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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
'Ace of Hearts'

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Latest Axis Battle of Britain Artwork Releases !
 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.

 An Me109 makes a low flight over the English countryside during the Battle of Britain.  This painting was a preliminary painting by Graeme in preparation for the larger painting entitled <i>Fighter General</i>.  When Graeme traveled to Germany to have prints of <i>Fighter General</i> signed by some of the top German Aces, he took this painting with him, and they have signed it on the back of the canvas.

Me109 of JG26 by Graeme Lothian. (P)
 The Spitfires of 54 Squadron, quickly scrambled from nearby Hornchurch, clash with the Me109s from 1./JG51 over Kent.  Below, Me110s from KPRG210 are about to receive unwelcome attention as the rest of the Spitfires hurtle down upon them and in the distance, a group of Hurricanes rip through a dense formation of Do17s from KG76 as they struggle back to France.  What clouds there are will be unlikely to give much sanctuary and, for the onlookers on the ground far below, the skies will soon be filled with weaving trails of smoke and debris. For nearly a week the Luftwaffe had thrown everything they had into the attack on southern England in order to annihilate RAF Fighter Command, in preparation for Operation Sealion, the invasion of Britain.  And, heavily outnumbered, the young RAF Spitfire and Hurricane pilots of Fighter Command had so far repelled them, at a cost.  But on Sunday 18 August 1940, the Germans launched the heaviest formations of aircraft seen in the battle so far.  This was to be a grinding day of relentless assaults on the airfields of southern England, the hardest day of the Battle of Britain.
Valiant Response by Robert Taylor.
 The Battle of Britain destroyed the myth of the Stuka, proving for the first time that the Junkers Ju87 was slow, lumpish and vulnerable in air battles against well-organised and determined fighter opposition, such as the more manoeuverable and faster Spitfires and Hurricanes. The Ju87, like other dive bombers, was slow, cumbersome, and possessed inadequate defences.  Furthermore, it could not be effectively protected by fighters because of its low speed, and the very low altitudes at which it ended its dive bomb attacks. The Stuka depended on air superiority, which was a situation that did not quite occur for the Luftwaffe during the  Battle of Britain.  The Stuka was withdrawn from attacks on Britain in August 1940 after prohibitive losses, leaving the Luftwaffe without precision ground-attack aircraft.  On 18th August, a day known as the <i>hardest day</i> the Stuka was withdrawn after 16 were destroyed and many others damaged.  According to the Generalquartiermeister der Luftwaffe, 59 Stukas were destroyed and 33 damaged, being shot full of holes to varying degrees, in six weeks of operations. Over 20% of the total Stuka strength had been lost between 8th August and 18th August and the myth of the Stuka was over.

The Stuka Myth by Jason Askew. (P)
 From June 1940 on, Adolf Galland flew as a of III./JG 26, fighting in the Battle of britain with 109-Emils from bases in the Pas de Calais.  During the Battle of Britain, in a legendary front line General Officer briefing on Luftwaffe tactics, Hermann Goring asked what his pilots needed to win the battle.  Galland replied: <i>I should like an outfit of Spitfires for my squadron.</i>  Göring was speechless with rage.  It is important that this remark is not taken out of context, because Galland also stated (in his autobiography) that <i>of course fundamentally I preferred our Me109 to the Spitfire</i>.  This apparent contradiction was due to his view that because the Spitfire was more manoeuvreable he considered it more suitable to the role of defensive fighter than the Bf 109, though he actually thought that fighters should not be used in a defensive role anyway.  When Galland made the much quoted comment about the Spitfires to Göring he was <i>unbelievably vexed at the lack of understanding and stubbornness with which the command gave us orders we could not execute</i> and so made the comment as a retort to Göring.

Me109 - Adolf Galland by Jason Askew. (P)

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 : 30th June
30June1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, (F.A.A.) Mid/Ship. O. M. Wightman of 151 Squadron, was Killed.
30June1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. C. W. D. Brown of 236 Squadron, was Killed.
30June1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. H. T. Archer of 23 Squadron, was Killed.
30June1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. R. T. Adams of 264 Squadron, was Killed.


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