Jagdgeschwader 2 Richthofen
- Published: 31 March 2012 31 March 2012
- Last Updated: 09 September 2013 09 September 2013
Hauptmann Otto "Otsch" Bertram was a holder of the Knight's Cross and ace with 22 enemy aircraft shot down, of those nine were from his service in Legion Condor during the Spanish Civil War, who was ordered to withdraw from front line service in October 1940 after both his brothers had been killed in action.
In the present day Luftwaffe, the honour title Richthofen lives on with Jagdgeschwader 71 Richthofen.
Oberstleutnant Gerd von Massow (1 Sep 1939 - ? Apr 1940)
Oberstleutnant Harry von Bülow-Bothkamp (? Apr 1940 - 3 Sep 1940)
Major Wolfgang Schellmann (3 Sep 1940 - 19 Oct 1940)
Major Helmuth Wick (19 Oct 1940 - 28 Nov 1940)
Hauptmann Karl-Heinz Greisert (28 Nov 1940 - 16 Feb 1941)
Major Wilhelm Balthasar (16 Feb 1941 - 3 July 1941)
Oberstleutnant Walter Oesau (3 July 1941 - 1 July 1943)
Major Egon Mayer (1 July 1943 - 2 Mar 1944)
Major Kurt Ubben (2 Mar 1944 - 27 Apr 1944)
Oberstleutnant Kurt Bühligen (28 Apr 1944 - 8 May 1945)
Dr. Ing. Ernst Bormann (WW1 ace with 16 victories)
Harry von Bülow-Bothkamp (WW1 ace with 6 victories who may have scored 18 additional ones in WW2 but the sources differ on this matter)
Heinrich Graf von Einsiedel (founding member and vice-president of the Soviet-sponsored Nationalkomitee Freies Deutschland, great-grandson of Otto von Bismarck, member of the Bundestag 1994-1998)
Egon Mayer (A fighter ace with a total of 102 victories, the first one to reach 100 victories on the Western front)
The "Jagdgeschwader Richthofen" cuff title was authorized for this unit on 25 March 1935.
Research by Gareth Collins
Gordon Williamson & Thomas McGuirl - German military cuffbands 1784-present
Reference material on this unit
Krzysztof Janowicz - JG 2 Richthofen (2 vol)
Erik Mombeeck - In the Skies of France: A chronicle of JG2 "Richthofen"
Marek J. Murawski - JG 2: Jagdgeschwader "Richthofen"
John Weal - Jagdgeschwader 2
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