Spanish volunteers served in 15. (span.) Staffel July 1941-March 1942, nicknamed the Escuadrilla Azul ("Blue Squadron").

Commanders

Oberstleutnant Max Ibel (1 Oct 1939 - 10 Oct 1940)
Major Bernhard Woldenga (10 Oct 1940 - 22 Oct 1940)
Major Wolfgang Schellmann (22 Oct 1940 - 21 June 1941)
Major Bernhard Woldenga (21 June 1941 - 10 June 1942)
Oberstleutnant Eduard Neumann (10 June 1942 - 22 Apr 1943)
Oberstleutnant Gustav Rödel (22 Apr 1943 - 29 Dec 1944)
Major Ludwig Franzisket (29 Dec 1944 - 8 May 1945)

Unit Victories

Stab JG 27 82
I./JG 27 989
II./JG 27 962
III./JG 27 851
IV./JG 27 258

Unit Losses (KIA and WIA)

Stab JG 27 12
I./JG 27 180
II./JG 27 234
III./JG 27 173
IV./JG 27 126

Notable members

Adolf Galland (Holder of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds)
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 1975)

Messerschmitt Bf109 of I/JG27
me109-color
(Courtesy of John M. Campbell)

Spanish volunteer taking the oath in 1941
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(Courtesy of Die Deutsche Wochenschau/Ivan)

Notable members

Gustav Rödel (reached the rank of Brigadegeneral in the post-war West German Bundeswehr)
Poul Sommer (Danish volunteer who after returning to Denmark formed the Sommers Vagtkorps)

Sources used

Research by Gareth Collins
John Weal - Jagdgeschwader 27 Afrika

Reference material on this unit

Jorge Fernández-Coppel - La Escuadrilla Azul: Los pilotos españoles en la Luftwaffe
Santiago Guillén & Carlos Caballero - Escuadrillas Azules en Rusia
Marek J. Murawski - JG 27 w akcji (2 vol)
John Weal - Jagdgeschwader 27 Afrika

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