Stab III./Jagdgeschwader 54- Stab III./JG54

Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 Stab II./JG54 ((-+- Kommodore Major Hannes Trautloft Relbitsy Russia Mar 1942 00

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 flown by Major Hannes Trautloft, Kommodore of JG54, Relbitsy, March 1942 Originally camouflaged in Schwarzgrun 70 and Dunkelgrun 71 over Lichtblau 76 undersurfaces, Trautloft's machine has received a partial snow camouflage in a temporary white finish. As with almost all other JG54 aircraft at this time, the Geschwader 'Green Heart' emblem appeared under the cockpit on both sides of the fuselage and the Kommodore's markings, comprising a double chevron and two horizontal bars, were applied in a permanent white with a black outline.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F JG54 ((-+- Trautloft Relbitsy Russia Mar 1942 01-03

Photo 01-02: Major Trautloft, Kommodore of JG54, flew several, similarly marked Bf 109Fs, including this partly snow-camouflaged F-4 which was photographed on the advanced airfield at Relbitsy in March 1942.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F JG54 ((-+- Trautloft Relbitsy Russia Mar 1942 04

Photo 03: Trautloft seated on a sleigh, left, with his wingman, Oblt. Otto Kath, beside him. Both pilots survived the war.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F JG54 ((-+- Trautloft Relbitsy Russia Mar 1942 05

Photo 03:  The pilot of this Bf 109F with its fuselage side badly discoloured with exhaust stains is believed to have been the Geschwaderkommodore of JG54, Major Hannes Trautloft.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F JG54 ((-+- Trautloft Relbitsy Russia May 1942 00

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109F. 4 flown by Major Hannes Trautloft, Kommodore of JG54, Siverskaya, May 1942 This machine was finished in the two green tones RLM 70 and 71 and carried the Stab markings of a Geschwaderkommodore on the fuselage sides. A variation of the Geschwader emblem unique to the aircraft flown by Trautloft was the inclusion of the three Gruppe badges superimposed on the 'Green Heart'. Note, however, that not all these 'Green Heart' badges were the same as the sequence of Gruppe emblems within the heart varied.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F JG54 ((-+- Trautloft Relbitsy Russia May 1942 01-03

Photo 01-03: Hannes Trautloft served as JG54's Geschwaderkommodore between August 1940 and July 1943, and under his command this Jagdgeschwader developed into one of the most well administered units in the Luftwaffe. These photographs show three different Bf 109F-4s used by Major Trautioft in 1942, each one showing slight variations in the camouflage and markings. Note particularly that the sequence of Gruppen badges within the Green Heart emblem is not consistent.

Hannes Trautloft with Wolfgang Falck 1942 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 Stab II./JG54 ((+- Geschwader kommodore Hannes Trautloft Relbitsy Russia 1941-42

Messerschmitt Bf 109F-2 Stab II./JG54 (-+- Kommodore Hannes Trautloft Relbitsy Russia 1941 00

Profile 00: Bf 109F-2 JG54 (-+- Hannes Trautloft Relbitsy Russia 1941-42 01

Photo 01: Two snow-camouflaged aircraft of the Stab/JG54 at Relbitsy in Northern Russia. The machine on the right was flown by the Kommodore, Major Hannes Trautloft, and had green Stab markings outlined in black. The aircraft on the left, with similar camouflage and markings, is the subject of our profile and was flown by Oblt. Otto Kath who had previously served with Trautloft in III./JG51. In August 1940, when Trautloft left to take command of JG54, he was permitted by Jagdfliegerfuhrer General von Doring, to take several of his friends with him. These included his First Mechanic, Obgfr. Pingel, his driver, Obgfr. Books, his wingman Uffz. Deutschmann, as well as Oblt. Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe and his adjutant, Oblt. Kath.

Hannes Trautloft with Wolfgang Falck 1942 01

Photo 01: During a tour of the Eastern Front in August and September 1942, Falck visited numerous Luftwaffe units to evaluate their ability to protect themselves at night against Soviet bombers. He is seen here visiting the Geschwader kommodore of JG54, Hannes Trautloft.

Pilots JG54 Hannes Trautloft 00-02

Photo 02: Officers of JG54. From left Oblt. Reinhard Seiler, who returned as Staffelkapitan of I./JG54 on 28 June 1941 after having recovered from wounds suffered on 5 August 1940; Hptm. Dietrich Hrabak, Major Hannes Trautloft and Oblt. Hans Philipp.

Pilots 5./JG54 Hannes Trautloft Russia Aug 6 1941 01

Photo 01: Major Hannes Trautloft, right, the Kommodore of JG54, in discussion with Generaloberst Keller, CO of Luftflotte 1. The aircraft in the background coded (B1+) is probably the Bf 109F-2-2 flown by Oblt. Hubert Mutherich, the Staffelkapitan of 5./JG54

Pilots JG54 Hannes Trautloft with Wolfgang Falck 1942 01

Photo 01: During a tour of the Eastern Front in August and September 1942, Falck visited numerous Luftwaffe units to evaluate their ability to protect themselves at night against Soviet bombers. He is seen here visiting the Geschwader kommodore of JG54, Hannes Trautloft.

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 Stab III./JG54 ((+~ Gruppenkommandeur Reinhard Seiler Siwerskaya Russia May 1942

Messerschmitt Bf 109F III./JG54 ((+~ Reinhard Seiler Russia May 1942

Photo 01: This Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 was flown in 1942 by Hptm. Reinhard Seiler, the Kommandeur of III./JG54. Apart from the white Kommandeur symbols, the JG54 'Green Heart' badge and the emblem of III. Gruppe, the aircraft is interesting because it shows that the original green finish has been modified with a light colour, possibly 02 or a light tan. This may be seen in the area of the wing root but the fuselage side gives a clearer indication that a lighter colour was applied after the green camouflage and that the painter has carefully avoided spraying over all other markings.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F I./JG54 (-+- Hptm. Reinhard Seiler Russia August 1941

Photo's 01-02: This 'White 1' was flown by Oblt. Reinhard Seiler, Staffelkapitan of I./JG54 who, in addition to his nine victories claimed in Spain, shot down his 20th victory on 15 August and his 21st on 16 August 1941. The machine with the Stab markings in the background (above) was assigned to the Kommandeur of I./JG54 although, interestingly, it is not clear who this was as the normal Kommandeur, Hubertus von Bonin, was apparently not in Russia at this time.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F 1./JG54 (White 1+) Hptm. Reinhard Seiler Russia August 1941

Photo's 01-02: This 'White 1' was flown by Oblt. Reinhard Seiler, Staffelkapitan of I./JG54 who, in addition to his nine victories claimed in Spain, shot down his 20th victory on 15 August and his 21st on 16 August 1941. The machine with the Stab markings in the background (above) was assigned to the Kommandeur of I./JG54 although, interestingly, it is not clear who this was as the normal Kommandeur, Hubertus von Bonin, was apparently not in Russia at this time.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 Stab I./JG54 (II+ Hans Philipp Krasnogvardeisk Russia 1942 0A-0B

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 flown by Hptm. Hans Philipp, Gruppenkommandeur of 1./JG54, Krasnogvardeisk, late March 1942 Despite the overall temporary white finish 'which obscures this aircraft's original two-tone green camouflage, this is still a fairly colourful machine on account of the yellow theatre markings, the I. Gruppe badge based upon the arms of the city of Nuremberg and the Geschwader 'Green Heart' emblem on the fuselage side. Further interest is provided by the fuselage Stab markings and the attractive rudder design.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 I./JG54 ((+ Gruppenkommandeur Hans Philipp Krasnogvardeisk Russia May 1942 0A

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109F2 flown by Hptm. Hans Philipp, Gruppenkommandeur of 1./JG54, Krasnogvardeisk, late March 1942 Despite the overall temporary white finish 'which obscures this aircraft's original two-tone green camouflage, this is still a fairly colourful machine on account of the yellow theatre markings, the I. Gruppe badge based upon the arms of the city of Nuremberg and the Geschwader 'Green Heart' emblem on the fuselage side. Further interest is provided by the fuselage Stab markings and the attractive rudder design.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F Stab JG54 (II+ Philipp Krasnogvardeisk Russia 1942 01

Photo 01: Hptm. Hans Philipp's snow-camouflaged Bf109F decorated to celebrate the award of the Swords for 86 victories although in this view the rudder is already marked with 89 victories. This photograph was taken at Krasnogvardeisk, one of the major air bases in Northern Russia.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F Stab JG54 (II+ Philipp Krasnogvardeisk Russia 1942 02

Photo 02: Close up of the victory markings on the rudder of Hptm. Hans Philipp's Bf 109F-2, now marked with 90 victories.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F Stab JG54 (II+ Philipp Krasnogvardeisk Russia 1942 03

Photo 03: A later view of one of Hptm. Philipp's aircraft showing the rudder marked with 100 victories and a special decoration applied to celebrate the award of the Swords when his tally was 86. The similarly camouflaged machine in the background carries the chevron and vertical bar of the Geschwader Adjutant.

Stab JG54 Hans Philipp 01-02

Photo 01-02: Hans Philipp first saw action during the Polish campaign, in which he scored his first victory. In August 1940, he was appointed Staffelkapitan of 4./JG54 and soon gained a reputation for being an exceptional fighter pilot with a passion for fighter versus fighter combat. He was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 22 October 1940 with 20 victories and later flew in Yugoslavia, but his victory tally really began to increase in Russia and by 24 August 1941 he had received the Oak Leaves for 62 victories. In February 1942, aged only 25, Philipp became Kommandeur of I./JG54 and was responsible for many young pilots who would themselves later become successful fighter pilots. On 12 March 1942, Philipp was awarded the Swords for his 86 victories and on 31 March became the fourth fighter pilot to reach 100 victories.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F Stab III./JG54 ((+~ Max-Hellmuth Ostermann Russia 1942 00

Pilots 7./JG 54 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 01
Pilots JG54.8 Max-Hellmuth Ostermann 1942 01

Photo 01: Obl. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann with Eichenlaub mit Schwerten zum Ritterkreuz, awarded on 17 May 1942.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 Stab III./JG54 (+~ Erwin Leykauf Siverskaya, Russia 1942

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 flown by Oblt. Erwin Leykauf of 8./JG54, Siverskaya, June 1942. It is thought that Leykauf was flying this aircraft when, between 23.10 and 24.00 hrs on the night of 22 June, he shot down six Soviet R-5 reconnaissance aircraft. At that time Leykauf was relatively inexperienced and had only one previous day victory, but when he landed he had increased his tally to seven. The camouflage on Leykauf's machine consisted of a softly merging 70 and 71 on all uppersurfaces with 76 on the undersurfaces, while the spinner was green 70 with a one-third white segment. The machine carried extensive yellow areas as shown, and the fuselage markings comprised the badge of III.Gruppe forward and below the windscreen, the Geschwader's 'Grunherz' on the side of the cockpit and a white chevron and the wavy bar of III. Gruppe, both edged in black, either side of the fuselage Balkenkreuz. The badge on the engine cowling is the coat of arms of Ansbach, Leykauf's home town, and featured a crown over a shiel, upon which were three fish on a diagonal band.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 Stab III./JG54 (+~ Erwin Leykauf Russia 1942 01

Photo's 01-02: The pilot of III./JG54 who proved himself most proficient while operating at night in Russia was Oberleutnant Erwin Leykauf. He shot down eight bombers whilst operating from Siverskaya near Leningrad, six of which he claimed in a single night.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 Stab II./JG54 -+- Otto Kath Russia 1941-42 00

Image 01: Messerschmitt Bf 109F.4 flown by Oblt. Otto Kath, Stab/ JG54 With a temporary winter finish applied over its original camouflage colors, this aircraft clearly shows the effects of weathering on such a scheme. In this case, however, the finish has not yet worn off and apart from normal wear and tear, has become further soiled by the heavy black carbon deposit emanating from the exhausts. Six victory bars appear on the yellow rudder and traces of the original Green 71 spinner and its white segment may be seen through the temporary white winter finish. Note that no attempt has been made to repaint the canopy frames. Lt. Kath flew as wingman to the Geschwaderkommodore, Hannes Trautloft.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F Stab II./JG54 -+- Otto Kath Russia 1941 01

Photo 01: Two snow-camouflaged aircraft of the Stab/JG54 at Relbitsy in Northern Russia. The machine on the right was flown by the Kommodore, Major Hannes Trautloft, and had green Stab markings outlined in black. The aircraft on the left, with similar camouflage and markings, is the subject of our profile and was flown by Oblt. Otto Kath who had previously served with Trautloft in III./JG51. In August 1940, when Trautloft left to take command of JG54, he was permitted by Jagdfliegerfuhrer General von Doring, to take several of his friends with him. These included his First Mechanic, Obgfr. Pingel, his driver, Obgfr. Books, his wingman Uffz. Deutschmann, as well as Oblt. Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe and his adjutant, Oblt. Kath.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F Stab II./JG54 -+- Otto Kath Russia 1941 02

Photo 02: Another view of Kath's machine in the Winter of 1941/42, at which time he had six victories, the latest being achieved early in the Russian campaign on 24 July 1941.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F-2 Stab II./JG54 ((+- Dietrich Hrabak Russia 1941-42

Messerschmitt Bf 109F Geschwader Stab II./JG54 (-+- Dietrich Hrabak Russia 1941-42

Lufwaffe pilot JG54 Dietrich Hrabak 1941

Photo 01: Hptm. Dietrich Hrabak climbing from the cockpit of a MiG-3.The pilot standing looking at the red star marking is Ritterkreuztrager Oblt. Hans Philipp, the Staffelkapitan of 4./JG54.

Pilots JG54 Dietrich Hrabak 1941 02

Photo 02: Officers of JG54. From left Oblt. Reinhard Seiler, who returned as Staffelkapitan of I./JG54 on 28 June 1941 after having recovered from wounds suffered on 5 August 1940; Hptm. Dietrich Hrabak, Major Hannes Trautloft and Oblt. Hans Philipp.

Pilots JG54 Dietrich Hrabak 1941 03

Photo 03: Hrabak claimed 16 victories in the West and by 30 July had increased his score to 24. For the rest of the year his duties as Kommandeur restricted his operational flying but, in 1942, he again flew many operations and added further to his tally.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F II./JG54 (-+- Hrabak Russia 1941-42 01

Photo 01: Holding a rectangular piece of metal as a mask, a member of JG54's ground staff applies white winter camouflage to the aircraft flown by Hptm. Dietrich Hrabak, the Kommandeur of II. Gruppe. Note that apart from the winter camouflage, the original factory finish is visible around the fuselage Stab markings and the Hakenkreuz on the tail, and also that the machine has already been over sprayed in particularly dark colors.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F-2 Stab III./JG54 –o+- Werner Pichon-Kalau vom Hofe Russia July 1942

Luftwaffe pilots from Stab JG54 Werner Pichon-Kalau vom Hofe, Reserve Waldhausen, Hannes Trautloft Sep 1940 01

Photo 01: Tense personnel of Stab/JG54 anxiously await the return of an overdue pilot. In the foreground left, still wearing his life jacket is Oblt. Pichon-Kalau von Hofe, Hptm. der Reserve Waldhausen, and the Kommodore, Major Hannes Trautloft. Several members of the ground staff are in the background. The missing pilot, Oblt. Otto Kath, had become separated from his Schwarm during a mission over England but eventually returned unharmed.

Profile: Flown by Oberleutnant Werner Pichon-Kalau vom Hofe, Stab/JG 54, Lindental/East Prussia, June 1941.
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Profile: Flown by Oberleutnant Werner Pichon-Kalau vom Hofe, Stab/JG 54, Lindental/East Prussia, June 1941.
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Pilots 7./JG54 Werner Pichon-Kalau vom Hofe Russia 1942 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 Stab II./JG54 Gruppenadjutant (I+- Russia 1941 01

Photo 01: A Messerschmitt Bf 109F-2, II./JG54 black (I+- believed to have been flown by the Gruppenadjutant of II./JG54, on a Russian airfield. The horizontal bar of II.Gruppe is barely visible on the rear fuselage but the 'Lion of Aspern' emblem just in front of the windscreen is obscured by the tree trunk in the centre of the photograph.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F Friedrich under going some light maintenance 1941

Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 Stab III./JG54 (+ Finland 1942

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109F III./JG54 (+ Finland 1942

Messerschmitt Bf 109F Stab III./JG54 Russia 1941-42

Photo 01: Technical and armament ground staff of III./JG54 at work on one of the Staffel's machines. This aircraft has a more solid application of white winter camouflage and the one-third white segment on the spinner is typical for the period, sometimes appearing with a sharp, obviously masked-off demarcation line, as seen here, while in other factories it was sprayed freehand resulting in a soft, feathered edge.

 
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Knights Cross

Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe

Awards:DK-G, EP, EK 1 & 2, Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft:Bf 109E-4 WNr5909 'Black (o' in III/JG-51, Bf 109F-2's WNr5778 and 12704, Bf 109F-4 7465 'White 1' (lost 4/23/42), Bf 109G-2

Remarks:MIA 23 April, 1942 in Werk# 7465 near Tolsstowa, S.U. He did return shortly thereafter. Each of the other AC did receive damage in other encounters. In one, on 16 March, 1941, he was wounded in # 5909 near Le Mans. His first known victories, Nos.1, 2 & 3, all Defiants S of Folkestone on 19 July, 1940. His 4th, a Spitfire near Tonbridge on 12 October, 1940. His 5th, a Spitfire in the London area on 25 October, 1940. His 6th, a Spitfire at Ashford on 27 October, 1940. His first known Soviet victory, an I-18 on 16 February, 1942. An I-26 on 12 March, 1942. Five victories on 16 March, 1942; an I-18, two R-Z's, and 'Unident' and a 'Doppeldeck'. A P-40 on 21 March, 1942. A P-40 on 11 May, 1942. A MiG-3 on 15 June, 1942.

Asisbiz database list of 17 aerial victories for Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe

Date Pilot Name Unit EA Type Height Time Location
19-Jul-40 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe Stab III./JG51 Defiant   13.45 South of Folkestone
19-Jul-40 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe Stab III./JG51 Defiant   13.46 South of Folkestone
19-Jul-40 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe Stab III./JG51 Defiant   13.43 South of Folkestone
12-Oct-40 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe Stab /JG54     Battle of Britain
25-Oct-40 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe Stab /JG54     Battle of Britain
27-Oct-40 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe Stab /JG54     Ashford
16-Feb-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 I-18   15.15 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
12-Mar-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 I-26   17.41 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
16-Mar-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 Unident:   15.31 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
16-Mar-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 I-18   08.10 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
16-Mar-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 R-Zet   09.29 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
16-Mar-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 Doppeldeck   14.25 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
16-Mar-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 R-Zet   09.32 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
21-Mar-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 P-40 Warhawk   10.32 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
28-Mar-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 I-18   10.40 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
11-May-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 P-40 Warhawk   06.53 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
15-Jun-42 Werner Pichon-Kalau von Hofe 7./JG54 MiG-3   15.20 Ostfront (Eastern Front)

Knights Cross

Dietrich Hrabak

Units: Stfkpt1./JG-76 (9/39), Kdr III./JG-52, Kdr II./JG-54 (8/30/40 Hermalinghen), Kdr JG-54

Awards: RK(10/21/40)-EL(11/25/43), DK-G(7/10/44), EP(9/28/40), EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pend

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-4 'Black <<' (lost), Bf 109F-2 '<<+-' in II/JG-54, Bf 109G-6 '<< -+-' in JG-52

Remarks: With Trautloft, Steinhoff, Nordmann, etc, one of the old fighter Kdr's. since 1938. Channel pilot. Barbarossa pilot. Hrabak was shot down in his 109E-4 on 28 September, 1940 by Spitfires near the Marck airfield. 820 combat missions. 109 victories in the East. His 1st victory, a Potez 63 at Authe, south of Sedan, 13 May, 1940, while in 1/JG-76. His 2nd, a Hawk W of Rethel on 18 May, 1940. His 3rd, a Morane 405 W of Laon on 19 May, 1940. His 5th, a Hawk-75 W of Epernay on 3 June, 1940. His 15th, a Hurricane at Tonbridge on 12 October, 1940. His first known Soviet victory, a LaGG-3 and two Il-2's on 22 August, 1942. Another of many multiple victories, a Yak-1 and an Il-2 on 2 September, 1942. His 80th victory, a P-39 on 21 April, 1943. Two LaGG's and two Il-2's on 16 July, 1943. Four Il-2's (all m.H.) on 1 August, 1943. Another of many Soviet multiples, a LaGG and two Il-2's on 21 August, 1943. Deceased 15 September, 1995. Photo

Asisbiz Database of 91 aerial victories for Dietrich Hrabak

Date Pilot Name Unit EA Type Height Time Location
13-May-40 Dietrich Hrabak 1./JG76 Potez 63   11.05 Western Front Authe S Sedan
18-May-40 Dietrich Hrabak 1./JG76 Hawk-75A   16.25 Western Front West of Rethel
19-May-40 Dietrich Hrabak 1./JG76 Morane 405   18.30 Western Front West of Laon
25-May-40 Dietrich Hrabak 1./JG76   16.45 Western Front Gravelines
03-Jun-40 Dietrich Hrabak 1./JG76 Hawk-75A   15.20 Western Front West of epernay
06-Jun-40 Dietrich Hrabak 1./JG76 Hawk-75A   21.00 Western Front NW Amiens
11-Aug-40 Dietrich Hrabak 4./JG54 6000m 11.00 Battle of Britain 20km Dover
26-Aug-40 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54 4500m 13.25 Battle of Britain Canterbury
14-Sep-40 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54   17.00 Battle of Britain SE London
18-Sep-40 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54   11.35 Battle of Britain Ashford
27-Sep-40 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54   13.00 Battle of Britain South of London
27-Sep-40 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54   16.20 Battle of Britain Hastings
05-Oct-40 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54   12.25 Battle of Britain Rochester
08-Oct-40 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54   11.45 Battle of Britain North of Fokestone
12-Oct-40 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54   11.05 Battle of Britain Tonbridge
20-Oct-40 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54   11.00 Battle of Britain Ashford
27-Feb-42 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54 I-18 3000m 08.20 Ostfront (Eastern Front) Schdaminchug
13-Mar-42 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54 I-18 3200m 16.47 Ostfront (Eastern Front) West of Brobowicz
14-Mar-42 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54 5m 11.20 Ostfront (Eastern Front) N Cholm
16-Mar-42 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54 Pe-2 2000m 11.42 Ostfront (Eastern Front) S Ljuban (Lyuban)
31-Mar-42 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54 I-18 800m 14.58 Ostfront (Eastern Front) N Parfino
17-Jul-42 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54 Yak-1 1700m 19.02 Ostfront (Eastern Front) Pola
19-Jul-42 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG52 Yak-1 4000m 17.40 Ostfront (Eastern Front) Beglovo
22-Aug-42 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54 LaGG-3 5m 11.00 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 55 882
22-Aug-42 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54 10m 15.00 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 54 291
22-Aug-42 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54 100m 17.58 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 54 282
23-Aug-42 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54 P-2 10m 06.55 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 64 183
23-Aug-42 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54 U-2 5m 11.05 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 55 881
01-Sep-42 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54 Yak-1 3500m 09.04 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 10 164
02-Sep-42 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54 Yak-1 3000m 06.55 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 10 221
02-Sep-42 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54 800m 10.16 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 10 182
12-Sep-42 Dietrich Hrabak Stab II./JG54 LaGG-3 2200m 11.05 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 10 291
13-Dec-42 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 Pe-2 100m 07.30 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 9463
10-Mar-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG-3 4000m 10.25 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 85 143
10-Mar-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 Low Level 15.05 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 85 184
12-Mar-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 Il-5 600m 08.35 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 76 554
13-Mar-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 I-16 Rata 1800m 13.10 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 86 351
18-Mar-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG-3 500m 15.45 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 86 541
18-Mar-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG-3 500m 15.47 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 86 541
19-Mar-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG-3 800m 09.25 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 85 574
20-Mar-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 P-39 Aircobra 2000m 08.00 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 86 641
20-Mar-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 P-39 Aircobra 2000m 13.55 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 86 641
16-Apr-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG-3   08.35 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 85 Location poor Film
16-Apr-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG-3 400m 11.00 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 85 111
20-Apr-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 Il-5   16.14 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 75 463 Bodennahe
21-Apr-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 P-39 Aircobra illegible 11.10 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 75 Map Grid
28-Apr-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG 2700m 09.05 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 85 152
08-May-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 P-39 Aircobra 4000m 16.00 Ostfront (Eastern Front) N Krymskaya
05-Jul-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG 2500m 07.32 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 61 156
05-Jul-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG 3500m 11.32 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 61 331
05-Jul-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik m.H. 800m 18.00 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 61 652
06-Jul-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 100m 16.20 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 61 243
06-Jul-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 A-20 Boston III 1400m 18.00 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 61 152
06-Jul-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 1200m 18.05 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 63 132
08-Jul-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 50m 08.13 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 61 633
08-Jul-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 300m 08.10 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 61 622
16-Jul-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG 4000m 17.40 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 61 251
16-Jul-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 500m 11.33 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 61 223
16-Jul-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG 3000m 06.45 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 61 251
16-Jul-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 300m 11.15 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 61 254
01-Aug-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik m.H. 200m 11.10 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 88 282
01-Aug-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik m.H. 200m 11.12 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 88 282
01-Aug-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik m.H. 500m 18.45 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 88 261
01-Aug-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik m.H. 700m 18.47 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 88 261
02-Aug-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG 1200m 17.00 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 98 142
02-Aug-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik m.H. 300m 17.04 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 98 112
08-Aug-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG 3600m 10.00 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 61 538
20-Aug-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 700m 17.40 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 88 254
20-Aug-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 800m 17.46 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 88 262
21-Aug-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG 2500m 08.05 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 88 292
21-Aug-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 700m 17.10 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 88 238
21-Aug-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 700m 17.20 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 88 228
20-Sep-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik m.H. 500m 08.30 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 58 131
24-Sep-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGGG 2500m 15.45 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 58 423
25-Sep-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 P-39 Aircobra 3500m 16.35 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 58 473
26-Sep-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 P-39 Aircobra Low Level 10.40 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 58 571
27-Sep-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG-5 3000m 16.00 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 59 753
27-Sep-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 P-39 Aircobra 4000m 16.30 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 58 672
05-Oct-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 P-39 Aircobra 5500m 15.20 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 58 813
08-Oct-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG 1500m 08.40 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 66 662
08-Oct-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG 2000m 15.10 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 66 651
23-Oct-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 Yak-7 50m 09.15 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 58 551
25-Oct-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG 4800m 14.25 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 57 154
25-Oct-43 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG 5000m 14.30 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 57 324
21-Mar-44 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 P-39 Aircobra 2500m 15.20 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 18 631
03-May-44 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 Yak-7 2500m 15.00 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 68 833
31-May-44 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 P-39 Aircobra 5000m 18.55 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 78 643
02-Jun-44 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik m.H. 400m 11.32 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 78 171
08-Jun-44 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 LaGG-5 3000m 15.52 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 78 531
08-Jun-44 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG52 P-39 Aircobra 3000m 19.20 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 78 674
30-Oct-44 Dietrich Hrabak Stab /JG54 P-39 Aircobra 2000m 10.05 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 17 624

Knights Cross

Otto Kath

Units: I./JG-20, 3./JG-2 (9/39), Stab III./JG-51 (7/40), JG-54 (3/42 S.U.), JG-54 Adj.

Awards: EK 1 & 2, Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-3 'White <+' in JG-20, Bf 109E-4 WNr 4115 (lost), Bf 109F-4 WNr 7243 (20%), Fi 156 WNr 5421 (lost)

Remarks: His 1st victory, a Defiant S of Folkestone on 19 July, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire S of Dover on 8 August, 1940. Wounded 24 September, 1943, east of Witebsk, Soviet Union, while flying Werk# 5421. On 6 April, 1941, Kath was shot down with wounds in Werk# 4115 'Black <' near Ptuj. His first known Soviet victory, an I-18 on 6 July, 1941. On 28 March, 1942, his Werk# 7243 sustained 20% damage near the Staraja-Russa S.U. airfield. Not known if he was injured at this time. He often flew wingman for his Kdr, Hannes Trautloft. Flugbuch (8/36 to 9/43).

Asisbiz database list of 4 aerial victories for Otto Kath

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
19-Jul-40 Otto Kath Stab III./JG51 Defiant   13.43 South of Folkestone
08-Aug-40 Otto Kath Stab III./JG51   12.50 South of Dover
06-Jul-41 Otto Kath Stab /JG54 I-18   19.10  
20-Dec-44 Otto Kath 2./SG10 Po-2 50m 10.10 87/8/6

Knights-Cross

Erwin Leykauf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asisbiz Database of 33 aerial victories for Erwin Leykauf

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

Knights-Cross

Max-Hellmuth Ostermann

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

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

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

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

List of aerial victories for Max-Hellmuth Ostermann

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

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

Asisbiz Database of 102 aerial victories for Max-Hellmuth Ostermann

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

Knights-Cross

Hans Philipp

Hans Philipp was born on March 17, 1917 in Meissen in Saxony. As a member of I./JG76 (later to become II./JG54), Philipp saw action over Poland and scored his first victory. Later during the Battle of Britain, Hans Philipp was made the Staffelkapitan of 4./JG54.

Philipp soon gained a reputation for being a superb dogfighter, often preferring to battle it out with enemy fighters rather than bombers. Philipp's successes in combat were recognized on November 4, 1940 when he was awarded the Knights Cross for his twenty victories to date. In typical celebratory fashion, he claimed a Hurricane ten days later.

On March 26, 1941, Yugoslavia pronounced its defiance of Hitler and joined the Allied cause. Fearing offensive operations from Yugoslavian territory, Hitler issued Directive No. 25 - the subjugation of Yugoslavia and Greece. On the second day of attacks, April 7, 1941, the Grunherz Geschwader engaged the Jugoslovensko Kraljevsko Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo (JKRV) in a massive air battle. In daring attacks, the JKRV manned Me 109s attacked twenty-six Ju 87 Stuka dive-bombers, escorted by double that amount of fighters. During this dogfight, Hans Philipp managed to down two of the JKRV 109s.

Operation Barbarossa saw Philipp's score begin to climb. On August 24, 1941, Philipp became the 33rd member of the German Armed Forces to be awarded the Oak Leaves to the Knights Cross. On a sad note, Franz Eckerle, Kommandeur of I./JG54, was posted missing on February 14, 1942. The high scoring Hans Philipp was chosen as his successor. As Kommandeur of I./JG54, he oversaw the early careers of many young fighter pilots, among them Walter Nowotny.

March 1942 saw Philipp reach some incredible milestones. On March 12, 1942, he became the first member of JG54 to be awarded the Swords to the Knight Cross (8th overall). Even more remarkable, on March 31, 1942 Philipp became the fourth Luftwaffe fighter pilot to achieve 100 victories.

April 1, 1943 saw Philipp transferred to Defense of the Reich duties as Kommodore of JG1. There he battled the growing menace of the 8th Air Force and continued to score victories as his duties allowed.

The following is an excerpt (in italics) from Eric Mombeek's book 'Defending the Reich: The History of Jagdgeschwader 1 - Oesau' Reichmarshall Goring issued the following edict after an 8th AF raid on October 4, 1943:

  1. There are no meterological conditions which would prevent fighters from taking off and engaging in combat.

  2. Every fighter pilot taking off in a machine not showing any sign of combat, or without having recorded a victory will be prosecured by a court-martial.

  3. In the case of where a pilot uses up his ammunition, or if his weapons are unusable, he should ram the enemy bomber.

Kommodore Philipp's response: 'As far as I'm concerned, I categorically refuse to allow myself to be held to such advice; I know what I have to do!'

On October 8, 1943, the 8th AF dispatched 156 bombers to targets in Bremen and Vegesack. The force was escorted by 250+ Thunderbolts from six different fighter groups.

The Stab Flight of the Geschwader heard Philipp announce a victory over a Thunderbolt. The last tranmission from him was: 'Reinhardt, attack!' Feldwebel Reinhardt was Philipp's wingman on this day. He last saw the Kommodore's aircraft disappear in a cloud. Reinhardt was wounded after colliding with an enemy aircraft, but made a successful forced landing. Later that evening, the Geschwader learned that their Kommodore had been shot down and killed.

In the all too brief career of this dogfight artist, Philipp scored 206 victories over the course of 500+ missions

Asisbiz Database of 150 aerial victories for Hans Philipp

Date Pilot Name Unit EA Type Height Time Location
05-Sep-39 Hans Philipp 1./JG76 PZL P-24   14.15 7km S Radomsko
18-May-40 Hans Philipp 1./JG76 Hawk-75A   16.25 West of Rethel
03-Jun-40 Hans Philipp 1./JG76 Hawk-75A   15.20 West of epernay
07-Jun-40 Hans Philipp 1./JG76 4000m 20.50 South of Dieppe
30-Aug-40 Hans Philipp 4./JG54      
01-Sep-40 Hans Philipp 4./JG54      
05-Sep-40 Hans Philipp 4./JG54 6000m 16.20 Thames Estuary
27-Sep-40 Hans Philipp 4./JG54 6000m 10.20 West of London
27-Sep-40 Hans Philipp 4./JG54   16.18  
27-Sep-40 Hans Philipp 4./JG54      
27-Sep-40 Hans Philipp 4./JG54 Not Listed      
13-Oct-40 Hans Philipp 4./JG54   14.02  
13-Oct-40 Hans Philipp 4./JG54 7000m 14.03 zw Dungeness-Tunbridge Wells
13-Oct-40 Hans Philipp 4./JG54   14.05  
20-Oct-40 Hans Philipp 4./JG54   11.05  
20-Oct-40 Hans Philipp 4./JG54      
30-Oct-40 Hans Philipp 4./JG54 8000m 17.02 Dungeness
02-Nov-40 Hans Philipp 4./JG54 8000m   NW Dungeness
14-Nov-40 Hans Philipp 4./JG54   12.30 Canterbury
07-Apr-41 Hans Philipp 4./JG54 Bf-109E 6000m 17.55 S. Neusatz
07-Apr-41 Hans Philipp 4./JG54 Bf-109E 6500m 18.03 S. Neusatz
06-Feb-42 Hans Philipp 4./JG54 R-5 30m 14.08 SE Malaya Vischera
17-Feb-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-18   13.40  
19-Feb-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-18   10.10  
22-Feb-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-18   14.30  
23-Feb-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 P-40 Kittyhawk   09.05  
26-Feb-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 P-40 Kittyhawk   12.00  
27-Feb-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-18   08.47  
27-Feb-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-18   08.40  
28-Feb-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-18   09.36  
12-Mar-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-18   09.59  
12-Mar-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-18   09.55  
15-Mar-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-18   16.34  
18-Mar-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-18   13.08  
22-Mar-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-18   10.45  
22-Mar-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-18   10.49  
28-Mar-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-18   09.10  
29-Mar-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-18   11.25  
29-Mar-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-18   08.45  
29-Mar-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-18   11.15  
29-Mar-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-18   11.19  
30-May-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 MiG-3   16.17  
06-Jun-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 P-40 Kittyhawk   17.26  
06-Jun-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 P-40 Kittyhawk   17.25  
11-Jun-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 Yak-1   20.25  
12-Jun-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 MiG-3   20.10  
15-Jun-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3   20.01  
15-Jun-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3   20.02  
26-Jun-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3   09.44  
26-Jun-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3   16.28  
26-Jun-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54   09.37  
11-Jul-42 Hans Philipp 1./JG54 P-40 Kittyhawk   19.40  
02-Aug-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 2000m 14.26 00 164
02-Aug-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 1500m 14.31 00 191
07-Nov-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 1500m 07.08 11 752
07-Nov-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 P-40 Warhawk 1600m 07.49 11 853
07-Nov-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 1500m 07.15 11 752
16-Dec-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 MiG-3 3200m 11.35 00 251
16-Dec-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 MiG-3 3500m 11.38 00 261
16-Dec-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 Yak-4 3000m 11.25 11 872
29-Dec-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-15 Rata 1200m 13.58 1170
30-Dec-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 5000m 10.00 28 131
30-Dec-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 150m 12.25 28 141
30-Dec-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 700m 12.20 28 113
30-Dec-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 300m 12.12 18 264
30-Dec-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 1200m 12.00 28 114
30-Dec-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 300m 09.55 28 174
30-Dec-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 300m 09.30 28 171
30-Dec-42 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 800m 12.05 28 121
06-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 3000m 12.55 28 262
06-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 800m 12.46 28 141
06-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 600m 12.53 28 124
07-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 500m 09.25 18 231
07-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 20-50m 09.27 29 743
07-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 40m 09.30 29 753
07-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 40m 09.32 29 743
07-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 P-51 Mustang 1400m 09.20 18 233
10-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG3 2000m 11.41 91 763
12-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-16 Rata 2000m 11.20 00 281
12-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 2500m 14.01 10 154
12-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-16 Rata 2000m 11.16 00 263
12-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 500m 11.12 10 113
12-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 500m 11.03 10 123
12-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 500m 10.54 10 113
12-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 500m 10.55 10 114
12-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 2500m 14.01 10 154
13-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 1000m 13.58 00 264
13-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 800m 14.03 10 244
14-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 Low Level 09.03 10 214
14-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 Low Level 09.05 10 211
14-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 2000-2500m 11.25 10 254
14-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 2000-2500m 11.28 00 252
14-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 1000m 11.55 00 282
15-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 Low Level 13.03 00 432
15-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 Low Level 13.06 00 431
22-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 600m 13.10 10 334
22-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 600m 13.12 10 152
22-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 2000m 13.02 10 141
23-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 4000m 13.02 10 163
23-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-5 3000m 13.08 10 191
23-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 3000m 13.12 10 152
23-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 1000m 13.14 10 151
24-Jan-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 I-153 800m 10.56 10 143
11-Feb-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 800m 09.14 00 274
14-Feb-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 500m 14.30 00 462
14-Feb-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 500m 14.35 00 294
19-Feb-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 2000m 12.15 10 394
19-Feb-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 1800m 12.10 10 391
21-Feb-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 5000m 08.45 00 411
21-Feb-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 P-39 Aircobra 2000m 09.06 10 534
22-Feb-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 80-100m 15.08 10 153
22-Feb-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 100m 15.23 10 144
23-Feb-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 800m 09.16 00 252
23-Feb-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 200m 11.08 10 151
23-Feb-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 800m 10.02 10 152
23-Feb-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 Yak-1 1200m 08.55 00 363
23-Feb-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 Yak-1 800m 08.53 00 392
23-Feb-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 300m 08.40 00 412
23-Feb-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 Yak-1 300m 08.50 00 412
23-Feb-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 Yak-1 Low Level 08.59 00 334
07-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 800m 14.37 18 361
07-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 100m 14.40 18 363
07-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 800m 14.34 18 194
07-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 P-39 Aircobra 5300m 11.50 18 451
07-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 Low Level 14.42 18 391
07-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 800m 14.32 18 194
07-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 2000m 09.07 18 264
07-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 2000m 09.14 18 243
07-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 2000m 09.09 28 144
14-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 P-40 Kittyhawk 200m 13.32 18 281
14-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 1500m 13.25 18 453
15-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 3000m 15.35 18 451
15-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 3500m 15.30 18 414
15-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 3500m 15.33 18 364
16-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 4000m 10.48 18 214
16-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 200m 10.56 15km South Charkov
16-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 2000m 10.54 18 244
16-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 3000m 10.50 18 241
16-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 P-39 Aircobra 5500m 10.43 18 261
16-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 3000m 10.53 18 244
17-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 4000m 16.13 18 421
17-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 2600m 16.15 18 421
17-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 2600m 16.16 18 332
17-Mar-43 Hans Philipp Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 2400m 16.19 18 361
02-May-43 Hans Philipp Stab /JG1   19.43 120km W Haarlem
16-May-43 Hans Philipp Stab /JG1 P-47 Thunderbolt   13.12 25km N Zeebrugge
26-Jul-43 Hans Philipp 7./NJG1 Stirling 5400m 00.31 6km N Hoenderlo
08-Oct-43 Hans Philipp Stab /JG1 Dogfight (P-47)   KiA P-47 Dogfight Hardenhaus
08-Oct-43 Hans Philipp Stab /JG1 B-17 Fortress 6600m 15.28 FR-52 (Diepholz-Quakenbruck)
27-Jun-44 Hans Philipp 7./JG27 P-51 Mustang     S Soissons

Knights Cross

Reinhard Seiler

Units:Legion Condor, I/JG-54, Stfkpt 1/JG-54, Kdr III/JG-54 (2/43 S.U.), Kdr I/JG-54 (7/43), Kdr JG-104

Awards:RK(12/20/41)-EL(3/2/44), Span Crs, DK-G(10/17/41), EP(8/20/41), EK 1 & 2, Wnd Bdg, Ftr Oper Clsp w/Pend

Known Aircraft:Bf 109E-4 'White 7' & 'White 7' & Bf 109F-2 'White & 9' all four in 1/JG-54, Bf 109F-4 'White ((+' and Bf 109G 'White ((+' in III/JG-54, Fw 190A-4 WNr 1501341 'Black (( +' (7/43), Bf 109G-2 w/ III/JG-54

Remarks:1 Bomber. 96 victories in the East. A triple at Osemski on 26 January, 1942; an I-18 and two I-26's, one of many multiples in the Eastern Theater. A MiG-3 on 12 June, 1943. Two Il-2's, an La-5, a MiG-3 and a P-39 on 5 July, 1943. 16 Night victories over Russia. 9 victories in Spain. His 1st victory, a Potez 63 south of Colmar, 10 January, 1940, while in I/JG-54. His 2nd, a Morane W of Strassburg on 7 April, 1940. His 3rd, a Spitfire over the English Channel on 5 August, 1940. He was one of the most successful fighter pilots in Spain. Shot down and lost four AC in JG-54; the E-4 8/4/40, an F-2 'White 1' 9/11/41 and an F-4 'White ((' 3/20/42. Downed the 4th time on 6 July, 1943 in Fw 190A-5, Werk# (150)1341 'Black (' (lost) east of Ponyri. Wounded three times, one known, 6 July, 1943. He won the DK-G on 15 October, 1941. Deceased 6 October, 1989.

Asisbiz Database of 99 aerial victories for Reinhard Seiler

Date Pilot Name Unit EA Type Height Time Location
10-Jan-40 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 Potez 63   12.15 Reich (Western Front)
07-Apr-40 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 Morane 406     Reich (Western Front)
05-Aug-40 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54   09.15 Battle of Britain
22-Jun-41 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 SB-2 3500m 05.58 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
22-Jun-41 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 SB-2   05.55 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
22-Jun-41 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 SB-2   05.57 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
06-Jul-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 SB-3   10.18 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
06-Jul-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 SB-3   10.24 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
06-Jul-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 SB-3   17.34 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
07-Jul-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-18   19.15 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
07-Jul-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 SB-3   10.31 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
07-Jul-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 SB-3   11.00 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
22-Jul-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-18   18.08 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
22-Jul-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-18   18.05 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
31-Jul-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-18   16.55 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
31-Jul-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-18   19.50 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
13-Aug-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-18   05.32 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
13-Aug-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-18   11.00 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
15-Aug-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-18   14.45 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
15-Aug-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-18   19.00 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
08-Sep-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-16 Rata   16.03 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
08-Sep-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-153   16.45 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
08-Sep-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-16 Rata   09.05 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
08-Sep-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-18   09.35 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
08-Sep-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-16 Rata   17.15 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
11-Sep-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-18   11.15 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
17-Sep-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-16 Rata   12.30 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
21-Sep-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-18   17.05 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
23-Sep-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-153   13.21 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
24-Sep-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-15 Rata   10.21 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
26-Sep-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-18   05.55 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
29-Sep-41 Reinhard Seiler 1./JG54 I-16 Rata   15.58 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
09-Oct-41 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 I-15 Rata   07.00 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
11-Oct-41 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 I-15 Rata   15.40 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
24-Oct-41 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 I-18   11.02 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
24-Oct-41 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 I-18   14.48 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
25-Oct-41 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 I-153   16.12 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
25-Oct-41 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 I-16 Rata   16.14 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
29-Oct-41 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 I-26   11.02 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
01-Dec-41 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 I-180   11.32 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
01-Dec-41 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 R-10   04.10 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
07-Dec-41 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 I-180   12.15 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
26-Jan-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 I-18 200m 08.50 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
26-Jan-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 I-26   11.55 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
26-Jan-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 I-26   12.00 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
09-May-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 I-180   11.50 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
29-May-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 I-180 2000m 10.30 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 00 254
11-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 R-5   23.55 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
12-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 MiG-3 700m 16.08 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 19 251 (poss duplication)
12-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 MiG-3   16.10 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
12-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 R-5   00.30 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
14-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 R-5 1000m 23.00-15 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 19 134
14-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 R-5 800m 22.45 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 19 152
15-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 R-5   23.50 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
15-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 R-5   24.00 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
15-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 Yak-1   13.30 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
16-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 R-5   00.20 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
20-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 P-40 Kittyhawk     Ostfront (Eastern Front)
22-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 PS-84   23.05 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
22-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 PS-84   23.09 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
24-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 Yak-1   21.13 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
24-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 R-5   23.45 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
25-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 R-5   23.50 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
26-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 R-5   00.05 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
26-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 R-5   00.17 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
27-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 R-5   23.48 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
27-Jun-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 R-5   24.00 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
01-Aug-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 Pe-2 3000m 18.34 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 90 453
02-Aug-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 Yak-1 2000m 16.55 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 00 164
11-Aug-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 MiG-3 500m 17.58 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 29 712
11-Aug-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 MiG-3 50m 17.55 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 29 711
20-Aug-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 Yak-1 500m 17.17 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 00 421
30-Aug-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 I-16 Rata 50m 13.42 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 00 143
01-Sep-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 MiG-3 Low Level 12.25 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 10 211
05-Sep-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 Low Level 12.15 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 00 412
05-Sep-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54   12.25 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 00 281
11-Sep-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 MiG-3 2000m 08.42 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 01 774
21-Sep-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 Yak-1 Low Level 11.15 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 10 244
29-Oct-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 LaGG-3 1000m 10.33 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 18 261
31-Oct-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 800m 07.26 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 18 231
14-Nov-42 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 LaGG-3 1000m 11.32 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 20 143
17-Apr-43 Reinhard Seiler Stab III./JG54 B-17 Fortress 8700m 13.04 Channel Front
27-May-43 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 5500m 19.58 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 10 452
12-Jun-43 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 MiG-3 2000m 07.18 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 10 114
19-Jun-43 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 3000m 21.07 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 20 111
21-Jun-43 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 4500m 15.27 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 21 862
21-Jun-43 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 1500m 15.45 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 21 123
21-Jun-43 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 La-5 5000m 19.59 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 10 272
22-Jun-43 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 2300m 02.18 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 00 621
23-Jun-43 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 1100m 20.10 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 01 841
24-Jun-43 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 600m 07.07 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 20 122
05-Jul-43 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 P-39 Aircobra 600m 12.20 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 63 563
05-Jul-43 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 1200m 12.25 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 63 573
05-Jul-43 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 MiG-3 800m 12.27 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 63 714
05-Jul-43 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 Low Level 18.29 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 63 624
05-Jul-43 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 La-5 100m 18.35 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 63 634
06-Jul-43 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 Aracobra 2100m 14.36 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 63 593
06-Jul-43 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 La-5 800m 08.20 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 63 534
06-Jul-43 Reinhard Seiler Stab I./JG54 LaGG-3 1800m 14.21 Ostfront (Eastern Front) 63 572

Knights-Cross

'We all feel that a powerful drama is unfolding. . .'

HANNES TRAUTLOFT, JG54

I arrive at the airfield at 02:30 while stars still shine in the dark skies. As a result of the cool night, dew covers the clover underfoot and my fur-lined flying boots are damp. The airfield is alive with activity.

In the parking. places, 45 engines are being warmed-up and create a monotonous roar as the chief mechanics rev them up. Bright, blue-yellow flames shoot from the exhaust stubs and the air is filled with a rare scent from the mixture of soil, flowers, grass, petrol and oi1.As the eastern skies are tinged with colour, there is the first chirping of birds and the shadows and darkness quickly disappear. Everyone on the airfield is aware that this is the dawn of a fateful day.

Shivering, we climb into our aircraft. The metal seat is cold and the harness is damp. The chief mechanic straps me in and wishes me luck as I close the canopy. The engine starts with a thunder. As always before a combat mission, my throat is dry and perhaps my heart is beating faster than normally. At 02.50 hrs we take off. The order is for all Geschwader of the I. Fliegerk01ps to cross the border at 03.00 and as we fly over it, the front comes alive.At 03.05, heavy artillery is brought into action and everywhere, all along the front, we see the muzzle flashes of the guns. It is a rousing scene, and at this moment the Eastern Front is born. From our vantage point we can see to the north across the Memel River, while to the south the Romintener Heath is visible. We all feel that a powerful drama is unfolding, that a door is being opened on a new phase of history, but one which will possibly be fateful for us all.

We fly in the direction of Kowno. The pilots fly nervously. I recognize this from the first operations of previous campaigns. It is due to anxiety, as so much is unknown: What will the Russians do? Will our surprise attack succeed? Will the Russian fighters engage in combat? Are their aircraft superior to ours? Before and below us on the dark ground is the city and airfield of Kowno, which can be identified only through its outline and contours.At this moment the sun rises above the eastern horizon, suddenly bringing glittering rays of light on our aircraft as we fly through the crystal-clear air of the dawn of a new day.

Our bombers attack the airfield at Kowno, the bombs landing in the middle of the parked aircraft. Suddenly, there are two fighters in front of us, but they disappear as quickly as they had appeared. There is no combat with them. We fly back. Numerous fires blaze along the entire front and thick black columns of smoke rise high in the sky.

The Russians wtre not prepared in any way for the first, surprise attack and most of their bases are attacked without any resistance. Soon, however, this situation changes and our bases at Gerlinden and Lindental report that they have spotted enemy bombers flying overhead. The alert squadrons take off to prevent the penetration of East Prussian airspace and, of the 26 SB 2 bombers which enter the area, 17 are shot down. Everywhere we see parachutes and burning, crashing aircraft. The other enemy aircraft flee in a wild panic but are followed all the way to Schaulen. We fly operations throughout the day, each pilot flying five to seven sorties. Our spines and backs ache. Escort for bombers, fighter sweeps, and low-level attacks are alternated. This afternoon we gained air superiority over our area. No Russian fighter dares to appear.

During a fighter sweep late that afternoon, we carry out a surprise attack on an enemy bomber formation which consists of 50-60 SB 2s. Unfortunately, because we are short of fuel we can only make two attacks. The first one is unsuccessful, but during the second, the right engine of the bomber in front of us is burning. The aircraft jettisons its bomb load but then explodes in the air. As we turn away, we encounter strong return fire from the tailgunners in the other bombers. The enemy formation flies south, but our fuel shortage compels us to return to base. We radio for reinforcements which intercept this formation and shoot down another 11 aircraft. One of our Me 109s has been hit and is unable to lower its landing gear. The pilot makes a careful and successful crash-landing. One hour later we take off for our next mission. One pilot loses his bearings during air combat but reports from Litzmannstadt in the late afternoon.

Toward dusk we fly one last mission in the direction of Schaulen but there is no contact with the enemy. We fly low over our ground troops who are half way to Kowno and Schaulen. Dense clouds of dust reveal the direction of the advance of each column, just as in Poland. There are fires everywhere; entire villages are in flames. Tauroggen is burning and produces a large column of black smoke which can be seen from far away. After the final mission, the successes of the day are reported to the Fliegerkorps. The Geschwader destroyed 45 aircraft in the air and 35 on the ground.
The strain of the day's fighting is very noticeable. We are all dog-tired and need rest, but this is a bad time for fighter pilots to sleep and we are unable to relax until the middle of the night. After just two hours, however, we have to prepare for the next day's operations.

Pilots JG54 Hannes Trautloft
'...there was no throttle!'

HANNES TRAUTLOFT, KOMMODORE OF JG54

During the Balkans campaign, the 'Green Hearts' Geschwader, then stationed at Belgrade-Semlin, was withdrawn from combat operations. Before our aircraft were passed on to another unit, the ground personnel did their best to bring them up to first-class condition and parked them around the edge of the airfield. Until they took delivery of new aircraft, the 'Green Hearts' therefore led a peaceful existence and each person used his free time in his own way. For the pilots, this involved some high-performance Yugoslav gliders which they had found in a hangar and had made ready to f1y.Thus, every Friday, while the war raged elsewhere, such famous glider pilots as Wolfgang Spate, Franz Eckerle, and 'Hubs' Miltherich performed their masterly aerobatics displays over the Semlin air base.These so impressed me that I decided I wanted to take part so, one Friday, 'Hubs' Miltherich gave me the necessary instruction, a Go-145 tow-plane was coupled up to the glider, and off I went.

At first everything proceeded smoothly. Then, at a height of 1, 000 metres, as I banked the glider into a turn, I saw below me a Do-17 which had carried out an emergency landing in one of the tributaries of. the River Danube which ran close to the airfield. Fascinated, and purely out of habit, I rolled the glider upside down to take a better look at the crash-landed Dornier. This cost me a considerable loss in height, but 1 was so engrossed that it was only as I automatically reached for the throttle that I realised that I, the experienced fighter pilot, was not seated in my Bf-109 and that there was no throttle!

Struggling to return to the airfield in a shallow glide, I saw before me, as if forming a barrier, the proud lines of Bf109s which the ground personnel had so carefully serviced. The whole Geschwader was watching and a collision seemed inevitable, but I pushed the stick forward and hoped for the best. The nose dropped and the glider picked up a little speed, but I was still heading straight towards the parked Bf109s. I hauled back on the stick and the glider staggered to a height of three metres, rose over the parked aircraft - and stalled.

The glider fell like a stone. There was a loud crash as it broke apart, losing its canopy and wings. I sat in the wreckage surprised but uninjured until one of the workshop foremen arrived and, anxious to be helpful, set about freeing me from the smashed remains. However, he clearly had not recognised me as the Geschwader Kommodore, for as he pulled away the splintered wood and torn fabric, I heard him dryly remark, 'I should have known! Bloody Friday again!'

Hannes Trautloft was born on 3 March 1912 at Groß-Obringen near Weimar in Thüringen. On 1 April 1931 he joined the Deutsche Verkehrfliegerschule at Schleißheim and learned to fly. In 1932 he spent four months at the secret training base in Lipezk, Russia. He returned to Germany to serve in the army until 1934 when he was transferred to Jagdfliegerschule Schleißheim as a Leutnant.

Trautloft was one of six pilots that sailed aboard the Ursaramo arriving at Cadiz, Spain on 7 August 1936 to support Franco's Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War. Initially flying He 51 biplane fighters Trautloft and Kraft Eberhardt (seven victories, killed in action 13 November 1936) recorded the first German victories in Spain by each claiming a Breguet XIX shot down on 25 August 1936. On 30 August, Trautloft claimed a Potez 540 for his second victory but became the first German pilot shot down over Spain. He baled out and landed near Nationalist forces and returned unharmed. In December 1936, four prototype Bf-109s were delivered to counter the Russian SB twin-engine bombers and the I-15 and I-16 fighters supporting the Spanish Republican forces. Trautloft went on to record three more confirmed victories flying the Bf-109 for a total of five victories in Spain. Perhaps more importantly, Trautloft was responsible for developing tactics for the deployment of the Bf109 in service. He was awarded the Spanienkreuz in Gold mit Schwertern for his service in Spain. On his return to Germany, Trautloft served with different units, including winning the international roundthe-alps air race in Switzerland as part of the 'Dreier-Patrouille' flying Bf-109s, before being appointed Staffelkapitän of 12./JG132 on 1 July 1938. 12./JG132 was redesignated 2./JG331 on 1 November 1938. At the outbreak of World War 2, Trautloft was serving with 2./JG77.

He participated in the Polish campaign. He gained his first victory in the new conflict when he shot down a Polish PZL P.23 attack aircraft near Warta. Trautloft was promoted to the rank of Hauptmann and became Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG20 on 19 September 1939. He gained two victories with the unit during the French campaign. I./JG20 was to be redesignated III./JG51 on 4 July 1940. The Battle of Britain saw Trautloft record two further victories to raise his victory total to five in World War 2 and 10 overall. On 25 August 1940, Trautloft was appointed Kommodore of the newly formed JG54, a post he would hold until July 5, 1943. He led the Jagdgeschwader during the remainder of the Battle of Britain. Trautloft flew 120 missions over the Channel before JG54 was relocated to Germany for rest and refit. He recorded three further victories over England to raise his overall victory total to 13.

Trautloft and JG54 participated in the Balkans campaign and Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia. Major Trautloft was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 27 July 1941 for achieving 20 victories and outstanding leadership. By the end of 1941 he had recorded 26 victories. He recorded 19 victories in 1942, including his 30th victory on 16 March, his 40th on 9 May and his 50th on 15 February 1943. On 6 July 1943, Trautloft was appointed Inspizient Ost with the General der Jagflieger's office. He was appointed Inspekteur der Tagjäger on 27 November. Trautloft's involvement in the so-called 'Mutiny of the Fighter Pilots' in 1945 led to his removal and subsequent posting to 4 Flieger-SchulDivision based at Strassburg. He ended the war with this unit based at Döberitz-Elsgrund. Post-war, Trautloft joined the Bundesluftwaffe on 1 October 1957 with the rank of Brigadegeneral. During the 1960's,Trautloft served as the Inspector General of the Bundesluftwaffe. He retired on 30 June 1970 with the rank of Generalleutnant. Trautloft was active in many veterans' organizations until his death on 11 January 1995 at Bad Wiessee near München.

Hannes Trautloft was credited with 58 victories in 560 missions. He recorded 45 victories over the Eastern front. Included in his total are five victories recorded during the Spanish Civil War.

List of 58 aerial victories for Hannes Trautloft

No Date Time A/c Type Unit Location
1 25.8.1936 - Breguet XIX J/88 Spain
2 30.8.1936 - Potez 54 J/88 Spain
3 1.9.1936 - Nieuport 52 V. J/88 Spain
4 30.9.1936 - Potez 54 V. J/88 Spain
5 8.12.1936 - I-16 V. J/88 Spain
6 5.9.1939 8:20 PZL P.23 2./JG77 Warta 15km NW Sieradz
7 29.5.1940 18:40 Stab I./JG20 SE Dünkirchen
8 31.5.1940 18:06 Stab I./JG20 N Dünkirchen
9 19.7.1940 13:42 Defiant Stab III./JG51 S Folkestone
10 8.8.1940 12:48 Stab III./JG51 Dungennes
11 25.8.1940 20:20 Stab/JG54 Ärmelkanal
12 7.9.1940 19:00 Stab/JG54 Maidstone
13 27.10.1940 15:05 Stab/JG54 Ashford
14 22.6.1941 16:48 DB-3 Stab/JG54 NW Mariampol
15 23.6.1941 10:15 SB-3 Stab/JG54 Kussen
16 24.6.1941 19:30 DB-3 Stab/JG54 N Tauroggen
17 25.6.1941 9:30 DB-3 Stab/JG54 S Schaulen
18 30.6.1941 15:10 DB-3 Stab/JG54 N Dünaburg
19 30.6.1941 15:50 DB-3 Stab/JG54 N Dünaburg
20 6.7.1941 19:10 SB-2 Stab/JG54 S Ostrow
21 13.7.1941 17:34 I-18 Stab/JG54 Soltzy
22 14.7.1941 18:12 I-18 Stab/JG54 SE Kingisepp
23 21.7.1941 21:00 SB-2 Stab/JG54 Waluj
24 24.7.1941 19:52 SB-3 Stab/JG54 E Porchow
- 24.7.1941 - SB-3 Stab/JG54 not confirmed
25 24.7.1941 20:00 SB-3 Stab/JG54 E Dno
- 17.9.1941 - I-18 Stab/JG54 not confirmed
26 4.10.1941 10:40 I-26 Stab/JG54 Leningrad / Ljuban
27 7.10.1941 15:10 I-16 Stab/JG54 Smolino
28 7.10.1941 15:15 I-18 Stab/JG54 Smolino
29 25.10.1941 9:38 Pe-2 Stab/JG54 Budogoschtsch
30 25.10.1941 14:26 SB-2 Stab/JG54 NE Oskuje
31 29.10.1941 11:07 I-26 Stab/JG54 Tichwin
- 8.11.1941 - I-26 Stab/JG54 not confirmed
32 6.3.1942 10:00 R-5 Stab/JG54 Tschudowo
33 9.3.1942 10:20 I-16 Stab/JG54 Ljuban
34 14.3.1942 9:14 I-26 Stab/JG54 Nowgorod
35 16.3.1942 14:58 I-26 Stab/JG54 Malaja Wischera
36 18.3.1942 10:42 I-18 Stab/JG54 Nowgorod
37 20.3.1942 16:10 I-18 Stab/JG54 Malaja Wischera
38 29.3.1942 15:38 I-18 Stab/JG54 Staraja Russa
39 1.4.1942 15:42 Il-2 Stab/JG54 Staraja Russa
40 1.4.1942 15:50 Il-2 Stab/JG54 Staraja Russa
41 4.4.1942 14:30 I-301 Stab/JG54 Metino
42 4.4.1942 14:33 I-301 Stab/JG54 E Tschudowo
43 5.4.1942 11:30 I-61 Stab/JG54 Fedosina
44 9.5.1942 15:50 Yak-1 Stab/JG54 Demyansk
45 9.5.1942 16:10 Pe-2 Stab/JG54 Demyansk
46 30.5.1942 9:24 MiG-3 Stab/JG54 -
47 5.8.1942 18:35 Pe-2 Stab/JG54 SE Shimsk
48 9.8.1942, 10:00 Pe-2 Stab/JG54 NE Reschew
49 22.8.1942 10:15 LaGG-3 Stab/JG54 N Uljanovo
50 28.8.1942 5:12 LaGG-3 Stab/JG54 N Rschev
51 17.1.1943 10:01 Il-2 Stab/JG54 N Mga: at 200m
52 14.2.1943 14:10 Il-2 Stab/JG54 10 523
53 14.2.1943 14:15 Il-2 Stab/JG54 10 562
54 14.2.1943 14:30 Il-2 m.H. Stab/JG54 10 524
55 15.2.1943 9:28 Mustang Stab/JG54 00 444
56 17.2.1943 15:02 Il-2 m.H. Stab/JG54 10 522
57 18.2.1943 9:50 Il-2 Stab/JG54 10 382
58 7.3.1943 14:10 Il-2 Stab/JG54 18 324

Victories :58
Awards :Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (27 July 1942)
Ritterkreuz (27 July 1941)
Units :J/88, JG77, JG51, JG54
http://www.luftwaffe.cz/trautloft.html

Asisbiz Database of 58 aerial victories for Hannes Trautloft

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
05-Sep-39 Hannes Trautloft Stab I./JG77 PZL P-23   08.20 Warta 15km NW Sieradz
29-May-40 Hannes Trautloft Stab I./JG20   18.40 SE Dunkirk
31-May-40 Hannes Trautloft Stab I./JG20   18.06 N Dunkirk
19-Jul-40 Hannes Trautloft Stab III./JG51 Defiant   13.42 South of Folkestone
08-Aug-40 Hannes Trautloft Stab III./JG51   12.48 Dungeness
25-Aug-40 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54   20.20 armelkanal
07-Sep-40 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54   19.00 Maidstone
27-Oct-40 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54   15.05 Ashford
30-Jun-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 DB-3   15.10  
30-Jun-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 DB-3   15.50  
06-Jul-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 SB-2   19.10  
13-Jul-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 I-18   17.34  
24-Jul-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 SB-3   19.52  
04-Oct-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 I-26   10.40  
07-Oct-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 I-18   15.15  
07-Oct-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 I-16 Rata   15.10  
25-Oct-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Pe-2   09.38  
25-Oct-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 SB-2   14.26  
29-Oct-41 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54   11.07  
09-May-42 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Yak-1   15.50  
09-May-42 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Pe-2   16.10  
05-Aug-42 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Pe-2 6500m 18.35 SE Shimsk (Novgorod)
09-Aug-42 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Pe-2 1000m 10.00 NO Reschew (Reshev)
22-Aug-42 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 LaGG-3   10.15 N Uljanovo
28-Aug-42 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 LaGG-3 800m 05.12 N Rschev
17-Jan-43 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 200m 10.01 North of Mga
14-Feb-43 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 300m 14.10 10 523
14-Feb-43 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 200m 14.15 10 562
14-Feb-43 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik m.H. 300m 14.30 10 524
15-Feb-43 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 P-51 Mustang 1000m 09.28 00 444
17-Feb-43 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik m.H. 400m 15.02 10 522
18-Feb-43 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 400m 09.50 10 382
07-Mar-43 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 200m 14.10 18 324
30-May-43 Hannes Trautloft Stab /JG54 MiG-3   09.24  

 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/