Gerhard Homuth
Major

Gerhard Homuth

    Gerhard Homuth was born on 20 September 1914 at Kiel. He joined the navy but transferred to the Luftwaffe in 1935. In 1937 and 1938, he was a member of the Luftwaffe aerobatic team, at that time part of 2.(J)/LG 2. On 6 October 1939, Homuth was appointed Adjutant of I./JG 27. He was appointed Staffelkapitän of 3./JG 27 on 1 February 1940. He gained his first victory on 11 May, when he shot down a RAF Blenheim twin-engine bomber over Diest-Schaffen. By the end of the French campaign, Homuth had nine victories to his credit. He was add a further six victories during the Battle of Britain. In spring 1941, I./JG 27 was relocated to North Africa. Homuth was to be particularly successful in this theatre. Oberleutnant Homuth was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 14 June for 22 victories. On 9 January 1942, Homuth shot down two RAF P-40 fighters, one near Marsa el Brega and another near Gadd el Ahmar for his 38th and 39th victories. It would appear the first of his two victories this day was the Australian ace, Sgt Ron Simes (5 destroyed, 1 probable and 1 damaged victories) of 3 Sqn, RAAF, who was killed in the engagement. He recorded his 40th victory on 9 February, when he shot down a RAF Hurricane near El Adem. Homuth was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 27 on 8 June 1942. He recorded three victories on 27 July (50-52), all RAF Hurricane fighters near El Hammam, and his 60th on 27 October, when he shot down a RAF Spitfire fighter near Bir Mumim Busak. With the withdrawal of I./JG 27 from North Africa, Homuth fell ill. In February 1943, he was assigned to the Luftwaffe delegation based at Sofia in Bulgaria as an instructor training Bulgarian fighter pilots. Homuth returned to front line duty on 29 July 1943 as Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 54 based on the Eastern front. On 2 August 1943, on one of his first combat missions, Homuth was engaged in a 20 minute dogfight with Russian fighters. He finally managed to shoot down an Airacobra fighter but failed to return from the mission in Fw 190 A-6 (W.Nr. 550 436) “<< +”. He has remained missing ever since.
    Gerhard Homuth was credited with 63 victories in approximately 450 missions. He recorded two victories over the Eastern front.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location
Comments
1
11.5.1940
17:30
Blenheim 3./JG 27 Diest-Schaffen -
2
12.5.1940
6:20
Blenheim 3./JG 27 Lüttich -
3
19.5.1940
16:30
Hurricane 3./JG 27 N Albert Hurricane (N2598) of 145 Sqn, RAF flown by P/O KR Lucas, killed
4
25.5.1940
12:30
Blenheim 3./JG 27 W Calais -
5
2.6.1940
9:20
Spitfire 3./JG 27 5km SW Dunkirk -
6
2.6.1940
9:25
Spitfire 3./JG 27 SW Dunkirk -
7
5.6.1940
18:15
Morane 3./JG 27 Beauvais -
8
5.6.1940
18:20
Morane 3./JG 27 3km SE Froissy -
9
13.6.1940
20:15
Bloch 131 3./JG 27 Lechelle -
10
20.7.1940
14:25
Spitfire 3./JG 27 W Swanage -
11
20.7.1940
14:28
Spitfire 3./JG 27 W Swanage -
12
12.8.1940
12:50
Spitfire 3./JG 27 Bembridge -
13
3.9.1940
11:35
Hurricane 3./JG 27 Burnham -
14
11.9.1940
18:10
Hurricane 3./JG 27 5km SW Selsey Bill -
15
30.9.1940
18:10
Spitfire 3./JG 27 S Eastbourne -
16
1.5.1941
9:15
Hurricane 3./JG 27 20km S Tobruk Hurricane of 274 Sqn, RAF
17
1.5.1941
9:20
Hurricane 3./JG 27 Tobruk Hurricane of 274 Sqn, RAF
18
5.5.1941
8:32
Martin 167 3./JG 27 10km ESE Acroma Maryland of 39 Sqn, RAF
19
8.5.1941
10:10
Blenheim 3./JG 27 100km ENE Tobruk Maryland of 39 Sqn, RAF
20
15.5.1941
12:15
Hurricane 3./JG 27 Sollum Hurricane (V7829) of 274 Sqn, RAF flown by Sgt FH Dean
21
21.5.1941
7:57
Blenheim 3./JG 27 SE Capuzzo Blenheim IV of 14 Sqn, RAF
22
21.5.1941
7:58
Blenheim 3./JG 27 SE Capuzzo Blenheim IV of 14 Sqn, RAF
23
30.8.1941
17:30
Blenheim 3./JG 27 Sollum -
24
14.9.1941
17:45
Martin 167 3./JG 27 S El Sofafi Maryland of 24 Sqn, SAAF
25
14.9.1941
17:48
Hurricane 3./JG 27 S El Sofafi Hurricane of 33 Sqn, RAF
26
24.9.1941
14:40
P-40 3./JG 27 Sidi Omar Tomahawk of 112 Sqn, RAF
27
24.9.1941
16:47
Hurricane 3./JG 27 Buq Buq Hurricane of 1 Sqn, SAAF or RNFU
28
27.9.1941
10:10
Hurricane 3./JG 27 5km SE Ras Azaz Tomahawk of 112 Sqn, RAF
29
5.12.1941
15:35
Hurricane 3./JG 27 - Hurricane of 274 Sqn, RAF
30
9.12.1941
14:15
P-40 3./JG 27 S Gambut Tomahawk IIb of 3 Sqn, RAAF
31
13.12.1941
16:15
P-40 3./JG 27 SW Tmimi Tomahawk of 1 Sqn, SAAF
32
23.12.1941
14:00
Beaufighter 3./JG 27 SE Arco Philaenorum Beaufighter of 272 Sqn, RAF flown by F/O Baker
33
23.12.1941
14:00
Beaufighter 3./JG 27 SE Arco Philaenorum Beaufighter of 272 Sqn, RAF flown by F/O Lee
34
3.1.1942
8:20
P-40 3./JG 27 NE Agedabia Hurricane of 208 Sqn, RAF flown by 2/Lt JS Iddeson
35
7.1.1942
12:15
P-40 3./JG 27 NE Agedabia Tomahawk of 2 or 4 Sqn, SAAF
36
7.1.1942
12:20
P-40 3./JG 27 30km NE Agedabia Tomahawk of 2 or 4 Sqn, SAAF
37
9.1.1942
14:15
P-40 3./JG 27 Marsa el Brega Kittyhawk I (AK610) of 3 Sqn, RAAF flown by Sgt RH Simes (5/1/1 victories), killed
38
9.1.1942
14:20
P-40 3./JG 27 10km N Gadd el Ahmar Kittyhawk I (AK581) of 3 Sqn, RAAF flown by G Chinchen
39
8.2.1942
14:32
P-40 3./JG 27 E Bomba Bucht Kittyhawk of 112 Sqn, RAF
40
9.2.1942
10:51
Hurricane 3./JG 27 S El Adem Hurricane of 73 Sqn, RAF
41
21.2.1942
12:11
P-40 3./JG 27 20km SE Ain el Gazala Kittyhawk of 112 Sqn, RAF
42
27.2.1942
12:10
P-40 3./JG 27 NE Fort Acroma Kittyhawk of 450 Sqn, RAF flown by Sgt EJ Gray, killed
43
2.3.1942
10:51
P-40 3./JG 27 W Tobruk Hurricane of 274 Sqn, RAF
44
2.3.1942
10:52
P-40 3./JG 27 SE Fort Acroma Hurricane of 274 Sqn, RAF
45
2.4.1942
18:07
P-40 3./JG 27 30km N Fort Acroma Hurricane of 80 Sqn, RAF
46
6.4.1942
9:10
Hurricane 3./JG 27 NW Tmimi Hurricane of 40 Sqn, SAAF flown by Lt Egner, baled out
47
7.4.1942
8:37
P-46 3./JG 27 SW Ain el Gazala Tomahawk of 260 Sqn, RAF flown by Sgt Alexander, killed
48
23.5.1942
11:18
Boston 3./JG 27 N Acroma Baltimore of 223 Sqn, RAF
49
25.7.1942
17:45
Hurricane  Stab I./JG 27 W El Daba -
50
27.7.1942
12:25
Hurricane Stab I./JG 27 SE El Hammam Hurricane of 33 or 213 Sqn, RAF
51
27.7.1942
12:27
Hurricane Stab I./JG 27 SE El Hammam Hurricane of 33 or 213 Sqn, RAF
52
27.7.1942
12:28
Hurricane Stab I./JG 27 5km S El Hammam Hurricane of 33 or 213 Sqn, RAF
53
7.8.1942
9:35
Hurricane Stab I./JG 27 NNW El Alamein Hurricane of 274 Sqn, RAF
54
7.8.1942
9:37
P-40 Stab I./JG 27 Near Ras Gibeira Hurricane of 274 Sqn, RAF
55
18.8.1942
9:38
P-40 Stab I./JG 27 W El Alamein Kittyhawk of 260 Sqn, RAF flown by P/O Maclean
56
29.8.1942
8:45
P-40 Stab I./JG 27 15km SE Abu Dweis Kittyhawk of 450 Sqn, RAF
57
2.9.1942
16:10
P-46 Stab I./JG 27 SW El Hammam Hurricane of 274 Sqn, RAF
58
7.9.1942
17:42
P-40 Stab I./JG 27 SE El Alamein -
59
15.9.1942
16:54
P-40 Stab I./JG 27 SW El Alamein -
60
27.10.1942
15:15
Spitfire Stab I./JG 27 Bir Mumim Busak -
61
2.11.1942
12:06
P-46 Stab I./JG 27 SE Mumin Busak Hurricane of 33 or 238 Sqn, RAF
62
VIII.43
-
E/a Stab I./JG 54 - -
63
2.8.1943
-
Airacobra Stab I./JG 54 S Kromy -

 
  Victories : 63
Awards : Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (9 April 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (14 June 1941)
Units : LG 2, JG 27, JG 54
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