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Karl-Heinz Leesmann - Pilot Profile - Karl-Heinz Leesmann

Karl-Heinz Leesmann

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Victories : 37
Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis

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

Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross

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 The Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 54 Erich Rudorffer is depicted in Fw190A-6 'Black Double Chevron' over the misty forests of Finland in June 1944. Credited with 222 aerial victories, he survived being shot down no less than sixteen times and survived the war until eventually passing away in 2016 aged 98.

Erich Rudorffer by Ivan Berryman.
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Gunther Rall by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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Walter Wolfrum by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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White 8 - Walter Nowotny by Ivan Berryman.

Karl-Heinz Leesmann

Squadrons for : Karl-Heinz Leesmann
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Karl-Heinz Leesmann. 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 JG1

German World War II fighter unit or wing which used the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Focke-Wulf Fw 190 aircraft, between 1940–1944. The name of the unit derives from Jagd, meaning hunt and Geschwader, meaning wing. First formed in May 1939 in eastern Prussia, I./JG 1 was one of the original groups created by the Luftwaffe as part of its expansion plans.

Between 1940 and 1942, JG 1 operated primarily over the Western Front and northern occupied Europe. During the initial days of the war, JG 1 faced little resistance, apart from occasional Royal Air Force (RAF) excursions. The unit was rarely engaged in large-scale confrontations during this time. From late 1942 onwards it was tasked with defense of the Reich duties. After D-Day, elements of JG 1 were moved to France and were tasked with air support to the army Wehrmacht, along with their air defense role. Operation Bodenplatte severely reduced the strength of JG 1.

Towards the end of the war, the unit was disbanded and its remaining pilots and aircraft were re-organized. What remained of these groups surrendered to Allied forces at the end of the war.

JG 1 was the first unit to attempt 'aerial bombing' techniques against the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) heavy bomber formations. It was the only unit to be equipped with the Heinkel He 162 jet fighter.

In 1944 the Oesau suffix was added to the unit's title, after its late Geschwaderkommodore Oberst Walter Oesau (127 kills), who was killed in action. Some 700 enemy aircraft were claimed shot down during the war.


Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

Click the name above to see prints featuring aircraft of 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.

Known Victory Claims - Karl-Heinz Leesmann









24/08/1940Oblt. Karl-Heinz Leesmann1JG 52Spitfire5km E. Margate: 4000m17.12Western Front
26/08/1940Oblt. Karl-Heinz Leesmann1JG 52SpitfireDover12.5Western Front
31/08/1940Oblt. Karl-Heinz Leesmann2JG 52HurricaneSüdrand London: 3500m13.5Western Front
31/08/1940Oblt. Karl-Heinz Leesmann2JG 52SpitfireBenchley: 2800m14Western Front
31/08/1940Oblt. Karl-Heinz Leesmann2JG 52Hurricane-19.3Western Front
01/09/1940Oblt. Karl-Heinz Leesmann2JG 52SpitfireSittingbourne: 4000m11.45-50Western Front
05/09/1940Oblt. Karl-Heinz Leesmann2JG 52Spitfire-11.05Western Front
07/09/1940Oblt. Karl-Heinz Leesmann2JG 52SpitfireMaidstone: 4000m18.00-10Western Front
15/09/1940Oblt. Karl-Heinz Leesmann2JG 52HurricaneThemesmündung: 5000m15.25Western Front
15/09/1940Oblt. Karl-Heinz Leesmann2JG 52HurricaneThemesmündung: 4000m15.4Western Front
18/09/1940Oblt. Karl-Heinz Leesmann2JG 52HurricaneTilbury: 5500m13.5Western Front
24/09/1940Oblt. Karl-Heinz Leesmann2JG 52Spitfire8-10km vor Dover: 2000-2500m14.35Western Front
24/09/1940Oblt. Karl-Heinz Leesmann2JG 52Spitfire8-10km vor Dover: 2000-2500m14.4Western Front
11/10/1940Oblt. Karl-Heinz Leesmann2JG 52Hurricane-12.1Western Front
15/02/1941Oblt. Karl-Heinz Leesmann2JG 52HurricaneOstende13.2Western Front
25/05/1941Oblt. Karl-Heinz LeesmannStab I.JG 52BlenheimN. Nordeney16.35Western Front
28/05/1941Oblt. Karl-Heinz LeesmannStab I.JG 52Blenheim200kn NNW Texel20.55Western Front
28/05/1941Oblt. Karl-Heinz LeesmannStab I.JG 52Blenheim200kn NNW Texel21Western Front
12/06/1941Oblt. Karl-Heinz LeesmannStab I.JG 52BlenheimPl.Qu.148/05 Ost21.05Western Front
13/06/1941Oblt. Karl-Heinz LeesmannStab I.JG 52Hudson120km W. Texel6.17Western Front
30/06/1941Oblt. Karl-Heinz LeesmannStab I.JG 52Blenheim150km vor Texel14.47Western Front
30/06/1941Oblt. Karl-Heinz LeesmannStab I.JG 52Blenheim160km vor Texel14.51Western Front
17/10/1941Oblt. Karl-Heinz LeesmannStab I.JG 52I-18-15.35Eastern Front
18/10/1941Oblt. Karl-Heinz LeesmannStab I.JG 52SB-2-11.5Eastern Front
22/10/1941Oblt. Karl-Heinz LeesmannStab I.JG 52DB-3-10.59Eastern Front
28/10/1941Oblt. Karl-Heinz LeesmannStab I.JG 52I-18-13.5Eastern Front
28/10/1941Oblt. Karl-Heinz LeesmannStab I.JG 52Pe-2-15.05Eastern Front
29/10/1941Oblt. Karl-Heinz LeesmannStab I.JG 52I-18-8.06Eastern Front
05/11/1941Oblt. Karl-Heinz LeesmannStab I.JG 52I-26-8.52Eastern Front
06/11/1941Oblt. Karl-Heinz LeesmannStab I.JG 52I-16-11.25Eastern Front
25/06/1943Major Karl-Heinz LeesmannStab III.JG 1B-17--Western Front

Known Claims : 31

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