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Major Helmut Wick (deceased)

Ace with 56.00 Victories

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

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At the outbreak of war Helmut Wick was an experienced Leutnant with 1./JG53. During the Battle of Britain his meteoric rise and remarkable career saw him promoted Staffelkapitan of 3./JG53 in July 1940, Gruppenkommandeur of 1./JG2 on 7th September, achieve his 40th victory on 6th October, and promoted to Kommodore of JG2 on 20th October. With 56 victories to his credit in a period of intense action on the Western Front, on 28th November 1940 he was shot down over the English Channel, parachuted into the sea, but his body was never recovered. Together with Molders and Galland he had been the most successful Luftwaffe fighter pilot during the autumn of 1940, and had been awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves.


Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron CrossAwarded Oak Leaves to the Knights Cross
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JG2

Country : Germany
Founded : 1st May 1939

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JG2

Jagdgeschwader 2 was formed from parts of Jagdgeschwader 131 Richthofen on 1 May 1939 in Döberitz and its first commander was Oberst Robert Ritter von Greim. At the outbreak of the war JG 2 was tasked with defence of the Reich and based in the Berlin area under Luftgaukommando III. Stab and II. Gruppe were equipped with the Bf 109E and were located at Döberitz with 10.(N) staffel flying the Bf 109D in Straussberg.

10.(N) Staffel was one of the first night fighter units formed in the Luftwaffe. Later this staffel was expanded into IV.(N) Gruppe. This Gruppe gained the Luftwaffe’s first night kill over the RAF Bomber Command on the night of 25/26 on April 1940 when Ofw Förster shot down a Handley Page Hampden.

The unit saw little combat until the Western offensive against France and the Low Countries from 10 May 1940 onwards. During the campaign against France, JG 2 was tasked with escorting raids and defending German airspace to the south of Heinz Guderian's Panzer forces which were encircling the French and the British Expeditionary Force further north. Leutnant Helmut Wick, who later became part of a trio of outstanding aces (including Adolf Galland from Jagdgeschwader 26 (JG 26) and Werner Mölders from Jagdgeschwader 51 (JG 51)) in the Battle of Britain, attained his first and the Geschwader's second kill on 22 November 1939, a French Curtiss Hawk Model 75. The first victory for the JG 2 was scored by Oberfeldwebel Kley (3. Staffel) at the same day.

JG 2 took part in the Battle of Britain, operating Bf 109Es over the South Coast of England and the English Channel from bases in Cherbourg and Normandy. Major Helmut Wick emerged as one of the Battle’s top Luftwaffe aces, claiming 31 kills for a personal total of 56, before being killed (MIA) in action versus Spitfires of No. 609 Squadron in November 1940. Wick was seen to bail out successfully but was not found by German Air/Sea Rescue attempts. The Spitfire who dispatched him was immediately shot down by Oberleutnant Rudolf Pflanz. Ofw. Schnell, Ofw. Machold and Olt. Hans Assi Hahn also claimed heavily during this period, with 16 kills each. Some 42 JG 2 pilots were killed or made POW during the battle.

JG53

Country : Germany
Founded : 1937

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JG53

Pik-As was a Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II. It operated in Western Europe and in the Mediterranean. Jagdgeschwader 53 - or as it was better known, the Pik As (Ace of Spades) Geschwader - was one of the oldest German fighter units of World War II with its origins going back to 1937. JG53 flew the various models of Bf-109 throughout the second world war.

Known Victory Claims - Helmut Wick

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

22/11/1939Ltn. Helmut Wick3JG 2Hawk 75Bitsch-Phalsbourg-Sarre12.2Western Front
20/05/1940Ltn. Helmut Wick3JG 2LeO 451Cambrai-St. Quentin14Western Front
20/05/1940Ltn. Helmut Wick3JG 2LeO 451Cambrai-St. Quentin14.05Western Front
05/06/1940Ltn. Helmut Wick3JG 2Bloch 151Ham/Péronne17.3Western Front
05/06/1940Ltn. Helmut Wick3JG 2Bloch 151Ham/Péronne17.25Western Front
05/06/1940Ltn. Helmut Wick3JG 2Bloch 151Ham/Péronne17.2Western Front
05/06/1940Ltn. Helmut Wick3JG 2Bloch 151Ham/Péronne17.17Western Front
06/06/1940Ltn. Helmut Wick3JG 2Bloch 151Ham/Péronne12.26Western Front
06/06/1940Ltn. Helmut Wick3JG 2Bloch 151Ham/Péronne12.17Western Front
08/06/1940Ltn. Helmut Wick3JG 2Bloch 151SW Soissons21Western Front
08/06/1940Ltn. Helmut Wick3JG 2Bloch 151SW Soissons21.1Western Front
09/06/1940Ltn. Helmut Wick3JG 2BlenheimNE Soissons21.35Western Front
13/06/1940Ltn. Helmut Wick3JG 2BattleMontdidier-Provins21.1Western Front
17/07/1940Ltn. Helmut Wick3JG 2SpitfireS. Insel Wight15.07Western Front
11/08/1940Oblt. Helmut Wick3JG 2CurtissE. Weymouth11.3Western Front
11/08/1940Oblt. Helmut Wick3JG 2Spitfire-11.34Western Front
11/08/1940Oblt. Helmut Wick3JG 2Spitfire40km vor Portland: 7000m11.45Western Front
16/08/1940Oblt. Helmut Wick3JG 2HurricaneE. Portsmouth: 4000m14.35Western Front
25/08/1940Oblt. Helmut Wick3JG 2HurricanePortland18.25Western Front
25/08/1940Oblt. Helmut Wick3JG 2SpitfirePortland18.3Western Front
26/08/1940Oblt. Helmut Wick3JG 2HurricanePortsmouth17.35Western Front
26/08/1940Oblt. Helmut Wick3JG 2HurricanePortsmouth17.3Western Front
05/09/1940Oblt. Helmut Wick6JG 2Spitfire-16.1Western Front
06/09/1940Oblt. Helmut Wick6JG 2Spitfire-9.5Western Front
07/09/1940Oblt. Helmut Wick6JG 2Spitfire-18.25Western Front
08/09/1940Oblt. Helmut Wick6JG 2Hurricane-13.2Western Front
08/09/1940Oblt. Helmut Wick6JG 2Hurricane-13.3Western Front
08/09/1940Oblt. Helmut Wick6JG 2Hurricane-13.4Western Front
25/09/1940Hptm. Helmut WickStab I.JG 2Spitfire-14.3Western Front
26/09/1940Hptm. Helmut WickStab I.JG 2Spitfire-17.4Western Front
27/09/1940Hptm. Helmut WickStab I.JG 2SpitfireE. Portland13Western Front
28/09/1940Hptm. Helmut WickStab I.JG 2HurricaneSelsey Bill15.4Western Front
30/09/1940Hptm. Helmut WickStab I.JG 2Spitfire-12.3Western Front
30/09/1940Hptm. Helmut WickStab I.JG 2Spitfire-12.35Western Front
01/10/1940Hptm. Helmut WickStab I.JG 2SpitfireS. Swanage11.4Western Front
01/10/1940Hptm. Helmut WickStab I.JG 2SpitfireS. Swanage11.45Western Front
05/10/1940Hptm. Helmut WickStab I.JG 2HurricaneS. Bournemouth14.58Western Front
05/10/1940Hptm. Helmut WickStab I.JG 2HurricaneBournemouth15Western Front
05/10/1940Hptm. Helmut WickStab I.JG 2HurricaneBournemouth15.03Western Front
05/10/1940Hptm. Helmut WickStab I.JG 2SpitfireE. Insel Wight18.35Western Front
05/10/1940Hptm. Helmut WickStab I.JG 2SpitfireE. Insel Wight18.4Western Front
15/10/1940Hptm. Helmut WickStab I.JG 2SpitfirePortsmouth13.45Western Front
29/10/1940Major Helmut WickStabJG 2HurricanePortsmouth15.29Western Front
29/10/1940Major Helmut WickStabJG 2SpitfirePortsmouth15.33Western Front
05/11/1940Major Helmut WickStabJG 2SpitfireNE Portland [Southampton]14.4Western Front
05/11/1940Major Helmut WickStabJG 2HurricaneNE Portland14.37Western Front
05/11/1940Major Helmut WickStabJG 2HurricaneNE Portland14.35Western Front
06/11/1940Major Helmut WickStabJG 2HurricaneSouthampton15.35Western Front
06/11/1940Major Helmut WickStabJG 2SpitfireE. Insel Wight15.48Western Front
06/11/1940Major Helmut WickStabJG 2SpitfireE. Insel Wight15.46Western Front
06/11/1940Major Helmut WickStabJG 2SpitfireE. Insel Wight15.45Western Front
06/11/1940Major Helmut WickStabJG 2HurricaneSouthampton15.37Western Front
07/11/1940Major Helmut WickStabJG 2HurricaneS. Portsmouth15.25Western Front
10/11/1940Major Helmut WickStabJG 2HurricaneE. Portland15.43Western Front
28/11/1940Major Helmut WickStabJG 2SpitfireBournemouth17.13Western Front
28/11/1940Major Helmut WickStabJG 2SpitfireNE Insel Wight15.1Western Front

Known Claims : 56

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