Alfred "Fred" Heckmann
Oberleutnant

Alfred Heckmann

    Alfred “Fred” Heckmann was born on 25 June 1914 at Bochum-Langendreer. On 5 February 1940, Heckmann was posted to JG 3. Unteroffizier Heckmann was assigned to 5./JG 3. He gained his first victory on 6 June 1940, when he shot down a French Morane fighter near Abbeville. He added two RAF Spitfire fighters during the Battle of Britain. Feldwebel Heckmann participated in the invasion of Russia with JG 3 and gained 24 victories between June and October 1941, including his 10th victory on 2 July and his 20th on 12 September, before being withdrawn to Germany for rest and re-equipment in late October. Following re-equipment with new Bf 109 F-4trop fighters, II./JG 3 and Heckmann were relocated to Sicily at the beginning of January 1942. Heckmann flew a number of missions over Malta without adding to his victory total. II./JG 3 were withdrawn from the Mediterranean theatre in April 1942 in preparation for a return to the Eastern front. The unit arrived back on the Eastern front in June 1942. Oberfeldwebel Heckmann added 17 Russian aircraft to his victory total in July 1942, including four Boston twin-engine bombers shot down on 10 July to record his 35th through 38th victories. He was awarded the Ritterkreuz for 50 victories on 19 September 1942. In October 1942, Heckmann was transferred to 1./JG 26 operating over the Western front. In winter 1943, he transferred with I./JG 26 back to the Eastern front in an exchange with JG 54 who were transferring to the west. In the three and and a half months the Gruppe was based in Russia, it achieved 127 victories. Oberfeldwebel Heckmann claimed four victories during this period, all Il-2 Stormovik ground-attack aircraft. On 28 February 1943, Heckmann left 1./JG 26 to take up instructing duties with Ergänzung-Jagdgruppe Ost. He returned to JG 26 in July being re-assigned to 1.Staffel. Oberleutnant Heckmann was appointed Staffelkapitän of 3./JG 26 on 23 January 1944. On 21 September, I./JG 26 encountered a formation of RAF C-47 Dakota twin-engine transports over s’Hertogenbosch en route to drop parachutists to reinforce the Allied aerial landings at Arnhem. Heckmann claimed four of the transports shot down (66- 69). On 1 January 1945, Heckmann led 23 Fw 190 D-9s of 3./JG 26 on Operation Bodenplatte, the attack on the Allied airfields in Holland and Belgium. On 27 March 1945, Heckmann was appointed Staffelkapitän of 5./JG 26 following the death of Oberleutnant Wilhelm Hofmann (44 victories, RK, killed in action 26 March 1945). Heckmann’s stay with 5./JG 26 was short however, as he was transferred to JV 44 at München-Reim on 14 April 1945. He never joined the unit getting no further than Lechfeld.
    “Fred” Heckmann flew over 600 missions in claiming 71 victories. He recorded 54 victories  over the Eastern front. Of his 17 victories recorded over the Western front, three were four-engine bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1.
6.6.1940
11:10
Morane 5./JG 3 Abbeville
2.
15.8.1940
-
Spitfire 5./JG 3 -
3.
20.9.1940
12:20
Spitfire 5./JG 3 -
4.
22.6.1941
7:45
I-153 5./JG 3 -
5.
23.6.1941
4:50
I-16 5./JG 3 -
6.
26.6.1941
8:10
DB-3 5./JG 3 -
7.
26.6.1941
8:30
DB-3 5./JG 3 -
8.
27.6.1941
8:10
I-15 5./JG 3 -
9.
30.6.1941
14:30
I-16 5./JG 3 -
10.
2.7.1941
16:25
R-5 5./JG 3 -
11.
2.7.1941
16:30
R-5 5./JG 3 -
12.
5.7.1941
13:10
SB-2 5./JG 3 -
13.
5.7.1941
16:20
DB-3 5./JG 3 -
14.
10.7.1941
17:20
Il-2 5./JG 3 -
15.
10.7.1941
17:25
Il-2 5./JG 3 -
16.
26.7.1941
17:23
SB-3 5./JG 3 -
17.
26.7.1941
17:28
SB-3 5./JG 3 -
18.
3.9.1941
7:00
I-26 5./JG 3 -
19.
12.9.1941
10:00
I-26 5./JG 3 -
20.
12.9.1941
14:50
I-26 5./JG 3 -
21.
13.9.1941
6:55
Il-2 5./JG 3 -
22.
13.9.1941
6:57
Il-2 5./JG 3 -
23.
13.9.1941
7:03
R-5 5./JG 3 -
24.
24.9.1941
8:30
I-153 5./JG 3 -
25.
5.10.1941
9:55
Pe-2 5./JG 3 -
26.
17.10.1941
9:12
I-17 5./JG 3 -
27.
18.10.1941
14:50
I-61 5./JG 3 -
28.
10.6.1942
13:10
Il-2 5./JG 3 -
29.
1.7.1942
13:11
Il-2 5./JG 3 -
30.
4.7.1942
3:40
MiG-1 5./JG 3 Ustje
31.
4.7.1942
3:41
MiG-1 5./JG 3 Malyschowo
32.
4.7.1942
3:43
MiG-1 5./JG 3 -
33.
9.7.1942
13:15
Yak-1 5./JG 3 -
34.
9.7.1942
13:16
Yak-1 5./JG 3 -
35.
10.7.1942
4:30
Boston 5./JG 3 -
36.
10.7.1942
4:31
Boston 5./JG 3 -
37.
10.7.1942
4:33
Boston 5./JG 3 -
38.
10.7.1942
4:34
Boston 5./JG 3 -
39.
13.7.1942
8:25
Yak-1 5./JG 3 -
40.
13.7.1942
8:28
Yak-1 5./JG 3 -
41.
20.7.1942
11:58
MiG-1 5./JG 3 08 453
42.
22.7.1942
16:15
LaGG-3 5./JG 3 29 342
43.
26.7.1942
11:25
Yak-1 5./JG 3 -
44.
26.7.1942
11:26
Yak-1 5./JG 3 -
45.
26.7.1942
11:29
Yak-1 5./JG 3 -
46.
6.8.1942
6:50
LaGG-3 5./JG 3 30 682
47.
7.8.1942
17:46
Pe-2 5./JG 3 49 556
48.
16.8.1942
4:30
LaGG-3 5./JG 3 40 640
49.
18.8.1942
6:45
I-16 5./JG 3 30 132
50.
18.8.1942
6:50
I-16 5./JG 3 30 251
51.
23.9.1942
7:25
LaGG-3 5./JG 3 47 331
52.
4.10.1942
13:50
LaGG-3 5./JG 3 38 577
53.
4.10.1942
13:55
LaGG-3 5./JG 3 38 521
54.
16.2.1943
14:23
Il-2 1./JG 26 18 423
55.
16.2.1943
15:25
Il-2 1./JG 26 28 142
56.
18.2.1943
11:02
Il-2 1./JG 26 28 311
57.
18.2.1943
11:04
Il-2 1./JG 26 28 351
58.
14.10.1943
14:00
B-17 1./JG 26 W Charleville-Mézieres
59.
11.1.1944
13:00
B-17 1./JG 26 Nordhorn-Zuider Zee / B-17 of 306 BG, USAAF
60.
4.2.1944
14:30
B-17 3./JG 26 10km ESE Rotterdam / B-17 of 390 BG, USAAF
61.
8.2.1944
12:45
P-51 3./JG 26 Chimay-Maubeuge / P-51 of 354 FG, USAAF
62.
6.3.1944
14:47
P-47 3./JG 26 E Almelo / P-47D (42-75255) of 356FG flown by 1st Lt M Erickson, baled out, POW
63.
15.8.1944
12:28
P-51 3./JG 26 SE Dreux / Mustang of 19 Sqn RAF
64.
22.8.1944
12:35
Auster 3./JG 26 Mantes-Les Andelys
65.
17.9.1944
17:51
Spitfire 3./JG 26 Nijmegen
66.
21.9.1944
17:17
C-47 3./JG 26 Nijmegen / Dakota of 38 or 46 Gp, RAF
67.
21.9.1944
17:18
C-47 3./JG 26 Nijmegen / Dakota of 38 or 46 Gp, RAF
68.
21.9.1944
17:19
C-47 3./JG 26 W of Arnhem / Dakota of 38 or 46 Gp, RAF
69.
21.9.1944
17:20
C-47 3./JG 26 W of Arnhem / Dakota of 38 or 46 Gp, RAF
70.
23.9.1944
16:50
P-51 3./JG 26 Goch / P-51 of 339 FG, USAAF
71.
25.2.1945
8:25
P-47 3./JG 26 SE Köln / P-47 of 339 FG, USAAF

Victories : 71
Awards : Ehrenpokal (11 August 1941)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (9 April 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (19 September 1942)
Units : JG 3, JG 26, JGr Ost, JV 44

Home