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Franz von Werra

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Victories : 21
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Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : 25th October 1940


Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross
Knights
Cross

Artwork featuring this Ace : Prints and Paintings Available to Purchase!

 Gerald <i>Stapme</i> Stapleton in his 603 Sqn Spitfire despatching the Bf109 of Franz von Werra of III/JG 3. Wounded Eagle by Ivan Berryman.Click For DetailsB0368
 Depicting the No.19 Sqn Spitfire Mk.IIA of Flt Lt Walter Lawson attacking a Bf.109 E-4 of JG.3 in the Summer of 1940. The final tally of Lawson before he was listed as missing in August 1941 was 6 confirmed, 1 shared, 3 probables and 1 damaged.  The Bf.109 shown here was flown by Oberleutnant Franz von Werra. He survived this encounter, but was shot down over Kent in September 1940. Flt Lt Walter Lawson by Ivan Berryman.Click For DetailsDHM1855

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.

Franz von Werra

Squadrons for : Franz von Werra
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Franz von Werra. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
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JG3

Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG3

Jagdgeschwader 3 (JG 3) Udet was a Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II. The Geschwader operated on all the German fronts in the European Theatre of World War II. It was named after Ernst Udet in 1942.

Commanders of IV./JG 3

Major Franz Beyer, 1. June 1943
Hauptmann Heinz Lang , 11 February 1944
Major Friedrich-Karl Müller, 26 February 1944
Hauptmann Heinz Lang , 11 April 1944
Major Wilhelm Moritz, 18 April 1944
Hauptmann Hubert-York Weydenhammer, 5 December 1944
Major Erwin Bacsila, 5 January 1945
Oberleutnant Oskar Romm, 17 February 1945
Hauptmann Gerhard Koall, 25 April 1945
Hauptmann Günther Schack, 1 Mai 1945

JG53

Country : Germany
Founded : 1937
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG53

Pik-As was a Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II. It operated in Western Europe and in the Mediterranean. Jagdgeschwader 53 - or as it was better known, the Pik As (Ace of Spades) Geschwader - was one of the oldest German fighter units of World War II with its origins going back to 1937. JG53 flew the various models of Bf-109 throughout the second world war.
Aircraft for : Franz von Werra
A list of all aircraft associated with Franz von Werra. A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.
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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 - Franz von Werra

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

20/05/1940Ltn. Franz von WerraStab II.JG 3Hurricane15km E. Arras16.29Western Front
22/05/1940Ltn. Franz von WerraStab II.JG 3Bréguet 690Saudemont: tiefflug12.36Western Front
22/05/1940Ltn. Franz von WerraStab II.JG 3Bréguet 690Cambrai12.52Western Front
22/05/1940Ltn. Franz von WerraStab II.JG 3Potez 63SW Cambrai14.26Western Front
28/08/1940Oblt. Franz von WerraStab II.JG 3Spitfire3km W. Rochester: 2000m17.1Western Front
28/08/1940Oblt. Franz von WerraStab II.JG 3Hurricane--Western Front
28/08/1940Oblt. Franz von WerraStab II.JG 3Hurricane--Western Front
28/08/1940Oblt. Franz von WerraStab II.JG 3Hurricane--Western Front
07/07/1941Hptm. Franz von WerraStab I.JG 53DB-3S. Ploskirow9.05Eastern Front
08/07/1941Hptm. Franz von WerraStab I.JG 53DB-3-17.1Eastern Front
11/07/1941Hptm. Franz von WerraStab I.JG 53SB-3Kudno18.4Eastern Front
11/07/1941Hptm. Franz von WerraStab I.JG 53SB-3Kudno18.42Eastern Front
12/07/1941Hptm. Franz von WerraStab I.JG 53DB-3-10.32Eastern Front
17/07/1941Hptm. Franz von WerraStab I.JG 53I-153-17.5Eastern Front
18/07/1941Hptm. Franz von WerraStab I.JG 53SB-3-12.03Eastern Front
26/07/1941Hptm. Franz von WerraStab I.JG 53SB-3-10.53Eastern Front
29/07/1941Hptm. Franz von WerraStab I.JG 53SB-3S. Smola17.05Eastern Front
31/07/1941Hptm. Franz von WerraStab I.JG 53Pe-2-15.05Eastern Front
31/07/1941Hptm. Franz von WerraStab I.JG 53V-11-15.08Eastern Front

Known Claims : 19

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