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Heinz Schmidt

Victories : 173
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Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : 5th September 1943


Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron CrossAwarded Oak Leaves to the Knights Cross
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Heinz Schmidt – nickname: “Johnny” was born 20 April 1920. He 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. Heinz Schmidt is credited with 173 aerial victories achieved in 712 combat missions and was posthumously promoted to Hauptmann.

Heinz Schmidt was born on 20 April 1920 in Bad Homburg and joined the Luftwaffe on 10 November 1938. After he completed his basic training and fighter pilot training he was assigned to the 2nd Staffel of the Ergänzungs-Jagdgruppe Merseburg.

From here he was posted to 4./Jagdgeschwader 52 (JG 52) in August 1940. JG 52 at that time was engaged in the Battle of Britain. For a short time Schmidt was acting Staffelführer of 5./JG 52 but returned to the 4. Staffel and was promoted to Feldwebel on 1 April 1941.

Beginning in June 1941 Schmidt participated in Operation Barbarossa on the Eastern Front. He was promoted to Oberfeldwebel on 27 August 1941. Schmidt crash landed behind Russian lines in October 1941. He returned to the German lines six days later.

Schmidt was promoted to Leutnant on 1 February 1942; he received the Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe on 6 July 1942, followed by his promotion to Oberleutnant on 1 August 1942.

He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for 51 aerial victories on 23 August 1942. Within only three more weeks he was able to claim an additional 51 victories, for which he was honoured with the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross.

In February 1943 he was again shot down behind Russian lines but returned after a two-day trek across the frozen Sea of Azov minus one fur-lined flying boot and with a smashed shoulder. He was put in command of 6./JG 52 on 16 August 1943.

Heinz Schmidt is posted as missing in action after aerial combat near Markor on 5 September 1943. He was reportedly shot down in error by a Hungarian fighter.


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Heinz Schmidt

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A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Heinz Schmidt. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
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JG52

Country : Germany
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JG52

The most successful Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II, with a claim total of more than 10,000 victories over enemy aircraft. It was home to the top three scoring Experten of the Luftwaffe, Erich Hartmann, Gerhard Barkhorn and Günther Rall. The unit flew the various marks of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 exclusively through the war.

Known Victory Claims - Heinz Schmidt

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

26/06/1941Fw. Heinz Schmidt4JG 52DB-3-14.27Eastern Front
03/07/1941Fw. Heinz Schmidt4JG 52RZ-19.03Eastern Front
04/07/1941Fw. Heinz Schmidt4JG 52DB-3-12.02Eastern Front
05/07/1941Fw. Heinz Schmidt4JG 52DB-3-6.35Eastern Front
25/08/1941Fw. Heinz Schmidt4JG 52I-17-8.5Eastern Front
26/08/1941Ofw. Heinz Schmidt4JG 52I-17-8.56Eastern Front
29/08/1941Ofw. Heinz Schmidt4JG 52I-15-15.1Eastern Front
29/08/1941Ofw. Heinz Schmidt4JG 52I-15-15.11Eastern Front
07/09/1941Ofw. Heinz Schmidt4JG 52I-18-14.35Eastern Front
08/09/1941Ofw. Heinz Schmidt4JG 52DB-3-17.25Eastern Front
08/09/1941Ofw. Heinz Schmidt4JG 52DB-3Sologubowka17.32Eastern Front
11/09/1941Ofw. Heinz Schmidt4JG 52I-18SE Lyby7.5Eastern Front
12/09/1941Ofw. Heinz Schmidt4JG 52I-18-9.56Eastern Front
26/11/1941Ofw. Heinz Schmidt4JG 52DB-3-13.55Eastern Front
27/11/1941Ofw. Heinz Schmidt4JG 52I-30112km S. Klin13.04Eastern Front
26/05/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt4JG 52Il-2E. Protopopowka: tiefflug11.37Eastern Front
27/05/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt4JG 52Pe-2E. Petrovskaya: 600m15.27Eastern Front
27/05/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt4JG 52Pe-2SE Petrovskaya: 500m15.48Eastern Front
23/07/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52Il-218 523: Bodennähne16.01Eastern Front
21/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52I-18049 243: 2500m7.36Eastern Front
21/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52Il-239 234: Bodennähe17.33Eastern Front
21/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52Il-239 142: Bodennähe17.35Eastern Front
21/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG39 151: Bodennähe17.37Eastern Front
22/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52Pe-240 743: 2000m9.17Eastern Front
22/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52Pe-240 723: 1800m9.2Eastern Front
22/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52Pe-240 733: 1500m9.22Eastern Front
23/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52Il-249 141: Bodennähne8.44Eastern Front
23/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG-349 194: 2000m10.5Eastern Front
23/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG49 163: Bodennähe12.32Eastern Front
23/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52I-18049 164: 3500m12.51Eastern Front
24/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG49 232: 500m6.09Eastern Front
24/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG49 262: Bodennähe6.12Eastern Front
24/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG59 172: Bodennähe6.14Eastern Front
24/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG59 181: Bodennähe6.15Eastern Front
24/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG59 443: 5500m8.42Eastern Front
24/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG59 282: 3500m8.53Eastern Front
24/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG-349 243: 1500m12.01Eastern Front
25/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG49 274: 800m7.27Eastern Front
25/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG49 272: 200m7.35Eastern Front
25/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG59 174: 2500m16.1Eastern Front
27/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52I-18049 284: 200m11.13Eastern Front
27/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52I-18049 452: Bodennähe11.33Eastern Front
28/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52I-18049 254: 1800m7.12Eastern Front
28/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52I-18049 292: 500m7.21Eastern Front
30/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52Il-249 134: 50m9.14Eastern Front
30/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52Il-240 841: Bodennähne9.17Eastern Front
31/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG-349 384: 800m5.06Eastern Front
31/08/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG-349 522: 200m9.01Eastern Front
08/09/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG49 154: 800m12.37Eastern Front
08/09/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG-344 237: 2500m14.41Eastern Front
09/09/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52Il-244 429: 800m17.45Eastern Front
09/09/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52Il-244 442: - 0m5.24Eastern Front
14/09/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52Su-244 611: 500m16.46Eastern Front
17/09/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG54 391: 1800m9.19Eastern Front
17/09/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG54 411: 500m9.25Eastern Front
17/09/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG54 543: 1500m13.44Eastern Front
17/09/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG54 362: 1800m16.39Eastern Front
17/09/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG54 474: 1000m16.41Eastern Front
19/09/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG54 371: 600m11.04Eastern Front
01/12/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52LaGG-349 361: 1500m8.45Eastern Front
01/12/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Il-249 152: 800m10.47Eastern Front
02/12/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Il-249 39313.42Eastern Front
08/12/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Il-249 131: 800m11.45Eastern Front
08/12/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Il-239 392: 800m11.47Eastern Front
08/12/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52LaGG-349 331: 600m12.03Eastern Front
10/12/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Il-249 151: 500m8.12Eastern Front
10/12/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Jak-449 123: 1200m8.37Eastern Front
10/12/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Il-239 262: 200m9.56Eastern Front
17/12/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52La-538 241: 1200m11.16Eastern Front
17/12/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Jak-139 872: 600m13.1Eastern Front
17/12/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Jak-149 744: 150m13.16Eastern Front
18/12/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52LaGG-349 744: Bodennähe6.34Eastern Front
19/12/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52La-549 58: Bodennähe11.14Eastern Front
19/12/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Pe-238 612: 2000m6.46Eastern Front
20/12/1942Ltn. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Jak-139 794: 600m6.44Eastern Front
07/01/1943Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52LaGG-328 812: 400m13.17Eastern Front
10/02/1943Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52Boston96 113: 4000m13.12Eastern Front
11/02/1943Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52Jak-186 733: 1800m9.31Eastern Front
11/02/1943Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52Jak-186 561: 1500m14.58Eastern Front
12/02/1943Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52Jak-186 671: Bodennähe9.44Eastern Front
12/02/1943Ltn. Heinz Schmidt5JG 52Il-286 691: Bodennähe14.58Eastern Front
28/07/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Airacobra76 884: 1600m10.2Eastern Front
04/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Jak-161 481: 1800m17.26Eastern Front
04/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52LaGG-561 391: 500m13.39Eastern Front
04/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Jak-161 353: 1500m13.35Eastern Front
04/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Jak-161 383: 1200m11.09Eastern Front
04/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Il-2mH.61 374: 1600m11.02Eastern Front
05/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Jak-161 441: 800m14.26Eastern Front
05/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Il-2mH.61 483: 800m8.22Eastern Front
05/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Jak-161 471: 1800m8.14Eastern Front
06/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Il-2mH.61 643: tiefstflug8.43Eastern Front
06/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Jak-161 643: 1600m8.4Eastern Front
06/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Il-2mH.61 471: 800m10.53Eastern Front
06/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52LaGG-561 581: tiefstflug11.07Eastern Front
07/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52LaGG-560 834: 1100m18.28Eastern Front
08/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Jak-160 481: tiefstflug10.15Eastern Front
10/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Pe-251 851: 2200m8.54Eastern Front
10/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52LaGG-560 252: 1200m13.29Eastern Front
11/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52LaGG-541 262: 800m11.46Eastern Front
12/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Jak-151 511: 2200m15.51Eastern Front
12/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Jak-151 341: 2500m16.07Eastern Front
17/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52LaGG41 452: 1800m7.29Eastern Front
17/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Pe-251 171: 3200m8.31Eastern Front
17/08/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Pe-241 292: 2500m8.35Eastern Front
01/09/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52LaGG-560 342: 2200m16.51Eastern Front
04/09/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52LaGG-550 113: tiefstflug10.45Eastern Front
05/09/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52Il-2mH.41 592: 800m9Eastern Front
06/09/1943Oblt. Heinz Schmidt6JG 52LaGG-541 753: 2000m8.55Eastern Front

Known Claims : 108

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