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Herbert Koller

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Victories : 49
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Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis

Posted to II./JG54 on the Eastern Front, Herbert Koller flew Fw190s with 5./JG54, scoring his first victory on 19th February 1943, over an Il-2. By the end of the year his victory claims had risen to 12, including 8 Il-2 Shturmoviks, and a Boston bomber. The year 1944 saw intense combat 5./JG54 on an almost daily basis, and month by month Herbert Kollers victories continued to mount, by the end of 1944 his tally had risen to 48. His final, and 49th victory came on 9th April 1945 when he downed a Yak 3.

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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.

Herbert Koller

Squadrons for : Herbert Koller
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Herbert Koller. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
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JG54

Country : Germany
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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 : Herbert Koller
A list of all aircraft associated with Herbert Koller. 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.

Known Victory Claims - Herbert Koller

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

19/02/1943Ogefr. Herbert Koller6JG 54Il-218 632: 20m9.05Eastern Front
23/02/1943Ogefr. Herbert Koller6JG 54R-519 832: 20m8.35Eastern Front
18/06/1943Ogefr. Herbert Koller6JG 54La-520 124: 200m6.2Eastern Front
18/06/1943Ogefr. Herbert Koller6JG 54La-510 121: 600m6.31Eastern Front
21/06/1943Ogefr. Herbert Koller5JG 54LaGG-321 753: 800m15.49Eastern Front
13/07/1943Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54La-564 899: 50m8.38Eastern Front
13/07/1943Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54Il-263 251: 300m9.17Eastern Front
13/07/1943Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54Il-263 231: 20m9.22Eastern Front
15/07/1943Ltn. Herbert Koller5JG 54Il-254 42: 170-200m17.05Eastern Front
17/07/1943Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54Jak-154 618: 1200m6.45Eastern Front
15/08/1943Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54Il-2mH.54 583: 200m16.07Eastern Front
23/08/1943Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54Boston III44 412: 3000m7.13Eastern Front
24/01/1944Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54Il-280 66310.49Eastern Front
25/01/1944Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54Il-280 66: 100m10.49Eastern Front
27/01/1944Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54Il-290 574: 500m8.2Eastern Front
27/01/1944Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54Il-290 583: 100m8.23Eastern Front
10/02/1944Uffz. Herbert Koller6JG 54Pe-200 754: 300m6.45Eastern Front
11/02/1944Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54La-580 223: 3000m12.53Eastern Front
11/02/1944Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54La-580 252: 2000m13.55Eastern Front
05/06/1944Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54Jak-970 244: 200m11.35Eastern Front
17/06/1944Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54Jak-991 382: 500m17.4Eastern Front
20/06/1944Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54Airacobra91 353: 400m17.47Eastern Front
21/06/1944Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54La-581 574: 2000m9.25Eastern Front
28/06/1944Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54La-591 172: 4000m20.5Eastern Front
29/06/1944Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54Pe-291 322: 1000m8.17Eastern Front
01/07/1944Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54Jak-985 734: 2000m [Novorzhev/Pskov]5.3Eastern Front
21/07/1944Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54Jak-988 773: 800m15.5Eastern Front
26/07/1944Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54Jak-970 683: 3000m16.3Eastern Front
27/07/1944Uffz. Herbert Koller5JG 54Il-278 472: 20m19.01Eastern Front
02/08/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54La-570 658 2000m13.11Eastern Front
30/08/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54Il-269 556: 5500m19.1Eastern Front
30/08/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54Il-269 594: 300m19.15Eastern Front
05/09/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54Il-269 661: 150m17.38Eastern Front
05/09/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54Jak-969 492: 50m18.02Eastern Front
06/09/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54Jak-969 482: 1500m16.07Eastern Front
06/09/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54Jak-969 481: 1000m16.15Eastern Front
15/09/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54Jak-950 399: 2500m17Eastern Front
15/09/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54Jak-950 396: 2500m17.08Eastern Front
17/09/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54La-559 895: 400m13.45Eastern Front
21/09/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54La-5-16.--Eastern Front
28/09/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54Il-248 892: 50m14.38Eastern Front
09/10/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54Il-217 688: 1000m14.16Eastern Front
09/10/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54Jak-917 698: 700m14.19Eastern Front
16/10/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54La-514 652: 300m11.43Eastern Front
17/10/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54Il-217 564: 700m15.36Eastern Front
22/10/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54Pe-217 567: 3000m14.18Eastern Front
27/10/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54Pe-217 612: 3000m11.35Eastern Front
27/10/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54Pe-217 618: 700m11.37Eastern Front
29/10/1944Fw. Herbert Koller5JG 54Airacobra27 518: 1000m11.13Eastern Front

Known Claims : 49

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