Egon Mayer
Oberstleutnant

Egon Mayer

    Egon Mayer was born on 19 August 1917 at Konstanz in Bodensee. He joined the Luftwaffe in 1937. After a regular peacetime training, Fahnenjunker Mayer was posted to I./JG 2 on 6 December 1939. By the time Mayer participated in the French campaign, he was serving with 6./JG 2. Mayer recorded his first victory on 13 June 1940, when he shot down a French Morane fighter. From 1 August 1940, he served at the Jagdfliegerschule Werneuchen. Mayer had returned to JG 2 by September 1940. Mayer was assigned to 3./JG 2, based at Beaumont-le-Roger in France. He claimed a RAF Hurricane fighter shot down near Portland on 7 October to record his second victory. Leutnant Mayer was transferred to 8./JG 2, where he recorded one victory, a Hurricane shot down near Chichester on 15 November 1940 for his third victory. On 10 June 1941, Oberleutnant Mayer was appointed Staffelkapitän of 7./JG 2, based at St Pol-Brias. He was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 1 August 1941 for 20 victories. Mayer recorded his 30th victory, yet another Spitfire, shot down on 15 April 1942. On 19 August, his 25th birthday, Mayer shot down two RAF Spitfire fighters over Dieppe (51-52). In November 1942, Hauptmann Mayer was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 2.

Staffelkapitän of 7./JG 2 Oblt. Egon Mayer beside the tail of his Fw 190A-3 (probably W.Nr.435) White 7. June/July 1942.
Staffelkapitän of 7./JG 2 Oblt. Egon Mayer beside the tail of his Fw 190A-3 (probably W.Nr. 435) "White 7". June/July 1942.

    On 23 November, Mayer recorded his first victories over USAAF four-engine bombers, when he shot down two B-17s and a B-24 (53-55). With Georg-Peter Eder (78 victories, RK-EL), Mayer is credited with developing the head-on attack technique against the Allied daylight bomber raids. The technique brought both considerable success against the four-engine bombers. He was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr 232) on 16 April 1943 after 63 victories. Oberstleutnant Mayer was appointed Kommodore of JG 2 on 1 July 1943, following the departure of Oberst Walter Oesau (127 victories, RK-S, killed in action 11 May 1944) to become Jafü Bretagne. He shot down three USAAF B-17 four-engine bombers in 19 minutes on 6 September 1943 (78-80). On 1 December, Mayer claimed four USAAF P-47 fighters and a B-17 bomber shot down (85-89). He achieved his 90th victory on 31 December and was the first to reach 100 victories on the Channel Front on 5 February 1944, when he shot down a P-47 fighter near Arguen. He claimed his 101st and 102nd, and last, victories on 6 February, when he shot down two P-47 fighters in the Sens area. On 2 March 1944, Mayer led a formation from JG 2 against an USAAF daylight raid. USAAF P-47 fighters escorted the bombers. The fighter escort overpowered Mayer’s attacking group and he was shot down and killed near Montmédy in Fw 190 A-6 (W.Nr. 470 468). He was posthumously awarded the Schwertern (Nr 51).
    Egon Mayer shot down 102 enemy aircraft. All his victories were recorded over the Western Front and included 26 four-engine bombers, 51 Spitfire and 12 P-47 fighters.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
13.6.1940
18:00
Morane 406 6./JG 2 -
2
7.10.1940
16:57
Hurricane 3./JG 2 NW Portland
3
15.11.1940
17:10
Hurricane 8./JG 2 Chichester
4
17.6.1941
17:50
Spitfire 7./JG 2 N Cherbourg
-
23.6.1941
-
Spitfire 7./JG 2 Not confirmed
-
23.6.1941
-
Spitfire 7./JG 2 Not confirmed
5
24.6.1941
20:42
Spitfire 7./JG 2 Gravelines-Ramsgate
6
25.6.1941
16:35
Spitfire 7./JG 2 St Omer-Boulogne
7
2.7.1941
12:38
Blenheim 7./JG 2 -
8
2.7.1941
13:55
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
9
3.7.1941
11:46
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
10
3.7.1941
15:36
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
11
5.7.1941
12:36
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
12
9.7.1941
14:05
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
13
10.7.1941
12:08
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
14
12.7.1941
19:26
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
15
12.7.1941
19:28
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
16
21.7.1941
8:52
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
17
23.7.1941
13:14
Spitfire 7./JG 2 Foret d’Eperlecques
18
23.7.1941
13:20
Spitfire 7./JG 2 Foret d’Eperlecques
19
21.8.1941
10:20
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
20
21.8.1941
14:50
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
21
27.8.1941
9:30
Hurricane 7./JG 2 NW Le Touquet: 6000m
22
16.9.1941
19:32
Spitfire 7./JG 2 Boulogne area: 7600m
23
16.9.1941
19:40
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
24
20.9.1941
16:32
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
25
2.10.1941
15:14
Spitfire 7./JG 2 Pas-de-Calais
26
13.10.1941
15:34
Spitfire 7./JG 2 Boulogne-Channel
27
21.10.1941
13:00
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
28
21.10.1941
16:10
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
29
12.2.1942
14:38
Whirlwind 7./JG 2 N Ostend
30
15.4.1942
16:29
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
31
16.4.1942
15:30
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
32
16.4.1942
15:33
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
33
17.4.1942
9:35
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
34
17.4.1942
16:05
Boston 7./JG 2 -
35
25.4.1942
9:45
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
36
25.4.1942
16:17
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
37
25.4.1942
16:25
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
38
25.4.1942
16:29
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
39
30.4.1942
11:43
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
40
4.5.1942
10:39
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
41
4.5.1942
15:40
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
42
6.5.1942
12:29
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
43
3.6.1942
15:35
Spitfire 7./JG 2 Off Cherbourg
44
3.6.1942
15:40
Spitfire 7./JG 2 Off Cherbourg
45
6.6.1942
17:22
Spitfire  7./JG 2 Cherbourg-Cap Lévy
46
6.6.1942
17:22
Spitfire 7./JG 2 Cherbourg-Cap Lévy
47
23.6.1942
19:30
Spitfire 7./JG 2 Off Start Point
48
23.6.1942
19:32
Spitfire 7./JG 2 Off Start Point
49
31.7.1942
18:09
Spitfire 7./JG 2 -
50
18.8.1942
11:28
Spitfire 7./JG 2 20km NE Cherbourg
51
19.8.1942
16:03
Hurricane 7./JG 2 Near Dieppe
52
19.8.1942
16:05
Spitfire 7./JG 2 Near Dieppe
53
23.11.1942
13:25
B-17 Stab III./JG 2 3853/14 West
54
23.11.1942
13:34
B-17 Stab III./JG 2 W Lacanau
55
23.11.1942
14:00
B-24 Stab III./JG 2 4855/14 West
56
30.12.1942
11:42
B-17 Stab III./JG 2 14 West N/48/4/7
57
3.1.1943
11:32
B-17 Stab III./JG 2 4-6km SW St. Nazaire
58
3.1.1943
11:35
B-17 Stab III./JG 2 5km W Loire Estuary
59
11.2.1943
12:10
Spitfire Stab III./JG 2 8km NW Boulogne
60
14.2.1943
11:36
Typhoon Stab III./JG 2 1287/05 Ost
61
14.2.1943
11:40
Typhoon Stab III./JG 2 1284/05 Ost
62
14.2.1943
12:12
Typhoon Stab III./JG 2 1288/05 Ost
63
16.4.1943
14:05
B-17 Stab III./JG 2 4829 / 14 West
64
16.4.1943
14:22
B-17 Stab III./JG 2 4834 / 14 West
65
29.5.1943
16:35
B-17 Stab III./JG 2 2928 / 14 West
66
29.5.1943
17:35
B-17 Stab III./JG 2 3871 / 14 West
67
4.7.1943
12:36
B-17 Stab/JG 2 1965/04 Ost
68
4.7.1943
12:58
B-17 Stab/JG 2 1065/15 West
69
14.7.1943
7:43
B-17 Stab/JG 2 10km N Évreux
70
14.7.1943
8:24
B-17 Stab/JG 2 SW Paris / B-17 of 94 BG, USAAG
71
30.7.1943
10:30
B-17 Stab/JG 2 422/05 Ost
72
16.8.1943
10:37
P-47 Stab/JG 2 Sennenville
73
22.8.1943
19:56
Spitfire Stab/JG 2 Cany-Barville
74
22.8.1943
20:10
Spitfire Stab/JG 2 Pont Authou
75
27.8.1943
9:45
Spitfire Stab/JG 2 Tancarville
76
3.9.1943
10:40
B-17 Stab/JG 2 Bailleul
77
3.9.1943
11:25
B-17 Stab/JG 2 2935 / 04 Ost
78
6.9.1943
12:10
B-17 Stab/JG 2 3km W Mailly-le-Camp
79
6.9.1943
12:17
B-17 Stab/JG 2 6km W Troyes
80
6.9.1943
12:29
B-17 Stab/JG 2 Lens
81
22.9.1943
17:17
Spitfire Stab/JG 2 E Évreux
82
22.9.1943
17:20
Spitfire Stab/JG 2 N Évreux
83
5.11.1943
13:39
P-47 Stab/JG 2 Near Rheydt
84
5.11.1943
13:51
P-47 Stab/JG 2 S Hasselt
85
1.12.1943
12:50
P-47 Stab/JG 2 Gembloux-Huy area
86
1.12.1943
12:50
P-47 Stab/JG 2 Liege area
87
1.12.1943
12:53
P-47 Stab/JG 2 Gembloux area
88
1.12.1943
12:53
P-47 Stab/JG 2 Liege area / probable
89
1.12.1943
13:10
B-17 Stab/JG 2 Schelde
90
31.12.1943
12:18
B-24 Stab/JG 2 Melun-Villaroche
91
4.1.1944
16:02
B-26 Stab/JG 2 off Dieppe 
92
4.1.1944
16:05
Spitfire Stab/JG 2 off Dieppe 
93
5.1.1944
10:55
P-47 Stab/JG 2 NW Laval
94
5.1.1944
10:55
P-47 Stab/JG 2 Marennes
95
7.1.1944
13:05
B-24 Stab/JG 2 NE Orléans
96
7.1.1944
13:06
B-24 Stab/JG 2 NE Orléans
97
7.1.1944
13:15
B-24 Stab/JG 2 Bouville
98
7.1.1944
13:18
B-17 Stab/JG 2 Les Buissons
99
14.1.1944
15:32
P-38 Stab/JG 2 La Haye-du-Compte
100
5.2.1944
12:49
P-47 Stab/JG 2 Arguen
101
6.2.1944
11:12
P-47 Stab/JG 2 CG-9
102
6.2.1944
11:14
P-47 Stab/JG 2 CG-9

Victories : 102
Awards : Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (16 July 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (1 August 1941)
                Eichenlaub (16 April 1943)
                Schwertern (2 March 1944)
Units : JG 2

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