Helmut Bennemann
Oberstleutnant

Helmut Bennemann

   Helmut Bennemann was born on 16 March 1915 at Wanne-Eickel. In June 1940, Bennemann was serving as Adjutant to I./JG 52. He gained his first victory on 26 August, when he shot down a RAF Spitfire fighter near Dover. On 15 September, Bennemann shot down three RAF Hurricane fighters to record his sixth through eighth victories. On 27 April 1941, he was appointed Staffelkapitän of 3./JG 52. When I./JG 52 was transferred to the Eastern front in September 1941, Bennemann had recorded 12 victories. On 14 June 1942, Bennemann was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 52. On 3 September, he claimed two Russian aircraft shot down (50-51). Hauptmann Bennemann was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 2 October for 52 victories. On 28 December, Bennemann shot down six Russian aircraft to record (67-72). Bennemann was wounded in the explosion of an incendiary bomb on 10 May 1943 resulting in his withdrawal from combat duty for some months. He had 88 victories to his credit at this time. Bennemann was appointed Kommodore of JG 53 on 9 November 1943, replacing Oberst Günther von Maltzahn (68 victories, RK-EL) who left JG 53 to fulfill a staff role. On 25 April 1944, he shot down a USAAF B-24 four-engine bomber over Bologna to record his 90th victory. However, his Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 163 314) “Black < 3” was hit by return fire and Bennemann was wounded. He baled out successfully. In June 1944, Bennemann led the Geschwaderstab of JG 53 on a short sojourn to the Eastern front, to direct the supply missions for the relief of the city of Vilna. The unit departed Russia for Wunstorf near Hanover in Germany on 22 July. From August 1944, Bennemann led JG 53 on Reichsverteidigung duties, initially from bases in France, then from bases in Germany. He recorded three victories in October 1944 to bring his final victory total to 93.
    Helmut Bennemann was credited with 93 victories in over 400 missions. He recorded 77 victories over the Eastern front. Included in his total are at least 10 Il-2 Sturmoviks.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
26.8.1940
12:50
Spitfire 2./JG 52 Dover
2
31.8.1940
13:50
Hurricane 2./JG 52 S London periphery
3
1.9.1940
11:45
Spitfire 2./JG 52 Sittingbourne
4
2.9.1940
14:00
Spitfire 2./JG 52 Canterbury
5
7.9.1940
17:55
Hurricane 2./JG 52 London
6
15.9.1940
15:30
Hurricane 2./JG 52 Thames Estuary
7
15.9.1940
15:30
Hurricane 2./JG 52 Thames Estuary
8
15.9.1940
15:40
Hurricane 2./JG 52 Thames Estuary
9
24.9.1940
14:35
Spitfire 2./JG 52 10km ahead Dover
10
24.9.1940
14:40
Spitfire 2./JG 52 ahead Dover
11
12.10.1940
17:25
Spitfire 2./JG 52 SE London
12
14.4.1941
-
Blenheim 1./JG 52 Near Vlissinghen
?
27.5.1942
16:05
Il-2 3./JG 52 6083: at 50m
?
27.5.1942
19:20
Il-2 3./JG 52 7071
?
31.5.1942
16:45
I-153 3./JG 52 60 864: at 50m
?
3.6.1942
-
Pe-2 3./JG 52 2000th for JG 52
?
12.6.1942
17:20
LaGG-3 3./JG 52 70 221: 1.200m
?
31.7.1942
10:40
Yak-1 Stab I./JG 52 07 181: at 800m
?
1.8.1942
14:45
Yak-1 Stab I./JG 52 7 853
?
4.8.1942
5:13
Il-2 Stab I./JG 52 66 453
?
5.8.1942
10:13
I-153 Stab I./JG 52 65 230
?
5.8.1942
10:13
I-153 Stab I./JG 52 65 230: at 20m
?
10.8.1942
15:50
MBR-2 Stab I./JG 52 85 520: at 100m
?
13.8.1942
8:18
LaGG-3 Stab I./JG 52 86 771
?
21.8.1942
8:40
U-2 Stab I./JG 52 55 763
?
22.8.1942
8:25
LaGG-3 Stab I./JG 52 54 433: at 3.000m
?
22.8.1942
13:15
LaGG-3 Stab I./JG 52 64 173
?
23.8.1942
6:42
Pe-2 Stab I./JG 52 54 452: at 2.800m / 600th for I./JG 52
?
23.8.1942
6:42
Il-2 Stab I./JG 52 54 452: at 2.800m
?
27.8.1942
14:27
Il-2 Stab I./JG 52 46 362
50
3.9.1942
6:40
LaGG-3 Stab I./JG 52 57 753
51
3.9.1942
14:35
Il-2 Stab I./JG 52 46 253: at 100m
52
4.9.1942
5:58
Pe-2 Stab I./JG 52 46 412: at 700m
53
23.9.1942
11:50
LaGG-3 Stab I./JG 52 40 840: at 3.000m
54
24.9.1942
16:35
LaGG-3 Stab I./JG 52 49 150: at 2.000m
55
16.10.1942
9:55
MiG-3 Stab I./JG 52 49 432
56
17.10.1942
10:10
MiG-3 Stab I./JG 52 49 273: at 400m
57
24.10.1942
11:05
Yak-1 Stab I./JG 52 49 131: at 2.500m
58
24.10.1942
14:20
La-5 Stab I./JG 52 49 272: at 1.000m
59
24.10.1942
14:35
Pe-2 Stab I./JG 52 49 471: at 6.000m
60
25.10.1942
16:05
Yak-1 Stab I./JG 52 49 462: at 1.500m
61
29.10.1942
15:30
MiG-3 Stab I./JG 52 49 294: at 4.000m
62
1.11.1942
11:45
MiG-3 Stab I./JG 52 49 452 at 1.500m
63
2.11.1942
9:50
MiG-3 Stab I./JG 52 59 143 / 800th for I./JG 52
64
26.12.1942
10:30
La-5 Stab I./JG 52 01 762 at 200m
65
26.12.1942
10:50
MiG-1 Stab I./JG 52 01572
66
27.12.1942
11:29
Pe-2 Stab I./JG 52 01 721 at 1.500m
67
28.12.1942
7:20
Il-2 Stab I./JG 52 91 864 at 400m
68
28.12.1942
7:22
Il-2 Stab I./JG 52 91 864 at 300m
69
28.12.1942
7:23
Il-2 Stab I./JG 52 91 863 at 100m
70
28.12.1942
7:30
Il-2 Stab I./JG 52 01763
71
28.12.1942
10:00
Pe-2 Stab I./JG 52 01 783 at 3.000m
72
28.12.1942
10:03
Pe-2 Stab I./JG 52 01 763 at 2.800m
73
17.3.1943
12:45
LaGG-5 Stab I./JG 52 61 664: at 2.200m
74
18.3.1943
16:10
LaGG-3 Stab I./JG 52 61 891: at 400m
75
19.3.1943
10:13
LaGG-5 Stab I./JG 52 62 110: at 1.000m
76
19.3.1943
10:13
LaGG-5 Stab I./JG 52 60 212: at 1.000m
77
19.3.1943
13:42
Pe-2 Stab I./JG 52 61 851: at 1.000m
78
19.3.1943
13:48
Pe-2 Stab I./JG 52 61 851: at 1.000m
79
26.3.1943
9:15
MiG-3 Stab I./JG 52 71 794: at 300m
80
29.3.1943
12:23
Il-7 Stab I./JG 52 61 451: at 800 m
81
17.4.1943
11:16
LaGG-3 Stab I./JG 52 75 492: at 200m
82
17.4.1943
11:23
LaGG-3 Stab I./JG 52 S Novorossiysk
83
17.4.1943
15:07
P-39 Stab I./JG 52 75 431: at 5.000m
84
17.4.1943
15:09
P-39 Stab I./JG 52 75 533: at 3.500m
85
21.4.1943
9:25
LaGG-3 Stab I./JG 52 75 423: at 400m
86
27.4.1943
14:52
LaGG Stab I./JG 52 -
87
9.5.1943
10:03
I-16 Stab I./JG 52 98 840: at 1.000m
88
9.5.1943
10:06
I-16 Stab I./JG 52 98 730: at 1.000m
89
15.12.1943
11:15
B-26 Stab/JG 53 SW Circano
90
25.4.1944
11:33
B-24 Stab/JG 53 Bologna
91
8.10.1944
-
P-47 Stab/JG 53 Near Worms
92
??.10.1944
-
P-47 Stab/JG 53 -
93
29.10.1944
11:45
P-51 Stab/JG 53 Jöhlingen

Victories : 93
Awards : Ehrenpokal (5 October 1940)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (27 July 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (2 October 1942)
Units : JG 52, JG 53

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