michalski was appointed Kommodore of JGz.b.V based at Kassel in Germany. The unit was formed to control III./JG3, I./JG5, II./JG27, III./JG54 and II./JG53. On 1 May, he was shot down and wounded in Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 440 232) in aerial combat. Following his recovery, Michalski was transferred to the Verbandsführerschule of the General de Jagdflieger on 20 May 1944. On 21 July, he was transferred to the Stabsstaffel of I./JG11. Michalski was appointed Kommodore of JG4 on 18 August 1944. Major Michalski was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr. 667) on 25 November for 72 victories. He gained his 73rd, and last, victory on 8 March 1945 over the Eastern front. Michalski was involved in a motor vehicle accident on 22 February 1946. He died in hospital at Kaltenkirchen.

Gerhard Michalski was credited with 73 victories in 652 missions. He recorded 59 victories over the Western front, including 13 four-engine bombers and 29 Spitfire fighters.

List of 73 aerial victories for Gerhard Michalski

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location / Comments
1 31.3.1940 16:00 Morane 6./JG53 SW Saargemünd / Morane MS 406 of GC III/7, Armée de l’Air
2 4.9.1940 - E/a II./JG53  
3 7.9.1940 - E/a II./JG53  
4 15.9.1940 - II./JG53  
5 11.10.1940 8:55 II./JG53  
6 1.11.1940 15:40 II./JG53  
7 8.11.1940 - II./JG53  
8 30.11.1940 15:26 II./JG53  
9 25.4.1941 15:47 II./JG53 5km W Walcheren
10 22.6.1941 - SB-2 II./JG53  
11 1.7.1941 13:52 I-15 II./JG53  
12 4.7.1941 16:45 SB-2 II./JG53  
13 4.7.1941 16:49 SB-3 II./JG53  
14 14.7.1941 19:24 DB-3 II./JG53  
15 19.7.1941 17:25 J-5 II./JG53  
16 27.8.1941 17:10 R-5 II./JG53  
17 29.8.1941 15:57 I-18 II./JG53  
18 11.9.1941 9:02 I-18 II./JG53  
19 21.9.1941 16:05 I-18 II./JG53  
20 23.9.1941 17:05 I-18 II./JG53  
21 28.9.1941 8:03 I-18 II./JG53  
22 4.10.1941 9:43 I-18 II./JG53  
23 20.12.1941 - 4./JG53  
24 29.12.1941 16:40 4./JG53  
25 3.1.1942 9:18 4./JG53 5km E La Valetta
26 20.1.1942 14:18 4./JG53  
27 24.1.1942 14:25 4./JG53  
28 17.3.1942 8:08 4./JG53 Malta
29 2.4.1942 10:42 4./JG53  
30 8.5.1942 9:40 P-40 4./JG53 Venezia
31 15.5.1942 11:31 4./JG53  
32 3.6.1942 11:13 4./JG53  
33 8.6.1942 - 4./JG53  
34 15.6.1942 10:40 4./JG53 70km SE Pantellaria
35 29.6.1942 8:45 4./JG53  
36 2.7.1942 8:07 4./JG53 5-8km N Ta Venezia
37 2.7.1942 13:30 4./JG53 5-10km S Kalafrana
38 8.7.1942 6:48 4./JG53  
39 8.7.1942 11:35 4./JG53  
40 30.7.1942 8:25 4./JG53  
41 31.7.1942 14:58 4./JG53 Malta / Spitfire (EP343) of 185 Sqn, RAF flown by Sgt C Weaver, crash-landed
42 31.7.1942 15:00 4./JG53  
43 2.8.1942 16:23 4./JG53  
44 10.8.1942 12:21 4./JG53  
45 12.8.1942 - 4./JG53  
46 14.8.1942 18:48 4./JG53  
47 13.10.1942 14:16 II./JG53 18-20km N La Valetta / Spitfire (EN978) “O” of 1435 Sqn, RAF flown by Sgt WB Knox-Williams
48 14.10.1942 8:20 II./JG53  
49 27.11.1942 14:56 II./JG53 10-15km S Medjez-el-Bab
50 1.1.1943 - II./JG53 Bone
51 25.2.1943 12:16 P-38 II./JG53 15km W Tebourba
- 2.3.1943 11:50 B-17 HSS II./JG53 5km SE Beja / not confirmed?
- 22.3.1943 14:10 P-38 II./JG53 9848/03 Ost / not confirmed?
52 18.4.1943 19:05 P-40 II./JG53 4km SE Gulf of Tunis
53 19.4.1943 15:56 II./JG53 15km SW Zembra
54 19.4.1943 16:08 II./JG53 10km SE Femiciana
55 2.5.1943 14:54 P-40 II./JG53  
56 8.6.1943 8:52 II./JG53 40km SSW Pozzallo
57 9.6.1943 14:00 P-38 II./JG53 15km S Pantalleria
58 13.6.1943 14:00 II./JG53 Syracuse / Spitfire (JK533) “JE” of Krendi Wing, RAF flown by W/C J Ellis (14/1/2 victories), baled out, POW
59 8.9.1943 17:00 P-38 II./JG53 SW Capri
60 2.11.1943 12:48 B-17 II./JG53 Kaisdorf
61 7.1.1944 11:28 P-38 II./JG53 15 km. S. Kalsdorf
62 24.2.1944 12:56 B-17 II./JG53 Friedburg area
63 25.2.1944 11:56 B-24 II./JG53 Radlersberg/Fridau
64 23.3.1944 10:28 B-17 II./JG53 20km NE Braunschweig
65 8.4.1944 14:00~ B-24 II./JG53  
66 11.4.1944 12:00~ B-24 II./JG53  
67 13.4.1944 13:54 B-17 II./JG53 Königsdorf
68 19.4.1944 10:25 B-17 II./JG53 S Munden E Kassel
69 29.4.1944 11:03 B-17 3./JGr z.b.v. E Braunschweig
70 21.9.1944 15:25 Lancaster Stab/JG4 NW Nijmegen
71 27.9.1944 18:15 Typhoon Stab/JG4 SW Goch
72 2.11.1944 11:56 B-17 Stab/JG4 IE-ID
? 2.11.1944 12:55 B-17 Stab/JG4 IE-ID
73 8.3.1945 - E/a Stab/JG4 Eastern front

Victories : 73
Awards : Ritterkreuz (4 September 1942)
Eichenlaub (25 November 1944)
Units : JG53, JGz.b.v., JG4, JG11
Web Reference:
http://www.luftwaffe.cz/michalski.html

Asisbiz List of aerial victories for Gerhard Michalski

Date Pilot Name Unit EA Type Height Time Location
31-Oct-39 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 Morane 406   16.00 SW of Saargemund
31-Mar-40 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 Morane 406   16.00 SW Saargemund
15-Aug-40 Gerhard Michalski 6./JG53 4000m 18.50 SW Portland
10-Oct-40 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 9500-8000m 11.45 Folkestone
11-Oct-40 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53   08.55  
28-Oct-40 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 6000m 17.28 20km S London
01-Nov-40 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53   15.40  
24-Nov-40 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53   16.50 Gravesend
30-Nov-40 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53   15.26 Ashford
25-Apr-41 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53   15.47 5km W Walcheren
20-Dec-41 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53      
29-Dec-41 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   16.40 Malta
03-Jan-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   09.18 5km E La Valetta
20-Jan-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   14.18  
24-Jan-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   14.25  
17-Mar-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53 5500m 08.08 Malta
02-Apr-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   10.42  
08-May-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53 P-40 Warhawk 50m 09.40 Flugplatz Venezia
15-May-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   11.31  
03-Jun-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   11.13  
08-Jun-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53      
15-Jun-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53 10m 10.40 70km SE Pantellaria
29-Jun-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   08.45  
02-Jul-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53 8000m 13.30 5-10km S Kalafrana
02-Jul-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53 8000m 08.07 5-8km N Ta Venezia
08-Jul-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   11.35  
08-Jul-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   06.48  
30-Jul-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   08.25  
31-Jul-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   15.00  
31-Jul-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   14.58  
02-Aug-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   16.23  
10-Aug-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   12.21  
12-Aug-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53      
14-Aug-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   18.48  
12-Oct-42 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53      
13-Oct-42 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 6000m 14.16 18-20km N La Valetta
14-Oct-42 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53   08.20  
27-Nov-42 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 3400m 14.56 10-15km S Medjez-el-Bab
01-Jan-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53      
25-Feb-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 P-38 Lightning 6000m 12.16 15km W Tebourba
02-Mar-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-17 Fortress Hss 6500m 11.50 5km SE Beja
22-Mar-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 P-38 Lightning   14.10 9848/03 Ost
18-Apr-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 P-40E Warhawk   19.05 4km SE Gulf of Tunis
19-Apr-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 10m 16.08 10km SE Femiciana
19-Apr-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 5000m 15.56 15km SW Zembra
02-May-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 P-40 Kittyhawk   14.54 10km SW location illegible
08-Jun-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 6000m 08.52 40km SSW Pozzallo
09-Jun-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 P-38F Lightning 2500m 14.00 15km S Pantalleria
13-Jun-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 10m 12.12 Syracuse
08-Sep-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab /JG53 P-38 Lightning 2000m 17.00 SW Insel Capri
02-Nov-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-24 Liberator 8000m 12.48 Kaisdorf
02-Nov-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-24 Liberator 8000m 12.48 Kaisdorf
07-Jan-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 P-38 Lightning 6000m 11.28 15km S Kalsdorf
24-Feb-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 12.56 gegend Friedburg
25-Feb-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-24 Liberator 7000m 11.56 Radlersberg/Fridau
23-Mar-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 10.28 20km NE Braunschweig
08-Apr-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-24 Liberator      
11-Apr-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-24 Liberator      
13-Apr-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 15.54 Konigsdorf (Est Pforzheim)
13-Apr-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-17 Fortress   13.54 Time confliction
19-Apr-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-17 Fortress 6000m 10.35 LU-56 (S Munden E Kassel)
29-Apr-44 Gerhard Michalski 3./JGr./z./b./V B-17 Fortress 7000m 11.03 Schandelah (E Brauschweig)
21-Sep-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab /JG4 Halifax Glider-Tugs 500m 15.25 NW Nijmegen
27-Sep-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab III./JG4 Typhoon 200m 18.15 SW Goch
02-Nov-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab /JG4 B-17 Fortress 7800m 12.55 IE-ID
02-Nov-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab /JG4 B-17 Fortress 4800m 11.56 IE-ID
08-Mar-45 Gerhard Michalski StabJG4 Jak-9   10.27  

Knights Cross

Herbert Rollwage

Herbert Rollwage was born on 24 September 1916 at Gielde near Goslar in Niedersachsen. He joined the Luftwaffe in 1936. In spring 1941, Rollwage was posted to JG53. Unteroffizier Rollwage was assigned to 5./JG53. He claimed his first victory on the opening day of Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia on 22 June, when he shot down a Russian SB-2 twin-engined bomber. By 5 October he had claimed 11 Russian aircraft shot down, including three victories recorded on 27 August. II./JG53 was transferred to the Mediterranean theatre in December 1941. By the end of October 1942, Rollwage had claimed 20 British aircraft, mainly RAF Spitfires, shot down over Malta. He was shot down in aerial combat over Koufonisi island on 10 November 1942 in Bf-109G-2 (W.Nr. 10500) 'Black 5'. Rollwage forcelanded his damaged aircraft having also received wounds in the enagagement.

Operating over Tunisia from December 1942, Oberfeldwebel Rollwage claimed a further six victories. On 2 March 1943, he was shot down in near Pont-du-Fahs following an interception of USAAF B-17 four-engined bombers as they approached Bizerta. Escorting RAF Spitfires chased Rollwage hitting his Bf-109 G-4 (W.Nr. 160 67) and wounding him. He force-landed his shot up aircraft near Bou Arada. It is thought his victor was the British ace F/Lt Roy Hussey (12 confirmed, 1 probable and 4.5 damaged victories, KIFA 20 February 1945) of 72Sqn, RAF. Relocated to Sicily in May 1943, Rollwage claimed a further 10 victories, including two four-engined bombers. He recorded his 40th victory on 13 June 1943. On 10 July, Rollwage was badly wounded in aerial combat near San Pietro but managed to regain his base although his Bf-109 G-6 (W.Nr. 18242) was classified as 100% damaged. Rollwage spent several months in hospital as a result. Rollwage returned to combat duty and 5./JG53, now based at Vienna-Seyring in Austria operating on Reichsverteidigung duties, in December 1943 after recovery from the wounds he received in July. He had 47 victories to his credit at this time.

He recorded his 50th victory on 22 February 1944, a Herausschuss of a USAAF B-24 four-engined bomber
between Altötting and Straubing. Rollwage was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 5 April for 53 victories. He recorded his 60th victory on 27 May when he shot down a USAAF P-51 fighter near Rambervillers. On 10 August 1944, newly promoted Leutnant Rollwage was appointed Staffelkapitän of 5./JG53. He recorded his 70th victory on 25 November when he shot down a US Army reconnaisance light plane near Mommerheim. Rollwage left II./JG53 on 5 December 1944 having been assigned to 2./JG106 as an instructor. Leutnant Rollwage was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr. 713) on 24 January 1945. In early April 1945, Rollwage returned to II./JG53. It is thought that he never officially returned to the Gruppe, rather that after II./JG53 moved to Ulm-Ristissen, the former base of II./JG106 which was being disbanded, Rollwage attached himself to II./JG53 where he stayed until war's end. He gained a number of victories with the unit. Rollwage survived the war. He died at Gielde on 4 January 1980. Herbert Rollwage's victory total is not known for sure but he did fly a total of 664 missions. It is known he was credited with 71 victories, including 11 recorded over the Eastern front. It is thought his final total may be between 80 and 85. Some sources credit Rollwage with 102 victories, including 44 four-engined bombers but it is thought that this number is in error.

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location
1. 22.6.1941 5:57 SB-2 4./JG 53  
2. 11.7.1941 5:45 SB-3 4./JG 53  
3. 21.7.1941 21:03 SB-3 4./JG 53  
4. 25.8.1941 16:40 I-18 4./JG 53 S Njetschanje
5. 27.8.1941 13:48 Seaplane 4./JG 53 NW Szaltzo
6. 27.8.1941 13:49 Seaplane 4./JG 53 NW Szaltzo
7. 27.8.1941 17:14 Reiseflugzeug 4./JG 53 N Ivanskoye
8. 31.8.1941 5:09 I-16 4./JG 53 SW Solugubovka
9. 16.9.1941 10:31 La-5 4./JG 53 NE Babino
10. 30.9.1941 13:08 I-180 4./JG 53  
11. 5.10.1941 6:32 I-16 4./JG 53  
12. 4.1.1942 10:31 5./JG 53 Malta
13. 14.4.1942 17:05 Beaufort 5./JG 53 S Qrendi / Beaufort of 39 or 22 Sqn, RAF
14. 14.4.1942 17:07 Beaufort 5./JG 53 S Qrendi / Beaufort of 39 or 22 Sqn, RAF
15. 24.4.1942 7:43 5./JG 53 Malta
16. 9.5.1942 11:05 5./JG 53 Malta
17. 10.5.1942 11:05 5./JG 53 S Valetta
18. 10.5.1942 19:04 5./JG 53 S Valetta / Spitfire (BR348) of 603 Sqn, RAF flown by P/O JG Mejor, baled out unhurt
19. 13.5.1942 13:02 5./JG 53 N Luqa / Spitfire of 603 Sqn, RAF flown by F/Sgt RH Brown, damaged, returned safely
20. 1.7.1942 14:04 5./JG 53 St Paul`s Bay / Spitfire of 185 Sqn, RAF
21. 6.7.1942 7:37 5./JG 53 SE Gozo / Spitfire of 603 Sqn, RAF
22. 6.7.1942 19:41 5./JG 53 NE Valetta
23. 7.7.1942 6:47 5./JG 53 NE Zongor / Spitfire of 249 or 185 Sqn, RAF
24. 8.7.1942 11:32 5./JG 53 S Birzebbuga
25. 9.7.1942 19:25 5./JG 53 SW Dingli
26. 14.7.1942 10:25 5./JG 53 Malta
27. 28.7.1942 8:54 5./JG 53 W Zongor Pt / Possibly Spitfire (BR303) of 1435 Flt, RAF flown by F/Sgt RH Brown, baled out
28. 29.7.1942 10:11 5./JG 53 Malta
29. 8.8.1942 10:02 5./JG 53 N Valetta / Spitfire of 1435 Flt, RAF
30. 24.10.1942 16:28 5./JG 53 Near Fromm Ir-Rih Bay
31. 26.10.1942 12:14 5./JG 53 16km N Valetta
32. 12.12.1942 15:11 P-38 5./JG 53 15km NE Linosa
33. 15.12.1942 8:41 P-38 5./JG 53 6km SE Bou Chebka
34. 17.12.1942 9:53 P-38 5./JG 53 10km E Gafsa
35. 30.12.1942 11:16 P-38 5./JG 53 30km NE Gabes
36. 23.2.1943 13:05 Beaufort 5./JG 53  
37. 24.2.1943 12:10 5./JG 53  
38. 22.5.1943 18:35 5./JG 53 Near Gela
39. 9.6.1943 12:58 B-24 5./JG 53 Near Malta
40. 13.6.1943 12:05 5./JG 53 Near Mineo
41. 20.6.1943 10:47 5./JG 53 S Cap Passero
42. 4.7.1943 11:14 5./JG 53  
43. 4.7.1943 14:18 B-26 5./JG 53  
44. 8.7.1943 12:28 B-17 5./JG 53 10km SW Cape Scaramia
45. 9.7.1943 11:02 P-40 5./JG 53  
46. 10.7.1943 10:37 P-38 5./JG 53 Near Gela
47. 10.7.1943 10:39 Ryan O-51 5./JG 53 Near Gela / Probably Vought Kingfisher of US Navy
48. 7.1.1944 12:29 P-38 5./JG 53 S Feldbach / P-38 of 1 FG, USAAF
49. 7.1.1944 12:32 P-38 5./JG 53 S Feldbach / P-38 of 1 FG, USAAF
50. 22.2.1944 13:20 B-24 HSS 5./JG 53 Altötting-Straubing
51. 24.2.1944 13:05 B-17 5./JG 53 Near Gmünd
52. 23.3.1944 10:31 B-17 5./JG 53  
53. 2.4.1944 11:28 B-17 5./JG 53 Zeltweg area
54. 8.4.1944 13:55 B-24 5./JG 53  
55. 11.4.1944 11:08 B-17 5./JG 53 Halberstedt-Quedlingburg
56. 11.4.1944 11:56 B-17 HSS 5./JG 53 Goslar
57. 13.4.1944 13:58 B-17 5./JG 53 S Aschaffenburg
58. 19.4.1944 10:35 B-17 5./JG 53 S Munden, E Kassel
59. 12.5.1944 15:29 B-17 5./JG 53 Near Koblenz
60. 27.5.1944 12:21 P-51 5./JG 53 Near Rambervillers
61. 27.5.1944 12:30 B-17 5./JG 53 Near Offenberg
62. 29.5.1944 12:05 B-17 5./JG 53 Dessau
63. 8.6.1944 10:47 B-26 5./JG 53 NE Cherbourg
64. 17.6.1944 16:15 P-47 5./JG 53 4km NE Carentan
65. 22.8.1944 19:33 P-38 5./JG 53 20km NW St Quentin
66. 23.8.1944 9:31 P-47 5./JG 53 12km SW Mantes
67. 28.9.1944 17:38 P-47 5./JG 53 N Sarrebourg
68. 28.9.1944 17:38 P-47 5./JG 53 St Nicholas
69. 20.10.1944 10:48 P-47 5./JG 53 Strasbour-Colmar area
70. 25.11.1944 12:45 Piper 5./JG 53 N Mommenheim
? 5.4.1945 - P-47 II./JG 53  

Victories : 85~
Awards : Ehrenpokal (10 August 1942)
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (12 December 1942)
Ritterkreuz (5 April 1944)
Eichenlaub (24 January 1945)
Units : JG53, JG106
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Asisbiz Database of 62 aerial victories for Herbert Rollwage

Date Pilot Name Unit EA Type Height Time Location
04-Jan-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53   10.31 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
14-Apr-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Beaufort   17.05 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
14-Apr-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Beaufort   17.07 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
24-Apr-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 50m 07.43 West of Flugplatz Venezia
09-May-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53   11.05 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
10-May-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53   11.05 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
10-May-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 2000-100m 19.04 2km S La Valetta
13-May-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53   13.02 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
01-Jul-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53   14.04 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
06-Jul-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53   07.37 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
06-Jul-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53   19.41 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
07-Jul-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53   06.47 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
08-Jul-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53   11.32 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
09-Jul-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53   19.25 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
14-Jul-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53   10.25 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
28-Jul-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53   08.54 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
29-Jul-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53   10.11 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
08-Aug-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 1700m 10.20 5km N La Valetta
22-Oct-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 4000m 16.28 Fomm-Ja-Rih Bay
24-Oct-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53   16.28 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
26-Oct-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 400m 12.14 15km N La Valetta
12-Dec-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-38 Lightning 1000-500m 15.11 15km NE Linosa
15-Dec-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-38 Lightning 600m 08.41 6km SE Bou Chebka
17-Dec-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-38 Lightning 100m 09.53 10km E Gafsa
30-Dec-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-38 Lightning 50m 11.16 30km NE Gabes
23-Feb-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Beaufort Low Level 13.05 60km W Trapani
24-Feb-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 2000m 12.10 10km W Fl-Marcissa
22-May-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 3000m 18.35 20km S Gela
09-Jun-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-24D Liberator Low Level 12.58 7km NW La Valetta
13-Jun-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 5500m 12.05 Un-deciphered position
20-Jun-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 100m 10.47 25km S Cap Passero
04-Jul-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-26 Marauder   14.18 60km S Gela
04-Jul-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 4000m 11.14 15km E Catania
08-Jul-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17F 2000m 12.28 10km SW Ragusa
09-Jul-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-40 Kittyhawk 600m 18.02 7km NW Capo san Vito
10-Jul-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-38F Lightning Low Level 10.37 1km S Gela
10-Jul-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Ryan Low Level 10.39 2km S Gela
07-Jan-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-38 Lightning 3000m 11.32 30km SW Kalsdorf
07-Jan-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-38 Lightning 3600m 11.29 35km ESE Graz
22-Feb-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-24 Liberator Hss     Based Wien/Seyring
24-Feb-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress   13.05  
23-Mar-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 10.31 HA-3 SW Braunschweig
02-Apr-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress   11.28  
08-Apr-44 Herbert Rollwage 4./JG53 B-24 Liberator   13.55  
11-Apr-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress 6000m 11.56 JA Goslar
11-Apr-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress 6000m 11.08 JC (Halberstadt-Quedlingburg)
13-Apr-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress 5800m 13.58 S Aschaffenburg
19-Apr-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress 6000m 10.35 LU-56 (S Munden E Kassel)
12-May-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress 5000m 15.29 10km vor Koblenz
27-May-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress 6500m 12.30 BQ-9 (bei Offenburg)
27-May-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-51 Mustang 6500m 12.21 CO-CN (Rambervillers 270˚)
29-May-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress 6800m 12.06 JE-JF Dessau
08-Jun-44 Herbert Rollwage 6./JG53 B-26 Marauder 2000m 10.43 RS-87 (off Barlfeur)
17-Jun-44 Herbert Rollwage 6./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 1000m 16.15 TS-5 (Carnetan)
22-Aug-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-38 Lightning 2000m 19.33 RF 6 (5km S Peronne)
23-Aug-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 4000m 09.31 AD-2 (Mantes-la-Jolie)
28-Sep-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 1500m 17.38 AP-7 (N Sarrebourg)
28-Sep-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt Low Level 17.38 BN-5 (St Nicholas SW Nancy)
20-Oct-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 600m 10.48 CP-2 (SW Strasbourg)
25-Nov-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Piper L-4 500m 12.45 AQ 6-3 (Haguenau)
05-Apr-45 Herbert Rollwage Stab II./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt   - -

Luftwaffe Badge

Heinz 'Hans' Altendorf

Units:7./JG-53 (4/40 Wiesbaden-Erbenheim), Stfkpt 7./JG-53 (10/40; 5/41 Maldeghem; 6/41 S.U.)

Awards:DK-G(2/25/42), EP, EK 1(5/40) & 2(4/1/40), Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft:Bf 109E-4 WNr 5372 (dam.10/5/40), Bf 109E-4(11/40), Bf 109F-2(4/41), Bf 109F-4 WNr 7348 'White 1+I' (12/16/41)

Remarks:POW 16 December, 1941; shot down in his Wk# 7348 'White 1 + I' by anti-aircraft fire at Mechili, Libya while attacking a British tank column. Force landed his Werk # 5372 at Cape Griz Nez on 5 October, 1940 after being damaged during combat over England; no injuries reported (Prien). Force landed his F-2 Werk # 5525 at Grajewo S.U., w/o injuries, on 23 June, 1941 (Prien). One known victory, his 1st, a Bloch 152 northeast of Reims, 19 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Hawk-75A southwest of Compiegne, 21 May, 1940. His 3rd, a Morane 406 10 km south of Creil, 27 May, 1940. His 4th, a Potez 63 at Gournay on 3 June, 1940. His 5th, a Blenheim over England on 8 September, 1940. His 6th, a Spitfire NW of Dungeness on 20 September, 1940. His 7th, a Hurricane on 13 May, 1941, no location. An 8th, a Hurricane W of Ramsgate on 16 May, 1941. Survived the war. Magnus.

Asisbiz Database of 7 aerial victories for Heinz Altendorf

Date Pilot Name Unit EA Type Height Time Location
19-May-40 Heinz Altendorf 7./JG53 Bloch 152   09.35 NE Reims
21-May-40 Heinz Altendorf 7./JG53 Hawk-75A   19.25 SW Compiegne
27-May-40 Heinz Altendorf 7./JG53 Morane 2000m 14.20 10km S Creil
03-Jun-40 Heinz Altendorf 7./JG53 Potez 63   10.35 Gournay
08-Sep-40 Heinz Altendorf 7./JG53   15.15 Battle of Britain
20-Sep-40 Heinz Altendorf 7./JG53   12.50 NW Dungeness
13-May-41 Heinz Altendorf 7./JG53   16.05 Reich (Western Front)
16-May-41 Heinz Altendorf 7./JG53 7000m 16.05 5km W. Ramsgate

Knights Cross

Franz Gotz - Franz 'Altvater' Götz

Units:7./JG-53(3/40), Stfkpt 9./JG-53 (12/41), Kdr III./JG-53, Kdr JG-26 (1/28/45 to end replacing J.Priller)

Awards:RK(9/4/42), DK-G(10/17/41), EP(11/14/40), EK 1(5/40) & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pendant

Known Aircraft:Ar 68E 'Wh 6', Bf 109E-4, F & Bf 109G-6 in III/JG-53, Fw 190D-13 WNr 836017 'Yellow 10' (Flensburg '45)

Remarks:POW May, 1945. Flew operations for all 5 years of the war. His 1st aerial victory was 14 May, 1940. A Hawk-75A W of Laon on 18 May, 1940. A 3rd, a Morane 406 10 km S of Creil on 27 May, 1940. His 4th, a Potez 63 on 5 June, 1940, no location. His 4th, a Hawk-75 at Rethel-Attigny on 9 June, 1940. His 5th, a Bloch 152 at Reims, 11 June, 1940. His 10th, a Spitfire E of Dover on 7 May, 1941. His 49th & 50th victories, both Spitfires on 26 May, 1944 at Marta Italy. Rose to Major from the Enlisted ranks. 766 combat missions. At least 5 victories in the Desert. 5 bombers. 17 victories in the East. Priller's successor 28 January, 1945. Bowers/Lednicer, 63 victories. His last AC survived the war, and is on display at the Champlin Fighter Museum in Arizona. In 2006, on display at the Museum of Aviation, Boeing Field, Seattle. Photo.

Asisbiz Database of 35 aerial victories for Franz Gotz - Franz 'Altvater' Götz

Date Pilot Name Unit EA Type Height Time Location
14-May-40 Franz Gotz 7./JG53 Morane 406     Sedan
18-May-40 Franz Gotz 7./JG53 Hawk-75A     West of Laon
27-May-40 Franz Gotz 7./JG53 Morane 406 7500m 14.12 10km S Creil
05-Jun-40 Franz Gotz 7./JG53 Potez 63   14.30 Western Front
06-Jun-40 Franz Gotz 7./JG53 Bloch 152   09.50 SE Soissons
09-Jun-40 Franz Gotz 7./JG53 Hawk-75A 4000m 10.10 Rethel-Attigny
11-Jun-40 Franz Gotz 7./JG53 Bloch 152 1000m 11.55 Reims
08-Sep-40 Franz Gotz 7./JG53   13.35 Battle of Britain
15-Sep-40 Franz Gotz 9./JG53   15.40 Battle of Britain
18-Sep-40 Franz Gotz 9./JG53   20.50 Battle of Britain
30-Sep-40 Franz Gotz 9./JG53 4000m 15.10 Hastings
07-May-41 Franz Gotz 9./JG53 7000m 16.53 E. Dover
09-May-42 Franz Gotz 9./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   10.25 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
12-May-42 Franz Gotz 9./JG53 7800m 15.06 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
10-Jun-42 Franz Gotz 9./JG53   07.50 N. Bir Hacheim
14-Jun-42 Franz Gotz 9./JG53 5500m 11.05 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
15-Jun-42 Franz Gotz 9./JG53 Low Level 06.16 10km NNE Ras-El-Tir
26-Jun-42 Franz Gotz 9./JG53 Blenheim IV 6000m 10.30 20km SE Sollûm
06-Jul-42 Franz Gotz 9./JG53   12.31 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
06-Jul-42 Franz Gotz 9./JG53   12.37 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
22-Jul-42 Franz Gotz 9./JG53   09.00 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
01-Nov-42 Franz Gotz 9./JG53 7000m 16.27 10km N Gozo
17-Apr-43 Franz Gotz Stab III./JG53 B-25 Mitchell 5000m 19.08 20km N. Medjez el Bab
11-May-43 Franz Gotz Stab III./JG53 P-38 Lightning 8000m 12.24 30km W Marsala
18-May-43 Franz Gotz Stab III./JG53 P-38 Lightning 7200m 14.05 70km NW Trapani
21-May-43 Franz Gotz Stab III./JG53 P-38 Lightning 3500m 11.15 50km SW Granitola Toretta
05-Jul-43 Franz Gotz Stab III./JG53 B-17 Fortress 3000m 11.40 30km SW Augusta
02-Dec-43 Franz Gotz III./JG53 P-38 Lightning 5000m 12.00 30km SE Valenza
12-Apr-44 Franz Gotz Stab III./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 5800m 09.37 bei Rauligliana
26-May-44 Franz Gotz Stab III./JG53 4500m 09.49 GD 7 (Marta)
26-May-44 Franz Gotz Stab III./JG53 4500m 09.48 HD 2 (Marta)
03-Aug-44 Franz Gotz Stab III./JG53 P-51 Mustang 7000m 15.25 BS-2 (Calw S Pforzheim)
15-Aug-44 Franz Gotz Stab III./JG53 B-24 Liberator 7000m 12.52 05 Ost/EN-7 (Steenwijk)
22-Aug-44 Franz Gotz Stab III./JG53 P-51 Mustang 8000m 11.35 Channel Front
24-Aug-44 Franz Gotz Stab III./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 11.15 DA (SW Luneburg)

Knights Cross

Jürgen Harder

Units:Stfkpt 1/J88, IV./JG-132 ('39), Kdr III./JG-53 (8/40 Sempy), Kdr I./JG-53 (2/44), Kdr JG-11 ('45)

Awards:RK(12/5/43)-EL(2/1/45), Spanish Cross, DK-G(2/8/43), EP(11/16/42), EK 1 & 2, Wound Badge, Fighter Oper.Clasp

Known Aircraft:Bf 109B-1, Bf 109E(Sempy), Bf 109F-2 WNr's 8085 & 9212 (35% dam 9/25/41), both '<o+I', Bf 109F-4Z 'White 5'& 'White 11'(both Trop), Bf 109G-4(Trop) in Italy, Feb.'44 in I/JG-53, Bf 109G-6 WNr 162434 'Black <<+' (lost 3/11/44) and Bf 109G-6 WNr 162717 'Black <2' (lost 4/25/44)

Remarks:9 Bombers, one a B-24D northwest of Marettimo on 5 May, 1943. 47 victories in the West, including 16 in the Desert. Channel pilot. Harder made an emergency landing on 4 May, 1941 in his Bf 109F-2 Werk # 8085 'Black <0 at Maldeghem, inflicting 15% damage, and no injury to himself. Three days later, he was brought down by Flak in a JG-52 F-2 with no injury (Prien). 35% to F-2 Wk#9212 on 9/25/41. His first Channel victory, a Spitfire south of Bouckerque on 3 July, 1941. Killed 17 February, 1945 in a fatal crash in Bf 109G-14 Wk# 784738 'Black <<' at Strausberg near Berlin. The cause was probably due to lack of oxygen. Harder was one of three Harder sons to become fighter pilots. All three were killed in action! His 40th victory, a Spitfire 25 km W of Albenga on 7 February, 1944. His 50th, a B-24 50 km S of Faenza on 25 April, 1944. His 55th victory, a P-51 over the Balkans on 28 July, 1944. Stationed at Mizil Romania in July, 1944. A triple victory, nos 59, 60 & 61, on 20 August, 1944; two Yak 9's and an Il-2 over Romania. His 63rd, a Yak 9 over Romania on 22 August, 1944. An Il-2 on 11 December, 1944. His 65th, an La-5 on 4 January, 1945. Photo

Asisbiz database of 64 aerial victories for Hans Joachim 'Jürgen' Harder

Date Pilot Name Unit EA Type Height Time Location
18-Mar-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53   17.15 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
30-Apr-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 Spitfire n.b.   - Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
30-Apr-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53   11.30 E. Malta
18-May-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 1200m 12.55 25km S Halfar
18-May-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 1200m 12.55 25km S. Hal Far
30-May-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   16.17 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
30-May-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   16.17 E. Ain-el-Gazala
31-May-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   18.52 W. El Adem
11-Jun-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53   16.25 W. El Adem
14-Jun-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   11.25 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
02-Aug-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 10m 14.38 2km W Tarqua
27-Sep-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 A-20 Boston   10.45 NW Kairo
09-Oct-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   09.25 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
09-Oct-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   09.15 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
09-Oct-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   16.20 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
09-Oct-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   16.23 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
13-Oct-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   17.55 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
13-Oct-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   09.35 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
19-Oct-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   15.16 7km N. El-Daba
19-Oct-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   12.16 3km N El-Daba
20-Oct-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 200m 14.10 5km SE Abûd-Dweis
21-Oct-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk 20m 11.57 25km NW El-Alamein 20m
22-Oct-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk 2000m 10.27 15-20km SE Quotifiya
26-Oct-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk 5000m 09.57 10km NE Fûka
12-Nov-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 1500m 14.00 3km N. Qued Zarga
19-Nov-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53     Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
22-Nov-42 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 Low Level 16.44 20km SW Beja
30-Jan-43 Jürgen Harder 8./JG53 2000m 08.33 15km SE Passaro
08-Feb-43 Jürgen Harder 8./JG53 200m 10.38 30km S. Cap Corce
22-Mar-43 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 B-17 Fortress 8000m 15.55 10km N. Cap Vito
08-May-43 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 4000m 18.40 10km E. Cape Bon
08-May-43 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 8000m 18.55 10km E. Kelebia
09-May-43 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 B-17 Fortress 200m 13.25 NW Cap Galle
10-May-43 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 P-38 Lightning   13.55 2½km SW Trapani
21-May-43 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 B-17F 6200m 11.12 45km SW Granitola Toretta
07-Feb-44 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 2000m 11.55 25km W. Albenga
14-Feb-44 Jürgen Harder 7./JG53 P-38 Lightning 5500m 11.17 20km S. Rosa
25-Feb-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 B-24 Liberator 6800m 11.47 LH-4 3764 (S. Villach)
18-Mar-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 B-17 Fortress 6500m 09.54 MJ-5
28-Mar-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 3500m 12.05 AG-4 (Fano)
28-Mar-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt   12.06 AG-4 (Fano)
02-Apr-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 B-24 Liberator 4500m 12.16 MK 9
07-Apr-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 P-38 Lightning 2000m 13.08 10km S. Treviso
18-Apr-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 3000m 15.02 NF-26 (SW Udine)
25-Apr-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 B-24 Liberator Low Level 12.11 50km S. Faenza
25-Apr-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 B-24 Liberator 5000m 11.35 UD-8 (30km SW Forli)
28-Jun-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 B-24 Liberator 7000m 10.17 24 Ost N/UN-4 (W. Bucharest)
28-Jun-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 B-24 Liberator 8000m 10.08 24 Ost N/UM-4 (SW Bucharest)
03-Jul-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 P-51 Mustang 5500m 12.07 24 Ost N/UL 9 (Blejesti)
04-Jul-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 B-24 Liberator 5000m 10.24 24 Ost N/SK-4 (SW Costesti)
28-Jul-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 P-51 Mustang   - Ostfront (Eastern Front)
04-Aug-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 P-51 Mustang   - Ostfront (Eastern Front)
04-Aug-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 P-51 Mustang   - Ostfront (Eastern Front)
18-Aug-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 P-51 Mustang   - Ostfront (Eastern Front)
20-Aug-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 Jak-9   - Rumänien
20-Aug-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 Jak-9   - Rumänien
20-Aug-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53   - Rumänien
21-Aug-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 Jak-9   - Romania
21-Aug-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 Yak-9     Romania
22-Aug-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 Yak-9     Romania
22-Aug-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 Yak-9     Romania
22-Aug-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 Jak-9   - Rumänien
11-Dec-44 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 800m 12.35 88 79
04-Jan-45 Jürgen Harder Stab I./JG53 La-5   - Ostfront (Eastern Front)

Luftwaffe Badge

Heinz Herkenhoff

Units:9./JG-53 (4/41, 4/42 Comiso)

Awards:EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft:Bf 109F-2 & F-4 (Trop)

Remarks:KIA 12 June, 1942 during aerial combat with Hurricanes of RAF No. 274 Sq.. He managed to bail out, but was killed when he hit the tailplane on his exit. Magnus.

Asisbiz Database of 1 aerial victories for Heinz Herkenhoff

Date Pilot Name Unit EA Type Height Time Location
27-May-42 Heinz Herkenhoff 9./JG53 P-40 Warhawk n.b.   09.11 3km SE El Adem

Knights Cross

Stefan 'Steff' Litjens

Stefan 'Steff' Litjens was born on 13 October 1913 at Hasselt in Niederrhein. Following a pre-war fighter pilot's training, he was posted to JG53 in August 1937. At the outbreak of World War 2, Unteroffizier Litjens was serving with 4./JG53. On 16 October, Litjens was sent to Wiesbaden as a flight instructor to assist with the formation of II./JG53.

He remained at Wiesbaden until 4 November. Litjens recorded two victories during the French campaign. During the Battle of Britain, Litjens recorded four victories. Over the Eastern front, Litjens was to be particularly successful. He shot down five Russian fighters on 25 August 1941. On 11 September, Litjens shot down two Russian SB-2 twinengined bombers to record his 22nd and 23rd victories. Later that day, he engaged in aerial combat with Russian I-16 and I-18 fighters while escorting Ju 87 dive bombers in the Romanova area. During the dogfight, his Bf 109F-4 (W.Nr. 8408) was hit by return fire. He baled out of his stricken aircraft badly wounded landing in friendly territory. He was hospitalised at Riga but lost the sight from his right eye.

Oberfeldwebel Litjens returned to 4./JG53, now based in Sicily, in October 1942, despite his vision impairment. He flew missions over Malta before the unit was transferred to Tunisia. Here he claimed eight Allied aircraft shot down and flew many ground attack missions. Litjens was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 21 June 1943 for 32 victories. Following a lengthy period of leave, Litjens returned to 4./JG53 on 17 November 1943. The unit was now operating on Reichsverteidigung duties. On 22 February 1944, he shot down three USAAF B-17 four-engined bombers. He downed a further two B-17 bombers on 23 March. However, he was again shot down by return fire making an emergency landing in Bf109G-6 (W.Nr. 440 215) 'White 5+' near Gifhorn. He suffered an injury to his left eye which precluded any further combat duty. He remained with the unit until the end of the war and never stopped trying to have the decision to refrain him from combat overturned. Stefan Litjens died on 25 February 2002 aged 88.

'Steff' Litjens was credited with 38 victories in 444 missions. He recorded 17 victories over the Eastern front. Of his 21 Western front victories, five were four-engined bombers.

Units:4./JG-53 (10/39 Mannheim-Sandhofen), III./JG-53 (Operation Barbarossa), 4./JG-53 (9/41)

Awards:RK(6/21/43), DK-G(4/24/42), EP(7/21/41), EK 1 & 2, Wound Badge, Glider Badge, Fighter Oper.Clasp

Known Aircraft:Bf 109E-3 WNr 1244 'White 5+-' (10/39), Bf 109F-2 WNr 6673 'White 5+-', Bf 109F-4 WNr 7173 'Wh 5+-' (9/41), Bf 109F-4 WNr 8408 ' (lost 9/11/41), Bf 109G-2/Trop 'White 5+-' (3/43), Bf 109G-6 WNr 440215 'Wh 5'(lost 3/44)

Remarks:A fighter pilot since 1937. His 1st victory, a Morane W of Saarbrücken on 7 April, 1940. A 2nd, a Curtiss Hawk-75A over Metz, 10 May, 1940. A 3rd, a Potez 63 on 8 June, 1940, no location. A 4th, a Spitfire N of Portland on 13 August, 1940. A 5th, a Spitfire at Tonbridge on 26 October, 1940. A 6th & 7th, two Spitfires on 11 November, 1940, no location. On 11 September, 1941 he lost his right eye after being shot down at Romanowa by an I-16 of the 191 IAP. Despite the handicap, he flew again in November 1942 at Malta, Tunisia, and home defense scoring another 14 victories. He scored a triple victory on 22 February, 1944, his 33rd, 34th & 35th; three B-17's while based at Vienna-Seyring. On 23 March, 1944, after downing two B-17's in 'White 5' near Braunschweig, he crashed injuring his left eye, ending his combat duties. 'White 5' seemed to be his favorite number as his E-3 in 1939 was also a 'White 5', Werk # 1244. 400 missions. 5 four engine bombers. 16 victories in the East. Photo Deceased 25 February, 2002.

List of 21 aerial victories for Stefan Litjens

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location
- 7.4.1940 12:30 Morane 4./JG53 W Saarbrucken / not confirmed
1 10.5.1940 15:25 Curtiss 4./JG53 Metz
2 8.6.1940 11:00 Potez 63 4./JG53 -
3 13.8.1940 17:40 4./JG53 N Dorchester
4 26.10.1940 11:30 4./JG53 near Tonbridge
5 11.11.1940 13:25 4./JG53 -
6 11.11.1940 13:28 4./JG53 -
- 4.6.1941 18:00~ 4./JG53 10km S Dungeness / not confirmed
7 22.6.1941 5:56 SB-2 4./JG53 -
8 22.6.1941 5:58 SB-2 4./JG53 -
9 1.7.1941 19:35 SB-3 4./JG53 -
10 1.7.1941 20:12 SB-3 4./JG53 -
11 7.7.1941 10:44 SB-3 4./JG53 -
12 7.7.1941 10:46 SB-3 4./JG53 -
13 10.7.1941 9:03 SB-3 4./JG53 -
14 10.7.1941 9:05 SB-3 4./JG53 -
15 25.8.1941 10:16 I-16 4./JG53 near Chudovo
16 25.8.1941 14:31 I-18 4./JG53 near Chudovo / Probably MiG-3
17 25.8.1941 16:36 I-18 4./JG53 near Chudovo / Probably MiG-3
18 25.8.1941 16:36 I-18 4./JG53 near Chudovo / Probably MiG-3
19 25.8.1941 16:39 I-18 4./JG53 near Chudovo / Probably MiG-3
20 26.8.1941 5:30 I-18 4./JG53 near Spaskaya-Polist
21 27.8.1941 16:00 I-153 4./JG53 -
22 11.9.1941 10:10 SB-2 4./JG53 SE Kolpino
23 11.9.1941 14:19 I-18 4./JG53 Romanowa
24 26.11.1942 16:46 4./JG53 10km SE Mateur
25 28.11.1942 15:39 P-38 4./JG53 3-4km E Ferryville
26 4.12.1942 15:51 Boston 4./JG53 18km W Mateur
27 4.12.1942 15:55 4./JG53 18km SW Mateur / Boston?
28 6.12.1942 10:18 4./JG53 25km S Tebourba
30 1.1.1943 11:12 4./JG53 5km E Bone
31 5.4.1943 9:45 P-38 4./JG53 5km N Ras-Zebrt: 50m
32 12.4.1943 9:05 P-38 4./JG53 10km W Zembra
33 22.2.1944 - B-17 4./JG53 -
34 22.2.1944 - B-17 4./JG53 -
35 22.2.1944 - B-17 4./JG53 -
36 24.2.1944 13:07 B-17 4./JG53 DJ-7: 7000m [Kremsmunster]
37 23.3.1944 10:38 B-17 4./JG53 near Gifhorn
38 23.3.1944 10:44~ B-17 HSS 4./JG53 near Gifhorn

Victories : 38
Awards : Ehrenpokal (21 July 1941)
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (24 April 1942)
Ritterkreuz (21 July 1943)
Units : JG53
http://www.luftwaffe.cz/litjens.html

Asisbiz Database of 21 aerial victories for Stefan Litjens

Date Pilot Name Unit EA Type Height Time Location
07-Apr-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 Morane   12.30 West of Saarbrucken
10-May-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   15.25 Metz
08-Jun-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 Potez-63   11.00 Reich (Western Front)
13-Aug-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 4000m 17.38-42 N Portland
26-Oct-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53   11.30 Tonbridge
11-Nov-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53     Battle of Britain
11-Nov-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53     Battle of Britain
04-Jun-41 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53     Reich (Western Front)
26-Nov-42 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 2000m 16.46 10km SE Mateur
28-Nov-42 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 P-38 Lightning 20-30m 15.39 3-4km E Ferryville
04-Dec-42 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 A-20 Boston 40m 15.55 18km W Mateur
06-Dec-42 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 40m 10.18 25km S Tebourba
01-Jan-43 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 400m 11.12 5km E Bone
05-Apr-43 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 P-38 Lightning 50m 09.45 5km N Ras-Zebrt
12-Apr-43 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 P-38F Lightning Low Level 09.05 10km W Zembra
22-Feb-44 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress     Based Wien/Seyring
22-Feb-44 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress     Based Wien/Seyring
22-Feb-44 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress     Based Wien/Seyring
24-Feb-44 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 13.07 DJ-7 (Kremsmunster)
23-Mar-44 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 10.38 HA-3 SW Braunschweig
23-Mar-44 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress Hss     Channel Front

Knights Cross

Oberstleutnant Gerhard Michalski

Gerhard Michalski was born on 25 June 1917 at Augsdorf in the Mansfeld region of Harz. Michalski was posted to JG53 in 1940. Leutnant Michalski was assigned to the Gruppenstab of 6./JG53. He gained his first victory on 31 March 1940, when he shot down a French Morane fighter over the French border. Michalski later participated in the Battle of Britain gaining eight victories. On 1 October 1940, he was appointed Adjutant of II./JG53. Operating over Russia, Michalski was to claim 13 further victories by the end of August 1941 to raise his victory total to 22. On 1 October 1941, Oberleutnant Michalski was appointed Staffelkapitän of 4./JG53 based at Leeuwarden in Holland. In late November, II./JG53 relocated to Sicily. Operating over Malta, Michalski was to become the most successful German fighter pilot in this area recording 26 victories. Michalski was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG53 on 1 June 1942. He also recorded his 30th victory the same day. Oberleutnant Michalski was awarded the Ritterkreuz for 41 victories on 4 September. On 15 October, Michalski was shot down in aerial combat with RAF Spitfire fighters off Marsaxxlokk Bay on his 500th combat mission. He baled out of his stricken BF 109 G-2 (W.Nr.10 484), landing in the sea. He was rescued by a Do 24 three-engine flying boat of the German air-sea rescue service. In October 1942, II./JG53 were relocated to Tunisia. By the beginning of May 1943, Michalski had recorded eight further victories, including his 50th victory, a Spitfire shot down over the harbour of Bone, on 1 January 1943. Following the fall of Tunisia, II./JG53 relocated to bases in Sicily in May 1943. On 18 June, Michalski was shot down near Donnafucata in Sicily in Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 16 362) in aerial combat with Spitfires. He baled out wounded, landing in the sea, from where he was rescued by the German air-sea rescue service and taken to a hospital in Ragusa.
La Marsa, II./JG53`s command post, March 1943

Michalski returned to JG53 in late August 1943. On 1 September, Major Michalski temporarily assumed command of JG53 when Kommodore, Oberst Günther von Maltzahn (68 victories, RK-EL) was forced into hospital with a severe bout of malaria. Von Maltzahn returned to the Geschwader on 28 September and Michalski returned to command II./JG53. In November 1943, II./JG53 was relocated yet again. Based in Austria the Gruppe operated on Reichsverteidigung duties. Michalski recorded his 60th victory on 2 November. On 24 April 1944, Michalski was appointed Kommodore of JGz.b.V based at Kassel in Germany. The unit was formed to control III./JG3, I./JG5, II./JG27, III./JG54 and II./JG53. On 1 May, he was shot down and wounded in Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 440 232) in aerial combat. Following his recovery, Michalski was transferred to the Verbandsführerschule of the General de Jagdflieger on 20 May 1944. On 21 July, he was transferred to the Stabsstaffel of I./JG11. Michalski was appointed Kommodore of JG4 on 18 August 1944. Major Michalski was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr. 667) on 25 November for 72 victories. He gained his 73rd, and last, victory on 8 March 1945 over the Eastern front. Michalski was involved in a motor vehicle accident on 22 February 1946. He died in hospital at Kaltenkirchen.

Gerhard Michalski was credited with 73 victories in 652 missions. He recorded 59 victories over the Western front, including 13 four-engine bombers and 29 Spitfire fighters.

List of 73 aerial victories for Gerhard Michalski

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location / Comments
1 31.3.1940 16:00 Morane 6./JG53 SW Saargemünd / Morane MS 406 of GC III/7, Armée de l’Air
2 4.9.1940 - E/a II./JG53  
3 7.9.1940 - E/a II./JG53  
4 15.9.1940 - II./JG53  
5 11.10.1940 8:55 II./JG53  
6 1.11.1940 15:40 II./JG53  
7 8.11.1940 - II./JG53  
8 30.11.1940 15:26 II./JG53  
9 25.4.1941 15:47 II./JG53 5km W Walcheren
10 22.6.1941 - SB-2 II./JG53  
11 1.7.1941 13:52 I-15 II./JG53  
12 4.7.1941 16:45 SB-2 II./JG53  
13 4.7.1941 16:49 SB-3 II./JG53  
14 14.7.1941 19:24 DB-3 II./JG53  
15 19.7.1941 17:25 J-5 II./JG53  
16 27.8.1941 17:10 R-5 II./JG53  
17 29.8.1941 15:57 I-18 II./JG53  
18 11.9.1941 9:02 I-18 II./JG53  
19 21.9.1941 16:05 I-18 II./JG53  
20 23.9.1941 17:05 I-18 II./JG53  
21 28.9.1941 8:03 I-18 II./JG53  
22 4.10.1941 9:43 I-18 II./JG53  
23 20.12.1941 - 4./JG53  
24 29.12.1941 16:40 4./JG53  
25 3.1.1942 9:18 4./JG53 5km E La Valetta
26 20.1.1942 14:18 4./JG53  
27 24.1.1942 14:25 4./JG53  
28 17.3.1942 8:08 4./JG53 Malta
29 2.4.1942 10:42 4./JG53  
30 8.5.1942 9:40 P-40 4./JG53 Venezia
31 15.5.1942 11:31 4./JG53  
32 3.6.1942 11:13 4./JG53  
33 8.6.1942 - 4./JG53  
34 15.6.1942 10:40 4./JG53 70km SE Pantellaria
35 29.6.1942 8:45 4./JG53  
36 2.7.1942 8:07 4./JG53 5-8km N Ta Venezia
37 2.7.1942 13:30 4./JG53 5-10km S Kalafrana
38 8.7.1942 6:48 4./JG53  
39 8.7.1942 11:35 4./JG53  
40 30.7.1942 8:25 4./JG53  
41 31.7.1942 14:58 4./JG53 Malta / Spitfire (EP343) of 185 Sqn, RAF flown by Sgt C Weaver, crash-landed
42 31.7.1942 15:00 4./JG53  
43 2.8.1942 16:23 4./JG53  
44 10.8.1942 12:21 4./JG53  
45 12.8.1942 - 4./JG53  
46 14.8.1942 18:48 4./JG53  
47 13.10.1942 14:16 II./JG53 18-20km N La Valetta / Spitfire (EN978) “O” of 1435 Sqn, RAF flown by Sgt WB Knox-Williams
48 14.10.1942 8:20 II./JG53  
49 27.11.1942 14:56 II./JG53 10-15km S Medjez-el-Bab
50 1.1.1943 - II./JG53 Bone
51 25.2.1943 12:16 P-38 II./JG53 15km W Tebourba
- 2.3.1943 11:50 B-17 HSS II./JG53 5km SE Beja / not confirmed?
- 22.3.1943 14:10 P-38 II./JG53 9848/03 Ost / not confirmed?
52 18.4.1943 19:05 P-40 II./JG53 4km SE Gulf of Tunis
53 19.4.1943 15:56 II./JG53 15km SW Zembra
54 19.4.1943 16:08 II./JG53 10km SE Femiciana
55 2.5.1943 14:54 P-40 II./JG53  
56 8.6.1943 8:52 II./JG53 40km SSW Pozzallo
57 9.6.1943 14:00 P-38 II./JG53 15km S Pantalleria
58 13.6.1943 14:00 II./JG53 Syracuse / Spitfire (JK533) “JE” of Krendi Wing, RAF flown by W/C J Ellis (14/1/2 victories), baled out, POW
59 8.9.1943 17:00 P-38 II./JG53 SW Capri
60 2.11.1943 12:48 B-17 II./JG53 Kaisdorf
61 7.1.1944 11:28 P-38 II./JG53 15 km. S. Kalsdorf
62 24.2.1944 12:56 B-17 II./JG53 Friedburg area
63 25.2.1944 11:56 B-24 II./JG53 Radlersberg/Fridau
64 23.3.1944 10:28 B-17 II./JG53 20km NE Braunschweig
65 8.4.1944 14:00~ B-24 II./JG53  
66 11.4.1944 12:00~ B-24 II./JG53  
67 13.4.1944 13:54 B-17 II./JG53 Königsdorf
68 19.4.1944 10:25 B-17 II./JG53 S Munden E Kassel
69 29.4.1944 11:03 B-17 3./JGr z.b.v. E Braunschweig
70 21.9.1944 15:25 Lancaster Stab/JG4 NW Nijmegen
71 27.9.1944 18:15 Typhoon Stab/JG4 SW Goch
72 2.11.1944 11:56 B-17 Stab/JG4 IE-ID
? 2.11.1944 12:55 B-17 Stab/JG4 IE-ID
73 8.3.1945 - E/a Stab/JG4 Eastern front

Victories : 73
Awards : Ritterkreuz (4 September 1942)
Eichenlaub (25 November 1944)
Units : JG53, JGz.b.v., JG4, JG11
Web Reference:
http://www.luftwaffe.cz/michalski.html

Asisbiz List of aerial victories for Gerhard Michalski

Date Pilot Name Unit EA Type Height Time Location
31-Oct-39 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 Morane 406   16.00 SW of Saargemund
31-Mar-40 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 Morane 406   16.00 SW Saargemund
15-Aug-40 Gerhard Michalski 6./JG53 4000m 18.50 SW Portland
10-Oct-40 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 9500-8000m 11.45 Folkestone
11-Oct-40 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53   08.55  
28-Oct-40 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 6000m 17.28 20km S London
01-Nov-40 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53   15.40  
24-Nov-40 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53   16.50 Gravesend
30-Nov-40 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53   15.26 Ashford
25-Apr-41 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53   15.47 5km W Walcheren
20-Dec-41 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53      
29-Dec-41 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   16.40 Malta
03-Jan-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   09.18 5km E La Valetta
20-Jan-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   14.18  
24-Jan-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   14.25  
17-Mar-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53 5500m 08.08 Malta
02-Apr-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   10.42  
08-May-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53 P-40 Warhawk 50m 09.40 Flugplatz Venezia
15-May-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   11.31  
03-Jun-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   11.13  
08-Jun-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53      
15-Jun-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53 10m 10.40 70km SE Pantellaria
29-Jun-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   08.45  
02-Jul-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53 8000m 13.30 5-10km S Kalafrana
02-Jul-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53 8000m 08.07 5-8km N Ta Venezia
08-Jul-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   11.35  
08-Jul-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   06.48  
30-Jul-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   08.25  
31-Jul-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   15.00  
31-Jul-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   14.58  
02-Aug-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   16.23  
10-Aug-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   12.21  
12-Aug-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53      
14-Aug-42 Gerhard Michalski 4./JG53   18.48  
12-Oct-42 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53      
13-Oct-42 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 6000m 14.16 18-20km N La Valetta
14-Oct-42 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53   08.20  
27-Nov-42 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 3400m 14.56 10-15km S Medjez-el-Bab
01-Jan-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53      
25-Feb-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 P-38 Lightning 6000m 12.16 15km W Tebourba
02-Mar-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-17 Fortress Hss 6500m 11.50 5km SE Beja
22-Mar-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 P-38 Lightning   14.10 9848/03 Ost
18-Apr-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 P-40E Warhawk   19.05 4km SE Gulf of Tunis
19-Apr-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 10m 16.08 10km SE Femiciana
19-Apr-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 5000m 15.56 15km SW Zembra
02-May-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 P-40 Kittyhawk   14.54 10km SW location illegible
08-Jun-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 6000m 08.52 40km SSW Pozzallo
09-Jun-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 P-38F Lightning 2500m 14.00 15km S Pantalleria
13-Jun-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 10m 12.12 Syracuse
08-Sep-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab /JG53 P-38 Lightning 2000m 17.00 SW Insel Capri
02-Nov-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-24 Liberator 8000m 12.48 Kaisdorf
02-Nov-43 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-24 Liberator 8000m 12.48 Kaisdorf
07-Jan-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 P-38 Lightning 6000m 11.28 15km S Kalsdorf
24-Feb-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 12.56 gegend Friedburg
25-Feb-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-24 Liberator 7000m 11.56 Radlersberg/Fridau
23-Mar-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 10.28 20km NE Braunschweig
08-Apr-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-24 Liberator      
11-Apr-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-24 Liberator      
13-Apr-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 15.54 Konigsdorf (Est Pforzheim)
13-Apr-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-17 Fortress   13.54 Time confliction
19-Apr-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab II./JG53 B-17 Fortress 6000m 10.35 LU-56 (S Munden E Kassel)
29-Apr-44 Gerhard Michalski 3./JGr./z./b./V B-17 Fortress 7000m 11.03 Schandelah (E Brauschweig)
21-Sep-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab /JG4 Halifax Glider-Tugs 500m 15.25 NW Nijmegen
27-Sep-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab III./JG4 Typhoon 200m 18.15 SW Goch
02-Nov-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab /JG4 B-17 Fortress 7800m 12.55 IE-ID
02-Nov-44 Gerhard Michalski Stab /JG4 B-17 Fortress 4800m 11.56 IE-ID
08-Mar-45 Gerhard Michalski StabJG4 Jak-9   10.27  

Knights Cross

Hermann Neuhoff

Hermann Neuhoff was born on 11 April 1918 at Rheinhausen in Rheinland. He joined the Luftwaffe prior to World War 2 and trained as a fighter pilot. At the outbreak of World War 2, Neuhoff was serving with 3./JG53. On 3 October 1939, Unteroffizier Neuhoff was transferred to newly formed III./JG53 based at Wiesbaden-Erbenheim. He assigned to 7./JG53 under the command of Oberleutnant Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke (162 victories, RK-S, killed in action 23 March 1944).

He recorded his first victory on 2 March 1940 when he shot down a RAF Hurricane fighter southwest of Diedenhofen. He added a further four victories during the French campaign. He participated in the Battle of Britain gaining a further four victories. Operating over the Eastern front, Neuhoff gained considerable success. He recorded his 20th victory, a Russian DB-3 twin-engined bomber shot down on 4 August 1941 and his 30th, a Russian I-18 fighter shot down on 19 September. Neuhoff accompanied III./JG53 when it was relocated to the Mediterranean theatre in November 1941. Between 11 and 14 December, he claimed five RAF aircraft shot down in North Africa. Neuhoff then undertook a lengthy spell of instructing and attended an officer training course. In March 1942, Neuhoff returned to combat duty. III./JG53 was now based in Sicily operating over Malta. Leutnant Neuhoff claimed four RAF fighters shot down over and around the island operating with 7./JG53.

On 9 April, Neuhoff was appointed acting Staffelkapitän of 6./JG53, replacing Oberleutnant Helmut Belser (36 victories, RK, killed in a flying accident 19 June 1942) who had been transferred as Staffelkapitän of 8./JG53. On 10 April 1942, Neuhoff led his new Staffel over Malta in Bf 109F-4 (W.Nr. 7375) 'Yellow 1'. He led an attack on three RAF Spitfire fighters. During the subsequent combat Neuhoff was shot down. He baled out to become a prisoner of war. It is thought that Neuhoff had become the victim of Canadian ace Sgt Garth Horricks (8 destroyed, 0.333 probable and 6 damaged victories) of 185 Sqn, RAF.

However, returning pilots of JG53 reported that Neuhoff had been shot down by one of their own, Leutnant Werner Schöw (15 victories, killed in action 11 August 1942) of 1./JG53. Leutnant Neuhoff was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 19 June.

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 'Wh 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.

Hermann Neuhoff was credited with 40 victories in 452 missions.
He recorded 23 victories over the Eastern front.

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location
1 2.3.1940 12:20 7./JG 53 SW Diedenhofen / Hurricane of 73 Sqn RAF
2 14.5.1940 - 7./JG 53 Morane  
3 18.5.1940 - 7./JG 53 Hawk  
4 27.5.1940 14:25 7./JG 53 Caudron  
5 5.6.1940 7:50 7./JG 53  
6 9.6.1940 10:15 7./JG 53 Hawk  
7 11.6.1940 12:03 7./JG 53 Bloch 151  
8 25.8.1940 - 7./JG 53  
9 15.9.1940 18:25 7./JG 53  
10 18.9.1940 10:55 7./JG 53 Near Ashford
11 22.6.1941 16:35 7./JG 53 DB-3  
12 25.6.1941 10:50 7./JG 53 DB-3  
13 25.6.1941 10:55 7./JG 53 DB-3  
14 25.6.1941 18:20 7./JG 53 Il-2  
15 26.6.1941 9:50 7./JG 53 DB-3  
16 23.7.1941 13:30 7./JG 53 I-18  
17 25.7.1941 18:17 7./JG 53 Pe-2  
18 25.7.1941 18:25 7./JG 53 Pe-2  
19 27.7.1941 8:05 7./JG 53 DB-3  
20 4.8.1941 18:15 7./JG 53 DB-3  
21 13.8.1941 6:05 7./JG 53 DB-3 Velikiye-Luki area
22 22.8.1941 17:00 7./JG 53 DB-3  
23 24.8.1941 16:15 7./JG 53 DB-3 Chudovo area
24 27.8.1941 13:55 7./JG 53 I-61  
25 30.8.1941 17:05 7./JG 53 Pe-2  
26 30.8.1941 17:25 7./JG 53 DB-3  
27 31.8.1941 9:30 7./JG 53 I-16  
28 15.9.1941 10:05 7./JG 53 I-18  
29 19.9.1941 17:15 7./JG 53 DB-3  
30 19.9.1941 17:19 7./JG 53 I-18  
31 19.9.1941 17:20 7./JG 53 DB-3  
32 11.12.1941 11:30 7./JG 53  
33 12.12.1941 16:00 7./JG 53  
34 12.12.1941 16:10 7./JG 53 P-40  
35 14.12.1941 15:45 7./JG 53  
36 1.3.1942 13:10 7./JG 53  
37 18.3.1942 17:30 7./JG 53 Malta / Hurricane of 185 Sqn, RAF
38 20.3.1942 8:23 7./JG 53 Malta / Spitfire of 249 Sqn, RAF
39 8.4.1942 - 7./JG 53 Malta / Hurricane of 185 or 229 Sqn, RAF
40 8.4.1942 - 7./JG 53 Malta / Hurricane of 185 or 229 Sqn, RAF

Victories : 40
Awards : Knight`s Cross
Units : JG53

http://www.luftwaffe.cz/neuhoff.html

Asisbiz Database of 20 aerial victories for Hermann Neuhoff

Date Pilot Name Unit EA 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)

 Some of the most widely used Book References:

  • Jagdwaffe: Battle of Britain: Phase One: July-August 1940 (Luftwaffe Colours: Volume Two, Section 1) Paperback Eric Mombeek (Author), David Wadman (Author), Eddie J Creek (Author)
  • Jagdwaffe: Battle of Britain: Phase Two: August-September 1940 (Luftwaffe Colours: Volume Two, Section 2) Paperback Eric Mombeek (Author), David Wadman (Author), Martin Pegg (Author)
  • Jagdwaffe: Battle of Britain: Phase Three: September-October 1940 (Luftwaffe Colours: Volume Two, Section 3) Paperback Eric Mombeek (Author), David Wadman (Author), Martin Pegg (Author)
  • Jagdwaffe: Battle of Britain: Phase Four: November 1940-June 1941 (Luftwaffe Colours: Volume Two, Section 4) Paperback Eric Mombeek (Author), David Wadman (Author), Martin Pegg (Author)

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  • Revi Magazines (Czech) - http://www.revi.cz/