Emil "Bully" Lang
Hauptmann

Emil Lang

    Emil “Bully” Lang was born on 14 January 1909 at Talheim (near Sontheim) in the Neckar region of Württemberg. Lang was a well-known track-and-field athlete and professional civilian pilot with Lufthansa before World War 2. He earned the nickname “Bully” from his bulldog-like appearance. At the outbreak of World War 2, Lang was serving with a transport unit. In 1942, he was accepted for fighter pilot training. Lang was posted to JG 54, based on the Eastern Front, at the beginning of 1943 and, at 34 years of age, was one of the oldest pilots in the Jagdwaffe! Leutnant Lang was assigned to 1./JG 54. He gained his first three victories in March. In April, he transferred to 5./JG 54 and, by 20 August, had been appointed Staffelkapitän.  In October and November, Lang claimed 101 victories (25-125)!. He recorded 68 victories during October, including 10 on 13 October (50-59) and 12 on 21 October (60-71) for which he was awarded the Ehrenpokal.  On 3 November, Lang claimed 18 victories over the Kiev region (101-118). He was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 22 November for 119 victories. Three days later, Lang was awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold. On 9 April 1944, Oberleutnant Lang was appointed Staffelkapitän of 9./JG 54 engaged in Reich Defence. He was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr. 448) on 11 April 1944. In June, Lang claimed 15 victories, including his 150th victory on 14 June and four USAAF P-51 fighters shot down on 20 June. Hauptmann Lang was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 26 on 28 June 1944. On 9 July 1944, Lang shot down three RAF Spitfire fighters in five minutes, on 15 August, two USAAF P-47 fighters in one minute, on 25 August, three USAAF P-38 twin-engine fighters in five minutes and on 26 August, three Spitfires for his final victories. On 3 September 1944, Lang had had mechanical trouble with his aircraft. When he finally took off from Melsbroek at the head of a three aircraft Kette, he had difficulty raising his undercarriage. Ten minutes later RAF Spitfires XIV of  41 Squadron intercepted them. Lang was last seen diving vertically with his undercarriage extended. His Fw 190 A-8 (W.Nr. 171 240) “Green 1” hit the ground and exploded near St Trond. He was shot down by Flt/Lt Terry Spencer.
   Emil Lang is credited with 173 victories in 403 missions. He recorded 144 victories over the Eastern Front and 29 victories over the Western Front (including nine Spitfire, nine P-51, six P-47 and four P-38 fighters), 28 of which were claimed over the Invasion Front, the highest total of a German ace.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
III.1943
-
E/a 1./JG 54 -
2
III.1943
-
E/a 1./JG 54 -
3
23.3.1943
11:10
MiG-3 5./JG 54 00 333: at 2-300m
4
30.5.1943
20:19
P-40 5./JG 54 10 151: at 1.200m
5
30.5.1943
20:26
P-40 5./JG 54 10 243: at 1.200m
6
13.7.1943
9:05
Il-7 5./JG 54 63 231: at 600m
7
13.7.1943
9:08
Il-7 5./JG 54 63 252: at 400m
8
13.7.1943
19:05
LaGG-5 5./JG 54 74 763: at 2.500m
9
17.7.1943
13:42
LaGG-3 5./JG 54 64 894: at 2.500m
10
17.7.1943
13:44
LaGG-3 5./JG 54 63 221: at 2.000m
11
20.7.1943
19:05
P-39 5./JG 54 64 584: at 3.800m
12
20.7.1943
19:07
P-39 5./JG 54 64 594: at 3.200m
13
28.7.1943
11:10
LaGG-5 5./JG 54 10 314: at 500m
14
30.7.1943
8:50
P-39 5./JG 54 10 194: at 3.200m
15
1.8.1943
5:20
P-39 5./JG 54 10 144 at 4.000m
16
1.8.1943
5:28
P-39 5./JG 54 10 163 at 3.500m
17
1.8.1943
12:34
P-39 5./JG 54 10 142 at 4.000m
18
1.8.1943
12:39
P-40 5./JG 54 10 172 at 4.000m
19
13.9.1943
12:41
Pe-2 5./JG 54 26 521: at 6.200m
20
14.9.1943
16:40
Yak-7 5./JG 54 25 693: at 1.500m
21
15.9.1943
9:10
P-39 5./JG 54 25 494: at 2.000m
22
15.9.1943
9:15
Il-2 5./JG 54 25 492: at 200m
23
15.9.1943
10:29
Il-2 5./JG 54 25 424: at 1.200m
24
15.9.1943
10:45
LaGG-5 5./JG 54 25 633: at 2.000m
25
4.10.1943
16:07
LaGG-3 5./JG 54 NE Tschernobyl: 3.000m (Chernobyl)
26
5.10.1943
16:05
Yak-9 5./JG 54 S Gorostaipol: 1.500m
27
7.10.1943
11:17
LaGG-5 5./JG 54 NE Gorostaipol: at 4.000m
28
7.10.1943
11:28
LaGG-5 5./JG 54 ENE Stracholessje: at 3.800m
29
7.10.1943
11:31
LaGG-5 5./JG 54 NE Stracholessje: at 800m
30
7.10.1943
14:03
La-5 5./JG 54 NE Stracholessje: at 3.000m
31
7.10.1943
14:10
La-5 5./JG 54 E Gubin: at 3.500m
32
8.10.1943
6:08
LaGG-3 5./JG 54 NE Chodorov: at 2.200m
33
8.10.1943
6:10
La-5 5./JG 54 NE Chodorov: at 1.500m
34
8.10.1943
6:13
La-5 5./JG 54 NE Gussenzog: at 1.500m
35
9.10.1943
12:30
La-5 5./JG 54 S Gruschevo: at 4.000m
36
9.10.1943
16:08
La-5 5./JG 54 N Gruschevo: at 2.800m
37
9.10.1943
16:10
La-5 5./JG 54 Schtschutschunka: at 4.000m
38
9.10.1943
16:15
LaGG-3 5./JG 54 S Yaschniki: no height
39
10.10.1943
6:34
LaGG-3 5./JG 54 ENE Yaschniki: at 2.500m
40
10.10.1943
6:38
LaGG-3 5./JG 54 NE Yaschniki: at 1.000m
41
10.10.1943
16:12
La-5 5./JG 54 E Ljutesh: at 1.500m
42
11.10.1943
6:10
P-40 5./JG 54 E Strakholes'ye: 1.200m [Kiev]
43
11.10.1943
16:01
La-5 5./JG 54 W Yashniki: 4.000m [Krs. Kiev]
44
11.10.1943
16:02
La-5 5./JG 54 W Yashniki: 2.000m [Krs. Kiev]
45
11.10.1943
16:03
La-5 5./JG 54 W Yashniki: 2.000m [Krs. Kiev]
46
12.10.1943
9:02
Pe-2 5./JG 54 N Gorostaipol: at 1.500m
47
12.10.1943
10:47
Il-2 5./JG 54 E Gruchevo: at 20m
48
12.10.1943
10:50
La-5 5./JG 54 W Grigorovka: at 100m
49
12.10.1943
10:52
La-5 5./JG 54 Dniepr River: 5-10m
50
13.10.1943
5:50
La-5 5./JG 54 NWChozki: at 5.000m
51
13.10.1943
5:52
La-5 5./JG 54 S Sarubenzoye: at 3.000m
52
13.10.1943
5:58
La-5 5./JG 54 S Grigorovka: at 2.500m
53
13.10.1943
6:03
La-5 5./JG 54 SW Sarubenzoye: 3.000m
54
13.10.1943
6:05
Yak-7 5./JG 54 N Trakhtemirov: 1.500m
55
13.10.1943
6:08
Yak-7 5./JG 54 NNW Grigorovka: 2.000m
56
13.10.1943
9:31
La-5 5./JG 54 W Trakhtemirov: 3.00m
57
13.10.1943
9:35
La-5 5./JG 54 SE Grigorovka: 2.200m
58
13.10.1943
9:40
Yak-7 5./JG 54 S Grigorovka: 2.000m 
59
13.10.1943
15:55
Yak-7 5./JG 54 N Yashniki Island: 2.500 m 
60
21.10.1943
9:32
La-5 5./JG 54 SW Grigorova: at 4.000m
61
21.10.1943
9:34
La-5 5./JG 54 NW Grigorova: at 2.500m
62
21.10.1943
9:37
Yak-7 5./JG 54 SE Yashniki Island: 2.000m
63
21.10.1943
9:38
Yak-7 5./JG 54 SSE Yashniki Island: 1.500m
64
21.10.1943
9:41
Il-2 5./JG 54 NW Rschischtschew: 800m
65
21.10.1943
12:10
Yak-9 5./JG 54 S Tschernischev: 4.000m
66
21.10.1943
12:11
Yak-9 5./JG 54 S Grigorovka: at 2.000m
67
21.10.1943
12:13
Yak-7 5./JG 54 S Trakhtemirov: at 4.000m
68
21.10.1943
12:13
Yak-7 5./JG 54 N Grigorovka: at 1.600m
69
21.10.1943
14:46
Yak-7 5./JG 54 SW Lasurzoff: at 2.500m
70
21.10.1943
14:48
Yak-7 5./JG 54 SE Chernishoff: at 2.000m
71
21.10.1943
14:49
Yak-9 5./JG 54 SW Dobriza: at 2.000m
72
22.10.1943
6:20
La-5 5./JG 54 S Yashniki: at 4.000m
73
22.10.1943
6:22
La-5 5./JG 54 SW Yashniki: at 3.800m
74
22.10.1943
6:27
La-5 5./JG 54 E Grushevo: at 800m
75
22.10.1943
6:30
La-5 5./JG 54 E Yeu: at 600m
76
22.10.1943
6:34
La-5 5./JG 54 S Chernishev: at 1.200m
77
22.10.1943
12:10
Yak-9 5./JG 54 N Yashniki: at 3.400m
78
22.10.1943
12:11
Yak-9 5./JG 54 E Yashniki: at 3.200m
79
22.10.1943
12:16
Yak-7 5./JG 54 SSE Yashniki: at 800m
80
22.10.1943
12:18
La-5 5./JG 54 WSW Yashniki: at 1.000m
81
23.10.1943
15:12
Yak-9 5./JG 54 S Grigorovka: at 4.000m
82
23.10.1943
15:14
Yak-9 5./JG 54 E Grischevo: at 800m
83
23.10.1943
15:15
Yak-9 5./JG 54 NNE Yashniki: at 200m
84
23.10.1943
15:20
Yak-7 5./JG 54 vorfr.u. Romashki: at 300m
85
23.10.1943
15:22
La-5 5./JG 54 E Rzhyshchiv: at 1.200m
86
23.10.1943
15:35
La-5 5./JG 54 E Chodorov: at 500m
87
24.10.1943
14:48
Yak-7 5./JG 54 NW Chodorov: at 700m
88
24.10.1943
14:49
Yak-7 5./JG 54 E Ivanskov: at 1.500m
89
24.10.1943
14:51
La-5 5./JG 54 E Chodorov: at 800m
90
24.10.1943
14:56
Yak-7 5./JG 54 NE Chodorov: at 3.200m
91
25.10.1943
14:46
La-5 5./JG 54 NNE Balnoyka: at 10m
92
25.10.1943
14:47
La-5 5./JG 54 NE Gussenzof: at 10m
93
2.11.1943
15:05
Yak-7 5./JG 54 W Voropayevo: at 3.500m
94
2.11.1943
15:06
Yak-7 5./JG 54 W Voropayevo: at 2.800m
95
2.11.1943
15:07
Yak-9 5./JG 54 E Lyutezh: at 2.000m [N Kiev]
96
2.11.1943
15:10
Yak-7 5./JG 54 N Novosselk: at 2.200m
97
2.11.1943
15:15
Yak-7 5./JG 54 NE Lyutezh: at 1.500m [N Kiev]
98
2.11.1943
15:17
Yak-9 5./JG 54 ESE Lyutezh: at 200m [N Kiev]
99
2.11.1943
15:18
Yak-9 5./JG 54 ESE Lyutezh: at 50m [N Kiev]
100
2.11.1943
15:19
Yak-9 5./JG 54 W Zazim'ye: at 1.200m
101
3.11.1943
9:31
Il-2 5./JG 54 NE Lyutezh: 1.000m [N Kiev]
102
3.11.1943
9:32
Il-2 5./JG 54 NNE Lyutezh: 200m [N Kiev]
103
3.11.1943
9:33
Il-2 5./JG 54 NE Kasarovichi: 100m
104
3.11.1943
9:35
Yak-7 5./JG 54 NE Kasarovichi: 50m
105
3.11.1943
9:36
Il-2 5./JG 54 NW Glebovka: at 100m
106
3.11.1943
9:40
Yak-7 5./JG 54 ENE Glebovka: at 100m
107
3.11.1943
9:42
Yak-7 5./JG 54 ENE Glebovka: at 50m
108
3.11.1943
13:00
La-5 5./JG 54 ENE Blistawizd: at 2.500m
109
3.11.1943
-
E/a 5./JG 54 -
110
3.11.1943
14:15
Il-2 5./JG 54 E Moschtschum: at 1.000m
111
3.11.1943
14:16
Il-2 5./JG 54 N Moschtschum: at 800m
112
3.11.1943
14:20
La-5 5./JG 54 NW Vyshgorod: 3.000m [N Kiev]
113
3.11.1943
14:22
La-5 5./JG 54 N Kiev: at 1.000m
114
3.11.1943
14:23
Il-2 5./JG 54 W Valki: at 600m
115
3.11.1943
14:45
Yak-9 5./JG 54 E Gostomel: at 1.000m
116
3.11.1943
14:46
Yak-9 5./JG 54 W Vyshgorod: 1.500m [N Kiev]
117
3.11.1943
14:48
Il-2 5./JG 54 E Gostomel: at 1.000m
118
3.11.1943
14:49
Il-2 5./JG 54 V. Mostischtsche: 1.200m
119
4.11.1943
14:17
Il-2 5./JG 54 N Vyshgorod: 700m [N Kiev]
120
28.11.1943
12:26
Il-2 5./JG 54 E Kotsherovo: at 30m
121
29.11.1943
7:29
La-5 5./JG 54 W Mestetschko: at 1.800m
122
29.11.1943
10:32
Yak-9 5./JG 54 S Wnysokoye: at 1.700m 
123
29.11.1943
10:34
Il-2 5./JG 54 NW Wnysokoye: at 300m
124
30.11.1943
11:48
Il-2 5./JG 54 N Nebyliza: at 200m
125
30.11.1943
11:49
Il-2 5./JG 54 91 562: at 3.000m
126
13.12.1943
11:25
La-5 5./JG 54 dorf Nebryliza: at 20m
127
15.1.1944
11:55
LaGG-5 5./JG 54 99 114 at 2.500m
128
15.1.1944
11:56
LaGG-5 5./JG 54 99123 at 2.500m
129
25.3.1944
8:04
Yak-9 5./JG 54 78 451: at 10m
130
25.3.1944
8:05
Yak-9 5./JG 54 78 423: at 40m
131
25.3.1944
8:12
Yak-9 5./JG 54 88 112: at 30m
132
26.3.1944
10:20
Yak-9 5./JG 54 70 663: at 50m
133
26.3.1944
13:40
P-40 5./JG 54 70 692: at 1.500m
134
26.3.1944
13:41
P-40 5./JG 54 70 692: at 1.200m
135
1.4.1944
14:20
Yak-9 5./JG 54 88324: at 500m
136
2.4.1944
11:15
Il-2 5./JG 54 88 351: at 200m
137
2.4.1944
13:45
Yak-9 5./JG 54 88 523: at 2.500m
138
2.4.1944
13:46
Yak-9 5./JG 54 88 551: at 2.000m
139
3.4.1944
11:07
Yak-9 5./JG 54 88 362: at 400m
140
4.4.1944
11:42
Il-2 5./JG 54 88 352: at 50m
141
4.4.1944
11:43
Yak-9 5./JG 54 88 359: at 800m
142
4.4.1944
16:04
Yak-9 5./JG 54 88 366: at 150m
143
4.4.1944
16:08
Yak-9 5./JG 54 88 359: at 300m
144
6.4.1944
7:15
La-5 5./JG 54 88 355: at 1.000m
-
24.5.1944
11:42
B-17 9./JG 54 Oranienburg / probably not confirmed
145
28.5.1944
14:23
P-38 9./JG 54 Tangermünde
146
8.6.1944
16:49
P-51 9./JG 54 5km NW Bernay
147
11.6.1944
10:53
Lysander 9./JG 54 NE Caen
148
14.6.1944
7:29
P-47 9./JG 54 Pacy-sur-Eure
149
14.6.1944
7:31
P-47 9./JG 54 E St André-de-l’Eure
150
14.6.1944
7:32
P-47 9./JG 54 Ivry-la-Bataille
151
20.6.1944
16:17
P-51 9./JG 54 St André-de-l’Eure
152
20.6.1944
16:18
P-51 9./JG 54 St André-de-l’Eure
153
20.6.1944
16:20
P-51 9./JG 54 W St André-de-l’Eure
154
20.6.1944
16:21
P-51 9./JG 54 N Breuteuil
155
24.6.1944
7:18
P-51 9./JG 54 Évreux
156
24.6.1944
7:19
P-51 9./JG 54 Évreux
157
24.6.1944
7:21
P-51 9./JG 54 Évreux
158
24.6.1944
7:22
P-51 9./JG 54 Évreux
159
26.6.1944
11:03
Spitfire 9./JG 54 SE Bernay
160
9.7.1944
13:19
Spitfire Stab II./JG 26 Caen-Lisieux / Spitfire of 453 Sqn, RAF
161
9.7.1944
13:21
Spitfire Stab II./JG 26 Caen-Lisieux / Spitfire of 453 Sqn, RAF
162
9.7.1944
13:24
Spitfire Stab II./JG 26 Caen-Lisieux / Spitfire of 453 Sqn, RAF
163
15.8.1944
12:31
P-47 Stab II./JG 26 Rambouillet / P-47 of 373 FG, USAAF
164
15.8.1944
12:32
P-47 Stab II./JG 26 Rambouillet / P-47 of 373 FG, USAAF
165
19.8.1944
10:24
P-47 Stab II./JG 26 SE Vernon / P-47 of 406 FG, USAAF
166
23.8.1944
13:38
Spitfire Stab II./JG 26 NE Paris / Spitfire of 441 or 443 Sqn, RAF
167
23.8.1944
13:40
Spitfire Stab II./JG 26 N Paris / Spitfire of 441 or 443 Sqn, RAF
168
25.8.1944
13:43
P-38 Stab II./JG 26 W Beauvais / P-38 of 474 FG, USAAF
169
25.8.1944
13:45
P-38 Stab II./JG 26 E Vernon / P-38 of 474 FG, USAAF
170
25.8.1944
13:48
P-38 Stab II./JG 26 W Beauvais / P-38 of 474 FG, USAAF
171
26.8.1944
9:17
Spitfire Stab II./JG 26 E Neufchatel / Spitfire of 421 Sqn, RAF
172
26.8.1944
9:19
Spitfire Stab II./JG 26 St Jean-Ypres / Spitfire of 421 Sqn, RAF
173
26.8.1944
14:28
Spitfire Stab II./JG 26 Rouen / Spitfire of 341 Sqn, RAF

Victories : 173
Awards : Ehrenpokal (27 October 1943)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (25 November 1943)
                Ritterkreuz (22 November 1943)
                Eichenlaub (11 April 1944)
Units : JG 54, JG 26

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