Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - JG53

Aircrew Luftwaffe 7./JG53 pilots Franz Leuffen Edwin Lang Werner Hermann 01

Aircrew Luftwaffe 7./JG53 pilots Horst Wegener Werner Hermann Edwin Lang 01

Aircrew Luftwaffe JG53 Kommodore Helmut Bennemann Nov 1943 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 JG53 being prepared for a sortie Sicily 1942

Photo Data: Messerschmitt Bf 109G2 JG53 Sicily 1943

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 JG53 being prepared for a sortie Sicily 1942 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 JG53 Sicily 1943 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 JG53 captured Me 109s in Italy 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 JG53 with 210mm rockets 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109G 8./JG53 or 8./JG77 (B1+I) North Africa 1942 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 4 Staffel II./JG53 Sicily September 1942

Stab Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - Stab JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G6/Trop Stab JG53 ((+- Major Guenther von Maltzahn Sicily 1943

Messerschmitt Bf 109F JG53 ((-+- Major Gunther v. Maltzahn WNr 6683 1941 00

Profile 00:Messerschmitt Bf-109F-2 flown by Major Gunther v. Maltzahn, Kommodore of JG53, early 1941. This aircraft, W.Nr. 6683, was painted in the standard 02/71 colours but with the addition of large areas of yellow over the spinner, cowling and rudder. Twenty black victory bars appear on the rudder.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F JG53 ((-+- Maltzahn WNr 6683 1941 01

Photo 01: The Bf109F-2, WNr .6683, flown by Major Gunther von Maltzahn, the Kommodore of JG53, with 20 victory tabs on the yellow rudder.

Messerschmitt Bf 109F JG53 ((-+- Maltzahn WNr 6683 March-April 1941 01

Photo 01: A busy scene in March-April 1941 with mechanics working on the engines of a number of Bf109F-2s of the Stab and I./JG53. On the left of the picture, the aircraft with the Stab markings was a reserve machine flown by the Kommodore of JG53, Major Gunther von Maitzahn. All Stab markings were in black with a white outline, and to indicate this aircraft's reserve status there is a small number '2' (just visible) in the chevron instead of the usual inner triangle.

Aircrew Luftwaffe pilot JG53 Gunther van Maltzahn France Nov 1940 01-02

Aircrew Luftwaffe pilot JG53 Gunther von Maltzahn 01-02

Aircrew Luftwaffe pilot JG53 Maltzahn and correspondent Karl Holzamer 01

Pilots JG53 Gunther von Maltzahn 01

Photo 01: Major Gunther von Maltzahn - seen here in the cockpit of his aircraft - first joined the German cavalry as a member of Reiter Regiment 16 in 1931. He volunteered for the Luftwaffe on its formation and was accepted in 1935. On 9 October 1940, just eight days before his 30th birthday, von Maltzahn replaced Obstlt. Hans-Jurgen von Cramon-Taubadel as Kommodore of JG53. On 1 December Major von Maltzahn shot down his 12th victim, a Hurricane, and more in recognition for his leadership as Kommodore of JG53 than for his victories, was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 30 December.

Pilots JG53 Gunther von Maltzahn 02

Photo 02: Major Gunther von Maltzahn with several of his pilots. From the left, Major von Maltzahn; Hptm. Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke, Kommandeur of III./JG53; Oblt. Kurt Brundle, Staffelkapitan of 5./JG53; Hptm Heinz Bretnutz, Kommandeur of II./JG53; Ofw. Stefan Utjens of 4./JG53 and Oblt. Franz Gatz, Staffelkapitan of 9./JG53.All these pilots would eventually be awarded the Ritterkreuz and some the higher grades, e.g. von Maltzahn and Brundle received the Oak Leaves and Wilcke the Swords.

Stab I. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - Stab I./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109G6 Stab I./JG53 ((+- Jurgen Harder Gruko WNr 162434 Italy Mar 1944

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 Stab I./JG53 Gruppenkommandeur Maj Jürgen Harder WNr 162434 Maniago Italy early 1944

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G6 W.Nr 160087 flown by JG53 during the day and II./JG301 by night Braunshardt, Germany 1945

Used FuBI 2f radio equipment and was fitted with a small landing light under the wing. This machine was captured at Braunschardt, Germany.

Messerschmitt Bf 109G6 Erla Stab I./JG53 Erich Hartmann Gruppenkommandeur Feb 1945

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Stab III. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - Stab III./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109G6 Stab III./JG53 Black Double Chevron Franz Gatz Gruko Jan 1944

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I. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - I./JG53

1 Staffel I Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - 1./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 1./JG53 (W3+) Artur Tubel Italy 1944

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-14 1./JG53 (White 5+) location unknown

2 Staffel I Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - 2./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 2./JG53 (B2+) Sicily 1943

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 2./JG53 (B3+) Stalingrad, Russia 1942

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109G. 2 'Black 3' of 2./JG53, July 1942 Shown as it appeared during the advance towards Stalingrad, this aircraft was finished in a standard 74/75/76 camouflage with yellow theatre markings and carried a wide yellow fuselage band and the 'Pik As' badge of JG53 on the cowling. Note the black painted wing root which was applied to protect that area from the effects of the exhaust.

Messerschmitt Bf 109G 2./JG53 (B3+) Stalingrad, Russia 1942 01-02

Photo 01-02: Two views of Bf 109G-2 'Black 3', one of the first Bf 109G-2s to be delivered to 2./JG53, photographed in mid-July 1942. In the huge air battles which took place over Stalingrad, I./JG53 claimed 230 Soviet aircraft destroyed in the three weeks following the opening of the offensive over the River Don, but in the same period lost 25 per cent of its pilots killed, missing or injured. In September, I. Gruppe was withdrawn to Germany for refitting and then transferred to the Mediterranean theatre.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 2./JG53 (Black 6+) Italy 1943

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 2./JG53 (B12+) Walter Zellot Tusow Russia Aug 1942

3 Staffel I Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - 3./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2/Trop 3./JG53 (Y13+) Wilhelm Crinius Tunisia 1943

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-4 3./JG53 (Y7+) Wolfgang Tonne Staffelkapitan Tunisia Feb 1943

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 3./JG53 Yellow 1 Romania 1944

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 (late) of 3./JG53, Kassel Germany May 1945

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2/Trop 3./JG 53 Yellow 8 Fritz Gammel WNr 13494 Tunisia lost 23rd Aug 1943

Profiles and Photo Data: Messerschmitt Bf 109G2 3./JG 53 Yellow 8 Fritz Gammel WNr 13494 Tunisia lost Aug 23 1943

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 3./JG 53 Yellow 10 Tunisia 1942

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-14 3./JG53 Yellow 6+ Lt. Gottfried Paul Johannes Dulias Budapest 1945

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-4/Trop 3./JG53 Yellow 7+ flown by Staffelkapitan Oberleutnant Wolfgang Tonne from Bizerta Airfield (Tunisia) February 1943.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2/Trop 3./JG53 (Yellow 13+) Wilhelm Crinius Tunisia 1943

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2/Trop 3.JG53 Yellow 13 Wilhelm Crinius WNr 10804 Bizerta Tunisia 8th Jan 1943

Messerschmitt Bf.109 G-2/R-1/R-6/Trop Unit: 3./JG 53 Serial: 13 (W.Nr.10804) Pilot - Wilhelm Crinius. 8 January 1943. Bizerte, Tunisia.

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Pilots 3./JG53 Wilhelm Crinius 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 3./JG53 Yellow 15+ Uffz. Riess Russia 1942

II. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - II./JG53

4. Staffel II. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - 4./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109G6 Stkz TL+DT WNr 18380 transfered to 4.JG53 Germany

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 4./JG 53 white (2+-) Sicily 1942

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 4./JG 53 white (14+-) Italy 1944

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2/Trop 4./JG53 (White 4+-) flown by Fritz Dinger taken slightly before he was KIA (27th Jul 1943) La Marsa Tunisia March 1943

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2/Trop 4./JG53 (White 5+-) Stefan Litjens background La Marsa Tunisia Mar 1943

5. Staffel II. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - 5./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109G6 5./JG53 Black 2 Herbert Rollwage Sicily July 1943

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2/Trop 5./JG53 (B1+-) Comiso 1942

Messerschmitt Bf109 G-2/Trop 5./JG53 Black 2+- flown by Feldwebel Helmut Rollwage Sicily 1942

Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 flown by Feldwebel Helmut Rollwage of 5./JG53 Vienna Austria, January 1944

Luftwaffe pilots 5./JG53 Herbert Rollwage 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109G2 5./JG53 (B2+-) Sicily 1942

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-4/Trop 5./JG53 (Black 15+-) battle damaged Sicily 1942

6. Staffel II. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - 6./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6/U4/R3/R6 6./JG53 (Y1+-) Alfred Hammer WNr 440190 Wien Seyring Germany Feb 1944 0A

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Messerschmitt Bf 109G6/Trop 6./JG53 (Y1+-) Alfred Hammer Cancello Aug 1943

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6/R6 Trop 6./JG53 Yellow 1+- flown by Leutnant Alfred Hammer from Cancello, Caserta, Italy in August 1943

Photo: In the color photo having a shave is Uffz. Eugen Kurz also of 6./JG 53 Sicily 1943.
Pilots 6./JG53 Alfred Hammer 01-02
Photo 02: Lt. Alfred Hammer with his mother by the tail of his Bf 109G-6/R6 'Yellow 1'. The photo was taken on 12 February 1944 at Vienna-Seyring.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G2 6.JG53 (Yellow 5+-) background Comiso Sicily 1942

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 Trop 6./JG53 (Yellow 6+-) Sicily, early 1943

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 of 6./JG53 (Yellow 7+-) Sicily, early 1943

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G14AS 6./JG53 (Yellow 8+-) Germany 1944

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G2 Trop 6./JG53 Yellow 9+- Comiso Sicily 1942

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G6/Trop 6./JG53 Yellow 14 Werknummer 15270 pilot unknown, Comiso, Italy, July 1943

III. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - III./JG53

7 Staffel III./Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - 7./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109G4/Trop 7./JG53 (W1+I) Jurgen Harder Staka Italy Feb 1943

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 3./JG53 (W1+I) Jurgen Harder Italy 1943

Messerschmitt Bf 109G6 7./JG53 (W2+I) Uffz. Reinicke WNr 16548 Sicily 1943

Messerschmitt Bf 109G6 7./JG53 (W3+I) Gunther Seeger Sicily 1943

Messerschmitt Bf 109G6 7./JG53 (W4+I) Franz Leuffen Reggio Emila Oct 1943

Messerschmitt Bf 109G6 7./JG53 (W6+I) Georg Amon Sicily 1943

Messerschmitt Bf 109G6 7./JG53 (W9+I) Georg Amon Sicily 1943

Photo 01: Flown by Unteloffizier Georg Amon, 7./JG53, Sciacca, Sicily. June 1943.

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Messerschmitt Bf 109G6 7./JG53 (W5+I) Sicily 1943

Messerschmitt Bf 109G2 7./JG53 (W6+I) Sicily 1943

Messerschmitt Bf 109G6 7./JG53 (W7+I) Sicily 1943

Messerschmitt Bf 109G6 7./JG53 (W8+I) Sicily 1943

Messerschmitt Bf 109G6 7./JG53 (White 17+I) Italy 1944

8 Staffel III./Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - 8./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109G4/Trop 8./JG53 (B1+I) Franz Schiess Staka Italy Feb 1943

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Messerschmitt Bf109 G-4/Z Trop 8./JG53 Black 1 flown by Staffelkapitan Oberleutnant Franz Schiess based Tunis-El Aouina, Tunisia, February 1943

Profiles and Photo Data: The II./JG53 was based in Sicily for operations against Malta from May to October 1942. This Bf 109 F of the Gruppenstab has 22 victory bars on the rudder and may have been flown by Lt. Franz Schiess of Stab II./JG53 who claimed his 22nd victory, a Spitfire, on 26 August 1942, at about the time the Gruppe was converting to the Bf 109G-4. The Stab markings consisted of a chevron and the numeral '2', both in black thinly outlined in white.

Messerschmitt Bf 109G 3./JG53 (B6+I) Alfred Grislawski EF 1944

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 8./JG53 (Black 8+~) Trapani Sicily Sep 1942

Messerschmitt Bf 109G2 8./JG53 (Red 6+I) Comiso Sicily 1942

Messerschmitt Bf 109G6 8./JG53 (B13+I) Germany 1944

Messerschmitt Bf 109G6 8./JG53 (B16+I) Mediterranean 1943-44

Aircrew Luftwaffe pilot Gunther Landt staffelkapitan JG53

Messerschmitt Bf109 G-4/Z Trop 8./JG53 Black 12 flown by Staffelkapitan Gunther Landt based Tunis-El Aouina, Tunisia, February 1943

9 Staffel III./Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - 9./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109G2Trop 9.JG53 (Y1+I) Tunisia Feb 1943

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 G2Z/Trop 9./JG53 (Y1+I) flown by Hpt. F. Goetz Libya June 1942

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G2Z/Trop 9./JG53 (Y1+I) flown by Hpt. F. Goetz Tunisia 1943

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Messerschmitt Bf 109G4Z/Trop 9./JG53 (Y6+I) flown by Martin von Vacano Italy 1943

IV. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - IV./JG53

10 Staffel IV Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - 10./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 10./JG53 White 15 Fritz Muller Bad Lippspringe 1944

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11 Staffel IV Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - 11./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-14 11./JG53 Yellow 2+I WNr 462862 Neuhausen ob Eck Airfield Dec 1944

12 Staffel IV Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - 12./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-14 12./JG53 Blue 4+I Operation Bodenplatte 1st Jan 1945

13 Staffel IV Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - 13./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-14 13./JG53 White 13+~ pilot Uffz. Herbert Maxis WNr 784993 Nellingen Germany December 1944

Profiles and Photo Data: Uffz. Herbert Maxis who was only 24 was shot by an American soldier whilst climbing out of his belly landed aircraft during operation Bodenplatte Jan 01 1945 and the robbed of his flying boots his body lying on the wing of his aircraft such is war.

16 Staffel IV Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik As' - 16./JG53

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-14 16./JG53 Blue 2+~ flown by Gefreiter Alfred Michel WNr. 462892 during Operation Bodenplatte 1st Jan 1945

 
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Knights Cross

Hans Joachim 'Jürgen' Harder

Units: Stfkpt 1/J88, IV./JG-132 ('39), Kdr III./JG-53 (8/40 Sempy), Kdr I./JG-53 (2/44), Kdr JG-11 ('45)

Awards: RK(12/5/43)-EL(2/1/45), Spanish Cross, DK-G(2/8/43), EP(11/16/42), EK 1 & 2, Wound Badge, Fighter Oper.Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109B-1, Bf 109E(Sempy), Bf 109F-2 WNr's 8085 & 9212 (35% dam 9/25/41), both '<o+I', Bf 109F-4Z 'Wh 5'& 'White 11'(both Trop), Bf 109G-4(Trop) in Italy, Feb.'44 in I/JG-53, Bf 109G-6 WNr 162434 'Black <<+' (lost 3/11/44) and Bf 109G-6 WNr 162717 'Black <2' (lost 4/25/44)

Remarks: 9 Bombers, one a B-24D northwest of Marettimo on 5 May, 1943. 47 victories in the West, including 16 in the Desert. Channel pilot. Harder made an emergency landing on 4 May, 1941 in his Bf 109F-2 Werk # 8085 'Black <0 at Maldeghem, inflicting 15% damage, and no injury to himself. Three days later, he was brought down by Flak in a JG-52 F-2 with no injury (Prien). 35% to F-2 Wk#9212 on 9/25/41. His first Channel victory, a Spitfire south of Bouckerque on 3 July, 1941. Killed 17 February, 1945 in a fatal crash in Bf 109G-14 Wk# 784738 'Black <<' at Strausberg near Berlin. The cause was probably due to lack of oxygen. Harder was one of three Harder sons to become fighter pilots. All three were killed in action! His 40th victory, a Spitfire 25 km W of Albenga on 7 February, 1944. His 50th, a B-24 50 km S of Faenza on 25 April, 1944. His 55th victory, a P-51 over the Balkans on 28 July, 1944. Stationed at Mizil Romania in July, 1944. A triple victory, nos 59, 60 & 61, on 20 August, 1944; two Yak 9's and an Il-2 over Romania. His 63rd, a Yak 9 over Romania on 22 August, 1944. An Il-2 on 11 December, 1944. His 65th, an La-5 on 4 January, 1945.

Asisbiz Database of 61 out of 65 aerial victories for Major Jurgen Harder

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
Wednesday, March 18, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 Spitfire   17:15 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
Thursday, April 30, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 Spitfire   11:30 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
Thursday, April 30, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 Spitfire   11:30 E. Malta
Monday, May 18, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 Spitfire 1200m 12:55 25km S. Hal Far
Saturday, May 30, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   16:17 E. Ain-el-Gazala
Sunday, May 31, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   18:52 W. El Adem
Thursday, June 11, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 Hurricane   16:25 W. El Adem
Sunday, June 14, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   11:25 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
Sunday, August 02, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 Spitfire 10m 14:38 2km W Tarqua
Sunday, September 27, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 A-20 Boston   10:45 NW Kairo
Friday, October 09, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   09:25 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
Friday, October 09, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   09:15 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
Friday, October 09, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   16:20 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
Friday, October 09, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   16:23 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
Tuesday, October 13, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   17:55 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
Tuesday, October 13, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   09:35 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
Monday, October 19, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   15:16 7km N. El-Daba
Monday, October 19, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   12:16 3km N El-Daba
Tuesday, October 20, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 Hurricane 200m 14:10 5km SE Abûd-Dweis
Wednesday, October 21, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk 20m 11:57 25km NW El-Alamein 20m
Thursday, October 22, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk 2000m 10:27 15-20km SE Quotifiya
Monday, October 26, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 P-40 Warhawk 5000m 09:57 10km NE Fûka
Thursday, November 12, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 Spitfire 1500m 14:00 3km N. Qued Zarga
Thursday, November 19, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 Spitfire     Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
Sunday, November 22, 1942 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 Spitfire Low Level 16:44 20km SW Beja
Saturday, January 30, 1943 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 8./JG53 Spitfire 2000m 08:33 15km SE Passaro
Monday, February 08, 1943 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 8./JG53 Spitfire 200m 10:38 30km S. Cap Corce
Monday, March 22, 1943 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 B-17 Fortress 8000m 15:55 10km N. Cap Vito
Saturday, May 08, 1943 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 Spitfire 4000m 18:40 10km E. Cape Bon
Saturday, May 08, 1943 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 Spitfire 8000m 18:55 10km E. Kelebia
Sunday, May 09, 1943 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 B-17 Fortress 200m 13:25 NW Cap Galle
Monday, May 10, 1943 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 P-38 Lightning   13:55 2½km SW Trapani
Friday, May 21, 1943 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 B-17F 6200m 11:12 45km SW Granitola Toretta
Monday, February 07, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 Spitfire 2000m 11:55 25km W. Albenga
Monday, February 14, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder 7./JG53 P-38 Lightning 5500m 11:17 20km S. Rosa
Friday, February 25, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 B-24 Liberator 6800m 11:47 LH-4 3764 (S. Villach)
Saturday, March 18, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 B-17 Fortress 6500m 09:54 MJ-5
Tuesday, March 28, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt   12:06 AG-4 (Fano)
Tuesday, March 28, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 3500m 12:05 AG-4 (Fano)
Sunday, April 02, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 B-24 Liberator 4500m 12:16 MK 9
Friday, April 07, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 P-38 Lightning 2000m 13:08 10km S. Treviso
Tuesday, April 18, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 3000m 15:02 NF-26 (SW Udine)
Tuesday, April 25, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 B-24 Liberator Low Level 12:11 50km S. Faenza
Tuesday, April 25, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 B-24 Liberator 5000m 11:35 UD-8 (30km SW Forli)
Wednesday, June 28, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 B-24 Liberator 7000m 10:17 24 Ost N/UN-4 (W. Bucharest)
Wednesday, June 28, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 B-24 Liberator 8000m 10:08 24 Ost N/UM-4 (SW Bucharest)
Monday, July 03, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 P-51 Mustang 5500m 12:07 24 Ost N/UL 9 (Blejesti)
Tuesday, July 04, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 B-24 Liberator 5000m 10:24 24 Ost N/SK-4 (SW Costesti)
Friday, July 28, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 P-51 Mustang   - Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Friday, August 04, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 P-51 Mustang   - Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Friday, August 04, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 P-51 Mustang   - Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Friday, August 18, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 P-51 Mustang   - Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Sunday, August 20, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 Yak-9   - Rumänien
Sunday, August 20, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 Yak-9   - Rumänien
Sunday, August 20, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
  - Rumänien
Monday, August 21, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 Yak-9   - Romania
Tuesday, August 22, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 Yak-9   - Rumänien
Monday, December 11, 1944 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
800m 12:35 88 79
Thursday, January 04, 1945 Hans Joachim 'Jurgen' Harder Stab I./JG53 La-5   - Ostfront (Eastern Front)

Knights Cross

Baron Günther von 'Henri' Maltzahn

Units: Stab II./JG-53 ('39), Kdr II./JG-53 (8/40 Dinan-Guernsey), Kdr ./JG-53 (9/40 Cherbourg-Eaples), Jafü

Awards: RK(12/30/40)-EL(7/24/41), DK-G(12/23/42), EP(3/23/42), EK 1 & 2, Wnd Bdg, Ftr Oper.Clasp w/'400'

Known Aircraft: Bf 109EWNr1347, Bf 109F-2's WNr 5484 & WNr 8311 (both 30% 6/41) and WNr's 6683 and 8326 (also 30% dam 7/15/41), both 'Black <<-+-', Bf 109F-4 WNr 7282 'Black <<-+-' (lost 5/11/42)

Remarks: His first victory, a Potez 63 near Saarbrücken, 30 September, 1939. A 2nd, a Morane 406 SW of Saargemünd on 31 October, 1939. A 3rd, a Morane SW of Saargemünd on 31 March, 1940. His 4th, a Spitfire S of Swanage on 8 August, 1940. Became an 'Ace' on 16 August, 1940, downing a Spitfire, no location. Nos.9 & 10, both Spitfires in the London/Dungeness area on 27 September, 1940. His 15th, a Spitfire between Dover & Calais on 19 April, 1941. Channel pilot. Barbarossa pilot, shot down by an I-15, and made a forced landing on 15 July, 1941, after his radiator was hit. His 50th victory, a Hurricane on 19 December, 1941, piloted by American F/O Pete Steele of RAF No.126 Sq., downed over Malta. Shot down in his F-4 on 11 May, 1942, probably by F/O Nash, and rescued by a Seenot aircraft. His 1st Soviet victory, a DB-3 NW of Brest-Litovsk on 22 June, 1941. His 68th, a P-40 over Tunisia on 4 January, 1943. 2nd Luft Squadron to achieve 1000 aerial victories under his leadership. Promoted to Jafu OberItalien & Staff positions for the remainder of the war. Deceased 24 June, 1953 in Düsseldorf. 497 combat missions, 33 victories in Russia.

Asisbiz Database 37 out of 68 aerial victories for Gunther Furher von Maltzahn

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
30-Sep-39 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab II./JG53 Potez 63   11.34 Saarbrucken
31-Oct-39 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab II./JG53 Morane 406   15.53 SW of Saargemund
08-Aug-40 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab II./JG53 Spitfire 8800m 17.05 15km S. Swanage
16-Aug-40 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab II./JG53 Spitfire 7500m 18.10  
01-Sep-40 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab II./JG53 Spitfire 6500m 12.10  
05-Sep-40 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab II./JG53 Spitfire 5200m 16.05  
06-Sep-40 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab II./JG53 Hurricane 4000m 10.10  
24-Sep-40 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab II./JG53 Spitfire 6000m 09.53 SE London
27-Sep-40 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab II./JG53 Spitfire   10.19  
27-Sep-40 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab II./JG53 Spitfire   16.25  
12-Oct-40 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Hurricane   17.40  
01-Dec-40 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Hurricane   15.15  
31-Mar-41 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Spitfire Low Level 11.35 NW Calais
16-Apr-41 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Spitfire 1000m 18.40 Dungeness
19-Apr-41 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Spitfire 6500m 19.09 Calais/Dover
09-May-41 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Spitfire     N. Calais
22-Jun-41 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 DB-3 1200m 16.30 NW Brest-Litovsk
19-Dec-41 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Hurricane   16.55 Malta
21-Dec-41 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Hurricane   12.00 Malta
26-Dec-41 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Hurricane   11.12  
26-Dec-41 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Hurricane 3500m 16.55 SE Insel Malta
25-Jan-42 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Hurricane 50m 10.40  
25-Jan-42 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Hurricane 5000m 10.35  
04-Feb-42 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Hurricane 2500m 15.53 E. Malta
11-Feb-42 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Beaufighter   15.45  
15-Feb-42 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Beaufort   18.00  
15-Feb-42 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Beaufort 5000m 16.08  
01-Apr-42 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Spitfire 6500m 14.55 E. Insel Malta 1500-10m (E. Hal Far)
09-Apr-42 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Spitfire 7000m 17.28 Malta
14-Apr-42 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Tomahawk 4000m 10.40  
25-Apr-42 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Spitfire 500m 15.28 Malta
25-May-42 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Spitfire   15.20  
14-Jun-42 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Hurricane 3000m 17.32 Pl.Qu. 8934/03 Ost (Raum Malta)
03-Dec-42 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 P-38 Lightning 5800m 11.38 Bizerta
14-Dec-42 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 Spitfire   12.18 Jefna sicht
18-Dec-42 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 B-17 Fortress II 6500-0m 12.10 NW Medjez el Bab
04-Jan-43 Gunther Furher von Maltzahn Stab /JG53 P-40 Warhawk 3000m 12.21 5km S. Protville

Knights Cross

Wilhelm Crinius

Wilhelm Crinius was born on 1 December 1920 at Hohenhausen in Lipper Bergland. He joined the Luftwaffe in January 1940 and underwent fighter pilot training. In February 1942, Crinius was posted to JG53 based in Sicily. Gefreiter Crinius was assigned to 3./JG53. Between mid-March and the end of April, he flew 60 missions over Malta. On 1 April, he received promotion to the rank of Unteroffizier. In May 1942, I./JG53 was relocated to the Eastern front. Operating from Kursk, Crinius achieved his first victories on 9 June when he shot down two Russian Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack aircraft. On 8 July, Crinius shot down two Russian Boston twin-engined bombers attacking a bridge west of Voronezh.

During the engagement his aircraft was hit by Russian anti-aircraft fire. He belly-landed his Bf-109F-4 trop (W.Nr. 10 243) between the lines where he was rescued by a German army patrol and returned to his unit. In late July 1942, I./JG53 was relocated to the southern sector of the Eastern front. Crinius claimed his 15th victory on 1 August. He shot down three Russian aircraft on 12 August to record his 25th through 27th victories. Crinius recorded his 49th victory on 27 August which was also the 1,000th victory for I./JG53. He recorded his 55th victory on 1 September and was promoted to the rank of Feldwebel. Flying with Wolfgang Tonne (122 victories, RK-EL, killed in action 20 April 1943) and Friedrich-Karl "Tutti" Muller (140 victories, RK-EL, killed in flying accident 29 May 1944) in I./JG53, Crinius was particularly successful, recording 40 victories in August and 46 victories between 1 and 22 September, including 100th victory on 22 September. He was awarded the Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub (Nr 127) on 23 September and promoted to the rank of Leutnant.

In November 1942, Crinius transferred with I./JG53 to Tunisia. Here he was to record 14 victories, including his only fourengined bomber on 26 December and his 110th victory on 4 January 1943. On 13 January 1943, in aerial combat with RAF Spitfire fighters near La Calle, Crinius' aircraft was hit and he was wounded in the thigh. Breaking off combat, he headed for his base but his engine then caught fire. He ditched his stricken Bf 109G-2 (W.Nr. 10805) in the sea. He spent 24 hours in the water before being rescued by French sailors and Arabs. After hospitalisation for his wounds, Crinius became a prisoner of war.

Wilhelm Crinius was credited with 114 victories in approximately 400 missions. He recorded 100 victories over the Eastern front. Of his 14 victories recorded over the Western front, one was a fourengined bomber.

No Date Time Enemy A/C Type Unit Location / Comments
1. 9.6.1942 17:25 Il-2 3./JG 53  
2. 9.6.1942 17:30 Il-2 3./JG 53  
3. 21.6.1942 19:10 LaGG-3 3./JG 53  
4. 23.6.1942 18:20 LaGG-3 3./JG 53  
5. 23.6.1942 18:40 R-5 3./JG 53 Near Yelets
6. 23.6.1942 19:10 MiG-3 3./JG 53  
7. 28.6.1942 18:30 R-10 3./JG 53  
8. 3.7.1942 18:40 P-39 3./JG 53  
9. 3.7.1942 18:53 P-39 3./JG 53  
10. 5.7.1942 7:55 MiG-3 3./JG 53  
11. 8.7.1942 4:46 Boston 3./JG 53  
12. 8.7.1942 8:50 Boston 3./JG 53 W Voronezh
13. 8.7.1942 8:50 Boston 3./JG 53 W Voronezh
14. 27.7.1942 17:40 R-5 3./JG 53  
15. 1.8.1942 14:19 LaGG-3 3./JG 53  
16. 1.8.1942   LaGG-3 3./JG 53  
17. 3.8.1942 10:51 Il-2 3./JG 53  
18. 3.8.1942 10:57 Il-2 3./JG 53  
19. 3.8.1942 11:03 Il-2 3./JG 53  
20. 5.8.1942 9:35 Il-2 3./JG 53  
21. 6.8.1942 8:47 R-5 3./JG 53  
22. 6.8.1942 16:40 Il-2 3./JG 53  
23. 8.8.1942 6:00 Il-2 3./JG 53  
24. 8.8.1942 12:01 MiG-3 3./JG 53  
25. 11.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
26. 12.8.1942   MiG-3 3./JG 53  
27. 12.8.1942   MiG-3 3./JG 53  
28. 12.8.1942   MiG-3 3./JG 53  
29. 13.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
30. 16.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
31. 16.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
32. 17.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
33. 17.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
34. 17.8.1942 - E/a 3./JG 53  
35. 18.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
36. 18.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
37. 19.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
38. 19.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
39. 19.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
40. 19.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
41. 20.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
42. 20.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
43. 21.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
44. 21.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
45. 23.8.1942 - E/a 3./JG 53  
46. 23.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
47. 24.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
48. 24.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
49. 27.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
50. 28.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
51. 28.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
52. 28.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
53. 29.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
54. 30.8.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
55. 1.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
56. 2.9.1942 - E/a 3./JG 53  
57. 5.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
58. 6.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
59. 8.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
60. 8.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
61. 8.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
62. 8.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
63. 9.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53 I./JG53 1,000th victory
64. 9.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
65. 9.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
66. 10.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
67. 10.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
68. 10.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
69. 10.9.1942 - E/a 3./JG 53  
70. 11.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
71. 12.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
72. 12.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
73. 12.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
74. 13.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
75. 13.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
76. 13.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
77. 14.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
78. 14.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
79. 14.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
80. 14.9.1942 - E/a 3./JG 53  
81. 15.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
82. 15.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
83. 15.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
84. 16.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
85. 16.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
86. 16.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
87. 16.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
88. 17.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
89. 17.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
90. 17.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
91. 17.9.1942 - E/a 3./JG 53  
92. 18.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
93. 18.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
94. 18.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
95. 18.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
96. 19.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
97. 20.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
98. 21.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
99. 21.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
100. 22.9.1942   E/a 3./JG 53  
101. 1.12.1942 16:34 Spitfire 3./JG 53 15km SW Scaramia, Spitfire of 229 Sqn, RAF
102. 1.12.1942 16:38 Spitfire 3./JG 53 25km S Scaramia, Spitfire of 229 Sqn, RAF
103. 18.12.1942 11:55 P-38 3./JG 53 9866:
104. 18.12.1942 11:56 P-38 3./JG 53 9859:
105. 26.12.1942 13:28 B-17 3./JG 53 9714:15
106. 28.12.1942 14:07 Spitfire 3./JG 53 5km S Souk el Arba
107. 29.12.1942 14:35 Spitfire 3./JG 53 5km ENE Bone
108. 1.1.1943   Spitfire 3./JG 53 Bone
109. 1.1.1943   Spitfire 3./JG 53 Bone
110. 4.1.1943   Boston 3./JG 53 Fondouk area
111. 6.1.1943   Hurricane 3./JG 53  
112. 7.1.1943 - Spitfire 3./JG 53  
113. 8.1.1943   P-38 3./JG 53  
114. 8.1.1943   Spitfire 3./JG 53  

Victories : 114
Awards : Knight`s Cross with Oak Leaves
Units : JG53
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Asisbiz Database of 113 aerial victories out of 113 for Wilhelm Crinius

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
09-Jun-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
  17.25  
09-Jun-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
  17.30  
21-Jun-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 LaGG-3   19.10  
23-Jun-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 LaGG-3   18.20  
23-Jun-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 R-5   18.40  
23-Jun-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 MiG-3   19.10  
28-Jun-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 R-10 1000m 18.33 NE Tschernowa
28-Jun-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 R-10   18.29  
03-Jul-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 P-39 Aircobra 2500m 18.53 Kriwonka
03-Jul-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 P-39 Aircobra 2600m 18.42 S Walinow
05-Jul-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 MiG-3 2500m 07.55 East of Voronezh
05-Jul-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 MiG-3   07.55  
08-Jul-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 A-20 Boston 1000m 08.50 Podgornoye
08-Jul-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 A-20 Boston   04.46  
08-Jul-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 A-20 Boston      
27-Jul-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 R-5 Low Level 17.40 17 610
01-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 LaGG-3 3000m 14.19 3941
03-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
300m 10.54 3919
03-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
200m 10.57 3919
03-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
Low Level 11.03 3927
05-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
Low Level 09.36 49 710
06-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 R-5 Low Level 08.47 34 650
06-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
Low Level 16.40 49 580
08-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
Low Level 06.00 49 610
08-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 MiG-3 Low Level 12.01 39 450
09-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
100m 18.26 39 47
12-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 MiG-3 700m 04.23 39 774
12-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 MiG-3 700m 04.24 39 781
12-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
500m 04.34 39 590
13-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 LaGG-3 500m 17.55 39 271
13-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 LaGG-3 300m 10.14 49 422
13-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 LaGG-3 1500m 16.35 39 42
15-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 LaGG-3 3000m 11.42 49 430
16-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 MiG-3 Low Level 06.10 49 210
17-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 R-5 Low Level 15.45 49 263
18-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 R-5 Low Level 08.05 49 253
19-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 DB-7 100m 15.25 59 173
19-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
200m 15.28 59 173
20-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 LaGG-3 2500m 04.26 40 760
20-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 ER-2 1000m 04.47 40 780
21-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 DB-7 Low Level 13.17 50 770
23-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 I-180 1500m 12.50 49 160
23-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 MiG-3 Low Level 16.22 49 240
23-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 R-5 Low Level 10.22 49 270
23-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 U-2 Low Level 10.14 49 228
24-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 MiG-3 100m 06.17 59 150
24-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 MiG-3 300m 06.13 59 140
26-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 MiG-3 300m 08.24 49 160
27-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-4 2000m 17.35 49 110
27-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 MiG-3 600m 11.20 49 410
28-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 LaGG-3 1500m 14.41 50 792
28-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 P-40B Warhawk Low Level 08.12 49 420
28-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 LaGG-3 700m 14.44 50 792
30-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 MiG-3 300m 05.31 49 210
30-Aug-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 MiG-3 1000m 05.27 49 210
01-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
200m 07.43 49 350
02-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 P-40 Warhawk 300m 15.23 49 330
02-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 P-40 Warhawk 3000m 09.43 49 480
02-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 LaGG-3 600m 12.32 49 210
02-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 LaGG-3 100m 12.35 49 230
03-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 La-5 Low Level 14.12 49 420
04-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 1000m 05.12 49 320
04-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 400m 10.35 49 230
04-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 LaGG-3 1000m 13.20 49 251
05-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 1000m 13.20 49 274
05-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 400m 13.23 49 283
06-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 1000m 13.32 49 120
06-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1   13.33  
06-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 1200m 13.31 49 120
06-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 LaGG-3 800m 13.57 59 320
07-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 La-5 Low Level 05.28 49 250
07-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
300m 13.27 40 250
08-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
700m 10.20 49 160
08-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 1000m 10.27 49 240
09-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 300m 10.48 40 590
09-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 LaGG-3 1000m 10.37 49 240
09-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 500m 10.45 40 590
10-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 LaGG-3 2000m 14.10 49 420
10-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 800m 06.19 49 250
10-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 1000m 06.15 49 270
11-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 LaGG-3 400m 11.40 40 790
11-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 2000m 11.45 40 870
11-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 1000m 14.33 40 790
15-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 La-5 2000m 14.02 15km SE Stalingrad
16-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 LaGG-3 1000m 14.05 49 422
17-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 1500m 09.46 40 750
17-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 1000m 09.48 40 760
17-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 100m 09.51 40 760
17-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 2000m 14.48 40 731
19-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 1500m 07.08 49 124
19-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 1000m 07.11 49 122
20-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 400m 0958 40 760
20-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 LaGG-3 Low Level 16.11 59 110
20-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 3000m 07.15 49 291
20-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 1500m 09.56 40 761
21-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 1200m 17.15 40 792
21-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 1300m 17.16 40 792
21-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 P-2 1800m 06.07 49 241
22-Sep-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Yak-1 3000m 06.45 49 134
01-Dec-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Spitfire 3500m 16.34 15km South Scaramia
01-Dec-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Spitfire 1000m 16.38 25km South Scaramia
18-Dec-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 P-38 Lightning 7500m 11.55 9866
18-Dec-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 P-38 Lightning 7500m 11.56 9859
26-Dec-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 B-17 Fortress 2500m 13.28 97/14/15
28-Dec-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Spitfire 50m 14.07 5km S Souk el Arba
29-Dec-42 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Spitfire 500m 14.35 10km ENE Bone
01-Jan-43 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Spitfire 400m 15.54 10km SSW Bone
01-Jan-43 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Spitfire 400m 11.15 20km NE Bone
04-Jan-43 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 A-20 Boston Low Level 10.36 2km NW Protville
06-Jan-43 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 P-40 Warhawk 100m 13.15 4km N Cap Rosa
07-Jan-43 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Spitfire 100m 16.03 8882 See
08-Jan-43 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 P-38 Lightning 8500m 13.45 15km NE Beja
08-Jan-43 Wilhelm Crinius 3./JG53 Spitfire 4000m 13.45 10km NE Souk el Arba

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Gottfried Paul Johannes Dulias

Units: LKS-2 Gatow, 3/JG-53 (joins 8/44) 3/JG-53 (10/44S.U.) (3/45 Budapest)

Awards: EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109G-14AS 'Yellow 6'

Remarks: Russian POW 4 March, 1945, after his only aircraft, 'Yellow 6', was hit by small arms fire. From my interview with Gottfried, he told me that he had hit his 6th victim while over German lines and saw chunks of pieces coming off his victim. Out of ammo & cannon, and determined to finish off his victim, crashing into him if necessary, he attempted to record the crash with his gun camera. In attempting to get a camera shot, he now flew over Russian territory where he was downed by ground fire, and promptly taken prisoner. His 1st victory, a Spitfire, piloted by Lt Fred Browning of London, near Aachen in 1944. Browning parachuted safely, as did all five of his victims. His other victories were another western Spitfire and 3 Russian I-16 Rata's. Spent many long years as a Soviet POW, in a Gulag, being released on 4 January, 1948. Now living in the U.S.

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Fritz Gammel

Units: 3/JG-53 (3/42 Gela; 5/43 S.U.)

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

Known Aircraft: Bf 109F-4 (Trop), Bf 109G-2 WNr 13494 'Yellow 8' (lost 8/23/43)

Remarks: MIA 23 August, 1943 during aerial combat, suffered engine damage near Ssredneje-Pogromnoje. His first victory, a Soviet MiG-3 on 31 May, 1942. His 2nd, a Lagg-3 on 7 July, 1942. His 3rd, an Il-2 on 27 July, 1942. His 4th, an Il-2 on 31 July, 1942. A 5th, an Il-2 on 2 August, 1942. A 6th, a MiG-3 on 4 August, 1942. A 7th, a MiG-3 on 5 August, 1942. An R-5 on 7 August, 1942. His 9th, an Il-2 on 8 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 and an Il-2 on 9 August, 1942. A MiG-3 on 10 August, 1942. An Il-2 on 12 August, 1942. An Il-2 on 13 August, 1942. An I-153 on 16 August, 1942. A MiG-3 on 18 August, 1942. An R-5 on 19 August, 1942. A MiG-3 on 22 August, 1942.

Asisbiz database list of 19 aerial victories for Fritz Gammel

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
Sunday, May 31, 1942 Fritz Gammel 3./JG53 MiG-3   03:45  
Tuesday, July 07, 1942 Fritz Gammel 3./JG53 LaGG-3   18:10  
Monday, July 27, 1942 Fritz Gammel 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
5m 13:05 18 793
Friday, July 31, 1942 Fritz Gammel 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
1200m 14:07 39 271
Sunday, August 02, 1942 Fritz Gammel 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
3m 12:27 3919
Tuesday, August 04, 1942 Fritz Gammel 3./JG53 MiG-3 300m 18:20 4956
Wednesday, August 05, 1942 Fritz Gammel 3./JG53 MiG-3 20m 07:15 49 742
Friday, August 07, 1942 Fritz Gammel 3./JG53 R-5 3m 12:20 49 650
Saturday, August 08, 1942 Fritz Gammel 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
Low Level 06:02 49 613
Sunday, August 09, 1942 Fritz Gammel 3./JG53 LaGG-3 2m 07:05 49 52
Sunday, August 09, 1942 Fritz Gammel 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
10m 18:25 39 47
Monday, August 10, 1942 Fritz Gammel 3./JG53 MiG-3 1200m 17:17 39 752
Wednesday, August 12, 1942 Fritz Gammel 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
20m 04:27 39 480
Wednesday, August 12, 1942 Fritz Gammel 3./JG53 MiG-3 200m 04:42 39 461
Thursday, August 13, 1942 Fritz Gammel 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
50m 17:45 39 412
Sunday, August 16, 1942 Fritz Gammel 3./JG53 I-153 1200m 14:37 40 772
Tuesday, August 18, 1942 Fritz Gammel 3./JG53 MiG-3 1500m 08:56 49 264
Wednesday, August 19, 1942 Fritz Gammel 3./JG53 R-5 Low Level 04:29 40 840
Saturday, August 22, 1942 Fritz Gammel 3./JG53 MiG-3 1200m 10:15 49 240

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Uffz. Riess

Awards: EK 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109F

Remarks: His first known victory, a Soviet MiG-1 on 7 September, 1942. A 2nd, a Yak-1 on 8 September, 1942.

Uffz. Riess recorded of 2 aerial victories before he himself was shot down

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
07-Sep-42 Riess 3./JG53 MiG-1   11.28 40 790
08-Sep-42 Riess 3./JG53 Yak-1 1000m 16.38 40 520

Knights Cross

Wolfgang Tonne

Awards: RK(9/6/42)-EL(9/24/42), DK-G(8/21/42), EP(8/6/41), EK 1 & 2, Wnd Bdg(7/11/41),Ftr Oper. Clasp w/Pend

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-3 (lost; bailed 5/14/40), Bf 109F-2 WNr 6728 (dam; WIA 7/11/41), Bf 109G-2 WNr 14156 (crash land 8/29/42), Bf 109F-4 (Trop) 'Yellow 7' (2/43), Bf 109G-2/Trop WNr 10795 'Yellow 7' (Bizerta), Bf 109G-6 WNr 16523 'Yellow 1' (lost 4/43)

Remarks: KIFA 20 April, 1943 in his G-6 during a landing at Protville, north of Tunis, in Tunisia. He went into a steep turn with his undercarriage extended causing his fatal crash (See below). MIA 14 May, 1940 during aerial combat in his E-3 with a Hurricane south of Bouillon, crashed behind the line but returned uninjured (Prien). 641 missions, 96 victories in the Stalingrad front. His first victory, a Blenheim northwest of Sedan, 14 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Hawk-75 at St Dizier on 9 June, 1940. His 3rd, a Spitfire 10 km S of London on 15 September, 1940. His 4th, a Spitfire SE of London on 17 October, 1940. His 5th, a Spitfire S of Boulogne on 26 April, 1941. He scored Soviet victories 14 thru 19 on 31 May, 1942; four I-61's and two Il-2's. His 30th, a LaGG-3 on 6 July, 1942. His 40th, one of four this day, an Il-2 on 31 July, 1942. A quad on 5 August, 1942; all Mig-3's. An La-5 and two LaGG-3's on 13 September, 1942. Three Yak-1's on 20 September, 1942. Note: It is said that all of his achievements and the propaganda about his exploits went to his head. As a result, he became reckless, and crashed over his own airfield, celebrating his 122nd victory, over another Spitfire IX.

Wolfgang Tonne was born on 28 February 1918 at Moosbach in the Schleiz region of Thuringia. He joined the Luftwaffe in 1937 as an officer cadet. Tonne was posted to 3./JG53 on 6 December 1939. Leutnant Tonne recorded his first victory on 14 May 1940, a RAF Blenheim twin-engined bomber over Sedan. Later the same day, he was shot down near Bouillon. He baled out landing in enemy territory. However, he returned safely to his own lines, uninjured. Over England and the Channel he was to gain a further three victories by the spring of 1941. On 1 July, Tonne was appointed Adjutant of I./JG53. Tonne participated in the invasion of Russia. In June and July 1941, he recorded eight further victories, including his 10th on 11 July. In December 1941, I./JG53 was transferred to the Mediterranean theatre. On 24 January 1942, Tonne was appointed Staffelkapitan of 3./JG53. Tonne was to fly 116 combat missions over Malta, without adding to his victory total, before being transferred back to the Eastern front. From 31 May 1942 to 29 September, Tonne was to fly 155 combat missions and record 88 victories. He shot down four Russian fighters and two Il-2 ground attack aircraft on 31 May to record his 14th through 19th victories. In August, he recorded 25 victories, including four Russian MiG-3 fighters shot down on 5 August (46-49), three enemy aircraft shot down on 6 August (50-52) and 8 August (53-55) and his 60th victory shot down on 15 August.

Tonne was even more successful in September claimimg 35 victories, including four Russian Yak-1 fighters shot down on 8 September (73-76), and three enemy aircraft shot down on 18 September (90-91), 20 September (94-96), 21 September (97-99) and 22 September (100-102). Oberleutnant Tonne was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 6 September 1942 following 54 victories and the Eichenlaub on 24 September for 101 victories. In November 1942, Tonne led 3./JG53 to North Africa. He gained his first victory in this theatre on 26 December 1942 shooting down a USAAF P-38 twin-engine fighter. He was then to specialise in shooting down Spitfire fighters claiming ten of the type in a short time. Tonne flew 82 combat missions and claimed 21 victories over Tunisia. Wolfgang Tonne was killed in an flying accident caused as he attempted to celebrate his 122nd victory over the airfield at Protville, Tunisia on 20 April 1943 in his Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 16523).

Wolfgang Tonne recorded 122 victories in 641 missions. He recorded 26 victories over the Western Front, including 16 Spitfires. Of his 96 victories recorded over the Eastern front, 10 were Il-2 Sturmoviks.

List of 122 aerial victories for Wolfgang Tonne

No Date Time Enemy A/C Type Unit Location / Comments
1 14.5.1940 19:40 Blenheim 3./JG 53 NW Sedan
2 9.6.1940 14:40 Hawk 3./JG 53 St Dizier
3 15.8.1940 - E/a 3./JG 53 -
4 15.9.1940 15:55 Hurricane 3./JG 53 -
5 26.4.1941 13:10 Spitfire 3./JG 53 -
6 24.6.1941 9:40 SB-2 3./JG 53 -
7 6.7.1941 17:30 DB-3 3./JG 53 -
8 6.7.1941 17:36 DB-3 3./JG 53 -
9 7.7.1941 9:08 DB-3 3./JG 53 -
10 11.7.1941 13:40 DB-3 1./JG 53 -
11 18.7.1941 12:08 SB-3 1./JG 53 -
12 31.7.1941 - Pe-2 1./JG 53 -
13 2.8.1941 - I-16 1./JG 53 -
14 31.5.1942 3:45 I-61 3./JG 53 -
15 31.5.1942 3:48 I-61 3./JG 53 -
16 31.5.1942 3:55 I-61 3./JG 53 -
17 31.5.1942 - Il-2 3./JG 53 -
18 31.5.1942 - Il-2 3./JG 53 -
19 31.5.1942 - I-61 3./JG 53 -
20 5.6.1942 12:28 I-61 3./JG 53 -
21 5.6.1942 12:34 I-61 3./JG 53 -
22 9.6.1942 17:09 I-61 3./JG 53 -
23 9.6.1942 - E/a 3./JG 53 -
24 23.6.1942 15:00 R-5 3./JG 53 -
25 23.6.1942 15:05 R-5 3./JG 53 -
26 28.6.1942 18:30 R-10 3./JG 53 E Schelowa: at 250m
27 2.7.1942 12:45 Pe-2 3./JG 53 -
28 5.7.1942 13:20 DB-7 3./JG 53 20km ESE Voronezh: 100m
29 5.7.1942 18:50 Pe-2 3./JG 53 10km NE Voronezh: 1.000m
30 6.7.1942 7:40 LaGG-3 3./JG 53 10km E Genborody: 1.000m
31 6.7.1942 17:23 LaGG-3 3./JG 53 -
32 6.7.1942 17:32 LaGG-3 3./JG 53 -
33 7.7.1942 18:15 LaGG-3 3./JG 53 -
34 8.7.1942 7:15 MiG-3 3./JG 53 -
35 11.7.1942 9:57 Boston 3./JG 53 -
36 11.7.1942 9:59 Boston 3./JG 53 -
37 26.7.1942 4:25 LaGG-3 3./JG 53 -
38 26.7.1942 10:35 Pe-2 3./JG 53 -
39 31.7.1942 11:40 Il-2 3./JG 53 3915: at 400m
40 31.7.1942 13:55 Il-2 3./JG 53 39 163: at 600m
41 31.7.1942 14:15 MiG-3 3./JG 53 3919: at 1.200m
42 31.7.1942 17:00 Hurricane 3./JG 53 3927: at 5.000m
43 1.8.1942 14:19 LaGG-3 3./JG 53 3926: at 5.000m
44 2.8.1942 12:25 Il-2 3./JG 53 3919: at 600m
45 2.8.1942 12:35 Il-2 3./JG 53 3948
46 5.8.1942 7:10 MiG-3 3./JG 53 49 742: at 200m
47 5.8.1942 7:17 MiG-3 3./JG 53 49 751: at 100m
48 5.8.1942 11:29 MiG-3 3./JG 53 39 783: at 1.000m
49 5.8.1942 17:10 MiG-3 3./JG 53 49 582: at 200m
50 6.8.1942 6:23 MiG-3 3./JG 53 39 891: at 1.500m
51 6.8.1942 6:30 MiG-3 3./JG 53 39 891: at 1.500m
52 6.8.1942 16:00 R-5 3./JG 53 49 321
53 8.8.1942 5:35 MiG-3 3./JG 53 49 512: at 1.200m
54 8.8.1942 6:02 Il-2 3./JG 53 49 560
55 8.8.1942 17:04 LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 611 at 1.200m
56 9.8.1942 7:04 MiG-3 3./JG 53 49 52
57 10.8.1942 17:20 LaGG-3 3./JG 53 39 670: at 1.000m
58 12.8.1942 4:23 Il-2 3./JG 53 38 114: at 500m
59 12.8.1942 4:33 MiG-3 3./JG 53 39 461: at 300m
60 15.8.1942 11:40 LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 430: at 3.000m
61 18.8.1942 8:55 MiG-3 3./JG 53 49 293: at 500m
62 19.8.1942 4:21 R-5 3./JG 53 40 840
63 19.8.1942 10:55 LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 23: at 300m
64 21.8.1942 17:35 I-180 3./JG 53 49 450
65 22.8.1942 10:15 LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 130: at 2.500m
66 23.8.1942 16:05 MiG-3 3./JG 53 49 124: at 2.800m
67 24.8.1942 6:12 MiG-3 3./JG 53 59 140: at 300m
68 3.9.1942 5:56 MiG-3 3./JG 53 49 242: at 300m
69 3.9.1942 15:52 Yak-1 3./JG 53 50 890
70 4.9.1942 7:40 LaGG-3 3./JG 53 40 590: at 400m
71 5.9.1942 10:05 Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 360: at 2.500m
72 5.9.1942 15:45 LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 330: at 2.000m
73 8.9.1942 10:19 Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 162: at 1.000m
74 8.9.1942 10:25 Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 870: at 500m
75 8.9.1942 10:30 Yak-1 3./JG 53 50 540: at 100m
76 8.9.1942 10:45 Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 850: at 600m
77 9.9.1942 10:41 Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 760: at 500m
78 9.9.1942 10:48 Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 590: at 300m
79 11.9.1942 11:30 La-5 3./JG 53 49 220: at 3.000m
80 12.9.1942 16:53 P-40 3./JG 53 49 410: at 2.000m
81 13.9.1942 7:00 La-5 3./JG 53 49 283: at 500m
82 13.9.1942 7:38 LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 122: at 2.000m
83 13.9.1942 15:45 LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 330: at 1.500m
84 14.9.1942 4:45 Il-2 3./JG 53 49 411: at 300m
85 14.9.1942 16:40 Il-2 3./JG 53 49 411: at 500m
86 16.9.1942 16:42 Yak-1 3./JG 53 50 850
87 17.9.1942 6:29 P-2 3./JG 53 49 111: at 5.300m
88 17.9.1942 9:47 Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 760: at 1.500m
89 18.9.1942 10:07 Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 590: at 1.500m
90 18.9.1942 16:53 Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 750: at 3.510m
91 18.9.1942 17:12 Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 730
92 19.9.1942 9:28 Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 124: at 800m
93 19.9.1942 9:40 Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 890: at 400m
94 20.9.1942 6:53 Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 133: at 3.000m
95 20.9.1942 7:13 Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 422: at 3.000m
96 20.9.1942 10:07 Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 294: at 2.000m
97 21.9.1942 14:57 Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 431: at 4.500m
98 21.9.1942 15:12 Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 433: at 5.500m
99 21.9.1942 17:20 Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 791: at 1.300m
100 22.9.1942 6:49 Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 134: at 3.000m
101 22.9.1942 16:29 Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 422: at 3.000m
102 22.9.1942 16:38 Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 262: at 3.000m
103 28.12.1942 14:05 Spitfire 3./JG 53 5km S Souk-el-Arba
104 1.1.1943 11:08 Spitfire 3./JG 53 5km E Plage Bône
105 1.1.1943 15:51 Spitfire 3./JG 53 8km SW Bône
106 2.1.1943 9:14 Spitfire 3./JG 53 15km NW La Calle
107 15.1.1943 7:07 Morane 3./JG 53 8km NE Tebessa
108 15.1.1943 8:16 P-40 3./JG 53 11km NE Tebessa
109 15.1.1943 11:08 P-40 3./JG 53 Thelepte
110 18.1.1943 16:32 Spitfire 3./JG 53 S Bou-Thader
111 25.2.1943 16:40 Spitfire 3./JG 53 4km NW Cap Rosa
112 1.3.1943 17:45 Spitfire 3./JG 53 Beja
113 3.3.1943 16:05 P-38 3./JG 53 20km N Medjes-el-Bab
114 6.3.1943 17:44 Spitfire 3./JG 53 2km S Souk el Rhum
115 22.3.1943 13:41 P-38 3./JG 53 20km N Bizerta
116 31.3.1943 15:51 Spitfire 3./JG 53 10km SW Dejbel Mhrad
117 10.4.1943 16:50 Spitfire 3./JG 53 5km N Buezaga
118 10.4.1943 17:00 Spitfire 3./JG 53 S Béja
119 13.4.1943 7:00 Spitfire 3./JG 53 15km NE Oeudzaga
120 20.4.1943 10:04 Spitfire 3./JG 53 Feldpost Nr.E-21
121 20.4.1943 10:11 Spitfire 3./JG 53 8km N Tebourba
122 20.4.1943 16:58 Spitfire 3./JG 53 25km SW Feldpost Nr.76

Victories : 122
Awards : Ehrenpokal (6 August 1941)
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (21 August 1942)
Ritterkreuz (6 September 1942)
Eichenlaub (24 September 1942)
Units : JG53
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Asisbiz Database of 122 aerial victories for Wolfgang Tonne

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
14-May-40 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Blenheim 500-200m 19.40 NW Sedan
09-Jun-40 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Hawk-75A   14.50 St Dizier
15-Sep-40 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire 5500m 15.55 10km S London
17-Oct-40 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire 1000m 16.37 SE London
26-Apr-41 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire   13.10  
31-May-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 I-61   03.48  
31-May-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 I-61      
31-May-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
     
31-May-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 I-61   03.55  
31-May-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 I-61   03.45  
31-May-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
     
05-Jun-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 I-61   12.28  
05-Jun-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 I-61   12.34  
09-Jun-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 I-61   17.09  
09-Jun-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53        
23-Jun-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 R-5   15.00  
23-Jun-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 R-5   15.05  
28-Jun-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 R-10 250m 18.32 E Schelowa
28-Jun-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 R-10   18.30  
02-Jul-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Pe-2   12.45  
05-Jul-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 DB-7 100m 13.20 20km ESE Voronezh
05-Jul-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Pe-2 1000m 18.50 10km NE Voronezh
05-Jul-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 DB-7   13.20  
05-Jul-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Pe-2   18.50  
06-Jul-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 LaGG-3 1000m 07.40 10km E Genborody
06-Jul-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 LaGG-3   17.23  
06-Jul-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 LaGG-3   17.32  
07-Jul-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 LaGG-3   18.15  
08-Jul-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 MiG-3   07.15  
26-Jul-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 LaGG-3   04.25  
26-Jul-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Pe-2   10.35  
31-Jul-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 MiG-3 1200m 14.15 3919
31-Jul-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
400m 11.40 3915
31-Jul-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Hurricane 5000m 17.00 3927
31-Jul-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
600m 13.55 39 163
01-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 LaGG-3 5000m 14.19 3926
02-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
Low Level 12.35 3948
02-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
600m 12.25 3919
05-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 MiG-3 200m 07.10 49 742
05-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 MiG-3 100m 07.17 49 751
05-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 MiG-3 1000m 11.29 39 783
05-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 MiG-3 200m 17.10 49 582
06-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 R-5 Low Level 16.00 49 321
06-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 MiG-3 1500m 06.23 39 891
06-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 MiG-3 1500m 06.30 39 891
08-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
Low Level 06.02 49 560
08-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 LaGG-3 1200m 17.04 49 611
08-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 MiG-3 1200m 05.35 49 512
09-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 MiG-3 Low Level 07.04 49 52
10-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 LaGG-3 1000m 17.20 39 670
12-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
500m 04.23 38 114
12-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 MiG-3 300m 04.33 39 461
15-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 LaGG-3 3000m 11.40 49 430
18-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 MiG-3 500m 08.55 49 293
19-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 LaGG-3 300m 10.55 49 23
19-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 R-5 Low Level 04.21 40 840
21-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 I-180   17.35 49 450
22-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 LaGG-3 2500m 10.15 49 130
23-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 MiG-3 2800m 16.05 49 124
24-Aug-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 MiG-3 300m 06.12 59 140
03-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 MiG-3 300m 05.56 49 242
03-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 Low Level 15.52 50 890
04-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 LaGG-3 400m 07.40 40 590
05-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 2500m 10.05 49 360
05-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 LaGG-3 2000m 15.45 49 330
08-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 100m 10.30 50 540
08-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 600m 10.45 40 850
08-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 500m 10.25 40 870
08-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 1000m 10.19 49 162
09-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 300m 10.48 40 590
09-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 500m 10.41 40 760
11-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 La-5 3000m 11.30 49 220
12-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Curtiss P-42 2000m 16.53 49 410
13-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 La-5 500m 07.00 49 283
13-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 LaGG-3 2000m 07.38 49 122
13-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 LaGG-3 1500m 15.45 49 330
14-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
500m 16.40 49 411
14-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
300m 04.45 49 411
16-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 Low Level 16.42 50 850
17-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 P-2 5300m 06.29 49 111
17-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 1500m 09.47 40 760
18-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 1500m 10.07 40 590
18-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 3510m 16.53 40 750
18-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 Low Level 17.12 40 730
19-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 800m 09.28 49 124
19-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 400m 09.40 40 890
20-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 3000m 06.53 49 133
20-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 3000m 07.13 49 422
20-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 2000m 10.07 49 294
21-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 5500m 15.12 49 433
21-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 4500m 14.57 49 431
21-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 1300m 17.20 40 791
22-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 3000m 16.29 49 422
22-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 3000m 16.38 49 262
22-Sep-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Yak-1 3000m 06.49 49 134
26-Dec-42 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 P-38 Lightning      
28-Dec-42 Wolfgang Tonne 2./JG53 P-38 Lightning 1500m 14.05 5km S Souk el Arba
01-Jan-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire 400m 11.08 5km E Plage Bone
01-Jan-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire 5500m 15.51 8km SW Bone
02-Jan-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire 200m 09.14 15km NW La Calle
02-Jan-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire      
14-Jan-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire      
14-Jan-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire      
15-Jan-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 P-40 Warhawk 2000m 11.08 FlPl Thelepte
15-Jan-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 P-40 Warhawk 2000m 08.16 11km NE Tebessa
15-Jan-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Morane 406 2000m 07.07 8km NE Tebessa
18-Jan-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire Low Level 16.32 S Bou-Thada
25-Feb-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire 8500m 16.40 4km NW Cap Rosa
01-Mar-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire 5000m 17.45 Beja
03-Mar-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 P-38 Lightning 8000m 16.05 20km N Medjes-el-Bab
06-Mar-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire 2500m 17.44 2km S. Souk el Rhum
22-Mar-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 P-38 Lightning 4000m 13.41 20km N Bizerta
23-Mar-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53        
30-Mar-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire      
31-Mar-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire 4500m 15.51 10km SW Dejbel Mhrad
10-Apr-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire 5500m 16.50 5km N Burzaga
10-Apr-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire 2000m 17.00 S Beja
13-Apr-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire 450m 07.00 15km NE Oeudzaga
20-Apr-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire 2000m 10.04 Feldpost NrE-21
20-Apr-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire 100m 10.11 8km N Tebourba
20-Apr-43 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire 3000m 16.58 25km SW Feldpost Nr76
06-Mar-44 Wolfgang Tonne 3./JG53 Spitfire 2500m 17.44 2km S Souk el Rhum

Luftwaffe Badge

Artur Tübel

Units: JG-105, 1./JG-53 (Italy & Romania), JG-52 (Sudetenland)

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

Known Aircraft: Bf 109G-6 WNr 163221 'White 8' (50% dam 7/17/44)

Remarks: WIFA 17 July, 1944 when he collided with a 'LKW' (?) on landing at Meri Romania. One known victory, his 2nd, a B-24 on 28 June, 1944, no location. Nos. 3 & 4, an Il-2 and an La-5 on 4 February, 1945. Deceased 14 September, 2004.

Asisbiz database list of 3 aerial victories for Artur Tübel

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
28-Jun-44 Artur Tubel 1./JG53 B-24 Liberator      
04-Feb-45 Artur Tubel 1./JG53 La-5   16.50  
04-Feb-45 Artur Tubel 1./JG53 Il-2   16.45  

Knights Cross

Walter Zellot

Awards: RK(9/3/42), DK-G(11/2/42 Post.), EP(8/24/42), EK 1 & 2(11/9/40), Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-1 & F, Bf 109G-2 'Black 12' (8/42), Bf 109G-2 WNr 14189 'Black 1' (70% dam, force land-flak, 8/19/42), Bf 109G-2 WNr 13487 'Black 10' or 'Black & White 0)(lost 9/10/42)

Remarks: KIA 10 September, 1942 when his Wk# 13487 was hit by Russian AA fire, blowing off his tail assembly, during a low level attack near Stalingrad. He was killed when his chute failed to deploy fully at too low an altitude. Shot down by Soviet flakat Map Quad Pl.Qu. 39139 on 19 August, 1942, pilot OK. 296 missions, at least 15 victories in the Mediterranean, the rest in the East. 17 Il-2's. His first known Soviet victory, an I-16 on opening day of Operation Barbarossa, 22 June, 1941. His 16th overall, an I-61 on 4 June, 1942. His 17th, a MiG-1 on 2 July, 1942. His 18th, a LaGG-3 on 3 July, 1942. His 20th, an Il-2 on 9 July, 1942. His 23rd & 24th, both Il-2's on 25 July, 1942. His 25th, a MiG-1 on 26 July, 1942. Three LaGG-3's N of Kalatsch on 1 August, 1942. An Il-2 and two MiG-1's on 2 August, 1942. A Pe-2 and two Il-2's W of Zarsa on 7 August, 1942. A quad on 9 August, 1942; a LaGG-3 and three Il-2's, two of which were downed SW of Kalatsch. An Il-2 and two La-5's on 8 September, 1942. Numerous multiple victories, including five Soviet AC on 13 August, 1942. Three MiG-3'a and a LaGG-3 on 23 August, 1942. Bowers/Lednicer, 85 victories.

Asisbiz database list of 74 aerial victories out of possible 85 for Walter Zellot

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
Saturday, December 27, 1941 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Hurricane 4000m 12:07 30km E Insel Malta
Monday, April 20, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Spitfire   18:05  
Tuesday, April 21, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Spitfire   12:45  
Thursday, June 04, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 I-61   14:37  
Thursday, July 02, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 MiG-1   07:10  
Friday, July 03, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 LaGG-3 5000m 18:20 4km E FlPl Sossue-Obaja
Monday, July 06, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 LaGG-3 1000m 07:50 30km E Limony Preizkoye
Thursday, July 09, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
  11:15  
Sunday, July 12, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Pe-2   06:03  
Saturday, July 25, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
  09:00  
Saturday, July 25, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
  09:12  
Sunday, July 26, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 MiG-1   08:56  
Monday, July 27, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 I-16 Rata 300m 18:30 8km SW Budennovskaya
Monday, July 27, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 I-16 Rata 100m 18:36 3km N Budennovskaya
Friday, July 31, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 I-15 Rata 10m 13:00 3km N Kalatsch
Friday, July 31, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
  15:35 10km W Halshalinskaya
Saturday, August 01, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 LaGG-3 1000m 07:16 NE Kalatsch
Saturday, August 01, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 LaGG-3 300m 07:05 39 332
Saturday, August 01, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 LaGG-3 1200m 07:00 N Kalatsch
Sunday, August 02, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 MiG-1 1800m 05:50 SE Mertjatschinj
Sunday, August 02, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 MiG-1 100m 05:55 39 234
Sunday, August 02, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
80m 05:35 39 223
Tuesday, August 04, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 MiG-1 20m 16:35 38 259
Thursday, August 06, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
600m 07:05 49 721
Thursday, August 06, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 MiG-1 1500m 07:10 49 721
Friday, August 07, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
700m 05:47 49 590
Friday, August 07, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
400m 05:50 West of Zarsa
Friday, August 07, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Pe-2 1500m 05:45 49 590
Saturday, August 08, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 LaGG-3 3000m 12:50 49 53
Sunday, August 09, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 ER-2   05:30 49 42Bbodennahe
Sunday, August 09, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
1000m 13:32 SW Kalatsch
Sunday, August 09, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
1000m 13:32 SW Kalatsch
Sunday, August 09, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
300m 13:36 39 44
Monday, August 10, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 MiG-3   18:00 49 840 Bodennahe
Monday, August 10, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 MiG-3 1200m 17:14 NE Bereska
Wednesday, August 12, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
100m 04:30 39 770
Wednesday, August 12, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 LaGG-3 2000m 04:14 ow Bereska
Thursday, August 13, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 I-153 3500m 06:15 49 110
Thursday, August 13, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 I-153 3500m 06:17 49 110
Thursday, August 13, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
700m 17:48 39 410
Thursday, August 13, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 LaGG-3 400m 18:05 39 330
Thursday, August 13, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 LaGG-3 1000m 18:10 39 410
Friday, August 14, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 MiG-3 4000m 17:40 49 220
Monday, August 17, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Yak-1 700m 15:16 NE Kotluban
Wednesday, August 19, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 LaGG-3 1200m 08:35 30 853
Thursday, August 20, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 MiG-3   17:30 49 533
Friday, August 21, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 LaGG-3   04:55 49 674
Saturday, August 22, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 I-16 Rata 2000m 10:35 49 473
Sunday, August 23, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 MiG-3 1000m 08:35 49 124
Sunday, August 23, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 LaGG-3 700m 08:52 49 131
Sunday, August 23, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 MiG-3 3000m 13:35 49 271
Sunday, August 23, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 MiG-3 2500m 13:43 49 243
Monday, August 24, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 Yak-4 400m 08:25 49 261
Thursday, August 27, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 I-180 150m 08:12 49 263
Thursday, August 27, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 I-180 700m 08:43 49 261
Friday, August 28, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 MiG-1 300m 14:46 50 753
Friday, August 28, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 LaGG-3 800m 14:40 50 792
Friday, August 28, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 LaGG-3 2700m 05:40 49 432
Saturday, August 29, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 P-40 Warhawk 2200m 12:44 49 222
Sunday, August 30, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 I-180 10m 16:14 49 392
Tuesday, September 01, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 LaGG-3 200m 08:14 49 394
Wednesday, September 02, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 LaGG-3 4000m 17:14 59 173
Thursday, September 03, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 LaGG-3 100m 12:00 49 134
Thursday, September 03, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Yak-1 1000m 06:45 49 293
Thursday, September 03, 1942 Walter Zellot 1./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
1200m 09:25 49 361
Friday, September 04, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 LaGG-3 1000m 13:18 49 292
Friday, September 04, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 LaGG-3 100m 13:23 49 244
Sunday, September 06, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
200m 14:36 49 282
Tuesday, September 08, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
600m 11:30 49 124
Tuesday, September 08, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 La-5 1200m 15:20 49 334
Tuesday, September 08, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 La-5 800m 15:34 49 421
Wednesday, September 09, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 Yak-1 500m 14:34 40 882
Thursday, September 10, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 La-5 800m 06:03 49 184
Saturday, September 12, 1942 Walter Zellot 2./JG53 (Flak)     Flak

Knights Cross

Kurt 'Werner' Brändle

Units: 4./JG-53(5/40), Stfkpt 5./JG-53(12/41), Stab II./JG-3(5/42 S.U.), Kdr I./JG-3(8/42), Kdr II./JG-3(7/43)

Awards: Kurt-Werner Brändle was a German former Luftwaffe fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves during World War II. RK(7/1/42)-EL(8/27/42), DK-G(3/9/42), EK 1 & 2(4/1/40), Wnd Bdg(5/26/40), Ftr Oper.Clasp w/Pend

Known Aircraft: Bf 109F-4 'Black 1+-' (12/41), Bf 109F-4 WNr 10117 'Black <<+-' (8/42), Bf 109F-4/Trop WNr 8665 '<<+-', Bf 109F-4/Trop WNr 13387 '<<+-' w II/JG-3, Bf 109G-2 & G-6 WNr 26058 '<<+-' (lost 11/3/43)

Remarks: KIA 3 November, 1943 in Bf 109G6 Werk # 26058 when he was shot down off Egmond, over the North Sea, by fighters escorting Medium bombers to Amsterdam. His body washed ashore later. About 700 combat missions. 20 victories in the West. His 1st victory, a Morane south of Sedan, 13 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire W of Portland on 11 August, 1940. His 3rd, a Spitfire WSW of Insel Wight on 16 August, 1940. His 5th, a Spitfire 10 km W of Insel Wight on 26 September, 1940. His first known Soviet victory, an R-5 on 20 May, 1942. One of many multiple victories, five on 7 August, 1942; all Il-2's in the Klirchevski/Plosowitoje/Isoleniyj areas. An ER-2 and two Il-2's in the Stalingrad area on 23 August, 1942. Four Il-2's and a Yak-1 on 17 December, 1942. Two Il-2's on 31 December, 1942. A LaGG-3 and an Il-2 on 20 April, 1943. A LaGG-5 on 19 June, 1943. Five Soviet victories on 5 July, 1943. The info on the Bf 109F-4 'Black 1' is from a modeler description; the AC was flown at Frolov (Stalingrad) Russia. Germany's 20th ranked fighter Ace. His first mechanic was Fw Helmut Henning. Burial: Block CW, Row 1 Grave 25. Alternate spelling: Brändl.

Asisbiz database list of 150 aerial victories for Kurt Brandle

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
Monday, May 13, 1940 Kurt Brandle 4./JG53 Morane 405   12:05 South of Sedan
Sunday, August 11, 1940 Kurt Brandle 4./JG53 Spitfire 4000-200m 11:45 West of Portland
Friday, August 16, 1940 Kurt Brandle 4./JG53 Spitfire 5800m 18:15 WSW Insel Wight
Wednesday, September 11, 1940 Kurt Brandle 4./JG53 Spitfire   17:40 Battle of Britain
Thursday, September 26, 1940 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53 Spitfire 4000-2000m 17:38 10km W Insel Wight
Monday, November 11, 1940 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53 Spitfire   13:07 Battle of Britain
Monday, November 11, 1940 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53 Spitfire   13:15 Battle of Britain
Wednesday, December 24, 1941 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53 Hurricane   13:08 North Africa
Sunday, January 04, 1942 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53 Hurricane   10:28 North Africa
Monday, January 19, 1942 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53 Hurricane   13:54 Sudfront (MTO)
Sunday, February 15, 1942 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53 Hurricane 3500m 10:14 Sudfront (MTO)
Tuesday, March 24, 1942 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53 Spitfire   15:08 Sudfront (MTO)
Tuesday, April 21, 1942 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53 Spitfire 1500m 17:39 1½km S Burkirkara
Tuesday, April 21, 1942 Kurt Brandle 5./JG53 Spitfire   12:37 Sudfront (MTO & North Africa)
Wednesday, May 20, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 R-5   03:49 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Saturday, May 23, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 I-61   07:26 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Saturday, May 23, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 I-61   12:17 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Tuesday, May 26, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1   08:57 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Tuesday, May 26, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1 1000m 17:20 7km S Savintzy
Tuesday, May 26, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1 1000m 17:10 E Savintzy
Friday, May 29, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   15:49 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Tuesday, June 02, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1   13:14 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Tuesday, June 02, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1   13:14 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Wednesday, June 10, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG 1200m 17:32 N Buganjewka
Thursday, June 11, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   06:35 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Thursday, June 11, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   06:42 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Friday, June 12, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Su-2   10:54 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Saturday, June 13, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   10:18 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Wednesday, June 24, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3   11:38 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Monday, June 29, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   18:42 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Tuesday, June 30, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3   11:38 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Wednesday, July 01, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 3m 16:17 Gornchevnoye
Friday, July 03, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   15:10 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Saturday, July 04, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3   16:58 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Wednesday, July 08, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   19:32 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Wednesday, July 08, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   19:27 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Wednesday, July 08, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   19:24 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Friday, July 10, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1   09:50 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Friday, July 10, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1   09:52 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Friday, July 10, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   09:30 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Saturday, July 11, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 R-5   08:55: Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Monday, July 13, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-3   09:07 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Thursday, July 16, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   17:17 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Thursday, July 16, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   17:20 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Thursday, July 16, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3   11:49 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Thursday, July 16, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   17:23 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Monday, July 20, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   15:44 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Tuesday, July 21, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik Low Level 09:05 Konstantinovskoye
Thursday, July 23, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   13:01 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Thursday, July 23, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik   13:03 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Friday, July 24, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-1   11:41 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Sunday, July 26, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-1   16:11 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Sunday, July 26, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 1200m 12:04 Kalatsch
Sunday, July 26, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   16:07 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Sunday, July 26, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Pe-2   16:05 Ostfront (Eastern Front)
Sunday, July 26, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1 800m 12:09 Kalatsch
Monday, July 27, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 2500m 09:11 Kalatsch
Monday, July 27, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 2500m 09:12 Kalatsch
Monday, August 03, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-1 500m 14:55 S Peskovaltka
Wednesday, August 05, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-1 400m 07:12 NW Dubovnye-Ostrog
Thursday, August 06, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 ER-2 3000m 11:26 SE Ivanovka
Thursday, August 06, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 ER-2 3000m 11:35 E Tschapurniki
Thursday, August 06, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 ER-2 3000m 11:25 NE Jksaj
Friday, August 07, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 ER-2 2000m 14:10 S Klirchevski
Friday, August 07, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 ER-2 30m 14:11 Klirchevski
Friday, August 07, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 ER-2 800m 17:45 WNW Plosowitoje
Friday, August 07, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 ER-2 800m 17:46 S Isoleniyj
Friday, August 07, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 ER-2   14:09 S Klirchevski
Saturday, August 08, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Su-2 100m 09:50 SW Leonov
Saturday, August 08, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Su-2 2500m 09:46 E Nischniye-Uitzi
Saturday, August 08, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Su-2 2500m 09:48 West of Popov
Sunday, August 09, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 R-5   14:40 O Mostrowskoj
Monday, August 10, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 I-181 1500m 07:07 SW Busiowka
Tuesday, August 11, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1 1500m 12:04 SW Stalingrad
Wednesday, August 19, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 R-2 100m 11:31 SW Alayev
Wednesday, August 19, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 R-2 1500m 11:28 SW Ganyselino
Saturday, August 22, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 300m 09:45 Satovo
Saturday, August 22, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 300m 09:47 NE Grabsch
Sunday, August 23, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 1000m 08:44 Kotkluban
Sunday, August 23, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 ER-2 3000m 05:43 SW Karpovka
Sunday, August 23, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 1000m 08:42 NW Stalingrad
Tuesday, September 15, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 500m 09:44 5km N Subzoff
Monday, September 21, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1 200m 11:07 18km NE Rzhev
Monday, September 21, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 P-2 1500m 11:06 10km N Rzhev
Tuesday, September 29, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 2000m 08:59 18 274
Tuesday, September 29, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 I-16 Rata 2000m 09:08 18 252
Saturday, November 07, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 4000m 12:29 17 862
Tuesday, November 10, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 3000m 12:27 17 853
Wednesday, November 11, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 La-5 2600m 14:17 27 731
Thursday, December 17, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-1 1400m 13:10 49 714
Thursday, December 17, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 200m 13:30 39 824
Thursday, December 17, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 80m 10:55 29 452
Thursday, December 17, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 200m 13:17 39 851
Thursday, December 17, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 200m 13:23 39 670
Sunday, December 27, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1 1000m 11:55 29 394
Sunday, December 27, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 10m 12:05 29 441
Thursday, December 31, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 200m 07:06 19 462
Thursday, December 31, 1942 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 150m 07:30 19 491
Sunday, January 03, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik Low Level 07:53 09 391
Tuesday, January 26, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 2300m 11:47 09 562
Thursday, January 28, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-4 6600m 09:25 09 713
Monday, February 01, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-4 7000m 11:22 99 861
Monday, February 01, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 MiG-1 2500m 11:05 99 461
Monday, February 01, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-1 2500m 11:15 99 513
Tuesday, February 02, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 800m 09:21 99 614
Tuesday, February 02, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 900m 09:23 99 623
Tuesday, February 02, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 50m 09:25 99 642
Wednesday, February 10, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-5 2000m 09:10 99 452
Tuesday, April 20, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 50m 11:56 75 423
Tuesday, April 20, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik Low Level 11:58 75 464
Friday, April 23, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 1800m 09:45 85 213
Friday, April 23, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 300m 17:12 75 433
Thursday, April 29, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-4 1000m 07:56 85 181
Thursday, April 29, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-4 1000m 07:57 85 181
Thursday, April 29, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-1 3000m 07:47 85 154
Friday, May 07, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 I-16 Rata 800m 16:26 86 774
Saturday, May 08, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 I-153 80m 11:31 75 262
Saturday, May 08, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 I-153 Low Level 11:33 85 114
Saturday, May 08, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 1400m 15:23 85 123
Tuesday, May 11, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-3 3200m 11:56 85 144
Monday, May 31, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-5 1100m 06:02 71 497
Saturday, June 19, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-5 2000m 08:55 62 819
Sunday, June 20, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 A-20 Boston III 7000m 09:57 70 161
Monday, July 05, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 800m 03:50 60 126
Monday, July 05, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 20m 03:57 60 287
Monday, July 05, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-1 50m 04:07 60 298
Monday, July 05, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-4 800m 10:20 61 472
Monday, July 05, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-4 Low Level 10:24 61 247
Tuesday, July 06, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-4 400m 14:07 61 615
Tuesday, July 06, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-4 600m 14:04 61 612
Wednesday, July 07, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-4 400m 08:03 61 166
Wednesday, July 07, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-5 2000m 07:33 61 466
Wednesday, July 07, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-5 800m 07:50 61 211
Wednesday, July 14, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-5 1500m 08:35 61 253
Wednesday, July 14, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-5 1800m 08:41 61 281
Saturday, July 17, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 A-20 Boston 6800m 14:16 51 456
Saturday, July 17, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-4 200m 08:13 61 131
Wednesday, July 21, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Yak-1 3000m 10:12 98 147
Wednesday, July 21, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-5 2200m 10:14 88 269
Thursday, July 22, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-7 400m 10:44 88 291
Thursday, July 22, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-7 200m 10:47 98 177
Thursday, July 22, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-7 Low Level 04:24 88 212
Thursday, July 22, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik Low Level 10:50 98 181
Friday, July 23, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-7 100m 09:35 88 182
Friday, July 23, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-7 600m 09:33 88x197
Tuesday, July 27, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 LaGG-5 1200m 18:15 61 184
Friday, July 30, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Il-2 Sturmovik 400m 12:22 88 239
Wednesday, November 03, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 P-47 Thunderbolt 9500m 12:30 EK-4 (NW Schagen)
Wednesday, November 03, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 Dogfight     Dogfight off Egmond
Wednesday, November 03, 1943 Kurt Brandle Stab II./JG3 P-47 Thunderbolt 9200m 12:31 FK-4 (1km W Egmond)

Knights Cross

Fritz Dinger

Awards: RK(12/23/42), DK-G(11/23/42), EP(10/26/42), EK 1 & 2, Wnd Bdg(8/16/40), Ftr Oper.Clasp w/Pend

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-3 (5/40), Bf 109F-4 WNr 7187 'White 4' (dam 10/5/41), Bf 109F in Staffel, Bf 109G-2/Trop 'White 4+-' in 4/JG-53

Remarks: KIA 27 July, 1943 from bomb fragments during an air raid in Scalea Italy. 600+combat missions. WIA 16 August, 1940 during aerial combat 50 km north of Cherbourg and crashing into the Channel (Prien). 50 victories in the East. Escaped injury on 5 October, 1941 in Wk# 7187 after crash landing near Solugubowka resulting from aerial combat damage. His 1st known western victory, No. 12, a Blenheim 6 km NW of Texel on 27 October, 1941. His 1st known Soviet victory, an Il-2 W of Schintovo on 18 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 E Of Kanazov, a P-2 E of Kuserovo and an Il-2, no location, on 19 August, 1942. A MiG-1 on 25 August, 1942. Two Il-2's and an I-180 on 30 August, 1942. A LaGG-3 on 6 September, 1942. Two I-180's on 13 September, 1942. His 12th victory, a Blenheim of RAF No. 114 Sq. 15 km northwest of Texel on 27 October, 1941. One known Med. victory, a Spitfire 5 km east of Zonker Point Malta on 16 October, 1942. Another known Desert victory, a P-38 2 km south of Ferryville on 4 December, 1942. Several victories in Sicily. Bowers/Lednicer, 67 victories. Deceased.

Asisbiz Database list of 69 aerial victories for Fritz Dinger

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
04-Jul-41 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 SB-3   16:48 Russia
04-Jul-41 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 SB-3   16:45 Russia
04-Jul-41 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 SB-3   16:46 Russia
10-Jul-41 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 SB-3   09:53 Russia
25-Aug-41 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 I-18   13:42 Russia
29-Aug-41 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 I-16   18:46 Russia
29-Aug-41 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 V-11   16:22 Russia
29-Aug-41 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 I-16   15:57 Russia
28-Sep-41 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 Pe-2   16:09 Russia
27-Oct-41 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 Blenheim 50-100m 15:08 15km NW Texel
22-Feb-42 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 Hurricane   12:05  
22-Apr-42 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 Hurricane   10:30  
15-Jun-42 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 Spitfire   18:25 50km SW Gozo
02-Jul-42 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 Spitfire 8000m 07:48 15km NE La Valetta
07-Jul-42 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 Spitfire   06:56  
10-Jul-42 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 Spitfire   10:41  
13-Jul-42 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 Spitfire 500m 13:30 5-10km S. Kalafrana
18-Aug-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
  17:23 West of Schintovo
19-Aug-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 LaGG-3 1500m 11:31 ow Kanazov
19-Aug-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
30m 17:47 40 774
19-Aug-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 P-2 1500m 11:30 E Kuserovo
21-Aug-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 LaGG-3 1500m 17:30 40 740
25-Aug-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 MiG-1 Low Level 11:06 49 252
30-Aug-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
100m 08:58 49 164
30-Aug-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
100m 09:00 49 162
30-Aug-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 I-180 400m 08:11 49 533
31-Aug-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
500m 09:00 49 473
03-Sep-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 Yak-1 4000m 15:10 40 721
03-Sep-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
100m 09:43 49 421
06-Sep-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 LaGG-3 3500m 10:11 59 313
07-Sep-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
100m 11:24 40 751
07-Sep-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
Low Level 15:54 40 783
10-Sep-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 LaGG-3 2000m 14:03 49 442
11-Sep-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 Yak-1 400m 14:43 5km NE Karlanovo
13-Sep-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 I-180 200m 06:40 49 432
13-Sep-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 I-180 300m 06:58 49 273
15-Sep-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
500m 09:26 49 243
15-Sep-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
300m 09:37 49 272
16-Sep-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 La-5 1000m 09:45 49 450
23-Sep-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 Yak-1 500m 16:40 40 640
23-Sep-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 LaGG-3 1000m 06:40 40 730
24-Sep-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 MiG-1 1000m 07:06 40 750
25-Sep-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
100m 10:52 40 870
25-Sep-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 Yak-1 3500m 16:32 40 520
25-Sep-42 Fritz Dinger Stab I./JG53 MiG-1 500m 10:49 49 240
16-Oct-42 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 Spitfire 5000m 08:25 3-5km E Zonker-Point
02-Nov-42 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 Spitfire      
04-Dec-42 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 P-38 Lightning   11:31 2km S Ferryville
04-Dec-42 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 A-20 Boston Low Level 15:52 31km SW Mateur
04-Dec-42 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 A-20 Boston 50m 15:52 30km SE Mateur
05-Dec-42 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 B-25 Mitchell   12:31  
05-Dec-42 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 B-25 Mitchell 1500m 12:31 10km W Kap Blanc
22-Mar-43 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 A-20 Boston 2000m 13:55 0873/13 Ost
05-Apr-43 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 Spitfire      
05-Apr-43 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 P-38 Lightning 2000m 09:13 40km N Feccabra
18-Apr-43 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 P-40E Warhawk 500m 19:02 10km SW Ras el Alma
19-Apr-43 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 Spitfire 3500m 15:57 10km W Zaociete
25-Apr-43 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 Spitfire 1000m 13:59 10km S Hammamet
22-May-43 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 Spitfire 5000m 18:44 5km NW Scoglitti
04-Jun-43 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 Spitfire 700m 07:56 20km N La Valetta
06-Jul-43 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 Spitfire 2500m 15:22 1km W Pozallo
07-Jul-43 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 P-40 Kittyhawk Low Level 17:18 35km SW Marsala
08-Jul-43 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 P-40 Kittyhawk 2000m 16:18 500m W Sciacca
08-Jul-43 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 B-17F 3500m 12:25 20km S Mangento
09-Jul-43 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 P-40 Kittyhawk 1500m 07:43 2-3km NNE Sciacca
18-Jul-43 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 Spitfire   07:45  
24-Jul-43 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 B-26 Marauder 1000m 12:55 30km NE Stromboli
27-Jul-43 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 P-40E Warhawk 15m 09:25 2-3km E Cesarò (W Etna)
27-Jul-43 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53       KIA Bombenangriff Scalea

Knights Cross

Alfred 'Martello' Hammer

Alfred 'Martello' Hammer joined JG53 in November 1941, based on the Dutch coast. Leutnant Hammer was assigned to 4./JG53. In December 1941, II./JG53 relocated to the Mediterranean theatre. Hammer flew combat missions over Malta escorting bombers and freie Jagd and fighterbomber missions against Malta's airfields. On 20 June 1942, Hammer recorded his 200th mission of which 198 had been flown during II./JG53's operations over Malta since December 1941. In summer 1942, II./JG53 operated from the island of Pantelleria occasionally flying over Malta as well as escort missions for attacks on British supply convoys. On 14 May 1942, Hammer crash-landed his damaged Bf-109F-4 (W.Nr. 7553) at Comiso in Sicily following aerial combat over Malta with RAF Spitfire fighters. It is thought Hammer had been shot up by Australian ace John "Tony" Boyd (5.666 destroyed, 5 probables and 11 damaged victories, killed in action 14 May 1942) of 185 Sqn, RAF. Hammer recorded his first victory on 25 October during his 271st combat mission. He shot down a RAF Spitfire fighter over Malta. Hammer recorded his second victory during operations over Tunisia on 4 March 1943. He claimed a USAAF P-38 twin-engine fighter shot down on his 299th combat mission. During the final evacuation of Tunisia, Hammer was able to fly four men out in his Bf 109's baggage compartment on four separate missions. On 10 July 1943, now operating from bases in Sicily, Hammer shot down a Spitfire for his sixth victory. However, he then suffered engine failure in his Bf 109G-6 (W.Nr. 18398) White 14+- necessitating a belly-landing southwest of Gerbini. He was fortunate to escape injury. Leutnant Hammer was appointed Staffelkapitan of 6./JG53 on 28 July 1943. On 20 August, II. and III./JG53 were scrambled to intercept a formation of four-engine bombers with a strong fighter escort. The bombers were targeting Capua in Italy. In the subsequent aerial combat, 14 USAAF P-38 twin-engine fighters were claimed by JG53 pilots, including one by Hammer as his seventh victory. On 7 January 1944, now based at Vienna-Seyring operating on Reichsverteidigung duties, II./JG53 were scrambled to intercept a large formation of bombers targeting Vienna.

At an altitude of 8,000m they intercepted 20 to 25 P-38 twin-engine fighters. In the ensuing combat, which drifted south and ended at low-level over northern Yugoslavia, II./JG53 claimed 15 P-38s shot down, including one by Hammer as his 10th victory. On 24 February, Hammer was wounded in the right leg by defensive fire from USAAF four-engine bombers targeting the Steyr works at Linz. He was forced to land at Linz due to blood loss from his wounds and was hospitalised at Wels. Hammer was again wounded on 13 June 1944, operating over the Invasion front, in aerial combat with USAAF B-24 four-engine bombers and their P-51 fighter escort near Vannes in France. He baled out near Gail. On 29 December, Hauptmann Hammer fell ill and was temporarily withdrawn from combat duty. On 9 January 1945, Hammer was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of IV./JG53 based at Echterdingen in Germany performing Reichsverteidigung duties. He led the unit until the end of the war.

"Martello" Hammer was credited with 26 victories in approximately 500 missions. All his victories were recorded over the Western front and included two four-engine bombers, eight Thunderbolts and five Lightnings.

List of aerial victories for Alfred 'Martello' Hammer

No Date Time Enemy A/C Type Unit Location / Comments
1 25.10.1942 16:52 Spitfire 4./JG53 Malta / Spitfire of 126 Sqn, RAF
2 4.3.1943 15:12 P-38 4./JG53 20km S La Galite
3 9.6.1943 14:01 P-38 II./JG53 8 km S Pantalleria
4 4.7.1943 14:16 B-26 II./JG53 50km SW Gela
5 9.7.1943 10:57 P-40 II./JG53 10km E Capo san Vito
6 10.7.1943 16:42 Spitfire II./JG53 8km W San Pietro
7 20.8.1943 12:42 P-38 6./JG53 Near Capua
8 22.8.1943 12:21 B-26 6./JG53 100km SW Capri
9 2.9.1943 13:41 P-38 6./JG53 10km SW Ventotene
10 7.1.1944 11:53 P-38 6./JG53  
11 30.1.1944 12:31 B-24 6./JG53 Near Udine
12 22.2.1944 13:04 B-24 6./JG53 Near Altotting am Inn
13 23.8.1944 14:08 Piper L-4 6./JG53 Dollot
14 28.9.1944 17:35 P-47 6./JG53 La Petit Pierre
15 2.10.1944 15:40 P-51 6./JG53 15km S Luneville
16 8.10.1944 15:04 P-47 6./JG53 Near Worms
17 29.10.1944 11:46 P-51 6./JG53 Bruchsal area
18 1.12.1944 15:30 P-51 6./JG53  
19 24.12.1944   B-26 6./JG53 Near Offenberg
20 14.1.1945 9:38 P-47 Stab IV./JG53 S Karlsruhe
21 14.1.1945 9:39 P-47 Stab IV./JG53 S Karlsruhe
22 15.2.1945 9:16 P-47 Stab IV./JG53 Near Karlsruhe
23 28.2.1945 15:47 P-47 Stab IV./JG53 Near Karlsruhe
24 19.3.1945 9:13 P-47 Stab IV./JG53  
25 11.4.1945 10:51 P-47 Stab IV./JG53  
26 14.4.1945 17:21 Auster Stab IV./JG53 Crailsheim-Rastatt

Victories : 26
Awards : Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Units : JG53
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Asisbiz Database of 26 aerial victories for Alfred Hammer

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
25-Oct-42 Alfred Hammer 4./JG53 Spitfire   16.52  
04-Mar-43 Alfred Hammer Stab II./JG53 P-38 Lightning   15.12 20km S La Galite
09-Jun-43 Alfred Hammer Stab II./JG53 P-38F Lightning 2500m 14.01 8km S Pantalleria
04-Jul-43 Alfred Hammer Stab II./JG53 B-26 Marauder 2000m 14.16 50km SW Gela
09-Jul-43 Alfred Hammer Stab II./JG53 P-40 Kittyhawk 4000m 10.57 10km E Capo san Vito
10-Jul-43 Alfred Hammer Stab II./JG53 Spitfire Low Level 16.42 8km W San Pietro
20-Aug-43 Alfred Hammer 6./JG53 P-38 Lightning 2500m 12.42 10km N Patria
22-Aug-43 Alfred Hammer 6./JG53 B-26 Marauder 2000m 12.21 100km SW Insel Capri
02-Sep-43 Alfred Hammer 6./JG53 P-38 Lightning 400m 13.41 10km SW Insel Ventotene
07-Jan-44 Alfred Hammer 6./JG53 P-38 Lightning 1800m 11.53 10km S Cilli
30-Jan-44 Alfred Hammer 6./JG53 B-24 Liberator 7500m 12.31 28km SE Udine
22-Feb-44 Alfred Hammer 6./JG53 B-24 Liberator 6000m 13.04 South of Straubing (Bayern)
23-Aug-44 Alfred Hammer 6./JG53 Piper L-4 5m 14.08 DG-24 (Dollot W Sens)
28-Sep-44 Alfred Hammer 6./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 2000m 17.35 AP-5 (La Petit Pierre/Voges)
02-Oct-44 Alfred Hammer 6./JG53 P-51 Mustang 2500m 15.40 CN-3 (Verelise/Nancy)
08-Oct-44 Alfred Hammer 6./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 6500m 15.04 AO-7 (Moyenvic/Lorraine)
29-Oct-44 Alfred Hammer 6./JG53 P-51 Mustang 3500m 11.46 US-7 (NE Karlsruhe)
01-Dec-44 Alfred Hammer 6./JG53 P-51 Mustang 3500m 15.50 AR-5 (Rastatt SW Karlsruhe)
24-Dec-44 Alfred Hammer 6./JG53 B-26 Marauder      
14-Jan-45 Alfred Hammer Stab IV./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt   09.39 S. Karlsruhe
14-Jan-45 Alfred Hammer Stab IV./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt   09.38 S. Karlsruhe
15-Feb-45 Alfred Hammer Stab IV./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt   09.16 bei Karlsruhe
28-Feb-45 Alfred Hammer Stab IV./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt   15.47 bei Karlsruhe
19-Mar-45 Alfred Hammer Stab IV./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt   09.13  
11-Apr-45 Alfred Hammer Stab IV./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt   10.51  
14-Apr-45 Alfred Hammer Stab IV./JG53 Auster   17.21 Crailsheim-Ras

Knights Cross

Stefan 'Steff' Litjens

Awards: RK(6/21/43), DK-G(4/24/42), EP(7/21/41), EK 1 & 2, Wound Badge, Glider Badge, Fighter Oper.Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-3 WNr 1244 'White 5+-' (10/39), Bf 109F-2 WNr 6673 'White 5+-', Bf 109F-4 WNr 7173 'Wh 5+-' (9/41), Bf 109F-4 WNr 8408 ' (lost 9/11/41), Bf 109G-2/Trop 'White 5+-' (3/43), Bf 109G-6 WNr 440215 'Wh 5'(lost 3/44)

Remarks: A fighter pilot since 1937. His 1st victory, a Morane W of Saarbrücken on 7 April, 1940. A 2nd, a Curtiss Hawk-75A over Metz, 10 May, 1940. A 3rd, a Potez 63 on 8 June, 1940, no location. A 4th, a Spitfire N of Portland on 13 August, 1940. A 5th, a Spitfire at Tonbridge on 26 October, 1940. A 6th & 7th, two Spitfires on 11 November, 1940, no location. On 11 September, 1941 he lost his right eye after being shot down at Romanowa by an I-16 of the 191 IAP. Despite the handicap, he flew again in November 1942 at Malta, Tunisia, and home defense scoring another 14 victories. He scored a triple victory on 22 February, 1944, his 33rd, 34th & 35th; three B-17's while based at Vienna-Seyring. On 23 March, 1944, after downing two B-17's in 'White 5' near Braunschweig, he crashed injuring his left eye, ending his combat duties. 'White 5' seemed to be his favorite number as his E-3 in 1939 was also a 'White 5', Werk # 1244. 400 missions. 5 four engine bombers. 16 victories in the East. Photo Deceased 25 February, 2002.

Asisbiz Database list of 21 aerial victories for Stefan Litjens

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
04-Jul-41 Fritz Dinger 4./JG53 SB-3   16:48 Russia
07-Apr-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 Morane   12:30 West of Saarbrucken
10-May-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 P-40 Warhawk   15:25 Metz
08-Jun-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 Potez-63   11:00 Reich (Western Front)
13-Aug-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 Spitfire 4000m 17:38-42 N Portland
26-Oct-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 Spitfire   11:30 Tonbridge
11-Nov-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 Spitfire     Battle of Britain
11-Nov-40 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 Spitfire     Battle of Britain
04-Jun-41 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 Spitfire     Reich (Western Front)
26-Nov-42 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 Spitfire 2000m 16:46 10km SE Mateur
28-Nov-42 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 P-38 Lightning 20-30m 15:39 3-4km E Ferryville
04-Dec-42 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 A-20 Boston 40m 15:55 18km W Mateur
06-Dec-42 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 Spitfire 40m 10:18 25km S Tebourba
01-Jan-43 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 Spitfire 400m 11:12 5km E Bone
05-Apr-43 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 P-38 Lightning 50m 09:45 5km N Ras-Zebrt
12-Apr-43 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 P-38F Lightning Low Level 09:05 10km W Zembra
22-Feb-44 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress     Based Wien/Seyring
22-Feb-44 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress     Based Wien/Seyring
22-Feb-44 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress     Based Wien/Seyring
24-Feb-44 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 13:07 DJ-7 (Kremsmunster)
23-Mar-44 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 10:38 HA-3 SW Braunschweig
23-Mar-44 Stefan Litjens 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress Hss     Channel Front

Knights Cross

Herbert Rollwage

Herbert Rollwage was born on 24 September 1916 at Gielde near Goslar in Niedersachsen. He joined the Luftwaffe in 1936. In spring 1941, Rollwage was posted to JG53. Unteroffizier Rollwage was assigned to 5./JG53. He claimed his first victory on the opening day of Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia on 22 June, when he shot down a Russian SB-2 twin-engined bomber. By 5 October he had claimed 11 Russian aircraft shot down, including three victories recorded on 27 August. II./JG53 was transferred to the Mediterranean theatre in December 1941. By the end of October 1942, Rollwage had claimed 20 British aircraft, mainly RAF Spitfires, shot down over Malta. He was shot down in aerial combat over Koufonisi island on 10 November 1942 in Bf 109G-2 (W.Nr. 10500) 'Black 5'. Rollwage forcelanded his damaged aircraft having also received wounds in the enagagement.

Operating over Tunisia from December 1942, Oberfeldwebel Rollwage claimed a further six victories. On 2 March 1943, he was shot down in near Pont-du-Fahs following an interception of USAAF B-17 four-engined bombers as they approached Bizerta. Escorting RAF Spitfires chased Rollwage hitting his Bf 109 G-4 (W.Nr. 160 67) and wounding him. He force-landed his shot up aircraft near Bou Arada. It is thought his victor was the British ace F/Lt Roy Hussey (12 confirmed, 1 probable and 4.5 damaged victories, KIFA 20 February 1945) of 72Sqn, RAF. Relocated to Sicily in May 1943, Rollwage claimed a further 10 victories, including two four-engined bombers. He recorded his 40th victory on 13 June 1943. On 10 July, Rollwage was badly wounded in aerial combat near San Pietro but managed to regain his base although his Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 18242) was classified as 100% damaged. Rollwage spent several months in hospital as a result. Rollwage returned to combat duty and 5./JG53, now based at Vienna-Seyring in Austria operating on Reichsverteidigung duties, in December 1943 after recovery from the wounds he received in July. He had 47 victories to his credit at this time.

He recorded his 50th victory on 22 February 1944, a Herausschuss of a USAAF B-24 four-engined bomber between Altotting and Straubing. Rollwage was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 5 April for 53 victories. He recorded his 60th victory on 27 May when he shot down a USAAF P-51 fighter near Rambervillers. On 10 August 1944, newly promoted Leutnant Rollwage was appointed Staffelkapitan of 5./JG53. He recorded his 70th victory on 25 November when he shot down a US Army reconnaisance light plane near Mommerheim. Rollwage left II./JG53 on 5 December 1944 having been assigned to 2./JG106 as an instructor. Leutnant Rollwage was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr. 713) on 24 January 1945. In early April 1945, Rollwage returned to II./JG53. It is thought that he never officially returned to the Gruppe, rather that after II./JG53 moved to Ulm-Ristissen, the former base of II./JG106 which was being disbanded, Rollwage attached himself to II./JG53 where he stayed until war's end. He gained a number of victories with the unit. Rollwage survived the war. He died at Gielde on 4 January 1980. Herbert Rollwage's victory total is not known for sure but he did fly a total of 664 missions. It is known he was credited with 71 victories, including 11 recorded over the Eastern front. It is thought his final total may be between 80 and 85. Some sources credit Rollwage with 102 victories, including 44 four-engined bombers but it is thought that this number is in error.

Units: 5/JG-53 (4/41), Stfkpt 5/JG-53 (10/42 Malta), 2/JG-106 (12/44 as Instr), II/JG-53 (4/45)

Awards: RK(4/5/44)-EL(1/24/45), DK-G(12/12/42), EP(8/10/42), EK 1 & 2, Wnd Badge, Ftr Oper.Clasp w/Pend

Known Aircraft: Bf 109G-2 'Blk 2' (300th FF), Bf 109G-2 WNr 10500 'Blk 5'(dam 11/10/42), Bf 109G-4 WNr 10867 (WIA 3/2/43), Bf 109G-4 WNr 16067, Bf 109G-6 WNr 18242 'Blk2' (WIA 7/10/43)

Remarks: Shot down with wounds on 10 November, 1942, over Koufonisi Is. and made a successful force landing in G-2 'Black 5'. Shot down with wounds by Spitfires near Pont du Fahs on 2 March, 1943, and made a force landing in the G-4 near Bou Arada, totally destroying the AC. On 10 July, 1943, he was again wounded in aerial combat near San Pietro in the G-6, but managed to return to base. This incident sent him to Instructor duty at JG-106 until it was disbanded, whereupon he returned to II/JG-53 near wars end. 44 Bombers. Had flown 300 missions by Aug. 1942, 664 combat missios by wars end. 11 victories in Russia, 3 on 27 August, 1941, the rest in the West including N.Africa and Sicily. His 50th victory, a B-24 (HSS) on 22 February 1944, while based at Vienna-Seyring. His 60th, a P-51 at Rambervillers on 27 May, 1944. His 70th, a Piper L-4 at Hagenau on 25 November, 1944. He was the most successful fighter against the four-engine bomber. Bowers/Lednicer, 102 victories. Deceased 4 January, 1980 at Gielde.

List of aerial victories for Herbert Rollwage

No Date Time Enemy A/C Type Unit Location / Comments
1. 22.6.1941 5:57 SB-2 4./JG 53  
2. 11.7.1941 5:45 SB-3 4./JG 53  
3. 21.7.1941 21:03 SB-3 4./JG 53  
4. 25.8.1941 16:40 I-18 4./JG 53 S Njetschanje
5. 27.8.1941 13:48 Seaplane 4./JG 53 NW Szaltzo
6. 27.8.1941 13:49 Seaplane 4./JG 53 NW Szaltzo
7. 27.8.1941 17:14 Reiseflugzeug 4./JG 53 N Ivanskoye
8. 31.8.1941 5:09 I-16 4./JG 53 SW Solugubovka
9. 16.9.1941 10:31 La-5 4./JG 53 NE Babino
10. 30.9.1941 13:08 I-180 4./JG 53  
11. 5.10.1941 6:32 I-16 4./JG 53  
12. 4.1.1942 10:31 Hurricane 5./JG 53 Malta
13. 14.4.1942 17:05 Beaufort 5./JG 53 S Qrendi / Beaufort of 39 or 22 Sqn, RAF
14. 14.4.1942 17:07 Beaufort 5./JG 53 S Qrendi / Beaufort of 39 or 22 Sqn, RAF
15. 24.4.1942 7:43 Spitfire 5./JG 53 Malta
16. 9.5.1942 11:05 Spitfire 5./JG 53 Malta
17. 10.5.1942 11:05 Spitfire 5./JG 53 S Valetta
18. 10.5.1942 19:04 Spitfire 5./JG 53 S Valetta / Spitfire (BR348) of 603 Sqn, RAF flown by P/O JGMejor, baled out unhurt
19. 13.5.1942 13:02 Spitfire 5./JG 53 N Luqa / Spitfire of 603 Sqn, RAF flown by F/Sgt RH Brown, damaged, returned safely
20. 1.7.1942 14:04 Spitfire 5./JG 53 St Paul`s Bay / Spitfire of 185 Sqn, RAF
21. 6.7.1942 7:37 Spitfire 5./JG 53 SE Gozo / Spitfire of 603 Sqn, RAF
22. 6.7.1942 19:41 Spitfire 5./JG 53 NE Valetta
23. 7.7.1942 6:47 Spitfire 5./JG 53 NE Zongor / Spitfire of 249 or 185 Sqn, RAF
24. 8.7.1942 11:32 Spitfire 5./JG 53 S Birzebbuga
25. 9.7.1942 19:25 Spitfire 5./JG 53 SW Dingli
26. 14.7.1942 10:25 Spitfire 5./JG 53 Malta
27. 28.7.1942 8:54 Spitfire 5./JG 53 W Zongor Pt / Possibly Spitfire (BR303) of 1435 Flt, RAF flown by F/Sgt RH Brown, baled out
28. 29.7.1942 10:11 Spitfire 5./JG 53 Malta
29. 8.8.1942 10:02 Spitfire 5./JG 53 N Valetta / Spitfire of 1435 Flt, RAF
30. 24.10.1942 16:28 Spitfire 5./JG 53 Near Fromm Ir-Rih Bay
31. 26.10.1942 12:14 Spitfire 5./JG 53 16km N Valetta
32. 12.12.1942 15:11 P-38 5./JG 53 15km NE Linosa
33. 15.12.1942 8:41 P-38 5./JG 53 6km SE Bou Chebka
34. 17.12.1942 9:53 P-38 5./JG 53 10km E Gafsa
35. 30.12.1942 11:16 P-38 5./JG 53 30km NE Gabes
36. 23.2.1943 13:05 Beaufort 5./JG 53  
37. 24.2.1943 12:10 Spitfire 5./JG 53  
38. 22.5.1943 18:35 Spitfire 5./JG 53 Near Gela
39. 9.6.1943 12:58 B-24 5./JG 53 Near Malta
40. 13.6.1943 12:05 Spitfire 5./JG 53 Near Mineo
41. 20.6.1943 10:47 Spitfire 5./JG 53 S Cap Passero
42. 4.7.1943 11:14 Spitfire 5./JG 53  
43. 4.7.1943 14:18 B-26 5./JG 53  
44. 8.7.1943 12:28 B-17 5./JG 53 10km SW Cape Scaramia
45. 9.7.1943 11:02 P-40 5./JG 53  
46. 10.7.1943 10:37 P-38 5./JG 53 Near Gela
47. 10.7.1943 10:39 Ryan O-51 5./JG 53 Near Gela / Probably Vought Kingfisher of US Navy
48. 7.1.1944 12:29 P-38 5./JG 53 S Feldbach / P-38 of 1 FG, USAAF
49. 7.1.1944 12:32 P-38 5./JG 53 S Feldbach / P-38 of 1 FG, USAAF
50. 22.2.1944 13:20 B-24 HSS 5./JG 53 Altotting-Straubing
51. 24.2.1944 13:05 B-17 5./JG 53 Near Gmund
52. 23.3.1944 10:31 B-17 5./JG 53  
53. 2.4.1944 11:28 B-17 5./JG 53 Zeltweg area
54. 8.4.1944 13:55 B-24 5./JG 53  
55. 11.4.1944 11:08 B-17 5./JG 53 Halberstedt-Quedlingburg
56. 11.4.1944 11:56 B-17 HSS 5./JG 53 Goslar
57. 13.4.1944 13:58 B-17 5./JG 53 S Aschaffenburg
58. 19.4.1944 10:35 B-17 5./JG 53 S Munden, E Kassel
59. 12.5.1944 15:29 B-17 5./JG 53 Near Koblenz
60. 27.5.1944 12:21 P-51 5./JG 53 Near Rambervillers
61. 27.5.1944 12:30 B-17 5./JG 53 Near Offenberg
62. 29.5.1944 12:05 B-17 5./JG 53 Dessau
63. 8.6.1944 10:47 B-26 5./JG 53 NE Cherbourg
64. 17.6.1944 16:15 P-47 5./JG 53 4km NE Carentan
65. 22.8.1944 19:33 P-38 5./JG 53 20km NW St Quentin
66. 23.8.1944 9:31 P-47 5./JG 53 12km SW Mantes
67. 28.9.1944 17:38 P-47 5./JG 53 N Sarrebourg
68. 28.9.1944 17:38 P-47 5./JG 53 St Nicholas
69. 20.10.1944 10:48 P-47 5./JG 53 Strasbour-Colmar area
70. 25.11.1944 12:45 Piper 5./JG 53 N Mommenheim
? 5.4.1945   P-47 II./JG 53  

Victories : 85~
Awards : Ehrenpokal (10 August 1942)
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (12 December 1942)
Ritterkreuz (5 April 1944)
Eichenlaub (24 January 1945)
Units : JG53, JG106
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Asisbiz Database of 62 aerial victories out of 85 for Herbert Rollwage

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
04-Jan-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Hurricane   10.31  
14-Apr-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Beaufort   17.05  
14-Apr-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Beaufort   17.07  
24-Apr-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire 50m 07.43 West of Flugplatz Venezia
09-May-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire   11.05  
10-May-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire   11.05  
10-May-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire 2000-100m 19.04 2km S La Valetta
13-May-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire   13.02  
01-Jul-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire   14.04  
06-Jul-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire   07.37  
06-Jul-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire   19.41  
07-Jul-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire   06.47  
08-Jul-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire   11.32  
09-Jul-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire   19.25  
14-Jul-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire   10.25  
28-Jul-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire   08.54  
29-Jul-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire   10.11  
08-Aug-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire 1700m 10.20 5km N La Valetta
22-Oct-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire 4000m 16.28 Fomm-Ja-Rih Bay
24-Oct-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire   16.28  
26-Oct-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire 400m 12.14 15km N La Valetta
12-Dec-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-38 Lightning 1000-500m 15.11 15km NE Linosa
15-Dec-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-38 Lightning 600m 08.41 6km SE Bou Chebka
17-Dec-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-38 Lightning 100m 09.53 10km E Gafsa
30-Dec-42 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-38 Lightning 50m 11.16 30km NE Gabes
23-Feb-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Beaufort Low Level 13.05 60km W Trapani
24-Feb-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire 2000m 12.10 10km W Fl-Marcissa
22-May-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire 3000m 18.35 20km S Gela
09-Jun-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-24D Liberator Low Level 12.58 7km NW La Valetta
13-Jun-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire 5500m 12.05 Un-deciphered position
20-Jun-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire 100m 10.47 25km S Cap Passero
04-Jul-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Spitfire 4000m 11.14 15km E Catania
04-Jul-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-26 Marauder   14.18 60km S Gela
08-Jul-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17F 2000m 12.28 10km SW Ragusa
09-Jul-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-40 Kittyhawk 600m 18.02 7km NW Capo san Vito
10-Jul-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-38F Lightning Low Level 10.37 1km S Gela
10-Jul-43 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Ryan Low Level 10.39 2km S Gela
07-Jan-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-38 Lightning 3000m 11.32 30km SW Kalsdorf
07-Jan-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-38 Lightning 3600m 11.29 35km ESE Graz
22-Feb-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-24 Liberator Hss     Based Wien/Seyring
24-Feb-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress   13.05  
23-Mar-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 10.31 HA-3 SW Braunschweig
02-Apr-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress   11.28  
08-Apr-44 Herbert Rollwage 4./JG53 B-24 Liberator   13.55  
11-Apr-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress 6000m 11.56 JA Goslar
11-Apr-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress 6000m 11.08 JC (Halberstadt-Quedlingburg)
13-Apr-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress 5800m 13.58 S Aschaffenburg
19-Apr-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress 6000m 10.35 LU-56 (S Munden E Kassel)
19-Apr-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress 6000m 10.35 LU-56 (S. Munden E. Kassel)
12-May-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress 5000m 15.29 10km vor Koblenz
27-May-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress 6500m 12.30 BQ-9 (bei Offenburg)
27-May-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-51 Mustang 6500m 12.21 CO-CN (Rambervillers 270?)
29-May-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 B-17 Fortress 6800m 12.06 JE-JF Dessau
08-Jun-44 Herbert Rollwage 6./JG53 B-26 Marauder 2000m 10.43 RS-87 (off Barlfeur)
17-Jun-44 Herbert Rollwage 6./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 1000m 16.15 TS-5 (Carnetan)
22-Aug-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-38 Lightning 2000m 19.33 RF 6 (5km S Peronne)
23-Aug-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 4000m 09.31 AD-2 (Mantes-la-Jolie)
28-Sep-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 1500m 17.38 AP-7 (N Sarrebourg)
28-Sep-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt Low Level 17.38 BN-5 (St Nicholas SW Nancy)
20-Oct-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 600m 10.48 CP-2 (SW Strasbourg)
25-Nov-44 Herbert Rollwage 5./JG53 Piper L-4 500m 12.45 AQ 6-3 (Haguenau)
05-Apr-45 Herbert Rollwage Stab II./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt      

Luftwaffe Badge

Georg Amon

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

Known Aircraft: Bf 109G-6 WNr 18107 'White 9' & Bf 109G6/R6 'White 6+I' both in Staffel ('43)

Remarks: POW 2 April, 1945 after being shot down with severe burns by AAA fire. Bodenplatte pilot, wingman for Stefan Kohl. His 1st victory, in N.Africa, a Spitfire 5 km southwest of Cape Bon on 18 April, 1943. Another, a B-24 over southern Italy, 16 August, 1943. A B-17 50 km SE of Nice on 25 May, 1944. A B-17 (n.b.) in the Lüneburg area on 24 August, 1944. A B-24 near Kassel on 11 September, 1944.

Asisbiz database list of 8 aerial victories for Georg Amon

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
Sunday, April 18, 1943 Georg Amon 7./JG53 Spitfire   19:08 5km SW Cap Bone
Monday, August 16, 1943 Georg Amon 7./JG53 B-24 Liberator 5300m 13:05 25km W del Colle
Thursday, August 19, 1943 Georg Amon 8./JG53 B-17 Fortress 6000m 12:35 20km S Monte Cassino
Sunday, August 22, 1943 Georg Amon 7./JG53 B-26 Marauder   12:13 45km SW Insel Capri
Monday, August 30, 1943 Georg Amon 7./JG53 P-38 Lightning Low Level 12:20 25km SW Ischia
Thursday, September 02, 1943 Georg Amon 7./JG53 P-38 Lightning 800m 13:38 SW Insel Ischia
Thursday, May 25, 1944 Georg Amon 3./JGr./Sud B-17 Fortress 1500m 14:15 CQ-5 (50km SE Nice)
Thursday, August 24, 1944 Georg Amon 9./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 11:18 15 Ost S/BA

'It was all a gamble...'

ALFRED GRISLAWSKI, JG52

There was no, better officer than Major Hubertus von Bonin. He was a fantastic pilot and a great commander, but he was a poor shot and although he therefore had great difficulty in bringing down enemy aircraft, I have nothing but praise for him. I had already won the Ritterkreuz, awarded on 1 July 1942, when von Bonin was recommended for his. I lent him my decoration and he wore it until his RK arrived at the end of 1942. He promoted me to Oberfeldwebel after I had shot down four Douglas Boston bombers.

On that occasion there were six bombers, escorted by about 20 to 25 fighters, which were attempting to bomb the bridge at, Mostok. My wingman, Edmund Rossmann, said he would keep the fighters busy while I went after the bombers. I dived after them, always keeping an eye open for Russian fighters behind me, but all was clear. I opened fire from a range of about 100 metres, aiming at the left engine of each of the four bombers. Each engine immediately burst into flames and the Russian crews baled out. When I reported the kills to von Bonin, he stated that I would receive a promotion if the kills could be confirmed. That evening the Flak commander at the bridge, who was a close friend of von Bonin, confirmed over the telephone that four bombers had indeed been shot down. Unfortunately, Major von Bonin was later killed in Russia.

During the battle of Stalingrad, Hermann Graf took half of the squadron there while I stayed on the Caucasus front. With about 20 aircraft we defended the area of Grosny on the Black Sea. We seldom had contact with other units as it was too dangerous to place too many aircraft on one airfield JG52 had the most kills because we were always assigned as a 'fire brigade' to all the 'hot spots' on the front-the Uman cauldron, Kharkov, Tuapse, Feodosia, the Crimea; in fact, wherever the Russians appeared in strength. Thus, we had plenty of opportunities to destroy Russian, aircraft and became obsessed, shooting them down and becoming very aggressive without fear of losses. Our first Ritterkreuz winner was Gerhard Koppen who was only an Obergefreiter but, when he demanded the respect that such a decoration deserved, was rapidly promoted to Leutnant. Upon returning from a mission in May 1942, he reported seeing a Russian fighter airfield and we held a briefing to attack it. The mission was carried out by between 30 and 40 aircraft, and the only one missing when we returned was flown by Koppen who made a belly landing in the Sea of Azov. The last flight searching for him saw a Russian rescue craft 5km away which was strafed and sunk, but other than that there was only a patch of oil on the water and no sign of Koppen.

Within 9./JG52, we pilots formed close friendships. This was necessary, for when one pilot was threatened by attack from three or four of the enemy, his comrades would immediately come to his assistance. Our slogan was to be aggressive.

On the ground; to avoid a direct bomb hit killing most of the unit, we did not concentrate all the pilots in one area but spread out and lived in two-man tents. I shared a tent with Leopold Stdllpatz, who was an excellent shot but often returned from a mission without his wingman. He received the Swords as a Feldwebel and was commissioned as an officer after his death in June 1942 in a ridiculous situation. The Russians had advanced and were, protected by, quadruple Flak, guns. When we flew over their forward lines at a height of several hundred metres they opened fire and it was very dangerous. Therefore, most of us took evasive action to avoid their fire, and although Steinbatz said they would never hit him, they did shoot him down. Rossmann flew to the area to look for him. The German infantry reported that a '109 had gone down at a particular time and place and, thus confirmed his demise.

In the air I felt like a bird, a crow. The aircraft was powerful and I always felt safe in the cockpit, just like crossing the street. I never crashed an aircraft unless it had sustained sever damage due to gunfire. If I received hits around the landing gear, I had to consider whether to extend the gear and risk overturning or whether to land on the belly and damage the propeller and oil cooler. However, it was all a gamble and although I twice landed an aircraft on its belly, it turned out that the landing gear was in working order, though I could not have known this at the time. It was a game of roulette.

'They had very good aircraft...'

ALFRED GRISLAWSKI, III./JG52

I was born on 2 November 1919 and from an early age I wanted either to join the Kriegsmarine or become a fighter pilot. When the time came, there were too many candidates for the Kriegsmarine and, with the hope that I could combine both childhood dreams, I was accepted by the Marine-Flieger. However, I was soon transferred to a bomber-unit and this was not at all to my liking as I wanted to be a fighter pilot and not a 'bus-driver'.After nearly two years in different schools and non-operational units, I finally transferred to III./JG52 near Calais. This unit had suffered heavy losses in the fighting against Britain and had to be withdrawn, first to Berlin-Doberitz and then on to Rumania.

At about this time the AIB schools were established, so I completed my training with one of these and received fighter training first at Stolp and then at the Erganszungsgruppe at Merseberg. The Erganszungsgruppe trained pilots on the type of aircraft we would fly in combat. Eventually, I was posted to III/JG52, so that after almost two years at different schools and non-operational units, I was finally on my way to joint a front-line fighter unit. I had travelled as far as Dusseldorf, however, when I received a telegram informing me to report instead to Berlin-Doberitz. The III./JG52 had suffered heavy losses during the fighting against Britain and was at Berlin-Doberitz recovering.

Once the Gruppe had been brought back to its established strength, it was transferred to Bucharest, in Rumania, where it was to protect the Ploesti oilfields. At the same time, we also trained Rumanian fighter pilots in the tactics employed in the Luftwaffe and, in recognition of this, I was presented on behalf of the King with the Rumanian pilots' badge.

When the Russian campaign began, things were quiet and we soon transferred to the southern part of the Eastern Front where III./JG52 was to become very successful. In the beginning, the Russians were easy opponents as their biplanes were obsolete and their pilots often appeared frightened when they saw a German fighter approaching. But soon, MiG, Yak and LaGG fighters flown by well-motivated pilots began to appear and things gradually became more and more dangerous for us. They had very good aircraft, lighter than ours and easier to handle.

At this time the Staffel was split into two parts so that as soon as one part landed the other took off and continued operations. After a mission, the fuel tanks were replenished, the guns rearmed and the aircraft made ready to take-off again as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the pilots were able to grab a quick bite to eat and were supposed to have a short rest. In fact, our tents were not suitable places in which to really relax, probably unlike our opponents who were based on real airfields. Nevertheless, at least until the winter came, the food was quite good.

I claimed my first victory, an I-16, on 1 September 1941. My second Abschuss, another I-16, was also the 50th for 9./JG52 and the 242nd for III./JG52. Here is the official report:

Victory over an I-16, 5 km N. of Charkow, 3 October, 1941, 17.02 Hours, Altitude: 1,500 m

On 3 October 1941, I flew as Rottenflieger to Lt. Graf on a low-level mission against an airfield north of Charkow, during which Lt. Graf was able to destroy two enemy aircraft on the ground. After the attack, we dived to 1,500 metres. North-west of Charkow, we spotted at an altitude of 2,000 metres a formation of about 20 Russian fighters of different types. I attacked the last, an I- 16, from the rear and after a burst of gunfire it emitted heavy black smoke and fell almost vertically to the ground where it crashed. I was not able to observe the precise point of impact as I was myself attacked by several Russian aircraft, but it was witnessed by Lt. Graf

Alfred Grislawski was born 2 November 1919 at Wanne-Eickel in Ruhrgebiet. On leaving school in July 1934, Grislawski was employed as a farm-worker in the Stolp region of Pomerania. After two years he applied to join the Navy to become a sailor but was rejected being offered service in Naval Aviation instead. Grislawski began his compulsory military training at Fliegerersatzabteilung 16 at Schleswig. By summer 1938, Gefreiter Grislawski was serving as a recruit trainer. Via flight training schools at Delmhorst, Salzwedel and Prenzlau, Grislawski underwent his fighter pilot training at Stolp. In early June 1940, Grislawski was posted to the Ergänzungsgruppe Merseburg. In July 1940, Grislawski was posted to III./JG52, based at Zerbst having recently been withdrawn from operations over the English Channel for rest and re-equipment. Gefreiter Grislawski was assigned to 7./JG52. Grislawski was transferred to 9./JG52 in early October 1940. He received promotion to the rank of Unteroffizier the same day. On 14 October, III./JG52 was ordered to Romania. III./JG52 was redesignated I./JG28 until 27 December. The unit was tasked with providing training for Romanian Air Force personnel. The German invasion of Russia saw Grislawski based at Pipera in Rumania.

In August, III./JG52 was ordered into front line service based at Biyala Tserkov in the Ukraine. Grislawski gained his first victory over the Eastern front on 1 September 1941, when, on a freie Jagd over Kremenchug, he shot down a Russian I-16 fighter. On 23 October, III./JG52 was ordered to relocate to Perekop in the Crimea. On the transfer flight Grislawski's Bf-109F-4 (W.Nr. 7038) 'Yellow 8' suffered engine failure necessitating a belly-landing. He emerged unscathed from the incident. By the end of 1941, Grislawski had increased his victory total 11, gained operating over the Crimea. At the end of December, III./JG52 were ordered to relocate to the Kharkov area. In mid-January 1942, Grislawski was sent home on leave. He returned to front-line duties in late February. On 29 April, 9./JG52 were ordered back to the Crimea in support of the German offensive to retake the Kerch Peninsula. Grislawski recorded his 20th victory on 30 April, when he shot down a Russian I-15bis biplane fighter-bomber near Karpech. Feldwebel Grislawski was particularly successful in May 1942 recording 22 victories, including four victories on 1 May (21-24). On 1 July, Grislawski was awarded the Ritterkreuz for 43 victories. He was sent on an extended leave on 24 July. In late August 1942, newly promoted Oberfeldwebel Grislawski returned to the Eastern front and was assigned to 7./JG52, based in the Caucasus.

In September, he claimed 16 victories over the Terek bridgehead, including four Russian Boston twin-engine bombers shot down on 8 September (47-50). On 5 November, he shot down four Russian Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack (63-68) but was himself shot down in Bf 109G-2 (W.Nr. 13909) carrying out a belly-landing from which he walked away with only a few bruises. Grislawski claimed a further four victories on 12 December (79-82). On 18 January 1943, Grislawski led a Rotte providing escort to a formation of Ju-87 Stuka dive-bombers against Russian tank forces in the Stavropolskaya area. The formation was intercepted by Russian I-16 fighters and in the subsequent combat, Grislawski's Bf-109 was hit, setting it on fire. He nursed his damaged aircraft back over German lines before baling out, sustaining burns to his face. On 26 January, Grislawski received promotion to the rank of Leutnant. He recorded his 92nd victory on 3 February 1943. On 11 February, Grislawski suffered engine failure in Bf 109G-2 'White 13' on a test flight from Slavyanskaya, necessitating a forced landing. He was then sent on leave. Grislawski returned to 7./JG52, based in the northwestern Caucasus, in early April 1943. On 27 April 1943, he recorded his 100th victory. Grislawski claimed his 108th and 109th victories on 3 June 1943. However, the next day he was wounded in an explosion of a German land mine on a beach near Taman.

Oberleutnant Alfred Grislawski with his Bf 109G-6 in September 1943. On 6 September 1943 he shot down a B-17 as his 112th victory. On his recovery, Grislawski was transferred to JGr Süd. On 15 August 1943, JGr Süd was redesignated JG50, under the command of Major Hermann Graf (212 victories, RK-Br), for the express purpose of intercepting high-flying British Mosquito photo-reconnaisance aircraft. During his time with the unit, Grislawski commanded 1./JG50, based at Wiesbaden-Erbenheim, and shot down his first two USAAF four-engine bombers on 17 August. In early October, Grislawski was promoted to the rank of Hauptmann and given tempoary command of JG50, when Graf was appointed acting Kommodore of JG1. On 6 November 1943, Grislawski was appointed Staffelkapitän of 1./JG1, based at Deelen in Holland, operating Fw 190 fighters. He was shot down in aerial combat with USAAF bombers over Baske on 24 January 1944. Wounded, he baled out of his stricken Fw190A-7 (W.Nr. 430167) 'White 1'. Grislawski was appointed Staffelkapitän of 8./JG1, based at Paderborn, following his recovery from the wounds received in January, on 13 March 1944. The unit was tasked with combatting the USAAF fighter escorts operating the new Bf 109G-6/AS especially equipped for high-altitude operations. Hauptmann Grislawski was awarded the Eichenlaub on 11 April for 122 victories. Granted leave, Grislawski was married on 20 May. On return from his leave, Grislawski led 8./JG1 to Beauvais- Tillé in France, to combat the Allied landings in Normandy. After less than a week the unit was relocated to Germany having suffered horrendous losses over and around the beachhead. In early July, Grislawski led the unit back to France.

On 18 July, he was appointed acting Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG1, when Hauptmann Erich Woitke (28 victories, killed in action 24 December 1944) was shot down and wounded. On 27 July, Grislawski led a freie Jagd over the Caen area. In combat with USAAF P-51 fighters, Grislawski was shot down by RAF Spitfire fighters, baling out but surviving with only a few bruises. At the end of July 1944, Grislawski was transferred as Staffelkapitän of II./JG53. He recorded two USAAF B-17 four-engine bombers shot down on 12 September (131-132). On 14 September, Grislawski led II./JG53 to Leeuwarden in Holland. On 26 September 1944, he participated in a mission from Paderborn to provide air cover for German troops near Eindhoven and Nijmegen. USAAF fighters intercepted the formation southwest of Münster. In the subsequent combat, Grislawski was credited with a USAAF P-38 twin-engine fighter shot down as his 133rd, and last, victory, although Grislawski refutes the claim! However, his Bf 109G-14 (W.Nr. 462649) 'Black 6' was then hit in the engine by a P-51 and caught fire. He baled out but did not deploy his parachute until he was at very low level. As a consequence he endured a very hard landing that cracked the second and third lower vertebrae in his back. He saw out the remainder of the war in a military hospital. The end of the war found Grislawski at Badgastein in the central Austrian Alps. He was imprisoned by US troops at Salzburg but was soon released and returned to his wife and family at Leuna. Grislawski was fortunate not to be imprisoned by the Russians as Leuna ended up in the Soviet zone of occupation. He was able to cross the zone border and return to his hometown of Wanne-Eickel. However, it would be 1946 before his wife and family joined him. Grislawski supported his family through various unskilled professions, mainly as a driver. He declined to join the Bundesluftwaffe because of his wartime injuries. Grislawski passed away on 19 September 2003.

Alfred Grislawski was credited with 133 victories in over 800 missions. He recorded 24 victories over the Western front, including 18 four–engine bombers. Of his 109 victories recorded over the Eastern front, 16 were Il-2 Sturmoviks.

Asisbiz Database of 70 aerial victories out of 133 for Alfred Grislawski

No Date Time Enemy A/C Type Unit Location Comments
1 1.9.1941 18:15 I-16 9./JG52 30km NE Kremenchug  
2 3.10.1941 17:02 I-16 9./JG52 5km N Charkov  
3 5.10.1941 13:05 Yak-1 9./JG52 25km NE Krasnograd  
4 6.10.1941 7:55 Il-2 9./JG52 30km NW Kharkov  
5 14.10.1941 7:14 I-16 9./JG52 15km N Poltava  
6 14.10.1941 9:10 Il-2 9./JG52 10km NE Oposhchnaya Il-2 of 1 RAG, VVS
7 30.10.1941 9:35 I-153 9./JG52 20km N Simferopol  
8 6.12.1941 10:55 I-16 9./JG52 12km W Krepkaya  
9 6.12.1941 14:26 I-16 9./JG52 10km W Azov  
10 8.12.1941 9:46 I-5 9./JG52 20km E Taganrog  
11 8.12.1941 9:54 I-16 9./JG52 20km E Krepkaya  
12 4.1.1942 14:15 R-10 9./JG52 10km S Kotshetovka  
13 8.3.1942 11:18 Yak-1 9./JG52 7km SW Savinziy  
14 15.3.1942 16:35 Yak-1 9./JG52 Katovka area  
15 17.3.1942 8:25 R-5 9./JG52 S Staryy Saltov  
16 26.3.1942 15:53 MiG-3 9./JG52 18km SSE Starry Saltov  
17 27.3.1942 8:00 Pe-2 9./JG52 Kharkov sector  
18 29.4.1942 12:45 MiG-3 9./JG52 Kerch Peninsula Yak-1 of 247 IAP, VVS
19 30.4.1942 14:15 I-15bis 9./JG52 10km NE Feodosiya I-15bis of 214 ShAP, VVS
20 30.4.1942 14:20 I-15bis 9./JG52 5km S Karpech I-15bis of 214 ShAP, VVS
21 1.5.1942 4:45 Seaplane 9./JG52 10km S Sidsheut  
22 1.5.1942 4:55 Yak-1 9./JG52 NW Arabat Yak-1 of 247 IAP, VVS
23 1.5.1942 5:03 Yak-1 9./JG52 Ak-Monay area Yak-1 of 247 IAP, VVS
24 1.5.1942 8:09 I-15bis 9./JG52 Sal area I-15bis of 214 ShAP, VVS
25 9.5.1942 12:28 I-15bis 9./JG52 10km E Sidsheut I-15bis of 214 ShAP, VVS
26 9.5.1942 12:33 MiG-3 9./JG52 10km NE Sarylar  
27 14.5.1942 16:45 MiG-3 9./JG52 Kotomlya area  
28 14.5.1942 16:50 MiG-3 9./JG52 Kotovka area  
29 15.5.1942 5:17 MiG-3 9./JG52 SE Staryy Saltov MiG-3 of 23 IAP or 181 IAP, VVS
30 15.5.1942 16:05 Su-2 9./JG52 Staryy Saltov Su-2 of 13 GBAP or 135 BBAP, VVS
31 18.5.1942 10:30 MiG-3 9./JG52 5km N Staryy Saltov LaGG-3 of 23 IAP, VVS
32 18.5.1942 13:05 MiG-3 9./JG52 Liptsy area LaGG-3 of 23 IAP, VVS
33 18.5.1942 18:23 Su-2 9./JG52 10km W Staryy Saltov Su-2 of 13 GBAP or 135 BBAP, VVS
34 20.5.1942 16:47 LaGG-3 9./JG52 15km W Petrovskaya  
35 22.5.1942 14:30 MiG-1 9./JG52 10km S Balakleya Possibly LaGG-3 of 181 IAP, VVS
36 22.5.1942 14:36 MiG-1 9./JG52 5km NW Balakleya Possibly LaGG-3 of 181 IAP, VVS
37 24.5.1942 17:00 R-10 9./JG52 25km E Slavyansk Su-2 of 13 GBAP or 135 BBAP, VVS
38 25.5.1942 19:03 Su-2 9./JG52 NE Petrovskaya Su-2 of 13 GBAP or 135 BBAP, VVS
39 26.5.1942 16:09 Pe-2 9./JG52 W Savintsy Pe-2 of 8 GBAP, VVS
40 27.5.1942 11:30 MiG-1 9./JG52 5km N Izyum  
41 27.5.1942 11:33 MiG-1 9./JG52 3km N Izyum  
42 28.5.1942 14:15 LaGG-3 9./JG52 15km NE Izyum LaGG-3 of 170 IAP, VVS
43 4.9.1942 11:29 I-16 9./JG52 44 482 I-16 of 88 IAP, VVS
44 4.9.1942 18:25 Boston 9./JG52 44 442 Boston of 219 BAD, VVS
45 6.9.1942 13:35 Boston 9./JG52 44 414 Boston of 219 BAD, VVS
46 6.9.1942 13:37 Yak-1 9./JG52 44 440 LaGG-3 of 219 BAD, VVS
47 8.9.1942 13:55 Boston 9./JG52 44 471 Boston of 244 BAP, VVS
48 8.9.1942 13:56 Boston 9./JG52 44 243 Boston of 244 BAP, VVS
49 8.9.1942 13:57 Boston 9./JG52 44 283 Boston of 244 BAP, VVS
50 8.9.1942 13:57 Boston 9./JG52 44 283 Boston of 244 BAP, VVS
51 9.9.1942 14:00 MiG-1 9./JG52 44 481  
52 9.9.1942 14:44 LaGG-3 9./JG52 44 450  
53 13.9.1942 13:05 LaGG-3 9./JG52 44 531  
54 14.9.1942 10:35 Su-2 9./JG52 44 531 R-10 of 288 BBAP, VVS
55 14.9.1942 14:25 I-16 9./JG52 44 582 I-16 of 40 IAP, VVS
56 16.9.1942 6:15 LaGG-3 9./JG52 44 363  
57 17.9.1942 14:27 I-16 9./JG52 54 324  
58 17.9.1942 14:28 Su-2 9./JG52 54 344 Su-2 of 288 BBAP, VVS
59 4.10.1942 14:35 Boston 7./JG52 34 283 Boston of 219 BAD, VVS
60 15.10.1942 12:50 Il-2 7./JG52 44 434 Il-2 of 805 ShAP, VVS
61 2.11.1942 11:40 I-16 7./JG52 44 842 I-16 of 88 IAP, VVS
62 2.11.1942 11:38 I-153 7./JG52 44 814 I-153 of 84 IAP, VVS
63 5.11.1942 12:00 Il-2 7./JG52 44 754 Il-2 of 7 GShAP, VVS
64 5.11.1942 12:04 Il-2 7./JG52 44 872 Il-2 of 7 GShAP, VVS
65 5.11.1942 8:25 Il-2 7./JG52 44 792 Il-2 of 7 GShAP, VVS
66 5.11.1942 8:27 Il-2 7./JG52 44 861 Il-2 of 7 GShAP, VVS
67 7.11.1942 11:10 Il-2 7./JG52 44 874 Il-2 of 7 GShAP, 210 ShAP or 805 ShAP, VVS
68 24.11.1942 11:55 LaGG-3 7./JG52 43 131  
69 27.11.1942 11:20 Il-2 7./JG52 44 733 Il-2 of 7 GShAP, VVS
70 27.11.1942 11:24 Il-2 7./JG52 44 765 Il-2 of 7 GShAP, VVS
71 29.11.1942 6:50 Pe-2 7./JG52 35 783 Pe-2 of 366 BAP, VVS
72 5.12.1942 10:29 I-16 7./JG52 44 721  
73 5.12.1942 13:10 Boston 7./JG52 44 792  
74 5.12.1942 13:39 Boston 7./JG52 44 763  
75 8.12.1942 9:25 MiG-1 7./JG52 34 694  
76 10.12.1942 12:00 Il-2 7./JG52 44 282 Il-2 of 7 GShAP, VVS
77 10.12.1942 12:02 Il-2 7./JG52 44 293 Il-2 of 7 GShAP, VVS
78 10.12.1942 12:04 Il-2 7./JG52 44 434 Il-2 of 7 GShAP, VVS
79 12.12.1942 9:00 MiG-1 7./JG52 44 264  
80 12.12.1942 11:22 MiG-1 7./JG52 44 291  
81 12.12.1942 11:25 MiG-1 7./JG52 54 171  
82 12.12.1942 11:40 I-16 7./JG52 54 313  
83 13.12.1942 10:53 LaGG-3 7./JG52 54 171  
84 14.12.1942 11:42 Yak-1 7./JG52 44 293  
85 8.1.1943 6:35 LaGG-3 7./JG52 35 714 LaGG-3 of 131 IAP, VVS
86 8.1.1943 6:40 LaGG-3 7./JG52 35 734 LaGG-3 of 131 IAP, VVS
87 9.1.1943 9:20 I-16 7./JG52 34 161 I-16 of 975 IAP, VVS
88 9.1.1943 13:35 Il-2 7./JG52 35 721 Il-2 of 230 ShAD
89 16.1.1943 10:15 I-153 7./JG52 85 182 I-153 of 611 IAP, 975 IAP or 977 IAP, VVS
90 18.1.1943 6:30 I-16 7./JG52 85 282  
91 18.1.1943 6:35 I-16 7./JG52 5 282  
92 3.2.1943 13:55 Boston 7./JG52 6 313 Boston of 219 BAD, VVS
93 4.2.1943 7:23 MiG-1 7./JG52 75 481  
94 10.2.1943 6:45 Pe-2 7./JG52 85 152 Pe-2 of 366 ODRAP, VVS
95 19.4.1943 11:10 LaGG-3 7./JG52 85 343  
96 20.4.1943 16:05 LaGG-3 7./JG52 75 422  
97 21.4.1943 5:55 LaGG 7./JG52 75 433 La-5 of 229 IAD, VVS
98 23.4.1943 17:05 LaGG 7./JG52 75 451  
99 23.4.1943 17:12 LaGG 7./JG52 75 424  
100 27.4.1943 10:50 LaGG 7./JG52 85 268  
101 3.5.1943 15:25 Il-2 7./JG52 75 262 Il-2 of 230 ShAD or 2 SAK, VVS
102 6.5.1943 14:35 LaGG 7./JG52 75 261  
103 14.5.1943 11:17 DB-3a 7./JG52 45 850 Il-4 of 5 GMTAP, VVS 
104 28.5.1943 6:25 LaGG 7./JG52 76 864 LaGG-3 of 229 IAD, VVS
105 28.5.1943 12:12 LaGG 7./JG52 76 842 LaGG-3 of 229 IAD, VVS
106 29.5.1943 11:20 LaGG 7./JG52 75 232 LaGG-3 of 229 IAD, VVS
107 31.5.1943 9:53 Il-2 7./JG52 75 234 Il-2 of 230 ShAD, VVS
108 3.6.1943 8:55 LaGG-5 7./JG52 85 112  
109 3.6.1943 11:02 LaGG-5 7./JG52 76 861  
110 17.8.1943 11:30 B-17 1./JGr Süd Mannheim  
111 17.8.1943 15:30 B-17 1./JGr Süd 5km SW Rheinbollen  
112 6.9.1943 10:40 B-17 Stab/JG50 SE Stuttgart  
113 14.10.1943 14:38 B-17 Stab/JG50 S Schweinfurt  
114 29.11.1943 14:45 B-17 1./JG1 Bassum-Syke area  
115 1.12.1943 11:45 B-17 1./JG1 SE Aachen  
116 1.12.1943 11:46 B-17 1./JG1 Neuwied  
117 16.12.1943 14:04 B-17 1./JG1 off De Koog  
  16.12.1943 14:37 B-17 1./JG1 SW Julianadorp Not confirmed?
118 20.12.1943 11:50 B-17 1./JG1 Brake-Beverstedt area  
119 22.12.1943 14:45 B-17 1./JG1 N Enschede  
120 11.1.1944 11:08 B-17 1./JG1    
121 24.1.1944 11:40 B-17 1./JG1 Aachen-Brussels  
122 9.4.1944 15:40 B-17  8./JG1 Schleswig area  
123 9.4.1944 15:40 B-17  8./JG1 Schleswig area  
124 13.4.1944 15:50~ B-24 8./JG1    
125 22.4.1944 18:20~ P-51 8./JG1 Kassel-Nordenbeck  
126 13.7.1944 18:15 Typhoon 8./JG1 Carpiquet Typhoon 'OV-A' of 197Sqn, RAF flown by F/O Trott, POW
127 14.7.1944 19:17 P-51 8./JG1 Falaise area  
128 19.7.1944 20:32 Typhoon 8./JG1 Caen  
129 12.8.1944 14:15 Spitfire 8./JG1 Perche Spitfire of 340Sqn, RAF flown Lt P Leplang, killed
130 8.9.1944   E/a 11./JG53    
131 12.9.1944 11:05 B-17 11./JG53 Templin-Berlin  
132 12.9.1944 11:10 B-17 11./JG53 Templin-Berlin  
133 26.9.1944 16:54 P-38 11./JG53 S Dülmen  

Victories : 133
Awards : Ehrenpokal (30 May 1942)
Ritterkreuz (1 July 1942)
Eichenlaub (11 April 1944)
Units : JG52, JGrSüd, JG50, JG1, JG53

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Alfred Grislawski, Graf and Karaya Staffel.

Written by Christer Bergström.
Picture above shows Hermann Graf (left) and Alfred Grislawski.

In September 1942, Hermann Graf ruled the skies above Stalingrad. In a month's time, he shot down sixty-two Soviet aircraft, and became the first fighter pilot to reach the 200-victory mark. By that time, he had achieved his first victory only thirteen months previously.

Alfred Grislawski, Graf's wingman and friend, was one of the most successful German fighter pilot during the air war over the Caucasus and during the Air Battle over Kuban in 1943. Grislawski achieved a total of 132 victories (not 133, as stated in most publications), and was awarded with the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves.

It was during his stay in the Caucasus in the fall of 1942 that Grislawski taught the forthcoming top scorer Erich Hartmann the secrets of air combat. Grislawski was a hard teacher, and he invented Hartmann's nickname 'Bubi' ('Little Boy').

Alfred Grislawski, the tough son of a miner, never dreamt of becoming a pilot. He only escaped hard work on the countryside by joining the Armed Forces, and there he was posted to the Luftwaffe.
Hermann Graf's and Alfred Grislawski's 9. 'Karayastaffel'/JG52 developed into the most successful Jagdstaffel of the entire war. At the same time, the 'Karaya-men' were notorious for their lacking discipline. In his foreword to the biography, Alfred Grislawski writes:

'In 1941 - 1943, the Karayastaffel was probably the most non-militaristic unit in the entire Wehrmacht.'
The Karayastaffel was characterized by the friends' quartet Hermann Graf, Alfred Grislawski, Heinrich Füllgrabe, and Ernst Süss. Within this quarter, Graf and Grislawski stuck together closest, while Füllgrabe and Süss were inseparable. 'They even went together to the 'Thunderbeam' (latrine),' Alfred Grislawski recalls.

The Karaya-mens' pranks alone could fill a volume. Once they drove a staff General completely out of his mind when he arrived to inspect their first-line makeshift airfield. On one occasion, one of the men in the quarter hi-jacked Generaloberst von Richthofen's Storch to fly an injured comrade to a field hospital.

A Reichsverteidigung Geschwaderkommodore threatened to have Grislawski court-martialled. When a large formation of U.S. bombers shortly afterward approached, a fighter leader decided to nullify the court-martial: 'Grislawski must lead our fighters! Who else can lead?'

Alfred Grislawski developed into one of the most daring 'Four-Engine Killers' of the Reichsverteidigung. In fact, he shot down at least one bomber on every single encounter with U.S. 8th Air Force's heavy bombers.

Only two of the 'Karaya Quartet' survived. Ernst Süss was shot dead by U.S. Mustangs (the unit in question is known) while he hung in his parachute straps. Heinrich Füllgrabe was killed in action on the Eastern Front during the last days of the war.

After the war, Grislawski became one of the first German POWs to become released, because his interrogation officer found out that Grislawski had never joined the Hitler Jugend, nor the NSDAP. (For this reason, Grislawski also had never been awarded with Göring's Goblet of Honor.)

The biography on Hermann Graf and Alfred Grislawski is due to be published in 2002. It has been written in close cooperation with Alfred Grislawski. It will contain about 250 photos, most of which have never previously been published, plus many color profiles of the aircraft flown by Graf and Grislawski.

The following is an excerpt from the manuscript of the 'double biography' on the two JG52 aces and friends Hermann Graf and Alfred Grislawski.

'When Alfred Grislawski returned to his unit in early April 1943, it again was based in northwestern Caucasus - where German Army Group A had dug in to hold its positions in the so - called 'Kuban bridgehead.' The 7. Staffel had received a new Staffelkapitän, Oberleutnant Walter Krupinski, an absolutely reckless fighter pilot who nevertheless took great care in his subordinates.

Grislawski immediately was briefed of the situation. III./JG52 had recently been shifted to Taman Airdrome from Nikolayev in the Ukraine, where it had been re-equipped after its heavy losses in equipment during the retreat from the Terek sector down south in the Caucasus. II./JG52, based at Anapa, had held the positions in the air over the Kuban bridgehead since February 1943; its pilots had shot down a large number of Soviet aircraft, but it also had cost the Gruppe severe losses.

One of the II. Gruppe's pilots, Leutnant Helmut Lipfert, later recalled: 'Things did not go well for II Gruppe at Anapa. There were few contacts with the enemy but many losses. And it was not just the beginners and young pilots who failed to return, but some of the old hands as well.' It was obvious that the Soviets were gaining in on the German fighter pilots' initial advantage in air combat.

Grislawski knew that the first period at the frontline after a home leave was hazardous-that he had become slightly 'rusty' - and he decided not to take any risks. He was very cautious during his first combat sorties after his return from his home leave. Most missions were free hunting or Stuka escort against the Soviet bridgehead at Myshako, behind the German main line west of Novorossiysk on the Kuban Bridgehead's southern coast. Although the Germans had concentrated a powerful air corps in the Kuban Bridgehead, achieving a numerical superiority, they were unable to assume control of the air as during the previous years.

The first encounters with Soviet pilots after his return from home leave convinced Grislawski that what he had been told by Krupinski was right, that the air fighting on the Eastern Front had grown more dangerous than ever.

On April 17, 1943 the Germans made a powerful attempt to neutralize the Soviet bridgehead at Myshako, Operation Neptun. The attack was preceded by a massive operations by 450 Stukas, bombers and ground-attack planes against the Soviet landing grounds. Throughout the day, German Fliegerkorps I carried out 1,560 sorties over the Kuban Bridgehead, mainly against Myshako. The Soviets, who by this time were inferior in numbers, could only mount 538 sorties that day. Nevertheless, the concentration of antiaircraft batteries that the Soviets had shipped in to Myshako since February 1943 met the assaulting German aircraft with a wall of steel and fire. Seven Stukas were shot down or returned to base with severe damage.

Two days later, Grislawski brought down his first Soviet aircraft - number ninety-five in total - since his return from home leave. On April 20, the men of JG52 found some reason to celebrate, as 8./JG52's famous Staffelkapitän, Oberleutnant Günther Rall, brought home his personal 116th and the Jagdgeschwader's five thousandth victory.

But although the most experienced fighter pilots continued to achieve impressing victory scores-II./JG52's Leutnant Heinrich Sturm was credited with five kills on April 20-the air fighting grew more and more difficult each day. The Soviets were bringing in a steady flow of new aviation units, and they started to achieve a numerical superiority in the air. It also was evident that the Red Air Force had concentrated some of its most skillful airmen to this sector.

In the evening of April 20, Grislawski was hanging around in the Staffel's command post. He had just written down the combat report of his ninety-sixth victory, which had been achieved against a LaGG-3 after a prolonged and most difficult air combat near Myshako. The telehone rang. An Unteroffizier replied, and then turned to Grislawski:
'Sir, it's for you.'
Grislawski stood up and grabbed the receiver. He heard a voice in the other end of the line:
'This is Kabisch.'
Somewhat perplex, Grislawski replied impatiently:
'So? And what can I do for you?'
'This is Kabisch - Helmut Kabisch!'
Grislawski froze. Helmut Kabisch! He couldn't believe it. He swallowed, and then he asked in a weak voice:
'Schleswig?'
'Yes, Schleswig!' the other one replied.
Helmut Kabisch was Grislawski's old friend from the recruit training in Schleswig, back in the late 1930s. How could he be phoning Grislawski out there in Russia?
'Man, Kabisch, where are you calling from?'
Helmut Kabisch replied with a confident tone:
'Well, from the first Gruppe. I've been posted here!'
Grislawski immediately felt that this was not good at all.
'Helmut, I'll come over to you immediately!' he said and hung up.
I./JG52 was stationed at the other end of Taman Airdrome. Grislawski grabbed a bicycle and rapidly made it to the first Gruppe's command post, located in a bus. He found his old friend Kabisch waiting for him outside. They hugged, and it felt as if the past four years were gone. Grislawski felt tears in his eyes, but not tears of joy.
'Man, Kabisch!' he gasped. 'Why have you come here?'
Kabisch just shrugged his shoulders. 'You know-war... I volunteered for pilot training, just like you...'
'But that's different!' Grislawski exclaimed with discontent.
Kabisch looked hurt.
'What do you mean? I'm a Feldwebel now, and...'
'That doesn't matter!' Grislawski interrupted him. 'How many sorties have you made?'
'About twenty-five.'
Grislawski shook his head.
'Helmut,' he almost whispered. 'You stand with one foot in the grave. This is no game, and things are no longer what they used to be here in Russia.'
'Oh, come on, Alfred!' Kabisch patted Grislawski's back: 'I just got my seventh...'
Feldwebel Helmut Kabisch, the old recruit trainer who had become a fighter pilot, was immensely proud of his seven first victories. The last one had been achieved against a LaGG-3 at 1620 hours on April 20, 1943.

But his rash attitude only increased Grislawski's preoccupation. 'These damned greenhorns,' Grislawski thought. 'And now Kabisch too!'

'Look, Helmut!' Grislawski yelled. 'Forget about all that rubbish with easy victories! You have to be damned cautious!'

Then he pulled Kabisch, who looked both disappointed and surprised, aside. When he was sure that no one was listening, he said: 'I have a suggestion, and I hope you will follow it. This is no place for a beginner! But I've got some connections. I can contact Hermann Graf, and he will use his influence to have you transferred to my gang. There I will be able to watch over you! You have to get at least fifty combat sorties before you've got any chance at all!' But Kabisch wasn't intrigued at all by his old friend's suggestion. 'Come on, Alfred,' he said and sighed. 'I don't need any babysitter. And besides of that, I've been with the second Staffel for a couple of weeks, and they all are swell guys.' With a feeling of hopelessness, Grislawski made another try: 'Helmut, those swell guys will all be gone in fourteen days, or you will be gone! You might just as well go pick a suitable coffin right now. I guarantee that only under my wings will you be able to survive fifty sorties!' But Kabisch's pride would not allow him to accept the proposal. Grislawski felt deeply sad when he returned to his biletting.

April 21, 1943 was filled with heavy air fighting over Myshako. It was evident that Operation Neptun was a failure. Shortly before six in the morning, 7./JG52 tangled with a formation of the new Soviet La-5 fighters. Grislawski managed to single out one and sent it plummeting to the ground as his ninety-seventh victory.

Soviet fighter pilot Vadim Fadeyev achieved 21 personal victories before he was shot down and killed by a Bf-109 on May 5, 1943.

On the Soviet side, the Lend-Lease Airacobra fighter planes of 16 GIAP (former 55 IAP, which had been adopted a Guards unit) and 45 IAP were in the forefront during the air combats throughout the day. These unit was two of III./JG52's old enemies, since the battles over the Mius Front in late 1941, the Kerch Peninsula in May 1942, and the war in southern Caucasus during the previous fall. By now, both units had developed into two of the most experienced VVS regiments. The two most famous 45 IAP aces were the two Glinka brothers, Boris and Dmitriy. The latter, a Starshiy Leytenant, had been shot down by 7./JG52's Jupp Zwernemann on April 15, 1943. But Dmitriy Glinka soon was back in action again. He had already been recommended to be appointed a Hero of the Soviet Union, and on April 21, he bagged his twenty-first German aircraft. 16 GIAP, mustering the later so well-known Kapitan Aleksandr Pokryshkin, Grigoriy Rechkalov, and Starshiy Leytenant Vadim Fadeyev in its ranks, chalked up fifty-seven victories in the Kuban skies between April 9 and 20, 1943.

On April 21, 2./JG52's Feldwebel Helmut Kabisch barely survived a hail of bullets from a Soviet fighter during an air combat north of Kabardinka. It is possible that he fell victim of 16 GIAP's Vadim Fadeyev, who claimed a Bf-109 3 - 4 km north of Kabardinka. Grislawski received information that Kabisch had been sent to hospital with severe wounds...
After his recovery, Feldwebel Kabisch returned to 2./JG52 on the Eastern Front. Grislawski's dismal prophecy would come true. On September 1, 1943 a Soviet Il-2's rear gunner put an end to Helmut Kabisch's life...'
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Asisbiz database list of aerial victories 133 for Alfred Grislawski

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
04-Sep-42 Alfred Grislawski 9./JG52 I-16 Rata 1000m 11.29 44 482
05-Sep-42 Alfred Grislawski 9./JG52 DB-7 1500m 18.25 44 442
06-Sep-42 Alfred Grislawski 9./JG52 A-20 Boston 3000m 13.35 44 414
06-Sep-42 Alfred Grislawski 9./JG52 Yak-1 2800m 13.37 44 440
08-Sep-42 Alfred Grislawski 9./JG52 A-20 Boston 2500m 13.55 44 471
08-Sep-42 Alfred Grislawski 9./JG52 A-20 Boston 2500m 13.56 44 243
08-Sep-42 Alfred Grislawski 9./JG52 A-20 Boston 2500m 13.57 44 283
08-Sep-42 Alfred Grislawski 9./JG52 A-20 Boston 2500m 13.57 44 283
09-Sep-42 Alfred Grislawski 9./JG52 LaGG-3 1500m 14.44 44 450
09-Sep-42 Alfred Grislawski 9./JG52 MiG-1 1500m 14.00 44 481
13-Sep-42 Alfred Grislawski 9./JG52 LaGG-3 500m 13.05 44 531
14-Sep-42 Alfred Grislawski 9./JG52 I-16 Rata 500m 14.25 44 582
14-Sep-42 Alfred Grislawski 9./JG52 Su-2 2000m 10.35 44 531
16-Sep-42 Alfred Grislawski 9./JG52 LaGG-3 2000m 06.15 44 363
17-Sep-42 Alfred Grislawski 9./JG52 I-16 Rata 2500m 14.27 54 324
17-Sep-42 Alfred Grislawski 9./JG52 Su-2 3500m 14.28 54 344
04-Oct-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 A-20 Boston 4000m 14.35 34 283
15-Oct-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
Low Level 12.50 44 434
02-Nov-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 I-153 Low Level 11.38 44 814
02-Nov-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 I-16 Rata 300m 11.40 44 842
05-Nov-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
200m 12.00 44 754
05-Nov-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
200m 12.04 44 872
05-Nov-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
Low Level 08.27 44 861
05-Nov-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
300m 08.25 44 792
07-Nov-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
Low Level 11.10 44 874
24-Nov-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 LaGG-3 2000m 11.55 43 131
27-Nov-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
Low Level 11.24 44 765
27-Nov-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
Low Level 11.20 44 733
29-Nov-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 Pe-2 6200m 06.50 35 783
05-Dec-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
200m 13.39 44 763
05-Dec-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 I-16 Rata 500m 10.29 44 721
05-Dec-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 A-20 Boston III 1500m 13.10 44 792
08-Dec-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 MiG-1 00m 09.25 34 694
10-Dec-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
200m 12.02 44 293
10-Dec-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
200m 12.00 44 282
10-Dec-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
200m 12.04 44 434
12-Dec-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 MiG-1 250m 09.00 44 264
12-Dec-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 MiG-1 800m 11.22 44 291
12-Dec-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 MiG-1 Low Level 11.25 54 171
12-Dec-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 I-16 Rata 800m 11.40 54 313
13-Dec-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 LaGG-3 2500m 10.53 54 171
14-Dec-42 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 Yak-1 2500m 11.42 44 293
08-Jan-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 LaGG-3 2000m 06.35 35 714
08-Jan-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 LaGG-3 2000m 06.40 35 734
09-Jan-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 Ilyushin Il-2
Илью́шин Ил-2
1500m 13.35 35 721
09-Jan-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 I-16 Rata 500m 09.20 34 161
16-Jan-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 I-153 300m 10.15 85 182
18-Jan-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 I-16 Rata 1200m 09.30 85 282
18-Jan-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 I-16 Rata 400m 09.35 05 282
03-Feb-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 A-20 Boston III 1500m 13.55 06 313
04-Feb-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 MiG-1 3000m 07.23 75 481
10-Feb-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 Pe-2 4000m 06.45 85 152
19-Apr-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 LaGG-3 3000m 11.10 85 343
20-Apr-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 LaGG-3 4000m 16.05 75 422
21-Apr-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 LaGG 900m 05.55 75 433
23-Apr-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 LaGG 4000m 17.05 75 451
23-Apr-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 LaGG 2000m 17.12 75 424
27-Apr-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 LaGG   10.50 85 268
03-May-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik m.H. 150m 15.25 75 262
06-May-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 LaGG 1000m 14.35 75 261
14-May-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 DB-3A 2000m 11.17 45 850
28-May-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 LaGG 3000m 06.25 76 864
28-May-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 LaGG Low Level 12.12 76 842
29-May-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 LaGG 400m 11.20 75 232
31-May-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 Il-2 Sturmovik m.H. Low Level 09.53 75 234
03-Jun-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 LaGG-5 2000m 11.02 76 861
03-Jun-43 Alfred Grislawski 7./JG52 LaGG-5 5500m 08.55 85 112
17-Aug-43 Alfred Grislawski 1./JGr.Sud B-17 Fortress 5500m 15.30 5km SW Rheinbollen
17-Aug-43 Alfred Grislawski 1./JGr.Sud B-17 Fortress 5500m 11.30 Mannheim
06-Sep-43 Alfred Grislawski 1./JGr.50 B-17 Fortress 7000m 10.40 SE Stuttgart
14-Oct-43 Alfred Grislawski 1./JGr.50 B-17 Fortress 6000m 14.38 S Schweinfurt
29-Nov-43 Alfred Grislawski 1./JG1 B-17 Fortress 8000m 14.45 05 Ost S/ES (Bassum-Syke area)
01-Dec-43 Alfred Grislawski 1./JG1 B-17 Fortress 8000m 11.45 PP 3 (Neuwied)
01-Dec-43 Alfred Grislawski 1./JG1 B-17 Fortress 8000m 11.45 ON 2-3 (SE Aachen)
16-Dec-43 Alfred Grislawski 1./JG1 B-17 Fortress 7000m 14.37 EK 2 in See (SW Julianadorp)
16-Dec-43 Alfred Grislawski 1./JG1 B-17 Fortress 7000m 14.04 DK 5 (off De Koog Texel)
20-Dec-43 Alfred Grislawski 1./JG1 B-17 Fortress 8000m 11.50 CS (Brake-Beverstedt area)
22-Dec-43 Alfred Grislawski 1./JG1 B-17 Fortress 8300m 14.45 GO-8 (N Enschede)
11-Jan-44 Alfred Grislawski 1./JG1 B-17 Fortress   11.08  
24-Jan-44 Alfred Grislawski 1./JG1 B-17 Fortress   11.40  
09-Apr-44 Alfred Grislawski 8./JG1 B-17 Fortress      
09-Apr-44 Alfred Grislawski 8./JG1 B-17 Fortress      
13-Apr-44 Alfred Grislawski 8./JG1 B-24 Liberator      
22-Apr-44 Alfred Grislawski 8./JG1 P-51 Mustang      
13-Jul-44 Alfred Grislawski 8./JG1 Typhoon 6-800m 18.15 UU-1/TU-7 (Caen/Carpiquet)
14-Jul-44 Alfred Grislawski 8./JG1 P-51 Mustang 400m 19.17 AU (Raum Falaise)
19-Jul-44 Alfred Grislawski 8./JG1 Typhoon 300m 20.32 15 West S/UU-12 (Raum Caen)
12-Aug-44 Alfred Grislawski 11./JG1 Spitfire 1800m 14.15 BB-9 to CB 3 (Perche)
12-Sep-44 Alfred Grislawski 11./JG53 B-17 Fortress 8000m 11.05 DG-EG-34/33 (Templin-Berlin)
12-Sep-44 Alfred Grislawski 11./JG53 B-17 Fortress 8000m 11.10 DG-EG-34/33 (Templin-Berlin)
26-Sep-44 Alfred Grislawski Stab III./JG53 P-38 Lightning 800-1000m 16.54 05 Ost S/JP 8 (S Dulmen)

Knights Cross

Gunther Landt

Units: 8/JG-53 (5/43 N.Africa & S.Italy), 11/JG-53 (Kirbach, Germany)

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

Known Aircraft: Bf 109G-4/Trop 'Black 12+I' (Italy), Bf 109G-6 'Black 11+I' (Italy), Bf 109K-4 'Yellow 14' (2/45 Kirrlach)

Remarks: Collided in 'Yellow 1' with a P-51 on 22 February, 1945 over Bretten, Germany. He was injured, but managed to bail successfully. Survived the war. His 1st aerial victory, a Spitfire 10 km southeast of Mateur on 5 May, 1943 while in 8/JG-53. His 2nd, a B-17 on 18 May, 1943. It is believed that he downed a P-38 this same day, 30 km northwest of Marettimo, both in 8 Staffel. His 4th, also in 8 Staffel, a B-24 25 km southeast of Padua Italy, 28 December, 1943. His 5th, a B-26 over Italy on 29 January, 1944. His 10th, a Spitfire at Tolfa on 24 May, 1944. His 11th, a P-47 at Civitavecchia on 30 May, 1944. His 12th, a P-51 at Werneuchen on 12 September, 1944. His 13th, a P-38 S of Dülmen on 26 September, 1944. His 14th, a P-47 in the Karlsrühe area on 1 December, 1944. His 15th, a P-47 on 8 December, 1944, no location given. His 16th, a P-47 on 13 February, 1945. Nos. 17 & 18, both P-47's on 19 February, 1945. His 19th, a P-51 on 2 March, 1945. His 20th, a Spitfire on 17 April, 1945. His 21st, a P-47 on 18 April, 1945. His 22nd, a B-26 on 24 April, 1945.

Asisbiz Database of 24 aerial victories for Günther Landt

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
Wednesday, May 05, 1943 Gunther Landt 8./JG53 Spitfire 4000m 12:26 10km SE Mateur
Tuesday, May 18, 1943 Gunther Landt 8./JG53 P-38 Lightning 2800m 14:07 30km NW Marettimo
Friday, May 21, 1943 Gunther Landt 8./JG53 P-38 Lightning Low Level 11:50 25km N Pantellaria
Thursday, August 12, 1943 Gunther Landt 8./JG53 P-38 Lightning 2570m 13:18 50km SW Insel Ventotene
Tuesday, December 28, 1943 Gunther Landt 8./JG53 B-24 Liberator 6500m 12:02 25km SE Padua
Saturday, January 29, 1944 Gunther Landt 8./JG53 B-26 Marauder 3500m 14:19 -
Friday, March 17, 1944 Gunther Landt 8./JG53 P-40 Kittyhawk 1500m 16:22 JG-5 (Anagni)
Sunday, March 19, 1944 Gunther Landt 8./JG53 P-40 Kittyhawk   10:15  
Monday, March 20, 1944 Gunther Landt 8./JG53 A-20 Boston 2500m 12:12 GA-1 (S Pianosa)
Saturday, May 13, 1944 Gunther Landt 8./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 3000m 18:15 14 Ost S/HE-5 (Bracciano)
Wednesday, May 24, 1944 Gunther Landt 8./JG53 Spitfire 7000m 10:12 HD-9 Tolfa
Tuesday, May 30, 1944 Gunther Landt 8./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 200m 11:57 HD-16 (Civitavecchia)
Tuesday, September 12, 1944 Gunther Landt 11./JG53 P-51 Mustang 100m 11:22 FH-5 (Werneuchen)
Tuesday, September 26, 1944 Gunther Landt 11./JG53 P-38 Lightning 800-1000m 17:06 05 Ost S/JP 8 (S Dulmen)
Friday, December 01, 1944 Gunther Landt 11./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 7000m 12:20  
Saturday, December 02, 1944 Gunther Landt 11./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt   12:03  
Friday, December 08, 1944 Gunther Landt 11./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt   12:02  
Tuesday, February 13, 1945 Gunther Landt 11./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt   10:46 -
Monday, February 19, 1945 Gunther Landt 11./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt   14:03 -
Monday, February 19, 1945 Gunther Landt 11./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt   14:05 -
Friday, March 02, 1945 Gunther Landt 11./JG53 P-51 Mustang   16:21 -
Tuesday, April 17, 1945 Gunther Landt 11./JG53 Spitfire   11:45 -
Wednesday, April 18, 1945 Gunther Landt 11./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt   18:32 -
Tuesday, April 24, 1945 Gunther Landt 11./JG53 B-26 Marauder   19:10 -

Luftwaffe Badge

Franz Leuffen

Awards: Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109G-6/R6 'White 4+I' (10/43)

Remarks: JG-53 Chronicles

Luftwaffe Badge

Uffz. Reinicke

Asisbiz database list of 1 aerial victories for Uffz. Reinicke

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
Saturday, July 03, 1943 Reinicke 7./JG53 Spitfire      

Knights Cross

Franz "Nawratil" Schieß (also spelt Schiehs)

Franz "Nawratil" Schieß (also spelt Schiehs) was born on 25 February 1921 at Worth near St Polten in Austria. He participated in the Polish campaign as an Arbeitsdienstmann before transferring to the Luftwaffe and undergoing fighter pilot training. Schie? was posted to JG53, based on the Channel front, on 8 March 1941. Leutnant Schie? was assigned to the Geschwaderstab, where he was appointed Adjutant under the tutelage of Gunther Freiherr von Maltzahn (68 victories, RK-EL). On 22 June 1941, Schie? recorded his first victories on the opening day of Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia, when he shot down a Russian I-153 biplane fighter on a morning mission and a DB-3 twin-engine bomber in the afternoon.

By early August, he had increased his tally to 14. In early August, JG53 were withdrawn from the Eastern front and, following re-equipment, deployed to the Mediterranean theatre. From bases in Sicily, Schie? operated over Malta recording 11 victories, one of which was not confirmed, including his 20th victory, a RAF Spitfire fighter shot down on 18 July 1942. At the end of November, JG53 was operating over Tunisia. Schie? continued his success, gaining a further 13 victories, including his first fourengine bomber, a USAAF B-17 shot down near Bizerte on 29 January 1943 for his 36th victory.

On 16 February 1943, Schie? was appointed Staffelkapitan of 8./JG53. He successfully led the unit through the campaigns in Tunisia, Sicily and Italy. He recorded his 50th victory, a USAAF P-38 twin-engine fighter near Pantelleria, on 21 May. Oberleutnant Schie? was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 21 June for 55 victories. He was then sent on a lengthy leave. Returning to the front in August, Schie? shot down 12 enemy aircraft in 11 days of which seven were P-38 twin-engine fighters. Schie? failed to return from a mission on 2 September 1943. He led a scramble against a USAAF bomber formation over Mt Vesuvius. Schie? attacked the fighter escort and a dogfight developed extending over the sea to the island of Ischia. It is thought that Schie?, in Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 160 022) "Black 1", fell victim to the USAAF P-38 twin-engine fighter escort. "Nawratil" Schie? was credited with 67 victories in 657 missions. He recorded 14 victories over the Eastern front.

Of his 53 victories recorded over the Western front, three were four-engine bombers, 17 were P-38 twin-engine fighters and 18 were Spitfire fighters.

List of aerial victories for Franz 'Nawratil' Schiehs

No Date Time Enemy A/C Type Unit Location / Comments
1 22.6.1941 7:25 I-153 Stab/JG 53 NW Kobryn
2 22.6.1941 16:35 DB-3 Stab/JG 53 Biala Podlaska
3 24.6.1941 10:00 SB-2 Stab/JG 53 NW Kobryn
4 24.6.1941 10:10 SB-2 Stab/JG 53 Kobryn area
5 29.6.1941 19:55 SB-3 Stab/JG 53 Bobruisk
6 6.7.1941 14:05 DB-3 Stab/JG 53 E Polonnoje
7 7.7.1941 6:15 SB-3 Stab/JG 53 E Polonnoye
8 14.7.1941 11:00 SB-3 Stab/JG 53 -
9 20.7.1941 17:52 I-15 Stab/JG 53 Uman area
10 23.7.1941 6:33 I-16 Stab/JG 53 Uman area
11 24.7.1941 11:45 I-16 Stab/JG 53 Uman area
12 25.7.1941 18:14 I-15 Stab/JG 53 NE Belaja-Zerkow
13 26.7.1941 11:00 V-11 Stab/JG 53 Il-2
14 29.7.1941 17:02 SB-3 Stab/JG 53 -
- 25.1.1942 10:49 Hurricane Stab/JG 53 S La Valetta, Malta / not confirmed
15 24.2.1942 16:00 Hurricane Stab/JG 53 Malta / Hurricane (BG771) of 126 Sqn, RAF flown P/O D Tedford, killed
16 15.6.1942 15:15 Beaufighter Stab/JG 53 Linosa Island / Baltimore (AG699) of 69 Sqn, RAF flown by Sgt FW Baun, 2 crew POW
17 7.7.1942 10:47 Spitfire Stab/JG 53 Malta
18 9.7.1942 12:20 Spitfire Stab/JG 53 Malta
19 14.7.1942 10:32 Spitfire Stab/JG 53 5km ENE Zonker Point, Malta
20 18.7.1942 14:33 Spitfire Stab/JG 53 5km NE Comiso
21 26.8.1942 13:17 Spitfire Stab/JG 53 12km N La Valetta, Malta / Spitfire V (EP190) of 229 Sqn, RAF flown by F/O DG Newman, killed
22 11.10.1942 11:24 Spitfire Stab/JG 53 -
23 11.10.1942 14:35 Spitfire Stab/JG 53 Malta
24 17.10.1942 13:40 Spitfire Stab/JG 53 5km N La Valetta, Malta
- 17.11.1942 13:37 Spitfire Stab/JG 53 Bone / not confirmed
25 25.11.1942 12:00 Spitfire Stab/JG 53 5-10km NNW Medjez el Bab
26 3.12.1942 11:41 P-38 Stab/JG 53 S Garaet Achkil
27 4.12.1942 16:04 Boston Stab/JG 53 6km S Jeffna / Bisley of 18 or 614 Sqn, RAF
28 5.12.1942 15:40 P-38 Stab/JG 53 5km NW Djebel Obeid
29 5.12.1942 15:42 P-38 Stab/JG 53 -
30 6.12.1942 15:58 Dragonfly Stab/JG 53 18km S Djebel Obeid
31 18.12.1942 11:08 Spitfire Stab/JG 53 20km W Jaffna
32 2.1.1943 9:07 Spitfire Stab/JG 53 20km E Bone
33 4.1.1943 12:23 P-40 Stab/JG 53 2km NW Protville
34 16.1.1943 13:48 Hurricane Stab/JG 53 35km SW Mateur
35 17.1.1943 14:00 P-38 Stab/JG 53 28km NE Beja
36 29.1.1943 11:10 B-17 Stab/JG 53 15km NE Beja
37 29.1.1943 11:30 P-38 Stab/JG 53 12km SW Mateur
38 26.2.1943 17:02 Spitfire 8./JG 53 40km N La Valetta, Malta
39 25.3.1943 9:44 Spitfire 8./JG 53 NE La Jabatte
40 5.4.1943 19:00 Spitfire 8./JG 53 SW Beja / 800th of III./JG 53
41 11.4.1943 9:59 Spitfire 8./JG 53 3km N Mateur
42 17.4.1943 19:14 Spitfire 8./JG 53 18km N Medjez el Bab
43 18.4.1943 18:07 Spitfire 8./JG 53 24km SW Mateur
44 29.4.1943 16:02 P-38 8./JG 53 3km N Cap Farina
45 8.5.1943 18:45 P-40 8./JG 53 5km E Cape Bon
46 8.5.1943 19:00 P-40 8./JG 53 18km E Kelebia
47 11.5.1943 12:25 B-25 8./JG 53 10km SW Marsala
48 18.5.1943 13:15 P-38 8./JG 53 NW Trapani
49 19.5.1943 13:47 P-38 8./JG 53 36km SW Maréttimo
50 21.5.1943 11:24 P-38 8./JG 53 40km N Pantellaria
51 25.5.1943 11:05 P-38 8./JG 53 30km NW Trapani
52 6.6.1943 6:42 Boston 8./JG 53 20km NW Pantellaria
53 10.6.1943 15:50 P-40 8./JG 53 1km W Pantellaria
54 11.6.1943 15:37 Spitfire 8./JG 53 20km NW Pantellaria
55 25.6.1943 12:13 B-17 8./JG 53 30km S Stromboli
56 19.8.1943 12:20 B-17 8./JG 53 40km SW Benevento
57 20.8.1943 12:43 P-38 8./JG 53 12km S Grazzanise
58 21.8.1943 13:04 B-26 8./JG 53 12km W Capri
59 22.8.1943 12:17 B-26 8./JG 53 50km SW Capri
60 23.8.1943 11:30 Catalina 8./JG 53 40km S Capri
61 26.8.1943 12:52 B-26 8./JG 53 20km NW Palmi
62 26.8.1943 13:37 P-38 8./JG 53 2km W Grazzanise
- 27.8.1943 12:57 B-25 8./JG 53 10km N Benevento / not confirmed
63 27.8.1943 13:11 P-38 8./JG 53 40km S Capua
64 28.8.1943 15:43 P-38 8./JG 53 2km E Albaccora
65 28.8.1943 15:51 P-38 8./JG 53 E Castel Ruggero
66 30.8.1943 12:06 P-38 8./JG 53 SW Castel Volturno
67 30.8.1943 12:15 P-38 8./JG 53 SW Castel Volturno

Victories : 67
Awards : Ehrenpokal (7 September 1942)
Aces of the Luftwaffe - Franz Schiess (Schiehs)
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (23 January 1943)
Ritterkreuz (21 June 1943)
Units : JG53

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Asisbiz Database of 63 aerial victories out of 67 for Franz Schiess

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
25-Jan-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 Hurricane 600m 10.49 S La Valetta
24-Feb-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 Hurricane   16.00  
15-Jun-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 Beaufighter Low Level 15.15 500m Insel Linosa
07-Jul-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 Spitfire   10.47  
09-Jul-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 Spitfire   12.20  
14-Jul-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 Spitfire   10.32 5km ENE Zonker Point
18-Jul-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 Spitfire 4000m 14.33 5km N Comiso
26-Aug-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 Spitfire 8000m 13.17 12km N La Valetta
11-Oct-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 Spitfire   11.24  
11-Oct-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 Spitfire   14.35  
17-Oct-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 Spitfire 500m 13.40 5km N La Valetta
17-Oct-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 Spitfire      
17-Nov-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 Spitfire 300m 13.37 Hafen Bone
25-Nov-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 Spitfire 1500m 12.00 5-10km NNW Medjez-el-Bab
03-Dec-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 P-38 Lightning 6000m 11.41 South of Garaet Achkil
04-Dec-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 A-20 Boston 10m 16.04 6km S Jeffna
05-Dec-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 P-38 Lightning   15.42  
05-Dec-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 P-38 Lightning   15.40 5km NO Djebel Obeid Sicht
06-Dec-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 Dragonfly   15.58 18km S Djebel Obeid Sicht
18-Dec-42 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 Spitfire   11.08 20km W Jaffna Sicht
02-Jan-43 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 Spitfire 2000m 09.07 20km E Bone
04-Jan-43 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 P-40 Warhawk 1000m 12.23 2km NW Protville
16-Jan-43 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 Hurricane 500m 13.48 35km SW Mateur
17-Jan-43 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 P-38 Lightning 7000m 14.00 28km NE Beja
29-Jan-43 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 P-38 Lightning 300m 11.30 12km SW Mateur
29-Jan-43 Franz Schiess Stab /JG53 B-17 Fortress 6000m 11.10 15km NE Beja
26-Feb-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 Spitfire 7000m 17.02 40km N La Valetta
25-Mar-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 Spitfire 4000m 09.44 NE La Jabatte
28-Mar-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 P-38 Lightning      
05-Apr-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 Spitfire 100m 19.00 SW Beja
11-Apr-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 Spitfire 100m 09.59 3km N Mateur
17-Apr-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 Spitfire 2000m 19.14 18km N Medjez el Bab
18-Apr-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 Spitfire Low Level 18.07 24km SW Mateur
29-Apr-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 P-38F Lightning Low Level 16.02 3km N Cap Farina
08-May-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 P-40 Kittyhawk 4000m 18.45 5km E Cape Bon
08-May-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 P-40 Kittyhawk 8000m 19.00 18km E Kelebia
11-May-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 B-25 Mitchell 3000m 12.25 10km SW Marsala
12-May-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 B-17 Fortress      
13-May-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 Spitfire      
18-May-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 P-38 Lightning 5000m 13.15 NW Trapani
19-May-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 P-38 Lightning 4000m 13.47 36km SW Marettimo
21-May-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 P-38 Lightning 1500m 11.24 40km N Pantellaria
25-May-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 P-38 Lightning 100m 11.05 30km NW Trapani
02-Jun-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 Dogfight   KiA Dogfight SSW Ischia
06-Jun-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 A-20 Boston 500m 06.42 20km NW Pantellaria
10-Jun-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 P-40 Kittyhawk 3000m 15.50 1km W Pantellaria
11-Jun-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 Spitfire 3000m 15.37 20km NW Pantellaria
25-Jun-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 B-17F   12.13 30km S Stromboli
19-Aug-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 B-17 Fortress 6500m 12.20 40km SW Benevento
20-Aug-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 P-38 Lightning 3000m 12.43 12km S Grazzanise
21-Aug-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 B-26 Marauder 4000m 13.04 12km W Capri
22-Aug-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 B-26 Marauder 2000m 12.17 50km SW Insel Capri
22-Aug-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 B-26 Marauder      
23-Aug-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 Catalina 100m 11.30 40km S Insel Capri
26-Aug-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 B-26 Marauder 4000m 12.52 20km NW Palmi
26-Aug-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 P-38 Lightning 4000m 13.37 2km W Grazzanise
27-Aug-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 B-25 Mitchell 3000m 12.57 10km N Benevento
27-Aug-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 P-38F Lightning   13.11 40km S Capua
28-Aug-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 P-38F Lightning 200m 15.21 2km E Cabrettara
28-Aug-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 P-38F Lightning 300m 15.43 2km E Albaccora
28-Aug-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 P-38F Lightning 1000m 15.51 E Castel Ruggero
29-Aug-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 P-38 Lightning      
30-Aug-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 P-38 Lightning 3000m 12.06 SW Castel Volturno
30-Aug-43 Franz Schiess 8./JG53 P-38 Lightning 2000m 12.15 SW Castel Volturno

Knights Cross

Günther 'Hupatz' Seeger

Units: 3/JG-2 (2/40), II/JG-2 (12/42), Stab II/JG-53 (11/42), 6/JG-53, 7/JG-53(2/43), Stfkpt 7/JG-53(3/44)

Awards: RK(3/26/44), DK-G(10/29/42), EP(8/9/41), EK 1 & 2, Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pend

Known Aircraft: Bf 109F-4 WNr 7075 (85% dam 10/21/41 in JG-2; pilot WIC), Fw 190A-3 WNr 130536 'Yellow 14' (lost 8/19/42 bailed), Bf 109G-6 'White 3+I (Sciacca, Sicily), Bf 109G-6 'White 13' (5/13/44 crash land-combat), Bf 109G-6 'White 1' (5/24/44 wounded-fighter)

Remarks: WIA 24 May, 1944 during aerial combat with a US fighter. 504 combat missions. All victories in the West. 8 four engine bombers. His first victory, a Morane southwest of Soissons, 8 June, 1940. Nos.2 & 3, both Hurricanes, one SW of Henfield, the other E of Weybridge on 7 September, 1940. His 4th, a Spitfire over the Isle of Wight on 28 November, 1940. His 5th, a Spitfire SE of Calais on 25 June, 1941. His 10th, a Spitfire 15 km N of Calais on 23 July, 1941. Injured in a crash 21 October, 1941 due to engine failure during aerial combat at Blendecques, 2 km south of St. Omer. One known Desert victory, a P-38 on 28 November, 1942. Also in the Desert, he downed a P-40 and two Bostons (A-20's) 30 km southwest of Kairouan on 3 January, 1943. His 48th, a B-17 near Trier on 11 May, 1944. His 50th, a Spitfire 10 km SE of Caen on 2 July, 1944. His 53rd, a P-38 at Jussy, N of Tergnier, on 22 August, 1944. His 54th, a P-47 N of Ramstein on 13 October, 1944. His 55th, an Auster on 7 April, 1945, still in 7/JG-53. His 56th, and last victory, a P-47 on 13 April, 1945. Bowers/Lednicer, 56 victories.

Asisbiz database list of aerial victories for Günther 'Hupatz' Seeger

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
Saturday, June 08, 1940 Gunther Seeger 3./JG2 Morane   21:09 SW Soissons
Saturday, September 07, 1940 Gunther Seeger 3./JG2 Hurricane   18:40 SW Henfield
Saturday, September 07, 1940 Gunther Seeger 3./JG2 Hurricane   18:57 E Weybridge
Thursday, November 28, 1940 Gunther Seeger 3./JG2 Spitfire   15:07 Isle of Wight
Wednesday, June 25, 1941 Gunther Seeger Stab./JG2 Spitfire   12:57 SE Calais
Wednesday, July 02, 1941 Gunther Seeger Stab./JG2 Blenheim 1400m 12:45 S. Paradiere SE Merville
Sunday, July 06, 1941 Gunther Seeger Stab./JG2 Spitfire 5200m 14:45 10km E. Dover
Thursday, July 10, 1941 Gunther Seeger Stab./JG2 Spitfire 3500m 12:15 SE Cassel
Monday, July 21, 1941 Gunther Seeger Stab./JG2 Spitfire 5000m 20:45 5km SE Boulogne
Wednesday, July 23, 1941 Gunther Seeger Stab./JG2 Spitfire 6500m 13:25 15km N. Calais
Wednesday, July 23, 1941 Gunther Seeger Stab./JG2 Spitfire 1200-1300m 20:40 W. Hesdin
Wednesday, July 23, 1941 Gunther Seeger Stab./JG2 Spitfire   20:48 20km SW Berck-sur-Mer
Tuesday, August 12, 1941 Gunther Seeger Stab./JG2 Spitfire 6200m 11:45 10km NNW Calais
Saturday, August 16, 1941 Gunther Seeger Stab./JG2 Spitfire/Hurricane   19:42 10km NNW Calais
Thursday, August 21, 1941 Gunther Seeger Stab./JG2 Spitfire 4500m 10:24 W. Calais
Sunday, August 31, 1941 Gunther Seeger Stab./JG2 Spitfire 6100m 20:08 Le Trait bei Rouen
Saturday, September 20, 1941 Gunther Seeger Stab./JG2 Spitfire 2500m 16:41 Sommemundung
Sunday, September 21, 1941 Gunther Seeger Stab./JG2 Spitfire 3000m 16:42 10km ESE Dover
Monday, October 13, 1941 Gunther Seeger Stab./JG2 Spitfire 5900m 15:40 10km W. Etaples
Wednesday, August 19, 1942 Gunther Seeger 3./JG2 Spitfire 5000m 11:33 4km N. Dieppe 50m
Wednesday, August 19, 1942 Gunther Seeger 3./JG2 Spitfire 200m 07:20 8km N. Dieppe 50m
Wednesday, August 19, 1942 Gunther Seeger 3./JG2 Spitfire 5800m 11:39 Sea 7km N Dieppe
Monday, August 24, 1942 Gunther Seeger 3./JG2 Spitfire 4000m 12:20 18km N. Boulogne
Saturday, October 31, 1942 Gunther Seeger 3./JG2 Spitfire 6300m 18:08 Pl.Qu. 1276/05 Ost
Saturday, November 28, 1942 Gunther Seeger 11./JG2 P-38 Lightning   - -
Wednesday, December 02, 1942 Gunther Seeger 11./JG2 Spitfire   08:31 10km W. Tebourda
Sunday, January 03, 1943 Gunther Seeger 6./JG53 P-40 Kittyhawk 100m 12:21 30km SW Kairouan
Sunday, January 03, 1943 Gunther Seeger 6./JG53 A-20 Boston 100m 12:26 30km SW Kairouan
Sunday, January 03, 1943 Gunther Seeger 6./JG53 A-20 Boston 400m 12:26 30km SW Kairouan
Tuesday, January 05, 1943 Gunther Seeger 6./JG53 Spitfire   12:02 8km W. Jafna
Monday, March 22, 1943 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 B-17 Fortress 8000m 16:03 Cap Vito
Wednesday, March 31, 1943 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 B-25 Mitchell 4500m 13:57 35km NW Gabes 30m
Monday, May 10, 1943 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 P-38 Lightning 7500m 13:57 2km S Haranzeh
Friday, May 21, 1943 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 P-38 Lightning 8000m 12:15 55km SW Marsala
Monday, July 05, 1943 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 11:37 17km S FlPl Gerbini
Tuesday, July 06, 1943 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 Spitfire 800m 15:05 8km NE Ragusa
Monday, July 12, 1943 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 Spitfire 2400m 19:42 1km S Syracuse
Monday, July 12, 1943 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 Spitfire 4000m 19:35 4km W Avola
Monday, July 12, 1943 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 Spitfire 2500m 19:32 4km W Avola
Monday, August 16, 1943 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 B-24 Liberator 6000m 12:50 Forenza
Thursday, August 19, 1943 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 12:15 25km SW Foggia
Friday, August 20, 1943 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 P-38 Lightning 6800m 12:35 5km NE Marsa
Sunday, August 22, 1943 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 B-26 Marauder 5500m 12:22 60km SW Insel Capri
Wednesday, November 10, 1943 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7500m 11:55 15km N Firenze (Frient)
Thursday, December 16, 1943 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 P-38 Lightning 7500m 12:30 30km SE Padua
Saturday, January 29, 1944 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 B-26 Marauder 5500m 14:21 -
Saturday, April 29, 1944 Gunther Seeger 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 11:10 HB-2 (SW Konigslutter)
Thursday, May 11, 1944 Gunther Seeger 4./JG53 B-17 Fortress 6000m 18:46 Raum Trier
Monday, June 12, 1944 Gunther Seeger 4./JG53 B-24 Liberator 6000m 10:21 DR-1 (NW Rennes)
Tuesday, June 13, 1944 Gunther Seeger 4./JG53 B-24 Liberator   10:21  
Sunday, July 02, 1944 Gunther Seeger 4./JG53 Spitfire 5000m 15:16 10km SE Caen
Sunday, July 09, 1944 Gunther Seeger Stab II./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt   13:31 10km SW Caen
Sunday, July 09, 1944 Gunther Seeger Stab II./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 5000m 13:30 10km SW Caen
Tuesday, August 22, 1944 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 P-38 Lightning 5500m 19:27 SG 2 (Jussy N. Tergnier)
Friday, October 13, 1944 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt 2000m 15:44 SQ-9 (N Ramstein)
Saturday, April 07, 1945 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 Auster   16:09 -
Friday, April 13, 1945 Gunther Seeger 7./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt   18:35 -

luftwaffe.cz database list of 56 aerial victories for Günther 'Hupatz' Seeger

No Date Time Enemy A/C Type Unit Location / Comments
1 8.6.1940 21:09 Morane 3./JG 2 SW Soissons
2 7.9.1940 18:40 Spitfire 3./JG 2 SW Heyfield
3 7.9.1940 18:57 Spitfire 3./JG 2 E Heybridge
4 28.11.1940 15:07 Spitfire 3./JG 2 Isle of Wight
5 25.6.1941 12:57 Spitfire Stab/JG 2 SE Calais
6 2.7.1941 12:45 Blenheim Stab/JG 2 SE Merville
7 6.7.1941 14:45 Spitfire Stab/JG 2 10km E Dover
8 10.7.1941 12:15 Spitfire Stab/JG 2 SE Cassel
9 21.7.1941 20:45 Spitfire Stab/JG 2 5km SE Boulogne
10 23.7.1941 13:25 Spitfire Stab/JG 2 15km N Calais
11 23.7.1941 20:40 Spitfire Stab/JG 2 W Hesdin
12 23.7.1941 20:48 Hurricane Stab/JG 2 20km W Berck
13 12.8.1941 11:45 Spitfire Stab/JG 2 10km NNW Calais
14 16.8.1941 19:42 Hurricane Stab/JG 2 10km NW Calais
15 21.8.1941 10:24 Spitfire Stab/JG 2 W Calais
16 31.8.1941 20:08 Spitfire Stab/JG 2 Le Trait
17 20.9.1941 16:41 Spitfire Stab/JG 2 Somme Estuary
18 21.9.1941 16:42 Spitfire Stab/JG 2 10km ESE Dover
19 13.10.1941 15:40 Spitfire Stab/JG 2 10km W Etaples
20 19.8.1942 7:15 Spitfire 3./JG 2 5km N Dieppe
21 19.8.1942 11:33 Spitfire 3./JG 2 4km N Dieppe
22 19.8.1942 11:39 Spitfire 3./JG 2 7km N Dieppe
23 24.8.1942 12:20 Spitfire 3./JG 2 18km N Boulogne
24 31.10.1942 18:08 Spitfire 3./JG 2 1276/05 Ost
25 28.11.1942 - P-38 6./JG 53 Off Bizerte
26 2.12.1942 8:31 Spitfire 6./JG 53 -
27 3.1.1943 12:21 Spitfire 6./JG 53 30km S Kairouan / P-40 of USAAF
28 3.1.1943 12:26 Boston 6./JG 53 30km S Kairouan / A-20 of USAAF
29 3.1.1943 12:26 Boston 6./JG 53 30km S Kairouan / A-20 of USAAF
30 5.1.1943 12:02 Spitfire 6./JG 53 8km W. Jafna
31 22.3.1943 16:03 B-17 7./JG 53 Cap Vito
32 31.3.1943 13:27 B-25 7./JG 53 35km NW Gabes
33 10.5.1943 13:57 P-38 7./JG 53 2km S Haranzeh
34 21.5.1943 12:15 P-38 7./JG 53 55km SW Marsala
35 5.7.1943 11:37 B-17 7./JG 53 17km S Gerbini
36 6.7.1943 15:05 Spitfire 7./JG 53 8km NE Ragusa
37 12.7.1943 19:32 Spitfire 7./JG 53 4km W Avola
38 12.7.1943 19:35 Spitfire 7./JG 53 4km W Avola
39 12.7.1943 19:42 Spitfire 7./JG 53 1km S Syracuse
40 16.8.1943 12:50 B-24 7./JG 53 Forenza
41 19.8.1943 12:15 B-17 7./JG 53 25km SW Foggia
42 20.8.1943 12:35 P-38 7./JG 53 5km NE Marsa
43 22.8.1943 12:22 B-26 7./JG 53 60km SW Insel Capri
44 10.11.1943 11:55 B-17 7./JG 53 15km N Firenze
45 16.12.1943 12:30 P-38 7./JG 53 30km SE Padua
46 29.1.1944 14:21 B-26 7./JG 53 -
47 29.4.1944 11:10 B-17 4./JG 53 SW Königslutter
48 11.5.1944 18:46 B-17 4./JG 53 Trier area
49 12.6.1944 10:21 B-24 4./JG 53 30km NE Rennes
50 2.7.1944 15:16 Spitfire 4./JG 53 10km SSE Caen
51 9.7.1944 13:30 P-47 4./JG 53 10km SW Caen
52 9.7.1944 13:31 P-47 4./JG 53 10km SW Caen
53 22.8.1944 19:27 P-38 7./JG 53 15km NW Fere-en-Tardenois
54 13.10.1944 15:44 P-47 7./JG 53 N Ramstein
55 7.4.1945 16:09 Auster 7./JG 53 Bad Mergentheim area
56 13.4.1945 18:35 P-47 7./JG 53 Baden-Baden area
  • Victories : 56
  • Awards : Ehrenpokal (9 August 1941)
  • Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (29 October 1942)
  • Ritterkreuz (26 March 1944)
  • Units : JG 2, JG 53

Luftwaffe Badge

Martin von Vacano

Units: Stfkpt 9/JG-53 (5/43)

Awards: EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109G-4/Trop 'Yellow 6+I' (Italy)

Remarks: One known victory in Sicily, a P-38 30 km northwest of Trapani on 25 May, 1943. His 2nd, a Spitfire 40 km northeast of Pantellaria on 11 June, 1943. His 3rd, a B-24 5 km south of Fossiata, Italy on 16 August, 1943. His 4th, a B-26 at Velletri on 23 May, 1944. His 5th, a B-17 SW of Lüneburg on 24 August, 1944. His 6th & 7th, a P-51 and a P-47 on 23 February, 1945. His 8th victory, a P-47 on 23 March, 1945.

Asisbiz database list of 8 aerial victories for Martin von Vacano

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
Tuesday, May 25, 1943 Martin von Vacano 9./JG53 P-38 Lightning Low Level 10:55 30km NW Trapani
Friday, June 11, 1943 Martin von Vacano 9./JG53 Spitfire 600m 10:45 40km NE Pantellaria
Monday, August 16, 1943 Martin von Vacano 9./JG53 B-24 Liberator 5000m 12:55 5km S Fossiata (Potenza)
Tuesday, May 23, 1944 Martin von Vacano 9./JG53 B-26 Marauder 4000m 10:24 KF 5 (Velletri)
Thursday, August 24, 1944 Martin von Vacano 9./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 11:15 DA (SW Luneburg)
Friday, February 23, 1945 Martin von Vacano 9./JG53 P-51 Mustang   - -
Friday, February 23, 1945 Martin von Vacano 9./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt   - -
Friday, March 23, 1945 Martin von Vacano 9./JG53 P-47 Thunderbolt   - -

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Herbert Maxis

Awards: Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109G-14/AS WNr 784993 'White 13' (lost)

Remarks: KIA 1 January, 1945 in the attack on Metz airfield where 22 P-47's of 365th (Hell Hawk's) FG were destroyed. One month after the operation, his crashsite was found near Saarlouis.

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Alfred Michel

Awards: Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109G-6 'Blue 2'

Remarks: POW 1 Jan., 1945. On his approach to the target, Frescaty airfield, he developed engine trouble and crashed 'Blue 2' near Waldweisdorf. He had just come from the training school the day before Christmas and became a prisoner on his first and last mission!

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Fritz R.G. Müller

Units: 8./JG-53 (3/42), 7./JG-53 (3/44), 10./JG-53 (8/44), 11./JG-7 (2/45), EKdo 262, III./JG-7

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

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E, F & G-6 in JG-53, Me 262A-1a WNr 500491 & WNr 170059 (later to KG-51)

Remarks: While in III/JG-7 on 4 April, 1945, he shot down a B-24 'TrounbleNMind' of the 448BG flown by Capt. John M. Ray, using the deadly R4M air-to-air missles. Six of the crew parachuted safely. The B-24 split in two. Magnus Report. His 262 (actually the mount of Oblt Heinz Arnold) is on display at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.. His first victory believed to be a Spitfire over Malta on 22 March, 1942. His 8th, a Spitfire 15 km E of Mantua on 17 February, 1944. Victories 9, 10, & 11, three Spitfires in the Pomezia area on 19 February, 1944. His 12th, a P-38 at Cassino on 15 March, 1944. His 14th, a Spitfire S of Anzio on 29 March, 1944. His 17th, a B-17 SW of Lüneburg on 24 August, 1944. An 18th, a Mosquito in the Salzburg area on 26 November, 1944. 6 victories in the Me 262. One known Me 262 victory, a B-17 NW of Dresden on 21 March, 1945. A 2nd, a B-24 near Lüneburg on 25 March, 1945. His 20th, a B-24 S of Bremen on 4 April, 1945. A P-47 on 9 April, 1945. His 22nd, a B-17 W of Prag, over Elbschleife, on 17 April, 1945.

Asisbiz database list 1 out of 22 aerial victories for Fritz R.G. Müller

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
24-Aug-44 Fritz Muller 10./JG53 B-17 Fortress 7000m 11.17 DA (SW Luneburg) Film C. 2025/I Anerk: Nr.226

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  • BF 109 G/K: v. 2 (Monographs) Paperback – December 15, 2009 by Krzysztof Janowicz (Author)
  • Messerschmitt Bf 109F (Top Colors Series KG15019) Paperback – March, 2011 by Maciej Góralczyk (Author)
  • Luftwaffe Over Sevastopol (Air Battles) Paperback – January, 2010 by Marek Murawski (Author)
  • Luftwaffe over the Far North Part 1 (Minitopcolors) Paperback – February, 2013 by Maciej Góralczyk (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/