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Erich Woitke - Pilot Profile - Erich Woitke

Erich Woitke

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Victories : 29
Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis

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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.
 With 275 victories credited, Gunther Rall is the third highest scoring Ace in history  He was awarded the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords.

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.

Erich Woitke

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


Country : Germany

Audax omnia perpeti - Boldness to endure anything

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German World War II fighter unit or wing which used the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Focke-Wulf Fw 190 aircraft, between 19401944. 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

Audax omnia perpeti - Boldness to endure anything

Click the name above to see prints featuring aircraft of JG11


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Country : Germany

Audax omnia perpeti - Boldness to endure anything

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Jagdgeschwader 27 Afrika was a World War II Luftwaffe Geschwader. It was most famous for service in the North African Campaign, supporting the Deutsches Afrikakorps.

Commanders of IV./JG 27

Hauptmann Rudolf Sinner, June 1943
Oberleutnant Dietrich Boesler (acting), September 1943
Oberleutnant Alfred Burk (acting), October 1943
Hauptmann Joachim Kirschner, 18 October 1943
Hauptmann Otto Meyer, 1 February 1943
Hauptmann Hanns-Heinz Dudeck, July 1944
Hauptmann Ernst-Wilhelm Reinert, 2 January 1945


Country : Germany

Audax omnia perpeti - Boldness to endure anything

Click the name above to see prints featuring aircraft of JG3


Jagdgeschwader 3 (JG 3) Udet was a Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II. The Geschwader operated on all the German fronts in the European Theatre of World War II. It was named after Ernst Udet in 1942.

Commanders of IV./JG 3

Major Franz Beyer, 1. June 1943
Hauptmann Heinz Lang , 11 February 1944
Major Friedrich-Karl Mller, 26 February 1944
Hauptmann Heinz Lang , 11 April 1944
Major Wilhelm Moritz, 18 April 1944
Hauptmann Hubert-York Weydenhammer, 5 December 1944
Major Erwin Bacsila, 5 January 1945
Oberleutnant Oskar Romm, 17 February 1945
Hauptmann Gerhard Koall, 25 April 1945
Hauptmann Gnther Schack, 1 Mai 1945


Country : Germany
Founded : 26th June 1943

Audax omnia perpeti - Boldness to endure anything

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Jagdgeschwader 300 (JG 300) was a Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II. JG 300 was formed on June 26, 1943 in Deelen as Stab/Versuchskommando Herrmann, from July 18, 1943 as Stab/JG Herrmann, and then finally redesignated on August 20, 1943 to Stab/JG 300. Its first Geschwaderkommodore was Oberstleutnant Hajo Herrmann.


Country : Germany

Audax omnia perpeti - Boldness to endure anything

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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 Gnther Rall. The unit flew the various marks of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 exclusively through the war.


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

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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 - Erich Woitke









27/09/1937Ltn. Erich Woitke1J/88Rata--Spanish Civil War
30/09/1937Ltn. Erich Woitke1J/88Rata--Spanish Civil War
18/01/1938Ltn. Erich Woitke1J/88Rata--Spanish Civil War
21/02/1938Ltn. Erich Woitke1J/88Rata--Spanish Civil War
31/05/1940Oblt. Erich Woitke6JG 3BlenheimAumale: bodennhe20Western Front
03/06/1940Oblt. Erich Woitke6JG 3Morane 406SW Compigne14.4Western Front
26/08/1940Oblt. Erich Woitke6JG 3Spitfire-13.2Western Front
05/09/1940Oblt. Erich Woitke6JG 3Spitfire-16.3Western Front
09/09/1940Oblt. Erich Woitke6JG 3SpitfireStaplehurst: 4800m18.34Western Front
09/09/1940Oblt. Erich Woitke6JG 3SpitfireStaplehurst: 4800m18.35Western Front
15/09/1940Oblt. Erich Woitke6JG 3SpitfireS. London: 4500m13.05Western Front
18/09/1940Oblt. Erich Woitke6JG 3Spitfire-14.35Western Front
27/09/1940Oblt. Erich Woitke6JG 3Curtiss-13.3Western Front
14/02/1941Hptm. Erich WoitkeStab II.JG 52SpitfireMaidstone13.1Western Front
23/02/1941Hptm. Erich WoitkeStab II.JG 52Spitfire5km SE Calais16.01Western Front
22/06/1941Hptm. Erich WoitkeStab II.JG 52I-15S. Varena9.53Eastern Front
22/06/1941Hptm. Erich WoitkeStab II.JG 52DB-2S. Marknie16.48Eastern Front
09/07/1941Hptm. Erich WoitkeStab II.JG 52DB-3-15.53Eastern Front
21/07/1941Hptm. Erich WoitkeStab II.JG 52DB-3-15Eastern Front
25/08/1941Hptm. Erich WoitkeStab II.JG 52I-18-16.37Eastern Front
06/09/1941Hptm. Erich WoitkeStab II.JG 52I-18-16.4Eastern Front
06/09/1941Hptm. Erich WoitkeStab II.JG 52I-18-16.43Eastern Front
05/10/1941Hptm. Erich WoitkeStab II.JG 52I-18-13Eastern Front
09/10/1942Hptm. Erich WoitkeStab II.JG 27P-39SE El-Daba9.25Western Front
14/01/1943Hptm. Erich WoitkeStabJG 77P-40E--Western Front
09/10/1943Hptm. Erich Woitke2JG 11B-17TB-5.5: 5500m12.25Western Front
21/02/1944Hptm. Erich WoitkeStab II.JG 300B-24NNE Fl.Pl. Achmer: 5000m14.55Western Front
14/07/1944Hptm. Erich WoitkeStab III.JG 1P-47UU-89: 800m [Raum Caen]14.45Western Front
18/07/1944Hptm. Erich WoitkeStab III.JG 1P-38UC-43: 1800m [Raum Vernon]9.5Western Front

Known Claims : 29

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