Hermann Staiger
Major

Hermann Staiger

    Hermann Staiger was born at Tennenbronn in the Villingen region of Baden. At the beginning of World War 2, Staiger was serving 1./JG 20. He scored his first victory on 31 May 1940 over a RAF Spitfire. 1./JG 20 was renamed 7./JG 51 on 4 July 1940. Staiger flew combat during the Battle of Britain and achieved eight further victories. Staiger was appointed Staffelkapitän of 7./JG 51 on 25 August 1940. He led the unit in the invasion of Russia. Staiger claimed three Russian SB bombers shot down on 22 June 1941 and followed this with a further four on 30 June 1941 to record victories 17 through 20. However he was to be shot down by Russian flak in Bf 109 F-2 (WNr 8083) and seriously wounded on 13 July 1941. Oberleutnant Staiger was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 16 July for 26 victories and the many ground attack missions he had performed while based in Russia. Following a spell instructing, Staiger transferred as Staffelkapitän to 12./JG 26 on the Channel Front arriving there on 5 July 1943. Here he soon came into contact with the American bomber raids and succeeded in shooting down five B-17s in a little over a week at the end of July 1943. On 10 October, he claimed a B-17 shot down near Münster but was, in turn, wounded by return fire from the bombers. He received additional injuries when he crash-landed his damaged Bf 106 G-6 (WNr 15920) “Blue 2” near Dorsten. He was awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold on 29 October for 34 victories.On 8 March 1944, Staiger took temporary command of III./JG 26 when Hauptmann Klaus Mietusch (75 victories, RK-EL) was shot down and wounded. His most successful day occurred on 24 April. Staiger led III./JG 54 in an attack on 108 B-17s headed for Oberpfaffenhofen. In the subsequent combat, Staiger was to claim three B-17s shot down and a further two Herausschüsse. On 15 May, he was promoted Hauptmann and appointed Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 26. On 1 August 1944, Hauptmann Staiger was transferred as Gruppenkommandeur to II./JG 1. Then followed a transfer on 12 January 1945 as Gruppenkommandeur to II./JG 7 flying Me 262 jet fighters. Staiger died on 22 June 1964 at Freiburg.
    Hermann Staiger ended the war with 63 victories. 49 of his victories were recorded over the Western front, including 26 four-engined bombers. He achieved 14 victories over the Eastern front.
 
No.
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Comments
Opponent
1.
31.5.1940
-
Spitfire 1./JG 20    
2.
1940
-
E/a 7./JG 51    
3.
1940
-
E/a 7./JG 51    
4.
1940
-
E/a 7./JG 51    
5.
5.8.1940
-
Spitfire 7./JG 51 Dover  
-
15.8.1940
-
Ballon Luftsperre 7./JG 51    
6.
7.9.1940
-
Spitfire 7./JG 51 London  
7.
7.9.1940
-
Spitfire 7./JG 51 London  
8.
14.9.1940
-
Hurricane 7./JG 51 Dungeness  
9.
15.9.1940
-
Hurricane 7./JG 51 Tonbridge  
10.
13.3.1941
-
Spitfire 7./JG 51    
11.
1941
-
E/a 7./JG 51    
12.
1941
-
E/a 7./JG 51    
13.
22.6.1941
-
SB-2 7./JG 51 Eastern Front  
14.
22.6.1941
-
SB-2 7./JG 51 Eastern Front  
15.
22.6.1941
-
SB-2 7./JG 51 Eastern Front  
16.
6.1941
-
E/a 7./JG 51 Eastern Front  
17.
30.6.1941
-
SB-2 7./JG 51 Eastern Front  
18.
30.6.1941
-
SB-2 7./JG 51 Eastern Front  
19.
30.6.1941
-
SB-2 7./JG 51 Eastern Front  
20.
30.6.1941
-
SB-2 7./JG 51 Eastern Front  
21.
7.1941
-
E/a 7./JG 51 Eastern Front  
22.
7.1941
-
E/a 7./JG 51 Eastern Front  
23.
7.1941
-
E/a 7./JG 51 Eastern Front  
24.
7.1941
-
E/a 7./JG 51 Eastern Front  
25.
7.1941
-
E/a 7./JG 51 Eastern Front  
26.
7.1941
-
E/a 7./JG 51 Eastern Front  
27.
17.7.1943
9:28
B-17 12./JG 26 German Bight B-17 of 351 BG, USAAF
28.
25.7.1943
16:50
B-17 12./JG 26 N Wesermündung  
29.
26.7.1943
11:54
B-17 12./JG 26 Wesermündung  
30.
29.7.1943
9:40
B-17 12./JG 26 Kiel B-17 of 306 BG, USAAF
31.
29.7.1943
9:40
B-17 12./JG 26 Kiel B-17 of 306 BG, USAAF
32.
17.8.1943
15:20
B-17 12./JG 26 W Pesch  
33.
3.10.1943
18:30~
Spitfire 12./JG 26 Beauvais Spitfire of 222 Sqn, RAF
34.
10.10.1943
-
B-17 12./JG 26 W Münster B-17 of 385 BG, USAAF
35.
5.11.1943
-
B-17 12./JG 26 Dortmund B-17 of 388 BG, USAAF
36.
21.1.1944
-
Spitfire 12./JG 26 E St Pol  
37.
21.1.1944
-
Spitfire 12./JG 26 E Amiens  
38.
24.1.1944
11:00
P-47 12./JG 26 SW Brussels P-47 of 78 FG, USAAF
39.
22.2.1944
15:23
P-47 12./JG 26 Mönchen-Gladbach P-47 of 353FG USAAF
40.
24.2.1944
12:20
B-17 12./JG 26 S Quackenbrück-Rheine  
41.
25.2.1944
13:00
B-17 12./JG 26 Birkweiler-Sedan  
42.
2.3.1944
11:50
B-17 12./JG 26 W Limburg  
43.
8.3.1944
-
B-17 12./JG 26 W Hannover B-17 of 388 BG, USAAF
44.
8.3.1944
-
B-17 12./JG 26 Potsdam  
45.
16.3.1944
12:10
B-24 12./JG 26 SW St Dizier-Worms B-24 of 445 BG, USAAF
46.
18.3.1944
-
B-17 12./JG 26 Colmar  
47.
27.3.1944
14:35
P-47 12./JG 26 NE Chartres P-47 of 359 FG, USAAF
48.
13.4.1944
13:34
B-17 12./JG 26 W Trier P-38 of 364 FG, USAAF
49.
13.4.1944
16:20
P-38 12./JG 26 NW Kaiserlautern  
50.
23.4.1944
14:15
B-17 12./JG 26 SE W Neustadt  
?
24.4.1944
13:30
B-17 12./JG 26 Donauwörth  
51.
24.4.1944
13:30
B-17 12./JG 26 Donauwörth  
52.
24.4.1944
13:55
B-17 HSS 12./JG 26 S München  
53.
24.4.1944
13:55
B-17 HSS 12./JG 26 S München  
54.
24.4.1944
13:55
B-17 12./JG 26 S München  
55.
7.6.1944
15:58
P-47 Stab I./JG 26 N Lisieux P-47 of 362 FG, USAAF
56.
7.6.1944
16:00
P-47 Stab I./JG 26 N Lisieux P-47 of 362 FG, USAAF
57.
15.6.1944
7:05~
B-17 HSS Stab I./JG 26 80km S Chartres  
58.
20.6.1944
17:35
P-38 Stab I./JG 26 Chateau Thierry P-38 of 370 FG, USAAF
59.
23.6.1944
12:20
Spitfire Stab I./JG 26 W Rouen-NW Bayeux  
60.
25.6.1944
15:30
P-38 Stab I./JG 26 SW Rouen P-38 of 370 FG, USAAF
?
10.8.1944
14:10
Spitfire Stab II./JG 1    
?
26.11.1944
-
B-17 Stab II./JG 1    
?
5.12.1944
11:15
P-51 Stab II./JG 1 15 Ost S/CF, S Waren  
?
24.12.1944
-
B-17 Stab II./JG 1    
63.
?
-
Viermot Stab II./JG 1    

Victories : 63
Awards : Knight`s Cross
Units : JG 20, JG 51, JG 26, JG 1, JG 7

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