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Hugo Broch

Victories : 81
Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis

Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross

Vital to all fighter units are the pilots who make such superb wingmen that their leaders are loath to part with them. Hugo Broch was one such wingman. Having joined VI./JG54 in January he flew first with Horst Adameit (166 victories), and later with 'Bazi' Sterr (130 victories), but soon demonstrated his own skill in combat. By the end of 1944 he had lifted his personal score to 71 victories. One of JG54's great Fw190 Aces, Hugo Broch saw combat on the Eastern and Baltic Fronts, and completed the war having flown 324 combat missions, and claiming 81 victories. He was awarded the Knight's Cross.

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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.

Hugo Broch

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


Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

Click the name above to see prints featuring aircraft of 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 : Hugo Broch
A list of all aircraft associated with Hugo Broch. A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.


Click the name above to see prints featuring Fw190 aircraft.

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


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.

Known Victory Claims - Hugo Broch









13/03/1943Gefr. Hugo Broch6JG 54Il-220 122: 150m15.18Eastern Front
19/03/1943Gefr. Hugo Broch6JG 54Il-200 451: 1000m15.37Eastern Front
21/03/1943Gefr. Hugo Broch6JG 54LaGG-300 192: 400m12Eastern Front
01/06/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54LaGG-320 123: 5000m5.1Eastern Front
16/07/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54LaGG-3-?-: 2800m4.35Eastern Front
21/07/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-764 794: 1600m13.34Eastern Front
22/07/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-7Orel: 1200m15.21Eastern Front
02/08/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Il-210 172: 1400m8.54Eastern Front
12/08/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-754 763: 3500m8Eastern Front
12/08/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54LaGG-335 621: 1400m12.5Eastern Front
14/08/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-945 752: 1500m5.02Eastern Front
19/08/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-945 744: 2800m16.25Eastern Front
19/08/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-935 864: 3000m16.38Eastern Front
21/08/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-943 813: 1200m16.46Eastern Front
22/08/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-943 223: 2000m13.05Eastern Front
22/08/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54La-543 823: 2000m16.23Eastern Front
23/08/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54LaGG-344 664: 150m18.39Eastern Front
24/08/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54La-544 481: 5000m7.03Eastern Front
24/08/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54La-554 553: 800m14.43Eastern Front
28/08/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-943 683: 3200m11.49Eastern Front
31/08/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-935 523: 3000m15.33Eastern Front
31/08/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54La-535 384: 1000m17.43Eastern Front
02/09/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-935 371: 3200m10.01Eastern Front
05/09/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-935 372: 1800m15.35Eastern Front
07/09/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-926 812: 4500m10.55Eastern Front
10/09/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54LaGG-326 813: 4000m10.05Eastern Front
14/09/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54La-585 372: 1200m12.08Eastern Front
14/09/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Pe-225 672: 1500m16.37Eastern Front
15/09/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54La-526 813: 1800m8.44Eastern Front
15/09/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-935 511: 2000m13.13Eastern Front
15/09/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54La-535 512: 3500m17.35Eastern Front
25/10/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-910 132: 3500m15.34Eastern Front
26/10/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-910 131: 2500m14.5Eastern Front
26/10/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54La-511 783: 5500m15.02Eastern Front
28/10/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54La-501 474: 4500m12.07Eastern Front
28/10/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Il-201 623: 3000m12.15Eastern Front
29/10/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-901 663: 3000m9.09Eastern Front
02/11/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Il-210 123: 1500m13.2Eastern Front
02/11/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-901 441: 3000m15.07Eastern Front
02/11/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-901 413: 3500m15.12Eastern Front
05/11/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54La-515 61: 100m10.47Eastern Front
05/11/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Il-201 564: 100m10.5Eastern Front
05/11/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Il-201 533: 300m13.05Eastern Front
06/11/1943Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-901 564: 3000m15.2Eastern Front
17/08/1944Uffz. Hugo Broch5JG 54La-579 814: 3000m13.09Eastern Front
21/08/1944Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54La-568 274: 3500m18.11Eastern Front
21/08/1944Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54La-568 282: 1000m18.15Eastern Front
25/08/1944Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-967 116: 2000m9.33Eastern Front
25/08/1944Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Il-267 119: 1000m9.34Eastern Front
30/08/1944Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54La-569 568: 3000m17.55Eastern Front
06/09/1944Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-969 632: 3500m12.55Eastern Front
14/09/1944Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-968 115: 2000m17.41Eastern Front
14/09/1944Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Jak-968 113: 2000m17.42Eastern Front
16/09/1944Uffz. Hugo BrochII.JG 54Pe-257 258: 3000m17.35Eastern Front
16/09/1944Uffz. Hugo BrochII.JG 54Pe-257 259: 3000m17.39Eastern Front
16/09/1944Uffz. Hugo BrochII.JG 54La-557 267: 5000m18Eastern Front
20/09/1944Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54Il-269 116: 200m11.42Eastern Front
23/09/1944Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54La-558 625: 1500m12.35Eastern Front
30/09/1944Uffz. Hugo Broch6JG 54La-557 115: 3000m12.22Eastern Front
10/10/1944Uffz. Hugo BrochII.JG 54Pe-217 528: 2000m10.18Eastern Front
22/10/1944Uffz. Hugo BrochII.JG 54Jak-917 543: 2000m14.25Eastern Front
28/10/1944Uffz. Hugo BrochII.JG 54Il-207 492: 1500m11.46Eastern Front
28/10/1944Uffz. Hugo BrochII.JG 54Il-207 495: 1500m11.44Eastern Front
28/10/1944Uffz. Hugo BrochII.JG 54Il-217 642: 400m15.15Eastern Front
26/12/1944Fw. Hugo Broch8JG 54Il-2--Eastern Front
20/01/1945Fw. Hugo Broch8JG 54Pe-2--Western Front
20/01/1945Fw. Hugo Broch8JG 54Jak-9--Western Front
20/01/1945Fw. Hugo Broch8JG 54Jak-9--Western Front
26/01/1945Fw. Hugo Broch8JG 54P-39--Western Front
29/01/1945Fw. Hugo Broch8JG 54Il-2--Western Front
21/02/1945Fw. Hugo Broch8JG 54Pe-2--Western Front
25/03/1945Ofw. Hugo Broch8JG 54Jak-9--Western Front
25/03/1945Ofw. Hugo Broch8JG 54Il-2--Western Front
26/03/1945Ofw. Hugo Broch8JG 54Jak-3--Western Front
26/03/1945Ofw. Hugo Broch8JG 54Jak-3--Western Front

Known Claims : 75

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