Hans Schleef
Oberleutnant

Hans Schleef

    Hans Schleef was born on 19 July 1920 at Groß-Börnecke near Magdeburg in Sachsen. In autumn 1940, Schleef was posted to JG 3 based on the Channel front. Unteroffizier Schleef was assigned to 7./JG 3. He claimed his first victory on 5 February 1941, when he shot down a RAF Hurricane fighter near St Omer, and his second on 31 May, when he claimed a RAF Blenheim twin-engine bomber shot down. Operating over the Eastern front, Schleef enjoyed considerable success. He claimed 14 victories in July, including two enemy aircraft shot down on 15 July to record his ninth and 10th victories. On 4 August, Schleef claimed three Russian I-16 fighters shot down (19-21). He recorded his 30th victory on 19 March 1942. On 7 April, Schleef was shot down and baled out behind enemy lines. He successfully evaded capture, returning to his unit four days later. Feldwebel Schleef was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 9 May 1942 for 41 victories. Schleef was transferred to Ergänzung-Jagdgruppe Ost for a spell of instructing in May 1942. Leutnant Schleef returned to front line duty in January 1943 with 7./JG 3, still based on the Eastern front. On 4 April, he recorded his 60th victory. Schleef claimed four Russian LaGG-3 fighters shot down on 30 May (66-69). His 70th followed on 2 June. Schleef again shot down four enemy aircraft on 5 July (76-79). He was shot down in Bf 109 G-4 (W.Nr. 14 941) after shooting down his first opponent on 5 July, making a forced-landing in his own lines. He returned to his unit and shot down three enemy aircraft with a replacement aircraft later that same day. On 6 July, Schleef claimed his 80th victory followed by his 90th on 30 July. In early August 1943, 7./JG 3 was relocated to the Western front to undertake Reichsverteidigung duties. Schleef had 93 victories to his credit at this time. He shot down his first four-engine bomber, a USAAF B-17, on 12 August. Schleef was shot down in Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 20 444) “White 4” on 17 August. On 15 October 1943, Oberleutnant Schleef was appointed Staffelkapitän of 3./JG 3. He recorded two further victories with this unit, both USAAF fighters: one on 22 February 1944; the other on 8 March. However, on 23 March, Schleef taxiied his Bf 109 G-5 (W.Nr. 110 215) “Yellow 4” behind a He 177 twin-engined bomber just as the pilot applied full power. The slipstream flipped Schleef’s aircraft on to its back. Schleef was rescued by ground staff suffering only minor injuries; although he was unfit to fly for several days. Schleef was transferred as Staffelkapitän of 8./JG 5 on 21 July 1944. In October 1944, 8./JG 5 was redesignated 16./JG 4. Schleef was shot down and killed in aerial combat near Bad Durkheim in Bf 109 G-10 (W.Nr. 490 758) “Blue 4” on 31 December 1944.
    Hans Schleef was credited with 99 and at least two unconfirmed victories in over 500 missions. He recorded 91 victories over the Eastern front, including fiveteen Il-2 Sturmoviks. Of his eight victories recorded over the Western front, two were four-engine bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
5.2.1941
13:40
Hurricane 7./JG 3 -
2
31.5.1941
17:43
Wellington 7./JG 3 -
3
24.6.1941
-
E/a 7./JG 3 -
4
27.6.1941
-
E/a 7./JG 3 -
5
2.7.1941
18:06
I-16 7./JG 3 -
6
2.7.1941
18:10
I-16 7./JG 3 -
7
6.7.1941
17:25
SB-2 7./JG 3 -
8
10.7.1941
18:38
I-16 7./JG 3 -
9
15.7.1941
15:51
I-16 7./JG 3 -
10
15.7.1941
16:02
DB-3 7./JG 3 -
11
16.7.1941
15:26
SB-3 7./JG 3 -
12
16.7.1941
15:28
SB-2 7./JG 3 -
13
23.7.1941
13:41
DB-3 7./JG 3 -
14
24.7.1941
14:04
DB-3 7./JG 3 -
15
25.7.1941
18:53
SB-3 7./JG 3 -
16
26.7.1941
6:42
I-153 7./JG 3 -
17
29.7.1941
7:36
R-5 7./JG 3 -
18
29.7.1941
7:42
Pe-2 7./JG 3 -
19
4.8.1941
6:08
I-16 7./JG 3 -
20
4.8.1941
6:12
I-16 7./JG 3 -
21
4.8.1941
7:52
I-16 7./JG 3 -
22
10.8.1941
10:40
I-16 7./JG 3 -
23
11.8.1941
5:24
SB-2 7./JG 3 -
24
20.2.1942
12:36
I-61 7./JG 3 -
25
22.2.1942
13:18
I-61 7./JG 3 -
26
27.2.1942
10:48
I-61 7./JG 3 -
27
4.3.1942
9:06
U-2 7./JG 3 -
28
9.3.1942
9:00
I-61 7./JG 3 -
29
17.3.1942
9:48
I-61 7./JG 3 -
-
18.3.1942
17:38
I-61 7./JG 3 10km NW Mury / not confirmed
-
18.3.1942
18:10
U-2 7./JG 3 N Ramenschewo / not confirmed
30
19.3.1942
15:56
I-61 7./JG 3 -
31
19.3.1942
16:03
SB-3 7./JG 3 -
32
20.3.1942
7:30
I-61 7./JG 3 -
33
22.3.1942
13:15
Il-2 7./JG 3 -
34
23.3.1942
10:33
I-61 7./JG 3 -
35
28.3.1942
13:52
I-61 7./JG 3 -
36
28.3.1942
13:54
I-301 7./JG 3 -
37
29.3.1942
7:53
U-2 7./JG 3 -
38
30.3.1942
9:58
I-61 7./JG 3 -
39
30.3.1942
15:22
I-61 7./JG 3 -
40
6.4.1942
16:41
Il-2 7./JG 3 -
41
6.4.1942
16:43
Il-2 7./JG 3 -
42
22.5.1942
18:03
Il-2 7./JG 3 -
43
22.5.1942
18:05
MiG-1 7./JG 3 -
44
23.5.1942
6:30
MiG-1 7./JG 3 -
45
23.5.1942
12:32
Il-2 7./JG 3 3km E Weskloje
46
27.5.1942
4:18
MiG-1 7./JG 3 -
47
30.6.1942
7:42
Il-2 7./JG 3 -
48
27.2.1943
14:30
Pe-2 7./JG 3 9km SE Izsyum
49
27.2.1943
14:40
U-2 7./JG 3 1km W Gregenskoye
50
27.2.1943
-
E/a 7./JG 3 -
51
2.3.1943
14:30
MiG-3 7./JG 3 1km S Wolinskaya
52
12.3.1943
8:08
MiG-1 7./JG 3 1km S Kupyansk
53
13.3.1943
11:34
Il-2 7./JG 3 S Pchetanoye
54
15.3.1943
6:54
Boston 7./JG 3 60 130
55
18.3.1943
9:45
LaGG-3 7./JG 3 7km N Cherkoff
56
22.3.1943
12:32
LaGG-5 7./JG 3 Rostov
57
31.3.1943
10:00
MiG-1 7./JG 3 10km S Bataysk
58
3.4.1943
13:15
LaGG-3 7./JG 3 1km S Izyum
59
3.4.1943
16:40
Il-2 7./JG 3 6km S Izyum
60
4.4.1943
9:56
Il-2 7./JG 3 1km S Izyum
61
7.5.1943
4:13
Boston 7./JG 3 NW Slaviansk
62
7.5.1943
4:14
Boston 7./JG 3 NW Slaviansk
63
22.5.1943
12:13
LaGG-5 7./JG 3 W Olschawka
64
22.5.1943
12:18
MiG-3 7./JG 3 E Wesselyj
65
22.5.1943
12:32
MiG-3 7./JG 3 E Gresnoje
66
30.5.1943
6:58
LaGG-3 7./JG 3 SE Platowo
67
30.5.1943
7:04
LaGG-3 7./JG 3 SE Platowo
68
30.5.1943
17:05
LaGG-5 7./JG 3 N Dsershinsk
69
30.5.1943
17:20
LaGG-3 7./JG 3 W Nowo-Aidar
70
2.6.1943
10:35
LaGG-5 7./JG 3 S Kursk
71
10.6.1943
8:30
LaGG-5 7./JG 3 E Nowo-Astrakhan
72
14.6.1943
14:33
LaGG-5 7./JG 3 W Nishnaja-Duwenka
73
15.6.1943
17:32
LaGG-3 7./JG 3 W Nishnaja-Duwenka
74
15.6.1943
17:36
LaGG-3 7./JG 3 N Starobelsk
75
16.6.1943
18:20
LaGG-3 7./JG 3 NE Starobelsk
76
5.7.1943
6:35
LaGG-5 7./JG 3 N Tomarewka
77
5.7.1943
15:22
Il-5 7./JG 3 E Belgorod
78
5.7.1943
15:24
Il-2 7./JG 3 E Belgorod
79
5.7.1943
15:26
LaGG-3 7./JG 3 E Belgorod
80
6.7.1943
15:10
LaGG-3 7./JG 3 WNikolskoye
81
6.7.1943
19:15
LaGG-5 7./JG 3 S Goroditsche
82
9.7.1943
6:20
LaGG-5 7./JG 3 NNE Pokrovka
83
11.7.1943
10:06
Il-2 7./JG 3 W Prokorovhka
84
14.7.1943
12:33
LaGG-3 7./JG 3 W Leski
85
14.7.1943
12:49
LaGG-3 7./JG 3 W Wesselyj
86
17.7.1943
15:20
LaGG-3 7./JG 3 1km N Chervonyy-Oskol
87
21.7.1943
9:43
P-39 7./JG 3 1km S Bogoroditskoye
88
21.7.1943
9:46
Il-2 7./JG 3 2km SE Bogoroditskoye
89
21.7.1943
9:49
Il-2 7./JG 3 5km E Bogoroditskoye
90
30.7.1943
11:00
Il-2 7./JG 3 3km E Marinovka
91
30.7.1943
11:05
LaGG-3 7./JG 3 E Marinovka
92
31.7.1943
7:32
E/a 7./JG 3 -
93
1.8.1943
5:25
LaGG-3 7./JG 3 SE Stepanowka
94
12.8.1943
9:18
B-17 7./JG 3 3km N Konigswinter
95
6.9.1943
11:32
B-17 HSS 7./JG 3 -
96
22.2.1944
12:17
P-47 3./JG 3 S Tilburg
97
8.3.1944
13:40
P-51 3./JG 3 Loburg-Görzke
98
12.12.1944
15:45
P-47 Stab IV./JG 4 W Ludwigshaven
99
23.12.1944
9:41
P-47 Stab IV./JG 4 Wittlich area

 
Victories : 99
Awards : Ehrenpokal (23 September 1941)
                Deustches Kreuz in Gold  (4 May 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (9 May 1942)
Units : JG 3, JG 5, JG 4
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