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Photo 01: These aircraft are believed to have been photographed after being withdrawn from the front line, either to be repaired or to be transferred.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
Aircraft's original 74/75/76 scheme has been modified with a random pattern of mottles in 79, 02 and 70 in order to improve its camouflage against the seasonal colouring. An almost identical effect may be seen on this group of Bf 109Fs photographed in a hangar in Russia. Unfortunately, the unit is this case is not known, but 'White 3' in the centre of the picture has a row of white victory bars painted under the-Hakenkreuz on the fin, a position known to have been favored by JG53.

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
Aircraft's original 74/75/76 scheme has been modified with a random pattern of mottles in 79, 02 and 70 in order to improve its camouflage against the seasonal colouring. An almost identical effect may be seen on this group of Bf 109Fs photographed in a hangar in Russia. Unfortunately, the unit is this case is not known, but 'White 3' in the centre of the picture has a row of white victory bars painted under the-Hakenkreuz on the fin, a position known to have been favored by JG53.

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.

 
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IL2 game skin by CN Bf 109 F-2 7./JG53 (White 2+I) Hermann Neuhoff 1941
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IL2 game skin by EM Bf 109 F-2 7./JG53 (White 2+I) Hermann Neuhoff 1941
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IL2 game skin by ES Bf 109 F-2 8./JG53 (Black 3+I) Herbert Schramm Eastern Front 1941
IL2 game skin by ES Bf 109 F-4 7./JG53 (White 2+I) Neuhoff Sicily 1942
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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)

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)

Knights Cross

Erich 'Schmidtchen' Schmidt

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.

List of aerial victories for Erich 'Schmidtchen' Schmidt

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location
1 12.8.1940 12:37 9./JG53 Isle of Wight
2 31.8.1940 20:42 9./JG53 Dover area
3 5.9.1940 16:35 9./JG53  
4 9.9.1940 18:55 9./JG53 London area
5 15.9.1940 12:44 9./JG53 S London
6 15.9.1940 - 9./JG53 S London
7 15.9.1940 15:36 9./JG53  
8 17.9.1940 16:41 9./JG53  
9 27.9.1940 13:33 9./JG53 London area
10 30.9.1940 14:33 9./JG53 Dungeness-Hastings-London
11 2.10.1940 11:06 9./JG53 London
12 2.10.1940 11:10 9./JG53 London
13 5.10.1940 12:33 9./JG53 SE London
14 7.10.1940 14:20 9./JG53  
15 10.10.1940 - 9./JG53  
16 1.11.1940 - 9./JG53  
17 30.11.1940 - 9./JG53  
18 22.6.1941 7:16 I-16 9./JG53 Grodno area
19 22.6.1941 11:35 DJ-6 9./JG53  
20 22.6.1941 18:25 I-17 9./JG53  
21 22.6.1941 20:45 DJ-6 9./JG53  
22 25.6.1941 8:33 SB-3 9./JG53  
23 25.6.1941 11:30 SB-3 9./JG53  
24 26.6.1941 7:28 DB-3 9./JG53  
25 26.6.1941 7:41 DB-3 9./JG53  
26 27.6.1941 5:08 DB-3 9./JG53  
27 27.6.1941 14:57 DB-3 9./JG53  
28 27.6.1941 18:34 DB-3 9./JG53  
29 2.7.1941 20:09 I-153 9./JG53  
30 4.7.1941 12:21 I-16 9./JG53  
31 14.7.1941 18:05 I-17 9./JG53  
32 26.7.1941 9:35 DB-3 9./JG53  
33 26.7.1941 10:10 DB-3 9./JG53  
34 26.7.1941 10:12 DB-3 9./JG53  
35 26.7.1941 18:28 DB-3 9./JG53  
36 26.7.1941 18:32 DB-3 9./JG53  
37 2.8.1941 13:45 I-18 9./JG53  
38 5.8.1941 10:41 I-18 9./JG53  
39 5.8.1941 10:46 I-18 9./JG53  
40 7.8.1941 10:22 I-16 9./JG53  
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
44 27.8.1941 16:25 I-153 9./JG53  
45 29.8.1941 15:35 I-16 9./JG53  
46 29.8.1941 15:44 I-18 9./JG53  
47 29.8.1941 15:46 I-18 9./JG53  

Victories : 47
Awards : Ritterkreuz (23 July 1941)
Units : JG53

Web Reference:
http://www.luftwaffe.cz/schmidt.html

Asisbiz Database of aerial victories for Erich 'Schmidtchen' Schmidt

Date Pilot Name Unit EA Type Height Time Location
12-Aug-40 Erich Schmidt 9./JG53   12.37 Isle of Wight
31-Aug-40 Erich Schmidt 9./JG53   18.42  
05-Sep-40 Erich Schmidt 9./JG53   16.35  
09-Sep-40 Erich Schmidt 9./JG53   18.55  
15-Sep-40 Erich Schmidt 9./JG53   12.44  
15-Sep-40 Erich Schmidt 9./JG53 4000m 13.08 10km South of London
15-Sep-40 Erich Schmidt 9./JG53   15.36  
17-Sep-40 Erich Schmidt 9./JG53   16.41  
27-Sep-40 Erich Schmidt 9./JG53   13.33  
30-Sep-40 Erich Schmidt 9./JG53   14.33  
02-Oct-40 Erich Schmidt 9./JG53   11.06 Thames Estuary
02-Oct-40 Erich Schmidt 9./JG53   11.10 Thames Estuary
05-Oct-40 Erich Schmidt 9./JG53   12.33 Thames Estuary
07-Oct-40 Erich Schmidt 9./JG53   14.20 Mayfield
10-Oct-40 Erich Schmidt 9./JG53 4500m 11.30 Thames Estuary
01-Nov-40 Erich Schmidt 8./JG53 5000m 12.45 Tunbridge-Wells
30-Nov-40 Erich Schmidt 9./JG53 5000m 11.30 North of Dover
12-Dec-41 Erich Schmidt 7./JG53   16.00  
14-Apr-42 Erich Schmidt 7./JG53   13.10  
21-Apr-42 Erich Schmidt 7./JG53   17.45  
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

Luftwaffe Badge

Herbert Schramm

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

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

Known Aircraft:Bf 109E 'White 3+I' (10/40), Bf 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

Asisbiz Database of 17 aerial victories for Herbert Schramm

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location
14-May-40 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53 Morane 406     Sedan
27-May-40 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53 Morane 406   14.15 10km S Creil
02-Sep-40 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53 6000m 17.50 NE Dungeness
15-Sep-40 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53   12.50  
26-Sep-40 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53 Hampden   13.16  
30-Sep-40 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53 5000m 14.38 South of London
30-Sep-40 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53   14.55  
05-Oct-40 Herbert Schramm 9./JG53   18.40 Thames Estuary
17-Oct-40 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53 6500m 11.00 Dungeness
16-Apr-41 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53   12.00 Ärmelkanal
16-Apr-41 Herbert Schramm 7./JG53   - Ärmelkanal
22-Jun-41 Herbert Schramm 8./JG53 DB-6   09.44 N Kalvarija
12-Feb-42 Herbert Schramm 8./JG53   18.23  
14-Oct-43 Herbert Schramm 5./JG27 B-17 Fortress 7000m 15.47 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/