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Ambassador Franz Elles

Ace with 5.00 Victories

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The signature of Ambassador Franz Elles

Luftwaffe Me109 pilot and 5 victory ace.

Items Signed by Ambassador Franz Elles

 Hans-Joachim Marseille makes a jubilant low pass as he returns to his desert airstrip having just achieved his 100th victory.  In the foreground his fellow pilots are seen clambering out of their Me109s having just completed another successful missi......
Hunters in the Desert by Robert Taylor (AP).
Price : £350.00
Hans-Joachim Marseille makes a jubilant low pass as he returns to his desert airstrip having just achieved his 100th victory. In the foreground his fellow pilots are seen clambering out of their Me109s having just completed another successful missi......

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Ambassador Franz Elles

Squadrons for : Ambassador Franz Elles
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Ambassador Franz Elles. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
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JG27

Country : Germany

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JG27

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 : Ambassador Franz Elles
A list of all aircraft associated with Ambassador Franz Elles. A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.
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Me109



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

Me109

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 - Franz Elles

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

16/05/1941Fw. Franz Elles2JG 27HurricaneS. Tobruk9.37Western Front
03/06/1941Fw. Franz Elles2JG 27HurricaneGambut17.5Western Front
15/06/1941Fw. Franz Elles2JG 27Hurricane-7.05Western Front
16/06/1941Fw. Franz Elles2JG 27HurricaneS. Bardia11.55Western Front
10/12/1941Fw. Franz Elles2JG 27Boston IIIE. Bir Hacheim14.01Western Front

Known Claims : 5

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