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Hans Beisswenger

Victories : 152
Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : 6th March 1943

Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron CrossAwarded Oak Leaves to the Knights Cross
Oak Leaves

Hans ôBeisserö Beisswenger was born on 8 November 1916 at Mittelfischhach in the Schwńbisch-Hall region of WŘrttemberg. In 1937, he was serving in the army but transferred to Flak artillery. In 1938, he underwent fighter pilot training. Beisswenger became an instructor and served in this role until winter 1940. In winter 1940, Beisswenger was transferred to JG 54. Leutnant Beisswenger was assigned to 6./JG 54. He recorded his first victory on 7 April 1941, when he shot down a Yugoslavian Hurricane fighter during the invasion of the Balkans. Later, over the Eastern front, serving with 3./JG 54, Beisswenger became a leading scorer in I. Gruppe. He recorded his 20th victory on 24 August and by the end of 1941 had 32 victories to his tally. On 6 April 1942, Beisswenger recorded his 40th victory and his 50th on 8 May. Leutnant Beisswenger was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 9 May for 50 victories. On 11 August 1942, Beisswenger was appointed Staffelkapitńn of 6./JG 54. He recorded his 75th victory on 15 August. On 23 August, Beisswenger shot down five Russian aircraft (88-92). He recorded his 100th victory on 26 September. Beisswenger was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr 130) on 30 September. By the end of 1942, Beisswengerĺs victory total stood at 119. Oberleutnant Beisswenger recorded his 125th victory on 23 January 1943 and his 135th on 11 February. He shot down five enemy aircraft on 5 March (146-150). Beisswenger shot down two Russian LaGG-3 fighters near Lake Ilmen on 6 March 1943. However, while attacking another, his Bf 109 G-2 (W.Nr. 14236) ôYellow 4ö was rammed by Soviet ace Starshii Leitenant Ivan Kholodov (26 victories) of 32 GIAP, VVS. Kholodov successfully baled out but Beisswenger crashed to his death.

Oberleutnant ôBeisserö Beisswenger was credited with 152 victories in over 500 missions. He recorded all but one of his victories over the Eastern front.

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Hans Beisswenger

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


Country : Germany
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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.
Aircraft for : Hans Beisswenger
A list of all aircraft associated with Hans Beisswenger. A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.


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Manufacturer : Messerschmitt
Production Began : 1937
Retired : 1945
Number Built : 33984


Willy Messerschmitt designed the BF109 during the early 1930s. The Bf109 was one of the first all metal monocoque construction fighters with a closed canopy and retractable undercarriage. The engine of the Me109 was a V12 aero engine which was liquid-cooled. The Bf109 first saw operational service during the Spanish Civil War and flew to the end of World War II, during which time it was the backbone of the Luftwaffe fighter squadrons. During the Battle of Britian the Bf109 was used in the role of an escort fighter, a role for which it was not designed for, and it was also used as a fighter bomber. During the last days of May 1940 Robert Stanford-Tuck, the RAF ace, got the chance to fly an Me109 which they had rebuilt after it had crash landed. Stanford-Tuck found out that the Me109 was a wonderful little plane, it was slightly faster than the Spitfire, but lacked the Spitfire manoeuvrability. By testing the Me109, Tuck could put himself inside the Me109 when fighting them, knowing its weak and strong points. With the introduction of the improved Bf109F in the spring of 1941, the type again proved to be an effective fighter during the invasion of Yugoslavia and during the Battle of Crete and the invasion of Russia and it was used during the Siege of the Mediteranean island of Malta. The Bf109 was the main fighter for the Luftwaffe until 1942 when the Fw190 entered service and shared this position, and was partially replaced in Western Europe, but the Me109 continued to serve on the Eastern Front and during the defence of the Reich against the allied bombers. It was also used to good effect in the Mediterranean and North Africa in support of The Africa Korps. The Me109 was also supplied to several German allies, including Finland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Slovakia. The Bf109 scored more kills than any other fighter of any country during the war and was built in greater numbers with a total of over 31,000 aircraft being built. The Bf109 was flown by the three top German aces of the war war. Erich Hartmann with 352 victories, Gerhard Barkhorn with 301 victories and Gunther Rall with 275 kills. Bf109 pilots were credited with the destruction of 100 or more enemy aircraft. Thirteen Luftwaffe Aces scored more than 200 kills. Altogether this group of pilots were credited with a total of nearly 15,000 kills, of which the Messerschmitt Bf109 was credited with over 10,000 of these victories. The Bf109 was the most produced warplane during World War II, with 30,573 examples built during the war, and the most produced fighter aircraft in history, with a total of 33,984 units produced up to April 1945. Bf109s remained in foreign service for many years after World War II. The Swiss used their Bf109Gs well into the 1950s. The Finnish Air Force did not retire their Bf109Gs until March 1954. Romania used its Bf109s until 1955. The Spanish Hispanos flew even longer. Some were still in service in the late 1960s.

Known Victory Claims - Hans Beisswenger









07/04/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54HurricaneS. Neusatz17.5Western Front
22/06/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54I-16-9.5Eastern Front
26/06/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54SB-2-9.3Eastern Front
30/06/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54SB-2-13.17Eastern Front
02/07/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54SB-2-18.29Eastern Front
02/07/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54SB-2-18.3Eastern Front
02/07/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54SB-2-18.35Eastern Front
06/07/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54DB-3-18.31Eastern Front
07/07/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54SB-3-10.55Eastern Front
17/07/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54SB-2-9.37Eastern Front
20/07/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54I-18-18.5Eastern Front
25/07/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54DB-3-8Eastern Front
30/07/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54I-18-11.2Eastern Front
31/07/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54SB-2-9.12Eastern Front
31/07/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54SB-2-19.15Eastern Front
03/08/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54I-16-12.22Eastern Front
18/08/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54I-18-18.36Eastern Front
18/08/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54I-18-18.59Eastern Front
20/08/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54I-16-7.35Eastern Front
24/08/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54I-18-17.35Eastern Front
07/09/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54I-16-11.02Eastern Front
07/09/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54I-18-18.35Eastern Front
08/09/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54I-18-18.35Eastern Front
11/09/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54I-18-18.3Eastern Front
14/09/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54I-16-12.3Eastern Front
14/09/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54I-18-16.4Eastern Front
17/09/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54I-18-17Eastern Front
17/09/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54I-18-17.09Eastern Front
23/09/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54I-16-10.33Eastern Front
23/09/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54-14.05Eastern Front
02/10/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54I-18-9.1Eastern Front
27/10/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54SB-3-13Eastern Front
06/11/1941Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54I-18-7.35Eastern Front
11/05/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger3JG 54Curtiss P-40-11.53Eastern Front
13/05/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger3JG 54P-40-17.38▒Eastern Front
13/05/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger3JG 54MiG-3-17.45Eastern Front
13/05/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger3JG 54MiG-3-17.45Eastern Front
28/05/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger3JG 54Pe-2-15.1Eastern Front
03/06/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger3JG 54MiG-3-5.47Eastern Front
05/06/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger3JG 54MiG-3-7.2Eastern Front
18/07/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger2JG 54MiG-3Bahf. Malyushki: 700m10.53Eastern Front
19/07/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54MiG-3Samoschi: 600m14.58Eastern Front
20/07/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-1Maljutuki: 2200m7.05Eastern Front
27/07/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger5JG 54MiG-3W. Vershinaskoye: 2200m20.25Eastern Front
30/07/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-1Malaya Kowejebowki: 2000m18.44Eastern Front
02/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-1SW Salutsche: 2000m16.15Eastern Front
04/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-1Lovapischty: 2000m12.23Eastern Front
06/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Pe-2ESE Tschatsk15.26Eastern Front
06/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-1E. Subzoff: 1800m19.2Eastern Front
06/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-1E. Subzoff: 2500m19.26Eastern Front
08/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-1SE Pogoreloje: 1000m16.13Eastern Front
09/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-1W. Nikolskaya: 800m9.46Eastern Front
09/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-1W. Nikolskaya: 1000m9.42Eastern Front
09/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-1SW Nowaja-Alexandrowka: 1500m9.39Eastern Front
09/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-1SW Nowaja-Alexandrowka: 2000m9.36Eastern Front
10/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-1NW Rshev: 1500m18.4Eastern Front
10/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-1NW Rshev: 1500m18.41Eastern Front
11/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Pe-2E. Tsossedowo: 1200m9.37Eastern Front
11/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Pe-2SE Tsossedowo: 1200m9.36Eastern Front
12/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Il-2NNW Rshew: 500m17.3Eastern Front
14/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-147 554: 2000m18.3Eastern Front
15/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-147 844: 1000m5.47Eastern Front
15/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-147 592: 1500m10.2Eastern Front
19/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger2JG 54LaGG-354 162: 1500m12.23Eastern Front
21/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-155 853: 3m6.1Eastern Front
21/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-155 853: 2000m6.23Eastern Front
23/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Pe-254 253: 1500m6.1Eastern Front
23/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-154 234: 2000m6.1Eastern Front
23/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-154 234: 2000m11.48Eastern Front
23/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-155 894: 2500m11.53Eastern Front
23/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-154 260: 1800m14.5Eastern Front
24/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-128 131: 1300m14.52Eastern Front
25/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-147 863: 800m11.5Eastern Front
26/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Il-237 662: 1000m14.4Eastern Front
26/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54P-247 683: 1000m9.35Eastern Front
28/08/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-147 552: 800m5.1Eastern Front
02/09/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-110 242: 4500m18.15Eastern Front
03/09/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-300 244: 1000m11.3Eastern Front
05/09/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-128 433: 3500m11.1Eastern Front
26/09/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-128 212: 3000m16.53Eastern Front
30/09/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-329 783: 200m8.47Eastern Front
06/10/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-128 862: 2500m7.13Eastern Front
06/10/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Hurricane38 757: 3000m7.1Eastern Front
06/11/1942Ltn. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Pe-228 112: 3000m7.2Eastern Front
07/11/1942Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-338 741: 3000m8.58Eastern Front
03/12/1942Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-1SW Nevatina-See: 3000m12.55Eastern Front
04/12/1942Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-36km NE r. d. Beduch Ida: 1200m13.09Eastern Front
04/12/1942Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54La-5S. Strelitzy: 1000m (Krs. Novgorod)13.05Eastern Front
05/12/1942Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Il-2N. Strelitzy: 800m (Krs. Novgorod)7.5Eastern Front
06/12/1942Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54La-518 262: 1000m11.58Eastern Front
12/12/1942Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-3N. Worschina-See: 500m13.58Eastern Front
25/12/1942Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Il-218 292: 100m12.12Eastern Front
29/12/1942Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Airacobra18 261: 3500m12.53Eastern Front
29/12/1942Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-318 292: 3000m12.35Eastern Front
30/12/1942Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-319 864: 1500m14.12Eastern Front
30/12/1942Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-328 113: 3000m14.05Eastern Front
30/12/1942Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54La-518 264: 3000m12.15Eastern Front
30/12/1942Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-328 153: 1200m11.45Eastern Front
05/01/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54La-518 231: 1000m9.55Eastern Front
05/01/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54La-528 121: 1200m10.15Eastern Front
07/01/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Il-219 891: 800m10.5Eastern Front
14/01/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-510 411: 3500m12.15Eastern Front
14/01/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Curtiss P-4000 254: 2500m12.45Eastern Front
15/01/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-318 263: 2500m9.5Eastern Front
15/01/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-318 264: 2500m9.55Eastern Front
15/01/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Airacobra28 142: 4200m10.05Eastern Front
24/01/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Curtiss P-4000 262: 2500m8.25Eastern Front
24/01/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-310 182: 2000m10.3Eastern Front
25/01/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54PS-4000 233: 500m10.05Eastern Front
26/01/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54MiG-300 293: 2200m8.55Eastern Front
26/01/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-310 142: 3000m11.08Eastern Front
27/01/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-310 153: 3000m14.05Eastern Front
27/01/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-310 142: 2000m14.1Eastern Front
11/02/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-5S. Seniev: 1200m10.15Eastern Front
18/02/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-510 644: 600m10.2Eastern Front
19/02/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Curtiss P-4018 423: 400m12.09Eastern Front
20/02/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-318 463: 700m12.15Eastern Front
21/02/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-318 451: 2000m8.35Eastern Front
21/02/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-318 483: 2000m8.38Eastern Front
21/02/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-318 453: 200m8.4Eastern Front
21/02/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-318 414: 3m8.45Eastern Front
27/02/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-318 367: 2000m15.24Eastern Front
27/02/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-518 452: 2000m15.35Eastern Front
02/03/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-318 192: 30m8.38Eastern Front
05/03/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-329 773: 1000m6.48Eastern Front
05/03/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-118 221: 500m9.42Eastern Front
05/03/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-118 222: 600m9.43Eastern Front
05/03/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Il-218 213: 1200m13.5Eastern Front
05/03/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54Jak-118 223: tiefflug13.57Eastern Front
06/03/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-318 364: 1000m14.53Eastern Front
06/03/1943Oblt. Hans Bei▀wenger6JG 54LaGG-318 443: 600m14.57Eastern Front

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