Max Ibel is credited among others as one of the creators of the Luftwaffe. Ibel organized JG 27 and led it successfully during the Battle Of France. He received the Ritterkreuz on the 22nd of August 1940, three months later he was given a staff position. In June of 1941 Bernhardt Woldenga succeeded Ibel as Kommadodore of JG 27 and he in turn was replaced by Wolfgang Schellman. During the last two years of the War Ibel was Komandeur of 2 Jagd division and at the very end of the War he became inspector of Jet operations.