Max-Hellmuth Ostermann
Oberleutnant

Max-Hellmuth Ostermann

    Max-Hellmuth Ostermann was born on 11 December 1917 at Hamburg. He joined the Luftwaffe as a Fahnenjunker in March 1937. At the outbreak of World War 2 Leutnant Ostermann was serving with I./ZG 1 flying Bf 110 Zerstörer twin-engined fighters. He participated in the invasion of Poland in September 1939. In April 1940, Ostermann was transferred to JG 21. Leutnant Ostermann was assigned to 1./JG 21. On 20 May 1940, he achieved his first aerial victory during the French campaign when he shot down a French Morane 406 fighter near Péronne. He recorded a second victory during the French campaign. On 6 June, 1./JG 21 was redesignated 7./JG 54. During the Battle of Britain, Ostermann did well recording six victories. Ostermann participated in the invasion of the Balkans. On 6 April 1941, he claimed  a Yugoslavian Bf 109E fighter shot down over Belgrade. Following the successful conclusion of the Balkans campaign, JG 54 and Ostermann then saw much action against the Russians over the Leningrad front. He was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 4 September 1941 for 29 victories. In November 1941, Ostermann transferred to I./JG 54. By Spring 1942, he had shot down 40 Soviet aircraft.He recorded his 50th victory on 20 January 1942, his 60th on 1 February and 70th on 20 March.

Lt. Ostermann of 7./JG 54 preparing to take off with his Bf 109 F-4 White 2. His rudder tally shows 33 victories. Russia, September 1941.
Lt. Ostermann of 7./JG 54 preparing to take off with his Bf 109 F-4 "White 2". His rudder tally shows 33 victories. Russia, September 1941.

    In February 1942, Oberleutnant Ostermann was appointed Staffelkapitän of 8./JG 54. He was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr 81) on 12 March. On 31 March, he claimed his 79th and 80th victories and his 89th and 90th on 29 April.Ostermann recorded his 97th victory on 10 May, but was shot down shortly afterward surviving unharmed. On 12 May he became the seventh pilot in World War 2 to achieve 100 victories, although he was shot down in Bf 109 F-4 (W.Nr. 13 125) “Black 1” on that occasion suffering wounds in the process. He was awarded the Schwertern on 17 May. Ostermann was afforded leave following the award and did not return to combat duty until August. On 9 August 1942, Ostermann, flying Bf 109 G-2 (W.Nr. 10 438) “Black 1”, shot down a Russian Curtiss P-40 fighter for his 102nd, and last, victory, but shortly after was shot down and killed in a dogfight with Soviet fighter pilots in the vicinity of Amossovo.
    Max-Hellmuth Ostermann shot down 102 enemy aircraft in over 300 combat missions. He recorded eight victories over the Western front.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
20.5.1940
18:20
Morane 406 1./JG 21 W Péronne
2
26.5.1940
9:06
Curtiss 1./JG 21 Arras
3
12.8.1940
9:35
Spitfire 7./JG 54  
4
30.8.1940
19:05
Spitfire 7./JG 54  
5
5.9.1940
10:40
Hurricane 7./JG 54  
6
30.9.1940
14:37
Spitfire 7./JG 54  
7
8.10.1940
11:46
Spitfire 7./JG 54  
8
20.10.1940
15:38
Spitfire 7./JG 54 SE London
9
6.4.1941
12:43
Bf 109E 7./JG 54 Belgrade
-
7.4.1941
-
IK-2 7./JG 54 Not confirmed
10
23.6.1941
11:51
SB-2 7./JG 54 N Kaunas
11
23.6.1941
11:58
SB-2 7./JG 54 N Kaunas
12
26.6.1941
18:32
DB-3 7./JG 54  
13
30.6.1941
12:10
DB-3 7./JG 54  
14
30.6.1941
12:11
DB-3 7./JG 54  
15
30.6.1941
12:15
DB-3 7./JG 54  
16
5.7.1941
20:04
SB-3 7./JG 54 Ostrov area
17
5.7.1941
20:05
SB-3 7./JG 54 Ostrov area
18
5.7.1941
20:08
SB-3 7./JG 54 Ostrov area
19
6.7.1941
-
SB-3 7./JG 54  
20
6.7.1941
17:37
SB-3 7./JG 54  
21
28.7.1941
20:03
I-18 7./JG 54  
22
1.8.1941
19:06
DB-3 7./JG 54 JG 54`s 1000th victory
23
14.8.1941
17:01
I-153 7./JG 54  
24
14.8.1941
17:04
I-153 7./JG 54  
25
17.8.1941
11:37
I-16 7./JG 54  
26
18.8.1941
5:25
I-16 7./JG 54  
27
18.8.1941
11:02
I-16 7./JG 54  
28
21.8.1941
10:45
I-16 7./JG 54  
29
23.8.1941
8:03
I-16 7./JG 54  
30
3.9.1941
15:45
I-16 7./JG 54  
31
7.9.1941
14:25
I-18 7./JG 54  
32
7.9.1941
14:30
I-18 7./JG 54  
33
9.9.1941
17:25
I-18 7./JG 54  
34
10.9.1941
10:24
I-26 7./JG 54  
35
11.9.1941
7:51
SB-3 7./JG 54 Staraya Russa
36
11.9.1941
14:51
I-15 7./JG 54 Staraya Russa
37
17.9.1941
10:24
I-18 7./JG 54 Krasnoye Selo / Possibly MiG-3 of 191 IAP/71IAK VVS flown by Yegor Novikov (14 victories)
38
25.10.1941
14:15
I-26 7./JG 54  
39
29.10.1941
13:50
I-26 7./JG 54  
40
13.11.1941
13:04
Il-2 3./JG 54  
41
16.11.1941
15:16
I-28 3./JG 54  
42
16.11.1941
15:20
I-28 3./JG 54  
43
19.11.1941
6:35
DC-3 3./JG 54  
44
30.11.1941
13:45
DC-3 3./JG 54  
45
1.1.1942
12:37
I-26 3./JG 54  
46
8.1.1942
13:42
I-26 3./JG 54  
47
8.1.1942
13:50
I-180 3./JG 54  
48
9.1.1942
15:15
I-26 3./JG 54  
49
11.1.1942
15:05
I-18 3./JG 54  
50
20.1.1942
14:22
I-26 3./JG 54  
51
23.1.1942
11:05
I-16 3./JG 54  
52
23.1.1942
11:27
Il-2 3./JG 54  
53
24.1.1942
13:07
I-16 3./JG 54  
54
25.1.1942
11:12
I-153 3./JG 54  
55
25.1.1942
11:26
I-153 3./JG 54  
56
25.1.1942
16:45
MBR-2 3./JG 54  
57
26.1.1942
13:21
Pe-2 3./JG 54  
58
28.1.1942
9:18
I-15 3./JG 54  
59
28.1.1942
15:01
I-18 3./JG 54  
60
1.2.1942
10:50
P-40 3./JG 54  
61
14.3.1942
17:05
I-26 8./JG 54  
62
16.3.1942
8:30
I-26 8./JG 54  
63
17.3.1942
10:06
I-18 8./JG 54  
64
17.3.1942
14:00
R-Z 8./JG 54  
65
17.3.1942
14:03
R-Z 8./JG 54  
66
18.3.1942
16:35
E/a 8./JG 54 III./JG 54’s 500th victory
67
18.3.1942
17:00~
E/a 8./JG 54  
68
19.3.1942
11:15
P-40 8./JG 54  
69
19.3.1942
11:40
I-18 8./JG 54  
70
20.3.1942
12:31
I-18 8./JG 54  
71
20.3.1942
17:21
I-18 8./JG 54  
72
21.3.1942
11:40
I-18 8./JG 54  
73
22.3.1942
17:20
I-18 8./JG 54  
74
22.3.1942
17:35
I-18 8./JG 54  
75
28.3.1942
10:16
I-18 8./JG 54  
76
29.3.1942
9:28
I-16 8./JG 54  
77
29.3.1942
11:57
I-16 8./JG 54  
78
29.3.1942
12:05
I-16 8./JG 54  
79
31.3.1942
13:15
I-18 8./JG 54  
80
31.3.1942
13:33
I-18 8./JG 54  
81
1.4.1942
18:12
I-18 8./JG 54  
82
13.4.1942
12:30
MiG-3 8./JG 54  
83
23.4.1942
12:30
MiG-3 8./JG 54  
84
23.4.1942
16:02
MiG-3 8./JG 54  
85
24.4.1942
6:41
R-Z 8./JG 54  
86
25.4.1942
11:50
I-180 8./JG 54  
87
27.4.1942
6:15
P-40 8./JG 54  
88
27.4.1942
12:12
P-40 8./JG 54  
89
29.4.1942
16:22
MiG-3 8./JG 54  
90
29.4.1942
16:25
MiG-3 8./JG 54  
91
30.4.1942
13:41
P-40 8./JG 54  
92
30.4.1942
14:06
MiG-3 8./JG 54  
93
6.5.1942
18:12
I-180 8./JG 54  
94
6.5.1942
18:19
I-180 8./JG 54  
95
7.5.1942
5:58
P-40 8./JG 54  
96
9.5.1942
15:23
P-40 8./JG 54  
97
10.5.1942
8:25
I-180 8./JG 54 10 481
98
12.5.1942
9:36
I-16 8./JG 54 10 362
99
12.5.1942
9:41
P-40 8./JG 54  
100
12.5.1942
10:53
P-40 8./JG 54  
101
8.8.1942
18:58
P-40 8./JG 54 29 561
102
9.8.1942
11:33
P-40 8./JG 54 29 521

Victories : 102
Awards : Ritterkreuz (4 September 1941)
                Eichenlaub (12 March 1942)
                Schwertern (17 May 1942)
Units : ZG 1, JG 54

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