Wolfgang Thimmig

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Wolfgang Thimmig
Chief of Air Staff, Nigerian Air Force
In office
November 1965 – January 1966
Preceded byGerhard Kahtz
Succeeded byGeorge T Kurubo
Personal details
BornOctober 4, 1912
Dresden, Germany
DiedNovember 6, 1976
Stockholm, Sweden
Military service
Branch/serviceBalkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe
Bundeswehrkreuz (Iron Cross) German Air Force
RankOberstleutnant (Luftwaffe)
Oberst (Bundeswehr)
Commands2./NJG 1, III./NJG 1, III./NJG 101, NJG 4, NJG 2
Battles/warsWorld War II

Invasion of Poland Battle of France

Defense of the Reich

Wolfgang Thimmig (October 4, 1912—November 6, 1976)[1] was a German Luftwaffe night fighter ace during World War II. By the end of the war he had achieved 24 aerial victories, reached the rank of Oberstleutnant, and was Geschwaderkommodore for NJG 2, having previously been the Kommodore for NJG 4.

In 1956, Thimmig joined the newly-formed Bundesluftwaffe and was the Military Attache of the Federal Republic of Germany in Sweden between 1959 and 1963. In addition to that he was the Nigerian Air Force's Chief of the Air Staff from 1965 to 1966.[2] He was the second Commander of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), and given the task of continuing the creation of an air force for Nigeria under a 1963 agreement between Nigeria and Germany. Thimmig and the German Air Force Assistance Group (GAFAG) withdrew from Nigeria in January 1966, when their mission of creating the air force was completed.


  1. ^ "THIMMIG, Wolfgang". en.ww2awards.com. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  2. ^ "History of The Nigerian Air Force: Former Chiefs of Air Staffs". The Nigerian Air Force. Nigerian Air Force. Archived from the original on 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2018-12-21.