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Wilhelm Lemke

Victories : 131
Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : 4th December 1943

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

Wilhelm Lemke was born on 27 September 1920 at Arnswalde in Neumark. By November 1939, Lemke was serving in the Luftwaffe with the rank of Fahnenjunker. In spring 1941, Lemke was serving with JG 3, based on the Eastern front. Oberfähnrich Lemke was assigned to 8./JG 3. He claimed two Russian bombers shot down on 26 June for his first victories Lemke had recorded 15 victories, when he was shot down in combat with Russian bombers, sustaining an abdominal injury on 26 August. He made an emergency landing in Bf 109 F-2 “Black 7” but the injuries received in this incident required a long stay in hospital. He returned to his unit in mid-February 1942. On 31 March, Lemke recorded his 20th victory. His 30th victory was achieved on 24 June. He claimed four victories on 29 July to take his victory total to 42. On 19 September, Leutnant Lemke was awarded the Knight’s Cross for 59 Victories. However, he was shot down the same day by enemy flak necessitating an emergency landing in Bf 109 F-4 “Yellow 1” with 60% damage 4km west of Gumrak. He was uninjured in the incident. On 11 August 1942, Lemke had been appointed Staffelkapitän of 9./JG 3. By the end of 1942, he had recorded 90 victories, including a Russian LaGG-3 fighter by ramming on 27 December 1942, necessitating an emergency landing at Morosowskaja with Bf 109 G-2 “Yellow 7” sustaining 50% damage, and numerous tanks and military vehicles in ground attacks. He claimed his 100th victory on 16 March 1943. Lemke was afforded two months leave in May 1943. On his return, he recorded his 125th victory on 28 July. In August 1943, III./JG 3 was transferred to the Western front to undertake Reichsverteidigung duties. Lemke shot down two USAAF P-47 fighters on 17 August. On 4 November, Lemke was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 3. Hauptmann Lemke was awarded the Eichenlaub on 25 November. He recorded his 131st, and last, victory on 30 November when he shot down a P-47.

On 4 December 1943, Lemke was shot down and killed in aerial combat with P-47s of 487th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group, USAAF. His Bf 109 G-6 crashed at Dodewaard, 18km west Nijmegen.

Wilhelm Lemke is credited with 131 victories. He recorded 125 victories over the Eastern Front, including 28 Il-2 Sturmovik ground attack aircraft. Of his six Western front victories, three were four-engine bombers.

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Wilhelm Lemke

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


Country : Germany
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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
Aircraft for : Wilhelm Lemke
A list of all aircraft associated with Wilhelm Lemke. 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 - Wilhelm Lemke









26/06/1941Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3SB-3NE Beresteczko6.3Eastern Front
26/06/1941Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3SB-3NE Beresteczko6.4Eastern Front
27/06/1941Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3DB-3Lemberg15.2Eastern Front
29/06/1941Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3ZKB-19Ostrog16.15Eastern Front
29/06/1941Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3V-11Ostrog19.05Eastern Front
12/07/1941Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3DB-3-11.5Eastern Front
12/07/1941Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3DB-3-12Eastern Front
13/07/1941Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3ZKB-19Kiew6.1Eastern Front
15/07/1941Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3I-153-15.07Eastern Front
16/07/1941Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3R-ZBelaja-Zerkow17.35Eastern Front
17/07/1941Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3DB-3Rakitno16.12Eastern Front
25/07/1941Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3I-153-18.2Eastern Front
25/07/1941Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3SB-3-18.4Eastern Front
09/08/1941Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3DB-3--Eastern Front
19/08/1941Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3DB-3Saporoshje9.15Eastern Front
22/08/1941Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3I-17-16.15Eastern Front
03/03/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3R-5SE Staraya Russa: tiefflug11.17Eastern Front
13/03/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3I-613km NW Solobjewo: 200m16.17Eastern Front
16/03/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3R-5Konjuchowo: tieffluf17.15Eastern Front
28/03/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3I-614km S. Ramanschewo: 100m16.1Eastern Front
31/03/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3I-301Tschertowschina: 300m15.1Eastern Front
04/04/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-34km NW Bjakowo: 2500m18.05Eastern Front
04/04/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-32km N. Jermakowo: 300m18.1Eastern Front
04/04/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-3-18.15Eastern Front
05/04/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3I-613km S. Meshinski: 200m13.1Eastern Front
06/04/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3I-612km S. Komarovo: 300m10.1Eastern Front
19/05/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-1N. Korunschenyan: 200m16.45Eastern Front
27/05/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3Il-23km S. Chuguyev: 20m4.15Eastern Front
28/05/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3I-15NE Izyum: 40m8.21Eastern Front
24/06/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3Jak-4NE Schtschignoye: 2000m18.13Eastern Front
24/06/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-3SE St. Tschmenissowo: 1800m18.17Eastern Front
24/06/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-3ESE St. Tschmenissowo: 1500m18.18Eastern Front
26/06/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3Il-2-8.52Eastern Front
26/06/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3Il-2-8.55Eastern Front
02/07/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-3-6.5Eastern Front
08/07/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-1-13.27Eastern Front
27/07/1942Ltm. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3LaGG-3NE Kalatsch: 2000m18.15Eastern Front
28/07/1942Ltm. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3LaGG-3NE Kalatsch: 1800m9.07Eastern Front
28/07/1942Ltm. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3LaGG-3E. Kalatsch: 500m9.2Eastern Front
29/07/1942Ltm. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3LaGG-3SW Kalatsch: 2800m4.02Eastern Front
29/07/1942Ltm. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3Il-2Tschinskaya: 50m17.45Eastern Front
29/07/1942Ltm. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3Il-2SW Loschhi: 50m17.5Eastern Front
29/07/1942Ltm. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3LaGG-3E. Chir River: 2500m (Kalatsch)18.1Eastern Front
31/07/1942Ltm. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3LaGG-3N. Kabowska: 500m15.55Eastern Front
13/08/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3Il-2W. Warzionowsky: 500m17.45Eastern Front
13/08/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3Il-2S. Wartjatscht [sic]: 20m18.05Eastern Front
21/08/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3LaGG-3N. Zazza: 1200m17.38Eastern Front
21/08/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3LaGG-3E. Zazza: 600m17.43Eastern Front
21/08/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3LaGGN. Zazza: 100m17.55Eastern Front
23/08/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-1Tsredujaja - O.: 1800m15.1Eastern Front
25/08/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3Il-240 873: 500m11.15Eastern Front
28/08/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3I-180Stalingrad: 3000m6.3Eastern Front
30/08/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3Il-2NE Radkova: 100m9.22Eastern Front
30/08/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3Il-2SW Dawigdowa: 20m9.25Eastern Front
30/08/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-3SW Tundutov: 500m17Eastern Front
30/08/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-3N. Tundutov: 80m17.05Eastern Front
06/09/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-32km WSW Sudenaya: 800m16.55Eastern Front
07/09/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3I-15315km N. Stalingrad17.15Eastern Front
08/09/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3Jak-16km W. Achtuba: 800m5.55Eastern Front
11/09/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3Il-24km N. Stalingrad: 50m10.45Eastern Front
13/09/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-320km NE Stalingrad: 2000m12.35Eastern Front
16/09/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-312km E. Stalingrad: 1200m9.3Eastern Front
18/09/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3Il-26km E. Kotluban: 400m5.44Eastern Front
22/09/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-3SE Kolobovka: 100m11.3Eastern Front
28/09/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-35km NNW Akhtuba: 500m5.35Eastern Front
28/09/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3Il-23km E. Stalingrad: 700m5.4Eastern Front
02/10/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-312km NE Solyanoy: tiefflug7.28Eastern Front
06/10/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3La-558 753: 400m15.2Eastern Front
09/10/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-318km SW Tsrafimowitch: 800m13.1Eastern Front
17/10/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-312km NE Leminsk: 2500m15.5Eastern Front
20/10/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3LaGG-38km S. Grjasnaya: 500m8.45Eastern Front
01/11/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3MiG-3SE Fl.Pl. Leninsk: 20m14.35Eastern Front
08/11/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3La-52km N. Fl.Pl. Akhtuba: 100m7.1Eastern Front
10/11/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke8JG 3Pe-25km SE Kalschalinskaya: 7500m10.2Eastern Front
30/11/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3MiG-310km SE Bokowskaja: 800m10.4Eastern Front
11/12/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3Boston III15km NW Kalatsch: 5300m13.2Eastern Front
12/12/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-36km ENE Tsingnowkino: 4500m10.3Eastern Front
12/12/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-320km WNW Kalatsch: tiefflug10.4Eastern Front
13/12/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-34km NW Tschernigev: 300m7.15Eastern Front
13/12/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3R-512km E. Sety: 50m11.35Eastern Front
17/12/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3Il-26km NW Kapminski: 400m11.4Eastern Front
17/12/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3Il-28km S. Kapminski: 100m11.42Eastern Front
17/12/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3Il-23km SE Obgalinowo: tieffug11.45Eastern Front
26/12/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-32km SW Milintinskaya: 800m7.15Eastern Front
27/12/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-312km NE Milintinskaya10Eastern Front
27/12/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-38km N. Zymla: 3000m13.32Eastern Front
28/12/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3Il-29km N. Obliskaya: 20m11.55Eastern Front
31/12/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3Il-2NE Morosowskaya: 600m7.12Eastern Front
31/12/1942Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3Il-26km W. Urjupin: 400m7.4Eastern Front
10/01/1943Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3Jak-44km N. Goreloff: 1500m9.35Eastern Front
17/01/1943Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-36km N. Kamensk: 300m13.4Eastern Front
10/02/1943Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3Boston15km N. Artemorsk: 2000m14.2Eastern Front
11/02/1943Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3Boston12km E. Kramortskaya: 7000m10.35Eastern Front
27/02/1943Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-58km W. Juchevka7.4Eastern Front
28/02/1943Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3MiG-315km S. Iszyum13.43Eastern Front
28/02/1943Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-320km S. Iszyum: 500m13.47Eastern Front
13/03/1943Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3Il-230km SE Location: 800m11.15Eastern Front
13/03/1943Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3R-525km SE Location: 500m11.17Eastern Front
16/03/1943Ltn. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-318 214: 1800m14.1Eastern Front
31/05/1943Oblt. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3Il-279 431: tiefflug18.12Eastern Front
31/05/1943Oblt. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-379 294: 200m8.14Eastern Front
31/05/1943Oblt. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-379 173: 1200m8.19Eastern Front
02/06/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-5W. Kursk: 4000m13.4Eastern Front
10/06/1943Oblt. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-390 713: 2300m8.2Eastern Front
14/06/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-5E. Kupyansk: 2000m14.4Eastern Front
14/06/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-5SW Sswatowo: 3000m14.45Eastern Front
15/06/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-3W. Starobelsk: 1500m17.32Eastern Front
15/06/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-3NNE Starobelsk: 2000m17.43Eastern Front
16/06/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-5N. Starobelsk: 4000m18.12Eastern Front
20/06/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3Il-2NE Yeysk: tiefflug3.48Eastern Front
20/06/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3Il-2N. Yeysk: tiefflug3.5Eastern Front
05/07/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-5S. Obojany: 3000m13.55Eastern Front
05/07/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3Il-2S. Belgorod: tiefstflug18.3Eastern Front
05/07/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3Il-2SW Korotsche: 3000m18.12Eastern Front
06/07/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-5NW Belgorod: 600m9.35Eastern Front
07/07/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-5SW Oboyan: 3000m12.07Eastern Front
07/07/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-5SW Prochorovka: 4000m12.15Eastern Front
08/07/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-3N. Belgorod: 2000m12.03Eastern Front
09/07/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3Il-2E. Narvarovka: tiefstflug5.1Eastern Front
09/07/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-5SW Oboyany: 1500m11.05Eastern Front
14/07/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-5N. Prokhorovka: 3500m15.35Eastern Front
17/07/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-570 811: 1500m14Eastern Front
28/07/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3Boston70 871: 6000m18.25Eastern Front
28/07/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3LaGG-370 873: 3000m18.26Eastern Front
17/08/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3P-47NNE Lüttich: 9000m [Liège]17.15Western Front
17/08/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3P-475km NE Lüttich: 9000m [Liège]17.26Western Front
06/09/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3B-17W. Stuttgart: 6000m11.05Western Front
14/10/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3B-17Schweinfurt: 6500m14.45Western Front
14/10/1943Hptm. Wilhelm Lemke9JG 3B-1720km W. Schweinfurt: 7000m14.39Western Front
30/11/1943Hptm. Wilhelm LemkeStab II.JG 3P-47KL-8: 9000m [Tilburg]11.25Western Front

Known Claims : 130

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