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Gustav Denk

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Victories : 67
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Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : 13th February 1943


Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross
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Gustav Denk

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JG52

Country : Germany
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JG52

The most successful Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II, with a claim total of more than 10,000 victories over enemy aircraft. It was home to the top three scoring Experten of the Luftwaffe, Erich Hartmann, Gerhard Barkhorn and Günther Rall. The unit flew the various marks of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 exclusively through the war.

Known Victory Claims - Gustav Denk

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

13/07/1940Ofw. Gustav Denk6JG 52BlenheimNW Borkum19.5Western Front
01/05/1941Ltn. Gustav Denk6JG 52Blenheim-14.28Western Front
25/08/1941Ltn. Gustav Denk6JG 52I-18-16.35Eastern Front
07/09/1941Ltn. Gustav Denk6JG 52I-16-18.3Eastern Front
21/09/1941Ltn. Gustav Denk6JG 52I-153-5.55Eastern Front
22/08/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52I-15349 334: 1000m10.56Eastern Front
23/08/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG-349 661: 400m5.4Eastern Front
23/08/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG-349 271: 200m17.3Eastern Front
09/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG54 651: - 0m5.38Eastern Front
09/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG44 444: 1000m14.44Eastern Front
09/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG44 482: 200m14.08Eastern Front
10/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG-344 454: - 0m14.07Eastern Front
12/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG-344 453: tiefst.14.14Eastern Front
16/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG-354 414: 600m16.21Eastern Front
16/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG-354 414: 500m16.2Eastern Front
18/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52I-15354 44214.15Eastern Front
18/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52I-15354 44214.16Eastern Front
25/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG95 743: tiefflug16.28Eastern Front
25/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG95 743: tiefflug16.31Eastern Front
26/10/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-144 784: tiefflug14.2Eastern Front
30/10/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-194 161: tiefst.12.22Eastern Front
30/10/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-194 161: tiefst.12.37Eastern Front
02/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52R-594 152: 1000m11.56Eastern Front
02/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG-394 152: 500m11.56Eastern Front
03/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG-394 152: tiefflug12Eastern Front
03/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Pe-294 481: 1000m11.32Eastern Front
12/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52I-16 Rata95 723: 800m14.04Eastern Front
12/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Il-295 753: tiefflug14.06Eastern Front
15/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-196 161: tiefflug9.14Eastern Front
28/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Il-249 382: tiefflug12.06Eastern Front
28/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Il-249 353: tiefflug12.1Eastern Front
30/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-139 143: 1900m13.09Eastern Front
30/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-139 153: 1200m13.12Eastern Front
30/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Il-229 432: 500m13.15Eastern Front
01/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52P-4039 3118.57Eastern Front
02/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-149 354: 800m12.14Eastern Front
02/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Il-249 354: 100m12.16Eastern Front
08/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-139 651: 2500m9.45Eastern Front
08/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-139 654: 2200m9.46Eastern Front
08/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Curtiss P-4039 491: 2000m9.58Eastern Front
18/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-139 733: 2000m10.34Eastern Front
18/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-139 823: 3000m10.33Eastern Front
19/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52La-549 534: 5000m13.14Eastern Front
19/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-149 641: 400m13.15Eastern Front
19/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-149 671: Bodennähe13.17Eastern Front
20/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Il-239 853: 100m10.54Eastern Front
22/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52La-539 823: 2000m10.51Eastern Front
26/12/1942Oblt. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52La-539 812: 6000m10.28Eastern Front
28/12/1942Oblt. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52La-538 351: 3000m10.27Eastern Front
26/01/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52Pe-208 613: 8000m10.35Eastern Front
27/01/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52R-507 442: Bodennähe14.25Eastern Front
31/01/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52LaGG-399 601: 2000m13.07Eastern Front
31/01/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52LaGG-309 541: 1000m13.1Eastern Front
01/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52La-518 544: 800m12Eastern Front
02/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52LaGG-512 842: 4000m6.5Eastern Front
02/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52Jak-108 842: 5000m13.32Eastern Front
07/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52Jak-199 662: 1500m12.54Eastern Front
11/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52Jak-186 460: 200m6Eastern Front
11/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52Jak-186 490: 100m6.02Eastern Front
12/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52I-15385 174: 1500m7.5Eastern Front
12/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52I-15385 311: 1000m7.53Eastern Front
12/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52I-15385 482: 2000m14.35Eastern Front
12/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52I-15385 624: 100m14.37Eastern Front
12/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52R-585 833: tiefflug14.42Eastern Front
13/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk6JG 52Boston86 522: 800m9.38Eastern Front

Known Claims : 65
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

13/07/1940Ofw. Gustav Denk6JG 52BlenheimNW Borkum19.5Western Front
01/05/1941Ltn. Gustav Denk6JG 52Blenheim-14.28Western Front
25/08/1941Ltn. Gustav Denk6JG 52I-18-16.35Eastern Front
07/09/1941Ltn. Gustav Denk6JG 52I-16-18.3Eastern Front
21/09/1941Ltn. Gustav Denk6JG 52I-153-5.55Eastern Front
22/08/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52I-15349 334: 1000m10.56Eastern Front
23/08/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG-349 661: 400m5.4Eastern Front
23/08/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG-349 271: 200m17.3Eastern Front
09/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG54 651: - 0m5.38Eastern Front
09/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG44 444: 1000m14.44Eastern Front
09/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG44 482: 200m14.08Eastern Front
10/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG-344 454: - 0m14.07Eastern Front
12/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG-344 453: tiefst.14.14Eastern Front
16/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG-354 414: 600m16.21Eastern Front
16/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG-354 414: 500m16.2Eastern Front
18/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52I-15354 44214.15Eastern Front
18/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52I-15354 44214.16Eastern Front
25/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG95 743: tiefflug16.28Eastern Front
25/09/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG95 743: tiefflug16.31Eastern Front
26/10/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-144 784: tiefflug14.2Eastern Front
30/10/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-194 161: tiefst.12.22Eastern Front
30/10/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-194 161: tiefst.12.37Eastern Front
02/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52R-594 152: 1000m11.56Eastern Front
02/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG-394 152: 500m11.56Eastern Front
03/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52LaGG-394 152: tiefflug12Eastern Front
03/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Pe-294 481: 1000m11.32Eastern Front
12/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52I-16 Rata95 723: 800m14.04Eastern Front
12/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Il-295 753: tiefflug14.06Eastern Front
15/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-196 161: tiefflug9.14Eastern Front
28/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Il-249 382: tiefflug12.06Eastern Front
28/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Il-249 353: tiefflug12.1Eastern Front
30/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-139 143: 1900m13.09Eastern Front
30/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-139 153: 1200m13.12Eastern Front
30/11/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Il-229 432: 500m13.15Eastern Front
01/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52P-4039 3118.57Eastern Front
02/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-149 354: 800m12.14Eastern Front
02/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Il-249 354: 100m12.16Eastern Front
08/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-139 651: 2500m9.45Eastern Front
08/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-139 654: 2200m9.46Eastern Front
08/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Curtiss P-4039 491: 2000m9.58Eastern Front
18/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-139 733: 2000m10.34Eastern Front
18/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-139 823: 3000m10.33Eastern Front
19/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52La-549 534: 5000m13.14Eastern Front
19/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-149 641: 400m13.15Eastern Front
19/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Jak-149 671: Bodennähe13.17Eastern Front
20/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52Il-239 853: 100m10.54Eastern Front
22/12/1942Ltn. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52La-539 823: 2000m10.51Eastern Front
26/12/1942Oblt. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52La-539 812: 6000m10.28Eastern Front
28/12/1942Oblt. Gustav DenkStab II.JG 52La-538 351: 3000m10.27Eastern Front
26/01/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52Pe-208 613: 8000m10.35Eastern Front
27/01/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52R-507 442: Bodennähe14.25Eastern Front
31/01/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52LaGG-399 601: 2000m13.07Eastern Front
31/01/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52LaGG-309 541: 1000m13.1Eastern Front
01/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52La-518 544: 800m12Eastern Front
02/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52LaGG-512 842: 4000m6.5Eastern Front
02/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52Jak-108 842: 5000m13.32Eastern Front
07/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52Jak-199 662: 1500m12.54Eastern Front
11/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52Jak-186 460: 200m6Eastern Front
11/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52Jak-186 490: 100m6.02Eastern Front
12/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52I-15385 174: 1500m7.5Eastern Front
12/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52I-15385 311: 1000m7.53Eastern Front
12/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52I-15385 482: 2000m14.35Eastern Front
12/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52I-15385 624: 100m14.37Eastern Front
12/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk5JG 52R-585 833: tiefflug14.42Eastern Front
13/02/1943Oblt. Gustav Denk6JG 52Boston86 522: 800m9.38Eastern Front

Known Claims : 65

Battle of Britain History Timeline : 22nd September
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
22September1940Number of aircraft available to the Royal Air Force for service on this day was 707 with 384 Hurricanes, 237 Spitfires, 58 Blenheims, amd 20 Defiants and 8 Gladiators
22September1940The Luftwaffe lost one JU88
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 22nd September
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
22September2005Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. D. M. Jack of 602 Squadron, Passed away.

 

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