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Gunther Specht

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Victories : 32
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Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis


Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross
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Gunther Specht

Squadrons for : Gunther Specht
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Gunther Specht. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
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JG1

Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG1

German World War II fighter unit or wing which used the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Focke-Wulf Fw 190 aircraft, between 1940–1944. The name of the unit derives from Jagd, meaning hunt and Geschwader, meaning wing. First formed in May 1939 in eastern Prussia, I./JG 1 was one of the original groups created by the Luftwaffe as part of its expansion plans.

Between 1940 and 1942, JG 1 operated primarily over the Western Front and northern occupied Europe. During the initial days of the war, JG 1 faced little resistance, apart from occasional Royal Air Force (RAF) excursions. The unit was rarely engaged in large-scale confrontations during this time. From late 1942 onwards it was tasked with defense of the Reich duties. After D-Day, elements of JG 1 were moved to France and were tasked with air support to the army Wehrmacht, along with their air defense role. Operation Bodenplatte severely reduced the strength of JG 1.

Towards the end of the war, the unit was disbanded and its remaining pilots and aircraft were re-organized. What remained of these groups surrendered to Allied forces at the end of the war.

JG 1 was the first unit to attempt 'aerial bombing' techniques against the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) heavy bomber formations. It was the only unit to be equipped with the Heinkel He 162 jet fighter.

In 1944 the Oesau suffix was added to the unit's title, after its late Geschwaderkommodore Oberst Walter Oesau (127 kills), who was killed in action. Some 700 enemy aircraft were claimed shot down during the war.

JG11

Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG11

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ZG26

Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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Known Victory Claims - Gunther Specht

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

29/09/1939Oblt. Günther Specht3ZG 26HampdenSE Helgoland10.01Western Front
29/09/1939Oblt. Günther Specht3ZG 26HampdenSE Helgoland10.05Western Front
03/12/1939Oblt. Günther Specht1ZG 26WellingtonNW Helgoland-Western Front
23/05/1940Oblt. Günther SpechtStab I.ZG 26Raum Calais-Western Front
23/05/1940Oblt. Günther SpechtStab I.ZG 26Raum Calais-Western Front
23/05/1940Oblt. Günther SpechtStab I.ZG 26Raum Calais-Western Front
26/02/1943Hptm. Günther Specht10JG 1B-1750km NNW Borkum12.18Western Front
14/05/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-24Eckenförder Bücht: 7500m12.14Western Front
19/05/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-1705 Ost N/8562 S. Pellworm: 8200m13.17Western Front
11/06/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-1705 Ost S/84715: 8300m18.05Western Front
25/06/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-17AQ 56: 7900m [off Friesian Islands]8.52Western Front
26/07/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-17FS-5.4: 8.200m [N. Wagenfeld]11.42Western Front
28/07/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-17RS-47: 5200m [S. Darmstadt]9.02Western Front
17/08/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-1722km NNE Diest: 6000m15Western Front
17/08/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-172km W. Hergarden Kr. Schlieden: 6000m15.2Western Front
04/10/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-2405 Ost S/TN 6: 4500m10.16Western Front
08/10/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-24AR-6 in See: 7800m [NW Nordholz]16.39Western Front
09/10/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-17MI-8: 4000m15.3Western Front
13/11/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11P-3805 Ost N/FQ-7.3: 8500m [Fürstenau]11.2Western Front
26/11/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-17ER-27: 7000m12.3Western Front
29/11/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11P-47EQ-5.7: 8800m15.3Western Front
20/12/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11P-51Raum Bremen: 9000m11.5Western Front
22/12/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11P-47--Western Front
05/01/1944Major Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11P-38--Western Front
30/01/1944Major Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11P-47--Western Front
11/02/1944Major Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11P-51SP-6: 8000km [S. Idar-Oberstein]12.15-30Western Front
21/02/1944Major Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11P-47Leteln: 8000m [NE Minden]13.54Western Front
22/02/1944Major Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-17Blomberg-Detmold: 7100m13.42-55Western Front
22/02/1944Major Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11P-51Blomberg-Akland: 2000m [E. Detmold]13.35-45Western Front
11/09/1944Major Günther SpechtStabJG 11P-51Ort unbekannt: 150m-Western Front
26/09/1944Major Günther SpechtStabJG 11Typhoon05 Ost S/HN-GN: 2000m [Deventer]14.04-06Western Front
26/09/1944Major Günther SpechtStabJG 11Typhoon05 Ost S/HN-GN: 2000m [Deventer]14.04-06Western Front
05/12/1944Major Günther SpechtStabJG 11P-51GT: 200-400m Stadthagen12.35Western Front

Known Claims : 33
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

29/09/1939Oblt. Günther Specht3ZG 26HampdenSE Helgoland10.01Western Front
29/09/1939Oblt. Günther Specht3ZG 26HampdenSE Helgoland10.05Western Front
03/12/1939Oblt. Günther Specht1ZG 26WellingtonNW Helgoland-Western Front
23/05/1940Oblt. Günther SpechtStab I.ZG 26Raum Calais-Western Front
23/05/1940Oblt. Günther SpechtStab I.ZG 26Raum Calais-Western Front
23/05/1940Oblt. Günther SpechtStab I.ZG 26Raum Calais-Western Front
26/02/1943Hptm. Günther Specht10JG 1B-1750km NNW Borkum12.18Western Front
14/05/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-24Eckenförder Bücht: 7500m12.14Western Front
19/05/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-1705 Ost N/8562 S. Pellworm: 8200m13.17Western Front
11/06/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-1705 Ost S/84715: 8300m18.05Western Front
25/06/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-17AQ 56: 7900m [off Friesian Islands]8.52Western Front
26/07/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-17FS-5.4: 8.200m [N. Wagenfeld]11.42Western Front
28/07/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-17RS-47: 5200m [S. Darmstadt]9.02Western Front
17/08/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-1722km NNE Diest: 6000m15Western Front
17/08/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-172km W. Hergarden Kr. Schlieden: 6000m15.2Western Front
04/10/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-2405 Ost S/TN 6: 4500m10.16Western Front
08/10/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-24AR-6 in See: 7800m [NW Nordholz]16.39Western Front
09/10/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-17MI-8: 4000m15.3Western Front
13/11/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11P-3805 Ost N/FQ-7.3: 8500m [Fürstenau]11.2Western Front
26/11/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-17ER-27: 7000m12.3Western Front
29/11/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11P-47EQ-5.7: 8800m15.3Western Front
20/12/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11P-51Raum Bremen: 9000m11.5Western Front
22/12/1943Hptm. Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11P-47--Western Front
05/01/1944Major Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11P-38--Western Front
30/01/1944Major Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11P-47--Western Front
11/02/1944Major Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11P-51SP-6: 8000km [S. Idar-Oberstein]12.15-30Western Front
21/02/1944Major Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11P-47Leteln: 8000m [NE Minden]13.54Western Front
22/02/1944Major Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11B-17Blomberg-Detmold: 7100m13.42-55Western Front
22/02/1944Major Günther SpechtStab II.JG 11P-51Blomberg-Akland: 2000m [E. Detmold]13.35-45Western Front
11/09/1944Major Günther SpechtStabJG 11P-51Ort unbekannt: 150m-Western Front
26/09/1944Major Günther SpechtStabJG 11Typhoon05 Ost S/HN-GN: 2000m [Deventer]14.04-06Western Front
26/09/1944Major Günther SpechtStabJG 11Typhoon05 Ost S/HN-GN: 2000m [Deventer]14.04-06Western Front
05/12/1944Major Günther SpechtStabJG 11P-51GT: 200-400m Stadthagen12.35Western Front

Known Claims : 33

Battle of Britain History Timeline : 29th September
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
29September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O G. C. B. Peters of 79 Squadron, was Killed.
29September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. Mcgibbon of 615 Squadron, was Killed.
29September1940Feldwebel Eckart König of JG 3 shot down a Hurricane
29September1940Feldwebel Erwin Kortlepel of JG 3 shot down a Hurricane
29September1940Hauptmann Erich von Selle of JG 3 shot down a Hurricane
29September1940Hauptmann Walter Oesau of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
29September1940Hauptmann Walter Oesau of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
29September1940Leutnant Günther Hess of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
29September1940Leutnant Karl Leonhard of JG 53 shot down a Hurricane
29September1940Number of aircraft available to the Royal Air Force for service on this day was 697 with 387 Hurricanes, 227 Spitfires, 59 Blenheims, amd 16 Defiants and 8 Gladiators
29September1940Oberfeldwebel Franz Kaiser of JG 53 shot down a Hurricane
29September1940Oberleutnant Arnold Lignitz of JG 51 shot down a Hurricane
29September1940Oberleutnant Erbo Graf von Kageneck of JG 27 shot down a Hurricane
29September1940Oberleutnant Ignaz Prestele of JG 53 shot down a Hurricane
29September1940Oberleutnant Ignaz Prestele of JG 53 shot down a Hurricane
29September1940Oberleutnant Ludwig Becker of NJG 1 shot down a Wellington
29September1940Oberleutnant Walter Rupp of JG 53 shot down a Hurricane
29September1940Oberleutnant Werner Voigt of JG 3 shot down a Hurricane
29September1940Royal Air Force lost 5 fighters with 3 pilots killed
29September1940The Luftwaffe lost one HE111 one mE109 and one DO215 plus a furthe rpossible ME109 and one HE111 plus one JU88 bought down by Lewis Gun over Dover
29September1940Unteroffizier August Dilling of JG 3 shot down a Hurricane
29September1940Unteroffizier Eduard Rybiak of JG 3 shot down a Hurricane
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 29th September
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