Hauptmann Hans-Jürgen Hepe
Hans-Jürgen Hepe was born on 30 October 1912.
He took part in the Spanish Civil War as a member of the Legion Condor.
On 12 February1937, the Kapitän of 1.J/88, Hauptmann Werner Palm (He 51B-1), and Unteroffizier Hepe (He 51B-1) were both shot down in flames by I-16s over the Jarama area after that Hepe had claimed an I-16 (claimed as a ‘Boeing’). Although both men were wounded, they were able to use their parachutes to jump to safety, landing in Nationalist territory.
Hepe ended the Spanish Civil War with 1 biplane victory.
He continued to serve during the Second World War, initially in JG 2.
Around 30 March 1940, Oberleutnant Hepe was appointed as Staffelkapitän of 1./JG 2.
On 16 May, he was posted to 5./JG 2
He was appointed as Staffelkapitän of 4./JG 2 on 28 October and remained there until 17 May 1942.
On 2 July 1941, he was shot down with wounds during aerial combat 1 km southwest of Cassel but bailed out successfully.
On 1 April 1942, he was promoted to Hauptmann.
Hepe served as Staffelkapitän of 1./JG 2 from 31 July 1942 until he was shot down by B-17s on 29 May 1943. He bailed out, wounded, in the vicinity of Langan.
He did not return to combat after this.
On 25 June, he was awarded the Ehrenpokal.
He left the command of 1./JG 2 on 30 June 1943.
He was the Kommandeur of I./JGr 105 from September 1943 until 15 September 1944.
In December 1944 he joined I./JG 400.
Hepe ended the war with 1 biplane victory and a total of 14.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||12/02/37||1||I-16 (a)||Destroyed||Heinkel He 51B-1||Jarama area||1.J/88|
|2||16/05/40||15:03||1||Hurricane||Destroyed||Bf 109E||Mons||5./JG 2|
|3||18/05/40||12:50||1||Hurricane||Destroyed||Bf 109E||Antwerpen||5./JG 2|
|4||06/04/41||13:40||1||Blenheim||Destroyed||Bf 109||6km N Plouestat||4./JG 2|
|5||21/06/41||16:45||1||Spitfire (b)||Destroyed||Bf 109||Boulogne-Hardelot||4./JG 2|
|6||21/06/41||16:47||1||Spitfire (b)||Destroyed||Bf 109||Boulogne-Hardelot||4./JG 2|
|7||23/06/41||20:19||1||Blenheim (c)||Destroyed||Bf 109||4./JG 2|
|8||23/06/41||20:19||1||Spitfire (c)||Destroyed||Bf 109||4./JG 2|
|9||02/07/41||12:55||1||Spitfire (d)||Destroyed||Bf 109||4./JG 2|
|10||13/10/41||1||Spitfire||Destroyed||Bf 109||4./JG 2|
|11||19/08/42||12:25||1||Spitfire||Destroyed||Bf 109||5km N Dieppe: 500m||1./JG 2|
|12||08/09/42||14:37||1||Spitfire||Destroyed||Bf 109||1./JG 2|
|13||16/04/43||13:46||1||Spitfire||Destroyed||Bf 109||2km SW Plouguin: 7000 [Finistère]||1./JG 2|
|14||01/05/43||14:45||1||B-17||Destroyed||Bf 109||20km N St. Brieuc: 0-5m||1./JG 2|
Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 14 destroyed.
(a) Claimed as a ‘Boeing’.
(b) Claimed during RAF No. 11 Group Circus 17.
(c) Claimed during RAF No. 11 Group Circus 20.
(d) Claimed during RAF No. 11 Group Circus 29.
Aces of the Legion Condor – Robert Forsyth, 2011 Osprey Publishing, Oxford, ISBN 978-1-84908-347-8
Aces of the Luftwaffe
The Legion Condor - Karl Ries and Hans Ring, 1992 Schiffer Publishing, ISBN 0-88740-339-5
The Luftwaffe, 1933-45
Additional information kindly provided by Johannes Matthews.