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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

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JG1

Country : Germany
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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
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ZG26

Country : Germany
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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 !
 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

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 August
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
29August1940A force of just over 20 german aircraft headed towards Rochester. It was intercepted and four German aircraft were shot down
29August1940At about 2350 hours one Spitfire of No 92 Squadron intercepted and shot down a He111 near Yatesbury (Wiltshire).
29August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. E. Manton of 610 Squadron, was Killed.
29August1940Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt H. R. Hamilton of 85 Squadron, was Killed.
29August1940Feldwebel Heinz Bär of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
29August1940Flying Officer Allan Wright of No.92 Sqn RAF shot down a He111
29August1940Hauptmann Rolf Pingel of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
29August1940Hauptmann Rolf Pingel of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
29August1940Hptm. Dr. Albrecht Ochs of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
29August1940Leutnant Horst Buddenhagen of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
29August1940Leutnant Martin Rysavy of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
29August1940No 222 Squadron moved from Kirton-in-Lindsey to Hornchurch
29August1940No 253 Squadron moved from Prestwick to Kenley
29August1940No 264 Squadron moved from Hornchurch to Kirton-in-Lindsey
29August1940No 615 Squadron moved from Kenley to Prestwick.
29August1940Number of aircraft available for service on this day was 720 with 412 Hurricanes, 230 Spitfires, 53 Blenheims, amd 18 Defiants and 7 Gladiators
29August1940Oberfeldwebel Müller of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
29August1940Oberfeldwebel Willi Bauer of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
29August1940Oberleutnant Eberhard Henrici of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
29August1940Oberleutnant Erwin Neuerburg of JG 3 shot down a
29August1940Oberleutnant Günther Schulze-Blanck of JG 53 shot down a Hurricane
29August1940Oberleutnant Hermann-Friedrich Joppien of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
29August1940Oberleutnant Werner Voigt of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
29August1940Oberleutnant Willy Stange of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
29August1940Royal Air Force lost 9 fighters with 2 pilots killed
29August1940Spitfire L1021 Mk.Ia - Shot down and force landed near Lympne. Pilot Officer Hillary ok.
29August1940Spitfire N3267 Mk.Ia , XT-S, - Damaged on operations. Flying Officer Boulter injured.
29August1940Spitfire P9433 Mk.Ia , DW-E, - Shot down by Me110 over Mayfield. Sergeant Manton killed.
29August1940Spitfire P9459 Mk.Ia , XT-N, - Damaged by Me109 and force landed. Flight Lieutenant Rushmer injured.
29August1940Spitfire R6753 Mk.Ia , XT-G, - Damaged by Me109 and subsequently abandoned. Flying Officer Pinckney injured.
29August1940Spitfire X4011 Mk.Ia , DW-O, - Shot down and crash landed at Gatwick. Sergeant Baker ok.
29August1940The Luftwaffe lost ten aircraft aith a further 10 possibles, These were 6 Me109. With a further 7 ME109s possible, Two ME110 with a further one possible One HE111 and possible DO215 anti aircraft batteries shot down one ME109
29August1940Unteroffizier Mathias Massmann of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
29August1940Unteroffizier Mathias Massmann of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
29August1940about 170 German aircraft which were heading for Biggin Hill. They intercepted and driven off, four German aircraft being destroyed RAF fighters and one by anti-aircraft.guns
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 29th August
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