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Gunther Scholz

Victories : 22
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Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis

After seeing action in the Spanish campaign, Gunther Scholz flew with 7./JG54 in Poland and France, and during the Battle of Britain. Transferring to the Eastern Front he flew with III./JG5 from February 1942, later with Geschwaderstab JG5. In July 1944 he was posted to Norway. Scholz was awarded the Iron Cross I and finished the war with 33 victories.


Latest Axis Aviation Artwork !
 Austrian-born Walter Nowotny was one of Germany's highest scoring aces of WWII with 258 victories to his credit, three of them flying the Messerschmitt Me.262. He is depicted here flying White 8 of Kommando Nowotny based at Achmer, Germany in 1944. He was killed in action later that year following a fraught combat with US fighters during the Defence of the Reich.

White 8 - Walter Nowotny by Ivan Berryman.
 The highest scoring fighter pilot of all time with a confirmed tally of 352 victories, Erich Hartmann is depicted getting airborne from a snowy airstrip in Czechoslovakia, late in 1944 in a Bf109G-6 of 6./JG 52.

Erich Hartmann - The Ace of Aces by Ivan Berryman.
 The Junkers Ju.287 V1 bomber prototype was a typical example of Germany's research into advanced aerodynamics at the end of World War II. Featuring forward swept wings and four Jumo 004B-1 Orkan axial-flow turbojets, this extraordinary aircraft made several successful flights before the project was curtailed by the war's end. RS+RA is shown on a test flight, carrying a cine camera in front of the fin to record airflow by means of wool tufts glued to the wings and fuselage sides. The characteristics of forward swept wings are only now being re-evaluated, 70 years after Junkers' first tentative steps into the unknown.

A New Shape in the Sky by Ivan Berryman. (P)
 Messerschmitt Bf109E-7Bs belonging to III./JG27, during the Balkan Campaign of 1941.  The yellow and white painted areas were used as recognition markings, so that they were not fired upon by friendly ground units during their low-level sorties.

Messerschmitt Bf109E-7/Bs by Jerry Boucher.

Gunther Scholz

Squadrons for : Gunther Scholz
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Gunther Scholz. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
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JG26

Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG26

Jagdgeschwader 26 Schlageter was a Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II. It operated mainly in Western Europe against Great Britain, France and the United States but also saw service against Russia. It was named after Albert Leo Schlageter, a World War I veteran and Freikorps member arrested and executed by the French for sabotage in 1923.

Commanders of II. Gruppe JG 26

Hptm. Werner Palm, 1 May 1939 27 June 1939
Hptm Herwig Knppel, 28 June 1939 19 May 1940
Hptm Karl Ebbighausen, 20 May 1940 31 May 1940
Hptm. Erich Noack, 1 June 1940 24 July 1940
Hptm Karl Ebbighausen, 25 July 1940 16 August 1940
Hptm Erich Bode, 17 August 1940 3.10.40
Hptm Walter Adolph, 4 October 1940 18 September 1941
Hptm Joachim Mncheberg, 19 September 1941 21 July 1942
Hptm Conny Meyer, 22 July 1942 2 January 1943
Maj Wilhelm-Ferdinand Galland, 3 January 43 17 August 1943
Hptm Hans Naumann, 18 August 1943 8 September 1943
ObLt Johannes Seifert, 9 September 1943 25 November 1943
Maj Wilhelm Gth, 26 November 1943 1 March 1944
Hptm Hans Naumann, 2 March 1944 28 June 1944
Hptm Emil Lang, 29 June 1944 3 September 1944
Hptm Georg-Peter Eder, 4 September 1944 8 October 1944
Maj Anton Hackl, 9 October 1944 29 January 45
ObLt Waldemar Radener, 30 January 1945 22 February 1945
Hptm Paul Schauder, 23 February 1945 1 May 1945

JG5

Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG5

Eismeer was a Luftwaffe fighter Wing that served during World War II. As the name Eismeer (Ice Sea) implies, it was created to operate in the far North of Europe, namely Norway, Scandinavia and northern parts of Finland, all nearest the Arctic Ocean. Just over two dozen fighter aircraft that once served with JG 5 during the war still survive in the 21st century, more than from any other combat wing of any of the Axis air forces of World War II.

JG54

Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG54

I./JG 54 was initially formed as I./JG 70 near Nuremberg in July 1939, just two short months before hostilities broke out. As was to become tradition within Grunherzgeschwader, the Gruppe took the Nurember coat-of-arms (a veritcally divided shield with a black heraldic bird on the left, and red and white diagonal stripes on the right) to represent the region the unit came from.

On September 15, 1939, I./JG 70 was redesignated I./JG 54

The initial unit designation for II./JG 54 was I./JG 138. This unit was raised in 1938 after the Austrian annexation. Naturally many Austrian nationals were recruited when I./JG 138 was formed. The Aspern coat of arms (black lion's head surmounting a white cross on a red field) was taken by the Gruppe for its identity.

I./JG 138 was briefly designated I./JG 76 before finally becoming II./JG 54 on April 6, 1940.

The III./JG 54 has its roots in Prussia. Initially I./JG 21, the members were drawn from the Jesau region in Prussia. The modified Jesau coat-of-arms (a shield with a Jesau cross with three diving aircraft on a red background, with a white outline on the shield) was adopted as the Gruppe's own.

On July 15, 1939, I./JG 21 was redesignated III./JG 54. However, the bureaucratic nature of the young Luftwaffe was such that it was over a year before records would reflect the new designation. Consequently, III./JG 54 fought in Poland and France as I./JG 21.


Kommodoren of JG 54 :

Major Martin Mettig; 2 Feb 40 to 25 Aug 40.
Oberst Hannes Trautloft; 25 Aug 40 to 5 Jul 43.
Major Hubertus von Bonin; 6 Jul 43 to 15 Dec 43.
Oberstleutnant Anton Mader; 28 Jan 44 to Sep 44.
Oberst Dieter Hrabak; 1 Oct 44 to 8 May 45.

Known Victory Claims - Gunther Scholz

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

19/08/1938Ltn. Gnther Scholz3J/88Rata--Spanish Civil War
13/05/1940Oblt. Gnther Scholz1JG 21CurtissE. Lwen: 3500m6.4Western Front
20/05/1940Oblt. Gnther Scholz1JG 21Morane 406W. Pronne: 2000m18.22Western Front
26/05/1940Oblt. Gnther Scholz1JG 21CurtissLens-Douai: 3000-3500m9.06Western Front
26/05/1940Oblt. Gnther Scholz1JG 21CurtissRaum Lens-Douai9.16Western Front
25/08/1940Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54SpitfireW. Folkestone: 7500m20.1Western Front
28/08/1940Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54Hurricane-17.2Western Front
02/09/1940Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54Spitfire-13.35Western Front
28/09/1940Oblt. Gnther ScholzStab III.JG 54Spitfire-11.07Western Front
23/06/1941Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54SB-2-11.5Eastern Front
30/06/1941Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54DB-3-12.1Eastern Front
30/06/1941Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54DB-3-12.12Eastern Front
30/06/1941Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54DB-3-12.14Eastern Front
06/07/1941Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54SB-3E. Ostrow10Eastern Front
06/07/1941Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54SB-3E. Ostrow10.07Eastern Front
07/07/1941Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54SB-3-15.4Eastern Front
07/07/1941Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54SB-3-15.41Eastern Front
10/07/1941Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54SB-3E. Pleskau9.15Eastern Front
12/07/1941Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54DB-3-16Eastern Front
14/07/1941Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54I-16 Rata-3.3Eastern Front
21/07/1941Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54SB-3-20.55Eastern Front
01/08/1941Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54DB-3-19.05Eastern Front
19/09/1941Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54I-153-14Eastern Front
26/09/1941Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54I-18-16.07Eastern Front
30/09/1941Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54I-153-15.4Eastern Front
04/10/1941Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54I-18-8.35Eastern Front
11/10/1941Oblt. Gnther Scholz7JG 54I-26-11.1Eastern Front
06/02/1942Hptm. Gnther ScholzStab III.JG 5Curtiss P-4037 Ost/20 882: 4000m11.1Eastern Front
06/02/1942Hptm. Gnther ScholzStab III.JG 5Curtiss P-4037 Ost/20 882: 4000m11.1Eastern Front
18/05/1942Hptm. Gnther ScholzStab III.JG 5Hurricane-10.25Eastern Front
14/07/1942Hptm. Gnther ScholzStab III.JG 5HurricaneMurmansk: 4500m12.35Eastern Front
12/08/1942Hptm. Gnther ScholzStab III.JG 5MiG-129 12: 4000m14.3Eastern Front
26/06/1943Fw. Gnther Scholz5JG 26P-4720km N. Neufchtel: 2500m19Western Front
18/08/1943Major Gnther ScholzStab III.JG 5KittyhawkW. Kap Korabelnyj: 1000m16.24Eastern Front

Known Claims : 34

Aviation History Timeline : 18th December
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
18December1941Feldwebel Gerhard Kppen of 7./Jagdgeschwader 52 was awarded the Knight's Cross
18December1941Hauptmann Theodor Triebe of 1./Flak-Regiment 7 was awarded the Knight's Cross
18December1941Oberleutnant Matthias Schwegler of I./Kampfgeschwader 51 was awarded the Knight's Cross
18December1944Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O D. M. Crook of 609 Squadron, was Killed.
18December1959Gerald Maxwell, a WW1 Ace with 21.00 victories, died on this day
18December1982Hans Hahn, a WW2 Ace with 108.00 victories, died on this day
18December1982Hans Rudel, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
18December1982Hans-Ulrich Rudel, a WW2 Ace with 11.00 victories, died on this day
18December1982Knight's Cross recipient Hans-Ulrich Rudel of 9./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 died on this day
18December2007Lawrence ONeill, a WW2 Ace with 5.00 victories, died on this day
18December2008Air Commodore Peter Brothers CBE, DSO, DFC*, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
18December2008Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. P. M. Brothers of 32 & 257 Squadrons, Passed away.
18December2008Peter Brothers, a WW2 Ace with 15.00 victories, died on this day

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