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Archive Report: Axis Forces
1914-1918   1935-1945

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Johann Aistleitner JG26 Fighter Pilot
Johann Aistleitner: Fighter Pilot over Western Front


Jagdgeschwader 26 Schlageter was a Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II. It operated mainly in Western Europe against Great Britain, France and the United States but also saw service against Russia. It was named after Albert Leo Schlageter, a World War I veteran and Freikorps member arrested and executed by the French for sabotage in 1923.

Commanders of II. Gruppe JG 26

Hptm. Werner Palm, 1 May 1939 – 27 June 1939
Hptm Herwig Knüppel, 28 June 1939 – 19 May 1940
Hptm Karl Ebbighausen, 20 May 1940 – 31 May 1940
Hptm. Erich Noack, 1 June 1940 – 24 July 1940
Hptm Karl Ebbighausen, 25 July 1940 – 16 August 1940
Hptm Erich Bode, 17 August 1940 – 3.10.40
Hptm Walter Adolph, 4 October 1940 – 18 September 1941
Hptm Joachim Müncheberg, 19 September 1941 – 21 July 1942
Hptm Conny Meyer, 22 July 1942 – 2 January 1943
Maj Wilhelm-Ferdinand Galland, 3 January 43 – 17 August 1943
Hptm Hans Naumann, 18 August 1943 – 8 September 1943
ObLt Johannes Seifert, 9 September 1943 – 25 November 1943
Maj Wilhelm Gäth, 26 November 1943 – 1 March 1944
Hptm Hans Naumann, 2 March 1944 – 28 June 1944
Hptm Emil Lang, 29 June 1944 – 3 September 1944Hptm Georg-Peter Eder, 4 September 1944 – 8 October 1944
Maj Anton Hackl, 9 October 1944 – 29 January 45
ObLt Waldemar Radener, 30 January 1945 – 22 February 1945
Hptm Paul Schauder, 23 February 1945 – 1 May 1945

Johann Aistleitner (born on 8 March 1921 at Salzburg, died 14 January 1944 Montdidier-Ersheu, France). He joined the Luftwaffe on 23 November 1939 and started flying training with Flieger-Ausbildungs-Regiment 62 at Quedlinburg. Oberfähnrich Aistleitner was posted to the JG 26 Ergänzungsstaffel to complete his flying training. 

Aistleitner was posted to 1./JG 26 on 1 May 1941. He gained his first victory on 17 June, when he shot down a RAF Spitfire fighter near Boulogne. On 3 May, Leutnant Aistleitner transferred to the Stabstaffel of III./JG 26. By the end of 1942, Aistleitner had increased his victory total to 11. During September 1943, he left JG 26 for a tour as an instructor and Staffelkapitän with Jagdgruppe West.

Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 26 Hptm. Josef Priller (below) explaining a dogfight to his wingmann Lt. Johann Aistleitner. On the rudder of Priller`s Fw 190 A-2 (W.Nr. 5310) “<< + I” are seventy-three victory bars. June, 1942.

He was recalled in early December and appointed a Staffelkapitän with 5./JG 26. On 11 January 1944, he claimed two USAAF B-17 four-engine bombers shot down over the Zuider See to record his 13th and 14th, and last, victories. Hauptmann Aistleitner was shot down and killed in his Fw 190A-6 (W.Nr. 530 734) “White 9” near Montdidier-Ercheu, France on 14 January 1944 in aerial combat with P-47 fighters of the 4th Fighter Group, USAAF

    Johann Aistleitner was credited with 14 victories. All his victories were recorded over the Western front and included two four-engine bombers. 

17/06/1941 1 JG 26 Hurricane NW Boulogne 19.47 Western Front
08/07/1941 1 JG 26 Spitfire 10km NW Cap Gris Nez: 1200m 6.4 Western Front
23/07/1941 1 JG 26 Spitfire 10km N. Gravelines-Calais 14 Western Front
21/08/1941 1 JG 26 Spitfire zw. Calais-Cap Blanc Nez: 200m 10.3 Western Front
28/02/1942 1 JG 26 Spitfire 20km NE Margate - Western Front
26/04/1942 1 JG 26 Spitfire 10-15km NW Cap Gris Nez 14.35 Western Front
17/05/1942 Stab III. JG 26 Spitfire 15km NW Calais 11.53 Western Front
01/06/1942 Stab III. JG 26 Spitfire - 13.51 Western Front
01/06/1942 Stab III. JG 26 Spitfire - 18.43 Western Front
27/08/1942 Stab III. JG 26 Spitfire 15km NE Cap Gris Nez: 3000m 15.11 Western Front
03/02/1943 8 JG 26 Hudson NW Gravelines: 2000m 15.27 Western Front
11/01/1944 5 JG 26 B-17 Zuider Zee 13.2 Western Front
11/01/1944 5 JG 26 B-17 Zuider Zee: 5500m 13.27 Western Front

Researched by Gregor Winter

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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