III. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 - III./JG53
7 Staffel III Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 - 4./JG53
Messerschmitt Bf 109F III./JG53 Russia 1941 01
Photo 01: Another of III./JG53's Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2s, photographed at the end of March 1941
Photo 01: These aircraft are believed to have been photographed after being withdrawn from the front line, either to be repaired or to be transferred. The Bf 109F belonged to III./JG3 but the 'Emil' parked alongside probably belonged to another unit.
Messerschmitt Bf 109F-2 7./JG 53 (White 2+I) Hermann Neuhoff WNr 6702 July 1941 00
Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109F 'White 2' flown by Ofw. Hermann Neuhoff of 7./JG53 When units were ordered to restrict the yellow engine cowing to just the undersides, all manner of methods were employed. Some units completely covered the yellow with a dense camouflage finish matching as closely as possible the adjacent scheme, while others were content merely to tone down the yellow with a partial covering. On this machine, W.Nr. 6702, Green 70 or 71, or possibly Grey 74 has been used and the rudder has also been partly oversprayed leaving only the lower section yellow. The yellow fuselage band, upon which is a vertical III. Gruppe bar, is unusually wide and the canopy framing in believed to have been Green 70.
Profile 02: artist Thierry Dekker
Messerschmitt Bf 109F-2 7./JG 53 (White 2+I) Hermann Neuhoff WNr 6702 July 1941 01
Photo 01: This particular Bf 109F-2 was flown by Fw. Hermann Neuhoff of 7./JG53 and was photographed at Lepel in early July 1941, at which time Neuhoff had 16 victories. Neuhoff went on to increase his score to 40 victories, 21 of which were achieved in Russia, but was shot down over Malta in April 1942 and was taken prisoner. By that time, Neuhoff was a pilot of some considerable experience; he was the leader of his Staffe!, he had been awarded the EK I, DK in Gold, and had over 400 operational flights to his credit. Two months after being shot down he received the Ritterkreuz.
Messerschmitt Bf 109F 7./JG53 (White 3+I) Russia 1941
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 4./JG53 (White 5+I) Stefan Litjens WNr 7173 Lyuban, Russia Sep 1941
Photo 01: Rudder of Ofw. Stefan Litjens' Bf 109F-4, WNr.7173, 'White 5' of 4./JG53, marked with 22 victory bars and photographed at Lyuban on the day he was injured, 11 September 1941.
Pilots JG53 Stefan Litjens France 01-02
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.
Pilots JG53 Stefan Litjens Lyuban 01-02
Oberfeldwebel Litjens (right) beside the rudder of his Bf 109 F-4 (W.Nr. 7173) 'White 5' at Lyuban on 11 September 1941
8 Staffel III Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 - 4./JG53
Messerschmitt Bf 109F2 8./JG53 (Black 3+I) Herbert Schramm Eastern Front 1941
Messerschmitt Bf 109F2 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 109F 9./JG53 (Yellow 3+I) Russia 1941
Messerschmitt Bf 109F 9./JG53 (Yellow 12+I) Russia 1941
Photo 01: An early Bf 109F of III./JG52 running-up its engine prior to an early-morning sortie on the Russian Front. The aircraft has not been positively identified but from the yellow number just visible on the fuselage, is believed to be 'Yellow 12' of the 9. Staffel.
Messerschmitt Bf 109F 9./JG53 (Y11+I) Erich Schmidt Russia 1941 01-02
Photo's 01-02: On 1 November, aircraft from Luftflotte 2 carried out six escorted Jabo operations against London and Jafu 3 conducted fighter operations against Portsmouth. Lt. Erich Schmidt of 9./JG53 was escorting Jabos to England when RAF fighters attacked the fighter-bombers and in the combat which followed he claimed a Hurricane as his 16th victory. Here, Lt. Schmidt is seen describing the action. By the end of operations against England, Schmidt had 19 victories. Note the absence of a Hakenkreuz.
Luftwaffe pilots JG53 Erich Schmidt 01-02
Photo 01: Lt Erich Schmidt of III./JG53 received the Ritterkreuz for 30 victories on 23 July J941. He is seen here (LEFT) standing on the wing of a Bf 109F-2.A short time later, on 31 August, by which time he had 47 victories, Schmidt was posted missing near Dubno.
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
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
Victories : 38
Asisbiz Database of 21 aerial victories for Stefan Litjens
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.
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
Victories : 73
Asisbiz List of aerial victories for Gerhard Michalski
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.
|1||2.3.1940||12:20||7./JG 53||Hurricane||SW Diedenhofen / Hurricane of 73 Sqn RAF|
|7||11.6.1940||12:03||7./JG 53||Bloch 151|
|10||18.9.1940||10:55||7./JG 53||Spitfire||Near Ashford|
|21||13.8.1941||6:05||7./JG 53||DB-3||Velikiye-Luki area|
|23||24.8.1941||16:15||7./JG 53||DB-3||Chudovo area|
|37||18.3.1942||17:30||7./JG 53||Hurricane||Malta / Hurricane of 185 Sqn, RAF|
|38||20.3.1942||8:23||7./JG 53||Spitfire||Malta / Spitfire of 249 Sqn, RAF|
|39||8.4.1942||-||7./JG 53||Hurricane||Malta / Hurricane of 185 or 229 Sqn, RAF|
|40||8.4.1942||-||7./JG 53||Hurricane||Malta / Hurricane of 185 or 229 Sqn, RAF|
Victories : 40
Awards : Knight`s Cross
Units : JG53
|Date||Pilot Name||Unit||EA Type||Height||Time||Location|
|02-Mar-40||Hermann Neuhoff||7./JG53||Hurricane||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|
|11-Jun-40||Hermann Neuhoff||7./JG53||Bloch 151||12.03||Reims-epernay|
|15-Sep-40||Hermann Neuhoff||7./JG53||Blenheim||500m||19.00||20km NE Etaples|
|22-Jun-41||Hermann Neuhoff||7./JG53||DJ-6||09.38||SW Rabrarija|
|11-Dec-41||Hermann Neuhoff||7./JG53||Hurricane||11.30||North Africa|
|12-Dec-41||Hermann Neuhoff||7./JG53||Hurricane||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||Hurricane||15.45||North Africa|
|01-Mar-42||Hermann Neuhoff||7./JG53||Hurricane||13.10||Sudfront (MTO)|
|18-Mar-42||Hermann Neuhoff||7./JG53||Hurricane||17.30||Sudfront (MTO)|
|20-Mar-42||Hermann Neuhoff||7./JG53||Spitfire||08.23||Sudfront (MTO)|
|09-Apr-42||Hermann Neuhoff||6./JG53||Spitfire||Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)|
|09-Apr-42||Hermann Neuhoff||6./JG53||Spitfire||Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)|
Erich 'Schmidtchen' Schmidt was born on 17 November 1914 at Neuhaus am Rennweg in the Sonneberg region of Thuringen.Schmidt was posted to JG53 at the beginning of 1940. Leutnant Schmidt was assigned to 9./JG53. He recorded his first victory on 12 August 1940 when he claimed a RAF Spitfire fighter shot down over the Isle of Wight. By the end of the aerial offensive against England, Schmidt had accumulated 17 victories, including three Spitfires shot down on 15 September to record his fifth through seventh victories.Operating over the Eastern front, Schmidt was to be particularly successful. On the opening day of Operation Barbarossa, 22 June 1941, Schmidt shot down four Russian aircraft (18-21). He recorded his 30th victory on 4 July when he shot a Russian I-16 fighter. Leutnant Schmidt was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 23 July by Oberst Werner Molders (115 victories, RK-Br, killed in action 22 November 1941) for 30 victories.
Members of the ground crew paint victory bar number 44 on the rudder of Erich Schmidt`s 'Yellow 11'. Surash, 27 August 1941. On 26 July, Schmidt shot down five Russian DB-3 twin-engined bombers (32-36). He claimed his 40th victory, an I-16 fighter, on 7 August. On 31 August 1941, Schmidt's Bf 109F-2 (W.Nr. 12 633) 'Yellow 6' was hit by flak. He was seen to bale out of his stricken machine but has remained missing ever since.
'Schmidtchen' Schmidt was credited with 47 victories. He recorded 19 victories over the Western front.
Units:2./JG-53 (9/39 Wiesbaden-Erbenheim), 9./JG-53 (1/40), 8./JG-53 (11/40), Stfkpt 9./JG-53 (6/41)
Awards:RK(7/23/41), EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp
Known Aircraft:Bf 109E-4 'Black <+I' (11/40), Bf 109F-2 'Yellow 11+I'(8/41), Bf 109F-2 WNr 12633 'Yel 6+I' (lost 8/31/41)
Remarks:KIA 31 August, 1941; Shot down in 'Yellow 6' by AA fire in the Velikiye Luki area, near Dubno S.U. Last seen parachuting, missing ever since. His first victory was scored during the Battle of Britain, a Spitfire over the Isle of Wight, on 12 August, 1940, the first of 18 Battle of Britain victories. His 2nd, a Spitfire on 31 August, 1940, no location. His 3rd, a Spitfire over England on 5 September, 1940. His 4th, a Spitfire in the Calais area on 9 September, 1940. Nos.5, 6 & 7, all Spitfires S of London on 15 September, 1940. His 8th, a Spitfire near Ashford on 17 September, 1940. His 9th, a Spitfire near London on 27 September, 1940. His 10th, a Spitfire in the Dungeness/London area on 30 September, 1940. Nos.11 & 12, both Spitfires at Themsemündung on 2 October, 1940. His 15th, a Spitfire over the Thames on 10 October, 1940. On opening day of Operation Barbarossa, 22 June, 1941, he shot down four Soviet aircraft. On 4 July, 1941, he shot down his 30th victim, an I-16. On 26 July, 1941, he shot down five Soviet AC, mostly DB-3 bombers. 18 victories against England, 15 were Spitfires.
|1||12.8.1940||12:37||Spitfire||9./JG53||Isle of Wight|
|41||19.8.1941||13:05||I-16||9./JG53||Velikiye Luki area|
|42||23.8.1941||17:00||I-18||9./JG53||Velikiye Luki area|
|43||25.8.1941||14:55||Il-2||9./JG53||Velikiye Luki-Toropets area|
Victories : 47
Awards : Ritterkreuz (23 July 1941)
Units : JG53
|Date||Pilot Name||Unit||EA Type||Height||Time||Location|
|12-Aug-40||Erich Schmidt||9./JG53||Spitfire||12.37||Isle of Wight|
|15-Sep-40||Erich Schmidt||9./JG53||Spitfire||4000m||13.08||10km South of London|
|02-Oct-40||Erich Schmidt||9./JG53||Spitfire||11.06||Thames Estuary|
|02-Oct-40||Erich Schmidt||9./JG53||Spitfire||11.10||Thames Estuary|
|05-Oct-40||Erich Schmidt||9./JG53||Hurricane||12.33||Thames Estuary|
|10-Oct-40||Erich Schmidt||9./JG53||Spitfire||4500m||11.30||Thames Estuary|
|30-Nov-40||Erich Schmidt||9./JG53||Spitfire||5000m||11.30||North of Dover|
|05-Jun-42||Erich Schmidt||7./JG53||P-40 Warhawk||17.58||25km SE Gazala Bucht|
|18-May-43||Erich Schmidt||7./JG53||P-38 Lightning||14.15||35km NW Marettimo|
|19-May-43||Erich Schmidt||9./JG53||P-40 Warhawk||6000m||14.20||10km SE Catania|
|13-Aug-43||Erich Schmidt||6./JG52||LaGG-5||3200m||17.46||51 341|
|15-Aug-43||Erich Schmidt||6./JG52||LaGG-5||3800m||07.26||51 172|
|15-Aug-43||Erich Schmidt||6./JG52||LaGG-5||4200m||10.46||51 341|
|17-Aug-43||Erich Schmidt||6./JG52||LaGG||1800m||07.29||41 452|
|17-Aug-43||Erich Schmidt||6./JG52||Pe-2||3200m||08.31||51 171|
|17-Aug-43||Erich Schmidt||6./JG52||Pe-2||2500m||08.35||41 292|
|20-Aug-43||Erich Schmidt||6./JG52||LaGG-5||1800m||14.49||51 771|
|20-Aug-43||Erich Schmidt||6./JG52||Yak-1||1800m||10.55||51 541|
|21-Aug-43||Erich Schmidt||6./JG52||LaGG-5||1600m||06.24||51 543|
|23-Aug-43||Erich Schmidt||6./JG52||Yak-1||1400m||15.58||88 281|
|24-Aug-43||Erich Schmidt||6./JG52||LaGG-3||1200m||06.09||88 424|
|24-Aug-43||Erich Schmidt||6./JG52||Il-2 Sturmovik m.H.||Low Level||14.58||88 332|
|24-Aug-43||Erich Schmidt||6./JG52||LaGG-5||1000m||17.57||88 413|
|28-Aug-43||Erich Schmidt||6./JG52||Il-2 Sturmovik m.H.||800m||11.21||40 222|
|29-Aug-43||Erich Schmidt||6./JG52||Yak-1||1800m||06.49||51 894|
|29-Aug-43||Erich Schmidt||6./JG52||Il-2 Sturmovik m.H.||200m||16.04||60 273|
|29-Aug-43||Erich Schmidt||6./JG52||Yak-1||Low Level||16.10||60 321|
|30-Aug-43||Erich Schmidt||6./JG52||Yak-1||1200m||16.54||88 732|
|30-Aug-43||Erich Schmidt||6./JG52||Il-2 Sturmovik m.H.||800m||16.51||88 734|
Units:FlgzFr 7./JG-53 (4/40 Wiesbaden-Erbenheim), 8./JG-53 (4/41), Flight Instr. Erg./JG-Süd (7/42), Stafkpt 5./JG-27 (10/43)
Awards:RK(8/6/41)-EL(2/1/45 Post.), EP(2/23/42), EK 1 & 2, Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp
Known Aircraft:Bf 109E 'White 3+I' (10/40), Bf 109E-4 'Wh 6+I' , Bf 109E-7 WNr 5976 (80% dam 7/13/42; eng dam Mannheim), Bf 109F-2 'Black 3+I'(30%dam 9/10/41) in 8/JG-53, Bf 109G-6 WNr 410291(lost 12/1/43)
Remarks:KIA 1 December, 1943 in aerial combat with a P-47 at Stembert, near Eupen Belgium. He managed to bail out, but his chute did not open. 3 Bombers, one a Blenheim on 12 February, 1942 over Malta. 480 combat missions. His first known victory, his 2nd, a Spitfire NE of Dungeness on 2 September, 1940. His 3rd, a Spitfire S of London on 15 September, 1940. His 4th, a Hampden near the Insel Wight on 26 September, 1940. Nos.5 & 6, both Spitfires at London on 30 September, 1940. His 7th, a Hurricane at Maidstone on 5 October, 1940. His 8th, a Spitfire at Dungeness on 17 October, 1940, most likely in 'White 6'. 28 victories in the East. His 1st Soviet victory, a DB-6 N of Kalvarija on 22 June, 1941. One known 'damaged' claim, a Morane at Sedan on 14 May, 1940. His first victory, a Morane 406 10 km south of Creil, 27 May, 1940. By the time he was sent to North Africa (12/41), he already had 37 victories. His 40th victory, a B-17 at Bischdorf (St. Avold) on 14 October, 1943. He belly-landed his 'Black 3 + I' at Ossijaki on 10 September, 1941 due to engine trouble, 30% damaged. Photo
|14-May-40||Herbert Schramm||7./JG53||Morane 406||Sedan|
|27-May-40||Herbert Schramm||7./JG53||Morane 406||14.15||10km S Creil|
|02-Sep-40||Herbert Schramm||7./JG53||Spitfire||6000m||17.50||NE Dungeness|
|30-Sep-40||Herbert Schramm||7./JG53||Spitfire||5000m||14.38||South of London|
|05-Oct-40||Herbert Schramm||9./JG53||Hurricane||18.40||Thames Estuary|
|22-Jun-41||Herbert Schramm||8./JG53||DB-6||09.44||N Kalvarija|
|14-Oct-43||Herbert Schramm||5./JG27||B-17 Fortress||7000m||15.47||Bischdorf (St Avold)|
|29-Nov-43||Herbert Schramm||5./JG27||B-17 Fortress Hss||8000m||15.15||SW Bremen|
|30-Nov-43||Herbert Schramm||5./JG27||B-17 Fortress Hss||8000m||12.35||Koln|
|01-Dec-43||Herbert Schramm||5./JG27||Dogfight (P-47)||KiA||P-47 Dogfight Stembert|
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/