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Heinrich Sterr - Pilot Profile - Heinrich Sterr

Heinrich Sterr

Victories : 130
Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : 26th November 1944

Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross

Heinrich Sterr 24 September 1919 died 26 November 1944. He was a German World War II Luftwaffe 130 victories Flying ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross.

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Heinrich Sterr

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


Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

Click the name above to see prints featuring aircraft of 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.

Known Victory Claims - Heinrich Sterr









19/07/1942Uffz. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Il-2Kola: 400m14.44Eastern Front
28/09/1942Uffz. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-318 442: 3000m13.06Eastern Front
28/09/1942Uffz. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Il-218 242: 2000m13.15Eastern Front
29/09/1942Uffz. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Jak-118 254: 5000m9.05Eastern Front
06/12/1942Uffz. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Pe-228 354: 3500m12.3Eastern Front
12/12/1942Uffz. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-310km N. Worschina-See: 300m14Eastern Front
17/12/1942Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-328 653: 3000m13.5Eastern Front
25/12/1942Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Il-22km SE Strelitzky: 50m12.13Eastern Front
29/12/1942Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-328 142: 3000m11.05Eastern Front
29/12/1942Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Il-228 171: 600m12.4Eastern Front
30/12/1942Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Il-228 114: 400m9.45Eastern Front
30/12/1942Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-318 262: 2200m12.17Eastern Front
07/01/1943Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-318 294: 1800m10.5Eastern Front
25/01/1943Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-300 291: 2000m9.53Eastern Front
11/02/1943Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-510 621: 400m10.19Eastern Front
23/02/1943Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Curtiss P-4019 842: 50m13.47Eastern Front
27/02/1943Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Curtiss P-4028 311: 1500m15.26Eastern Front
27/02/1943Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-518 492: 1800m15.38Eastern Front
28/02/1943Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Pe-218 382: 2500m13.55Eastern Front
28/02/1943Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-318 382: 2800m13.57Eastern Front
05/03/1943Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-518 362: 1200m16.17Eastern Front
05/03/1943Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-518 364: 1800m16.16Eastern Front
07/03/1943Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Pe-218 274: 2300m9.22Eastern Front
07/03/1943Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Airacobra18 472: 1800m15.55Eastern Front
07/03/1943Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-318 473: 3000m15.57Eastern Front
14/03/1943Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Curtiss P-4018 452: 4800m13.58Eastern Front
15/03/1943Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-318 272: 2000m15.53Eastern Front
18/03/1943Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-518 221: 1200m9.18Eastern Front
19/03/1943Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Pe-200 412: 4000m15.24Eastern Front
23/03/1943Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Curtiss P-4000 411: 600m8.06Eastern Front
17/05/1943Fw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-510 742: 600m5.09Eastern Front
22/05/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-571 893: 3200m10.56Eastern Front
22/05/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-570 222: 50m10.58Eastern Front
30/05/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Jak-110 113: 4500m13.44Eastern Front
30/05/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Curtiss P-4011 773: 4900m20.16Eastern Front
03/06/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Pe-290 141: 1500m12.57Eastern Front
10/06/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-390 121: 100m15.52Eastern Front
17/06/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-520 224: 3800m5.07Eastern Front
17/06/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Hurricane20 174: 3500m5.17Eastern Front
18/06/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-310 262: 3400m12.12Eastern Front
23/06/1943Uffz. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Airacobra11 741: 5200m20.07Eastern Front
24/06/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Jak-120 191: 20m11.11Eastern Front
09/07/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Jak-910 264: 5600m8.42Eastern Front
12/07/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-564 882: 1000m18.19Eastern Front
13/07/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Il-263 273: 200m14.14Eastern Front
13/07/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Il-263 254: 100m14.16Eastern Front
14/07/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-354 352: 400m14.15Eastern Front
14/07/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-354 333: 800m14.2Eastern Front
17/07/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-554 613: 1800m6.47Eastern Front
18/07/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-554 455: 3500m19.18Eastern Front
19/07/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Jak-754 623: 1000m11.41Eastern Front
19/07/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Jak-754 622: 900m11.43Eastern Front
21/07/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-563 211: 1200m7.13Eastern Front
28/07/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Pe-210 243: 2000m9.15Eastern Front
28/07/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-510 172: 1500m9.18Eastern Front
28/07/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Jak-710 441: 3000m14.56Eastern Front
29/07/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-510 194: 3200m8.05Eastern Front
29/07/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Jak-710 413: 2700m8.08Eastern Front
29/07/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Pe-210 191: 1200m8.11Eastern Front
31/07/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Airacobra10 142: 50m13.54Eastern Front
01/08/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-510 142: 50m6.31Eastern Front
02/08/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-510 113: 5000m17.34Eastern Front
02/08/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-310 183: 1200m13.25Eastern Front
02/08/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-510 331: 1400m13.24Eastern Front
02/08/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-510 354: 3400m19.21Eastern Front
02/08/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Il-210 323: 500m12.57Eastern Front
02/08/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Il-210 322: 600m12.55Eastern Front
02/08/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Il-210 182: 500m10.25Eastern Front
11/08/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54LaGG-345 724: 1600m5.1Eastern Front
12/08/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-545 751: 2000m7.5Eastern Front
12/08/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-545 761: 3200m7.59Eastern Front
12/08/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Jak-745 742: 1200m16.02Eastern Front
14/08/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-545 751: 2200m4.59Eastern Front
14/08/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-545 753: 1800m5.02Eastern Front
07/10/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-510 124: 1600m14.03Eastern Front
07/10/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-511 794: 4200m13.39Eastern Front
08/10/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-502 793: 4000m5.51Eastern Front
08/10/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-502 794: 3400m5.53Eastern Front
08/10/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-501 131: 3000m5.57Eastern Front
08/10/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-501 411: 4000m8.24Eastern Front
08/10/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-501 413: 3500m8.25Eastern Front
08/10/1943Ofw. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-501 413: 3200m8.27Eastern Front
11/01/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Jak-480 792: 7000m13.42Eastern Front
25/01/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-590 571: 2000m10.46Eastern Front
25/01/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Il-280 661: 100m10.48Eastern Front
28/01/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54La-580 663: 50m15.1Eastern Front
19/03/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr4JG 54Jak-988 133: 3500m9.36Eastern Front
27/03/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr4JG 54Il-278 532: 400m6.2Eastern Front
27/03/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr4JG 54Il-278 254: 1000m6.2Eastern Front
27/03/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr4JG 54Il-278 260: 900m6.24Eastern Front
27/03/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr4JG 54Jak-978 264: 1000m6.26Eastern Front
31/03/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr4JG 54Il-288 334: 3000m12.43Eastern Front
31/03/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr4JG 54Pe-278 243: 1100m17.12Eastern Front
01/04/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr4JG 54Jak-988 392: 200m12.45Eastern Front
02/04/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr4JG 54Il-288 413 2200m14.4Eastern Front
08/04/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Il-278 291: 10m5.33Eastern Front
28/04/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr4JG 54Jak-987 694: 400m17.52Eastern Front
28/04/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr4JG 54Il-297 572: 10m17.54Eastern Front
28/04/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr4JG 54Il-297 572: 10m17.54Eastern Front
01/05/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Jak-996 543: 1000m11.1Eastern Front
01/05/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Il-296 381: 30m11.13Eastern Front
01/05/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Il-296 381: 20m11.14Eastern Front
28/06/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Jak-194 782: 3000m8Eastern Front
09/07/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Curtiss P-4041 165: 4200m9.39Eastern Front
15/07/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr6JG 54Jak-950 155: 200m13.48Eastern Front
21/07/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr4JG 54Jak-932 68: 3400m4.15Eastern Front
12/08/1944Oblt. Heinrich Sterr16JG 54Jak-9Warka: 1500m10.15Eastern Front
23/09/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr16JG 54P-4762/35/6: 10m [Raum Nijmegen]18.45Western Front
25/09/1944Ltn. Heinrich Sterr16JG 54Mitchell52/23/8: 1500m18.05Western Front

Known Claims : 109

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