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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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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
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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 !
 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

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 Timeline of Related Info : 23rd November
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23November1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. E. Sulman of 607 Squadron, was Killed.

 

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