Jagdgeschwader 54

Messerschmitt Bf 109F JG54 Siverskaya, Russia 1941-42

Photo 01-02: The former Soviet aerodrome at Siverskaya was a major air base with heated hangars and full services for men and machines. For many months this base became the home of JG54 which, due to the facilities and hard runway, remained operational when other airfields closed down due to Winter weather conditions.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F JG54 Siverskaya, Russia 1941-42

Photo 03: A Bf-109of JG54 taxiing in loose snow. Note how the propeller has created a small blizzard which will quickly erode the white winter finish around the leading edge of the wing roots.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F JG54 Siverskaya, Russia 1941-42

Photo 04: The effect of this erosion is seen to advantage in this view of ground staff working on a snow-camouflaged Bf 109F-4 which also shows conspicuous weathering on the spinner and oil-streaks on the engine cowlings. The undersurfaces, normally seen in shadow, have been illuminated by light reflected off the snow which shows the yellow area under the engine particularly well. As frequently seen on aircraft operating in snow, the lower parts of the undercarriage covers have been removed.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F JG54 (White 10+) SC50 Bombs Russia 1941-42 01

Photo 01: A bombed-up Bf-109 of JG54 already loaded with four SC 50 bombs and, more 'Green Heart' aircraft, each loaded with a single SC 250 in the background.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F JG54 SC50 Bombs Russia 1941-42 01

Photo 01-02: The Luftwaffe placed great emphasis on aerial victories and fighter pilots with high scores were rewarded with decorations, promotion, and publicity in newsreels and newspapers. In contrast, any successes achieved during direct intervention in ground battles through strafing or other ground-attack sorties were largely neglected. This photograph shows a Luftwaffe armourer loading SC 50 bombs beneath a Bf-109E The centreline rack could hold four of these weapons and, as may be seen in this photograph, cardboard whistles have been attached to the bombs' tailfins.

Messerschmitt Artwork Bf 109F 1./JG54 (White 6+) Russia 1941 by J Boucher 0A
Messerschmitt Bf 109F 1./JG54 (White 6+) Russia 1941 01
Aircraft is not Josef Brechtle Bf 109F4 7./JG54 (W6+~) WNr 12633 was lost in Russia June 1942 01
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 7./JG54 most likely Herbert Biermann WNr 8190 Sktz VD+AE Russia Feb 12 1942 01
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 I./JG54 showing I Gruppe emblem Russia 1941 01
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 I./JG54 with drop tank attached 1942 01
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 II./JG54 (Black 4+) Russia 1941 01
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 III./JG54 Russia 1941 42 01
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 JG54 Russia 1941 42 01
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 5./JG54 (Black 6+ ) Russia Winter 1942 01
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 7./JG54 Russia Aug 1942 01
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4B ordnance JG54 SC50 Bombs Russia 1941 42 01 02
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 III./JG54 armourers Leningrad Front Russia 1942 01
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 III./JG54 Russia 1941 42 02
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 JG54 Russia 1941 01
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 JG54 Siverskaya Russia 1941 42 02
Messerschmitt Bf 109F JG54 Siverskaya Russia 1941 42 01 04
Messerschmitt Bf 109F JG542 being towed by a SdKfz 7 half track Russia 1941 01

 
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Herbert Biermann

Units: 7./JG-54 (4/42 Russia), 2./JG-1 (7/42), 5./JG-11 (5/43), 4./JGr West (12/43)

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

Known Aircraft: Bf 109F & G-1 in JG-1, Bf 109F-2 WNr 8190 'VD+AE' (lost in JG-54), K 135(?) 10% dam.in JG-54

Remarks: Shot down with wounds 12 February, 1942 in his F-2 over the Siwerskaja airfield, S.U.. On 16 May, 1942, no disposition of Biermann is given in this 'K 135' incident which happened at the Siwerskaja airfield also. One known Soviet victory, a Yak-1 on 9 May, 1942. One known western victory, a Photo Recon Spitfire 20 km N of Emden on 7 September, 1942. On 17 April, 1943, while in 5/JG-11, flying the Fw 190A-4 & 5, he opposed B-17's, downing one-his 4th victory, over Wilhelmshaven/Emden, flying out of Jever. Another B-17 claimed on 19 May, 1943 on the Kiel raid. His 6th, a B-17 (HSS) at Schaal See on 25 July, 1943. His 7th, a P-47 38 km NW of Nordeney on 27 September, 1943. His 8th, a B-24 off Ile d' Oleron on 31 December, 1943. The Bf 109G-1 in JG-1 was Werk # 14047 'Black 8' in which Biermann made a force landing W of Emden due to engine trouble. Survived the war; a friend of Knoke.

Asisbiz database list of 8 aerial victories for Herbert Biermann

Date Pilot Name Unit EA Type Height Time Location
Wednesday, April 29, 1942 Herbert Biermann 7./JG54 I-18   15:35  
Saturday, May 9, 1942 Herbert Biermann 7./JG54 Yak-1   05:32  
Saturday, July 11, 1942 Herbert Biermann 2./JG1 Mosquito   19:09 Flensburg
Monday, September 7, 1942 Herbert Biermann 2./JG1 PR Spitfire 1000m 10:27 20km N. Emden (Beer 20km S. Norden)
Saturday, April 17, 1943 Herbert Biermann 5./JG11 B-17 Fortress Hss 1000m 13:30 bei Bagband (NE Leer)
Sunday, July 25, 1943 Herbert Biermann 5./JG11 B-17 Fortress Hss 8200m 17:30 BP 96 (Schaal See)
Monday, September 27, 1943 Herbert Biermann 5./JG11 P-47 Thunderbolt 7500m 11:25 UP-6 (38km NW Nordeney)
Friday, December 31, 1943 Herbert Biermann 4./JGr.West B-24 Liberator 4500m 12:30 NR-4 (off Ile d Oleron)

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Josef Brechtle - Josef Brechtl

Units: 7./JG-54 (Finland)

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

Known Aircraft: Bf 109F-4 WNr 12633 'White 6' (6/42), Bf 109G-2 WNr 13666 'Blue 2' (lost)

Remarks: MIA 6 January, 1943 south of Welikije-Luki. On 2 December, 1942 he was flying his F-2 when it sustained 20% damage near Tschudowo. His first known Soviet victory, an I-18 on 18 November, 1941. An I-16 on 30 December, 1941. A Soviet P-40 on 13 March, 1942. An I-16 Rata on 22 March, 1942. An I-26 on 23 March, 1942. A Yak-1 on 27 June, 1942. A Pe-2 on 1 July, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 10 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 11 August, 1942. An I-16 Rata and a LaGG-3 on 21 August, 1942. An Il-2 and a MiG-3 on 27 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 30 August, 1942. A P-40 on 3 September, 1942. A MiG-3 on 7 September, 1942. A Yak-1 on 20 September, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 23 September, 1942. An I-16 Rata on 30 September, 1942. A Yak-4 on 12 October, 1942. An Il-2 on 26 October, 1942. A MiG-3 10 km SE of Velikiye Luki on 16 December, 1942. A MiG-3 9 km NNE of Velikiye Luki on 17 December, 1942. His last victory, a LaGG-3 on 6 January, 1943, the day he went missing.

Asisbiz database list of 25 aerial victories for Josef Brechtle - Josef Brechtl

Date Pilot Name Unit EA Type Height Time Location
Tuesday, November 18, 1941 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 I-18   15:20  
Tuesday, December 30, 1941 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 I-16 Rata   12:42  
Friday, March 13, 1942 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 P-40 Warhawk   14:05  
Sunday, March 22, 1942 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 I-16 Rata   08:55  
Monday, March 23, 1942 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 I-26   16:23  
Saturday, June 27, 1942 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 Yak-1   12:27  
Wednesday, July 1, 1942 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 Pe-2   18:55  
Monday, August 10, 1942 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 LaGG-3 2500m 19:15 29 771
Tuesday, August 11, 1942 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 LaGG-3 800m 16:33 28 124
Friday, August 21, 1942 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 I-16 Rata 500m 08:17 00 282
Friday, August 21, 1942 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 LaGG-3 6500m 15:30 00 242
Thursday, August 27, 1942 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 MiG-3 1500m 16:44 10 111
Thursday, August 27, 1942 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 50m 12:52 10 153
Sunday, August 30, 1942 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 LaGG-3 4500m 12:50 90 652
Thursday, September 3, 1942 Josef Brechtl 4./JG54 P-40 Warhawk 3000m 14:32 20 144
Monday, September 7, 1942 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 MiG-3 3000m 08:45 10 193
Sunday, September 20, 1942 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 Yak-1 1200m 06:47 10 241
Wednesday, September 23, 1942 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 LaGG-3 200m 11:26 20 124
Wednesday, September 30, 1942 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 I-16 Rata 1500m 13:45 00 263
Monday, October 12, 1942 Josef Brechtl 4./JG54 Yak-4 1500m 10:43 10 452
Monday, October 26, 1942 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 Il-2 Sturmovik 55m 14:03 29 574
Wednesday, December 16, 1942 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 MiG-3 3000m 08:25 10km SE Velikye-Luki
Thursday, December 17, 1942 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 MiG-3 400m 10:40 9km NNE Veliyke-Luki
Wednesday, January 6, 1943 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 Dogfight     Dogfight S Velikye-Luki
Wednesday, January 6, 1943 Josef Brechtl 7./JG54 LaGG-3 2000m 07:44 07 681

 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/