III./JG 54

The Kommandeure of III/JG 54

Major Mettig 15 Jul 30 to 2 Feb 40
Hauptmann Ultsch 3 Feb 40 to 5 Sep 40
Oberleutnant Scholz 6 Sep 40 to 4 Nov 40
Hauptmann Lignitz 4 Nov 40 to 30 Sep 40?
Hauptmann Seiler 1 Oct 40? to 15 Apr 40?
Hauptmann Schnell May 43 to 1 Feb 44
Oberleutnant Patzak      
Hauptmann Klemm      
Hauptmann Sinner Mar 44 to 10 Mar 44
Hauptmann Schroer 14 Mar 44 to 20 Jul 44
Hauptmann Weiss 21 Jul 44 to 29 Dec 44
Oberleutnant Dortenmann      
Oberleutnant Heilmann      
Hauptmann/Major Klemm Feb 45 to 17 Apr 45

 

The III./JG 54 has its roots in Prussia. Initially I./JG 21, the members were drawn from the Jesau region in Prussia. The modified Jesau coat-of-arms (a shield with a Jesau cross with three diving aircraft on a red background, with a white outline on the shield) was adopted as the Gruppe's own.

On July 15, 1939, I./JG 21 was redesignated III./JG 54. However, the bureaucratic nature of the young Luftwaffe was such that it was over a year before records would reflect the new designation. Consequently, III./JG 54 fought in Poland and France as I./JG 21.


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