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Alfred Heckmann

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Victories : 71
Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : 21st July 1993

Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross

Born 24th June 1914. He claimed a total of 71 victories, of which 17 were on the western front.

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.

Alfred Heckmann

Squadrons for : Alfred Heckmann
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Alfred Heckmann. 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 JG26

Jagdgeschwader 26 Schlageter was a Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II. It operated mainly in Western Europe against Great Britain, France and the United States but also saw service against Russia. It was named after Albert Leo Schlageter, a World War I veteran and Freikorps member arrested and executed by the French for sabotage in 1923.

Commanders of II. Gruppe JG 26

Hptm. Werner Palm, 1 May 1939 – 27 June 1939
Hptm Herwig Knüppel, 28 June 1939 – 19 May 1940
Hptm Karl Ebbighausen, 20 May 1940 – 31 May 1940
Hptm. Erich Noack, 1 June 1940 – 24 July 1940
Hptm Karl Ebbighausen, 25 July 1940 – 16 August 1940
Hptm Erich Bode, 17 August 1940 – 3.10.40
Hptm Walter Adolph, 4 October 1940 – 18 September 1941
Hptm Joachim Müncheberg, 19 September 1941 – 21 July 1942
Hptm Conny Meyer, 22 July 1942 – 2 January 1943
Maj Wilhelm-Ferdinand Galland, 3 January 43 – 17 August 1943
Hptm Hans Naumann, 18 August 1943 – 8 September 1943
ObLt Johannes Seifert, 9 September 1943 – 25 November 1943
Maj Wilhelm Gäth, 26 November 1943 – 1 March 1944
Hptm Hans Naumann, 2 March 1944 – 28 June 1944
Hptm Emil Lang, 29 June 1944 – 3 September 1944
Hptm Georg-Peter Eder, 4 September 1944 – 8 October 1944
Maj Anton Hackl, 9 October 1944 – 29 January 45
ObLt Waldemar Radener, 30 January 1945 – 22 February 1945
Hptm Paul Schauder, 23 February 1945 – 1 May 1945


Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

Click the name above to see prints featuring aircraft of 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
Aircraft for : Alfred Heckmann
A list of all aircraft associated with Alfred Heckmann. 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.


Click the name above to see prints featuring Me109 aircraft.

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


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.


Click the name above to see prints featuring Me262 aircraft.

Manufacturer : Messerschmitt
Number Built : 1400


The Messerschmitt Me-262 Swallow, a masterpiece of engineering, was the first operational mass-produced jet to see service. Prototype testing of the airframe commenced in 1941 utilizing a piston engine. General Adolf Galland, who was in charge of the German Fighter Forces at that time, pressured both Goring and Hitler to accelerate the Me-262, and stress its use as a fighter to defend Germany from Allied bombers. Hitler, however, envisioned the 262 as the aircraft which might allow him to inflict punishment on Britain. About 1400 Swallows were produced, but fortunately for the Allies, only about 300 saw combat duty. While the original plans for the 262 presumed the use of BMW jet engines, production Swallows were ultimately equipped with Jumo 004B turbojet engines. The wing design of the 262 necessitated the unique triangular hull section of the fuselage, giving the aircraft a shark-like appearance. With an 18 degree swept wing, the 262 was capable of Mach .86. The 262 was totally ineffective in a turning duel with Allied fighters, and was also vulnerable to attack during take off and landings. The landing gear was also suspect, and many 262s were destroyed or damaged due to landing gear failure. Despite its sleek jet-age appearance, the 262 was roughly manufactured, because Germany had lost access to its normal aircraft assembly plants. In spite of these drawbacks the 262 was effective. For example, on April 7, 1945 a force of sixty 262s took on a large force of Allied bombers with escort fighters. Armed with their four nose-mounted cannons, and underwing rockets the Swallows succeeded in downing or damaging 25 Allied B-17s on that single mission. While it is unlikely that the outcome of the War could have been altered by an earlier introduction or greater production totals for this aircraft, it is clear to many historians that the duration of the War might have been drastically lengthened if the Me-262 had not been too little too late.

Known Victory Claims - Alfred Heckmann









06/06/1940Uffz. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3Morane 406Abbéville11.1Western Front
16/08/1940Uffz. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3SpitfireAshford: 6000m13.2Western Front
20/09/1940Uffz. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3SpitfireS. London12.2Western Front
22/06/1941Fw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3I-153-7.45Eastern Front
23/06/1941Fw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3I-16-4.5Eastern Front
26/06/1941Fw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3DB-3-8.1Eastern Front
26/06/1941Fw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3DB-3-8.3Eastern Front
27/06/1941Fw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3I-15-8.05Eastern Front
27/06/1941Fw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3I-15-8.05Eastern Front
30/06/1941Fw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3I-16-14.3Eastern Front
02/07/1941Fw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3R-5-16.25Eastern Front
02/07/1941Fw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3R-5-16.3Eastern Front
05/07/1941Fw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3SB-2-13.1Eastern Front
05/07/1941Fw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3DB-3-16.2Eastern Front
10/07/1941Fw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3W. Kolontschina17.2Eastern Front
10/07/1941Fw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3W. Kolontschina17.3Eastern Front
26/07/1941Fw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3SB-3-17.23Eastern Front
26/07/1941Fw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3SB-3-17.28Eastern Front
03/09/1941Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3I-26-7Eastern Front
12/09/1941Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3I-26-10Eastern Front
12/09/1941Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3I-26-14.5Eastern Front
13/09/1941Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3V-11-6.55Eastern Front
13/09/1941Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3V-11-6.57Eastern Front
13/09/1941Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3R-5-7.03Eastern Front
24/09/1941Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3I-153-8.3Eastern Front
05/10/1941Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3Pe-2-9.55Eastern Front
17/10/1941Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3I-17-9.12Eastern Front
18/10/1941Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3I-61-14.5Eastern Front
10/06/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3Il-2-13.1Eastern Front
01/07/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3Il-2-13.11Eastern Front
04/07/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3MiG-1-3.41Eastern Front
04/07/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3MiG-1Ustje: 500m3.4Eastern Front
04/07/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3MiG-1Malyschowo: 100m3.43Eastern Front
09/07/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3Jak-1-13.15Eastern Front
09/07/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3Jak-1-13.16Eastern Front
10/07/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3Boston III-4.31Eastern Front
10/07/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3Boston III-4.33Eastern Front
10/07/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3Boston III-4.3Eastern Front
10/07/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3Boston III-4.31Eastern Front
13/07/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3Jak-1-8.25Eastern Front
13/07/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3Jak-1-8.28Eastern Front
20/07/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3MiG-108/4/5/3: 100m11.58Eastern Front
22/07/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3LaGG-329 342: tiefflug16.15Eastern Front
26/07/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3Jak-1-11.25Eastern Front
26/07/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3Jak-1-11.26Eastern Front
26/07/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3Jak-1-11.29Eastern Front
06/08/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3LaGG-330 682: 1000m6.5Eastern Front
07/08/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3ER-249 556: 2500m17.46Eastern Front
16/08/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3LaGG40 640: 5000m4.3Eastern Front
18/08/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3I-16 Rata30 132: 2500m6.45Eastern Front
18/08/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3I-16 Rata30 251: 3000m6.5Eastern Front
23/09/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3LaGG-347 331: 2400m7.25Eastern Front
04/10/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3LaGG-338 521: 2000m13.55Eastern Front
04/10/1942Ofw. Alfred Heckmann5JG 3LaGG-338 577: 2500m13.5Eastern Front
16/02/1943Ofw. Alfred Heckmann1JG 26Il-228 142: 800m15.25Eastern Front
16/02/1943Ofw. Alfred Heckmann1JG 26Il-218 423: 800m14.53Eastern Front
18/02/1943Ofw. Alfred Heckmann1JG 26Il-228 311: 20m11.02Eastern Front
18/02/1943Ofw. Alfred Heckmann1JG 26Il-228 351: 20m11.04Eastern Front
14/10/1943Ofw. Alfred Heckmann1JG 26B-17RK-7 W. Charleville-Mézières14Western Front
11/01/1944Ofw. Alfred Heckmann1JG 26B-17Zuider Zee: 5500m13.25Western Front
04/02/1944Ofw. Alfred Heckmann3JG 26B-1710km ESE Rotterdam: 7500m14.3Western Front
08/02/1944Ofw. Alfred Heckmann3JG 26P-51QI-74: 8500m [Chimay]12.45Western Front
06/03/1944Ofw. Alfred Heckmann3JG 26P-47GO-5:3 Almelo14.47Western Front
15/08/1944Ltn. Alfred Heckmann3JG 26P-51BC-3: 1000m [Dreux]12.28Western Front
22/08/1944Ltn. Alfred Heckmann3JG 26AusterUD 8: 2-300m [Mantes-la-Jolie12.35Western Front
17/09/1944Oblt. Alfred Heckmann3JG 26Spitfire05 Ost S/JN-7: 3000m [Emmerich]17.51Western Front
21/09/1944Oblt. Alfred Heckmann3JG 26DC-3W. Arnheim Drop-Zone: 2500m17.17Western Front
21/09/1944Oblt. Alfred Heckmann3JG 26DC-3W. Arnheim Drop-Zone : 2500m17.18Western Front
21/09/1944Oblt. Alfred Heckmann3JG 26DC-3W. Arnheim Drop-Zone : 2500m17.19Western Front
21/09/1944Oblt. Alfred Heckmann3JG 26DC-3W. Arnheim Drop-Zone : 2500m17.2Western Front
23/09/1944Oblt. Alfred Heckmann3JG 26P-5105 Ost S/KN: 3000m [Goch-Xanten]16.5Western Front
25/02/1945Oblt. Alfred Heckmann3JG 26P-47SE Köln8.25Western Front

Known Claims : 72

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