Wilhelm Lemke
Hauptmann

Wilhelm Lemke

    Wilhelm Lemke was born on 27 September 1920 at Arnswalde in Neumark. By November 1939, Lemke was serving in the Luftwaffe with the rank of Fahnenjunker. In spring 1941, Lemke was serving with JG 3, based on the Eastern front. Oberfähnrich Lemke was assigned to 8./JG 3. He claimed two Russian bombers shot down on 26 June for his first victories Lemke had recorded 15 victories, when he was shot down in combat with Russian bombers, sustaining an abdominal injury on 26 August. He made an emergency landing in Bf 109 F-2 (W.Nr. 8245) “Black 7” but the injuries received in this incident required a long stay in hospital. He returned to his unit in mid-February 1942. On 31 March, Lemke recorded his 20th victory. His 30th victory was achieved on 24 June. He claimed four victories on 29 July to take his victory total to 42. On 19 September, Leutnant Lemke was awarded the Ritterkreuz for 59 Victories. However, he was shot down the same day by enemy flak necessitating an emergency landing in Bf 109 F-4 (W.Nr. 13 390) “Yellow 1” with 60% damage 4km west of Gumrak. He was uninjured in the incident. On 11 August 1942, Lemke had been appointed Staffelkapitän of 9./JG 3. By the end of 1942, he had recorded 90 victories, including a Russian LaGG-3 fighter by ramming on 27 December 1942, necessitating an emergency landing at Morosowskaja with Bf 109 G-2 (W.Nr. 13 932) “Yellow 7” sustaining 50% damage, and numerous tanks and military vehicles in ground attacks. He claimed his 100th victory on 16 March 1943. Lemke was afforded two months leave in May 1943. On his return, he recorded his 125th victory on 28 July. In August 1943, III./JG 3 was transferred to the Western front to undertake Reichsverteidigung duties. Lemke shot down two USAAF P-47 fighters on 17 August. On 4 November, Lemke was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 3. Hauptmann Lemke was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr 338) on 25 November. He recorded his 131st, and last, victory on 30 November when he shot down a P-47.
On 4 December 1943, Lemke was shot down and killed in aerial combat with P-47s of 487th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group, USAAF. His Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 410 558) “Black << + -“ crashed at Dodewaard, 18km west  Nijmegen.
    Wilhelm Lemke is credited with 131 victories. He recorded 125 victories over the Eastern Front, including 28 Il-2 Sturmovik ground attack aircraft. Of his six Western front victories, three were four-engine bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
26.6.1941
6:30
SB-3 8./JG 3 -
2
26.6.1941
6:40
SB-3 8./JG 3 -
3
27.6.1941
15:20
DB-3 8./JG 3 -
4
29.6.1941
16:15
DB-3 8./JG 3 -
5
29.6.1941
19:05
Il-2 8./JG 3 -
6
12.7.1941
11:50
DB-3 8./JG 3 -
7
12.7.1941
12:00
DB-3 8./JG 3 -
8
13.7.1941
6:10
DB-3 8./JG 3 -
9
15.7.1941
15:07
I-153 8./JG 3 -
10
16.7.1941
17:35
RZ 8./JG 3 -
11
17.7.1941
16:12
DB-3 8./JG 3 -
12
25.7.1941
18:20
I-153 8./JG 3 -
13
25.7.1941
18:40
SB-3 8./JG 3 -
-
9.8.1941
-
DB-3 8./JG 3 not confirmed
14
19.8.1941
9:15
DB-3 8./JG 3 -
15
22.8.1941
16:15
I-17 8./JG 3 -
16
3.3.1942
11:17
R-5 8./JG 3 SE Staraya Russa
17
13.3.1942
16:17
I-61 8./JG 3 3km NW Solobjewo
18
16.3.1942
17:15
R-5 8./JG 3 Konjuchowo
19
28.3.1942
16:10
I-61 8./JG 3 4km S Ramanschewo
20
31.3.1942
15:10
I-301 8./JG 3 Tschertowschina
21
4.4.1942
18:05
MiG-3 8./JG 3 4km NW Bjakowo
22
4.4.1942
18:10
MiG-3 8./JG 3 2km N Jermakowo
23
4.4.1942
18:15
MiG-3 8./JG 3 -
24
5.4.1942
13:10
I-61 8./JG 3 3km S Meshinski
25
6.4.1942
10:10
I-61 8./JG 3 2km S Komarovo
26
19.5.1942
16:45
MiG-1 8./JG 3 N Korunschenyan
27
27.5.1942
4:15
Il-2 8./JG 3 3km S Chuguyev
28
28.5.1942
8:21
I-15 8./JG 3 NE Izyum
29
24.6.1942
18:13
Yak-4 8./JG 3 NE Schtschignoye
30
24.6.1942
18:17
MiG-3 8./JG 3 SE St Tschmenissowo
31
24.6.1942
18:18
MiG-3 8./JG 3 ESE St Tschmenissowo
32
26.6.1942
8:52
Il-2 8./JG 3 -
33
26.6.1942
8:55
Il-2 8./JG 3 -
34
2.7.1942
6:50
MiG-3 8./JG 3 -
35
8.7.1942
13:27
MiG-1 8./JG 3 -
36
27.7.1942
18:15
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 NE Kalatsch
37
28.7.1942
9:07
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 NE Kalatsch
38
28.7.1942
9:20
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 E Kalatsch
39
29.7.1942
4:02
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 SW Kalatsch
40
29.7.1942
17:45
Il-2 8./JG 3 Tschinskaya
41
29.7.1942
17:50
Il-2 8./JG 3 SW Loschhi
42
29.7.1942
18:10
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 E Chir River
43
31.7.1942
15:55
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 N Kabovska
44
13.8.1942
17:45
Il-2 8./JG 3 W Warzionowsky
45
13.8.1942
18:05
Il-2 8./JG 3 S Wartjatscht
46
21.8.1942
17:38
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 N Zazza
47
21.8.1942
17:43
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 E Zazza
48
21.8.1942
17:55
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 N Zazza
49
23.8.1942
15:10
MiG-1 8./JG 3 E Tsredujaja
50
25.8.1942
11:15
Il-2 8./JG 3 40 873
51
28.8.1942
6:30
I-180 8./JG 3 Stalingrad
52
30.8.1942
9:22
Il-2 8./JG 3 NE Radkova
53
30.8.1942
9:25
Il-2 8./JG 3 SW Dawigdowa
54
30.8.1942
17:00
MiG-3 8./JG 3 SW Tundutov
55
30.8.1942
17:05
MiG-3 8./JG 3 N Tundutov
56
6.9.1942
16:55
MiG-3 8./JG 3 2km WSW Sudenaya
57
7.9.1942
17:15
I-153 8./JG 3 15km N Stalingrad
58
8.9.1942
5:55
Yak-1 8./JG 3 6km W Achtuba
59
11.9.1942
10:45
Il-2 8./JG 3 4km N Stalingrad
60
13.9.1942
12:35
MiG-3 8./JG 3 20km NE Stalingrad
61
16.9.1942
9:30
MiG-3 8./JG 3 12km E Stalingrad
62
18.9.1942
5:44
Il-2 8./JG 3 6km E Kotluban
63
22.9.1942
11:30
MiG-3 8./JG 3 SE Kolobovka
64
28.9.1942
5:35
MiG-3 8./JG 3 5km NNW Akhtuba
65
28.9.1942
5:40
Il-2 8./JG 3 3km E Stalingrad
66
2.10.1942
7:28
MiG-3 8./JG 3 12km NE Solyanoy
67
6.10.1942
15:20
La-5 8./JG 3 58 753
68
9.10.1942
13:10
MiG-3 8./JG 3 18km SW Tsrafimowitch
69
17.10.1942
15:50
MiG-3 8./JG 3 12km NE Leminsk
70
20.10.1942
8:45
LaGG-3 8./JG 3 8km S Grjasnaya
71
27.10.1942
15:05
MiG-3 8./JG 3 -
72
1.11.1942
14:35
MiG-3 8./JG 3 SE Flugplatz Leninski
73
8.11.1942
7:10
La-5 8./JG 3 2km N Flugpl. Akhtuba
74
10.11.1942
10:20
Pe-2 8./JG 3 5km SE Kalschalinskaya
75
13.11.1942
11:43
MiG-3 8./JG 3 49 261
76
30.11.1942
10:40
MiG-3 9./JG 3 10km SE Bokowskaja
77
11.12.1942
13:20
Boston 9./JG 3 15km NW Kalatsch
78
12.12.1942
10:30
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 6km ENE Tsingnowkino
79
12.12.1942
10:40
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 20km WNW Kalatsch
80
13.12.1942
7:15
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 4km NW Tschernigev
81
13.12.1942
11:35
R-5 9./JG 3 12km E Sety
82
17.12.1942
11:40
Il-2 9./JG 3 6km NW Kapminski
83
17.12.1942
11:42
Il-2 9./JG 3 8km S Kapminski
84
17.12.1942
11:45
Il-2 9./JG 3 3km SE Obgalinowo
85
26.12.1942
7:15
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 2km SW Milintinskaya
86
27.12.1942
10:00
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 12km NE Milintinskaya
87
27.12.1942
13:32
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 8km N Zymla / rammed
88
28.12.1942
11:55
Il-2 9./JG 3 9km N Obliskaya
89
31.12.1942
7:12
Il-2 9./JG 3 N.E. Morosowskaya
90
31.12.1942
7:40
Il-2 9./JG 3 6km W Urjupin
91
10.1.1943
9:35
Yak-4 9./JG 3 4km N Goreloff
92
17.1.1943
13:40
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 6km N Kamensk
93
10.2.1943
14:20
Boston 9./JG 3 15km N Artemorsk
94
11.2.1943
10:35
Boston 9./JG 3 12km E Kramortskaya
95
27.2.1943
7:40
La-5 9./JG 3 8km W Juchevka
96
28.2.1943
13:43
MiG-3 9./JG 3 15km S Iszyum
97
28.2.1943
13:47
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 20km S Iszyum
98
13.3.1943
11:15
Il-2 9./JG 3 30km SE Location
99
13.3.1943
11:17
R-5 9./JG 3 25km SE Location
100
16.3.1943
14:10
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 18 214
101
31.5.1943
8:12
Il-2 9./JG 3 79 431
102
31.5.1943
8:14
Il-2 9./JG 3 79 294
103
31.5.1943
8:19
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 79 173
104
2.6.1943
13:50
La-5 9./JG 3 W Kursk
105
10.6.1943
8:20
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 90 713
106
14.6.1943
14:40
La-5 9./JG 3 E Kupyansk
107
14.6.1943
14:45
La-5 9./JG 3 SW Sswatowo
108
15.6.1943
17:32
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 W Starobelsk
109
15.6.1943
17:43
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 NNE Starobelsk
110
16.6.1943
18:12
La-5 9./JG 3 N Starobelsk
-
16.6.1943
-
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 not confirmed
111
20.6.1943
3:48
Il-2 9./JG 3 NE Yeysk
112
20.6.1943
3:50
Il-2 9./JG 3 N Yeysk
-
5.7.1943
-
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 not confirmed
-
5.7.1943
-
La-5 9./JG 3 not confirmed
113
5.7.1943
13:55
La-5 9./JG 3 S Obojany
114
5.7.1943
18:12
Il-2 9./JG 3 SW Karotsche
115
5.7.1943
18:30
Il-2 9./JG 3 S Belgorod
-
5.7.1943
-
La-5 9./JG 3 not confirmed
116
6.7.1943
9:35
La-5 9./JG 3 NW Belgorod
117
7.7.1943
12:07
La-5 9./JG 3 SW Oboyan
118
7.7.1943
12:15
La-5 9./JG 3 SW Prochorovka
119
8.7.1943
12:03
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 N Belgorod
120
9.7.1943
5:10
Il-2 9./JG 3 E Narvarovka
121
9.7.1943
11:05
La-5 9./JG 3 SW Oboyany
122
14.7.1943
15:35
La-5 9./JG 3 N Prokhorovka
123
17.7.1943
14:00
La-5 9./JG 3 70 811
124
28.7.1943
18:25
Boston 9./JG 3 70 871
125
28.7.1943
18:26
LaGG-3 9./JG 3 70 873
126
17.8.1943
17:15
P-47 9./JG 3 NNE Lüttich
127
17.8.1943
17:26
P-47 9./JG 3 5km NE Lüttich
128
6.9.1943
11:05
B-17 HSS 9./JG 3 W Stuttgart
129
14.10.1943
14:39
B-17 9./JG 3 20km W Schweinfurt
130
14.10.1943
14:45
B-17 HSS 9./JG 3 Schweinfurt
131
30.11.1943
11:25
P-47 II./JG 3 Tilburg / P-47 of 352 FG, USAAF

Victories : 131
Awards : Ehrenpokal (3 November 1941)
                Ritterkreuz (19 September 1942)
                Eichenlaub (25 November 1943)
Units : JG 3

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