The Kampfgeschwader 51 Edelweiss was disbanded in April 1945.

Commanders

Oberst Dr. Johann-Volkmar Fisser (1 Sep 1939 - 26 Mar 1940)
Oberst Josef Kammhuber (26 Mar 1940 - 3 June 1940)
Oberst Dr. Johann-Volkmar Fisser (3 June 1940 - 12 Aug 1940)
Major Hans Bruno Schulz-Heyn (12 Aug 1940 - 31 Aug 1941)
Oberst Paul Koester (31 Aug 1941 - 4 July 1942)
Major Wilhelm von Friedeburg (4 July 1942 - 30 Nov 1942)
Oberst Heinrich Conrady (30 Nov 1942 - 8 Jan 1943)
Major Egbert von Frankenburg und Proschlitz (8 Jan 1943 - 9 May 1943)
Major Hanns Heise (9 May 1943 - 25 Feb 1944)
Oberstleutnant Wolf Dieter Meister (25 Feb 1944 - 4 Dec 1944)
Major Wolfgang Schenck (4 Dec 1944 - 31 Jan 1945)
Oberstleutnant Rudolf Hallensleben (31 Jan 1945 - 19 Apr 1945)
Oberstleutnant Siegfried Barth (19 Apr 1945 - 28 Apr 1945)

Notable members

Josef Kammhuber (General in the post-WW2 Luftwaffe and Inspekteur der Bundesluftwaffe, the Bundeswehr barracks General-Kammhuber-Kaserne in Karlsruhe was named in his honour in 1988)

Ju52 of KG51 in the snow
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(Courtesy of Joe Imwalle)

A Ju88 of KG51 on the Channel Islands in 1940

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(Courtesy of Bundesarchiv/Wikimedia, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Germany)

Sources used

Research by Gareth Collins

Reference material on this unit

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