Gollob, Gordon Max, born 16-06-1912 in Vienna
, Austria, in a German family of artists from the Danube Monarchy. His father was Heinrich Gollob, an academic painter, his mother Johanna, born Reininghaus, the daughter of Carl Reininghaus and Zoe, born von Karajan, who was distantly related to Heribert Ritter von Karajan.
His parents borrowed the first name “Gordon” from their US university friend Gordon Mallet McCouch, and because he was of Scottish descent and his godfather, the young Gordon was called “Mac”, a nickname that stayed with him for a lifetime should even falsely establish itself as part of the family name. In the post-war period he always wrote “Gordon M. Gollob” because the “M” stood for both Max and Mac.
For the sake of his parents, the student learned to play the piano and violin, but his passion was flying. Gordon always wanted to be a flyer, started the training in 1930 and joined the Army in 1933 with a course on the Theresianischen Militärakademie in Vienna Neustadt
. On 01-09-1936 he became a teacher in Hermann Goering’s
(did you know
) Luftwaffe cadets and with the Anschluss, Union, with Austria
, he on 01-06-1938 was promoted to Oberleutnant, with the command of the 76th
under command of Oberst Stefan Fröhlich
, Frölich later a General survived the war and died , age 88 on 02-10-1978, Graz Austria. With the outbreak of World War II and after several skills on the Eastern front, with his Messerschmitt Bf 10,
Gollob received the Iron Cross second class
. After the start of the Poland invasion, September 1939, Gollob with his Messerschmidt bf 110 Bomber destroyed the train station of Warschau and prevented that the Polish soldiers came to the front. In the battle for Holland
he on 13-05-1940 attacked the airfield of Soesterberg,
dropped his bombs, was hit by the antiaircraft fire. His plane catched fire and he had to land and was taking prisoner by the Dutch ground forces. As Holland had to capitulate on 14-05-1940 he was free again already. He articipated in the battle for Norway, Newcastle, Trondheim, Narvik and the Shetland Islands and was awarded with the Iron Cross first class. Gollob was transferred to the night flyers in the Jagdgeschwader 3 “Udet”
, called after Generaloberst der Flieger, Director General of Equipment for the Luftwaffe, Ernst Udet
, a 118-kill ace, was killed, age 28, on 07-03-1945, in combat with Yak-9 fighters in Drogomysl. He collided with a crashing Russian Yak 9 fighter and failed to survive a low level bail-out from his Bf 109 G-14/AS. During Operation Barbarossa he was very successful and shot down 80 Russian planes and was also a flight instructor for young Luftwaffe pilots, and Kommandeur ./JG 54, JG 101, Walter “Nowi” Nowotny
and Jagdfliegerass, 352 victories
, Erich Hartmann
were Gollob pupils. As the third soldier he received the Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten
on 30-08-1942, with 150 skills.
He was ordered by Adolf Hitler
(did you know
) (see Alois Hitler
) (see William Hitler
) and Hermann Goering (see Leutnant Goering Peter
not to fly anymore and transferred to the Jagdgeschwader 3, on the French Coast. He was involved in the building of the ME 262
and was convinced of the worth of this plane for the war fare. Gollob here with Marshal Robert Ritter von Greim
also was involved with the building of the first Radar Station, Neptun J, which cost the Allied high losses. In the autumn of 1942 he came to the test ground for modern planes and General der Flieger, Kommodore Jagd Geschwader 26 “Schlageter”, Adolf Galland
and brother Wilhelm
dismissed Oberst Gollob from the Jagdflieger Staff. Goering didn’t agree with that and Galland was discharged himself and succeeded by Gollob on 31-01-1945. Gollob made 340 flights, 150 victories, included 144 in Russia, as well was the only flyer, who flew in more as 100 different planes, included the P-47 Thunderbolt. Gollob here on his Messerschmitt Bf-109F ”Fritz” JG3 Gordon Gollob Luftwaffe Nr. 10253. In September 1944 he was asked by his friend and former pupil Walter Nowotny, now a fighter squadron leader, to join there elite squander group Nowotny and with the Messerschmidt ME 262 yet, he shot down another seven planes. Galland promoted him to General of the Fighters in November 1944. When Galland had a disagreement with Hermann Goering, he was replaced by Gollob, on 31-01-1945. He flew 340 missions with 150 victories.
Death and burial ground of Gollob, Gordon Max.