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Dieter Hrabak

Victories : 125
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Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : 15th September 1995


Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron CrossAwarded Oak Leaves to the Knights Cross
Knights
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Oak Leaves

Dieter Hrabak was shot down in his first aerial combat during the Polish Campaign. He survived to become one of the Luftwaffes most respected and popular leaders. He scored his first victory in the Battle of France, and got 15 more during the Battle of Britain. By Eagle Day he was in command of II./JG 54, which he led until taking command of JG 52 in 1942. He was the first JG 54 Ace to be awarded the Knights Cross. He ended the war back in command of JG 54, and was credited with 125 victories. He died on 15th September 1995.

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Latest Axis Aviation Artwork !
 The Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 54 Erich Rudorffer is depicted in Fw190A-6 'Black Double Chevron' over the misty forests of Finland in June 1944. Credited with 222 aerial victories, he survived being shot down no less than sixteen times and survived the war until eventually passing away in 2016 aged 98.

Erich Rudorffer by Ivan Berryman.
 With 275 victories credited, Gunther Rall is the third highest scoring Ace in history  He was awarded the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords.

Gunther Rall by Ivan Berryman. (P)
 Walter Wolfrum, a Knight's Cross winning German WW2 Ace with 137 victories, in his Bf109G.

Walter Wolfrum by Ivan Berryman. (P)
 Austrian-born Walter Nowotny was one of Germany's highest scoring aces of WWII with 258 victories to his credit, three of them flying the Messerschmitt Me.262. He is depicted here flying White 8 of Kommando Nowotny based at Achmer, Germany in 1944. He was killed in action later that year following a fraught combat with US fighters during the Defence of the Reich.

White 8 - Walter Nowotny by Ivan Berryman.

Dieter Hrabak

Squadrons for : Dieter Hrabak
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Dieter Hrabak. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
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JG52

Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG52

The most successful Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II, with a claim total of more than 10,000 victories over enemy aircraft. It was home to the top three scoring Experten of the Luftwaffe, Erich Hartmann, Gerhard Barkhorn and Günther Rall. The unit flew the various marks of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 exclusively through the war.

JG54

Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG54

I./JG 54 was initially formed as I./JG 70 near Nuremberg in July 1939, just two short months before hostilities broke out. As was to become tradition within Grunherzgeschwader, the Gruppe took the Nurember coat-of-arms (a veritcally divided shield with a black heraldic bird on the left, and red and white diagonal stripes on the right) to represent the region the unit came from.

On September 15, 1939, I./JG 70 was redesignated I./JG 54

The initial unit designation for II./JG 54 was I./JG 138. This unit was raised in 1938 after the Austrian annexation. Naturally many Austrian nationals were recruited when I./JG 138 was formed. The Aspern coat of arms (black lion's head surmounting a white cross on a red field) was taken by the Gruppe for its identity.

I./JG 138 was briefly designated I./JG 76 before finally becoming II./JG 54 on April 6, 1940.

The III./JG 54 has its roots in Prussia. Initially I./JG 21, the members were drawn from the Jesau region in Prussia. The modified Jesau coat-of-arms (a shield with a Jesau cross with three diving aircraft on a red background, with a white outline on the shield) was adopted as the Gruppe's own.

On July 15, 1939, I./JG 21 was redesignated III./JG 54. However, the bureaucratic nature of the young Luftwaffe was such that it was over a year before records would reflect the new designation. Consequently, III./JG 54 fought in Poland and France as I./JG 21.


Kommodoren of JG 54 :

Major Martin Mettig; 2 Feb 40 to 25 Aug 40.
Oberst Hannes Trautloft; 25 Aug 40 to 5 Jul 43.
Major Hubertus von Bonin; 6 Jul 43 to 15 Dec 43.
Oberstleutnant Anton Mader; 28 Jan 44 to Sep 44.
Oberst Dieter Hrabak; 1 Oct 44 to 8 May 45.
Aircraft for : Dieter Hrabak
A list of all aircraft associated with Dieter Hrabak. A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.
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Fw190



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Manufacturer : Fokke-Wulf
Production Began : 1940
Retired : 1945

Fw190

The Focke-Wulf 190 development project began in 1937. Conceived as a hedge against total dependence on the Messerchmitt 109, the 190 was designed by Kurt Tank utilizing a radial engine. This was against generally accepted design criteria in Germany, and many historians believe that the decision to produce a radial engine fighter was largely due to the limited manufacturing capacity for in-line, water-cooled engines which were widely used on all other Luftwaffe aircraft. Despite these concerns, Tanks design was brilliant, and the 190 would become one of the top fighter aircraft of WWII. The first prototype flew in mid-1939. The aircraft had excellent flying characteristics, a wonderful rate of acceleration, and was heavily armed. By late 1940 the new fighter was ordered into production. Nicknamed the butcher bird, by Luftwaffe pilots, early 190s were quite successful in the bomber interceptor role, but at this stage of the war many Allied bombing raids lacked fighter escort. As the war dragged on, Allied bombers were increasingly accompanied by fighters, including the very effective P-51 Mustang. The Allies learned from experience that the 190s performance fell off sharply at altitudes above 20,000 feet. As a result, most Allied bombing missions were shifted to higher altitudes when fighter opposition was likely. Kurt Tank had recognized this shortcoming and began working on a high-altitude version of the 190 utilizing an in-line, water-cooled engine. Utilizing a Jumo 12-cylinder engine rated at 1770-HP, and capable of 2,240-HP for short bursts with its methanol injection system, the 190D, or Long Nose or Dora as it was called, had a top speed of 426-MPH at 22,000 feet. Armament was improved with two fuselage and two wing mounted 20mm cannon. To accommodate the changes in power plants the Dora had a longer, more streamlined fuselage, with 24 inches added to the nose, and an additional 19 inches added aft of the cockpit to compensate for the altered center of gravity. By mid 1944 the Dora began to reach fighter squadrons in quantity. Although the aircraft had all the right attributes to serve admirably in the high altitude interceptor role, it was not generally focused on such missions. Instead many 190Ds were assigned to protect airfields where Me-262 jet fighters were based. This was due to the latter aircrafts extreme vulnerability to Allied attack during takeoff and landing. The 190Ds also played a major role in Operation Bodenplatte, the New Years Day raid in 1945 which destroyed approximately 500 Allied aircraft on the ground. The High Command was impressed with the 190Ds record on this raid, and ordered most future production of the Doras to be equipped as fighter-bombers. In retrospect this was a strategic error, and this capable aircraft was not fully utilized in the role for which it was intended.

Me109



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Manufacturer : Messerschmitt
Production Began : 1937
Retired : 1945
Number Built : 33984

Me109

Willy Messerschmitt designed the BF109 during the early 1930s. The Bf109 was one of the first all metal monocoque construction fighters with a closed canopy and retractable undercarriage. The engine of the Me109 was a V12 aero engine which was liquid-cooled. The Bf109 first saw operational service during the Spanish Civil War and flew to the end of World War II, during which time it was the backbone of the Luftwaffe fighter squadrons. During the Battle of Britian the Bf109 was used in the role of an escort fighter, a role for which it was not designed for, and it was also used as a fighter bomber. During the last days of May 1940 Robert Stanford-Tuck, the RAF ace, got the chance to fly an Me109 which they had rebuilt after it had crash landed. Stanford-Tuck found out that the Me109 was a wonderful little plane, it was slightly faster than the Spitfire, but lacked the Spitfire manoeuvrability. By testing the Me109, Tuck could put himself inside the Me109 when fighting them, knowing its weak and strong points. With the introduction of the improved Bf109F in the spring of 1941, the type again proved to be an effective fighter during the invasion of Yugoslavia and during the Battle of Crete and the invasion of Russia and it was used during the Siege of the Mediteranean island of Malta. The Bf109 was the main fighter for the Luftwaffe until 1942 when the Fw190 entered service and shared this position, and was partially replaced in Western Europe, but the Me109 continued to serve on the Eastern Front and during the defence of the Reich against the allied bombers. It was also used to good effect in the Mediterranean and North Africa in support of The Africa Korps. The Me109 was also supplied to several German allies, including Finland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Slovakia. The Bf109 scored more kills than any other fighter of any country during the war and was built in greater numbers with a total of over 31,000 aircraft being built. The Bf109 was flown by the three top German aces of the war war. Erich Hartmann with 352 victories, Gerhard Barkhorn with 301 victories and Gunther Rall with 275 kills. Bf109 pilots were credited with the destruction of 100 or more enemy aircraft. Thirteen Luftwaffe Aces scored more than 200 kills. Altogether this group of pilots were credited with a total of nearly 15,000 kills, of which the Messerschmitt Bf109 was credited with over 10,000 of these victories. The Bf109 was the most produced warplane during World War II, with 30,573 examples built during the war, and the most produced fighter aircraft in history, with a total of 33,984 units produced up to April 1945. Bf109s remained in foreign service for many years after World War II. The Swiss used their Bf109Gs well into the 1950s. The Finnish Air Force did not retire their Bf109Gs until March 1954. Romania used its Bf109s until 1955. The Spanish Hispanos flew even longer. Some were still in service in the late 1960s.

Known Victory Claims - Dieter Hrabak

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

13/05/1940Oblt. Dietrich Hrabak1JG 76Potez 63Authe S. Sedan11.05Western Front
18/05/1940Oblt. Dietrich Hrabak1JG 76CurtissW. Réthel16.25Western Front
19/05/1940Oblt. Dietrich Hrabak1JG 76Morane 405W. Laon18.3Western Front
25/05/1940Oblt. Dietrich Hrabak1JG 76SpitfireGravelines16.45Western Front
03/06/1940Oblt. Dietrich Hrabak1JG 76CurtissW. Epernay15.2Western Front
06/06/1940Oblt. Dietrich Hrabak1JG 76CurtissNW Amiens21Western Front
11/08/1940Hptm. Dietrich Hrabak4JG 54Spitfire20km vor Dover: 6000m11Western Front
26/08/1940Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54SpitfireCanterbury: 4500m13.25Western Front
14/09/1940Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54HurricaneSE London17Western Front
18/09/1940Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54SpitfireAshford11.35Western Front
27/09/1940Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54HurricaneS. London13Western Front
27/09/1940Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54HurricaneHastings16.2Western Front
05/10/1940Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54HurricaneRochester12.25Western Front
08/10/1940Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54SpitfireN. Folkestone11.45Western Front
12/10/1940Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54HurricaneTonbridge11.05Western Front
20/10/1940Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54HurricaneAshford11Western Front
23/06/1941Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54SB-2N. Schlossberg10.1Eastern Front
30/06/1941Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54DB-3NW Dünaburg15.15Eastern Front
30/06/1941Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54DB-3NE Dünaburg17.17Eastern Front
06/07/1941Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54DB-3SE Ostrow18.3Eastern Front
22/07/1941Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54I-18Gorolewo18.1Eastern Front
25/07/1941Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54DB-3Ssabsk7.56Eastern Front
25/07/1941Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54I-18S. Ropcha19.3Eastern Front
30/07/1941Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54I-18Wladimirskoje11.2Eastern Front
27/02/1942Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54I-18Schdaminchug: 3000m8.2Eastern Front
13/03/1942Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54I-18W. Brobowicz: 3200m16.47Eastern Front
14/03/1942Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54Il-2N. Cholm: 5m11.2Eastern Front
16/03/1942Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54Pe-2S. Ljuban: 2000m (Lyuban)11.42Eastern Front
31/03/1942Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54I-18N. Parfino: 800m14.58Eastern Front
17/07/1942Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54Jak-1Pola: 1700m19.02Eastern Front
19/07/1942Hptm. Dieter HrabakStab II.JG 54Jak-1Beglowo: 4000m17.4Eastern Front
22/08/1942Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54LaGG-355 882: 5m11Eastern Front
22/08/1942Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54Il-254 291: 10m15Eastern Front
22/08/1942Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54Il-254 282: 100m17.58Eastern Front
23/08/1942Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54P-264 183: 10m6.55Eastern Front
23/08/1942Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54U-255 881: 5m11.05Eastern Front
01/09/1942Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54Jak-110 164: 3500m9.04Eastern Front
02/09/1942Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54Jak-110 221: 3000m6.55Eastern Front
02/09/1942Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54Il-210 182: 800m10.16Eastern Front
12/09/1942Hptm. Dietrich HrabakStab II.JG 54LaGG-310 291: 2200m11.05Eastern Front
13/12/1942Major Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Pe-294 63: 100m7.3Eastern Front
10/03/1943Major Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG-385 143: 4000m10.25Eastern Front
10/03/1943Major Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-285 184: tiefflug15.05Eastern Front
12/03/1943Major Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-576 554: 600m8.35Eastern Front
13/03/1943Major Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52I-16 Rata86 351: 1800m13.1Eastern Front
18/03/1943Major Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG-386 541: 500m15.47Eastern Front
18/03/1943Major Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG-386 541: 500m15.45Eastern Front
19/03/1943Major Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG-385 574: 800m9.25Eastern Front
20/03/1943Major Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Airacobra86 641: 2000m8Eastern Front
20/03/1943Major Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Airacobra86 641: 2000m13.55Eastern Front
16/04/1943Major Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG-385 xxx8.35Eastern Front
16/04/1943Major Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG-385 111: 400m11Eastern Front
20/04/1943Major Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-575 463: Bodennähe16.14Eastern Front
21/04/1943Major Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Airacobra75 xxx11.1Eastern Front
28/04/1943Major Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG85 152: 2700m9.05Eastern Front
08/05/1943Major Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52AiracobraN. Krymskaya: 4000m16Eastern Front
05/07/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG61 156: 2500m7.32Eastern Front
05/07/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG61 331: 3500m11.32Eastern Front
05/07/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-2mH.61 652: 800m18Eastern Front
06/07/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-261 243: 100m16.2Eastern Front
06/07/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Boston III61 152: 1400m18Eastern Front
06/07/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-263 132: 1200m18.05Eastern Front
08/07/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-261 622: 300m8.1Eastern Front
08/07/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-261 633: 50m8.13Eastern Front
16/07/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG61 251: 3000m6.45Eastern Front
16/07/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-261 254: 300m11.15Eastern Front
16/07/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-261 223: 500m11.33Eastern Front
16/07/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG61 251: 4000m17.4Eastern Front
01/08/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-2mH.88 261: 500m18.45Eastern Front
01/08/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-2mH.88 282: 200m11.1Eastern Front
01/08/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-2mH.88 261: 700m18.47Eastern Front
01/08/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-2mH.88 282: 200m11.12Eastern Front
02/08/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG98 142: 1200m17Eastern Front
02/08/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-2mH.98 112: 300m17.04Eastern Front
08/08/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG61 538: 3600m10Eastern Front
20/08/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-288 254: 700m17.4Eastern Front
20/08/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-288 262: 800m17.46Eastern Front
21/08/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG88 292: 2500m8.05Eastern Front
21/08/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-288 238: 700m17.1Eastern Front
21/08/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-288 228: 700m17.2Eastern Front
20/09/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-2mH.58 131: 500m8.3Eastern Front
24/09/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG58 423: 2500m15.45Eastern Front
25/09/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Airacobra58 473: 3500m16.35Eastern Front
26/09/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Airacobra58 571: tiefst.10.4Eastern Front
27/09/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG-559 753: 3000m16Eastern Front
27/09/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Airacobra58 672: 4000m16.3Eastern Front
05/10/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Airacobra58 813: 5500m15.2Eastern Front
08/10/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG66 662: 1500m8.4Eastern Front
08/10/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG66 651: 2000m15.1Eastern Front
23/10/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Jak-758 551: 50m9.15Eastern Front
25/10/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG57 154: 4800m14.25Eastern Front
25/10/1943Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG57 324: 5000m14.3Eastern Front
21/03/1944Obstltn. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Airacobra18 631: 2500m15.2Eastern Front
03/05/1944Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Jak-768 833: 2500m15Eastern Front
31/05/1944Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 51Airacobra78 643: 5000m18.55Eastern Front
02/06/1944Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Il-2mH.78 171: 400m11.32Eastern Front
08/06/1944Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52LaGG-578 531: 3000m15.52Eastern Front
08/06/1944Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 52Airacobra78 674: 3000m19.2Eastern Front
30/10/1944Obstlt. Dietrich HrabakStabJG 54Airacobra17 624: 2000m10.05Eastern Front

Known Claims : 99

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