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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 !
The Luftwaffe had done everything in its power to pummel London into submission but they failed. By the end of September 1940 their losses were mounting. For weeks since the early days of September, London had been the main target for the Luftwaffe and during that time Luftwaffe High Command had grown increasingly despondent as their losses steadily mounted. Far from being on the brink of collapse RAF Fighter Command, though vastly outnumbered, had shown an incredible resilience. The fighting had reached a dramatic climax on Sunday 15th September when, bloodied and bruised, the Luftwaffe had lost the upper hand on a day of intense combat that had culminated with a humiliating retreat. Almost every day that had passed since then had seen the Luftwaffe do everything in its power to pummel London and regain the initiative, but the daylight raids were becoming increasingly costly. On Friday 27th September, 80 days after the Battle of Britain had officially begun, the Luftwaffe came once more, this time concentrating on the fastest bombers they had - Ju88s and Bf110s. And they came in force, principally targeting London and Bristol. Anthony Saunders' superb painting depicts one of these raids, this time by bombers from KG77 as they head over the Medway Estuary, east of the City of London, in an attempt to attack the capital's warehouses and docks. Among the many units defending the capital that day was 92 Squadron from Biggin Hill and Anthony portrays the Spitfire of Pilot Officer Geoffrey Wellum in his dramatic piece. With a deft flick of the rudder Wellum banks his fighter away to port seconds after sharing in the destruction of a Ju88. It was just one of more than 50 German aircraft destroyed by the RAF during the day.
Decisive Blow by Anthony Saunders.
 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1As of No.610 (County of Chester) Sqn RAAF, intercept incoming Heinkel 111H-16s of the 9th Staffel, Kampfgeschwader 53 Legion Condor during the big daylight raids on London of August and September 1940 - the climax of the Battle of Britain.  Spitfire N3029 (DW-K) was shot down by a Bf109 on the 5th of September 1940 and crash-landed near Gravesend, Kent, thankfully without injury to Sgt Willcocks, the pilot.  For the record, N3029 was rebuilt and, following some brief flying in the UK, was sent overseas by convoy to the Middle East.  Ironically, the ship carrying this aircraft was torpedoed en route and both ship and all its cargo were lost.

Close Encounter by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Posted to 64 Squadron on 1st July 1940, </a>the tragically short relationship of Sub Lt F Dawson Paul with the Spitfire was crammed with victories.  He immediately shared a Dornier Do17 off Beachy Head and, just four days later claimed a Messerschmitt Bf.109.  Further kills were confirmed over the next two weeks, among them five Bf.110s and another Do.17. His final victory was a Bf.109 on 25th, but on this day he fell to the guns of the German ace Adolf Galland.  Dawson Paul was rescued from the English Channel by a German E-boat, but died of his wounds five days later as a prisoner of war.

The Longest July by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Squadron Leader H C Sawyer is depicted here flying his 65 Sqn Spitfire Mk.1a R6799 (YT-D) in the skies above Kent on 31st July 1940 at the height of the Battle of Britain.  Chasing him is Major Hans Trubenbach of 1 Gruppe, Lehrgeschwader 2 in his Messerschmitt Vf109E-3 (Red 12) . The encounter lasted eight minutes with both pilots surviving.

High Pursuit by Ivan Berryman. (PC)

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

Known Claims : 34

Aviation History Timeline : 27th July
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
27July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O P. A. N. Cox of 501 Squadron, was Killed.
27July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. R. Buchanan of 609 Squadron, was Killed.
27July1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. S. H. J. Shirley of 604 Squadron, was Killed.
27July1941Hauptmann Richard Leppla of III./Jagdgeschwader 51 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1941Major Hannes Trautloft of Jagdgeschwader 54 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1941Oberleutnant Hans Kolbow of 5./Jagdgeschwader 51 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1941Oberleutnant Robert Olejink of 4./Jagdgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. T. A. Mccann of 601 Squadron, was Killed.
27July1943Fritz Dinger, a WW2 Ace with 67.00 victories, died on this day
27July1943Josef Jennewein, a WW2 Ace with 86.00 victories, died on this day
27July1943Knight's Cross recipient Fritz Dinger of 4./Jagdgeschwader 53 died on this day
27July1943Knight's Cross recipient Josef Jennewein of 1./Jagdgeschwader 51 died on this day
27July1944Fahnenjunker-Feldwebel Erich Handke of IV./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Fahnenjunker-Feldwebel Hans-Joachim Birkner of 9./Jagdgeschwader 52 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Fahnenjunker-Feldwebel Herbert Bachnick of 9./Jagdgeschwader 52 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel Bernhard Vechtel of 10./Jagdgeschwader 51 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel Helmut Dörries of 2.(F)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 123 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt F. W. Shepherd of 264 Squadron, was Killed.
27July1944Hauptmann Friedrich-Karl Müller of 1./Nachtjagdgeschwader 10 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Hauptmann Gerhard Sommer of 4./Jagdgeschwader 11 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Hauptmann Heinz-Martin Hadeball of I./Nachtjagdgeschwader 6 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Hauptmann Horst-Günther von Fassong of III./Jagdgeschwader 11 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Hauptmann Martin Drewes of III./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Leutnant Franz Ruhl of 4./Jagdgeschwader 3 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Leutnant Friedrich Rumpelhardt of IV./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Leutnant Hans Weik of 10./Jagdgeschwader 3 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Leutnant Walter Wolfrum of 5./Jagdgeschwader 52 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Major Walter Borchers of Nachtjagdgeschwader 5 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Oberfeldwebel Franz Hettinger of Stabsstaffel/Schlachtgeschwader 77 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Oberfeldwebel Hans Liebherr of II./Nachtjagdgeschwader 4 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Oberfeldwebel Wilhelm Gänsler of Stabsstaffel IV./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Oberleutnant Dietrich Schmidt of 8./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Oberleutnant Ernst Andres of Stabsstaffel/Kampfgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Oberleutnant Heinz Rökker of 2./Nachtjagdgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Oberleutnant Hermann Greiner of 11./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Oberleutnant Richard Anders of 11(H)/Nahaufklärungs-Gruppe 12 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Oberleutnant Rudolf Smola of 5./Schlachtgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1944Oberleutnant Werner Baake of 3./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
27July1973Edward Rickenbacker, a WW1 Ace with 26.00 victories, died on this day

 

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