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Jagdgeschwader 79 were formed in mid-1940, when Hermann Göring orded an increase in Luftwaffe units ready for the German offensive against Russia. The unit was constructed from the new younger pilot graduates, fresh from pilot school. Sixteen pilots were gifted with the new MesserschmittBf 109F fighters.
When the Germans launched their attack against Russia, JG 79 where deployed in Rumania, ready to support the German armor advance through southern Russia. It was here that the wings fledgling aces began to make themselves known. ___, ___ and ___ all distinguished themselves against the inferior Russians planes, claiming many victories.
In December, 1941, JG79 were deployed in crimea, outside of Sevastopol. Finaly, in June 1942, JG 79 were gifted with the new Focke-Wulf Fw 190-A4 interceptors. The squadron first flew these planes in support of the German forces besieging Sevastopol. After this, JG79 went on to support Operation Edelweiss and Operation Blue.
Loss of Crimea
In 1943 and 1944, the Soviets began their counter attacks, and pushed back the Germans. JG79 were instrumental in the defense of Crimea, participating in the resistance to Kerch-Eltigen Operation and the overall of defense of Crimea.
In May 1944, JG 9 and the rest of the German forces in Crimea withdrew back to Germany.
In defense of the Reich
JG79, now slightly undermanned, flew in defense of Rumania, operating out of Budapest. However, the sheer quantity of soviet aircraft, and the speed of their ground forces, made it difficult for JG 79 to fulfill their objectives.
In early 1945, JG 79, now only consisting of two squadrons, were given the new Focke-Wulf Ta 152H interceptors to engage the high flying Soviet Petlyakov Pe-8 bombers. However, they also were given orders to protect the vunerable Messerschmitt Me 262 fighters of Jagdgeschwader 7, which were operating out of Dresden.
JG 79's victories were few here, with little fuel and ammunition supplies.
In late April, their airfield was overrun and the few remaining pilots of JG 79 were captured.
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