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Max-Hellmuth Ostermann

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Victories : 102
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Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : 9th August 1942

This pilot scored 5 or more victories during the Battle of Britain, 10th July - 31st October 1940.

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

Born in Hamburg on 11th December 1917, Max-Hellmuth Ostermann joined the Luftwaffe in March 1937. He flew Me110s with I./ZG1, participating in the invasion of Poland before transferring to JG21 in April 1940. During the Battle of France, he claimed his first victory, shooting down a French fighter on 20th May 1940. He claimed one more victory during the French campaign before the squadron was redesignated JG54 and fought in the Battle of Britain, where Ostermann claimed a further 6 victories. Participating in the Balkans campaign, he shot down a Yugoslavian Me109 fighter, before moving to fight the Russians on the eatern front. With 29 victories claimed, he was awarded the Knights Cross on 4th September 1941. He scored his 50th victory on 20th January 1942, increasing his total to 70 by the 20th of March that year. Early in May, after scoring his 97th victory, Ostermann was shot down but was unharmed. Returning to action, he scored his 100th victory on 12th May 1942, and was the 7th pilot to score this total. He was shot down on the same mission, suffering sufficient wounds to keep him out of action until August. On 9th August 1942, he scored his 102nd victory, but was shot down and killed by Russian fighters soon afterwards.

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Max-Hellmuth Ostermann

Squadrons for : Max-Hellmuth Ostermann
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Max-Hellmuth Ostermann. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
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JG21

Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG21

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JG54

Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG54

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.

ZG1

Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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ZG1

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Aircraft for : Max-Hellmuth Ostermann
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Me109



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

Me109

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.

Me110

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Manufacturer : Messerschmitt
Production Began : 1938

Me110

The Bf-110 grew out of Herman Gorings specifications for a multipurpose aircraft capable of penetrating deep into enemy airspace to clear the sky of enemy fighters in advance of German bomber formations. The aircraft would also be utilized as a long range interceptor, and as a ground support and ground attack bomber. The Bf-110 prototype first flew in 1936. The prototype was under powered with its Daimier Benz DB 600A engines. Several months passed before a go ahead was given for large scale production which commenced in 1938. Utilizing improved DB 601 engines, the early production 110s were as fast as any single engine fighter at that time, and had superior fire power. Their biggest apparent weakness was in the areas of armor protection for the crew, and in terms of maneuverability when compared to single seat fighters. The 110 was produced in large numbers and in many different variants. The 110D was the long range model. An additional belly tank was fitted to that aircraft, with several later variants having the more traditional drop tanks. The first serious test for the Bf-110 came during the Battle of Britain. About 300 Bf-110s were involved. They became easy prey for Hurricane and Spitfire pilots, and Bf-109s were often required to assist the 110s in their own defense. On August 15, 1940, which became known as Black Tuesday, the Bf-110s were ravaged by the RAF, and for the month over 100 aircraft were lost. On the Eastern Front the Bf-110 performed admirably in the early stages of Operation Barbarossa. With the Soviet Air Force weakened in the first several weeks of the attack, 110s were effectively utilized in a ground attack role. Ultimately, the Luftwaffe re-equipped a significant number of its 110s as night fighters. The aircraft performed well in this role because it was a good gun platform with sufficient speed to overtake the RAF night bombers. Such night missions were typically carried out with no Allied fighter escort, so the 110 night fighters would not have to engage or elude Allied fighters in this role.

Known Victory Claims - Max-Hellmuth Ostermann

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

20/05/1940Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann1JG 21Morane 406W. Péronne: 2000m18.2Western Front
26/05/1940Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann1JG 21CurtissArras9.06Western Front
12/08/1940Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54Spitfire-9.35Western Front
30/08/1940Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54Spitfire-19.05Western Front
05/09/1940Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54Hurricane-10.4Western Front
30/09/1940Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54Spitfire-14.37Western Front
08/10/1940Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54Spitfire-11.46Western Front
20/10/1940Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54SpitfireSE London: 7500m15.38Western Front
06/04/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54Bf 109-12.43Western Front
23/06/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54SB-2-11.51Eastern Front
23/06/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54SB-2-11.58Eastern Front
26/06/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54DB-3Dünaburg19.32Eastern Front
30/06/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54DB-3-12.1Eastern Front
30/06/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54DB-3-12.11Eastern Front
30/06/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54DB-3-12.15Eastern Front
05/07/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54SB-3-20.04Eastern Front
05/07/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54SB-3-20.05Eastern Front
05/07/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54SB-3-20.08Eastern Front
06/07/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54SB-3E. Ostrow17.35Eastern Front
06/07/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54SB-3E. Ostrow17.37Eastern Front
28/07/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-18-20.03Eastern Front
01/08/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54DB-3-19.06Eastern Front
10/08/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-18--Eastern Front
10/08/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-18--Eastern Front
12/08/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-16--Eastern Front
14/08/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-153-17.01Eastern Front
14/08/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-153-17.04Eastern Front
17/08/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-16 Rata-11.37Eastern Front
18/08/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-16 Rata-5.25Eastern Front
18/08/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-16 Rata-11.02Eastern Front
21/08/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-18-10.45Eastern Front
23/08/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-16 RataReval8.03Eastern Front
04/09/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-16 Rata--Eastern Front
05/09/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-16 Rata-15.45Eastern Front
07/09/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-18-14.25Eastern Front
07/09/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-18-14.3Eastern Front
08/09/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-18-17.25Eastern Front
10/09/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-26-10.24Eastern Front
11/09/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54SB-3-10.12Eastern Front
11/09/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-15-7.51Eastern Front
12/09/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54DB-3--Eastern Front
17/09/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-18-10.24Eastern Front
23/09/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54--Eastern Front
07/10/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-18--Eastern Front
25/10/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-26-14.15Eastern Front
29/10/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54I-26-13.5Eastern Front
30/10/1941Ltn. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann7JG 54-11.35Eastern Front
13/11/1941Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54Pe-2-15.04Eastern Front
16/11/1941Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54I-26-15.16Eastern Front
16/11/1941Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54I-26-15.2Eastern Front
19/11/1941Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54Douglas-8.35Eastern Front
30/11/1941Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54Douglas-13.45Eastern Front
01/12/1941Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54I-2610km NE Leningrad15.1Eastern Front
01/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54I-26-12.37Eastern Front
08/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54I-26-13.42Eastern Front
08/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54I-180-13.5Eastern Front
09/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54I-26-15.15Eastern Front
11/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54I-18-15.05Eastern Front
20/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54I-26-14.22Eastern Front
23/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54I-16 Rata-11.05Eastern Front
23/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54Il-2-11.27Eastern Front
24/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54I-16 Rata-13.07Eastern Front
24/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54I-16 Rata-13.07Eastern Front
25/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54I-153-11.12Eastern Front
25/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54I-153-11.26Eastern Front
25/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54MBR-2-16.45Eastern Front
25/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54I-153-11.12Eastern Front
25/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54I-153-11.26Eastern Front
25/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54MBR-2-16.45Eastern Front
26/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54Pe-2-13.21Eastern Front
26/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54Pe-2-13.21Eastern Front
28/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54-9.18Eastern Front
28/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54I-18-15.01Eastern Front
28/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54-9.18Eastern Front
28/01/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54I-18-15.01Eastern Front
01/02/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54P-40-10.5Eastern Front
01/02/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann3JG 54P-40-10.5Eastern Front
14/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-26-17.05Eastern Front
16/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-26-8.3Eastern Front
17/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-18-10.06Eastern Front
17/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54RZ-14Eastern Front
17/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54RZ-14.03Eastern Front
18/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54-16.35Eastern Front
18/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54-17.00±Eastern Front
19/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54P-40-11.15Eastern Front
19/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-18-11.4Eastern Front
20/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-18-12.31Eastern Front
20/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-18-17.21Eastern Front
21/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-18-11.4Eastern Front
22/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-18-17.2Eastern Front
22/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-18-17.35Eastern Front
28/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-18-10.16Eastern Front
29/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-16 Rata-9.28Eastern Front
29/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-16 Rata-11.57Eastern Front
29/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-16 Rata-12.05Eastern Front
31/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-18-13.15Eastern Front
31/03/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-18-13.33Eastern Front
01/04/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-18-18.12Eastern Front
13/04/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54MiG-3-12.3Eastern Front
23/04/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54MiG-3-12.3Eastern Front
23/04/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54MiG-3-16.02Eastern Front
24/04/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54RZ-6.41Eastern Front
25/04/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-180-11.5Eastern Front
27/04/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54Curtiss P-40-6.15Eastern Front
27/04/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54Curtiss P-40-12.12Eastern Front
29/04/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54MiG-3-16.22Eastern Front
29/04/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54MiG-3-16.25Eastern Front
30/04/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54Curtiss P-40-13.41Eastern Front
30/04/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54MiG-3-14.06Eastern Front
06/05/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-180-18.12Eastern Front
06/05/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-180-18.19Eastern Front
07/05/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54Curtiss P-40-5.58Eastern Front
09/05/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54Curtiss P-40-15.23Eastern Front
10/05/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-18010 481: 1900m8.25Eastern Front
12/05/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54I-16 Rata10 362: 800m9.36Eastern Front
12/05/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54Curtiss P-40-9.41Eastern Front
12/05/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54Curtiss P-40-10.53Eastern Front
08/08/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54P-4029 561: 2800m18.58Eastern Front
09/08/1942Oblt. Max-Hellmuth Ostermann8JG 54P-4029 521: 600m11.33Eastern Front

Known Claims : 119

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