Helmut Meckel
Oberleutnant

Helmut Meckel

    Helmut Meckel was born on 23 August 1917 at München. In October 1935, he was serving with an artillery regiment. He transferred as a Leutnant to the Luftwaffe in spring 1939. At the outbreak of World War 2, Meckel was serving with JG 3. Leutnant Meckel was assigned to 1./JG 3. He recorded his first victory during the Battle of France on 7 June 1940, when he shot down a RAF Hurricane fighter near Abbeville. On 16 September 1940, Meckel was appointed Staffelkapitän of 2./JG 3. He raised his victory total to nine during the Battle of Britain. On 24 August, Meckel was fired at when he approached a Do 18 twin-engine flying boat. His Bf 109 E-3 (W.Nr. 1649) was hit in the radiator necessitating a forced-landing at Calais airfield. On 5 February 1941, Meckel shot down two Spitfire fighters near St Omer to record his 10th and 11th victories. Meckel led 2./JG 3 during the invasion of Russia. The unit was mainly involved in low-level attacks against Soviet airfields, vehicle columns and troop concentrations as well as railway targets. Consequently it had fewer opportunities to engage in aerial combat. However, Meckel managed to record 14 victories during the early weeks in Russia. On 27 July, following a low-level attack on Adamay airfield led by Oberleutnant Meckel, 2./JG 3 reported 20 enemy aircraft destroyed on the ground by bombing. The next day, it claimed 10 to 12 destroyed in an attack on an airfield near Kurowice. On 2 July, 2./JG 3 were performing another fighter-bomber mission when it was intercepted by Russian fighters forcing them to jettison their bombs. In the ensuing combat, Meckel’s Bf 109 F-2 (W.Nr. 5472) was hit by enemy fire, which damaged the retraction mechanism of one undercarraige leg. Meckel was lucky and executed a successful one-wheel landing at his home base. On 15 July 1941, Meckel was removed from front line duties suffering an illness. He returned to Germany for treatment. Oberleutnant Meckel was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 12 August for 25 victories. In 1942, Meckel was an instructor at the Luftkriegsschule at Berlin-Gatow. In early 1943, he was transferred to the staff of JG 77 based in North Africa. On 8 May 1943, Meckel was killed in a flying accident at Korbous-East in Bf 108 B-1 (W.Nr. 3073) with four others during the evacuation of Tunisia.
    Helmut Meckel was credited with 25 victories. He recorded 11 victories over the Western front.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location
1
7.6.1940
-
Hurricane 1./JG 3 Abbeville
2
18.8.1940
-
Hurricane 1./JG 3 -
3
16.8.1940
-
Spitfire 1./JG 3 -
4
28.8.1940
-
Hurricane 1./JG 3 SE Cambridge
5
7.9.1940
-
Spitfire 1./JG 3 -
6
7.9.1940
-
Spitfire 1./JG 3 -
7
18.9.1940
-
Hurricane 1./JG 3 S London
8
5.10.1940
-
Hurricane 1./JG 3 Canterbury
9
7.10.1940
-
Spitfire 1./JG 3 Thames Estuary
10
5.2.1941
-
Spitfire 2./JG 3 1km NW St Omer
11
5.2.1941
-
Spitfire 2./JG 3 5km NW St Omer
12
22.6.1941
8:30
I-16 2./JG 3 Grodek
13
23.6.1941
6:00
Il-4 2./JG 3 S Wlodzimierz
14
23.6.1941
6:05
Il-4 2./JG 3 S Wlodzimierz
15
25.6.1941
10:55
I-153 2./JG 3 W Pawlow
16
2.7.1941
12:35
Il-4 2./JG 3 30km E Korzec
17
2.7.1941
12:40
Il-4 2./JG 3 E Korzec
18
5.7.1941
-
I-153 2./JG 3 -
19
8.7.1941
17:25
Il-4 2./JG 3 N Kotelanka
20
8.7.1941
17:30
Il-4 2./JG 3 S Lipno
21
9.7.1941
5:45
Il-4 2./JG 3 15km SE Gudnow
22
10.7.1941
10:30
Pe-2 2./JG 3 N Fasowka
23
10.7.1941
15:35
I-153 2./JG 3 S Sitniaki
24
11.7.1941
9:50
V-11 2./JG 3 E Kiev
25
11.7.1941
16:30
V-11 2./JG 3 N Kiev

Victories : 25
Awards : Ehrenpokal (December 1940)
                Ritterkreuz (12 August 1941)
Units : JG 3, JG 77

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