Johannes Wiese, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Johannes Wiese

German flying ace

Date of Birth: 07-May-1915

Place of Birth: Wrocław, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland

Date of Death: 16-Aug-1991

Profession: military personnel

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About Johannes Wiese

  • Johannes Wiese (7 March 1915 – 16 August 1991) was a German Luftwaffe pilot during World War II, a fighter ace credited with 133 enemy aircraft shot down in 480 combat missions.
  • He claimed all of his victories over the Eastern Front, including over 50 Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik ground attack aircraft. Born in Breslau, Wiese volunteered for military service in the Reichswehr of the Third Reich in 1934.
  • Initially serving in the Heer (Army), he transferred to the Luftwaffe (Air Force) in 1936.
  • Following flight training, he was posted to Jagdgeschwader 52 (JG 52—52nd Fighter Wing) in June 1941 just prior to Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union.
  • He claimed his first aerial victory on 23 September 1941.
  • On 26 June 1942, Wiese was appointed Staffelkapitän (squadron leader) of the 2.
  • Staffel (2nd squadron) of JG 52 and received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 5 January 1943 following his 53rd aerial victory.
  • On 11 May 1943, Wiese was tasked with the leadership of I.
  • Gruppe (1st group) of JG 52 and was officially appointed its Gruppenkommandeur (group commander) on 13 November 1943.
  • Following his 133rd aerial victory, he received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves on 2 March 1944. In October 1944, Wiese was posted to the Geschwaderstab (headquarters unit) of Jagdgeschwader 77 (JG 77—77th Fighter Wing) in Defense of the Reich and on 7 November 1944, he was appointed its Geschwaderkommodore (wing commander).
  • After the war in 1956 he joined the Bundeswehr and worked for the Military History Research Office.
  • He retired on 10 November 1970 holding the rank of Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant Colonel).
  • Wiese died on 16 August 1991 in Kirchzarten and was buried in Berlin-Nikolassee.

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