|Born||25 October 1908|
|Died||30 May 1978(aged 69)|
|Place of birth||Zeitz|
|Place of death||Ahrensburg|
Weimar Republic (to 1933)|
|Years of service||1929–1945|
|Unit||JGr 88, JG 26, JG 52, JG 77, JG 5|
|Commands held||III./JG 52, JG 26, JG 77, JG 5|
Spanish Civil War|
World War II
Spanish Cross in Gold with Swords|
German Cross in Gold
Gotthard Handrick at the 1936 Olympic Games|
Gotthard Handrick at the 1936 Olympic Games
Gotthard Handrick received his Abitur (diploma) in 1929 and the joined the military service of the Reichswehr.
He won the gold medal in the modern pentathlon at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. As a fighter pilot, he participated in Spanish Civil War and claimed 5 aerial victories while flying for the Legion Condor( including a I-15 on 9 September 1937 and an I-16 on 18 May 1938).
In July 1937 Handrick was appointed to command Jagdgruppe 88 (18 July 1937 – 10 September 1938) and assumed command of I./JG 26 (1 May 1939 – 23 June 1940) after his return from Spain in 1938. On 24 June 1940 command of Jagdgeschwader 26 was handed over to Major Handrick, who passed command of I./JG 26 to Hpt. Kurt Fischer. On 22 August 1940 Major Adolf Galland of III./JG 26 replaced Handrick as Geschwaderkommodore of JG 26. He then became Kommodore of Ergänzungsjagdgruppe 2 briefly before a posting in October to I./JG 28. In June 1941 Handrick was posted to command JG 77. While serving on the Eastern Front he claimed a MiG-3 on 29 September and a Pe-2 on 22 October 1941.
In May 1942 Oberstlt. Handrick transferred to command JG 5 in Norway and Northern Russia. From June 1943 to June 1944 he was Jagdfliegerführer Ostmark, then as an Oberst. become commanding officer of 8. Jagddivision in Austria until the end of the war.
After the war he worked in Hamburg as a representative of Daimler-Benz.
- Spanish Cross in Gold with Swords
- Iron Cross 2nd and 1st Class
- German Cross in Gold (17 October 1943)
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- Caldwell 1991. p. 8.
- Toliver & Constable, page 397
- Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 163.
- Mandell 1987, online Preface xiii
- Caldwell, Donald L. (1991). JG 26 Top Guns of the Luftwaffe. Ivy Books. ISBN 0-8041-1050-6.
- Forsyth, Robert (2011). Aces of the Legion Condor. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84908-347-8.
- Mandell, Richard D. (1987). The Nazi Olympics. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-01325-5.
- Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 - 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
- Toliver, Raymond F. and Constable, Trevor J. (1998). Das waren die Deutschen Jagdflieger-Asse 1939-1945 (in German). Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 3-87943-193-0.
Major Hans Hugo Witt
|Commander of Jagdgeschwader 26 Schlageter
24 June 1940 – 21 August 1940
Oberstleutnant Adolf Galland
Oberstleutnant Richard Kraut
|Commander of Ergänzungs-Jagdgruppe Merseburg
26 August 1940 – 6 October 1940
Major Albert Blumensaat
Major Bernhard Woldenga
|Commander of Jagdgeschwader 77 Herz As
23 June 1941 – May 1942
Major Gordon M. Gollob
|Commander of Jagdgeschwader 5 Eismeer
May 1942 – June 1943
Oberstleutnant Günther Scholz
|Commander of Jagdfliegerführer Ostmark
15 June 1943 – 15 June 1944
|Commander of 8. Jagd-Division
15 June 1944 – 8 May 1945
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