Joachim Schlichting
Major
 
Joachim Schlichting

    Joachim Schlichting was born on 1 February 1914 at Kassel. Schlichting was Staffelkapitän of 2. Staffel of J 88 of the Condor Legion, supporting the Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War, from 6 September 1937 to 28 May 1938. Oberleutnant Schlichting recorded five victories during the conflict and was awarded the Spanienkreuz in Gold mit Schwertern und Brillanten for his achievements. On 1 November 1938, Schlichting was appointed Staffelkapitän of 3.(J)/LG 2. He led the unit during the Polish campaign. Schlichting was appointed Geschwader Adjutant of JG 27 on 1 November 1939. He served in this role until 31 January 1940. On 1 February 1940, Schlichting was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 1. He led the unit during the French campaign, gaining two victories. On 5 July, I./JG 1 was redesignated III./JG 27. Hauptmann Schlichting led III./JG 27 into the Battle of Britain. He gained a further victory in the aerial battles over England, when he shot down a RAF Spitfire fighter near Portland on 25 July 1940 to record his eighth, and last, victory. Schlichting was shot down over the Thames in Bf 109 E-4 (W.Nr. 1380) in aerial combat with RAF Spitfire fighters on 6 September 1940. He baled out of his stricken machine with severe burns and wounds. He was to spend the remainder the war as a prisoner of war. Schlichting was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 14 December in recognition of his outstanding execution of escort tasks and his unselfish renouncement of his own combat successes. Schlichting died on 7 July 1982 at Basel in Switzerland.
    Joachim Schlichting was credited with eight victories. He recorded five victories during the Spanish Civil War.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
23.9.1937
-
I-16 2./J 88 Spain
2
29.11.1937
-
I-16 2./J 88 Spain
3
7.2.1938
-
I-16 2./J 88 Spain
4
21.2.1938
-
I-16 2./J 88 Spain
5
10.3.1938
-
I-16 2./J 88 Spain
6
12.5.1940
-
Blenheim I./JG 1 Maastricht area
7
6.6.1940
-
LeO 45 I./JG 1 Roye
8
25.7.1940
12:20
Spitfire III./JG 27 S Portland

Victories : 8
Awards : Ritterkreuz (14 December 1940)
Units : J 88, LG 2, JG 1, JG 27

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