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Oberst Werner Molders (deceased)

Ace with 115.00 Victories

This pilot scored 5 or more victories during the Battle of Britain, 10th July - 31st October 1940.

At the outbreak of WWII Werner Molders was the most successful German fighter pilot, leading 3./JG53, then III.JG53, on the Western Front. As inspirational fighter leader, he was the first Ace to achieve 20 victories, the first awarded the Knights Cross, and commanded JG51 during the Battle of Britain. With 68 victories in the West, he transferred to Russia, and in July 1941 shot down his 101st enemy aircraft, agains as the first to do so. Promoted as the first General of the Fighter Arm, on 22nd November 1941 travelling to the funeral of Ernst Udet, the plane in which he was a passenger crashed and he was killed. Molders had by then achieved 115 victories, and had been awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and Diamonds.

Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron CrossAwarded Oak Leaves to the Knights CrossAwarded Swords to the Knights CrossAwarded Diamonds to the Knights Cross
Oak LeavesSwordsDiamonds

Items Signed by Oberst Werner Molders (deceased)

 Signed photograph of the Ace Werner Molders. ......Werner Molders - Original Signed Hoffmann Card.
Signed photograph of the Ace Werner Molders. ......NOT

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Oberst Werner Molders (deceased)

Squadrons for : Oberst Werner Molders (deceased)
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Oberst Werner Molders (deceased). A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.


Country : Germany
Founded : August 1939

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Jagdgeschwader 51 Mölders was a Luftwaffe fighter wing during World War II, named after the fighter ace Werner Mölders in 1942. JG 51's pilots won more Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes than any other Jagdgeschwader, and flew combat from 1939 in all major theatres of war. Flying Bf 109s and then FW 190s, the wing claimed over 8,000 air victories. Experten included 'Toni' Hafner, Heinz Bär, Richard Leppla, Karl-Gottfried Nordmann, Günther Schack and the legendary Mölders.

Formed in August 1939, and commanded by 48-year-old World War I ace Onkel Theo Osterkamp, the early months of the war JG 51 was based in the West, fighting in the French campaign, and in the Battle of Britain. From late June to mid July JG 51 was the only fighter Geschwader engaged against the RAF constantly. During the whole battle JG 51 lost 68 pilots, the highest casualty rate of the Luftwaffe fighter units engaged. JG 51 was one of the two Geschewader that had four Gruppen. The other being JG 1.

Four Bf 109 of JG 51 in France 1940Whilst based out of the Belgian airfield at Mardyik in late 1940, the German ace Josef Pips Priller was a Staffelkapitän with JG 51, flying Bf 109-E Yellow One. Josef Priller went on to score over 100 victories, the third highest scoring Luftwaffe day fighter ace on the Western Front, fighting solely against the Western Allies.

Against the Western Allies JG 51 had claimed 345 aircraft destroyed by May 1941. JG 51 were therefore one of the Jagdwaffe's elite units, with 'top ten' aces at this time including Werner Mölders with 68 claims, Walter Oesau with 34 claims, and Hermann-Friedrich Joppien with 31. Major Werner Mölders became unit Geschwaderkommodore during July 1940 and led the unit into the invasion of Russia in June 1941.

Barbarossa (1941)

Claiming 69 kills on the first day of the offensive, by 30 June 1941 JG 51 became the first fighter Geschwader to claim 1,000 air victories (113 kills in 157 sorties were claimed for the day). On 24 June JG 51 claimed 57 bombers shot down for the day. Mölders became the first fighter pilot to reach 100 claims in August and in the same month JG 51's Oberfeldwebel Heinz Bär reached 60 claims and was decorated with the Oak Leaves. A total of 500 Soviet claims was reached on 12 July 1941, although 6 pilots had been lost by JG 51 in the intervening 3 weeks since the offensive had started.

After Mölders' departure in September 1941 (and death later that year) the Geschwader adopted his name as a title of honor in early 1942. Jagdgeschwader 51 Mölders was to remain on the centre sector of the Russian front throughout the rest of 1941. However Oberstleutnant Friedrich Beckh ( one of the few fighter pilots to wear spectacles) proved an uncharismatic commander after Mölders, and it was not until Major Karl-Gottfried Nordmann took over in April 1942 that a worthy successor to Mölders was found. In the period 22 June - 5 December 1941 the unit destroyed 1,881 Soviet aircraft, in return for 84 losses in aerial combat and a single aircraft on the ground.

Air support for the Wehrmacht's Army Group Centre was entrusted to General Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen's VIII. Fliegerkorps. In early January 1942, among the fighter units available to von Richthofen were II, III and IV/ JG 51. With the onset of the sub-zero conditions of the Russian winter, the majority of JG 51's available aircraft became grounded.

The Russian winter counter offensive forced III./ JG 51 into flying numerous fighter-bomber operations in direct support of the infantry, and the gruppe filed few aerial 'kill' claims through January 1942. II./ JG 51 however, accounted for most of VIII. Fliegerkorps's aerial victories during the Soviet offensive. Particularly successful was the duo of Lt. Hans Strelow and Ofw. Wilhelm Mink, both of 5. JG 51. They claimed five MiG-3s of 16 IAP on 4 January (Mink claimed three) and 9 days later Mink claimed a Pe-2 and Strelow destroyed two R-Z biplanes for his 30th and 31st victories. On 4 February, Strelow increased his victories to 36 by shooting down four Russian aircraft. The 19 year-old Strelow claimed his 40th victory on 28 February and claimed 4 victories on both 6 March and 17 March. The next day he was awarded the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes and also shot down seven Soviet aircraft. He was awarded the Eichenlaub on 24 March, his claims total at 66.

Normandy (1944)

7./JG 51, (with Bf 109G-6's) was attached to II./JG 1 in May 1944 from Brest-Litovsk, with pilots arriving at Störmede late in May and hurriedly converting to the FW-190. (It was later renamed 8./JG 1 on 15 August 1944 when the four-Staffeln Gruppe became standard) 7. Staffel was led by Ritterkreuzträger (Knight's Cross winner) Hptm. Karl-Heinz Weber with 136 confirmed kills. Its two other experten were Lt. Friedrich Krakowitzer (23 kills) and Ofhr. Günther Heckmann with 12 kills.

7./JG 51 joined II. Gruppe with 15 pilots on strength at the end of May, and during the first two months of the Normandy campaign the staffel was decimated, with twelve pilots killed, one POW and one severely wounded.

As the war turned against Germany JG 51 was forced to operate closer and closer to Germany, finally staging out of East Prussia.

Known Victory Claims - Werner Molders









15/07/1938Oblt. Werner Mölders3J/88Curtiss--Spanish Civil War
17/07/1938Oblt. Werner Mölders3J/88Curtiss--Spanish Civil War
19/07/1938Oblt. Werner Mölders3J/88Rata--Spanish Civil War
19/08/1938Oblt. Werner Mölders3J/88Rata--Spanish Civil War
23/08/1938Oblt. Werner Mölders3J/88SB-2--Spanish Civil War
09/09/1938Oblt. Werner Mölders3J/88Rata--Spanish Civil War
13/09/1938Oblt. Werner Mölders3J/88Rata--Spanish Civil War
23/09/1938Oblt. Werner Mölders3J/88Rata--Spanish Civil War
23/09/1938Oblt. Werner Mölders3J/88Rata--Spanish Civil War
10/10/1938Oblt. Werner Mölders3J/88Rata--Spanish Civil War
15/10/1938Oblt. Werner Mölders3J/88Rata--Spanish Civil War
15/10/1938Oblt. Werner Mölders3J/88Rata--Spanish Civil War
31/10/1938Hptm. Werner Mölders3J/88Rata--Spanish Civil War
31/10/1938Hptm. Werner Mölders3J/88Rata--Spanish Civil War
03/11/1938Hptm. Werner Mölders3J/88Rata--Spanish Civil War
20/09/1939Hptm. Werner Mölders1JG 53Curtiss P-36Sierck7.45Western Front
30/10/1939Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53BlenheimKlüsserath, NE Trier11.12Western Front
22/12/1939Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53Hurricane15km NE Metz15.05Western Front
02/03/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53HurricaneS. Bitsch12.15Western Front
03/03/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53Morane 40612km SE Diedenhofen13.55Western Front
26/03/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53Morane 406Wolkenfeld15Western Front
02/04/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53HurricaneS. Saargemünd12.1Western Front
20/04/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53Curtiss P-367km E. Saargemünd11.54Western Front
23/04/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53HurricaneS. Diedenhofen11.14Western Front
14/05/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53HurricaneSedan16.3Western Front
15/05/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53HurricaneCharleville13.05Western Front
19/05/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53Bloch 152NE Reims9.35Western Front
20/05/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53WellesleyCompiègne19.15Western Front
21/05/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53Morane 406SW Compiègne17.3Western Front
21/05/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53Morane 406SW Compiègne17.5Western Front
21/05/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53Morane 406SW Compiègne19.18Western Front
22/05/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53Potez 63SW Mourmelon-le-Grand17.5Western Front
25/05/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53Morane 406Forêt de Compiègne18.55Western Front
27/05/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53Curtiss15km NW Amiens9.1Western Front
27/05/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53Curtiss15km NW Amiens9.11Western Front
31/05/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53LeO 45130km S. Abbéville19Western Front
03/06/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53CurtissParis14.3Western Front
03/06/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53SpitfireSE Paris: 3000m14.4Western Front
05/06/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53BlochW. Compiègne11.2Western Front
05/06/1940Hptm. Werner MöldersStab III.JG 53Potez 63NW Pont Ste. Maxence11.23Western Front
28/07/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireDover15.3Western Front
26/08/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireFolkestone12.55Western Front
28/08/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51CurtissNE Dover10.05Western Front
28/08/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51HurricaneCanterbury18.25Western Front
31/08/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51HurricaneNE Folkestone10.01Western Front
31/08/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51HurricaneNE Folkestone10Western Front
31/08/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51HurricaneNE Folkestone10.1Western Front
06/09/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireFolkestone14.45Western Front
07/09/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireLondon18.32Western Front
09/09/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireLondon18.45Western Front
11/09/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51HurricaneSE of London17.1Western Front
14/09/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireSW London17.3Western Front
16/09/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51HurricaneS. London9.24Western Front
20/09/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireDungeness12.35Western Front
20/09/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireDungeness12.34Western Front
27/09/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireMaidstone17.03Western Front
28/09/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireLittlestone15.01Western Front
11/10/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireFolkestone12.3Western Front
12/10/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51HurricaneLympne10.4Western Front
12/10/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51HurricaneCanterbury10.43Western Front
12/10/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51HurricaneDungeness14.12Western Front
15/10/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51HurricaneS. London9.15Western Front
17/10/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireLondon16.22Western Front
22/10/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51HurricaneNW Maidstone15.4Western Front
22/10/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51HurricaneNW Maidstone15.41Western Front
22/10/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51HurricaneNW Maidstone15.42Western Front
25/10/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireNW Dover10.45Western Front
25/10/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireMargate13.2Western Front
29/10/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51HurricaneDungeness13.55Western Front
01/12/1940Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51HurricaneAshford15.15Western Front
10/02/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51Hurricane5km NE Calais17.29Western Front
20/02/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireDover16.57Western Front
20/02/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireDover16.56Western Front
25/02/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireN. Gravelines15.2Western Front
26/02/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireSE Dungeness18.37Western Front
12/03/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireDungeness 3500m19.15Western Front
13/03/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51Spitfire20km W. Cap Gris Nez15.22Western Front
15/04/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SpitfireSW Boulogne18Western Front
16/04/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51HurricaneSW Dungeness18.42Western Front
16/04/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51Spitfire5km W. Berck18.32Western Front
28/04/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51HurricaneDungeness13.1Western Front
04/05/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51Hurricane5km E. Deal: 2000m12.17Western Front
06/05/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51HurricaneDover12Western Front
08/05/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51Spitfirevor Dover12.2Western Front
22/06/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51I-153-5Eastern Front
22/06/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SB-2-12.35Eastern Front
22/06/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SB-2-12.36Eastern Front
22/06/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SB-2-12.38Eastern Front
24/06/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SB-2-17.5Eastern Front
25/06/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SB-2-12.3Eastern Front
25/06/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51SB-2-12.31Eastern Front
29/06/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51Pe-2-15.3Eastern Front
29/06/1941Major Werner MöldersStabJG 51I-16 Rata-19.5Eastern Front
30/06/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51DB-3-11.4Eastern Front
30/06/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51DB-3-11.45Eastern Front
30/06/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51DB-3-11.5Eastern Front
30/06/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51DB-3-15.45Eastern Front
30/06/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51DB-3-15.5Eastern Front
05/07/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51SB-2-12Eastern Front
05/07/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51SB-2-12.05Eastern Front
05/07/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51I-18-12.1Eastern Front
05/07/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51I-18-12.1Eastern Front
09/07/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51I-153-9.25Eastern Front
09/07/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51I-153-9.35Eastern Front
09/07/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51I-16 Rata-9.55Eastern Front
10/07/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51RZ-7.45Eastern Front
10/07/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51RZ-7.5Eastern Front
11/07/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51I-153-10.35Eastern Front
11/07/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51I-153-15.15Eastern Front
12/07/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51DB-3-18.5Eastern Front
13/07/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51DB-3-19.25Eastern Front
13/07/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51DB-3-19.3Eastern Front
14/07/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51Pe-2-11.5Eastern Front
14/07/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51Pe-2-11.55Eastern Front
14/07/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51Pe-2-12Eastern Front
15/07/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51Pe-2-18.4Eastern Front
15/07/1941Obstlt. Werner MöldersStabJG 51Pe-2--Eastern Front

Known Claims : 117

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