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Commanders

Oberstleutnant Eitel Roediger von Manteuffel (1 Oct 1939 - 22 Dec 1940)
Major Bernhard Woldenga (22 Dec 1940 - 23 June 1941)
Major Gotthard Handrick (23 June 1941 - 16 May 1942)
Major Gordon Gollob (16 May 1942 - 30 Sep 1942)
Major Joachim Müncheberg (30 Sep 1942 - 23 Mar 1943)
Oberstleutnant Johannes Steinhoff (23 Mar 1943 - 1 Dec 1944)
Major Johannes Weisse (1 Dec 1944 - 25 Dec 1944)
Major Siegfried Freytag (25 Dec 1944 - 15 Jan 1945)
Major Erich Leie (15 Jan 1945 - 7 Mar 1945)
Major Siegfried Freytag (7 Mar 1945 - 1 Apr 1945)
Major Fritz Losigkeit (1 Apr 1945 - 8 May 1945)

Notable members

Gordon Gollob (The first fighter ace to achive 150 victories, holder of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds)
Reinhard Heydrich (later SS-Obergruppenführer, head of the ReichsSicherheitsHauptAmt and Stellvertreter Reichsprotektor of Böhmen und Mähren, served with Jagdgeschwader 77 Herz As in 1939 - 1941 as Adjutant of III. Gruppe. He flew fighter missions during the campaign in Norway and later reconnaissance missions over the UK and USSR)
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)

Bf109 formerly of II./JG 54 (right emblem) and currently of III./JG 77 (left emblem)
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(Courtesy of George Williams)

Reference material on this unit

Jochen Prien - Geschichte des Jagdgeschwaders 77 (4 vol)
Johannes Steinhoff - Die Straße von Messina: Tagebuch des Kommodore: Als Jagdgeschwader-Kommodore in der Luftabwehrschlacht um Sizilien von 21. Juni bis 13. Juli 1943

Sources used

Research by Gareth Collins

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