Hermann Neuhoff
Leutnant

Hermann Neuhoff

    Hermann Neuhoff  was born on 11 April 1918 at Duisburg-Rheinhausen in Rheinland. He joined the Luftwaffe prior to World War 2 and trained as a fighter pilot. At the outbreak of World War 2, Neuhoff was serving with 3./JG 53. On 3 October 1939, Unteroffizier Neuhoff was transferred to newly formed III./JG 53 based at Wiesbaden-Erbenheim. He assigned to 7./JG 53 under the command of Oberleutnant Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke (162 victories, RK-S, killed in action 23 March 1944). He recorded his first victory on 2 March 1940 when he shot down a RAF Hurricane fighter southwest of Diedenhofen. He added a further four victories during the French campaign. He participated in the Battle of Britain gaining a further four victories. Operating over the Eastern front, Neuhoff gained considerable success. He recorded his 20th victory, a Russian DB-3 twin-engined bomber shot down on 4 August 1941 and his 30th, a Russian I-18 fighter shot down on 19 September. Neuhoff accompanied III./JG 53 when it was relocated to the Mediterranean theatre in November 1941. Between 11 and 14 December, he claimed five RAF aircraft shot down in North Africa. Neuhoff then undertook a lengthy spell of instructing and attended an officer training course. In March 1942, Neuhoff returned to combat duty. III./JG 53 was now based in Sicily operating over Malta. Leutnant Neuhoff claimed four RAF fighters shot down over and around the island operating with 7./JG 53. On 9 April, Neuhoff was appointed acting Staffelkapitän of 6./JG 53, replacing Oberleutnant Helmut Belser (36 victories, RK, killed in a flying accident 19 June 1942) who had been transferred as Staffelkapitän of 8./JG 53. On 10 April 1942, Neuhoff led his new Staffel over Malta in Bf 109 F-4 (W.Nr. 7375) “Yellow 1”. He led an attack on three RAF Spitfire fighters. During the subsequent combat Neuhoff was shot down. He baled out to become a prisoner of war. It is thought that Neuhoff had become the victim of Canadian ace Sgt Garth Horricks (8 destroyed, 0.333 probable and 6 damaged victories) of 185 Sqn, RAF. However, returning pilots of JG 53 reported that Neuhoff had been shot down by one of their own, Leutnant Werner Schöw (15 victories, killed in action 11 August 1942) of 1./JG 53. Leutnant Neuhoff was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 19 June. Hermann Neuhoff died on 17 January 2006 at Duisburg-Rheinhausen where he was born.
    Hermann Neuhoff was credited with 40 victories in 452 missions. He recorded 23 victories over the Eastern front.
 
No
Date
Time
Unit
A/c Type
Location / Comments
1
2.3.1940
12:20
7./JG 53 Hurricane SW Diedenhofen / Hurricane of 73 Sqn RAF
2
14.5.1940
-
7./JG 53 Morane  
3
18.5.1940
-
7./JG 53 Hawk  
4
27.5.1940
14:25
7./JG 53 Caudron  
5
5.6.1940
7:50
7./JG 53 Hurricane  
6
9.6.1940
10:15
7./JG 53 Hawk  
7
11.6.1940
12:03
7./JG 53 Bloch 151  
8
25.8.1940
-
7./JG 53 Spitfire  
9
15.9.1940
18:25
7./JG 53 Blenheim  
10
18.9.1940
10:55
7./JG 53 Spitfire Near Ashford
11
22.6.1941
16:35
7./JG 53 DB-3  
12
25.6.1941
10:50
7./JG 53 DB-3  
13
25.6.1941
10:55
7./JG 53 DB-3  
14
25.6.1941
18:20
7./JG 53 Il-2  
15
26.6.1941
9:50
7./JG 53 DB-3  
16
23.7.1941
13:30
7./JG 53 I-18  
17
25.7.1941
18:17
7./JG 53 Pe-2  
18
25.7.1941
18:25
7./JG 53 Pe-2  
19
27.7.1941
8:05
7./JG 53 DB-3  
20
4.8.1941
18:15
7./JG 53 DB-3  
21
13.8.1941
6:05
7./JG 53 DB-3 Velikiye-Luki area
22
22.8.1941
17:00
7./JG 53 DB-3  
23
24.8.1941
16:15
7./JG 53 DB-3 Chudovo area
24
27.8.1941
13:55
7./JG 53 I-61  
25
30.8.1941
17:05
7./JG 53 Pe-2  
26
30.8.1941
17:25
7./JG 53 DB-3  
27
31.8.1941
9:30
7./JG 53 I-16  
28
15.9.1941
10:05
7./JG 53 I-18  
29
19.9.1941
17:15
7./JG 53 DB-3  
30
19.9.1941
17:19
7./JG 53 I-18  
31
19.9.1941
17:20
7./JG 53 DB-3  
32
11.12.1941
11:30
7./JG 53 Hurricane  
33
12.12.1941
16:00
7./JG 53 Hurricane  
34
12.12.1941
16:10
7./JG 53 P-40  
35
14.12.1941
15:45
7./JG 53 Hurricane  
36
1.3.1942
13:10
7./JG 53 Hurricane  
37
18.3.1942
17:30
7./JG 53 Hurricane Malta / Hurricane of 185 Sqn, RAF
38
20.3.1942
8:23
7./JG 53 Spitfire Malta / Spitfire of 249 Sqn, RAF
39
8.4.1942
-
7./JG 53 Hurricane Malta / Hurricane of 185 or 229 Sqn, RAF
40
8.4.1942
-
7./JG 53 Hurricane Malta / Hurricane of 185 or 229 Sqn, RAF

Victories : 40
Awards : Knight`s Cross
Units : JG 53

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