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Airmen of Greek Origin Who Flew during WWII


Luftwaffe
NAME                    VICTORIES             AIRFORCE   UNITS

Ioannides, Ernst von        6 *               Luftwaffe  7./JG 27, 9./JG 53, 5./JG 1
Kanaris, Robert von         5 **              Luftwaffe  3./JG 1, 13./JG 3
Mamais, Nikolaos            0         (+14 U) Luftwaffe  JG 2

Comments:
U : unconfirmed victory
 
* Greek researcher Dimitrios Vassilopoulos mentions, that Ernst von Ioannides shot down 5 enemy aircrafts. Tonny Wood on his pages Tony Wood's Combat Claims & Casualty Lists (http://www.lesbutler.ip3.co.uk/tony/tonywood.htm) noted 6 confirmed kills in total. Alan Magnus mentions the same sum on his pages Air Aces Home Page (http://users.accesscomm.ca/magnusfamily/airaces1.htm). In addition both of them mention the same name - Ernst von Johannides. However it's clear it is the same person. Some older resources assign only 4 confirmed kills to Ernst von Ioannides (Prien, J.: "Pik-As" - Geschichte des Jagdgeschwader 53 Teil 3, Struve Druck 1991. Prien, J. - Rodeike, P.: Jagdgeschwaders 1 und 11 - Teil 3 1944-1945, Struve Druck 1995. Prien, J. - Rodeike, P. - Stemmer, G.: Messerschmitt Bf109 im Einsatz bei der III. und IV./ Jagdgeschwader 27, Struve Druck, 1995).
** Von Kanaris, pilot of 3./JG1, is alleged with one confirmed kill (Tony Wood's Combat Claims & Casualty Lists, c.d.). Robert Kanaris (Robert Canaris), pilot of 13./JG3, is alleged with four confirmed kills in total (Tony Wood's Combat Claims & Casualty Lists, c.d., Prien, J. - Stemmer, G.: IV./Jagdgeschwader 3, Chronik einer Jagdgruppe 1943 - 1945, Struve Druck 1996, p. 361, 363). Greek researcher Dimitrios Vassilopoulos thinks that it is the same person. That would mean that Robert von Kanaris got five confirmed kills in total.

1) 7./Jagdgeschwader 27, 9./Jagdgeschwader 53, 5./Jagdgeschwader 1 - Luftwaffe
2) 3./Jagdgeschwader 1, 13./Jagdgeschwader 3 - Luftwaffe
3) Jagdgeschwader 2 - Luftwaffe
Jagdgeschwader 1 Jagdgeschwader 2 Jagdgeschwader 3
Jagdgeschwader 1 Jagdgeschwader 2 Jagdgeschwader 3
Jagdgeschwader 27 7./Jagdgeschwader 27 Jagdgeschwader 53
Jagdgeschwader 27 7./Jagdgeschwader 27 Jagdgeschwader 53

Much information kindly provided by Dimitrios Vassilopoulos and Nicholas Tselepidis.

Sources & Literature
  1. Researcher Kiriakos Paloulian
  2. Researcher Nicholas Tselepidis.
  3. Researcher Dimitrios Vassilopoulos.
  4. Paloulian, K.: Greeks in Foreighn Cockpit Part F (Fighter Pilots Luftwaffe), War & History magazine, October 2002.
  5. Prien, J.: "Pik-As" - Geschichte des Jagdgeschwader 53 Teil 3, Struve Druck 1991.
  6. Prien, J. - Rodeike, P.: Jagdgeschwaders 1 und 11 - Teil 3 1944-1945, Struve Druck 1995.
  7. Prien, J. - Rodeike, P. - Stemmer, G.: Messerschmitt Bf109 im Einsatz bei der III. und IV./ Jagdgeschwader 27, Struve Druck, 1995.
  8. Prien, J, - Stemmer, G.: IV./Jagdgeschwader 3, Chronik einer Jagdgruppe 1943 - 1945, Struve Druck 1996.
  9. Prien, J. - Stemmer, G. - Rodeike, P. - Bock W.: Die Jagdfliegerverbände der Deutschen Luftwaffe 1934 bis 1945 - Teil 5 Heimatverteidigung 10. Mai 1940 bis 31. Dezember 1941/ Einsatz im Mittelmeerraum Oktober 1940 bis November 1941/ Einsatz im Westen 22. Juni bis 31. Dezember 1941/ Die Ergänzungsjagdgruppen Einsatz 1941 bis zur Auflösung Anfang 1942, Struve Druck, 2003.
  10. Prien, J. - Stemmer, G. - Rodeike, P. - Bock, W.: Die Jagdfliegerverbände der Deutschen Luftwaffe 1934 bis 1945 - Teil 6 Tielband II Unternehmen "Barbarossa" Einsatz im Osten 22.6. bis 05.12.1941, Struve Druck 2003.
  11. Gleize, Jean-Paul: Aces, http://jpgleize.perso.neuf.fr/aces/homeaces.htm.
  12. Holm, Michael: The Luftwaffe 1933-1945, http://www.ww2.dk/
  13. Wood, Tony: Tony Wood's Combat Claims & Casualty Lists, http://www.lesbutler.ip3.co.uk/tony/tonywood.htm.
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    - Eastern Front [Ostfront] July-December 1943 Issue I
    - Eastern Front [Ostfront] July-December 1944 Issue I
    - Reich, West & Südfront August-December 1944 Issue No. 1

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