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Willi Reschke

Victories : 28
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Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis


Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross
Knights
Cross

One of the outstanding younger Luftwaffe pilots, Willi Reschke was one of the leading members of JG300 Wilde Sau flying the Fw190A in the 'Defence of the Reich'. Towards the latter months of the war he transferred to the Stabsschwarm of JG301, still flying the Fw190A. Awarded the Knight's Crossin April 1945, he was credited with 26 victories - all in the west - including 18 four engined bombers.

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 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.
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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.

Willi Reschke

Squadrons for : Willi Reschke
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Willi Reschke. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
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JG300

Country : Germany
Founded : 26th June 1943
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG300

Jagdgeschwader 300 (JG 300) was a Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II. JG 300 was formed on June 26, 1943 in Deelen as Stab/Versuchskommando Herrmann, from July 18, 1943 as Stab/JG Herrmann, and then finally redesignated on August 20, 1943 to Stab/JG 300. Its first Geschwaderkommodore was Oberstleutnant Hajo Herrmann.

JG301

Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG301

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JG302

Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG302

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Aircraft for : Willi Reschke
A list of all aircraft associated with Willi Reschke. 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.

Ta152

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Manufacturer : Focke-Wulf

Ta152

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Known Victory Claims - Willi Reschke

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

02/07/1944Uffz. Willi Reschke1JG 302B-2414 Ost N/GS-78: 6500m [W. Budapest]10.29Western Front
02/07/1944Uffz. Willi Reschke1JG 302B-2414 Ost N/GS-5: 6500m [W. Budapest]10.25Western Front
07/07/1944Uffz. Willi Reschke1JG 302B-2414 Ost N/CQ: 5000m [N. Preßburg]11.55Western Front
13/07/1944Uffz. Willi Reschke1JG 302B-17Neusiedler See10.45Western Front
14/07/1944Uffz. Willi Reschke1JG 302B-24Budapest9.55Western Front
18/07/1944Uffz. Willi Reschke1JG 302B-24Raum München10.53Western Front
18/07/1944Uffz. Willi Reschke1JG 302P-51Raum München11.1Western Front
19/07/1944Uffz. Willi Reschke1JG 302B-17Starnberger See: 7000m9.4Western Front
16/08/1944Uffz. Willi Reschke1JG 302B-17MU-3: 7000m [SE Kassel]10Western Front
20/08/1944Uffz. Willi Reschke1JG 302B-17S. Budapest9.45Western Front
20/08/1944Uffz. Willi Reschke1JG 302B-17S. Budapest9.52Western Front
22/08/1944Uffz. Willi Reschke1JG 302B-1714 Ost N/GP: 5000m12.5Western Front
24/08/1944Uffz. Willi Reschke1JG 302B-24UL 3-6 Neuhaus/Böhman12.4Western Front
29/08/1944Uffz. Willi Reschke1JG 302B-1715 Ost S/UQ: 6500-7500m [Brünn]10.5Western Front
21/11/1944Fw. Willi Reschke9JG 301B-17Magdeburg12.05Western Front
26/11/1944Fw. Willi Reschke9JG 301B-24GU-HU: 7500m [Hildesheim]12.45Western Front
17/12/1944Fw. Willi Reschke9JG 301P-51Kassel11.25Western Front
17/12/1944Fw. Willi Reschke9JG 301B-24Kassel11.2Western Front
24/12/1944Fw. Willi Reschke9JG 301B-17Hannover14.55Western Front
24/12/1944Fw. Willi Reschke9JG 301B-17Hannover15.03Western Front
31/12/1944Fw. Willi Reschke9JG 301B-24Hamburg11.35Western Front
01/01/1945Fw. Willi Reschke9JG 301B-17Gardelegen12Western Front
14/01/1945Fw. Willi Reschke9JG 301P-47Kyritz12.55Western Front
14/01/1945Fw. Willi Reschke9JG 301P-51Mecklenburg12.45Western Front
14/04/1945Ofw. Willi ReschkeStabJG 301TempestLudwigslust19.2Western Front
24/04/1945Ofw. Willi ReschkeStabJG 301Jak-9Berlin8.48Western Front
24/04/1945Ofw. Willi ReschkeStabJG 301Jak-9Berlin8.45Western Front

Known Claims : 27

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