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Emil Clade

Victories : 27
Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : May 2010

Born 26th February 1916, Emil Clade joined the Luftwaffe in April 1937. At the outbreak of war he was with 1 Staffel JG27 and took part in the Battle of France, the fighting over Dunkirk and then in 1940, based in the Pas de Calais, in the Battle of Britain, where he scored his first victory flying the Me109E. In early 1941 Emil was posted with JG27 to North Africa where he flew continually until the German forces were eventually defeated at the end of 1942. By the end of the war he had survived 6 bail outs and scored 26 air victories. He was awarded the German Gold Cross, and Iron Cross 1st Class. Sadly, Emil Clade passed away in May 2010.

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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.

Emil Clade

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


Country : Germany
Fleet Air Arm

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German World War II fighter unit or wing which used the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Focke-Wulf Fw 190 aircraft, between 1940–1944. The name of the unit derives from Jagd, meaning hunt and Geschwader, meaning wing. First formed in May 1939 in eastern Prussia, I./JG 1 was one of the original groups created by the Luftwaffe as part of its expansion plans.

Between 1940 and 1942, JG 1 operated primarily over the Western Front and northern occupied Europe. During the initial days of the war, JG 1 faced little resistance, apart from occasional Royal Air Force (RAF) excursions. The unit was rarely engaged in large-scale confrontations during this time. From late 1942 onwards it was tasked with defense of the Reich duties. After D-Day, elements of JG 1 were moved to France and were tasked with air support to the army Wehrmacht, along with their air defense role. Operation Bodenplatte severely reduced the strength of JG 1.

Towards the end of the war, the unit was disbanded and its remaining pilots and aircraft were re-organized. What remained of these groups surrendered to Allied forces at the end of the war.

JG 1 was the first unit to attempt 'aerial bombing' techniques against the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) heavy bomber formations. It was the only unit to be equipped with the Heinkel He 162 jet fighter.

In 1944 the Oesau suffix was added to the unit's title, after its late Geschwaderkommodore Oberst Walter Oesau (127 kills), who was killed in action. Some 700 enemy aircraft were claimed shot down during the war.


Country : Germany
Fleet Air Arm

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Jagdgeschwader 27 Afrika was a World War II Luftwaffe Geschwader. It was most famous for service in the North African Campaign, supporting the Deutsches Afrikakorps.

Commanders of IV./JG 27

Hauptmann Rudolf Sinner, June 1943
Oberleutnant Dietrich Boesler (acting), September 1943
Oberleutnant Alfred Burk (acting), October 1943
Hauptmann Joachim Kirschner, 18 October 1943
Hauptmann Otto Meyer, 1 February 1943
Hauptmann Hanns-Heinz Dudeck, July 1944
Hauptmann Ernst-Wilhelm Reinert, 2 January 1945
Aircraft for : Emil Clade
A list of all aircraft associated with Emil Clade. 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 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.

Known Victory Claims - Emil Clade









11/05/1940Uffz. Emil Clade1JG 1GladiatorRaum Maastricht7.01Western Front
11/05/1940Uffz. Emil Clade1JG 1LeO 45W. Maastricht19.5Western Front
17/05/1940Uffz. Emil Clade1JG 1MoraneCompiègne12.58Western Front
26/05/1940Uffz. Emil Clade1JG 1SpitfireRaum Calais9.45Western Front
25/08/1940Fw. Emil Clade7JG 27SpitfireW. Portland18.42Western Front
06/09/1940Fw. Emil Clade9JG 27SpitfireKenley10.03Western Front
12/06/1942Ofw. Emil Clade5JG 27Curtiss P-40S. El Adem18.2Western Front
16/06/1942Ofw. Emil Clade5JG 27Curtiss P-40E. Bu-Amud: 4400m16.42Western Front
26/06/1942Ofw. Emil Clade5JG 27Curtiss P-4035km SW Mersa Mâtruh: 20m14.5Western Front
05/07/1942Ofw. Emil Clade5JG 27Spitfire40km SE El-Daba13.55Western Front
19/07/1942Ofw. Emil Clade5JG 27HurricaneBir Ibrahim9.18Western Front
03/08/1942Ofw. Emil Clade5JG 27SpitfireN. El-Bahrein18.05Western Front
02/09/1942Ofw. Emil Clade5JG 27SpitfireSSW El-Hammam17.05Western Front
11/11/1942Ofw. Emil Clade5JG 27Curtiss P-4015km SSE Sollum: 2000m9.12Western Front
03/03/1943Ofw. Emil Clade5JG 27Spitfire20km S. Ragusa: 5000m8.48Western Front
11/05/1943Ltn. Emil Clade4JG 27P-3815km W. Marsala: 3000m12.14Western Front
13/05/1943Ltn. Emil Clade5JG 27P-3835km SW Cagliari: 8000m-Western Front
05/10/1943Ltn. Emil Clade7JG 27B-2420km NW Lebadeia: 5300m12.43Western Front
08/11/1943Ltn. Emil Clade7JG27Beaufighter10km S. Syphonos: 400m10.35Western Front
13/11/1943Ltn. Emil Clade7JG 27BeaufighterN. Lèvita: 20m8.55Western Front
16/11/1943Ltn. Emil Clade7JG 27BeaufighterNNW Insel Kos: 30m12.35Western Front
20/12/1943Ltn. Emil Clade7JG 27B-17NNE Megara: 7000m12.45Western Front
29/01/1945Ltn. Emil Clade12JG 27TyphoonWallenbrück16.22Western Front
22/02/1945Oblt. Emil Clade12JG 27B-26Warendorf15.1Western Front
25/02/1945Oblt. Emil Clade12JG 27P-38Much8.35Western Front

Known Claims : 25

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