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Old 26th March 2018, 22:49
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Sad to report my longtime friend went on his last mission. He flew with JG.26 and JG.27. We met in one of the latter unit's reunion, and often in the general reunions also. Shot down in the Battle of Britain, the day before his 24th birthday. In the mid-1980's he came to a reunion with his friend, who shot him down! Fluent English, perfected in POW camps, he rejoined the new airforce and then...fluent Russian. He translated and interpreted at many events for the Gemeinschaft der Jagdflieger and it's successor. Warmly regarded by Russian airmen often taking part in reunions with the above organizations as well as those held in Russia. In 1991 he headed a private affair with the CO of the last remaining, intact Russian air unit in now reunited Germany and Marshal of the Soviet Union Skmorochow (twice Hero of the Soviet Union, once for Korean war), Lt. General Popkov (same decorations and wars as above) and several other former airmen. Thanks to Julius they answered my many questions, surprised at (relative) youth and knowledge of their forces. Even He was surprised.
A true gentle, non assuming man. There is a lithograph of him attempting to destroy his ME-109E before being taken prisoner.

Sorry for year of his passing, it was December 1, 2017. He was the longest lived veteran of these two units( JG. 26 and 27).
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Old 30th March 2018, 01:42
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Re: Julius Neumann 1916-2018

This is very sad. May he rest in peace.
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Old 30th March 2018, 19:18
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Re: Julius Neumann 1916-2018

RIP. Herr Neumann was a very helpful individual when I corresponded with him many years ago, especially regarding his contacts with the 'Kanadier', POW's in Canadian camps.
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Old 1st April 2018, 06:59
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Re: Julius Neumann 1916-2018

Gentlemen,

How many air to air victories did Julius Neumann got before he was shot down and become a POW?

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Old 1st April 2018, 16:07
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Re: Julius Neumann 1916-2018

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Old 13th April 2018, 17:36
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Re: Julius Neumann 1916-2018

Just an addition. The next oldest member of JG.27 was Willi Jackel. Born 1915 passed 2016. We from JG.27 surprised him for his 100th (and I celebrated my __th with him that day). He was an Oberwerkmeister, and the last Gruppen T.O. of the III/JG.27 at end of 1944. He was the longest serving member of the unit, from its inception in Jesau 1938, until the last days. He received a special furlough for his suggestion to use powdered graphite as a lubricant that unlike oil and grease, did not attract dust. When he travelled as a passenger with some Italian soldiers back to his unit in Africa, he found a german truck stalled and unoccupied. It lacked a battery, quickly replacing it with an Italian one, he arrived in style to the unit with a truck full of needed supplies. This was verified by the Wing Commander Neumann to me independently. Additionally, he was well known for Rommel's visit to the unit. As part of his training, he could fly small aircraft. When Neumann said the 'air nearby was clean', Rommel asked Willi to fly the Storch for a short view of the immediate area. A personally dedicated photo was 'payment' gratefully accepted.
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Old 19th April 2018, 09:49
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Re: Julius Neumann 1916-2018

Gentlemen,

What decorations did Julius Neumann had won during World War II?

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Old 19th April 2018, 14:56
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Re: Julius Neumann 1916-2018

He had both iron crosses, a four year service cross, that I know for certain. In the pow camp I believe he received at least the document for the front flying clasp. That was in bronze, (for twenty missions),and uncertain if he received the silver version, which was for sixty missions. He told me he remembered about fifty missions definitely. When I go through veteran/next of kin) photo archive, I'll try to post a photo.
There is one I remember in the book "The hardest day" by Alfred Price, where Julius is photographed after becoming a pow.
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Old 20th April 2018, 04:08
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Re: Julius Neumann 1916-2018

Gentlemen,

What was Julius Neumann's highest rank when he retired from the Bundesluftwaffe. I know that he joined that new air force after WWII and flew different types of aircraft.

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Old 20th April 2018, 05:44
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I believe he was a colonel. Retired by the time we met at the 1979 JG. 27 reunion, which was incidentally the 40 years since the organization's origin. Perhaps we'll be able to celebrate the 80 year next year.
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