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Oberleutnant Siegfried Bethke (deceased)

Ace with 14.00 Victories

Photograph of the signature of Oberleutnant Siegfried Bethke (deceased)

Siegfried Bethke joined the Luftwaffe in 1935 and was posted to II./JG2 shortly before the Battle of France. During the Battle of Britain he was Staffelkapitan of 2. Staffel JG2, and by the end of 1940 his tally had reached 10. He flew on the Channel Dash but later a serious accident halted his flying career. Awarded the Iron Cross I and II Class, he had a total of 14 victories.



Items Signed by Oberleutnant Siegfried Bethke (deceased)

 Me109s of I/JG2, under the command of the brilliant Helmut Wick, setting out on a mission across the English Channel in September 1940. Wick, seen in the foreground, with Gunther Seeger off his starboard wing, was the top-scoring Luftwaffe Ace in th......
Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian
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Me109s of I/JG2, under the command of the brilliant Helmut Wick, setting out on a mission across the English Channel in September 1940. Wick, seen in the foreground, with Gunther Seeger off his starboard wing, was the top-scoring Luftwaffe Ace in th......

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 Me109s of I/JG2, under the command of the brilliant Helmut Wick, setting out on a mission across the English Channel in September 1940. Wick, seen in the foreground, with Gunther Seeger off his starboard wing, was the top-scoring Luftwaffe Ace in th......
Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
Price : £200.00
Me109s of I/JG2, under the command of the brilliant Helmut Wick, setting out on a mission across the English Channel in September 1940. Wick, seen in the foreground, with Gunther Seeger off his starboard wing, was the top-scoring Luftwaffe Ace in th......

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 Me109s of I/JG2, under the command of the brilliant Helmut Wick, setting out on a mission across the English Channel in September 1940. Wick, seen in the foreground, with Gunther Seeger off his starboard wing, was the top-scoring Luftwaffe Ace in th......
Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian (Y)
Price : £100.00
Me109s of I/JG2, under the command of the brilliant Helmut Wick, setting out on a mission across the English Channel in September 1940. Wick, seen in the foreground, with Gunther Seeger off his starboard wing, was the top-scoring Luftwaffe Ace in th......

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 Robert Taylors final painting in his 60th Anniversary trilogy features a scene from the attacks on the afternoon of September 7, 1940. Led by Herbert Ihlefeld, Me109Es of II/LG 2 dive through the bomber formation giving chase to Hurricanes of 242 Sq......
Assault on the Capital by Robert Taylor
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Robert Taylors final painting in his 60th Anniversary trilogy features a scene from the attacks on the afternoon of September 7, 1940. Led by Herbert Ihlefeld, Me109Es of II/LG 2 dive through the bomber formation giving chase to Hurricanes of 242 Sq......

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 Nobody, least of all Allied aircrew, ever doubted the tenacity of the Luftwaffe, more particularly that of the German fighter pilots.  From the early encounters during the Battle of Britain to the greeat air battles in defence of their homeland late......
Messerschmitt Country by Nicolas Trudgian
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Nobody, least of all Allied aircrew, ever doubted the tenacity of the Luftwaffe, more particularly that of the German fighter pilots. From the early encounters during the Battle of Britain to the greeat air battles in defence of their homeland late......

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 Nobody, least of all Allied aircrew, ever doubted the tenacity of the Luftwaffe, more particularly that of the German fighter pilots.  From the early encounters during the Battle of Britain to the greeat air battles in defence of their homeland late......
Messerschmitt Country by Nicolas Trudgian (AP)
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Nobody, least of all Allied aircrew, ever doubted the tenacity of the Luftwaffe, more particularly that of the German fighter pilots.  From the early encounters during the Battle of Britain to the greeat air battles in defence of their homeland late ......
Messerschmitt Country by Nicolas Trudgian (B)
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 Nobody, least of all Allied aircrew, ever doubted the tenacity of the Luftwaffe, more particularly that of the German fighter pilots.  From the early encounters during the Battle of Britain to the greeat air battles in defence of their homeland late......
Messerschmitt Country by Nicolas Trudgian. (C)
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Nobody, least of all Allied aircrew, ever doubted the tenacity of the Luftwaffe, more particularly that of the German fighter pilots. From the early encounters during the Battle of Britain to the greeat air battles in defence of their homeland late......

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 Nobody, least of all Allied aircrew, ever doubted the tenacity of the Luftwaffe, more particularly that of the German fighter pilots. From the early encounters during the Battle of Britain to the greeat air battles in defence of their homeland late ......
Messerschmitt Country by Nicolas Trudgian (D)
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Nobody, least of all Allied aircrew, ever doubted the tenacity of the Luftwaffe, more particularly that of the German fighter pilots. From the early encounters during the Battle of Britain to the greeat air battles in defence of their homeland late ......

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 Nobody, least of all Allied aircrew, ever doubted the tenacity of the Luftwaffe, more particularly that of the German fighter pilots. From the early encounters during the Battle of Britain to the greeat air battles in defence of their homeland late ......
Messerschmitt Country by Nicolas Trudgian (Y)
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Nobody, least of all Allied aircrew, ever doubted the tenacity of the Luftwaffe, more particularly that of the German fighter pilots. From the early encounters during the Battle of Britain to the greeat air battles in defence of their homeland late ......

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Nicolas Trudgian Battle of Britain Aviation Art Pack.
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Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian
One - Tens Over Kent by Nicolas Trudgian
Hurricane Country by Nicolas Trudgian.
Holding the Line - The Battle of Britain by Nicolas Trudgian.
Hurricane Mk.IIC by Ivan Berryman. (F)

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Battle of Britain Me109 Print Pack.
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Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian
Fighter General by Graeme Lothian.
Adolf Galland / Messerschmitt Bf109 E-4 by Ivan Berryman (B)
JG52 - Summer 1940 by Ivan Berryman.

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Gunther Seeger Knights Cross Pilot Signed Aviation Prints.
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High Pursuit by Ivan Berryman. (D)
Messerschmitt Country by Nicolas Trudgian
Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian
Open Assault by Robert Taylor. (B)

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JG1 Luftwaffe Aviation Art Print Pack.
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Looking for Business by Ivan Berryman. (F)
First Combat by David Pentland.
Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian
Tip of the Spear by David Pentland.

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Nicolas Trudgian and Ivan Berryman German Aircraft Print Pack.
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Storm Chasers by Nicolas Trudgian.
Messerschmitt Country by Nicolas Trudgian
Focke-Wulf Fw190A-5/U8 by Ivan Berryman.
Messerschmitt Me262B-1a/U1 by Ivan Berryman.

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Special Sale Pack of 5 Prints - 4 FREE!
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Messerschmitt Country by Nicolas Trudgian
The Struggle for Malta by Ivan Berryman. (F)
LCT 312 by Ivan Berryman. (D)
Typhoons Over Normandy by Ivan Berryman. (D)
Dinah Might by Ivan Berryman.

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Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian
The Struggle for Malta by Ivan Berryman. (F)
LCT 312 by Ivan Berryman. (D)
Typhoons Over Normandy by Ivan Berryman. (D)
Dinah Might by Ivan Berryman.

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Pack 598. Pack of two Luftwaffe Me109 prints by Robert Taylor and Nicolas Trudgian.
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Air Armada by Robert Taylor.
Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian

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Pack 599. Pack of two signed Me109 prints by Robert Taylor and Nicolas Trudgian.
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Air Armada by Robert Taylor.
Messerschmitt Country by Nicolas Trudgian

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Pack 1257. Two JG2 Luftwaffe Prints by Graeme Lothian and Nicolas Trudgian.
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The Battle for the Skies Over Dieppe, 19th August 1942 by Graeme Lothian.
Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian

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Pack 1258. Two JG2 Squadron Luftwaffe Prints by Nicolas Trudgian and Graeme Lothian.
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Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian
The Battle for the Skies Over Dieppe, 19th August 1942 by Graeme Lothian. (C)

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The Battle for the Skies Over Dieppe, 19th August 1942 by Graeme Lothian. (D)
Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)

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Battle of Britain Luftwaffe Prints by Nicolas Trudgian
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Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian
One - Tens Over Kent by Nicolas Trudgian

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Me109 Battle of Britain Prints by Robert Taylor and Nicolas Trudgian.
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Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian
Eagles on the Channel Front by Robert Taylor.

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Battle of Britain Prints by Robert Taylor and Ivan Berryman.
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Assault on the Capital by Robert Taylor
Close Encounter by Ivan Berryman. (D)

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Pilot Signature Battle of Britain Aviation Prints by Robert Taylor and Ivan Berryman.
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Assault on the Capital by Robert Taylor
Close Encounter by Ivan Berryman. (F)

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Signed Luftwaffe Me109 Battle of Britain Prints by Robert Taylor and Ivan Berryman.
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Assault on the Capital by Robert Taylor
Adolf Galland / Messerschmitt Bf109 E-4 by Ivan Berryman (B)

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Pilot Signature Battle of Britain Aviation Prints by Ivan Berryman and Robert Taylor.
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Assault on the Capital by Robert Taylor
Victory Above Dover by Ivan Berryman.

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Pilot Signature JG52 Me109 Battle of Britain Prints by Robert Taylor and Ivan Berryman.
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Assault on the Capital by Robert Taylor
JG52 - Summer 1940 by Ivan Berryman.

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Luftwaffe Me109 Prints by Nicolas Trudgian and Robert Taylor.
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Air Armada by Robert Taylor.
Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian

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Me109 Battle of Britain Aviation Prints by Robert Taylor and Nicolas Trudgian.
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Air Armada by Robert Taylor. (B)
Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian

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Battle of Britain Luftwaffe Prints by Robert Taylor and Nicolas Trudgian.
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Air Armada by Robert Taylor. (AP)
Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian

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Gunther Seeger Signed Me109 Aviation Art Prints by Ivan Berryman and Nicolas Trudgian.
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High Pursuit by Ivan Berryman. (D)
Messerschmitt Country by Nicolas Trudgian

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Gunther Seeger Signed Battle of Britain Aviation Prints by Nicolas Trudgian and Robert Taylor.
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Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian
Open Assault by Robert Taylor. (B)

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Gunther Seeger Pilot Signed Luftwaffe Aviation Art by Ivan Berryman and Nicolas Trudgian.
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High Pursuit by Ivan Berryman. (D)
Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian

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Oberleutnant Siegfried Bethke (deceased)

Squadrons for : Oberleutnant Siegfried Bethke (deceased)
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Oberleutnant Siegfried Bethke (deceased). A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
SquadronInfo

JG2

Country : Germany
Founded : 1st May 1939
Fleet Air Arm

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JG2

Jagdgeschwader 2 was formed from parts of Jagdgeschwader 131 Richthofen on 1 May 1939 in Döberitz and its first commander was Oberst Robert Ritter von Greim. At the outbreak of the war JG 2 was tasked with defence of the Reich and based in the Berlin area under Luftgaukommando III. Stab and II. Gruppe were equipped with the Bf 109E and were located at Döberitz with 10.(N) staffel flying the Bf 109D in Straussberg.

10.(N) Staffel was one of the first night fighter units formed in the Luftwaffe. Later this staffel was expanded into IV.(N) Gruppe. This Gruppe gained the Luftwaffe’s first night kill over the RAF Bomber Command on the night of 25/26 on April 1940 when Ofw Förster shot down a Handley Page Hampden.

The unit saw little combat until the Western offensive against France and the Low Countries from 10 May 1940 onwards. During the campaign against France, JG 2 was tasked with escorting raids and defending German airspace to the south of Heinz Guderian's Panzer forces which were encircling the French and the British Expeditionary Force further north. Leutnant Helmut Wick, who later became part of a trio of outstanding aces (including Adolf Galland from Jagdgeschwader 26 (JG 26) and Werner Mölders from Jagdgeschwader 51 (JG 51)) in the Battle of Britain, attained his first and the Geschwader's second kill on 22 November 1939, a French Curtiss Hawk Model 75. The first victory for the JG 2 was scored by Oberfeldwebel Kley (3. Staffel) at the same day.

JG 2 took part in the Battle of Britain, operating Bf 109Es over the South Coast of England and the English Channel from bases in Cherbourg and Normandy. Major Helmut Wick emerged as one of the Battle’s top Luftwaffe aces, claiming 31 kills for a personal total of 56, before being killed (MIA) in action versus Spitfires of No. 609 Squadron in November 1940. Wick was seen to bail out successfully but was not found by German Air/Sea Rescue attempts. The Spitfire who dispatched him was immediately shot down by Oberleutnant Rudolf Pflanz. Ofw. Schnell, Ofw. Machold and Olt. Hans Assi Hahn also claimed heavily during this period, with 16 kills each. Some 42 JG 2 pilots were killed or made POW during the battle.

Known Victory Claims - Siegfried Bethke

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

14/05/1940Oblt. Siegfried Bethke2JG 2Morane 406E. Sedan18.5Western Front
25/05/1940Oblt. Siegfried Bethke2JG 2BlenheimSt. Quentin20.35Western Front
26/05/1940Oblt. Siegfried Bethke2JG 2SpitfireCalais9.4Western Front
31/05/1940Oblt. Siegfried Bethke2JG 2DB-7SW Amiens20.1Western Front
11/08/1940Oblt. Siegfried Bethke2JG 2Hurricane-11.35Western Front
11/08/1940Oblt. Siegfried Bethke2JG 2HurricaneSE Portland: 5500m11.42Western Front
07/09/1940Oblt. Siegfried Bethke2JG 2HurricaneOstrand London: 5500m18.42Western Front
07/10/1940Oblt. Siegfried Bethke2JG 2Blenheim-19Western Front
15/10/1940Oblt. Siegfried Bethke2JG 2HurricaneInsel Wight13.4Western Front
24/07/1941Oblt. Siegfried Bethke2JG 2Wellington-15.5Western Front
05/06/1942Hptm. Siegfried Bethke2JG 2Spitfirezw. Sommemündung-Abbéville15.38Western Front
05/06/1942Hptm. Siegfried Bethke2JG 2Spitfirezw. Sommemündung-Abbéville15.55Western Front

Known Claims : 12

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