Kampfgeschwader 55 "Greif"

Geschwaderkommodoren:

Stab:

Formed 1.5.39 in Gießen from Stab/KG155. The Stabsstaffel was disbanded on 7.3.42. On 13.11.44 redesignated Stab/KG(J)55.

3.45 ordered to convert to Me 262A, but never received any of the jet fighter. Disbanded 9.4.45.

Bases:

* served under I. Fliegerkorps, 6.42 - 7.42

** the bases Seschtschinskaja and Karatschow was also used.

I. Gruppe:

Gruppenkommandeure:

Formed 1.5.39 in Langendiebach from I./KG155 with:

Stab I./KG55 from Stab I./KG155
1./KG55 from 1./KG155
2./KG55 from 2./KG155
3./KG55 from 3./KG155

On 1.5.43 redesignated III./LG1 and moved to Barth:

Stab I./KG55 became Stab III./LG1
1./KG55 became 7./LG1
2./KG55 became 8./LG1
3./KG55 became 9./LG1

Reformed on the same date in Stalino, from KGrzbV.5:

Stab I./KG55 from Stab/KGrzbV 5
1./KG55 from 1./KGrzbV 5
2./KG55 from 2./KGrzbV 5
3./KG55 from 3./KGrzbV 5

On 13.11.44 redesignated I./KG(J)55. 3.45 ordered to convert to Me 262A, but never received any of the jet fighter. Disbanded 9.4.45.

Bases:

* Mlynow as also used.

** with an initially short stay at Wien-Aspern

II. Gruppe:

Gruppenkommandeure:

Formed 1.5.39 in Gießen from II./KG155 with:

Stab II./KG55 from Stab II./KG155
4./KG55 from 4./KG155
5./KG55 from 5./KG155
6./KG55 from 6./KG155

On 13.11.44 redesignated II./KG(J)55. 3.45 ordered to convert to Me 262A, but never received any of the jet fighter. Disbanded 9.4.45.

Bases:

* also used Tonndorf

III. Gruppe:

Gruppenkommandeure:

Formed 1.12.39 in Neudorf/Oppeln from parts of I. and II./KG55 with:

Stab III./KG55 new
7./KG55 new
8./KG55 new
9./KG55 new

In 2.43 9./KG55 began using Ju 88C-6 fighters for trainbusting missions, and on 1.6.43 part of 9./KG55 was used to form 14.(Eis)/KG55.

On 13.11.44 redesignated III./KG(J)55. 3.45 ordered to convert to Me 262A, but never received any of the jet fighter. Disbanded 9.4.45.

Bases:

* Karankut was also used.

IV. Gruppe:

Gruppenkommandeure:

Formed 1.4.40 in Ulm-Dornstadt as Ausbildungsstaffel/KG55. Disbanded 10.5.40.

Reformed 1.8.40 in Chartres as the Ergänzungsstaffel/KG55, and on 1.3.41 was redesignated 10./KG55. Stab IV./KG55 was formed on 7.3.41, followed by 11./KG55 on 21.3.41. 12./KG55 was formed on 7.4.41.

Stab IV./KG55 new
10./KG55 from Erg.Sta./KG55
11./KG55 new
12./KG55 new

13./KG55 was formed 1.3.44 in Gerdauen, and moved to Neuhausen shortly afterwards.

On 20.11.44 disbanded, with:

12./KG55 became 4./Erg.KGr(J)
13./KG55 became 3./Erg.KGr(J)

Bases:

14. (Eis)/KG55:

Staffelkapitäne:

Formed 1.6.43 in Dnjepropetrowsk from parts of 9.(Eis)/KG55. The staffel was independent and only loosly attached to KG55. Mainly used Ju88C fighters, but also various He 111 versions. Disbanded 27.4.45.

Bases:

Flughafenbetriebskompanien der KG55



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