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Josef Zwernemann - Pilot Profile - Josef Zwernemann

Josef Zwernemann

Victories : 126
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Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : 8th April 1944


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

Josef Zwernemann initially served in the Kriegsmarine where he completed his basic training. Unteroffizier Zwernemanns' service with 7./JG 52 began on 1 March 1940 and participated in the Battle of France. He claimed his first aerial victory over a Supermarine Spitfire in July 1940. In May 1941 he fought in the Battle of Crete.

With the beginning of Operation Barbarossa his tally increased and he became one of the most successful pilots of his Jagdgruppe. By the end of 1941 his score stood at twenty and he was awarded Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe on 12 December 1941. In May 1942 the number of victories had increased to thirty and he was honored with the German Cross in Gold on 25 May 1942. The Oberfeldwebel received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for 57 victories on 23 June 1942. In the month of September 1942 he claimed over thirty victories. On 1 October 1942 claimed four victories increasing his score to 103, for which he received the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross. He was promoted to Leutnant in the spring of 1943. One of Zwernemanns' wingmen and students was history's top-scoring ace Erich Hartmann.

While serving with 9./JG 52, Zwernemann claimed his 113th victory on 15 April 1943 and victory 117 on 7 May 1943. One of his victories on 15 April 1943 was Starshiy Leytenant Dmitriy Glinka, who had already been recommended to be appointed a Hero of the Soviet Union. At the end of May 1943 he was posted to the fighter pilot training school, Ergänzungsgruppe Ost. He returned to combat service in the fall of 1943, this time serving with 3./JG 77 in Italy. From here he was posted to 1./JG 11 on 15 December 1943 serving in Defense of the Reich duties and claimed a further 9 victories. As of 15 December he was acting Staffelkapitän, representing Hauptmann Siegfried Simsch. Zwernemann was promoted to Hauptmann on 1 April 1944.

On 8 April 1944 1st Staffel took off from Rotenburg together with I. and II./JG 11 to intercept an inbound B-24 Liberator bomber formation, which was protected by P-51 Mustang escort fighters. JG 11 reported the destruction of 8 bombers and 6 P-51 Mustangs for the loss of 20 fighters. Eleven pilots were killed in action and three wounded in action.

Among those killed in action was Josef Zwernemann. His fellow comrades reported that Zwernemann was shot in his parachute. Josef Zwernemann was killed 8 April 1944 near Gardelegen, Altmark after more than 600 combat missions and 126 aerial victories.


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Josef Zwernemann

Squadrons for : Josef Zwernemann
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Josef Zwernemann. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
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JG11


Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG11

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JG52


Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG52

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.

JG77


Country : Germany
Founded : May 1939
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG77

Herz As (Ace of Hearts) was a Luftwaffe fighter wing during World War II. It served in all the German theaters of war, from Western Europe to the Eastern Front, and from the high north in Norway to the Mediterranean.

JG 77 was formed in May 1939 with I. and II. Gruppe. III./JG 77 was formed on 5 July 1940 in Trondheim from the II(J)./JG 186. I./ JG 77 was reorganized on 21 November 1940 into IV./JG 51 and a new I./JG 77 was established. In January 1942 I./JG 77 was transferred to I./JG 5 and a new I./JG 77 was created.

In April 1942 1. Staffel was transferred to Romania and designated the defence unit for the Ploie?ti oil fields at Mizil. (This staffel was redesignated 1./JG 4 in August 1942.)

Known Victory Claims - Josef Zwernemann

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

24/07/1940Uffz. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52SpitfireNE Margate13.26Western Front
26/06/1941Fw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52DB-3Raum Konstanza5.45Eastern Front
08/07/1941Fw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52DB-3NE Mamaia15.56Eastern Front
08/07/1941Fw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52DB-3NE Mamaia16.01Eastern Front
14/08/1941Fw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52I-16-10.4Eastern Front
19/08/1941Fw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52I-26-11.35Eastern Front
31/08/1941Fw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52I-16-10.1Eastern Front
31/08/1941Fw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52I-16-10.12Eastern Front
01/09/1941Fw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52I-16-11.15Eastern Front
07/09/1941Fw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52SB-3-9.24Eastern Front
07/09/1941Fw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52I-17-9.32Eastern Front
13/09/1941Fw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52V-11-17.4Eastern Front
25/09/1941Fw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52I-26-14.45Eastern Front
28/09/1941Fw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52R-10-10.47Eastern Front
25/10/1941Fw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52I-16-11.45Eastern Front
25/10/1941Fw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52I-61-15.21Eastern Front
25/10/1941Fw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52I-61-15.23Eastern Front
31/10/1941Fw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52I-61-15.32Eastern Front
08/11/1941Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52I-16-11.58Eastern Front
09/11/1941Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52I-61-11.2Eastern Front
11/11/1941Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52I-16-10.03Eastern Front
16/11/1941Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52I-61-13.3Eastern Front
26/08/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52Jak-149 214: tiefflug9.11Eastern Front
27/08/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52LaGG-349 214: 1500m10.39Eastern Front
31/08/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52Jak-159 251: 2000m17.05Eastern Front
31/08/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52Jak-159 252: 2500m17.08Eastern Front
31/08/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52Jak-159 263: 2000m17.15Eastern Front
01/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52Il-249 391: tiefflug8.34Eastern Front
03/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52LaGG-340 781: 3000m11.48Eastern Front
05/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52Curtiss P-4049 452: 2500m6.25Eastern Front
08/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52LaGG-340 142: 800m16.12Eastern Front
08/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52LaGG-340 153: 1500m16.28Eastern Front
08/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52LaGG-340 152: 1000m16.3Eastern Front
09/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52Il-249 364: 100m16.05Eastern Front
09/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52Il-249 334: 100m16.06Eastern Front
12/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52Il-244 272: 100m16.03Eastern Front
13/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52Il-249 362: 150m6.33Eastern Front
13/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52Il-249 334: 100m6.3Eastern Front
13/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52Il-249 334: 100m6.31Eastern Front
14/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52LaGG-349 413: 1500m16.04Eastern Front
14/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52Il-249 272: 150m16.25Eastern Front
22/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52Jak-140 582: 4000m6.22Eastern Front
22/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52Jak-140 592: 3000m6.36Eastern Front
22/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52LaGG-349 421: 3000m16.12Eastern Front
22/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52LaGG-349 254: 2500m16.23Eastern Front
22/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52LaGG-349 253: 2000m16.23Eastern Front
22/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52LaGG-349 281: 2000m16.25Eastern Front
23/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52Jak-149 122: 4000m6.32Eastern Front
23/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52Jak-140 784: 3000m6.33Eastern Front
25/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52Jak-140 753: 3000m16.13Eastern Front
27/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52LaGG-349 413: 4000m8.11Eastern Front
27/09/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann7JG 52LaGG-349 441: 1000m8.12Eastern Front
05/10/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52LaGG-344 574: 4500m12.08Eastern Front
19/10/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52Jak-144 452: 1500m7.38Eastern Front
19/10/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52LaGG-344 454: 1500m7.46Eastern Front
19/10/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52LaGG-344 454: 1000m7.46Eastern Front
19/10/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52LaGG-344 491: 200m7.42Eastern Front
25/10/1942Ltn. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52Jak-134 413: 2200m15.32Eastern Front
25/10/1942Ltn. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52Jak-134 414: 1500m15.35Eastern Front
31/10/1942Ltn. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52LaGG-344 752: 1000m9.42Eastern Front
01/11/1942Ofw. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52I-16 Rata44 271: 400m11.24Eastern Front
05/11/1942Ltn. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52LaGG-344 853: 2000m13.44Eastern Front
05/11/1942Ltn. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52LaGG-344 853: 2500m13.42Eastern Front
24/11/1942Ltn. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52I-16 Rata44 843: 1000m12.32Eastern Front
24/11/1942Ltn. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52Il-244 751: 20m12.43Eastern Front
29/11/1942Ltn. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52Il-244 724: 1500m10.23Eastern Front
29/11/1942Ltn. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52LaGG-344 733: 2000m10.25Eastern Front
29/11/1942Ltn. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52LaGG-344 762: 2500m13.3Eastern Front
29/11/1942Ltn. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52LaGG-344 733: 2000m13.32Eastern Front
29/11/1942Ltn. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52I-16 Rata44 724: 2000m13.43Eastern Front
15/04/1943Ltn. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52Airacobra85 141: 5000m12.52Eastern Front
16/04/1943Ltn. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52Airacobra85 141: 2000m14.53Eastern Front
20/04/1943Ltn. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52LaGG-375 424: 2000m16.16Eastern Front
28/04/1943Ltn. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52LaGG75 262: 5000m16.38Eastern Front
06/05/1943Ltn. Josef Zwernemann9JG 52Il-2mH.75 264: tiefflug17Eastern Front
10/02/1944Oblt. Josef Zwernemann1JG 11P-38FU-FB: 7000m [Hannover-Braunschweig]-Western Front
24/02/1944Oblt. Josef Zwernemann1JG 11B-2405 Ost S/NA-7: 7000m [SW Gotha]13.37Western Front
03/03/1944Oblt. Josef Zwernemann1JG 11B-17-12.04Western Front
06/03/1944Oblt. Josef Zwernemann1JG 11B-1705 Ost S/EP: 7000m [Raum Haselünne]11.55Western Front
06/03/1944Oblt. Josef Zwernemann1JG 11B-1705 Ost S/ES-9: 6500m [SE Bassum]14.18Western Front
08/03/1944Oblt. Josef Zwernemann1JG 11B-17FU: 8000m [bei Schwarmstedt]13.05Western Front
08/03/1944Oblt. Josef Zwernemann1JG 11P-47--Western Front
08/04/1944Oblt. Josef Zwernemann1JG 11B-2405 Ost S/EB: 6500m [Uelzen]13.47Western Front
08/04/1944Oblt. Josef Zwernemann1JG 11P-5105 Ost EB: 6500m [Salzwedel]13.48Western Front

Known Claims : 84

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