Walther Dahl
Oberst

Walther Dahl

    Walter Dahl was born on 27 March 1916 at Lug in the Bergzabern region of Pfalz. He joined the army in 1935, initially serving in the infantry, before transferring to the Luftwaffe and becoming a pilot. He became a flight instructor in 1939. In May 1941, Dahl was transferred to the Geschwaderstab  of JG 3. He gained his first victory on 22 June during the invasion of Russia. On 10 July, Dahl was transferred to II./JG 3. By the end of October, Dahl had 17 victories to his credit, including three Russian aircraft shot down on 13 September to record victories seven through nine and a further three on 23 October, all Russian fighters (15-17). Dahl was transferred to 4./JG 3 on 13 December 1941 and accompanied the unit to the Mediterranean theatre. He claimed a Spitfire shot down over Malta on 1 April 1942, although this claim could well have occurred on 2 April. However, the victory was not confirmed and the “Spitfire”, actually a RAF Hurricane of 229 Sqn, managed to return to its base on Malta, albeit damaged. On 10 April 1942, Dahl was appointed Staffelkapitän of Ergänzungsgruppe/JG 3. At the end of April 1943, Dahl was transferred to the staff of the General der Jagdflieger. On 15 August, Dahl was appointed Geschwaderadjutant of JG 3 based on the Eastern front where, by mid-April 1943, he had raised his victory total to 51. Dahl shot down four Russian Il-2 ground attack aircraft on 26 October 1942 (34-37). Oberleutnant Dahl was awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold on 2 December 1942 for 42 victories. He shot down two Russian LaGG-3 fighters  on 16 April 1943 (50-51). On 20 July 1943, Dahl was posted as Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 3, recently relocated to Münster from deployment around Kursk on the Russian Front. Here Dahl was to battle the bomber formations of the USAAF. He shot down two four-engined bombers on 6 September (52-53). He downed two more four-engined bombers and a USAAF P-38 twin-engined fighter on 23 February 1944 (59–61). Dahl led III./JG 3 against the Schweinfurt and Regensburg raid on 17 August but was intercepted by 222 Squadron RAF Spitfires. Five III./JG 3 Bf 109s were shot down including the aircraft of Leutnant Hans Schleef (99 victories, RK, killed in action 31 December 1944). Dahl himself had to make a belly landing near Capperath when his Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 18 842) suffered an engine failure. Major Dahl was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 11 March 1944 for 67 victories. On 21 May 1944, Dahl was appointed Kommodore of JG z.b.V. He led the unit until 6 June before taking command of JG 300 on 27 June. On 13 September, he brought down a USAAF B-17 four-engined bomber by ramming.

Major Dahl discussing Sturmjäger tactics with pilots of IV.(Sturm)/JG 3 Udet at Illesheim

Major Dahl discussing Sturmjäger tactics with pilots of IV.(Sturm)/JG 3 "Udet" at Illesheim, possibly in a sequence taken from the Deutsche Wochenschau clip after the famous "Blitzluftschlacht über Oschersleben".

    Despite the successes  achieved against the USAAF four-engined bombers with the use of Sturm tactics employed by JG 300, Dahl was to be relieved of his command by Göring on 30 November 1944.  On 26 January 1945, he was appointed Inspekteur der Tagjäger. Oberst Dahl was awarded the Eichenlaub on 1 February for 92 victories. Despite his promotion, Dahl continued to fly operationally. He added 32 Russian aircraft to his tally flying over the Eastern front. He recorded his 100th victory on 28 February 1945. Oberst Dahl ended the war flying Me 262 jet fighters with III./EJG 2. Here he flew under the command of Heinz “Pritzl” Bär (221 victories, RK-S). On 27 March, Dahl claimed two USAAF P-47 fighters shot down. He gained his 128th and last victory, a USAAF P-51 Mustang near Dillingen, on 26 April 1945. Walter Dahl survived the war but died on 25 November 1985 at Heidelberg, aged 69.
    Walter Dahl shot down 128 enemy aircraft in 678 missions, including about 300 ground-attack missions. He claimed  30, possibly 36, four-engined bombers and 34 Il-2 Stormovik ground attack aircraft. Dahl also achieved 2, possibly as many as 9 victories, flying the Me-262. He recorded 84 victories over the Eastern Front.
 
No.
Date
Time
A/C Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1.
22.6.1941
4:30
I-18 Stab II./JG 3  
2.
16.7.1941
15:45
I-16 Stab II./JG 3  
3.
1.8.1941
13:00
I-16 Stab II./JG 3  
4.
8.8.1941
13:30
DB-3 Stab II./JG 3  
5.
24.8.1941
8:55
I-180 Stab II./JG 3  
6.
24.8.1941
15:55
I-16 Stab II./JG 3  
7.
13.9.1941
9:30
I-16 Stab II./JG 3  
8.
13.9.1941
17:20
Il-2 Stab II./JG 3  
9.
13.9.1941
17:27
Il-2 Stab II./JG 3  
10.
14.9.1941
6:05
I-153 Stab II./JG 3 Near Mironovka
11.
19.9.1941
13:57
SB-3 Stab II./JG 3  
12.
11.10.1941
11:55
SB-3 Stab II./JG 3  
13.
18.10.1941
10:10
I-16 Stab II./JG 3  
14.
19.10.1941
15:25
I-16 Stab II./JG 3  
15.
23.10.1941
10:56
I-61 Stab II./JG 3  
16.
23.10.1941
11:00
I-61 Stab II./JG 3  
17.
23.10.1941
11:20
I-16 Stab II./JG 3  
-
2.4.1942
15:30
Spitfire 4./JG 3 Hurricane (BV174) of 229 Sqn RAF, damaged – not confirmed, possibly occurred 1/4/42
18.
26.8.1942
8:30
Yak-7 Stab JG 3  
19.
7.9.1942
15:36
La-5 Stab JG 3  
20.
19.9.1942
11:44
Yak-7 Stab JG 3  
21.
24.9.1942
11:03
Yak-1 Stab JG 3  
22.
24.9.1942
11:09
Yak-1 Stab JG 3  
23.
27.9.1942
16:03
Il-2 Stab JG 3  
24.
29.9.1942
10:17
Il-2 Stab JG 3  
25.
30.9.1942
16:10
Il-2 Stab JG 3  
26.
30.9.1942
16:15
P-40 Stab JG 3  
27.
30.9.1942
16:16
P-40 Stab JG 3  
28.
14.10.1942
7:07
Il-2 Stab JG 3  
29.
14.10.1942
7:15
Il-2 Stab JG 3  
30.
17.10.1942
9:15
Yak-1 Stab JG 3  
31.
25.10.1942
10:20
LaGG-3 Stab JG 3  
32.
25.10.1942
10:39
Il-2 Stab JG 3  
33.
25.10.1942
14:21
Il-2 Stab JG 3  
34.
26.10.1942
14:02
Il-2 Stab JG 3  
35.
26.10.1942
14:07
Il-2 Stab JG 3  
36.
26.10.1942
14:08
Il-2 Stab JG 3  
37.
26.10.1942
14:12
Il-2 Stab JG 3  
38.
27.10.1942
10:00
Yak-1 Stab JG 3  
39.
30.11.1942
8:10
Il-2 Stab JG 3  
40.
30.11.1942
8:12
Il-2 Stab JG 3  
41.
30.11.1942
13:25
Yak-1 Stab JG 3  
42.
2.12.1942
9:10
Il-2 Stab JG 3  
43.
16.3.1943
14:25
Boston Stab JG 3  
44.
21.3.1943
14:55
LaGG-3 Stab JG 3  
45.
15.4.1943
16:28
LaGG-3 Stab JG 3  
46.
15.4.1943
16:30
LaGG-3 Stab JG 3  
47.
16.4.1943
15:08
P-39 Stab JG 3  
48.
16.4.1943
15:10
P-39 Stab JG 3  
49.
16.4.1943
15:15
P-39 Stab JG 3  
50.
17.4.1943
15:06
LaGG-3 Stab JG 3  
51.
17.4.1943
15:06
LaGG-3 Stab JG 3  
52.
6.9.1943
11:15
B-17 HSS Stab III./JG 3  
53.
6.9.1943
11:30
B-17 Stab III./JG 3  
54.
14.10.1943
14:30
B-17 Stab III./JG 3 Aschaffenburg-Würzburg
55.
14.10.1943
14:35
B-17 HSS Stab III./JG 3 Aschaffenburg-Würzburg
56.
19.12.1943
12:25
B-17 Stab III./JG 3 Innsbruck-Bolzano
57.
29.1.1944
11:07
B-17 Stab III./JG 3 Mannheim-Bastogne
58.
29.1.1944
11:13
B-17 HSS Stab III./JG 3 Mannheim-Bastogne
59.
23.2.1944
12:08
B-24 Stab III./JG 3  
60.
23.2.1944
12:12
B-24 HSS Stab III./JG 3  
61.
23.2.1944
12:20
P-38 Stab III./JG 3  
62.
24.2.1944
13:12
B-17 HSS Stab III./JG 3  
63.
24.2.1944
13:12
B-17 HSS Stab III./JG 3  
64.
24.2.1944
13:20
P-38 Stab III./JG 3  
65.
25.2.1944
12:27
B-17 Stab III./JG 3 Salzburg-Regensburg
66.
25.2.1944
12:48
B-17 Stab III./JG 3 Salzburg-Regensburg
67.
13.4.1944
15:04
B-17 Stab III./JG 3 20-30km NW Augsburg
68.
13.4.1944
15:08
B-17 HSS Stab III./JG 3 30km N Augsburg
69.
24.4.1944
13:30
B-17 Stab III./JG 3 Near Augsburg
70.
24.4.1944
13:36
B-17 Stab III./JG 3 10km S München
71.
24.4.1944
13:45
P-51 Stab III./JG 3 Near München
72.
7.7.1944
9:45
B-24 Stab JG 300 N Quedlingburg
73.
15.8.1944
11:45
B-17 Stab JG 300 Daun-Kyllberg area
74.
15.8.1944
11:46
B-17 Stab JG 300 Koblenz area
75.
11.9.1944
11:55
B-17 Stab JG 300 Halle-Leipzig
76.
11.9.1944
12:05
B-17 Stab JG 300 Querfurt-Naumburg
77.
13.9.1944
-
B-17 Stab JG 300 rammed
78.
28.9.1944
12:45
B-17 Stab JG 300 Wolfenbüttel area
79.
6.10.1944
-
B-17 Stab JG 300  
80.
7.10.1944
-
P-51 Stab JG 300  
81.
26.10.1944
-
B-17 Stab JG 300  
82.
5.11.1944
-
B-17 Stab JG 300  
83.
3.12.1944
-
B-17 Stab JG 300  
84.
5.12.1944
-
B-17 Stab JG 300  
85.
5.12.1944
-
P-51 Stab JG 300  
86.
27.1.1945
-
La-7 ?  
87.
28.1.1945
-
Il-2 ?  
88.
29.1.1945
-
Il-2 ?  
89.
29.1.1945
-
La-7 ?  
90.
30.1.1945
-
B-17 ?  
91.
30.1.1945
-
P-51 ?  
92.
31.1.1945
-
P-51 ?  
93.
4.2.1945
-
P-38 ?  
94.-99.
20.2.1945
-
La-7 ?  
94.-99.
21.2.1945
-
Il-2 ?  
94.-99.
21.2.1945
-
Il-2 ?  
94.-99.
II.1945
-
E/a ?  
94.-99.
II.1945
-
E/a ?  
94.-99.
II.1945
-
E/a ?  
100.
28.2.1945
-
E/a ?  
101.-125.
II.-III.1945
-
25 victories ? All probably Eastern front
126.
27.3.1945
-
P-47 III./EJG 2 This combat possibly occurred 25.3.1945
127.
27.3.1945
-
P-47 III./EJG 2 This combat possibly occurred 25.3.1945
128.
26.4.1945
-
P-51 III./EJG 2 Near Dilligen

Victories : 128
Awards : Knight`s Cross with Oak Leaves
Units : JG 3, JG z.b.v., JG 300, EJG 2

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