Siegfried "Wumm" Lemke
Hauptmann

Siegfried Lemke
 

    Siegfried “Wumm” Lemke was born on 7 April 1921 at Schievelbein in Pommern. Lemke was posted to JG 2, based on the Channel front, in the autumn of 1942. Unteroffizier Lemke was assigned to 1./JG 2. He claimed his first victory when he shot down a RAF Spitfire fighter near Fécamp on 12 March 1943. On 12 September 1943, he became a Staffelführer in 1./JG 2. In late January 1944, I./JG 2 was transferred to the south of France to counter 15th Air Force, USAAF bombing raids in the area. On 9 February, Lemke shot down four Spitfires southeast of Cannes to record his 16th through 19th vicotories. Shortly afterwards, I./JG 2 was moved again to counter the Allied landings at Anzio. Lemke was very successful in March, claiming 16 victories.

Lemke`s Fw 190A
48 victories are displayed on the rudder of Siegfried Lemke`s Fw 190A.

    By early May 1944, I./JG 2 was based at Creil, north of Paris. Lemke was much involved in the air battles over the Allied landings in Normandy. On 7 June, he claimed three Allied fighters shot down over the beachhead area (41-43). Leutnant Lemke was awarded the Ritterkreuz for 47 victories on 14 June 1944. Lemke was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 2 on 23 June 1944, following the death of Hauptmann Josef Wurmheller (102 victories, RK-EL) in action the previous day. He led this Gruppe until war's end. By the end of 1944, he had about 60 victories to his credit. He was nominated for the award of the Eichenlaub but never received the award.
    Siegfried Lemke flew 325 combat missions and ultimately reached 70 victories, including 25 Spitfires, eight P-47s, six P-51s and at least 5 four-engine bombers. Some sources have credited Lemke with a victory total of 96 enemy aircraft including 21 four-engine bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1.
12.3.1943
13:10
Spitfire 1./JG 2 20-25km N Fécamp
2.
17.5.1943
12:15
B-17 1./JG 2 10km SE Île de Groix
3.
29.5.1943
16:23
B-17 1./JG 2 10km SW St. Nazaire
4.
4.7.1943
13:24
B-17 1./JG 2 4722/ 14 West
5.
6.9.1943
19:03
Spitfire 1./JG 2 25km NW Montdidier
6.
24.9.1943
12:05
Typhoon 1./JG 2 6km SW Honfleur
7.
24.9.1943
17:08
Spitfire 1./JG 2 20km NW Beauvais
8.
26.9.1943
12:48
Mustang I 1./JG 2 SE Rouen 
9.
4.10.1943
17:33
Typhoon 1./JG 2 3km E Champenard
10.
5.10.1943
14:21
Mustang I 1./JG 2 10km N Bolbec
11.
19.10.1943
11:22
Typhoon 1./JG 2 SW Bayeux
12.
27.1.1944
11:01
Spitfire 1./JG 2 Hyères
13.
27.1.1944
11:13
Spitfire 1./JG 2 Marseilles
14.
27.1.1944
11:17
Spitfire 1./JG 2 Marseilles
15.
4.2.1944
14:25
B-17 1./JG 2 100km S Nice
16.
9.2.1944
14:50
Spitfire 1./JG 2 SE Cannes
17.
9.2.1944
14:54
Spitfire 1./JG 2 SE Cannes
18.
9.2.1944
15:00
Spitfire 1./JG 2 SE Cannes
19.
9.2.1944
16:35
Spitfire 1./JG 2 SE Cannes
20.
29.2.1944
17:20
Spitfire 1./JG 2 2km A Nettuno
21.
29.2.1944
17:22
Spitfire 1./JG 2 20km SW Tibermündung
22.
3.3.1944
11:51
P-47 1./JG 2 Vallentano
23.
3.3.1944
11:53
P-47 1./JG 2 5km N Farnese
24.
7.3.1944
9:45
Spitfire 1./JG 2 5km NE Nettuno
25.
7.3.1944
9:57
Spitfire 1./JG 2 15km W Nettuno
26.
7.3.1944
12:22
B-24 1./JG 2 55km SW Tarquinia
27.
10.3.1944
10:15
P-51 1./JG 2 5km N Rome
28.
11.3.1944
7:20
Spitfire 1./JG 2 20km NE Nettuno
29.
11.3.1944
13:20
E/a 1./JG 2  
30.
14.3.1944
11:37
B-26 1./JG 2 5km NW Roma
31.
17.3.1944
6:57
Spitfire 1./JG 2 12km W Cap Anzio
32.
17.3.1944
7:23
Spitfire 1./JG 2 5km S Maritano
33.
18.3.1944
9:11
Spitfire 1./JG 2 5km NW Mignano
34.
18.3.1944
17:36
Spitfire 1./JG 2 10km W Frosinone
35.
19.3.1944
7:50
Spitfire 1./JG 2 5km W Montalto
36.
19.3.1944
9:53
Spitfire 1./JG 2 20km W Tarquinia
37.
19.3.1944
10:02
Spitfire 1./JG 2 20km W Montalto
38.
2.4.1944
13:37
Airacobra 1./JG 2 7km SW Montalto di Castro
39.
9.5.1944
9:35
P-38 I./JG 2 30km NW Nancy
40.
30.5.1944
11:35
P-51 1./JG 2 Doulevent-le-Château
41.
7.6.1944
6:12
Spitfire I./JG 2 3km SE Tilly
42.
7.6.1944
6:18
P-47 I./JG 2 8km N Bayeux
43.
7.6.1944
19:13
P-47 I./JG 2 15km W Caen
44.
8.6.1944
6:17
P-51 I./JG 2 SE Dreux
45.
12.6.1944
10:47
Typhoon I./JG 2 St. Pierre-sur-Dives
46.
14.6.1944
6:45
Typhoon I./JG 2 Louviers
47.
15.6.1944
6:42
Spitfire I./JG 2 E Evreux
48.
15.6.1944
6:44
Spitfire I./JG 2 St. André-de-l'Eure
49.
16.6.1944
19:50
P-51 I./JG 2 N Thiberville
50.
19.8.1944
9:03
Typhoon Stab III./JG 2 St. André-de-l'Eure
51.
20.10.1944
9:11
P-38 Stab III./JG 2 E Köln-Bonn
52.
20.10.1944
15:08
P-47 Stab III./JG 2 E Köln-Bonn
53.
18.11.1944
12:36
P-47 Stab III./JG 2 Spessart
54.
17.12.1944
11:37
Tempest Stab III./JG 2 Eifel
55.
23.12.1944
14:49
P-47 Stab III./JG 2 SW Köln
56.
23.12.1944
14:51
P-47 Stab III./JG 2 SW Köln

Victories : 70~
Awards : Ehrenpokal (31 March 1944)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (3 April 1944)
                Ritterkreuz (11 June 1944)
Units : JG 2

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