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Fritz Tegtmeier

Victories : 146
Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : 8th April 1999

Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross

Born in 1917 he joined 2/JG-54 in October 1940, but after being injured in a crash it wasn't until 1941 that he achieved his first victory. A brief time as a fighter Instructor in 1943 he returned to the Russian Front and his score soon started to mount, By May 1944 he had over 100 victories. August 1944 saw his appointment as Staffelkapitan of 3/JG-54. In March 1945 he transferred to JG-7 flying Me262 Jet. By the end of the war he had flown 700 combat missions and had 146 victories. He was awarded the Knights Cross. Fritz Tegtmeier died on 8th April 1999 aged 81.

Fritz Tegtmeier with artist Graeme Lothian and the original painting - Fighter General.

Fritz Tegtmeier signing the print - Fighter General - by Graeme Lothian

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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.
 With 275 victories credited, Gunther Rall is the third highest scoring Ace in history  He was awarded the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords.

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.

Fritz Tegtmeier

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


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.


Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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Nowotny was a Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II and the first operational jet fighter wing in the world.

It was created late in 1944 and served until the end of the war in May 1945, and it operated the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter exclusively.

JG 7 was formed under the command of Oberst Johannes Steinhoff, with Kommando Nowotny (the initial Me 262 test wing ) renumbered III./JG 7. Under the command of Major Erich Hohagen III./JG 7 was the only element of JG 7 ready to operate against the Allies. Throughout its existence JG 7 suffered from an irregular supply of new aircraft, fuel and spares. With such a radically new aircraft, training accidents were also common, with 10 Me 262s being lost in six weeks.

The technical troubles and material shortages meant initial tentative sorties were only in flight strength, usually no more than 4 or 6 aircraft. Flying from Brandenburg-Briest, Oranienburg and Parchim, the Geschwader flew intermittently against the huge USAAF bomber streams.

By the end of February 1945 JG 7 had claimed around 45 four-engine bombers and 15 fighters, but at this stage of war this success rate had no affect whatsoever on the Allied air offensive. During March JG 7 finally began to deliver larger scale attacks against the heavy bomber streams. 3 March saw 29 sorties for 8 kills claimed (one jet was lost). On 18 March III./JG 7 finally managed their biggest attack numerically thus far, some 37 Me 262s engaging a force of 1,200 American bombers and 600 fighters. This action also marked the first use of the new R4M rockets. 12 bombers and 1 fighter were claimed for the loss of 3 Me 262s.

The total numbers of aircraft shot down by JG 7 is difficult to quantify due to the loss of Luftwaffe records, but at least 136 aircraft were claimed, and research indicates as many as 420 Allied aircraft may have been claimed shot down.
Aircraft for : Fritz Tegtmeier
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Manufacturer : Messerschmitt
Number Built : 1400


The Messerschmitt Me-262 Swallow, a masterpiece of engineering, was the first operational mass-produced jet to see service. Prototype testing of the airframe commenced in 1941 utilizing a piston engine. General Adolf Galland, who was in charge of the German Fighter Forces at that time, pressured both Goring and Hitler to accelerate the Me-262, and stress its use as a fighter to defend Germany from Allied bombers. Hitler, however, envisioned the 262 as the aircraft which might allow him to inflict punishment on Britain. About 1400 Swallows were produced, but fortunately for the Allies, only about 300 saw combat duty. While the original plans for the 262 presumed the use of BMW jet engines, production Swallows were ultimately equipped with Jumo 004B turbojet engines. The wing design of the 262 necessitated the unique triangular hull section of the fuselage, giving the aircraft a shark-like appearance. With an 18 degree swept wing, the 262 was capable of Mach .86. The 262 was totally ineffective in a turning duel with Allied fighters, and was also vulnerable to attack during take off and landings. The landing gear was also suspect, and many 262s were destroyed or damaged due to landing gear failure. Despite its sleek jet-age appearance, the 262 was roughly manufactured, because Germany had lost access to its normal aircraft assembly plants. In spite of these drawbacks the 262 was effective. For example, on April 7, 1945 a force of sixty 262s took on a large force of Allied bombers with escort fighters. Armed with their four nose-mounted cannons, and underwing rockets the Swallows succeeded in downing or damaging 25 Allied B-17s on that single mission. While it is unlikely that the outcome of the War could have been altered by an earlier introduction or greater production totals for this aircraft, it is clear to many historians that the duration of the War might have been drastically lengthened if the Me-262 had not been too little too late.

Known Victory Claims - Fritz Tegtmeier









23/06/1941Uffz. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54SB-2-10.24Eastern Front
24/06/1941Uffz. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54SB-2-5.48Eastern Front
24/06/1941Uffz. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54SB-2-5.44Eastern Front
18/07/1941Uffz. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54I-18-13.54Eastern Front
13/08/1941Uffz. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54I-18-15.42Eastern Front
14/08/1941Uffz. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54I-18-5.07Eastern Front
03/09/1941Uffz. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54I-161km N. Krasnogwardeisk15.5Eastern Front
15/11/1941Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54I-18-11.2Eastern Front
10/06/1942Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Pe-2-10.2Eastern Front
22/06/1942Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54MiG-3-18.45Eastern Front
22/07/1942Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Jak-1-10.26Eastern Front
23/07/1942Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54MiG-3-08.06Eastern Front
01/08/1942Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54LaGG-300 172: 3000m16.4Eastern Front
05/08/1942Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54MiG-320 542: 100m15.1Eastern Front
05/08/1942Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54MiG-320 593: 100m15.13Eastern Front
07/08/1942Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Curtiss P-4020 731: 400m13.3Eastern Front
11/08/1942Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Il-228 311: 30m14.25Eastern Front
20/08/1942Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Jak-147 662: 1000m6.2Eastern Front
25/08/1942Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Jak-156 573: 1500m14.2Eastern Front
26/08/1942Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54R-547 864: 10m13.3Eastern Front
05/09/1942Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Jak-110 161: 2200m12.4Eastern Front
05/09/1942Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Jak-110 154: 1500m12.45Eastern Front
11/09/1942Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54I-16 Rata00 223: 10m16.35Eastern Front
30/12/1942Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Pe-201 852: 4000m12.15Eastern Front
07/01/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54LaGG-301 792: 4000m11.3Eastern Front
12/01/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Curtiss P-4000 251: 400m9.35Eastern Front
12/01/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Il-210 184: 200m14.22Eastern Front
14/01/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Il-200 294: 100m14.39Eastern Front
14/01/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Il-200 284: 100m14.32Eastern Front
14/01/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Il-200 292: 20m9.1Eastern Front
14/01/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54LaGG-510 151: 2500m9.02Eastern Front
14/01/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54LaGG-510 193: 1500m9.05Eastern Front
16/01/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Il-210 142: 100m9.35Eastern Front
16/01/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Jak-110.311: 20m9.43Eastern Front
22/01/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Jak-110 212: 2000m8.48Eastern Front
23/01/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Jak-110 191: 3000m13.05Eastern Front
23/01/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Il-200 411: 100m13.38Eastern Front
24/01/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54LaGG-510 142: 5000m13.35Eastern Front
10/02/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Il-210 142: 300m11.15Eastern Front
17/02/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Jak-100 281: 100m12.05Eastern Front
21/02/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54LaGG-300 442: 4000m10.49Eastern Front
21/02/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54LaGG-500 412: 4200m13Eastern Front
23/02/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Il-200 412: 100m7.05Eastern Front
23/02/1943Fw. Fritz Tegtmeier2JG 54Il-200 283: 100m7.1Eastern Front
03/04/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-100 421: 800m12.45Eastern Front
10/04/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-180 242: 300m11.5Eastern Front
13/04/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Pe-200 163: 2000m17.57Eastern Front
01/05/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Il-200 463: 400m19.05Eastern Front
01/05/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Il-200 293: 200m19.07Eastern Front
03/05/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54LaGG-590 252: 20m17.45Eastern Front
14/09/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-926 231: 3000m11.51Eastern Front
14/09/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-525 663: 1500m16.3Eastern Front
15/09/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-926 732: 2000m8.5Eastern Front
15/09/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-925 492: 2000m14.1Eastern Front
15/09/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Pe-235 531: 1000m14.15Eastern Front
17/09/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-535 521: 4000m11Eastern Front
22/09/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-912 742: 3000m17.38Eastern Front
22/09/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-912 721: 3000m17.4Eastern Front
26/09/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-925 532: 3000m12.2Eastern Front
05/10/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54LaGG-302 682: 1500m13.21Eastern Front
05/10/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54LaGG-302 682: 2500m13.2Eastern Front
09/10/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Airacobra07 772: 4500m7.2Eastern Front
14/10/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54LaGG-315 512: 1500m8.15Eastern Front
20/10/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Il-206 312: 100m11.35Eastern Front
21/10/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54LaGG-302 232: 2000m10.45Eastern Front
21/10/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54LaGG-302 233: 2000m10.5Eastern Front
22/10/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-5[15 332] 15 332: 200m8.2Eastern Front
22/10/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-505 282: 3000m10.4Eastern Front
27/10/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-515 342: 4000m9.15Eastern Front
28/10/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Boston03 823: 2500m12.45Eastern Front
28/10/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Boston03 824: 2500m12.47Eastern Front
28/10/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Boston03 864: 2500m12.5Eastern Front
28/10/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Pe-203 893: 2500m12.53Eastern Front
06/11/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-906 154: 4000m9.5Eastern Front
06/11/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54LaGG-306 163: 4500m9.55Eastern Front
08/12/1943Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54LaGG-306 384: 1500m14Eastern Front
03/02/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Il-206 713: 100m14.15Eastern Front
03/02/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Il-206 722: 100m14.17Eastern Front
07/02/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-506 781: 3800m7.37Eastern Front
07/02/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-506 464: 5000m10.31Eastern Front
07/02/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-506 464: 5000m10.27Eastern Front
07/02/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-507 793: 5200m11.05Eastern Front
07/02/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-505 112: 5200m11.07Eastern Front
12/02/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-506 854: 1000m14.3Eastern Front
16/02/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-975 842: 3500m11.1Eastern Front
24/02/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-140 822: 3000m11Eastern Front
25/02/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Il-270 684: 50m11.1Eastern Front
06/03/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-580 742 4000m7.55Eastern Front
06/03/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-980 571 4000m8.05Eastern Front
07/03/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-570 812 1500m12.36Eastern Front
08/03/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Il-270 343: 200m15.46Eastern Front
08/03/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Il-270 324: 400m16.1Eastern Front
08/03/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-970 321: 1000m16.23Eastern Front
09/03/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-580 573: 3500m9.08Eastern Front
23/03/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Il-278 262: 20m15.35Eastern Front
01/04/1944Ofhr. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54LaGG-388 443: 3500m10.12Eastern Front
02/04/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-570 321: 4500m15.25Eastern Front
04/04/1944Ofw. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-560 451: 4500m8.1Eastern Front
20/05/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-170 481: 100m12.31Eastern Front
26/05/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-570 43118.5Eastern Front
14/07/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-900 73: 1500m17.58Eastern Front
16/07/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-950 315: 1700m8.21Eastern Front
16/07/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Airacobra00 59: 2500m8.35Eastern Front
21/07/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-9NM-4.3: 2000m9.2Eastern Front
21/07/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-9NM-5.7: 800m9.25Eastern Front
22/07/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-5OT-3.9: 2000m15.55Eastern Front
22/07/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54LaGG-3NO-3.3: 500m [Daugavpils]19.15Eastern Front
27/07/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Pe-2KH-4.6: 4000m [Mitau]15.55Eastern Front
28/07/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-9OL-1.3: 3500m15.15Eastern Front
01/08/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-5KH-82 4000m12.17Eastern Front
06/08/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-9MK-1.3: 2000m18.39Eastern Front
07/08/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54AiracobraMK-7.3: 3800m13.43Eastern Front
07/08/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-5KN-7.7: 1200m [NE Kreutsburg]18.2Eastern Front
07/08/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-5KN-7.9: 500m [NE Kreutsburg]18.24Eastern Front
16/08/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-5LK-8.9 3000m10.45Eastern Front
25/08/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Pe-2KG-4.5: 3500m9.23Eastern Front
27/08/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Jak-9HN: 1000m15.05Eastern Front
27/08/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54Pe-2HN: 3000m15.1Eastern Front
29/08/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier1JG 54La-5LG-1.3: 2500m18.3Eastern Front
14/09/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier3JG 54Jak-957 277: 2000m10Eastern Front
14/09/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier3JG 54Airacobra47 519: 1500m12.03Eastern Front
14/09/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier3JG 54Jak-947 518: 1500m12.04Eastern Front
14/09/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier3JG 54Il-247 513: 300m12.1Eastern Front
14/09/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier3JG 54Pe-247 147: 3000m16.4Eastern Front
14/09/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier3JG 54Airacobra47 512: 1500m12Eastern Front
15/09/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier3JG 54Il-257 221: 300m9.33Eastern Front
17/09/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier3JG 54Jak-947 359: 200m12.4Eastern Front
17/09/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier3JG 54Jak-947 411: 5000m13.22Eastern Front
20/09/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier3JG 54Jak-947 345: 1000m11.13Eastern Front
10/10/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier3JG 54La-547 123: 1500m9.07Eastern Front
12/10/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier3JG 54Il-247 156: 300m12.25Eastern Front
12/10/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier3JG 54Pe-248 779: 2500m16.05Eastern Front
12/10/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier3JG 54Pe-248 786: 2500m16.07Eastern Front
29/10/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier3JG 54Il-227 621: 400m14.56Eastern Front
30/10/1944Ltn. Fritz Tegtmeier3JG 54P-217 482: 3000m11.35Eastern Front

Known Claims : 135

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