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Adolf Borchers

Victories : 132
Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : 9th February 1996

Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross

Adolf Borchers was born on 10th February 1913 in Wendhausen near Lunesburg. In the autumn of 1938 he was in the Legion Condor. He was transferred to JG51 where he flew in the Polish and Western campaign and in the Battle of Britain, during which he scored five victories. By the end of 1941 his score stood at 23. In October 1942 he was promoted to Officer and named squadron leader of 11./JG51. By the end of 1942 his score stood at 38. On 7th May 1943 he scored his 44th to 49th victories. A short time later he was awarded the Knights Cross for 78 victories. He was then neamd Commander of 1./JG52 on 11th June 1944 and on 24th July that year he scored his 110th victory. His 118th victory came on 2nd September, the same time the 10,000th victory of JG52 was recorded. Erci hHartmann took over 1./JG52 on 1st February 1945 and Borchers was appointed Commander of iii./JG52. He was bitterly disappointed at being replaced by this youngster and carried that resentment to the grave. Borchers flew approximately 800 missions and had 132 victories, including 5 in the west. He was the 53rd ranking ace in Germany. Adolf Borchers died 9th February 1996.

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Adolf Borchers

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


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

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Jagdgeschwader 51 Mölders was a Luftwaffe fighter wing during World War II, named after the fighter ace Werner Mölders in 1942. JG 51's pilots won more Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes than any other Jagdgeschwader, and flew combat from 1939 in all major theatres of war. Flying Bf 109s and then FW 190s, the wing claimed over 8,000 air victories. Experten included 'Toni' Hafner, Heinz Bär, Richard Leppla, Karl-Gottfried Nordmann, Günther Schack and the legendary Mölders.

Formed in August 1939, and commanded by 48-year-old World War I ace Onkel Theo Osterkamp, the early months of the war JG 51 was based in the West, fighting in the French campaign, and in the Battle of Britain. From late June to mid July JG 51 was the only fighter Geschwader engaged against the RAF constantly. During the whole battle JG 51 lost 68 pilots, the highest casualty rate of the Luftwaffe fighter units engaged. JG 51 was one of the two Geschewader that had four Gruppen. The other being JG 1.

Four Bf 109 of JG 51 in France 1940Whilst based out of the Belgian airfield at Mardyik in late 1940, the German ace Josef Pips Priller was a Staffelkapitän with JG 51, flying Bf 109-E Yellow One. Josef Priller went on to score over 100 victories, the third highest scoring Luftwaffe day fighter ace on the Western Front, fighting solely against the Western Allies.

Against the Western Allies JG 51 had claimed 345 aircraft destroyed by May 1941. JG 51 were therefore one of the Jagdwaffe's elite units, with 'top ten' aces at this time including Werner Mölders with 68 claims, Walter Oesau with 34 claims, and Hermann-Friedrich Joppien with 31. Major Werner Mölders became unit Geschwaderkommodore during July 1940 and led the unit into the invasion of Russia in June 1941.

Barbarossa (1941)

Claiming 69 kills on the first day of the offensive, by 30 June 1941 JG 51 became the first fighter Geschwader to claim 1,000 air victories (113 kills in 157 sorties were claimed for the day). On 24 June JG 51 claimed 57 bombers shot down for the day. Mölders became the first fighter pilot to reach 100 claims in August and in the same month JG 51's Oberfeldwebel Heinz Bär reached 60 claims and was decorated with the Oak Leaves. A total of 500 Soviet claims was reached on 12 July 1941, although 6 pilots had been lost by JG 51 in the intervening 3 weeks since the offensive had started.

After Mölders' departure in September 1941 (and death later that year) the Geschwader adopted his name as a title of honor in early 1942. Jagdgeschwader 51 Mölders was to remain on the centre sector of the Russian front throughout the rest of 1941. However Oberstleutnant Friedrich Beckh ( one of the few fighter pilots to wear spectacles) proved an uncharismatic commander after Mölders, and it was not until Major Karl-Gottfried Nordmann took over in April 1942 that a worthy successor to Mölders was found. In the period 22 June - 5 December 1941 the unit destroyed 1,881 Soviet aircraft, in return for 84 losses in aerial combat and a single aircraft on the ground.

Air support for the Wehrmacht's Army Group Centre was entrusted to General Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen's VIII. Fliegerkorps. In early January 1942, among the fighter units available to von Richthofen were II, III and IV/ JG 51. With the onset of the sub-zero conditions of the Russian winter, the majority of JG 51's available aircraft became grounded.

The Russian winter counter offensive forced III./ JG 51 into flying numerous fighter-bomber operations in direct support of the infantry, and the gruppe filed few aerial 'kill' claims through January 1942. II./ JG 51 however, accounted for most of VIII. Fliegerkorps's aerial victories during the Soviet offensive. Particularly successful was the duo of Lt. Hans Strelow and Ofw. Wilhelm Mink, both of 5. JG 51. They claimed five MiG-3s of 16 IAP on 4 January (Mink claimed three) and 9 days later Mink claimed a Pe-2 and Strelow destroyed two R-Z biplanes for his 30th and 31st victories. On 4 February, Strelow increased his victories to 36 by shooting down four Russian aircraft. The 19 year-old Strelow claimed his 40th victory on 28 February and claimed 4 victories on both 6 March and 17 March. The next day he was awarded the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes and also shot down seven Soviet aircraft. He was awarded the Eichenlaub on 24 March, his claims total at 66.

Normandy (1944)

7./JG 51, (with Bf 109G-6's) was attached to II./JG 1 in May 1944 from Brest-Litovsk, with pilots arriving at Störmede late in May and hurriedly converting to the FW-190. (It was later renamed 8./JG 1 on 15 August 1944 when the four-Staffeln Gruppe became standard) 7. Staffel was led by Ritterkreuzträger (Knight's Cross winner) Hptm. Karl-Heinz Weber with 136 confirmed kills. Its two other experten were Lt. Friedrich Krakowitzer (23 kills) and Ofhr. Günther Heckmann with 12 kills.

7./JG 51 joined II. Gruppe with 15 pilots on strength at the end of May, and during the first two months of the Normandy campaign the staffel was decimated, with twelve pilots killed, one POW and one severely wounded.

As the war turned against Germany JG 51 was forced to operate closer and closer to Germany, finally staging out of East Prussia.


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
Founded : May 1939
'Ace of Hearts'

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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 - Adolf Borchers









19/05/1940Fw. Adolf Borchers1JG 77HurricaneLe Cateau16.15Western Front
05/03/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51SpitfireW. Boulogne: 8200m14.55Western Front
24/06/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51DB-3-10.28Eastern Front
24/06/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51DB-3-10.36Eastern Front
30/06/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51DB-3-10.45Eastern Front
30/06/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51DB-3-13.1Eastern Front
30/06/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51SB-2-13.5Eastern Front
04/07/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51SB-2-15.17Eastern Front
05/07/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51SB-2-6.5Eastern Front
14/07/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51ZKB-19-16.1Eastern Front
27/07/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51DB-3-15.5Eastern Front
08/08/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51DB-3-15.3Eastern Front
26/08/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51DB-3-5.25Eastern Front
27/08/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51I-16 Rata-8.55Eastern Front
31/08/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51I-18-17.3Eastern Front
31/08/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51I-18-17.3Eastern Front
03/09/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51DB-3-16.15Eastern Front
10/10/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51Pe-2-9.2Eastern Front
12/10/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51Douglas DC-3-12.45Eastern Front
12/10/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51Douglas DC-3-12.46Eastern Front
13/10/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51DB-3-10.2Eastern Front
17/10/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51Pe-2-10.45Eastern Front
24/10/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51R-3-7.55Eastern Front
24/10/1941Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51SB-2-11.05Eastern Front
02/02/1942Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51DB-3-10.1Eastern Front
02/02/1942Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51DB-3-10.1Eastern Front
20/03/1942Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51I-18-11.1Eastern Front
31/03/1942Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51MiG-3-17.3Eastern Front
10/07/1942Ofw. Adolf Borchers10JG 51LaGG-3-10.05Eastern Front
31/07/1942Ltn. Adolf Borchers10JG 51Pe-29km NNE Rshew: 100m17.35Eastern Front
24/08/1942Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-347 764: 500m7.5Eastern Front
02/09/1942Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-2NW Rshew: 300m7.05Eastern Front
03/09/1942Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-2NW Rshew: 200m9.45Eastern Front
14/12/1942Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-210km N. Velikye-Luki: tiefflug9.03Eastern Front
16/12/1942Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-240km N. Nevel: 400m11.42Eastern Front
16/12/1942Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-240km N. Nevel: 400m11.46Eastern Front
29/12/1942Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51MiG-307 673: 4000m9.2Eastern Front
29/12/1942Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-207 722: 400m9.4Eastern Front
05/01/1943Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-207 722: 100m8.4Eastern Front
06/01/1943Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Pe-207 733: 2000m10.35Eastern Front
14/01/1943Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51MiG-307 594: 5000m10.25Eastern Front
16/01/1943Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-207 352: tiefflug14.45Eastern Front
28/01/1943Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51MiG-307 754: 1500m10.45Eastern Front
06/05/1943Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-263 164: 50m13.1Eastern Front
06/05/1943Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-263 412: 30m13.2Eastern Front
06/05/1943Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-263 471: tiefflug13.4Eastern Front
07/05/1943Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51MiG-363 419: 200m4.35Eastern Front
07/05/1943Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-563 244: 500m4.35Eastern Front
07/05/1943Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-264 832: 300m4.39Eastern Front
02/06/1943Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-363 843: 3000m4.03Eastern Front
08/06/1943Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-254 832: tiefflug19.17Eastern Front
08/06/1943Oblt. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-264 772: teifflug19.22Eastern Front
14/06/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-563 264: 1500m6.3Eastern Front
05/07/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-563 364: 300m15.35Eastern Front
06/07/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-563 183: 1500m7.45Eastern Front
07/07/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-363 349: 2000m3.5Eastern Front
08/07/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-563 551: 400m13.35Eastern Front
08/07/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-563 611: 300m13.4Eastern Front
09/07/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-563 583: 1200m8.44Eastern Front
10/07/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-563 554: 500m10.35Eastern Front
11/07/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-563 381: 200m12.34Eastern Front
13/07/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-264 891: 300m7.15Eastern Front
13/07/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-463 252: 400m13.4Eastern Front
13/07/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-463 254: 100m14.1Eastern Front
05/08/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-5SW Karatschew: tiefstflug17.3Eastern Front
13/08/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-5SW Charkov: 1500m17.5Eastern Front
16/08/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-5S. Murafa: 1500m6.05Eastern Front
16/08/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Pe-2E. Kasatschaja-Lopan: 3000m13.4Eastern Front
18/08/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-5SE Izyum: 2500m6.02Eastern Front
18/08/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-5N. Slavyansk: 2000m6.1Eastern Front
22/08/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-5E. Meryeta: 3000m17.4Eastern Front
02/09/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51TomahawkW. Yelnya: 4300m15.45Eastern Front
20/09/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-2mH.W. Ssinelinkovo: tiefstflug13.35Eastern Front
27/09/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-2mH.SW Molotschansk: tiefstflug9.58Eastern Front
27/10/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-5NE Krivoy-Rog: 300m7.45Eastern Front
28/10/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51AiracobraSE Novo-Staradub: tiefst.7.1Eastern Front
29/10/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51AiracobraSW Sefanoye: 800m7.02Eastern Front
22/11/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-2mH.8km NW Annovka: 200m9.32Eastern Front
29/11/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-220km SW Ranzeropol: tiefstflug7.32Eastern Front
29/11/1943Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Il-217km SW Ranzeropol: 200m7.35Eastern Front
07/03/1944Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Jak-905 414 3000m10.34Eastern Front
07/03/1944Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Jak-915 311 2500m10.36Eastern Front
02/05/1944Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Jak-940 662: 1200m15.3Eastern Front
05/05/1944Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51Jak-950 478: 500m18.4Eastern Front
28/05/1944Hptm. Adolf Borchers11JG 51LaGG-550 563: 100m6.32Eastern Front
05/07/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52R-551 751: tiefflug12.23Eastern Front
07/07/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Jak-942 859: 500m13.32Eastern Front
14/07/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Jak-951 547: 1000m7.54Eastern Front
14/07/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Jak-951 548: 1000m8.06Eastern Front
14/07/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Jak-950 318: 500m17.51Eastern Front
15/07/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Jak-951 711: tiefst.11.25Eastern Front
18/07/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.50 187: 100m19.45Eastern Front
22/07/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.40 628: 100m9.32Eastern Front
22/07/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.40 631: tiefst.9.34Eastern Front
22/07/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.50 379: tiefst.9.37Eastern Front
23/07/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.40 568: 800m9.53Eastern Front
23/07/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.40 652: tiefst.10.01Eastern Front
24/07/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Pe-230 683: 4500m18.32Eastern Front
22/08/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Jak-911 336: 800m13.41Eastern Front
22/08/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-211 414: 700m13.45Eastern Front
22/08/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-211 273: 500m13.46Eastern Front
24/08/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.11 442: 700m15.24Eastern Front
25/08/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.11 515: 500m17.13Eastern Front
26/08/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-211 441: 500m13.3Eastern Front
26/08/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-211 334: 600m17.48Eastern Front
26/08/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-211 335: 200m13.27Eastern Front
28/08/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Jak-901 296: 1500m12.51Eastern Front
31/08/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Airacobra11 147: 800m14.09Eastern Front
31/08/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.11 313: 300m14.15Eastern Front
31/08/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.11 172: 300m14.16Eastern Front
31/08/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.01 283: 300m14.18Eastern Front
01/09/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.11 187: 400m10.07Eastern Front
01/09/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.11 149: 400m10.1Eastern Front
02/09/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.11 179: 200m10.02Eastern Front
02/09/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Jak-9-10.04Eastern Front
02/09/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.-15.56Eastern Front
22/09/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-2--Eastern Front
23/09/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52LaGG-510 633: 600m13.32Eastern Front
14/10/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.13 156: 1200m13.12Eastern Front
15/10/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.13 159: 100m13.47Eastern Front
26/10/1944Hptm. Adolf BorchersStab I.JG 52Il-2mH.25 373: 500m11.15Eastern Front

Known Claims : 121

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