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Gunther Scholz - Pilot Profile - Gunther Scholz

Gunther Scholz

Victories : 22
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.

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 The Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 54 Erich Rudorffer is depicted in Fw190A-6 'Black Double Chevron' over the misty forests of Finland in June 1944. Credited with 222 aerial victories, he survived being shot down no less than sixteen times and survived the war until eventually passing away in 2016 aged 98.

Erich Rudorffer by Ivan Berryman.
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Gunther Rall by Ivan Berryman. (P)
 Walter Wolfrum, a Knight's Cross winning German WW2 Ace with 137 victories, in his Bf109G.

Walter Wolfrum by Ivan Berryman. (P)
 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.

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.


Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

Click the name above to see prints featuring aircraft of 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


Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

Click the name above to see prints featuring aircraft of 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.


Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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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









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 : 18th March
18March1918A McCudden, a WW1 Ace with 11.00 victories, died on this day
18March1919Orazio Pierozzi, a WW1 Ace with 7.00 victories, died on this day
18March1920Franz Buchner, a WW1 Ace with 40.00 victories, died on this day
18March1942Hauptmann Georg Christl of III./Zerstörergeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
18March1942Leutnant Hans Strelow of 5./Jagdgeschwader 51 was awarded the Knight's Cross
18March1942Oberfeldwebel Heinrich Orth of 4./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment was awarded the Knight's Cross
18March1942Oberleutnant of the Reserves Heinrich Krafft of 3./Jagdgeschwader 51 was awarded the Knight's Cross
18March1942Oberleutnant of the Reserves Johannes Kiel of I./Zerstörergeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
18March1943Hauptmann Heinz Schumacher of 10./Jagdgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
18March1945Hans Waldmann, a WW2 Ace with 134.00 victories, died on this day
18March1945Hauptmann Rudolf Kramer of Kampfgeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
18March1945Knight's Cross recipient Hans Waldmann of 6./Jagdgeschwader 52 died on this day
18March1958G Olley, a WW1 Ace with 13.00 victories, died on this day
18March2008John Curry, a WW2 Ace with 7.00 victories, died on this day

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