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Dietrich Schmidt

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Victories : 39
Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis

Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross

Dietrich Schmidt

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


Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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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 Müller, 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 Günther Schack, 1 Mai 1945


Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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Country : Germany
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Latest Axis Battle of Britain Artwork Releases !
The Luftwaffe had done everything in its power to pummel London into submission but they failed. By the end of September 1940 their losses were mounting. For weeks since the early days of September, London had been the main target for the Luftwaffe and during that time Luftwaffe High Command had grown increasingly despondent as their losses steadily mounted. Far from being on the brink of collapse RAF Fighter Command, though vastly outnumbered, had shown an incredible resilience. The fighting had reached a dramatic climax on Sunday 15th September when, bloodied and bruised, the Luftwaffe had lost the upper hand on a day of intense combat that had culminated with a humiliating retreat. Almost every day that had passed since then had seen the Luftwaffe do everything in its power to pummel London and regain the initiative, but the daylight raids were becoming increasingly costly. On Friday 27th September, 80 days after the Battle of Britain had officially begun, the Luftwaffe came once more, this time concentrating on the fastest bombers they had - Ju88s and Bf110s. And they came in force, principally targeting London and Bristol. Anthony Saunders' superb painting depicts one of these raids, this time by bombers from KG77 as they head over the Medway Estuary, east of the City of London, in an attempt to attack the capital's warehouses and docks. Among the many units defending the capital that day was 92 Squadron from Biggin Hill and Anthony portrays the Spitfire of Pilot Officer Geoffrey Wellum in his dramatic piece. With a deft flick of the rudder Wellum banks his fighter away to port seconds after sharing in the destruction of a Ju88. It was just one of more than 50 German aircraft destroyed by the RAF during the day.
Decisive Blow by Anthony Saunders.
 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1As of No.610 (County of Chester) Sqn RAAF, intercept incoming Heinkel 111H-16s of the 9th Staffel, Kampfgeschwader 53 Legion Condor during the big daylight raids on London of August and September 1940 - the climax of the Battle of Britain.  Spitfire N3029 (DW-K) was shot down by a Bf109 on the 5th of September 1940 and crash-landed near Gravesend, Kent, thankfully without injury to Sgt Willcocks, the pilot.  For the record, N3029 was rebuilt and, following some brief flying in the UK, was sent overseas by convoy to the Middle East.  Ironically, the ship carrying this aircraft was torpedoed en route and both ship and all its cargo were lost.

Close Encounter by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Posted to 64 Squadron on 1st July 1940, the tragically short relationship of Sub Lt F Dawson Paul with the Spitfire was crammed with victories.  He immediately shared a Dornier Do17 off Beachy Head and, just four days later claimed a Messerschmitt Bf.109.  Further kills were confirmed over the next two weeks, among them five Bf.110s and another Do.17. His final victory was a Bf.109 on 25th, but on this day he fell to the guns of the German ace Adolf Galland.  Dawson Paul was rescued from the English Channel by a German E-boat, but died of his wounds five days later as a prisoner of war.

The Longest July by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Squadron Leader H C Sawyer is depicted here flying his 65 Sqn Spitfire Mk.1a R6799 (YT-D) in the skies above Kent on 31st July 1940 at the height of the Battle of Britain.  Chasing him is Major Hans Trubenbach of 1 Gruppe, Lehrgeschwader 2 in his Messerschmitt Vf109E-3 (Red 12) . The encounter lasted eight minutes with both pilots surviving.

High Pursuit by Ivan Berryman. (PC)

 You can feel the tension in this evocative painting as Messerschmitt Bf109s from 7./JG2 Richthofen head out on a long-range fighter patrol in September 1940.  With the sun behind them they hope to launch a surprise attack on unsuspecting RAF aircraft, however these enemy raiders will soon be intercepted by some of Fighter Command's most determined 'defenders of the realm'.

Eye of the Sun by Robert Taylor.
 Shortly after mid day on 26th August 1940, a Bolton-Paul Defiant of 264 Sqn claimed a victory that was to make history many decades later.  Dornier Do.17Z2, Wk No 1160 of 7/III KG.3 had been part of a raiding force sent to attack targets in Essex.  Attacked from below, the Do.17 suffered terminal damage and came to rest in the shallow waters of the Goodwin Sands, near Deal in Kent.  Two of her crew died in the incident, but two others survived and became prisoners of war.  In June 2013, over seventy years later, 5K+AR was raised from the water to be put on display at the RAF Museum in Hendon, becoming the only example of its type to survive anywhere in the world.

5K+AR Sole Survivor by Ivan Berryman.

Battle of Britain - Tribute to the Luftwaffe Aces by Graeme Lothian. (P)
The Italian Air Force's involvement in the Battle of Britain is one of the less documented facets of the conflict of 1940, but raids by aircraft of the Corpo Aereo Italiano (CAI) on mainland Britain were a reality in the closing stages, usually with little effect and almost always with high losses on the Italian side, due largely to obsolete aircraft and lack of pilot training.  Based at Ursel in Belgium, Fiat BR.20 bombers flew over 100 sorties, usually escorted by Fiat CR.42s, as illustrated here, the nearest aircraft being that of 18° <i>Gruppo's</i> Commanding Officer Maggiore Ferruccio Vosilla, wearing the white fuselage band and command pennant on the fuselage side.

Italian Raiders by Ivan Berryman.

Known Victory Claims









25/03/1943Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1HalifaxNE Echterdingen: 1500m {Enkhuizen]1.36Western Front
05/05/1943Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1Lancaster7351 H4: 6000m [Nordhorn]1.15Western Front
05/05/1943Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1Wellington5351: 4000m2.16Western Front
14/05/1943Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1Lancaster7334 G3: 4200m [6km SW Ruhlertwist]3.44Western Front
13/06/1943Oblt. Dietrich SchmidtNJG 1LancasterHP-7.1: 6200m [1km W. Ahaus]1.3Western Front
20/10/1943Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1Lancaster15 Ost S/FD-620.45Western Front
03/11/1943Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1HalifaxRecklinhausen: 5300m [E. St. trond]19.46Western Front
26/11/1943Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1LancasterEmlichheim22.54Western Front
16/12/1943Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1LancasterEQ-5: 5100m [W. Cloppenburg]18.45Western Front
14/01/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1Mosquito8km NW Klamp: 8500m [Kiel]5.36Western Front
14/01/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1Lancaster-20.35Western Front
16/03/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1Lancaster1km SE Langweiler: 6300m0.56Western Front
18/03/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1HalifaxKaiserslautern22.35Western Front
22/03/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1Halifax270 ° Paderborn-Minden: 6000m22.36Western Front
24/03/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1Lancaster15 Ost S/NB-9: 6000m [Gotha]23.06Western Front
24/03/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1LancasterErfurt23.04Western Front
31/03/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1HalifaxN. Würzburg: 5700m0.49Western Front
23/04/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1Lancaster40km SW Laon: 2800m0.26Western Front
23/04/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1Lancaster30km S. Laon: 3000m0.21Western Front
27/04/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1GL: 4.400m [Dijon]0.43Western Front
04/05/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 4LancasterSSW Romilly-sur-Seine: 3000m0.46Western Front
04/05/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1LancasterBK-7: 2300m [SW St. Dizier]0.03Western Front
04/05/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1Lancaster04 Ost / BJ-5: 2800m [W. St. Dizier]0.19Western Front
19/05/1944Ltn. Dietrich Schmidt5JG 3B-17EE-FF [Kyritz 120° Nauen]13.47Western Front
22/05/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1Lancasteretw. S. Amsterdam: 5800m2.01Western Front
23/05/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1Lancaster5km N. Ibbenbüren: 6000m0.42Western Front
23/05/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1LancasterEJ-9.9 auf See: 5500m [Nordsee]3.13Western Front
23/05/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1EH-69 auf See: 5400m [Nordsee]3.48Western Front
13/06/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1LancasterLF Kurfürst "J" 080°: 5000m [N. Venlo]1.24Western Front
21/07/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1Lancaster50km W. Obj. Duisburg: 6200m1.16Western Front
21/07/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1Lancaster30km NW Volkel: 4300m1.41Western Front
29/07/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1HalifaxW. Obj. Hamburg: 5800m1.11Western Front
29/07/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1Halifax05 Ost N/US-TS: 5300m [360° Bruchsal]1.37Western Front
29/07/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 110km NW Helgoland: 3800m1.5Western Front
13/08/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1Lancaster50km S. Braunschweig: 4000m0.47Western Front
23/09/1944Oblt. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1Lancaster05 Ost S/HM 4: 3500m [Südrand Zuidersee]23.31Western Front
06/12/1944Hptm. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1LancasterNW Twente: 2800m20.14Western Front
18/12/1944Hptm. Dietrich Schmidt4NJG 1W. Duisburg: 5300m6.36Western Front
15/01/1945Hptm. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1LancasterNE Frankfurt-am-Oder21.15Western Front
21/02/1945Hptm. Dietrich Schmidt4NJG 1Lancaster25km SW Goch23.25Western Front
21/02/1945Hptm. Dietrich Schmidt4NJG 1Lancaster10km W. Venlo23.18Western Front
21/02/1945Hptm. Dietrich Schmidt4NJG 1Lancaster-1.1Western Front
22/03/1945Hptm. Dietrich Schmidt8NJG 1LancasterCologne4Western Front

Known Claims : 43

Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 17th January

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