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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
'Ace of Hearts'

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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 !
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, </a>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

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 : 23rd August
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
23August1940A DO17 on a reconnaissance,nission was shot down by Anti Aircraft battery at Duxford and the crew of the DO17 survived and became POW
23August1940A Ju88 bomber was shot down by fighters in the Weymouth area
23August1940Battle L5503 , WT-?, - Crashed. Midshipman Taylor taken prisoner, Pilot Officer A G Middleton taken prisoner, Sergeant L M Lowry killed.
23August1940Battle L5582 , WT-?, - Crashed in English Channel. Sergeant E A Pearce killed, Sergeant T S Duncan killed, Sergeant G Thompson taken prisoner.
23August1940Blenheim T1990 Mk.IV , HA-?, - Crashed at Guines. Squadron Leader C C House killed, Sergeant P J Lefevre killed, Sergeant J D Howard taken prisoner.
23August1940Bridlington in Yorkshire was bombed at 0250 hours and suffered considerable damage, Casualties - 4 killed and one injured.
23August1940No 141 Squadron moved from Prestwick to Montrose and Dyce
23August1940No 253 Squadron moved from Turnhouse to Prestwick
23August1940No 603 Squadron moved from Montrose and Dyce to Turnhouse
23August1940Number of aircraft available for service on this day was 733 with 410 Hurricanes, 236 Spitfires, 55 Blenheims, amd 26 Defiants and 6 Gladiators
23August1940Oberfeldwebel Reuter of JG 3 shot down a Battle
23August1940Obergefreiter Ernst Jäckel of JG 26 shot down a Battle
23August1940Oberleutnant Hans Krug of JG 26 shot down a Battle
23August1940Oberleutnant Kurt Ebersberger of JG 26 shot down a Battle
23August1940One He111 was destroyed by fighters near Sumburgh
23August1940Royal Air Force fighters flew 200 patrols involving 507 aircraft
23August1940Spitfire R6620 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
23August1940Spitfire R7016 Mk.Ia - Missing after patrol over English Channel. Pilot Officer Beaumont killed.
23August1940Spitfire X4160 Mk.Ia - Collided with another Spitfire. Returned to Westhampnett. Pilot Officer Ritchie ok.
23August1940Unteroffizier Hopp of JG 3 shot down a Battle
23August1940Unteroffizier Gottfried Haferkorn of JG 26 shot down a Battle
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 23rd August
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
23August1941Former New Zealand Battle of Britain pilot, P/O A. L. Fowler of 248 Squadron, was Killed.
23August2001Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. D. H. Nichols of 56 Squadron, Passed away.

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