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  Squadrons: Aufklärungsgeschwader 51 'Immelmann'

Losses & Ejections
[1959 - Present]
 

Please note that for the next few weeks losses where there was no ejection will be listed - mainly for the purpose of ensuring that I have listed all known losses with aircraft fitted with ejection seats and not omitted any ejections

 

 

Max Immelman
Pour le Mérite
Der Adler von Lille
15 victories

21st September 1890 - 18th June 1916

AG51 became operational in July 1959

Became "Immelmann" on 21 April 1961

AG51 was disbanded along with  AG52 during 1993
AG51 was  re-established on 1st January 1994 at Schleswig-Jagel

If you have any amendments or additional information [including photographs of aircrew or aircraft]  concerning Losses and Ejections associated with AG 51 please contact me mbenshar@aol.com

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
3rd August 1959
GAF
??   AG 51
'Immelmann'
       
8th November 1962
GAF
RF-84F
Thunderflash
EA+113
53-7697

AG 51
'Immelmann'
       
30th March 1963
GAF
T-33A EA+399
AG 51
'Immelmann'
       
30th March 1963
GAF
RF-84F
Thunderflash
EA+244
53-7668

AG 51
'Immelmann'
       
21st April 1964
GAF
RF-84F
Thunderflash
EA+111
53-7680

AG 51
'Immelmann'
       
21st April 1964
GAF
RF-84F
Thunderflash
EB+232
52-7291

AG 51
'Immelmann'
       
11th May 1964
GAF
RF-104G
Starfighter
EA+233
8142   
AG 51
'Immelmann'
Engine failure. Taking off from Manching Capt. Norbert Senger ejected successfully    
26th November 1964
GAF
RF-84F
Thunderflash
EA+331
53-7645
AG 51
'Immelmann'
       
12th November 1964
GAF
 F‑104G
Starfighter
EA+115
8126

AG 51
'Immelmann'
Engine caught fire and failed during an approach into Manching Air Base Major Charles Leamard (USAF) ejected safely    
19th March 1965
GAF
 RF‑104G
Starfighter
EA+243
8155

AG 51
'Immelmann'
Kautbeuren Air Base
 aircraft collided with trees during a low level reconnaissance flight over the air base Fw Hans Prams
killed
   
23rd March 1965
GAF
RF-84F
Thunderflash
EA+340
53-7655

AG 51
'Immelmann'
       
23rd April 1965
GAF
F-104G
Starfighter
EA+108
8108
AG 51
'Immelmann'
Engine failure following lightning strike near Aich, Vilsbiburg Flt Sgt Josef Heidler ejected successfully    
13th June 1965
GAF
FwP 149D
"Piggi"
EA+392 AG 51
'Immelmann'
       
22nd June 1965
GAF
RF-104G
Starfighter
EA+120
8136

AG 51
'Immelmann'
Gear raising problems after take‑off at Laon Air Base, France. Stalled, crashed near Laon, France Hptm Heinz Hartung killed,    
23rd August 1965
GAF
RF-104G
Starfighter
EA+126
8171

AG 51
'Immelmann'
Manching Air Base
During a formation take‑off at  the aircraft became uncontrollable after lift‑off due to a stabilizer malfunction; the aircraft hit the runway and exploded  Olt Lothar Kroll
killed
   
21st March 1966
GAF
F-104G
Starfighter
EB+112
8210

AG 51
'Immelmann'
Loss of control, entered spin during test flight, crashed near Gerolsbach Capt. Peter Hell ejected successfully    
13th June 1966
GAF
RF-104G
Starfighter
EA+107
AG 51
'Immelmann'
Mid air collision during low level navigational training in the Netherlands Olt Manfred Hippel
killed
   
13th June 1966
GAF
RF-104G
Starfighter
EA+248
AG 51
'Immelmann'
Olt Dietmar Treppe
killed
   
  Can anyone confirm crew to aircraft serial ??
8th June 1967
GAF
RF-104G
Starfighter
EA+252
6627
AG 51
'Immelmann'
Loss of engine power, nozzle failure during approach into Manching AB, crashed near Ingolstadt Sgt Reinhold Mast ejected successfully    
22nd August 1968
GAF
RF-104G
Starfighter
21+05
AG 51
'Immelmann'
Manching Air Base
Lost in fire on ground during refuelling maintenance. Both damaged beyond repair no occupant    
22nd August 1968
GAF
RF-104G
Starfighter
24+14 AG 51
'Immelmann'
Manching Air Base
no occupant    
19th March 1970
GAF
RF-104G
Starfighter
24+32
8175    

AG 51
'Immelmann'
Loss of control, crashed near Engen [Singen ??] Confirm 1st Lt Werner Frey ejected successfully
[see next entry]
   
5th May 1970
GAF
RF-104G
Starfighter
23+93
AG 51
'Immelmann'
Collided with ground during low level navigational training near Fritzlar 1st Lt Werner Frey killed
[see previous entry]
 
4th March 1971
GAF
RF-104G
Starfighter
 24+37
8180   

AG 51
'Immelmann'
Crashed after heavy landing (at Memmingen A/D) near Stephansried 1st Lt Dieter Nickolay ejected successfully    
15th September 1972
GAF
RF-104G
Starfighter
EB+121
24+73

AG 51
'Immelmann'
       
Further information required - Can anyone confirm loss or damage to 24+73
11th July 1977
GAF
RF-4E
Phantom II
35+15
AG 51
'Immelmann'
      Martin-Baker
Major M. Wassel
ejected
Major W. Rauch
ejected
Martin-Baker
14th July 1977
GAF
RF-4E
Phantom II
35+16
AG 51
'Immelmann'
       
     
11th April 1979
GAF
RF-4E
Phantom II
35+45
AG 51
'Immelmann'
       
     
18th March 1985
GAF
RF-4E
Phantom II
35+27
AG 51
'Immelmann'
      Martin-Baker
1.Lt. E. Siegmann
ejected
1.Lt. E. Quintus
ejected
Martin-Baker
6th June 1986
GAF
RF-4E
Phantom II
35+81

AG 51
'Immelmann'
      Martin-Baker
Major J. Kupsch
ejected
V. Nass
ejected
Martin-Baker
1st January 1994 AG51 was  re-established on  at Schleswig-Jagel from the former AG51 & AG52
28th April 1996
GAF
Tornado 43+83
AG 51
'Immelmann'
Crashed at Goose Bay, Canada Skidded off wet runway during a high speed taxi run, overturned and caught fire      
OK OK  
12th September 2003
GAF
Tornado IDS 43+47
AG 51
'Immelmann'
       
     
21st April 2004
GAF

                                                                                                   
Tornado

 IDS

44+24

OR

45+18

 

               
 
  Martin-Baker
Pilot Colonel Helmar Storm ejected at 5000 metres lieutenant colonel Bert Bert-Ullrich Schmidt ejected at 5000 metres Martin-Baker
21st April 2004
GAF
Tornado IDS 44+24

OR

45+18


AG 51
'Immelmann'
Jagel
Two German Air Force Tornado jets both from the same squadron collided in mid-air above the St Peter-Ording beach resort on the North Sea at an altitude of 5000 metres Martin-Baker
Major Arndt Freiberger ejected but did not survive First Lieutenant Sebastian Schulz ejected but did not survive Martin-Baker
Can anyone confirm who was in which aircraft ???
28th April 2007
GAF
Tornado IDS  
AG 51
'Immelmann'
       
     
Can anyone confirm this loss or damaged aircraft ??
 
GAF
             

 

Ejection Seat Related Patches

page last updated
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 18:28

 

While flying a photographic plane on June 3, 1915, a French Farman shot him down

On August 1, ten British B.E.2c's bombed their Douai aerodrome. Boelcke and Immelman went after the departing Englishmen, but Boelcke's gun jammed after he had fired a few rounds. He landed to fix it and saw Immelmann attack the B.E.2's. Immelmann dived and fired, first at one plane, and then another. One started into a steep glide and Immelmann tailed it all the way to the ground. His gunfire had broken the pilot's elbow and forced him to land. On the ground, Immelmann approached the British pilot. They shook hands and Immelmann informed the Englishman that he was a prisoner. For this exploit, Max received the Iron Cross, First Class.

Immelmann scored again on September 9 and 21. But on the 23rd a French Farman shot up Max's plane, holing the fuel tank and destroying the landing gear. Somehow Immelmann survived and soon scored his fourth victory, a B.E.2c downed over Lille. His fifth a British biplane over Arras. On November 7, another B.E.2c for his sixth kill, and on December 5, his seventh claim, a Morane. By this time, the German press was idolizing him, Der Adler von Lille.

Der Adler von Lille

In the fall of 1915, Immelmann and Boelcke carried on a friendly rivalry, matching each other, victory for victory. Neither was a fancy flier. Immelmann wrote, "I do not employ tricks when I attack." In none of his writings does he refer to the half-loop, half-roll that bears his name. One source even suggested that Allied pilots used this maneuver to get away from Immelmann.

Aerial combat in the winter of 1915-16 was primitive and personal. On a mission over Lille, pilot Captain O'Hara Wood and gunner/observer Ira Jones, flying a BE-2c, had been warned of Immelman's presence in that sctor. While gunner Jones had a Lewis gun, there were four different mounts for it; he had to lift the machine gun from one to the other when needed. A Fokker monoplane came after them, and quickly maneuvered into the BE-2c's blind spot: low and behind. Desperately, gunner Jones picked his Lewis gun up and fired it while holding it in his hands. The recoil of the heavy weapon and the violent movement of the airplane made him lose his grip, and it fell out of the plane. The two British fliers expected the worst, but the Fokker flew off, out of ammunition. Later Captain Wood informed Jones that their opponent had been the famous Max Immelmann, whom he had recognized by his skillful flying.

On January 12, 1916, Immelmann and Boelcke both scored their eighth victories, prompting their decoration with the Blue Max.

While Fokker's monoplanes had permitted Immelmann and Boelcke to excel, the other German aircraft builders had not been idle. Halberstadt and Albatros introduced competing planes. To keep up, Fokker mounted three Spandau machine guns on an Eindekker and installed a more powerful 100 HP engine. This was the E-III. In April, Max tested the E-III, but the interrupter gear couldn't handle three guns and the prop was blasted to bits. Fokker then tried two guns, but in late May, Immelmann "shot himself down" again.

On June 18, Immelmann engaged some FE-2b's of RFC Squadron 25. According to British accounts, gunfire from an FE-2 piloted by Lt. G.R. McCubbin and gunned by Cpl. J. H. Waller hit Immelmann's Fokker and it dived into the ground. Perhaps the notion that a lowly two-seater FE-2 had brought down their leading ace, the Germans announced that he had been downed by anti-aircraft fire. This explanation also suited Tony Fokker, who filed a report noting that "the fuselage had been shot in two by shrapnel fire."