Robert "Bazzi" Weiss
Hauptmann

Robert Weiss

    Robert “Bazi” Weiss was born on 21 April 1920 at Baden near Wien in Austria. In 1939, Weiss was serving with a flak regiment but then transferred to the Luftwaffe and learned to fly in 1940. On 1 January 1941, Leutnant Weiss was serving with 6./JG 26 on the Channel Front. He recorded his first victory when he shot down a RAF Spitfire fighter between Étaples and Berck on 21 September. In September 1942, Weiss was transferred to JG 54. He was assigned to 1./JG 54 based on the Eastern Front. By March 1943 he was serving with 3./JG 54. On 8 April 1943, Weiss recorded his 30th victory. He was awarded the Ehrenpokal on 8 May. Weiss fell ill in May 1943 and was withdrawn from combat until July when he was appointed Staffelkapitän of 3./JG 54. On 2 August 1943, he was awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold. On 11 September, Weiss had to make an emergency landing in Fw 190 A-6 (W.Nr. 530 337) following aerial combat. By the beginning of October he had 68 victories to his credit and had been appointed Staffelkapitän of 10./JG 54. Oberleutnant Weiss was awarded the Ritterkreuz for 98 confirmed victories on 26 March 1944.

Oberleutnant Robert Weiss of 10./JG 54 receiving congratulations after claiming a victory with his Bf 109 G-6 showing 73 victories. Idriza/Pskov,
Oberleutnant Robert Weiss of 10./JG 54 receiving congratulations after claiming a victory with his Bf 109 G-6 showing 73 victories. Idriza/Pskov, November 1943.

    In May 1944, Weiss was transferred to III./JG 54 engaged in Reich Defence. On 6 June the unit was transferred Villacoublay-Süd on the Invasion Front. On 6 June 1944, Weiss was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 54.  Weiss added nine victories to his tally in June. Under leadership of Hauptmann Weiss, III./JG 54 was the most successful fighter unit over the Invasion Front, claiming 100 Allied aircraft shot down (100th victory claimed by Feldwebel Wilhelm Müller of Stab III./JG 54 on 15 August 1944) for the loss of 50 aircraft in aerial combat. By early August, Weiss was credited with 118 victories. He was the fourth most successful German ace over the Invasion Front. On 16 August, III./JG 54  was ordered to withdraw for rest, replenishment and re-equipment with the surviving pilots proceeding by ground transport to Oldenburg. By 25 September, III./JG 54 had re-equipped with the Fw 190 D-9, becoming the first operational Gruppe of the Luftwaffe to receive the new type. On 28 September “Bazzi” shot down a Spitfire reconnaissance aircraft of the RAF`s 541 Squadron. The first confirmed victory of the Fw 190D-9. On 29 December 1944, III./JG 54 were ordered up against British fighter-bombers in the Osnabrück, Münster and Rheine areas. Weiss led Stab III JG 54 and 11./JG 54 into a large formation of Spitfires from 331 and 501 Squadrons. During the subsequent aerial combat Typhoons from 168 and 438 Squadrons arrived to re-enforce the British fighters.  None of Weiss’s Schwarm returned. In the blackest day of JG 54 “Grünherz” history, 17 aircraft were lost and 13 pilots, including Weiss, were killed and two pilots were injured while claiming six RAF fighters. It is assumed that Weiss was shot down in Fw 190 D-9 (W.Nr. 210 060) “Black 10” by F/Sgt Haanes of 331 (Norwegian) Squadron, RAF. During this engagement he achieved one further victory that due to lack of witnesses was credited to a nearby Flak unit. He was posthumously awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr. 782) on 12 March 1945.
    “Bazi” Weiss is credited with 121 aerial victories in 471 missions. 26 of his victories were scored over the Western Front. Included in his total are 40 Sturmoviks, 12 Spitfires and five Lightnings.
 
No 
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
21.9.1941
16:25
Spitfire  6./JG 26  Étaples-5km NW Berck / Spitfire of 315 Sqn, RAF 
2
9.3.1942
16:40
Spitfire  6./JG 26  4km W Boulogne 
3
31.5.1942
19:40
Spitfire  6./JG 26  Abbeville / Spitfire of 486 Sqn, RAF
4
12.1.1943
9:57
Il-2 1./JG 54 10 191
5
12.1.1943
14:10
Il-2 1./JG 54 00 262
6
14.1.1943
9:15
Il-2 1./JG 54 10 112
7
14.1.1943
12:35
I-153 1./JG 54 10 322
8
15.1.1943
9:25
Su-2 1./JG 54 10 143
9
15.1.1943
11:47
Yak-1 1./JG 54 00 252
10
23.1.1943
12:55
P-40 1./JG 54 10 324
11
24.1.1943
14:47
Il-2 1./JG 54 00 412
12
29.1.1943
14:33
Il-2 1./JG 54 10 153
13
10.2.1943
11:15
Il-2 1./JG 54 10 151
14
11.2.1943
8:25
LaGG-5 1./JG 54 00 412
15
14.2.1943
15:08
I-153 1./JG 54 00 414
16
17.2.1943
15:34
Il-2 1./JG 54 10 611
17
23.2.1943
14:25
Il-2 1./JG 54 00 283
18
7.3.1943
11:44
LaGG-5 3./JG 54 18 350
19
7.3.1943
11:45
I-180 3./JG 54 18 391
20
14.3.1943
7:45
LaGG-3 3./JG 54 00 264
21
16.3.1943
7:20
MiG-3 3./JG 54 18 274
22
17.3.1943
16:17
LaGG-3 3./JG 54 18 143
23
20.3.1943
12:15
P-40 3./JG 54 00 283
24
22.3.1943
8:53
Il-2 3./JG 54 00 421
25
22.3.1943
8:54
Il-2 3./JG 54 00 238
26
22.3.1943
8:55
Il-2 3./JG 54 00 253
27
24.3.1943
6:54
LaGG-5 3./JG 54 10 332
28
30.3.1943
18:28
MiG-3 3./JG 54 00 224
29
3.4.1943
18:11
P-39 3./JG 54 00 271
30
8.4.1943
16:35
LaGG-3 3./JG 54 1 774
31
13.4.1943
18:02
Pe-2 3./JG 54 00 154
32
2.8.1943
16:50
Il-2 3./JG 54 54 593
33
2.8.1943
17:00
Il-2 3./JG 54 54 623
34
3.8.1943
17:13
Il-2 3./JG 54 44 831
35
4.8.1943
11:54
Il-2 3./JG 54 54 532
36
7.8.1943
8:45
LaGG-3 3./JG 54 54 593
37
12.8.1943
17:25
Il-2 3./JG 54 41 691
38
13.8.1943
7:45
La-5 3./JG 54 51 81
39
14.8.1943
7:08
La-5 3./JG 54 51 832
40
14.8.1943
18:00
Il-2 3./JG 54 50 214
41
14.8.1943
18:01
Il-2 3./JG 54 50 213
42
14.8.1943
18:03
Il-2 3./JG 54 51 872
43
17.8.1943
8:50
Pe-2 3./JG 54 41 491
44
17.8.1943
8:53
Pe-2 3./JG 54 41 484
45
19.8.1943
15:25
P-39 3./JG 54 51 551
46
19.8.1943
15:27
La-5 3./JG 54 51 581
47
19.8.1943
15:30
P-39 3./JG 54 51 554
48
20.8.1943
15:35
MiG-3 3./JG 54 51 581
49
22.8.1943
10:26
La-5 3./JG 54 41 691
50
22.8.1943
16:02
P-39 3./JG 54 61 773
51
23.8.1943
17:00
Pe-2 3./JG 54 60 123
52
23.8.1943
17:05
Pe-2 3./JG 54 60 133
53
23.8.1943
17:07
Pe-2 3./JG 54 60 132
54
24.8.1943
17:04
Il-2 3./JG 54 60 183
55
25.8.1943
18:17
La-5 3./JG 54 51 713
56
28.8.1943
13:40
La-5 3./JG 54 43 792
57
30.8.1943
18:12
LaGG-3 3./JG 54 35 531
58
1.9.1943
5:58
La-5 3./JG 54 35 391
59
2.9.1943
10:10
LaGG-3 3./JG 54 35 512
60
4.9.1943
8:25
Yak-9 3./JG 54 35 574
61
6.9.1943
6:55
Yak-9 3./JG 54 26 851
62
7.9.1943
16:40
Il-2 3./JG 54 34 234
63
7.9.1943
16:41
Il-2 3./JG 54 45 773
64
10.9.1943
15:43
Yak-9 3./JG 54 44 171
65
10.9.1943
15:47
Yak-9 3./JG 54 34 263
66
15.9.1943
16:10
LaGG-3 3./JG 54 35 341
67
22.9.1943
11:30
Yak-9 1./JG 54 12 514
68
24.9.1943
10:10
LaGG-3 1./JG 54 02491
69
17.10.1943
14:25
LaGG-3 10./JG 54 E Oranienbaum
70
17.10.1943
14:30
LaGG-3 10./JG 54 00 152
71
5.11.1943
13:50
Il-2 10./JG 54 S Nevel
72
12.11.1943
8:55
Yak-9 10./JG 54 W Nevel
73
17.11.1943
9:10
P-40 10./JG 54 97 562
74
17.11.1943
9:11
P-40 10./JG 54 97 562
75
17.11.1943
9:12
Il-2 10./JG 54 97 483
76
17.11.1943
9:15
Il-2 10./JG 54 97 483
77
8.12.1943
11:29
Pe-2 10./JG 54 15km NE Asen
78
14.12.1943
12:28
LaGG-3 10./JG 54 90 272
79
29.12.1943
12:57
La-5 10./JG 54 90 423
80
8.1.1944
12:13
P-40 10./JG 54 00182
81
15.1.1944
10:38
Il-2 10./JG 54 90 283
82
15.1.1944
13:01
Il-2 10./JG 54 90 414
83
15.1.1944
13:02
Il-2 10./JG 54 90 421
84
17.1.1944
10:50
Il-2 10./JG 54 00 323
85
17.1.1944
10:55
Il-2 10./JG 54 00 331
86
17.1.1944
10:56
Il-2 10./JG 54 00 411
87
19.1.1944
9:45
Il-2 10./JG 54 19 343
88
19.1.1944
10:15
Il-2 10./JG 54 19 372
89
24.1.1944
13:20
Il-2 10./JG 54 90623
90
24.1.1944
13:32
Il-2 10./JG 54 00382
91
25.1.1944
10:00
Pe-2 10./JG 54 00 443
92
25.1.1944
10:08
Il-2 10./JG 54 00 373
93
25.1.1944
12:23
Pe-2 10./JG 54 00 354
94
25.1.1944
12:25
Pe-2 10./JG 54 00 342
95
15.2.1944
13:10
Il-2 10./JG 54 99 661
96
15.2.1944
13:11
Il-2 10./JG 54 99 661
97
15.2.1944
13:12
Il-2 10./JG 54 99 661
98
15.2.1944
13:13
Il-2 10./JG 54 99 661
99
19.5.1944
13:17
P-38  III./JG 54  Oschersleben
100
27.5.1944
12:18
B-17  III./JG 54  20km NW Colmar 
101
7.6.1944
13:45
Spitfire  III./JG 54  3km SE Caen 
102
7.6.1944
14:14
P-51  III./JG 54  Guyancourt 
103
10.6.1944
14:21
P-47  III./JG 54  Caen 
104
17.6.1944
19:03
Spitfire  III./JG 54  Carpiquet 
105
17.6.1944
19:08
Spitfire  III./JG 54  SE St Pierre-sur-Dives 
106
22.6.1944
21:15
P-51  Stab III./JG 54  Bernay 
107
23.6.1944
16:50
Spitfire  Stab III./JG 54  Caen 
108
23.6.1944
16:57
Spitfire  Stab III./JG 54  Caen 
109
27.6.1944
13:47
Spitfire  Stab III./JG 54  Trun 
110
4.7.1944
19:45
Spitfire  Stab III./JG 54  Carentan-St Lô 
111
12.7.1944
14:30
P-47  Stab III./JG 54  Conches 
112
12.7.1944
14:33
P-47  Stab III./JG 54  Conches 
113
23.7.1944
19:17
P-38  Stab III./JG 54  Limours 
114
23.7.1944
19:18
P-38  Stab III./JG 54  Limours 
115
28.7.1944
20:14
B-26 Stab III./JG 54  Vimoutiers 
116
6.8.1944
12:21
B-24  Stab III./JG 54  Mantes
117
6.8.1944
12:22
B-24 Stab III./JG 54  Mantes-Pontoise
118
8.8.1944
14:48
P-38  Stab III./JG 54  Mortain
119
28.9.1944
16:07
Spitfire  Stab III./JG 54  1km NW Apelstedt / Spitfire (PL904) of 541 Sqn, RAF flown by F/Lt D McCuaig, killed 
120
6.11.1944
14:50~
P-38  Stab III./JG 54  near Nordeney / F-5 (42-67395) of 13 PRS, USAAF flown by 1/Lt Buderich, killed 
121
29.12.1944
11:00
Spitfire  Stab III./JG 54  Gersten / Spitfire (PT704) of 331 Sqn, RAF flown by Capt Reader, killed 

Victories : 121
Awards : Ehrenpokal (8 May 1943)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold  (2 August 1943)
                Ritterkreuz (26 March 1944)
                mit Eichenlaub (12 March 1945)
Units : JG 26, JG 54

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