The Sturzkampfgeschwader 3 was redesignated Schlachtgeschwader 3 in October 1943.

Commanders

Oberst Karl Angerstein (? July 1940 - 18 July 1940)
Oberstleutnant Georg Edert (18 July 1940 - 1 Apr 1941)
Oberstleutnant Karl Christ (1 Apr 1941 - 1 Sep 1941)
Oberstleutnant Walter Siegel (1 Sep 1941 - 1 Apr 1943)
Oberst Kurt Kuhlmey (1 Apr 1943 - 18 Oct 1943)

Notable members

Karl Christ (WW1 ace with 5 victories)
Hans-Ulrich Rudel (Usually credited with 2000 destroyed targets, including 519 tanks, 150 artillery guns, 800 other vehicles and even a battleship, two cruisers and destroyer but these figures are not confirmed, the only recipient of the Knight's Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds)

Sources used

Research by Gareth Collins

Reference material on this unit

Hans Peter Eisenbach - Fronteinsätze eines Stuka-Fliegers: Mittelmeer und Ostfront 1943-44

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