II. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 - II./JG53
4 Staffel II Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 - 4./JG53
Luftwaffe JG53 pilots Maltzahn,Wilcke,Kurt Brundle,Heinz Bretnutz,Stefan Utjens,Franz Gatz
Photo's 01-02: Major Gunther von Maltzahn with several of his pilots. From the left, Major von Maltzahn; Hptm. Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke, Kommandeur of III./JG53; Oblt. Kurt Brundle, Staffelkapitan of 5./JG53; Hptm Heinz Bretnutz, Kommandeur of II./JG53; Ofw. Stefan Utjens of 4./JG53 and Oblt. Franz Gatz, Staffelkapitan of 9./JG53.All these pilots would eventually be awarded the Ritterkreuz and some the higher grades, e.g. von Maltzahn and Brundle received the Oak Leaves and Wilcke the Swords.
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 4./JG53 (White 4+-) Fritz Dinger WNr 7187 Solugubowka, Russia Oct 1941
Photo 01: Bf 109F4 4./JG53 (White 4+-) Fritz Dinger WNr 7187 Solugubowka, Russia Oct 1941 01
Rudder of Ofw. Fritz Dinger Bf 109F-4, WNr.7187, 'White 4' of 4./JG53, marked with 10 victory bars and photographed at Solugubowka on the day he crash landed, Oct 5 1941 including other photos taken later.
Messerschmitt Bf 109F 4./JG53 (White 7+-) Otto Schlosser Russia Sep 1941
Photo's 01-02: In early September, Lt. Otto Schlosser of 4./JG53 was apparently involved in two accidents. On the first occasion, Schlosser is believed to have stalled while landing, with the result shown here. A few days later, on 6 September, II./JG53 moved to Lyuban, 66 km south of Schlisselburg in Northern Russia, in order to support army operations in that area. During the first day's operations from the new airfield, Schlosser was killed when his Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 WNr. 8389, struck an obstacle while taking off.
Messerschmitt Bf 109F 4./JG53 (White 8+-) landing incident
6 Staffel II Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 - 6./JG53
Messerschmitt Bf 109F2 6./JG53 (Yellow 10+) Oblt. Otto Bohner WNr 8100 March 1941
Photo 01: Oblt. Otto Bohner, the Staffelkaptin of 6./JG53 with his Bf109F-2, W.Nr. 8100. Photographed at the end of March 1941, Bohner's machine is marked with only four victories despite the fact that at this time he had claimed five. He scored his sixth on 20 April.
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 6./JG53 (Yellow 12+) Dr. Felix Sauer France March 1941
Otto Bohner - Erich (Otto) Boehner
Units:Stab II./JG-53, 6./JG-53 (11/40)
Awards:EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp
Known Aircraft:Bf 109E
Remarks:Claimed a 'damaged' Morane 406 10 May, 1940, no location. Two more 'damaged' Moranes S of Sedan 13 May, 1940. A 4th 'damaged', a Hawk-75 on 14 May, 1940, no location. His 1st confirmed victory, a Hurricane on 15 November, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire SE of Dover on 20 April, 1941. A Spitfire east of Deal on 7 May, 1941. (Perry Claims, both 'confirmed' as Otto). Alternate spelling: Böhner.
Asisbiz Database of 4 aerial victories for Otto Bohner
Fritz Dinger was born on 20 August 1915 at Ottweiler in Saar. He joined the Luftwaffe pre-war and trained as a fighter pilot. Dinger was posted to JG53 in August 1939. Unteroffizier Dinger was assigned to 4./JG53. He participated in the French campaign and the Battle of Britain. On 16 August 1940, Feldwebel Dinger was shot down and wounded. He was forced to come down in the sea 50km north of Cherbourg where he was rescued by the German air-sea rescue service. He was promoted to the rank of Leutnant on 1 November 1940. Operating over the Eastern front, Dinger gained his first victory on 1 July 1941. By the end September he had raised his total to 11. On 5 October, he force-landed Bf 109 F-4 (W.Nr. 7187) near Solugubowka following aerial combat. Dinger escaped injury. In October 1941, II./JG53 was relocated to the North Sea coast based at Leeuwarden in Holland. Dinger claimed a RAF Blenheim twin-engined bomber shot down on 27 October to record his 12th victory. II./JG53 were relocated to Sicily in December 1941. He claimed six RAF fighters shot down over and around Malta during spring 1942 (13-18). On 26 July 1942, Dinger was transferred to I./JG53 based on the Eastern front. Leutnant Dinger was assigned to 1./JG53. During the summer months of 1942, Leutnant Dinger claimed 30 Russian aircraft shot down, including 29 victories from 1 to 22 September alone. On 15 October 1942, Dinger was appointed Staffelkapitän of 4./JG53 based on Sicily in the Mediterranean theatre. Leutnant Dinger was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 23 December for 49 victories. He was promoted to the rank of Oberleutnant a short while later. On 4 June 1943, he recorded his 60th victory. Dinger was killed by bomb fragments in an allied bombing raid of Scalea on 27 July 1943.
Fritz Dinger was credited with 67 victories in over 600 missions. He recorded 41 victories over the Eastern front.
Units:FlgzFr 4./JG-53 (5/40 Mannheim; Stfkpt 10/41), Stab I./JG-53 (8/42 S.U.), III./JG-53
Awards:RK(12/23/42), DK-G(11/23/42), EP(10/26/42), EK 1 & 2, Wnd Bdg(8/16/40), Ftr Oper.Clasp w/Pend
Known Aircraft:Bf 109E-3 (5/40), Bf 109F-4 WNr 7187 'White 4' (dam 10/5/41), Bf 109F in Staffel, Bf 109G-2/Trop 'White 4+-' in 4/JG-53
Remarks:KIA 27 July, 1943 from bomb fragments during an air raid in Scalea Italy. 600+combat missions. WIA 16 August, 1940 during aerial combat 50 km north of Cherbourg and crashing into the Channel (Prien). 50 victories in the East. Escaped injury on 5 October, 1941 in Wk# 7187 after crash landing near Solugubowka resulting from aerial combat damage. His 1st known western victory, No. 12, a Blenheim 6 km NW of Texel on 27 October, 1941. His 1st known Soviet victory, an Il-2 W of Schintovo on 18 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 E Of Kanazov, a P-2 E of Kuserovo and an Il-2, no location, on 19 August, 1942. A MiG-1 on 25 August, 1942. Two Il-2's and an I-180 on 30 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 6 September, 1942. Two I-180's on 13 September, 1942. His 12th victory, a Blenheim of RAF No. 114 Sq. 15 km northwest of Texel on 27 October, 1941. One known Med. victory, a Spitfire 5 km east of Zonker Point Malta on 16 October, 1942. Another known Desert victory, a P-38 2 km south of Ferryville on 4 December, 1942. Several victories in Sicily. Bowers/Lednicer, 67 victories. Deceased.
List of 67 aerial victories for Fritz Dinger
Victories : 67
Asisbiz Database of 69 aerial victories for Fritz Dinger
Dr. Felix Sauer
Units:9./JG-53(10/39), 3./JG-53('40), 6./JG-53(4/41), 10(Jabo)./JG-53 (1/42 San Pietro), JG-105, JG-11 wars end
Awards:EK 2, Fighter Operational Clasp
Known Aircraft:Bf 109E-3('39), Bf 109F-2'Yel 12' (4/41) in 6/JG-53, Bf 109F-4/Z WNr 7473 'Wh 3' (90% dam 3/27/42) in 10(Jabo)
Remarks:Shot down 16 May, 1942 by Spitfires off Pozzallo Malta in his Bf 109 F-4 Werk # 7282 'White 6' and rescued by an Italian torpedo boat after bailing safely. He lost 'White 3' when he belly-landed on 27 March 1942 in water just off shore at Pozzallo, on the Sicilian coast due to engine failure (Prien). The AC was written off due to salt water corrosion. He also flew the Bf 109 F-4/B in the Jabo Staffel. One known victory, his 1st a Blenheim at Map Quadrant 33-1 on 28 August, 1941. Battle of Britain pilot in 3/JG-53. Deceased 4 July, 1999.
Units:4/JG-53 (9/41 S.U.)
Awards:Fighter Operational Clasp
Known Aircraft:Bf 109F-2 'White 7' (Damaged 9/41), Bf 109F-4 WNr 8389 'White 7+-' (lost 9/6/41)
Remarks:Believed KIC 6 September, 1941 when he hit an obstacle on takeoff from Ljuban. Schlosser's F-2 was damaged during another earlier emergency landing in September, 1941. Source: Jochen Prien
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/