Rolf-Günther Hermichen
Major

Rolf-Günther Hermichen
 

    Rolf-Günther Hermichen was born on 25 July 1918 at Wernigeroge. After finishing pilot school Leutnant Hermichen was posted to 6./ZG 1 to fly Bf 110s. He shot down his first enemy aircraft on 10 May 1940 during the French campaign. He had recorded four victories by the time of the French capitulation. With the same unit, but renamed 9./ZG 76, he took part in the Battle of Britain. Hermichen shot down his fifth victim on 12 August 1940. On 25 April 1941, 9./ZG 76 was redesignated 6./SKG 210. Hermichen took part in Operation Barbarossa with the unit undertaking numerous fighter bomber and ground attack missions. He also recorded three aerial victories during his time in Russia. Oberleutnant Hermichen joined III./JG 26 on 1 November 1941. He was assigned to 7./JG 26. In March 1942 he was Adjutant to Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 26, Hauptmann Josef Priller (101 victories, RK-S), on the Western Front. On 1 May, he became Staffelkapitän of 3./JG 26. His score stood at 13 victories. Over Dieppe on 19 August 1942 he achieved his 17th and 18th victories. On 6 December he achieved his 20th victory.

Rolf Hermichen and his Fw 190A-7

Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 11 Hptm. Hermichen climbing out of his Fw 190A-7 "black angle triangle" after combat mission. March 1944 Rotenburg/W.

    After moving with I./JG 26 to the Eastern front in January 1943, he added eight Soviet fighters to his tally. I./JG 26 relocated back to the Channel front in June.
Hauptmann Hermichen was appointed temporary Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 26 on 15 June 1943. He relinquished command to Hauptmann Klaus Mietusch (75 victories, RK-EL, killed in action 17 September 1944) on 4 July 1943. He returned to 3./JG 26 as Staffelkapitän. On 16 October 1943, Major Hermichen was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 11 based at Husum. On 20 February he shot down four B-24s , on 6 March he shot down three B-17s and on 8 March again shot down four four-engined bombers in 20 minutes. He was very sucessful against Viermots... On 26 March 1944, after his 61st victory, he was awarded the Ritterkreuz. His 64th, and last, kill was over a P-51 on 24 April. He ended operational flying in May. In the dying days of the war he became Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 104. With this unit he was awarded the Eichenlaub on 19 February 1945 (Nr 748).
    Rolf-Günther Hermichen flew 629 combat missions and shot down 64 enemy aircraft, 11 of them he downed flying the Bf 110. On the Western front he shot down 53 enemy aircraft, including 26 four-engined heavy bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location
Comments
1.
10.5.1940
-
E/a 6./ZG 1   Battle of France
2.
1940
-
E/a 6./ZG 1   Battle of France
3.
1940
-
E/a 6./ZG 1   Battle of France
4.
1940
-
E/a 6./ZG 1   Battle of France
5.
5.8.1940
-
RAF fighter 9./ZG 76   Battle of Britain
6.
8.1940
-
RAF fighter 9./ZG 76   Battle of Britain
7.
8.1940
-
RAF fighter 9./ZG 76   Battle of Britain
8.
9.2.1941
-
Beaufort 9./ZG 76 Off coast of Norway Blenheim?
9.
1941
-
E/a 6./SKG 210   Russia
10.
1941
-
E/a 6./SKG 210   Russia
11.
1941
-
E/a 6./SKG 210   Russia
12.
4.4.1942
11:35
Spitfire 7./JG 26 Pas de Calais  
13.
12.4.1942
13:40
Spitfire 7./JG26 3km N Cassel Spitfire of 313 Sqn, RAF
14.
9.5.1942
17:39
Spitfire 3./JG 26 10km NW Coxyde Spitfire of 72 Sqn, RAF
15.
30.7.1942
-
Hurricane 3./JG 26 Wizernes airfield Hurricane of 174 Sqn, RAF
16.
18.8.1942
-
Spitfire 3./JG 26 20km S Dungeness Spitfire of 602 Sqn, RAF
17.
19.8.1942
-
Spitfire 3./JG 26 NE Dieppe  
18.
19.8.1942
-
Airacobra 3./JG 26 Near Dieppe Spitfire of 31 FG, USAAF
19.
4.12.1942
14:34
Spitfire 3./JG 26 10km NE Desvres  
20.
6.12.1942
11:37
Spitfire 3./JG 26 20km N Le Tréport  
21.
19.12.1942
14:14
US fighter 3./JG 26 25km ESE Deal Possibly Typhoon
22.
18.2.1943
-
LaGG-3 3./JG 26 PQ 28321  
23.
19.2.1943
-
Il-2 3./JG 26 PQ 18293  
24.
19.2.1943
-
Il-2 3./JG 26 PQ 18462  
25.
4.3.1943
-
Pe-2 3./JG 26 PQ 18242  
26.
5.3.1943
-
P-40 3./JG 26 PQ 18443  
27.
7.3.1943
-
Pe-2 3./JG 26 PQ 18551  
28.
7.3.1943
-
Pe-2 3./JG 26 PQ 18254  
29.
23.3.1943
-
Yak 3./JG 26 PQ 00412  
30.
1943
-
E/a Stab III./JG 26 between 15.6. and 4.7.  
31.
28.7.1943
12:17
Typhoon 3./JG 26 W Rotterdam P-47 of 4 FG, USAAF
32.
30.7.1943
10:12
B-17 3./JG 26 Nijmegen B-17 of 379 BG, USAAF
33.
30.7.1943
10:15
P-47 3./JG 26 Nr Dordrecht P-47 of 4 FG, USAAF
34.
12.8.1943
-
B-17 3./JG 26 Mönchen-Gladbach  
35.
15.8.1943
11:58
Spitfire 3./JG 26 Vlissingen-N Sea Spitfire of 453 Sqn, RAF
36.
VIII.-X. 1943
-
Viermot 3./JG 26    
37.
VIII.-X. 1943
-
Viermot 3./JG 26    
38.
VIII.-X. 1943
-
Viermot 3./JG 26    
39.
VIII.-X. 1943
-
Viermot 3./JG 26    
40.
VIII.-X. 1943
-
Viermot 3./JG 26    
41.
VIII.-X. 1943
-
Viermot 3./JG 26    
42.
5.11.1943
-
P-47 Stab I./JG 11    
43.
5.11.1943
-
B-17 HSS Stab I./JG 11    
44.
13.11.1943
11:30
B-24 Stab I./JG 11 Deutsche Bucht-Schleswig  
45.
1.12.1943
12:20
B-24 Stab I./JG 11 Spa-Düren-Solingen  
46.
1.12.1943
-
B-24 HSS Stab I./JG 11 Spa-Düren-Solingen  
47.
11.12.1943
12:17
B-17 Stab I./JG 11 Borkum-Emden-Zuider Zee  
48.
10.2.1944
12:55
B-17 Stab I./JG 11 NW Lingen, 8000 m  
49.
20.2.1944
13:27
B-24 Stab I./JG 11 Holzminden area  
50.
20.2.1944
13:30
B-24 Stab I./JG 11 Holzminden area  
51.
20.2.1944
13:37
B-24 Stab I./JG 11 Gotha, 6000 m  
52.
20.2.1944
13:45
B-24 Stab I./JG 11 Hozkirchen, 4500 m  
53.
3.3.1944
12:02
B-17 Stab I./JG 11 W Tönning, 7200 m  
54.
6.3.1944
12:00
B-17 Stab I./JG 11 Haselünne, 7200 m  
55.
6.3.1944
12:06
B-17 Stab I./JG 11 S Delmenhorst, 7200 m  
56.
6.3.1944
12:12
B-17 Stab I./JG 11 S Delmenhorst, 7200 m  
57.
8.3.1944
15:26
B-24 Stab I./JG 11 N Grossburgwedel  
58.
8.3.1944
15:28
B-24 Stab I./JG 11 N Grossburgwedel  
59.
8.3.1944
15:36
B-17 Stab I./JG 11 Celle 6000m  
60.
8.3.1944
15:47
B-17 Stab I./JG 11    
61.
23.3.1944
10:03
B-17 Stab I./JG 11 S Bremen, 7000 m  
62.
15.4.1944
13:56
P-38 Stab I./JG 11 Rotenburg, tief  
63.
15.4.1944
13:57
P-38 Stab I./JG 11 Rotenburg, 50 m  
64.
24.4.1944
13:06
P-51 Stab I./JG 11 Mannheim, 800 m  

Victories : 64
Awards : Knight`s Cros with Oak Leaves
Units : ZG 1, ZG 76, SKG 210, JG 26, JG 11, JG 104

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