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Hugo Dahmer

Victories : 57
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Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : 1st August 2008

This pilot scored 5 or more victories during the Battle of Britain, 10th July - 31st October 1940.

Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross
Knights
Cross

Hugo Dahmer . Flying with Adolf Galland's 6./JG26, Hugo Dahmer was one of II Gruppe's most successful pilots. By Feb 1941 Hugo Dahmer had in total 12 victories, built up during the Battles in France and Britain. He then served in Norway with 1./JG77 Dahmer was awarded the Knight's Cross during the invasion of Russia. For a short while back with JG26, then III./JG2. He scored 57 victories, flying a total of 309 missions. Hugo Dahmer passed away on 1st August 2008.

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Latest Axis Aviation Artwork !
 Fiat CR.42 'Falco' belonging to 162a Squadriglia, 161ø Gruppo, Regia Aeronautica.  The unit badge bears the words <i>Varda che te sbrego!</i> - 'Beware - I'll tear you open!'.

Fiat CR.42 'Falco' by Jerry Boucher.
 It is a record likely to stand for all time, Erich Hartmann's tally of 352 victories is more than any other pilot in history.  Posted to JG52 over Russia in August 1942 his new Kommodore, Dieter Hrabak, placed the novice pilot under the guidance of Paule Rossman, one of the unit's most experienced and respected Aces.  However, during his very first combat Hartmann became so disorientated that he got lost in cloud and ran out of fuel.  His undoubted skill as a pilot enabled him to survive the inevitable crash-landing, but a few days later and just minutes after scoring his first ever victory, he was shot down - again crash-landing. This time he only just escaped from his burning aircraft before it exploded.  Any other new pilot might have succumbed but Hartmann was made of sterner stuff and , with Rossman's help and guidance, it was not long before everyone in JG52 realised that he possessed exceptional skill.  By the summer of 1943 <i>the Blond Knight</i> and his colleagues were flying up to six missions a day and having now perfected his technique, it was unusual for him to finish a day without a victory.  Never claiming to be an expert marksman, his approach, which took nerves of steel and great flying skills, was to get as close to his enemy as possible before opening fire at the last minute.  Often flying head on, the risks of collision and damage were great - of the sixteen times Hartmann was brought down, eight were as a result of flying into the debris of his victim!  Hartmann's 352 victories were achieved with JG52 - all except one.  It happened during a brief two week spell at the beginning of February 1945 when the top Ace was placed in temporary command of I./JG53.  His new unit were based in Hungary where German Army Group South was in bitter retreat and the fighting was as tough and relentless as ever.  <i>The Blond Knight</i>portrays Erich Hartmann climbing out of his Bf109 G-6 at Weszperem's snow-covered airfield after returning from another arduous mission leading Stab I./JG53 with whom, on 4th February he downed a Yak-9.  It was his 337th victory.

The Blond Knight by Robert Taylor.
 Those Aces with over 100 victories were exceptional.  To reach 200 victories was a spectacular achievement.  Yet two men went even further and accomplished a feat that will never be repeated - both of them shot down more than 300 enemy aircraft which placed them in a league of their own.  They were the elite of the elite, and their names are legendary - Erich Hartmann and Gerhard Barkhorn.  It is no surprise that these iconic Aces scored their victories whilst flying with the legendary fighter wing JG52.  Active from the beginning of the war, the unit fought in the Battle of France, but suffered terrible losses during the Battle of Britain before transferring to the Eastern Front at the outset of Operation Barbarossa, and it was here that it solidified its fearsome reputation.  Operating the Bf109 throughout the war, the Geschwader boasted some of the greatest Luftwaffe pilots of world war two among its ranks - including the top three Aces of all time.  Such renowned pilots as Gunther Rall (275 victories), Wilhelm Batz (237 victories), Hermann Graf (212 victories) and Helmut Lipfert (203 victories) helped this formidable unit notch up more than 10,000 victories, making it the most successful fighter wing in history.  <i>Hunters at Dawn</i> features Hptm. Gerhard Barkhorn, Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG52.  The great Ace, flying his Bf109 G-6, leads the Stab as they climb out from their base near the Black Sea, early November 1943.  The crisp air of day break is temporarily punctuated by the roar of Daimler-Benz engines as the deadly Messerschmitt fighters set off on their daily hunt for Soviet aircraft over the front line.

Hunters at Dawn by Robert Taylor.
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.

Hugo Dahmer

Squadrons for : Hugo Dahmer
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Hugo Dahmer. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
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JG2


Country : Germany
Founded : 1st May 1939
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG2

Jagdgeschwader 2 was formed from parts of Jagdgeschwader 131 Richthofen on 1 May 1939 in Döberitz and its first commander was Oberst Robert Ritter von Greim. At the outbreak of the war JG 2 was tasked with defence of the Reich and based in the Berlin area under Luftgaukommando III. Stab and II. Gruppe were equipped with the Bf 109E and were located at Döberitz with 10.(N) staffel flying the Bf 109D in Straussberg.

10.(N) Staffel was one of the first night fighter units formed in the Luftwaffe. Later this staffel was expanded into IV.(N) Gruppe. This Gruppe gained the Luftwaffe’s first night kill over the RAF Bomber Command on the night of 25/26 on April 1940 when Ofw Förster shot down a Handley Page Hampden.

The unit saw little combat until the Western offensive against France and the Low Countries from 10 May 1940 onwards. During the campaign against France, JG 2 was tasked with escorting raids and defending German airspace to the south of Heinz Guderian's Panzer forces which were encircling the French and the British Expeditionary Force further north. Leutnant Helmut Wick, who later became part of a trio of outstanding aces (including Adolf Galland from Jagdgeschwader 26 (JG 26) and Werner Mölders from Jagdgeschwader 51 (JG 51)) in the Battle of Britain, attained his first and the Geschwader's second kill on 22 November 1939, a French Curtiss Hawk Model 75. The first victory for the JG 2 was scored by Oberfeldwebel Kley (3. Staffel) at the same day.

JG 2 took part in the Battle of Britain, operating Bf 109Es over the South Coast of England and the English Channel from bases in Cherbourg and Normandy. Major Helmut Wick emerged as one of the Battle’s top Luftwaffe aces, claiming 31 kills for a personal total of 56, before being killed (MIA) in action versus Spitfires of No. 609 Squadron in November 1940. Wick was seen to bail out successfully but was not found by German Air/Sea Rescue attempts. The Spitfire who dispatched him was immediately shot down by Oberleutnant Rudolf Pflanz. Ofw. Schnell, Ofw. Machold and Olt. Hans Assi Hahn also claimed heavily during this period, with 16 kills each. Some 42 JG 2 pilots were killed or made POW during the battle.

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

JG77


Country : Germany
Founded : May 1939
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG77

Herz As (Ace of Hearts) was a Luftwaffe fighter wing during World War II. It served in all the German theaters of war, from Western Europe to the Eastern Front, and from the high north in Norway to the Mediterranean.

JG 77 was formed in May 1939 with I. and II. Gruppe. III./JG 77 was formed on 5 July 1940 in Trondheim from the II(J)./JG 186. I./ JG 77 was reorganized on 21 November 1940 into IV./JG 51 and a new I./JG 77 was established. In January 1942 I./JG 77 was transferred to I./JG 5 and a new I./JG 77 was created.

In April 1942 1. Staffel was transferred to Romania and designated the defence unit for the Ploie?ti oil fields at Mizil. (This staffel was redesignated 1./JG 4 in August 1942.)

Known Victory Claims - Hugo Dahmer

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

16/05/1940Uffz. Hugo Dahmer4JG 26Morane 40635km NE Tournai: 600m16.5Western Front
28/05/1940Uffz. Hugo Dahmer4JG 26SpitfireThemesmündung12.5Western Front
29/05/1940Uffz. Hugo Dahmer4JG 26SpitfireDover19Western Front
07/06/1940Uffz. Hugo Dahmer4JG 26HurricaneS. Dieppe: 10m19.4Western Front
07/06/1940Uffz. Hugo Dahmer4JG 26HurricaneS. Dieppe: 10m19.35Western Front
31/08/1940Uffz. Hugo Dahmer6JG 26HurricaneBrentwood9.45Western Front
31/08/1940Uffz. Hugo Dahmer6JG 26SpitfireS. Gravesend: 6000m19.45Western Front
24/09/1940Uffz. Hugo Dahmer6JG 26HurricaneSouthend10.55Western Front
28/09/1940Uffz. Hugo Dahmer6JG 26SpitfireCanterbury-Western Front
30/09/1940Uffz. Hugo Dahmer6JG 26HurricaneTonbridge10.25Western Front
15/10/1940Uffz. Hugo Dahmer6JG 26SpitfireE. London-Western Front
26/06/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77--Eastern Front
28/06/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77--Eastern Front
28/06/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77--Eastern Front
29/06/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77--Eastern Front
29/06/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77--Eastern Front
29/06/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77--Eastern Front
02/07/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77--Eastern Front
07/07/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77bei Schonguj-Eastern Front
08/07/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77über Liza-Bucht-Eastern Front
09/07/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77SB-2Murmansk-Eastern Front
11/07/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77--Eastern Front
24/07/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77I-16--Eastern Front
30/07/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77--Eastern Front
22/08/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77--Eastern Front
23/08/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77--Eastern Front
26/08/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77I-153Titowka-Eastern Front
26/08/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77I-153Titowka-Eastern Front
26/08/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77I-153Titowka-Eastern Front
31/08/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77Warlamowo-Eastern Front
12/09/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77I-16--Eastern Front
17/09/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77I-153Liza-Eastern Front
19/09/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77I-153Alakurtti-Eastern Front
28/09/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77--Eastern Front
12/10/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77SB-2Alakurtti-Eastern Front
12/10/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77SB-2Alakurtti-Eastern Front
12/10/1941Fw. Hugo Dahmer1JG 77SB-2Alakurtti-Eastern Front
08/03/1943Ltn. Hugo Dahmer7JG 2B-1715 West S/3056: 6200m14.15Western Front
16/08/1943Ltn. Hugo Dahmer7JG 2P-472075/05 Ost: 7500-2500m10.3Western Front
22/08/1943Ltn. Hugo Dahmer1JG 2SpitfireSA-9.6: 5000m [Bolbec]19.55Western Front
06/09/1943Ltn. Hugo Dahmer1JG 2B-17Villeneuve: 6000m12.2Western Front

Known Claims : 41

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