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Wilhelm Mink

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Victories : 72
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Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : 12th March 1945


Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross
Knights
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Wilhelm Mink

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JG51

Country : Germany
Founded : August 1939
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JG51

Jagdgeschwader 51 Mölders was a Luftwaffe fighter wing during World War II, named after the fighter ace Werner Mölders in 1942. JG 51's pilots won more Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes than any other Jagdgeschwader, and flew combat from 1939 in all major theatres of war. Flying Bf 109s and then FW 190s, the wing claimed over 8,000 air victories. Experten included 'Toni' Hafner, Heinz Bär, Richard Leppla, Karl-Gottfried Nordmann, Günther Schack and the legendary Mölders.

Formed in August 1939, and commanded by 48-year-old World War I ace Onkel Theo Osterkamp, the early months of the war JG 51 was based in the West, fighting in the French campaign, and in the Battle of Britain. From late June to mid July JG 51 was the only fighter Geschwader engaged against the RAF constantly. During the whole battle JG 51 lost 68 pilots, the highest casualty rate of the Luftwaffe fighter units engaged. JG 51 was one of the two Geschewader that had four Gruppen. The other being JG 1.

Four Bf 109 of JG 51 in France 1940Whilst based out of the Belgian airfield at Mardyik in late 1940, the German ace Josef Pips Priller was a Staffelkapitän with JG 51, flying Bf 109-E Yellow One. Josef Priller went on to score over 100 victories, the third highest scoring Luftwaffe day fighter ace on the Western Front, fighting solely against the Western Allies.

Against the Western Allies JG 51 had claimed 345 aircraft destroyed by May 1941. JG 51 were therefore one of the Jagdwaffe's elite units, with 'top ten' aces at this time including Werner Mölders with 68 claims, Walter Oesau with 34 claims, and Hermann-Friedrich Joppien with 31. Major Werner Mölders became unit Geschwaderkommodore during July 1940 and led the unit into the invasion of Russia in June 1941.

Barbarossa (1941)

Claiming 69 kills on the first day of the offensive, by 30 June 1941 JG 51 became the first fighter Geschwader to claim 1,000 air victories (113 kills in 157 sorties were claimed for the day). On 24 June JG 51 claimed 57 bombers shot down for the day. Mölders became the first fighter pilot to reach 100 claims in August and in the same month JG 51's Oberfeldwebel Heinz Bär reached 60 claims and was decorated with the Oak Leaves. A total of 500 Soviet claims was reached on 12 July 1941, although 6 pilots had been lost by JG 51 in the intervening 3 weeks since the offensive had started.

After Mölders' departure in September 1941 (and death later that year) the Geschwader adopted his name as a title of honor in early 1942. Jagdgeschwader 51 Mölders was to remain on the centre sector of the Russian front throughout the rest of 1941. However Oberstleutnant Friedrich Beckh ( one of the few fighter pilots to wear spectacles) proved an uncharismatic commander after Mölders, and it was not until Major Karl-Gottfried Nordmann took over in April 1942 that a worthy successor to Mölders was found. In the period 22 June - 5 December 1941 the unit destroyed 1,881 Soviet aircraft, in return for 84 losses in aerial combat and a single aircraft on the ground.

Air support for the Wehrmacht's Army Group Centre was entrusted to General Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen's VIII. Fliegerkorps. In early January 1942, among the fighter units available to von Richthofen were II, III and IV/ JG 51. With the onset of the sub-zero conditions of the Russian winter, the majority of JG 51's available aircraft became grounded.

The Russian winter counter offensive forced III./ JG 51 into flying numerous fighter-bomber operations in direct support of the infantry, and the gruppe filed few aerial 'kill' claims through January 1942. II./ JG 51 however, accounted for most of VIII. Fliegerkorps's aerial victories during the Soviet offensive. Particularly successful was the duo of Lt. Hans Strelow and Ofw. Wilhelm Mink, both of 5. JG 51. They claimed five MiG-3s of 16 IAP on 4 January (Mink claimed three) and 9 days later Mink claimed a Pe-2 and Strelow destroyed two R-Z biplanes for his 30th and 31st victories. On 4 February, Strelow increased his victories to 36 by shooting down four Russian aircraft. The 19 year-old Strelow claimed his 40th victory on 28 February and claimed 4 victories on both 6 March and 17 March. The next day he was awarded the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes and also shot down seven Soviet aircraft. He was awarded the Eichenlaub on 24 March, his claims total at 66.

Normandy (1944)

7./JG 51, (with Bf 109G-6's) was attached to II./JG 1 in May 1944 from Brest-Litovsk, with pilots arriving at Störmede late in May and hurriedly converting to the FW-190. (It was later renamed 8./JG 1 on 15 August 1944 when the four-Staffeln Gruppe became standard) 7. Staffel was led by Ritterkreuzträger (Knight's Cross winner) Hptm. Karl-Heinz Weber with 136 confirmed kills. Its two other experten were Lt. Friedrich Krakowitzer (23 kills) and Ofhr. Günther Heckmann with 12 kills.

7./JG 51 joined II. Gruppe with 15 pilots on strength at the end of May, and during the first two months of the Normandy campaign the staffel was decimated, with twelve pilots killed, one POW and one severely wounded.

As the war turned against Germany JG 51 was forced to operate closer and closer to Germany, finally staging out of East Prussia.

JG52

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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 - Wilhelm Mink

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

29/04/1941Uffz. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51BlenheimÄrmelkanal10.2Western Front
21/05/1941Uffz. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51HurricaneE. Ramsgate18.05Western Front
25/06/1941Uffz. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51SB-2NE Wygonowskie See10.55Eastern Front
25/06/1941Uffz. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51SB-2NE Wygonowskie See10.58Eastern Front
01/07/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51I-16 Rata-13.49Eastern Front
01/07/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51V-11-16.36Eastern Front
09/07/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51I-16 Rata8-10km E. Subowa15.26Eastern Front
11/07/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Pe-2-12.13Eastern Front
13/07/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51R-10-12.06Eastern Front
15/07/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51DB-3-18.28Eastern Front
30/07/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51DB-3-6.08Eastern Front
11/08/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51I-18-7.05Eastern Front
13/08/1941Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51MiG-354 362: 1200m8.42Eastern Front
27/08/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51I-6115km E. Dorogobush16.44Eastern Front
30/08/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51I-18-14.48Eastern Front
30/08/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Pe-2-15Eastern Front
30/08/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Pe-2-15.1Eastern Front
02/09/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51R-3-9.33Eastern Front
02/09/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51I-1810km S. Nowgorod15.4Eastern Front
06/09/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51I-18-16.23Eastern Front
07/09/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51I-61-6.05Eastern Front
09/09/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51DB-3-18Eastern Front
13/09/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51DB-315km E. Kleinowka16.05Eastern Front
14/09/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Pe-2E. Konotop6.33Eastern Front
23/09/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51SB-3-16.09Eastern Front
23/09/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51SB-3-16.11Eastern Front
24/09/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51I-18-8.47Eastern Front
04/10/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51DB-3-14.45Eastern Front
08/10/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51SB-3-12.45Eastern Front
08/10/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Pe-2-12.59Eastern Front
13/10/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51I-18-14.35Eastern Front
01/11/1941Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51I-16 Rata-15.32Eastern Front
08/11/1941Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Pe-2-13.3Eastern Front
02/12/1941Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51I-613km E. Nikolskoje12.19Eastern Front
15/12/1941Fw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51DB-3-10.34Eastern Front
04/01/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51I-61-12.2Eastern Front
04/01/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51I-61-12.25Eastern Front
04/01/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51I-61-12.32Eastern Front
13/01/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Pe-2-14.28Eastern Front
24/01/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Pe-2-12.1Eastern Front
24/01/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Pe-2-12.1Eastern Front
27/01/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Pe-2-15.35Eastern Front
27/01/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Pe-2-15.35Eastern Front
07/07/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51MiG-3-11.2Eastern Front
07/07/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51MiG-1-17.48Eastern Front
09/07/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51MiG-3-15.05Eastern Front
11/07/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51MiG-3-10.07Eastern Front
02/08/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Pe-247 572: 1300m18.15Eastern Front
04/08/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Il-247 881: tiefflug18.48Eastern Front
04/08/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Il-256 112: tiefflug15.12Eastern Front
04/08/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Pe-247 612: 2000m9.45Eastern Front
08/08/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Jak-147 874: 1200m15.12Eastern Front
11/08/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51MiG-354 122: 5500m9.12Eastern Front
12/08/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51MiG-355 854: 2800m9.18Eastern Front
16/08/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Il-254 133: tiefflug10.09Eastern Front
22/08/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Il-254 421: tiefflug18.36Eastern Front
23/08/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Pe-254 424: 2500m6.51Eastern Front
24/08/1942Ofw. Wilhelm Mink5JG 51Il-264 171: 300m12.5Eastern Front
01/09/1944Ltn. Wilhelm Mink1JG 52Il-211 196: 300m9.59Eastern Front
22/09/1944Ltn. Wilhelm Mink1JG 52Il-2--Eastern Front

Known Claims : 60

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