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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 !
 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 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)

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 : 30th August
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
30August1940Anti Aircraft batteries shot down 2 ME109's one Do17
30August1940Blenheim N3620 Mk.IV , OM-?, - Shot down at 0430 at Balgzand. Flying Officer E R Berry killed, Sergeant A P Sully killed, Sergeant H Bentham killed.
30August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O J. S. Bell of 616 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O C. D. Francis of 253 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O D. N. O. Jenkins of 253 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, S/Ldr. E. B. King of 249 & 151 Squadrons, was Killed.
30August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, S/Ldr. J. V. C. Badger of 43 Squadron, Crashed (died 30th June 1941).
30August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. D. Noble of 43 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. E. A. Graves of 235 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. J. H. Dickinson of 253 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1940Feldwebel Erwin Leykauf of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Feldwebel Georg Pavenzinger of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Feldwebel Harry Koch of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Feldwebel Max Clerico of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Feldwebel Rudolf Täschner of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Gefreiter Rudolf Condné: Bf Piduhn of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Hauptmann Bernhard Mielke of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Hauptmann Erich Groth of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Hauptmann Erich Groth of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Hauptmann Erich Groth of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Hauptmann Erich von Selle of JG 3 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Hauptmann Fritz Ultsch of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Hauptmann Heinz Nacke of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Hauptmann Heinz Nacke of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Hauptmann Heinz Nacke of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Leutnant Friedrich-Wilhelm Strakeljahn of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Leutnant Hans-Erich Heinbockel of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Leutnant Heinz Bolze of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Leutnant Heinz Ebeling of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Leutnant Max Himmelheber of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Leutnant Max-Hellmuth Ostermann of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Leutnant Otto Radeke of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Leutnant Otto Weckeiser of LG 1 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Leutnant Siegfried Göbel of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Leutnant Siegfried Göbel of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Leutnant Walter Borchers of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Leutnant Werner Pistor of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940New Zealand Battle of Britain pilot, F/O J. S. Priestley of 235 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1940No 141 Squadron moved to Turnhouse. 'A' Flight from Montrose, 'B' Flight from Dyce
30August1940No 145 Squadron moved from Drem. 'A' Flight to Montrose, 'B' Flight to Dyce
30August1940Number of aircraft available for service on this day was 717 with 410 Hurricanes, 234 Spitfires, 52 Blenheims, amd 14 Defiants and 7 Gladiators
30August1940Oberfeldwebel Hermann Staege of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberfeldwebel Karl Hier of JG 54 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberfeldwebel Karl-Heinz Harbauer of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberfeldwebel Oskar Strack of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberfeldwebel Siegfried Schnell of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberfeldwebel Werner Machold of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberfeldwebel Werner Machold of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberfeldwebel Werner Machold of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Ernst Düllberg of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberleutnant Ernst-Hartmann von Schlotheim of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberleutnant Erwin Neuerburg of JG 3 shot down a
30August1940Oberleutnant Ferdinand Vogl of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberleutnant Fritz Losigkeit of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberleutnant Gustav-Siegfried Rödel of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberleutnant Günther Piduhn of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Hans Philipp of JG 54 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Hans-Joachim Jabs of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Herbert Ihlefeld of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberleutnant Hermann Weeber of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Hermann Weeber of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberleutnant Karl-Heinz Krahl of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Roloff von Aspern of JG 54 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Rudolf Ziegler of JG 54 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Ulrich von Gravenreuth of LG 1 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Werner Streib of NJG 1 shot down a Wellington
30August1940Oberleutnant Wilhelm Herget of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Wilhelm Herget of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Polish Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt F. Gmur of 151 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1940RAF Fighters shot down 10 me109 WITH ANOTHER FOUR me109 UN CONFIRMED, Twenty ME110 with a further 6 unconfirmed, Twenty three HE111 with anohter 7 unconfirmed two DO17 with one more unconfirmed two DO215 with one more unconfirmed and a JU88 total of 59 aircrfat with a further 21 unconfirmed
30August1940Royal Air Force lost 25 Fighters with 10 pilots killed
30August1940Spitfire K9826 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 and crashed near Barham. Pilot Officer Edridge parachuted to saftey but was injured.
30August1940Spitfire L1012 Mk.Ia - Overshot runway and was damaged.
30August1940Spitfire L1067 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me110s. Squadron Leader Denholm parachuted to safety.
30August1940Spitfire P9325 Mk.Ia - Shot down and force landed at Eastchurch. Sergeant Baxter ok.
30August1940Spitfire P9375 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
30August1940Spitfire R6715 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Do17 into sea off Norfolk. P/O Pickering safe
30August1940Spitfire R6719 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 near Rainham. Sergeant Hutchinson ok.
30August1940Spitfire R6720 Mk.Ia - Shot down and force landed near Bekesbourne. Pilot Officer Assheton ok.
30August1940Spitfire R7021 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 and crashed at West Malling. Sergeant Sarre parachuted to safety.
30August1940Spitfire X4022 Mk.Ia - Collided with Spitfire X4027. Sergeant Skinner parachuted to safety.
30August1940Spitfire X4027 Mk.Ia - Damaged in collision with Spitfire X4022. Pilot Officer Churches ok.
30August1940Spitfire X4248 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109s and crashed at Wrotham. Pilot Officer J S Bell killed.
30August1940The Luftwaffe made a major attack during the morning and three in the afternoon covering South West England. The target being the Aerodromes
30August1940Unteroffizier Auerbach of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Unteroffizier Alois Pfaffelhuber of LG 1 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Unteroffizier Alois Pfaffelhuber of LG 1 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Unteroffizier Rudolf Seufert of LG 1 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Unteroffizier Walter Schumann of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 30th August
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
30August1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. D. G. Creswell of 141 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1944Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. D. A. Denton of 236 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1944Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. W. Nixon of 23 Squadron, was Killed.

 

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