Erbo Graf von Kageneck
Oberleutnant
 
Erbo Graf von Kageneck

   Erbo Graf von Kageneck was born on 2 April 1918 at Bonn in Rhein. He joined the Luftwaffe in 1936. At the outbreak of World War 2, Leutnant von Kageneck was serving with 2./JG 1. He flew his first missions of war during the invasion of Poland. Von Kageneck gained his first victories over Maastricht, when he shot down two RAF Blenheim twin-engine bombers on 12 May 1940, during the first days of the Blitzkrieg through Holland, Belgium and France. On 5 July, 2./JG 1 was redesignated 8./JG 27. Von Kageneck claimed further victories during the Battle of Britain. On 18 September 1940, he was appointed Staffelkapitän of 9./JG 27. Von Kageneck recorded his 10th victory when he shot down a RAF Hurricane fighter over Tunbridge Wells on 29 September. By the end of 1940, he had accumulated 13 victories. With III./JG 27, von Kageneck was sent to the Mediterranean theatre and operated briefly over Malta. Here he gained four victories against defending RAF Hurricane fighters. Included in his victories over the island were two notable RAF fighter pilots. On 13 May 1941, von Kageneck shot down Flight Lieutenant Innes Westmacott (3.75 destroyed, 1 probable and 1.333 damaged victories) of 185 Sqn, RAF, who baled out wounded. He shot down Pilot Officer Claud “Hamish” Hamilton (6 victories) of 185 Sqn, RAF on 14 May. Hamilton died of his wounds a short time later.

Staffelkapitän 9./JG 27 von Kageneck beside his Bf 109 E-7 (W.Nr. 1326) Yellow 1 after 300th mission and 38 victories.
Staffelkapitän 9./JG 27 von Kageneck beside rudder of his Bf 109 E-7 (W.Nr. 1326) "Yellow 1" after 300th mission and 38 victories.

    Von Kageneck participated in the invasion of Russia and claimed 16 aircraft shot down in July 1941. Oberleutnant von Kageneck was awarded the Ritterkreuz for 37 victories on 30 July. On 14 August, he claimed five Russian aircraft shot down in the Lake Ilmen area to record his 39th through 43rd victories.  He recorded three victories (50-52) on 29 August and, on 4 October, a further three (58-60). On 17 October, III./JG 27 were withdrawn to Germany for rest and re-equipment. Von Kageneck was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr 39) on 26 October for 65 victories. With his score at 65, von Kageneck was transferred to the Mediterranean theatre with III./JG 27 in December 1941, following a two month rest and re-equipment at Döberitz. He gained his last two victories against RAF fighters over the deserts of North Africa. On 24 December 1941, von Kageneck was critically wounded in combat with RAF fighters south of Agedabia. Although he managed to return to base, he died of his wounds in a Naples hospital on 12 January 1942. Some sources indicate that his victor was the Australian ace Clive Caldwell (28.5 confirmed, 6 probable and 15 damaged victories) of 250 Squadron RAF.
    Erbo Graf von Kagenack gained a total of 67 victories. 47 of his victories were gained on the Eastern Front the remaining 20 over the Western and Mediterranean Fronts.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1.
12.5.1940
6:00
Blenheim 2./JG 1 Maastricht area
2.
12.5.1940
6:02
Blenheim 2./JG 1 Maastricht area
3.
5.6.1940
-
Morane 406 2./JG 1 Roye
4.
6.6.1940
-
LeO 451 2./JG 1 Noyon
5.
19.7.1940
18:35
Hurricane 2./JG 1 near Isle of Wright
6.
19.7.1940
18:40
Hurricane 2./JG 1 near Isle of Wright
7.
18.8.1940
15:30
Spitfire 2./JG 1 Bognor Regis
8.
9.9.1940
19:40
Spitfire 2./JG 1 Rochford
9.
20.9.1940
11:46
Hurricane 9./JG 27 NW Dover
10.
29.9.1940
10:41
Hurricane 9./JG 27 Tunbridge Wells
11.
13.10.1940
15:20
Hurricane 9./JG 27 Faversham
12.
15.10.1940
11:07
Spitfire 9./JG 27 S Maidstone
13.
27.10.1940
9:48
Spitfire 9./JG 27 Ashford
14.
6.5.1941
12:08
Hurricane 9./JG27 near Luqua, Malta / Hurricane II (Z3057) of P/O AS Dredge, crash-landed, wounded
15.
13.5.1941
13:52
Hurricane 9./JG27 Luqua, Malta / Hurricane II (Z2837) of 185 Sqn RAF flown by F/L IB Westmacott (3.75/1/1.333 victories) , baled out
16.
14.5.1941
16:36
Hurricane 9./JG27 Luqua, Malta / Hurricane II (Z2901) of 185 Sqn RAF flown by P/O CE Hamilton (6/0/0 victories), killed
17.
20.5.1941
17:40
Hurricane 9./JG27 SW vTa Venezia, Malta / Hurricane (N2673) of 261 Sqn RAF flown by P/O AJ Reeves, baled out, wounded
18.
22.6.1941
18:50
SB-2 9./JG 27 S Wilna
19.
27.6.1941
17:26
SB-2 9./JG 27 S Minsk
20.
27.6.1941
17:28
SB-2 9./JG 27 S Minsk
21.
27.6.1941
17:32
SB-2 9./JG 27 S Minsk
22.
8.7.1941
6:08
SB-2 9./JG 27 W Witebsk
23.
11.7.1941
13:25
U-2 9./JG 27 NE Gloyniki
24.
12.7.1941
18:48
DB-3 9./JG 27 W Witebsk
25.
13.7.1941
12:00
DJ-6 9./JG 27 SW Smolensk
26.
14.7.1941
14:23
I-16 9./JG 27 N Smolensk
27.
18.7.1941
13:29
DB-3 9./JG 27 E Demidowo
28.
19.7.1941
18:20
DB-3 9./JG 27 W Jarzewo
29.
20.7.1941
7:15
DB-3 9./JG 27 SE Jarzewo
30.
20.7.1941
-
DB-3 9./JG 27 SE Jarzewo
31.
22.7.1941
19:26
DB-3 9./JG 27 E Jarzewo
32.
26.7.1941
4:17
R-10 9./JG 27 NE Jarzewo
33.
26.7.1941
19:23
I-16 9./JG 27 E Jarzewo
34.
26.7.1941
19:25
I-16 9./JG 27 E Jarzewo
35.
27.7.1941
4:05
DB-3 9./JG 27 N Shiziskoje Osero
36.
27.7.1941
8:20
DB-3 9./JG 27 W Demidowo
37.
27.7.1941
8:22
DB-3 9./JG 27 W Demidowo
38.
10.8.1941
19:51
SB-3 9./JG 27 N Golino
39.
14.8.1941
9:57
I-16 9./JG 27 NNE Nowgorod
40.
14.8.1941
14:33
DB-3 9./JG 27 Malyje Lutschno
41.
14.8.1941
14:35
DB-3 9./JG 27 SE Malyje Lutschno
42.
14.8.1941
14:42
DB-3 9./JG 27 E Winy
43.
14.8.1941
14:45
DB-3 9./JG 27 ESE Winy
44.
15.8.1941
10:27
Il-2 9./JG 27 ESE Proletarij
45.
16.8.1941
10:36
I-18 9./JG 27 E Nowgorod
46.
19.8.1941
11:34
I-18 9./JG 27 E Tschudowo
47.
19.8.1941
15:45
I-18 9./JG 27 SE Kreszty
48.
21.8.1941
17:58
Il-2 9./JG 27 N Staraja Rusa
49.
27.8.1941
12:10
I-18 9./JG 27 E Manushkino
50.
29.8.1941
12:23
I-18 9./JG 27 S Mga
51.
29.8.1941
16:12
Il-2 9./JG 27 NW Schapki
52.
29.8.1941
16:26
Il-2 9./JG 27 NW Tosno
53.
2.9.1941
7:53
I-16 9./JG 27 E Ivanowskoye
54.
3.9.1941
5:28
I-18 9./JG 27 SW Wassiklowo
55.
3.9.1941
9:57
I-16 9./JG 27 SE Sluzk
56.
2.10.1941
14:06
I-18 9./JG 27 Pogorjelo
57.
3.10.1941
12:08
I-18 9./JG 27 N Wjasma
58.
4.10.1941
13:55
DB-3 9./JG 27 Michjejewa
59.
4.10.1941
14:08
SB-2 9./JG 27 Spass
60.
4.10.1941
16:52
Pe-2 9./JG 27 S Cholm
61.
7.10.1941
9:10
Pe-2 9./JG 27 E Cholm
62.
11.10.1941
16:14
Il-2 9./JG 27 N Sytschewka
63.
11.10.1941
16:16
Il-2 9./JG 27 NW Sytschewka
64.
11.10.1941
16:23
Il-2 9./JG 27 NW Sytschewka
65.
12.10.1941
8:23
I-18 9./JG 27 E Subzow
66.
12.12.1941
13:46
P-40 9./JG 27 Tmimi area
67.
12.12.1941
-
Hurricane 9./JG 27 W Tmimi

Victories : 67
Awards : Ritterkreuz (30 July 1941)
                Eichenlaub (26 October 1941)
Units : JG 1, JG 27

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