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Hans Waldmann

Victories : 134
Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : 18th March 1945

Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross

Hans Dackel Waldmann was born 24 September 1922 in Braunschweig, killed in flying accident 18 March 1945 near Schwarzenbek, Holstein he was a German former Luftwaffe fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.

Hans Waldmann voluntarily joined the Luftwaffe in 1940. On 21 August 1942 Unteroffizier Waldmann was assigned to the 6./JG 52 on the Eastern front.

On 9 September 1942 Waldmann scored his first aerial victory, and thereafter managed to score rapidly. After 84 victories on 1 September 1943, Waldmann was promoted to Leutnant and assigned to ErgGr. Ost. Here he shot down a B-17 Flying Fortress.

He received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross after his 85th aerial victory. In late February 1944 he took command of 4./JG 52 as its Staffelkapitän. He was able to continue his success and claimed victories 98 to 125 by 31 May 1944.

In June 1944 his entire staffel was reassigned to 8./JG 3, now fighting against the Allied invasion forces. In August he shot down 7 enemy planes, including one B-24 and five P-47 Thunderbolts. In December 1944 he converted to the Messerschmitt Me 262. He was then transferred to 3./JG 7, flying now the ’’Stormbird’’. On 22 February 1945 he shot down two P-51 Mustangs.

Climbing in dense fog on 18 March 1945, he collided with his wingman, Leutnant Hans-Dieter Weihs, and crashed near Schwarzenbek south of Hamburg. He was killed in his Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1 "Yellow 3". Waldmann was recommended for the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross, but the recommendation was not finalized before the end of the war.

Hans Waldmann flew 527 combat missions, being credited with 134 aerial victories, 10 on the Western front and 124 on the Eastern front. His tally on the Eastern front includes 5 bombers, 87 fighters and 32 Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack aircraft. On the Western front he claimed 8 fighters and 2 four-engine bombers. He also flew a number of ground attack missions, destroying 33 various vehicles and 8 heavy transports.

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White 8 - Walter Nowotny by Ivan Berryman.

Hans Waldmann

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


Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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Jagdgeschwader 3 (JG 3) Udet was a Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II. The Geschwader operated on all the German fronts in the European Theatre of World War II. It was named after Ernst Udet in 1942.

Commanders of IV./JG 3

Major Franz Beyer, 1. June 1943
Hauptmann Heinz Lang , 11 February 1944
Major Friedrich-Karl Müller, 26 February 1944
Hauptmann Heinz Lang , 11 April 1944
Major Wilhelm Moritz, 18 April 1944
Hauptmann Hubert-York Weydenhammer, 5 December 1944
Major Erwin Bacsila, 5 January 1945
Oberleutnant Oskar Romm, 17 February 1945
Hauptmann Gerhard Koall, 25 April 1945
Hauptmann Günther Schack, 1 Mai 1945


Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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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.


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 : Hans Waldmann
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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 - Hans Waldmann









09/09/1942Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52LaGG44 463: 1400m14.09Eastern Front
10/09/1942Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52LaGG-344 454: 400m14.16Eastern Front
16/09/1942Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52LaGG-354 414: 500m16.21Eastern Front
18/09/1942Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52I-15354 44214.15Eastern Front
25/09/1942Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52LaGG95 743: tiefflug16.31Eastern Front
22/10/1942Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52I-15395 541: 600m10Eastern Front
30/10/1942Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52Jak-194 161: tiefst.12.35Eastern Front
02/11/1942Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52LaGG-394 153: 500m11.57Eastern Front
03/11/1942Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52Pe-294 474: 1500m11.32Eastern Front
12/11/1942Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52I-15395 72114.1Eastern Front
28/11/1942Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52Il-249 352: 200m12.05Eastern Front
30/11/1942Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52Il-229 432: 500m13.1Eastern Front
01/12/1942Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52P-4039 271: Bodennähe9.04Eastern Front
02/12/1942Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52Il-249 36312.17Eastern Front
08/12/1942Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52Jak-139 654: 2000m9.46Eastern Front
18/12/1942Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52Jak-139 823: 3000m10.34Eastern Front
19/12/1942Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52La-549 563: 4500m13.16Eastern Front
22/12/1942Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52La-539 822: 2000m10.5Eastern Front
28/12/1942Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52La-538 351: 2000m12.57Eastern Front
14/01/1943Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52Il-217 263: 2000m14.32Eastern Front
25/01/1943Uffz. Hans WaldmannStab II.JG 52LaGG-508 681: 3000m11.52Eastern Front
11/02/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52I-16 Rata75 420: 2000m8.05Eastern Front
12/02/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52I-15385 273: 300m10.06Eastern Front
12/02/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52I-15385 452: 800m10.09Eastern Front
12/02/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52I-15385 454: 600m14.36Eastern Front
12/02/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52I-15375 424: tiefflug5.59Eastern Front
13/02/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52I-15385 171: 500m8.3Eastern Front
19/02/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-485 373: 300m12.15Eastern Front
22/02/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52I-15375 224: 1200m11.05Eastern Front
25/02/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-586 761: tiefflug14.58Eastern Front
01/03/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52LaGG-376 814: 600m15.15Eastern Front
29/04/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-585 142: 2000m13.25Eastern Front
30/04/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Airacobra75 432: 5000m17.22Eastern Front
30/04/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52LaGG-385 171: 4000m17.28Eastern Front
03/05/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Airacobra85 143: 3500m8.23Eastern Front
03/05/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-175 164: 3800m17.02Eastern Front
04/05/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-175 273: 2000m15.02Eastern Front
07/05/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-175 291: 4500m7.49Eastern Front
08/05/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-175 434: 3400m7Eastern Front
09/05/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-175 431: 4000m8.46Eastern Front
24/05/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-165 431: tiefflug9.38Eastern Front
26/05/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52LaGG-3W. Kijewskoje: 300m10.11Eastern Front
26/05/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Spitfire75 233: 3000m11.47Eastern Front
28/05/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-148 744: 1000m10.46Eastern Front
30/05/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-575 114: 200m7.32Eastern Front
30/05/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-575 171: 200m7.36Eastern Front
03/06/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Airacobra85 113: 5000m8.24Eastern Front
06/06/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-175 262: 2000m8.07Eastern Front
06/06/1943Uffz. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-185 144: 1800m8.16Eastern Front
08/06/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52LaGG-375 173: 150m12.08Eastern Front
08/06/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-175 393: 300m12.13Eastern Front
25/06/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-575 461: tiefflug8.24Eastern Front
11/07/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Boston75 492: tiefstflug12Eastern Front
21/07/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-176 832: 4000m9.38Eastern Front
21/07/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-165 261: tiefstflug16.3Eastern Front
22/07/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-176 894: 3300m10.03Eastern Front
22/07/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-276 894: tiefstflug16.24Eastern Front
26/07/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-175 114: 1200m6.16Eastern Front
26/07/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-175 392: 100m6.31Eastern Front
30/07/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-2mH.75 234: 600m6.32Eastern Front
04/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-161 333: 50m17.18Eastern Front
04/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52LaGG-561 274: 400m13.47Eastern Front
04/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-2mH.61 451: 600m11.32Eastern Front
04/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52LaGG-561 593: tiefstflug14Eastern Front
05/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-161 382: 2000m6.54Eastern Front
06/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52LaGG-561 524: 1200m16.35Eastern Front
06/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-161 443: 1200m10.52Eastern Front
07/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-2mH.61 473: 300m15.12Eastern Front
07/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52LaGG-561 594: 3500m7.12Eastern Front
08/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52LaGG-561 562: 1600m8.18Eastern Front
08/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-161 534: 2000m8.21Eastern Front
08/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Boston60 714: 5500m18.21Eastern Front
10/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Pe-261 572: 2000m8.56Eastern Front
12/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52LaGG-551 543: 3000m11.27Eastern Front
13/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52LaGG-541 492: 3000m18.29Eastern Front
14/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52LaGG-551 153: 4000m10.49Eastern Front
20/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-251 713: 800m5.5Eastern Front
20/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-251 771: 400m5.54Eastern Front
21/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-251 541: 100m18.21Eastern Front
24/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-2mH.88 422: 800m12.38Eastern Front
24/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-2mH.88 263: 100m15.12Eastern Front
30/08/1943Fw. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-2mH.88 463: 300m14.44Eastern Front
02/03/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-766 534 2200m13.54Eastern Front
13/03/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-256 873: Wassernähe8.45Eastern Front
13/03/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Boston66 393: 3000m10.24Eastern Front
17/03/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-255 211 800m9.14Eastern Front
17/03/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-255 132 400m9.17Eastern Front
17/03/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-755 233 2000m9.32Eastern Front
05/04/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-2mH.66 564: 800m17.27Eastern Front
07/04/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Curtiss P-4066 871: 4000m12.51Eastern Front
10/04/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-2mH.46 123: Bodennähne17.42Eastern Front
11/04/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-746 332: 150m6.58Eastern Front
11/04/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-746 322: 1000m10.46Eastern Front
11/04/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-746 333: 2000m10.54Eastern Front
12/04/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-746 713: 1000m10.53Eastern Front
13/04/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-735 264: Bodennähe8.29Eastern Front
19/04/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-135 414: 1700m17.02Eastern Front
22/04/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-2mH.35 371: 400m11.36Eastern Front
22/04/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-735 473: 1000m11.37Eastern Front
25/04/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-735 474: 1500m14.17Eastern Front
25/04/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Il-2mH.35 612: 300m14.13Eastern Front
04/05/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52Jak-735 351: 1500m6.4Eastern Front
04/05/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52Il-2mH.35 342: Wassernähe6.46Eastern Front
06/05/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52Jak-735 414: 800m11.27Eastern Front
06/05/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52Jak-735 442: 1200m11.32Eastern Front
06/05/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52Jak-735 442: 50m11.41Eastern Front
07/05/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52Jak-935 611: 4500m8.35Eastern Front
07/05/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52Airacobra35 473: 4000m9.29Eastern Front
07/05/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52Jak-735 473: 1300m13.21Eastern Front
07/05/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52Il-2mH.35 612: 600m13.28Eastern Front
07/05/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52Il-2mH.35 612: 200m13.26Eastern Front
07/05/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52Jak-735 441: 2000m17.54Eastern Front
07/05/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52Il-2mH.35 473: 300m17.56Eastern Front
08/05/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52Airacobra35 611: 2000m15.24Eastern Front
30/05/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52Il-278 812: 300m15.15Eastern Front
31/05/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52Airacobra78 693: 3000m12.14Eastern Front
31/05/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52Airacobra78 653: 2500m12.16Eastern Front
31/05/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52Il-278 812: 300m16.32Eastern Front
06/08/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52B-24UE-8: 5000m [Taverny]12.31Western Front
07/08/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52P-47CS-4: 400m [Landivy N. Fougères]15.06Western Front
14/08/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52P-47BC-7: 1000m [SW Ch.-en-Thymerais]16.45Western Front
14/08/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann4JG 52P-47BC-8: 600m [S. Ch-en-Thymerais]16.47Western Front
18/08/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Jak-735 411: 600m15.15Eastern Front
18/08/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann6JG 52Airacobra35 411: 1500m17.11Eastern Front
18/08/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann8JG 3P-47BD-2: 600m [8km E. Dreux]14.06Western Front
18/08/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann8JG 3P-47BD-1: 100m [4km E. Dreux]14.12Western Front
19/08/1944Ltn. Hans Waldmann8JG 3P-47AU-6: 3500m [2km E. Falaise]9.1Western Front
22/02/1945Ltn. Hans Waldmann3JG 7P-5125km NE Brocken12.17Western Front
22/02/1945Ltn. Hans Waldmann3JG 7P-5130km W. Berlin12.02Western Front

Known Claims : 129

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