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Commanders

Major Hubert Merhart von Bernegg (1 Sep 1939 - 18 Aug 1940)
Major Hanns Trübenbach (19 Aug 1940 - 10 Oct 1941)
Major Wilhelm Lessmann (10 Oct 1941 - 2 June 1942)
Oberstleutnant Friedrich Beckh (2 June 1942 - 21 June 1942)
Major Herbert Ihlefeld (21 June 1942 - 28 Oct 1942)
Oberstleutnant Dieter Hrabak (28 Oct 1942 - 30 Sep 1944)
Oberst Hermann Graf (30 Sep 1944 - 8 May 1945)

Notable members

Hermann Graf (The first fighter ace to achive 200 victories, holder of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds)
Erich Hartmann (The highest scoring air ace ever with 352 claimed victories, holder of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. After the war he became commander of Jagdgeschwader 71 Richthofen in the Bundeswehr)
Hans-Joachim Marseille (Holder of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds, the Bundeswehr barracks Marseille-Kaserne in Appen was named in his honour in 1975)
Johannes Steinhoff (General in post-WW2 Luftwaffe, Chief of Staff and acting Commander Allied Air Forces Central Europe, Chief of Staff of the Luftwaffe and Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, the Bundeswehr barracks General-Steinhoff-Kaserne in Berlin-Gatow was named in his honour in 1994 and Jagdgeschwader 73 "Steinhoff" was named in his honour in 1997)

Messerschmitt Bf109 of Feldwebel Paul Boche of 4/JG52 shot down 8 October 1940 at Hazeleigh Essex
me109-jg52-crashed
(Courtesy of John M.Campbell)

Sources used

Research by Gareth Collins

Reference material on this unit

Marko Jeras - Checkerboard Hunters: The Croatian Volunteers of 15./JG 52 on the Eastern Front
Marek J. Murawski & Peter Neuwerth - JG 52
John Weal - Jagdgeschwader 52

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