W. Nr. 0122125, Oblt. Max Buchholz, CO of 5./JG 1, Katwijk, the Netherlands, Summer 1942
Max Bucholz was born on November 3rd, 1912 in Zerbst and at the beginning of the war he served with Jagdgeschwader
3. With this unit, he saw combat over France and over Great Britain, as well as in Operation Barbarossa (the invasion of the
Soviet Union). At the beginning of October 1941, I./JG3 was sent for some R and R to Germany. After that, it was moved to
the Netherlands and on January 6th, 1942, was redesignated II./JG1. Oblt. Bucholz was given command of the 6th Staffel.
On February 12th, 1942, he gained his 28th victory over a British Blenheim in a mission to cover the move of the battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, together with the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, from Brest to German harbours. From the middle
of the year up to the end of the war he served in administrative duties. He died on July 19th, 1996, in Germany.
The tip of the red spinner of Bucholz‘s aircraft carries a thin white spiral, and otherwise is camouflaged in RLM 74/75/76.
The marking of the Commander of the 5th Staffel in the form of a black numeral is supplemented by the II. Gruppe insignia
(the horizontal bar in the Staffel colour), and also by the personal marking of the gull in flight below the cockpit. The engine
cowl bears the red ‚Tatzelwurm‘ - the 5./JG1 badge.
INFO Eduard - December 2018