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Waldemar Soffing

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Victories : 33
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Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis

Waldemar Soffing

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JG26

Country : Germany
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JG26

Jagdgeschwader 26 Schlageter was a Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II. It operated mainly in Western Europe against Great Britain, France and the United States but also saw service against Russia. It was named after Albert Leo Schlageter, a World War I veteran and Freikorps member arrested and executed by the French for sabotage in 1923.

Commanders of II. Gruppe JG 26

Hptm. Werner Palm, 1 May 1939 – 27 June 1939
Hptm Herwig Knüppel, 28 June 1939 – 19 May 1940
Hptm Karl Ebbighausen, 20 May 1940 – 31 May 1940
Hptm. Erich Noack, 1 June 1940 – 24 July 1940
Hptm Karl Ebbighausen, 25 July 1940 – 16 August 1940
Hptm Erich Bode, 17 August 1940 – 3.10.40
Hptm Walter Adolph, 4 October 1940 – 18 September 1941
Hptm Joachim Müncheberg, 19 September 1941 – 21 July 1942
Hptm Conny Meyer, 22 July 1942 – 2 January 1943
Maj Wilhelm-Ferdinand Galland, 3 January 43 – 17 August 1943
Hptm Hans Naumann, 18 August 1943 – 8 September 1943
ObLt Johannes Seifert, 9 September 1943 – 25 November 1943
Maj Wilhelm Gäth, 26 November 1943 – 1 March 1944
Hptm Hans Naumann, 2 March 1944 – 28 June 1944
Hptm Emil Lang, 29 June 1944 – 3 September 1944
Hptm Georg-Peter Eder, 4 September 1944 – 8 October 1944
Maj Anton Hackl, 9 October 1944 – 29 January 45
ObLt Waldemar Radener, 30 January 1945 – 22 February 1945
Hptm Paul Schauder, 23 February 1945 – 1 May 1945

Known Victory Claims - Waldemar Soffing

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

07/06/1944Ltn. Waldemar Soffing1JG 26P-47UA 1: 800m [Bonnebosq/NW Lisieux]16.01Western Front

Known Claims : 1
Latest Axis Battle of Britain Artwork Releases !
 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 18º <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)
 In just six weeks Hitler's forces had overrun western Europe as once proud armies swiftly fell before the might of the German blitzkrieg.  It was a devastating defeat, and now only Britain stood alone.  Few thought she could survive.  As Churchill pledged that Britain <i>would never surrender</i>, a German invasion seemed inevitable.  But before any invasion could take place the Luftwaffe must neutralise the RAF and win control of the skies over southern England.  Awaiting them was a small but resilient band of young men, the pilots of RAF Fighter Command.  First the Germans attacked the coastal convoys, hoping to draw the RAF en-masse into battle.  They failed.  And then on 12th August, they turned their full attention to the forward fighter bases and radar stations, hoping to obliterate them once and for all.  From Norway in the north, through the Low Countries and northern France to Brittany in the west, the Luftwaffe threw every available aircraft into the attack.  For the young men of Fighter Command the next seven days of fighting would leave them exhausted and all but spent.  They were to be the hardest days of the Battle of Britain, culminating on Sunday 18th August.  This painting recreates a moment on that day as Heinz Bar, the Luftwaffe's top-scoring NCO Ace of the Battle of Britain and one of the greatest Aces in history, climbs away from his airfield near Calais with the other pilots of 1./JG51 to escort the Dornier Do17s of KG76 for yet another deadly attack on the RAF.  Away in the distance, Me110s from EPRG210 also prepare to join the epic encounters that lie ahead.
Air Armada by Robert Taylor.

Known Victory Claims

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

07/06/1944Ltn. Waldemar Soffing1JG 26P-47UA 1: 800m [Bonnebosq/NW Lisieux]16.01Western Front

Known Claims : 1

Battle of Britain History Timeline : 22nd August
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
22August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. M. Keymer of 65 Squadron, was Killed.
22August1940Feldwebel Josef Bauer of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
22August1940Feldwebel Wilhelm Philipp of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
22August1940Generalmajor Theodor Osterkamp of Luftflotte 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22August1940German lossed were 2 ME109's 3 JU88 and 1 ME110 with a further 3 ME109 and one DO215 unconfirmed
22August1940Manston RAF Station bombed at 1910 hours causing the destruction of two hangars and two Blenheim aircraft also makiing the airfield unservicable
22August1940Number of aircraft available for service on this day was 721 with 412 Hurricanes, 219 Spitfires, 58 Blenheims, amd 26 Defiants and 6 Gladiators
22August1940Oberfeldwebel Hermann Staege of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
22August1940Oberleutnant Gerhard Schöpfel of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
22August1940Oberleutnant Hans Krug of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
22August1940Oberleutnant Herbert Ihlefeld of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
22August1940Oberleutnant Herbert Ihlefeld of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
22August1940Oberst Max Ibel of Jagdgeschwader 27 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22August1940Oberstleutnant of the Reserves Harry von Bülow-Bothkamp of Jagdgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22August1940Royal Air Force flew 141 patrols involving 536 aircraft
22August1940Royal Air Force lost 5 Fighters with 2 Pilots Killed
22August1940Spitfire K9909 Mk.Ia , FZ-O, - Shot down by Me109 over Dover. Sergeant Keymer killed.
22August1940Spitfire L1094 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109.
22August1940Spitfire N3221 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
22August1940Spitfire R6695 Mk.Ia , DW-P, - Shot down by Me109 near Hawkinge. Sergeant Corfe ok.
22August1940Spitfire R6708 Mk.Ia , KL-S, - Shot down by Me109 off Deal. Sergeant Collett killed.
22August1940Spitfire R6770 Mk.Ib , NN-D, - Damaged on operations.
22August1940Spitfire R6829 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Ju88 off the Needles. Pilot Officer Beaumont ok.
22August1940Spitfire R6926 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109s over Dover and abandoned. Flying Officer Dundas injured.
22August1940Spitfire X4239 Mk.Ia , RF-J, - Shot down by Me109 near Folkestone. Sergeant Cork ok.
22August1940Unteroffizier Schildknecht of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
22August1940Unteroffizier Werner Götting of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
22August1940about 190 German aircraft of which 140 during the day (sunrise to sunset)
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 22nd August
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
22August1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. A. Smith of 600 Squadron, was Killed.
22August1942Former Polish Battle of Britain pilot, F/O T. Czerwinski of 302 Squadron, was Killed.
22August1958Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. N. A. Lawrence of 54 Squadron, Passed away.

 

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