Hans Roehrig
Hauptmann

Hans Roehrig

    Hans Roehrig was born on 4 November 1919 at Hindenburg in Oberschlesien. Roehrig was posted to 3./Erprobungsgruppe 210 on 23 September 1940. He flew many fighter-bomber missions over England and, according to one source, recorded five aerial victories during this time. On 1 May 1941, Roehrig was transferred to 3./JG 53. He accompanied the unit to Russia but suffered a take-off accident on 4 July 1941. He recorded his first victory with JG 53 on 25 July, when he shot down a Russian DB-3 twin-engine bomber. By the time I./JG 53 left Russia in late 1941, Roehrig had added a further two victories to his tally. Roehrig relocated with 3./JG 53 to the Mediterranean theatre at the end of 1941. From bases in Sicily, he flew missions over Malta. He was unable to add further to his victory total in this theatre at this time. In May 1942, I./JG 53 relocated back to the Eastern front. On 30 June 1942, Roehrig suffered minor injuries from glass splinters when his aircraft was hit in the cockpit area during aerial combat. He was able to bring his aircraft safely back to his airfield at Kolpna. Roehrig was shot down again in aerial combat with Russian fighters on 6 August. He baled out of his stricken Bf 109 G-2 (W.Nr. 13 480) “Yellow 8” and was then shot at by Russian fighters while descending on his parachute. Fortunately, he landed unhurt and returned to his unit. Roehrig recorded his 10th victory on 20 August. In September, Roehrig was particularly successful recording 39 victories during the month, including his 20th on 4 September, three victories, including two Russian Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack aircraft, on 8 September (21-23), three Il-2 Sturmoviks shot down on 9 September (24-26), three Russian fighters shot down on 12 September (31-33), three on 18 September (38-40), four Russian Yak-1 fighters shot down on 19 September (41-44), five Russian fighters shot down on 20 September (45-49), his 50th victory shot down on 22 September and three Yak-1 fighters shot down on 23 September (51-53). By the time I./JG 53 left Russia at the end of September 1942, Roehrig had increased his victory total to 56. I./JG 53 were again relocated to the Mediterranean theatre in late September 1942. Leutnant Roehrig was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 2 October. He was then sent on a spell of leave in late September and early October. During October, the unit operated over Malta flying freie Jagd and bomber escort missions over the island. Roehrig added two further victories to his total, when he shot down two RAF Spitfire fighters: one on 12 October, the other on 14 October. In November 1942, Roehrig was appointed Staffelkapitän of 9./JG 53. He successfully led the unit during the campaigns in Tunisia and Sicily. He recorded his 60th victory on 28 January 1943. Roehrig shot down his first four-engine bomber, a USAAF B-17 over the Straits of Messina, on 25 June for his 68th victory. He recorded his 74th and 75th, and last, victories on 11 July 1943, when he shot down two USAAF P-38 twin-engine fighters over Sicily. On 13 July 1943, Roehrig led 9./JG 53 on a mission, escorting Ju 52 three-engine transport aircraft to drop paratroops on the Catania plains, when the formation was intercepted by RAF Spitfire fighters. Roehrig failed to return from the mission in Bf 109 G-4 (W.Nr. 15 063) “Yellow 5” and it must be assumed he was shot down and killed in this combat. Roehrig was posthumously promoted to the rank of Hauptmann.
    Hans Roehrig was credited with 75 victories. However, if he did, in fact, gain five victories flying with 3./Erpr.Gr. 210, then his final victory total could be 80. He recorded 56 victories over the Eastern front, including 12 Il-2 Sturmoviks. Of his 19 victories recorded over the Western front, one was a four-engine bomber and six P-38`s.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
25.7.1941
18:50
DB-3 3./JG 53 -
2
3.8.1941
14:45
I-16 3./JG 53 -
3
3.8.1941
14:50
Il-2 3./JG 53 -
4
5.6.1942
12:40
I-61 3./JG 53 -
5
31.7.1942
13:58
Il-2 3./JG 53 3915
6
31.7.1942
14:10
Il-2 3./JG 53 3919
7
5.8.1942
11:24
MiG-1 3./JG 53 38 161
8
6.8.1942
6:15
MiG-3 3./JG 53 39 891
9
10.8.1942
13:08
LaGG-3 3./JG 53 E Stalingrad
10
20.8.1942
16:04
I-180 3./JG 53 49 592
11
20.8.1942
16:07
I-180 3./JG 53 49 532
12
21.8.1942
14:40
LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 410
13
22.8.1942
12:30
P-2 3./JG 53 59 130
14
23.8.1942
12:20
MiG-1 3./JG 53 49 270
15
24.8.1942
12:10
LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 270
16
28.8.1942
8:10
P-40 3./JG 53 49 430
17
29.8.1942
9:17
MiG-1 3./JG 53 39 460
18
2.9.1942
14:55
Il-2 3./JG 53 49 180
19
4.9.1942
13:45
Il-2 3./JG 53 77 540
20
4.9.1942
13:50
Il-2 3./JG 53 77 560
21
8.9.1942
11:55
Il-2 3./JG 53 59 330
22
8.9.1942
16:40
Il-2 3./JG 53 40 350
23
8.9.1942
17:10
U-2 3./JG 53 30 630
24
9.9.1942
10:50
Il-2 3./JG 53 40 550
25
9.9.1942
10:53
Il-2 3./JG 53 40 550
26
9.9.1942
17:45
Il-2 3./JG 53 49 430
27
10.9.1942
8:34
Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 280
28
10.9.1942
15:35
I-180 3./JG 53 49 450
29
11.9.1942
5:30
LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 410
30
11.9.1942
16:07
P-2 3./JG 53 49 270
31
12.9.1942
6:07
La-5 3./JG 53 49 410
32
12.9.1942
16:47
LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 290
33
12.9.1942
16:50
La-5 3./JG 53 49 410
34
13.9.1942
9:35
P-40 3./JG 53 49 164
35
13.9.1942
15:46
LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 410
36
14.9.1942
10:57
LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 271
37
14.9.1942
16:46
LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 274
38
18.9.1942
10:55
Il-2 3./JG 53 40 870
39
18.9.1942
15:20
Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 130
40
18.9.1942
15:29
Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 530
41
19.9.1942
9:27
Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 132
42
19.9.1942
9:30
Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 132
43
19.9.1942
9:32
Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 122
44
19.9.1942
13:55
Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 432
45
20.9.1942
9:15
Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 130
46
20.9.1942
11:55
P-40 3./JG 53 49 430
47
20.9.1942
12:15
LaGG-3 3./JG 53 49 290
48
20.9.1942
14:43
Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 450
49
20.9.1942
14:52
Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 430
50
22.9.1942
16:27
Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 220
51
23.9.1942
9:18
Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 780
52
23.9.1942
9:20
Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 750
53
23.9.1942
16:26
Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 750
54
24.9.1942
16:35
Yak-1 3./JG 53 40 790
55
25.9.1942
13:53
Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 263
56
25.9.1942
14:02
Yak-1 3./JG 53 49 264
57
12.10.1942
11:08
Spitfire 3./JG 53 Malta
58
14.10.1942
11:07
Spitfire 3./JG 53 Malta
59
24.1.1943
7:42
Spitfire 9./JG 53 50km S Agrigento
60
28.1.1943
11:56
Spitfire 9./JG 53 50km S Corro
61
18.5.1943
14:08
P-38 9./JG 53 20km NW Trapani
62
19.5.1943
14:25
P-38 9./JG 53 SSE Insel Autioco
63
19.5.1943
14:25
P-38 9./JG 53 15 km SE Caglar
64
22.5.1943
16:15
P-38 9./JG 53 5km SE Maréttimo
65
5.6.1943
15:09
B-25 9./JG 53 60km SSW Porto Polo
66
7.6.1943
6:45
P-40 9./JG 53 2km E Cap Bône
67
13.6.1943
13:24
P-39 9./JG 53 30km NNE Pantellaria
68
25.6.1943
12:06
B-17 9./JG 53 Messina Straits
69
4.7.1943
13:15
B-25 9./JG 53 -
70
5.7.1943
-
Spitfire 9./JG 53 -
71
6.7.1943
15:15
Spitfire 9./JG 53 5km E Cap Passero
72
9.7.1943
14:34
Boston 9./JG 53 4km S Gela
73
10.7.1943
19:35
Spitfire 9./JG 53 5km NE Syracuse
74
11.7.1943
11:25
P-38 9./JG 53 15km S Pachino
75
11.7.1943
13:15
P-38 9./JG 53 10km SW Catania

Victories : 75
Awards : Ehrenpokal (26 October 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (2 October 1942)
Units : Erpr.Gr. 210, JG 53

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