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Adolf Glunz

Victories : 72
Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : 1st August 2002

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

Adolf Glunz served with 4/JG-52 on both the Channel Coast and then in Russia. Returning to the English Channel with II./JG-25 he became one of the most successful fighter pilots on the Western Front. Adolf Glunz saw combat continuously right up to the war end and, remarkably, was never shot down or wounded in over 574 missions, many whilst flying the Fw190. Awarded the Knight's Cross in 1943, he acheived a personal score of 71 victories. He died 1st August 2002.

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Erich Rudorffer by Ivan Berryman.
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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.

Adolf Glunz

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


Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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Jagdgeschwader 26 Schlageter was a Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II. It operated mainly in Western Europe against Great Britain, France and the United States but also saw service against Russia. It was named after Albert Leo Schlageter, a World War I veteran and Freikorps member arrested and executed by the French for sabotage in 1923.

Commanders of II. Gruppe JG 26

Hptm. Werner Palm, 1 May 1939 – 27 June 1939
Hptm Herwig Knüppel, 28 June 1939 – 19 May 1940
Hptm Karl Ebbighausen, 20 May 1940 – 31 May 1940
Hptm. Erich Noack, 1 June 1940 – 24 July 1940
Hptm Karl Ebbighausen, 25 July 1940 – 16 August 1940
Hptm Erich Bode, 17 August 1940 – 3.10.40
Hptm Walter Adolph, 4 October 1940 – 18 September 1941
Hptm Joachim Müncheberg, 19 September 1941 – 21 July 1942
Hptm Conny Meyer, 22 July 1942 – 2 January 1943
Maj Wilhelm-Ferdinand Galland, 3 January 43 – 17 August 1943
Hptm Hans Naumann, 18 August 1943 – 8 September 1943
ObLt Johannes Seifert, 9 September 1943 – 25 November 1943
Maj Wilhelm Gäth, 26 November 1943 – 1 March 1944
Hptm Hans Naumann, 2 March 1944 – 28 June 1944
Hptm Emil Lang, 29 June 1944 – 3 September 1944
Hptm Georg-Peter Eder, 4 September 1944 – 8 October 1944
Maj Anton Hackl, 9 October 1944 – 29 January 45
ObLt Waldemar Radener, 30 January 1945 – 22 February 1945
Hptm Paul Schauder, 23 February 1945 – 1 May 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 : Adolf Glunz
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Manufacturer : Fokke-Wulf
Production Began : 1940
Retired : 1945


The Focke-Wulf 190 development project began in 1937. Conceived as a hedge against total dependence on the Messerchmitt 109, the 190 was designed by Kurt Tank utilizing a radial engine. This was against generally accepted design criteria in Germany, and many historians believe that the decision to produce a radial engine fighter was largely due to the limited manufacturing capacity for in-line, water-cooled engines which were widely used on all other Luftwaffe aircraft. Despite these concerns, Tanks design was brilliant, and the 190 would become one of the top fighter aircraft of WWII. The first prototype flew in mid-1939. The aircraft had excellent flying characteristics, a wonderful rate of acceleration, and was heavily armed. By late 1940 the new fighter was ordered into production. Nicknamed the butcher bird, by Luftwaffe pilots, early 190s were quite successful in the bomber interceptor role, but at this stage of the war many Allied bombing raids lacked fighter escort. As the war dragged on, Allied bombers were increasingly accompanied by fighters, including the very effective P-51 Mustang. The Allies learned from experience that the 190s performance fell off sharply at altitudes above 20,000 feet. As a result, most Allied bombing missions were shifted to higher altitudes when fighter opposition was likely. Kurt Tank had recognized this shortcoming and began working on a high-altitude version of the 190 utilizing an in-line, water-cooled engine. Utilizing a Jumo 12-cylinder engine rated at 1770-HP, and capable of 2,240-HP for short bursts with its methanol injection system, the 190D, or Long Nose or Dora as it was called, had a top speed of 426-MPH at 22,000 feet. Armament was improved with two fuselage and two wing mounted 20mm cannon. To accommodate the changes in power plants the Dora had a longer, more streamlined fuselage, with 24 inches added to the nose, and an additional 19 inches added aft of the cockpit to compensate for the altered center of gravity. By mid 1944 the Dora began to reach fighter squadrons in quantity. Although the aircraft had all the right attributes to serve admirably in the high altitude interceptor role, it was not generally focused on such missions. Instead many 190Ds were assigned to protect airfields where Me-262 jet fighters were based. This was due to the latter aircrafts extreme vulnerability to Allied attack during takeoff and landing. The 190Ds also played a major role in Operation Bodenplatte, the New Years Day raid in 1945 which destroyed approximately 500 Allied aircraft on the ground. The High Command was impressed with the 190Ds record on this raid, and ordered most future production of the Doras to be equipped as fighter-bombers. In retrospect this was a strategic error, and this capable aircraft was not fully utilized in the role for which it was intended.


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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 - Adolf Glunz









07/05/1941Gefr. Adolf Glunz4JG 52Spitfire3-5km E. Deal: 5-600m7.56Western Front
19/05/1941Gefr. Adolf Glunz4JG 52SpitfireCanterbury: 3000m12.4Western Front
26/06/1941Uffz. Adolf Glunz4JG 52DB-3-9.33Eastern Front
03/07/1941Uffz. Adolf Glunz4JG 52DB-3NE Borissow18.2Eastern Front
03/07/1941Uffz. Adolf Glunz4JG 52DB-3NE Borissow18.23Eastern Front
27/08/1941Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26SpitfireBergues8.25Western Front
05/11/1941Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26SpitfireGravelines10.4Western Front
08/11/1941Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26Spitfire15km N. Calais: tiefflug13.08Western Front
09/01/1942Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26SpitfireWSW Le Touquet: 50-60m13.08Western Front
12/01/1942Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26SpitfireE. Eu17.08Western Front
13/03/1942Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26Spitfirevor Dungeness: tiefflug16.29Western Front
10/04/1942Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26SpitfireÉtaples17.43Western Front
14/04/1942Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26SpitfireCalais18.5Western Front
25/04/1942Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26SpitfireAbbéville16.43Western Front
17/05/1942Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26SpitfireArdres11.35Western Front
05/06/1942Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26Spitfire15km WNW Ault: tiefflug15.5Western Front
08/06/1942Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26SpitfireWNW Dünkirchen13.59Western Front
28/06/1942Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26SpitfireS. Hastings21.16Western Front
31/07/1942Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26SpitfireW. Berck-sur-Mer15.01Western Front
31/07/1942Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26SpitfireW. Berck-sur-Mer15.08Western Front
19/08/1942Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26Spitfire5-8km W. Dieppe: 1500m10.28Western Front
05/09/1942Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26SpitfireW. Berck-sur-Mer: 20m11.41Western Front
02/11/1942Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26Spitfire10-15km W. Berck-sur-Mer: 7000-500m16.57Western Front
03/02/1943Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26Spitfire-15.3Western Front
17/02/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26SpitfireArdres: 4000m10.45-50Western Front
26/02/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26Spitfirebei St. Omer: 1500m10.37Western Front
08/03/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26SpitfireRouen: 6000-7000m14.06-08Western Front
14/03/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26Spitfire2-3km SW Boulogne: 1500-2500m17.59Western Front
28/03/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26MosquitoS. Lille: 10m18.41Western Front
28/03/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26MosquitoS. Lille: 10m18.42Western Front
03/04/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26SpitfireLe Touquet: 5700-6000m16.08Western Front
04/04/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26SpitfireSW Dieppe: 7000-8000m14.42Western Front
05/04/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26B-17Dinteloord: 7000m15.38-15.40Western Front
11/06/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26SpitfireN. Doullens: 4000m16.42Western Front
16/06/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26Spitfire20km NW Cap Gris Nez: 1000-200m7.07Western Front
20/06/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26SpitfireSE Etaples bei Lefaux: 4000-5000m13.35Western Front
24/06/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26B-17W. Bergen-op-Zoom: 6000-7000m09.15-20Western Front
26/06/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26P-47N. Neufchâtel: 7000m18.54Western Front
04/07/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26Spitfirebei Amiens17.45Western Front
12/08/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26B-17W. Mönchen-Gladbach: 4-5000m9.28Western Front
17/08/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26B-17Insel Schouwen: 7000-8000m17.35Western Front
31/08/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26B-17S. Le Tréport: 7000-8000m19.32Western Front
03/09/1943Fw. Adolf Glunz4JG 26B-17E. Paris: 7000-8000m10.35Western Front
03/10/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26Spitfire-16Western Front
10/10/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26B-17Harskamp: 7000m15.41Western Front
14/10/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26P-47LL-6 Budel 15km S. Eindhoven14Western Front
11/11/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26B-17SW Dordrecht: 6000m14.55Western Front
11/11/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26B-17SW Dordrecht14.57Western Front
14/11/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26MosquitoSW Lille: 8000m16Western Front
26/11/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26P-47Domont: 6000m [N. Paris]10.4Western Front
26/11/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26B-17Le Neuville: 3500-4000m11.03Western Front
01/12/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26SpitfireSW Arras: 4000-5000m10.03Western Front
01/12/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26SpitfireSW Arras: 4000-5000m10.05Western Front
21/12/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26SpitfireSW Douai: 6000m11.5Western Front
31/12/1943Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26B-17Raum Bannalec: 4000m [SW Rosporden]15Western Front
07/01/1944Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26P-47Raum Boulogne: 4000m13.4Western Front
11/02/1944Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26B-171½km S. Fréval: 1600-2600m14.05Western Front
21/02/1944Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26B-176km W. Bergen-aan-Zee: 7000m15.5Western Front
22/02/1944Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26B-17Gahlen 7km W. Dorsten: 7000m12.5Western Front
22/02/1944Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26B-17Geilenkirchen15.4Western Front
22/02/1944Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26B-17Garzweiler SW Grevenbroich: 6000m15.35Western Front
22/02/1944Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26B-17NE Wesel: 5700m13.1Western Front
22/02/1944Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26B-17-12.55Western Front
22/02/1944Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26P-4715km NW Geilenkirchen: 2000m15.3Western Front
25/02/1944Ofw. Adolf Glunz5JG 26B-17-17Western Front
09/05/1944Ltn. Adolf Glunz6JG 26P-51LL-7: 7000m [7km E. Turnhout]9.51Western Front
09/05/1944Ltn. Adolf Glunz6JG 26P-51LK-9: 7000m [7km SSW Turnhout]9.57Western Front
11/05/1944Ltn. Adolf Glunz6JG 26B-2450km NE Orléans: 6-7000m14.00-05Western Front
10/06/1944Ltn. Adolf Glunz6JG 26P-47TA-UA: 3-4000m [Tricqueville-Lisieux]17.56Western Front
10/06/1944Ltn. Adolf Glunz6JG 26P-47TA-UA: 2500-3000m [Tricqueville-Lisieux]17.58Western Front
10/06/1944Ltn. Adolf Glunz6JG 26P-47TA-UA: 2500-3000m [Tricqueville-Lisieux]17.58Western Front
18/06/1944Ltn. Adolf Glunz6JG 26P-51AT-9: 150m [Flers]17.29Western Front
21/09/1944Ltn. Adolf Glunz6JG 26DC-3Nijmegen: 2000-3000m17.18Western Front
02/10/1944Ltn. Adolf Glunz6JG 26SpitfireJM-89: 3000m [Oss/Grave]12.15Western Front
13/10/1944Ltn. Adolf Glunz6JG 26P-38NN-9: 3000m [Aachen]15Western Front
24/12/1944Ltn. Adolf Glunz6JG 26P-47PL-PM : 3500-4000m [Durbuy-Stavelot]12.27Western Front
24/12/1944Ltn. Adolf Glunz6JG 26P-47PL-PM : 3500-4000m [Durbuy-Stavelot]12.28Western Front
01/01/1945Oblt. Adolf Glunz6JG 26SpitfireS. Fl.Pl. Brüssel-Evere9.25Western Front

Known Claims : 78

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