Wolfgang Schellmann
Major

Wolfgang Schellmann

    Wolfgang Schellmann was born on 2 March 1911 at Kassel. Schellmann led 2./JG 135 from 1 March 1935. On 19 December 1937, he was appointed Staffelkapitän of 1. Staffel of J 88 of the Condor Legion. He led the unit during the Spanish Civil War. He became the second highest scorer of the German fighter pilots, behind Werner Mölders (14 victories), achieving 12 victories. He was awarded the Spanienkreuz in Gold mit Schwertern und Brillanten. On his return from Spain, Schellmann was assigned to I./JG 331. There followed a period, from 1 April 1939, where he served in a staff role. At the outbreak of World War 2, Schellmann was serving with I./JG 77, participating in the invasion of Poland. He was then transferred to the staff of Luftflotte 2. On 15 December 1939, Hauptmann Schellmann was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 2. He claimed his first victory in World War 2 on 15 May 1940, when he shot down a RAF Hurricane fighter near Couly. By the end of the French campaign he had seven World War 2 victories to his credit. Schellmann was appointed Kommodore of JG 2, during the Battle of Britain, on 3 September 1940. He was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 18 September 1940 for 10 victories. On 22 October 1940, Schellmann was appointed Kommodore of JG 27, while the unit was based on the Channel Front. In spring of 1941, he led JG 27 during the invasion of Yugoslavia and Greece.

Major Wolfgang Schellmann, Kommodore JG 27, October 1941
Major Wolfgang Schellmann, Kommodore JG 27, beginning 1941

    He claimed one victory over a RAF Hurricane fighter in Greece bringing his victory total to 24, including his Spanish Civil War victories. Schellmann led JG 27 for Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia. On 22 June 1941, he was a victim of a “taran” attack made by a Russian I-16 fighter in the vicinity of Kamenki, near Grodno in Russia. Schellmann baled out of his stricken Bf 109 E-7 (W.Nr. 4189) “<< +” but thereafter little is known of his fate. It is thought the Russian NKVD shot him. He was to receive a posthumous promotion to Oberstleutnant.
    Wolfgang Schellmann was credited with 25 victories in over 150 combat missions. He recorded 12 victories during the Spanish Civil War. Of his 13 victories recorded during World War 2, 12 were claimed over the Western front and one over the Eastern front.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
18.1.1938
-
I-16 1./J 88 Spain
2
8.3.1938
-
I-15 1./J 88 Spain
3
24.3.1938
-
I-15 1./J 88 Spain
4
13.6.1938
-
I-16 1./J 88 Spain
5
25.6.1938
-
I-16 1./J 88 Spain
6
18.7.1938
-
I-16 1./J 88 Spain
7
20.7.1938
-
I-16 1./J 88 Spain
8
20.7.1938
-
I-16 1./J 88 Spain
9
12.8.1938
-
SB-2 1./J 88 Spain
10
12.8.1938
-
SB-2 1./J 88 Spain
11
14.8.1938
-
I-16 1./J 88 Spain
12
20.8.1938
-
I-16 1./J 88 Spain
13
15.5.1940
9:35
Hurricane Stab II./JG 2 Couly
14
17.5.1940
8:35
Lysander Stab II./JG 2 SE Brüssel
15
19.5.1940
6:05
Lysander Stab II./JG 2 W Tournai
16
31.5.1940
15:55
Spitfire Stab II./JG 2 Furnes
17
1.6.1940
5:45
Lysander Stab II./JG 2 Dunkirk
18
2.6.1940
9:45
Spitfire Stab II./JG 2 Dunkirk
19
3.6.1940
14:45
Morane Stab II./JG 2 Compiegne
20
18.7.1940
13:15
Blenheim Stab II./JG 2 N Le Havre / Blenheim of 236 Sqn, RAF
21
25.8.1940
18:30
Spitfire Stab JG 2 Warmwell
22
27.8.1940
18:30~
Spitfire Stab JG 2 Wareham
23
31.8.1940
9:25
Hurricane Stab JG 2 Eastchurch
24
20.4.1941
12:10
Hurricane Stab JG 27 Tanagra / Hurricane (V7748) of 80 Sqn RAF flown by P/O J Still, killed
25
22.6.1941
3:15
I-16 Stab JG 27 Kamenki

Victories : 25
Awards : Ritterkreuz (18 September 1940)
Units : J/88, JG 77, JG 2, JG 27

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