Josef "Pepi" Jennewein
Leutnant

Josef Jennewein

    Josef “Pepi” Jennewein was born on 21 November 1919 at St Anton in the Tyrolean Alps, Austria. He was one of the best skiers in the international circuit, having won the world combined championship in 1939 and the world combined and downhill championships in 1941. Jennewein began his flight training in 1940 and upon its completion he was transferred to 4.(Eins)/JFS 5 based on the Channel Front in summer 1941. On his fourth combat mission, on 20 September 1941, he claimed his first victories over three Spitfire fighters. After claiming two further Spitfires on 15 October, Jennewein was transferred to 2./JG 51 on the Eastern Front. By the end of July 1942, when he was posted to serve as a flight instructor, he had added 12 Russian aircraft to his tally. He returned to 2./JG 51 before the end of the year. In a surprising sequence of multiple victories, Jennewein downed four Russian aircraft on 18 January (22-26), five on 23 February (32-36) and seven on 24 February (37-43) for which he was awarded the Ehrenpokal on 1 March 1943. He claimed his 45th victory on 10 March and received the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold on 12 April 1943. On 6 May he recorded five Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack aircraft shot down (49-53). He claimed 23 victories in July 1943, including five on 21 July (77-81). On 27 July, after aerial combat east of Orel, Oberfeldwebel Jennewein force-landed his Fw 190 A-6 “Black 7” (W.Nr. 550 181) behind Russian lines, never being seen again. He was promoted in absentia to Leutnant and awarded the Ritterkreuz posthumously on 5 December 1943.
    Josef “Pepi” Jennewein flew 271 missions in claiming 86 victories, of which five were on the Western Front and 81 on the Eastern Front, including 29 Il-2 Sturmoviks.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
20.9.1941
-
Spitfire 4.(Eins)/JFS 5 NW Fécamp
2
20.9.1941
-
Spitfire 4.(Eins)/JFS 5 NW Fécamp
3
20.9.1941
-
Spitfire 4.(Eins)/JFS 5 NW Fécamp
4
15.10.1941
-
Spitfire 4.(Eins)/JFS 5 Le Havre
5
15.10.1941
-
Blenheim 4.(Eins)/JFS 5 Le Havre
6-20
??.?.1942
-
14 victories 2./JG 51 -
?
11.7.1942
6:00
MiG-3 2./JG 51 44 234: at 1.500m
21
16.1.1943
8:15
MiG-3 2./JG 51 17 712: tiefflug
22
18.1.1943
8:01
Pe-2 2./JG 51 07 741: at 2.000m
23
18.1.1943
8:02
Pe-2 2./JG 51 07 741: at 2.000m
24
18.1.1943
8:03
Pe-2 2./JG 51 07 743: at 2.000m
25
18.1.1943
8:05
Pe-2 2./JG 51 07 783: at 2.000m
26
18.1.1943
8:06
Pe-2 2./JG 51 07 793: at 1.500m
27
27.1.1943
9:15
MiG-3 2./JG 51 17 724: tiefflug
28
30.1.1943
8:40
Pe-2 2./JG 51 63 151: at 1.500m
29
22.2.1943
5:51
LaGG-5 2./JG 51 64 473: at 1.000m
30
22.2.1943
6:06
Il-2 2./JG 51 64 611: at 200m
31
22.2.1943
6:20
Il-2 2./JG 51 64 612: at 50m
32
23.2.1943
10:40
Pe-2 2./JG 51 44 292: at 1.800m
33
23.2.1943
10:42
Pe-2 2./JG 51 54 123: at 1.500m
34
23.2.1943
10:45
Pe-2 2./JG 51 54 114: at 1.000m
35
23.2.1943
10:48
Pe-2 2./JG 51 54 111: at 200m
36
23.2.1943
10:55
Pe-2 2./JG 51 54 143: tiefflug
37
24.2.1943
10:41
Il-2 2./JG 51 44 252: tiefflug
38
24.2.1943
10:43
Il-2 2./JG 51 44 251: tiefflug
39
24.2.1943
13:40
LaGG-5 2./JG 51 64 613: at 300m
40
24.2.1943
13:42
Il-2 2./JG 51 64 613: at 100m
41
24.2.1943
13:45
Il-2 2./JG 51 64 611: at 50m
42
24.2.1943
13:51
Il-2 2./JG 51 64 621: at 50m
43
24.2.1943
13:53
Il-2 2./JG 51 64 633: tiefflug
44
9.3.1943
11:10
LaGG-3 2./JG 51 44 223: at 800m
45
10.3.1943
15:55
LaGG-3 2./JG 51 55 713: at 2.000m
46
21.3.1943
16:25
LaGG-5 2./JG 51 45 363: at 50m
47
23.3.1943
11:05
Yak-1 2./JG 51 53 591: at 50m
48
27.3.1943
9:08
Pe-2 2./JG 51 53 484: at 4.500m
49
6.5.1943
13:30
Il-2 2./JG 51 64 762: at 1.100m
50
6.5.1943
13:31
Il-2 2./JG 51 64 762: at 1.500m
51
6.5.1943
13:31
Il-2 2./JG 51 64 762: at 1.800m
52
6.5.1943
13:39
Il-2 2./JG 51 64 844: tiefflug
53
6.5.1943
13:41
Il-2 2./JG 51 64 813: tiefflug
54
8.5.1943
4:30
Pe-2 2./JG 51 54 731: at 4.000m
55
8.5.1943
7:34
Il-2 2./JG 51 63 324: at 50m
56
8.5.1943
7:38
LaGG-5 2./JG 51 63 321: at 200m
57
8.5.1943
7:41
LaGG-5 2./JG 51 63 324: at 150m
58
12.5.1943
8:01
LaGG-5 2./JG 51 63 761: at 800m
59
16.5.1943
4:25
LaGG-3 2./JG 51 63 844: at 4.200m
60
22.5.1943
4:25
P-39 2./JG 51 63 574: at 2.500m
61
30.5.1943
7:25
LaGG-5 1./JG 51 63 553: at 3.000m
62
2.6.1943
4:25
P-39 1./JG 51 63 553: at 3.000m
63
2.6.1943
11:15
LaGG-3 1./JG 51 63 534: at 200m
64
13.7.1943
18:45
LaGG-5 1./JG 51 SE Mtsensk: at 500m
65
13.7.1943
19:00
LaGG-5 1./JG 51 SW Agrinev: at 1.000m
66
14.7.1943
19:20
LaGG-3 1./JG 51 E Galkova: at 1.500m [N Yel'nya]
67
14.7.1943
19:25
LaGG-3 1./JG 51 E Mileyevo: at 50m [Yel'nya]
68
16.7.1943
7:10
LaGG-5 1./JG 51 NW Laryninskij: at 2.500m
69
17.7.1943
8:50
LaGG-3 2./JG 51 54 275: at 50m
70
17.7.1943
16:30
LaGG-5 2./JG 51 55 858: at 50m
71
17.7.1943
19:00
LaGG-3 2./JG 51 54 642: at 2.000m
72
18.7.1943
14:32
Il-2 2./JG 51 54 812: at 500m
73
18.7.1943
14:34
Il-2 2./JG 51 54 643: at 300m
74
19.7.1943
9:30
LaGG-5 2./JG 51 64 881: at 800m
75
20.7.1943
14:40
LaGG-3 2./JG 51 64 864: at 3.000m
76
20.7.1943
14:50
LaGG-3 2./JG 51 64 876: at 3.000m
77
21.7.1943
13:25
Il-2 2./JG 51 63 164: at 200m
78
21.7.1943
13:27
Il-2 2./JG 51 63 165: at 200m
79
21.7.1943
13:28
Il-2 2./JG 51 63 243: at 200m
80
21.7.1943
13:29
Il-2 2./JG 51 63 247: at 200m
81
21.7.1943
13:30
LaGG-3 2./JG 51 63 251: at 300m
82
24.7.1943
13:30
Il-2 2./JG 51 63 271: at 100m
83
26.7.1943
10:38
Il-2 2./JG 51 63 145: at 150m
84
26.7.1943
10:44
Il-2 2./JG 51 53 296: tiefstflug
85
26.7.1943
11:10
LaGG-5 2./JG 51 63 189: at 100m
86
27.7.1943
11:25
Il-2 2./JG 51 54 464: tiefstflug

Victories : 86
Awards : Ehrenpokal (1 March 1943)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (12 April 1943)
                Ritterkreuz (5 December 1943)
Units : JFS 5, JG 51

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