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Franz Schall - Pilot Profile - Franz Schall

Franz Schall

Victories : 137
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Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : 10th April 1945


Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross
Knights
Cross

Franz Schall was born on 1 June 1918 at Graz in Steiermark, Austria. He was a flak gunner early in the war but, on 1 September 1941, he began flying training. On completion of his training in February 1943, Schall was transferred to JG 52 on the Eastern Front. Leutnant Schall was assigned to 3./JG 52. He gained his first victory on 6 May 1943, when he shot down a Russian LaGG-5 fighter. On 1 August 1943, Schall recorded his 10th victory when he shot down a Russian Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack aircraft. He recorded another two Il-2s shot down on 24 October to raise his victory total to 20. Schall’s victory total had reached 26 by the end of 1943. On 16 January 1944, Schall shot down three Russian fighters for his 30th through 32nd victories. He claimed his 40th victim, a Russian P-39 fighter, shot down on 19 April. Schall recorded 11 victories in May, including three P-39s shot down on 2 May (45-47), his 50th victory on 17 May 1944, another Il-2, and three enemy aircraft shot down on 30 May (51-53). He shot down an Il-2 and a P-39 on 4 June to raise his victory total to 60. In July, Schall recorded a further 10 victories, including three enemy aircraft on 14 July (65-67) and four on 16 July (70-73). Schall was appointed Staffelkapitän of 3./JG 52 on 11 August 1944. This would herald his most successful period of the war. In August he recorded 38 victories, including three enemy aircraft shot down on 12 August (74-76), three on 24 August (79-81), 11, including six Il-2s, on 26 August (83-93), three further Il-2s on 28 August (94-96) and 13, including 11 Il-2s, on 31 August (97-109). However, Schall was shot down by flak and required to make forced-landings on four occasions, including once behind Russian lines from which he successfully negotiated his way back to his unit. On 25 September 1944, Oberleutnant Schall was transferred to Eprobungskommando Nowotny, commanded by Major Walter Nowotny (258 victories, RK-Br) operating the new Me 262 jet fighter. He was assigned command of 2. Staffel. In the morning of 8 November 1944, he shot down three USAAF P-51 fighters (120-122) escorting a USAAF bomber raid but then suffered flameouts of both engines. While attempting to glide back to his base at Hesepe, he was intercepted by a P-51, piloted by Lt James Kenney of the 357th FG, which badly damaged Schall’s Me 262 A-1a (W.Nr. 110 404) “White 7”. Schall baled out only to see his aircraft explode. Following Major Walter Nowotny’s death on 8 November 1944, the surviving pilots and personnel from Eprobungskommando Nowotny were incorporated into JG 7. Hauptmann Schall led 10./JG 7, based at Oranienburg, and continued scoring with the Me 262 but many of his victories were never confirmed by disintegrating official sources. On 4 April 1945, Schall shot down a P-51 (131) but was then shot down himself. He baled out surviving unharmed. On 10 April 1945, Schall shot down a P-51, for his 133rd, and last, victory, but then attempted an emergency landing at Parchim. His aircraft rolled into a bomb crater and exploded, killing him instantly.

Franz Schall was credited with 133 victories in 530 missions. He recorded 116 victories over the Eastern front, including 61 Stormoviks. Of his 17 victories recorded over the Western front, all were gained flying the Me 262 jet fighter and include six four-engine bombers and 10 P-51 fighters.

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 Oberleutenant Schalls ME 262 of JG7 catches the Australian crewed Lancaster from 5 group dead astern as it lines up for its bombing run on the Hamburg U-Boat pens. Even at this angle the speed of the jet made it difficult to get off more than a few bursts of cannon fire before it passed through the British formation. The episode was witnessed by navigator Cecil Keys in the leading Lancaster QR/Y from 61 squadron on his last raid of the war. Lt. Schall, an ace with 117 kills, and 2nd highest jet ace of the war with 14 victories was killed the following day when his aircraft hit a bomb crater on landing at his base of Parchim. Jet Attack by David Pentland.Click For DetailsDHM0582

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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.
 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.

Franz Schall

Squadrons for : Franz Schall
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Franz Schall. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
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JG52


Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG52

The most successful Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II, with a claim total of more than 10,000 victories over enemy aircraft. It was home to the top three scoring Experten of the Luftwaffe, Erich Hartmann, Gerhard Barkhorn and Günther Rall. The unit flew the various marks of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 exclusively through the war.

JG7


Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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JG7

Nowotny was a Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II and the first operational jet fighter wing in the world.

It was created late in 1944 and served until the end of the war in May 1945, and it operated the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter exclusively.

JG 7 was formed under the command of Oberst Johannes Steinhoff, with Kommando Nowotny (the initial Me 262 test wing ) renumbered III./JG 7. Under the command of Major Erich Hohagen III./JG 7 was the only element of JG 7 ready to operate against the Allies. Throughout its existence JG 7 suffered from an irregular supply of new aircraft, fuel and spares. With such a radically new aircraft, training accidents were also common, with 10 Me 262s being lost in six weeks.

The technical troubles and material shortages meant initial tentative sorties were only in flight strength, usually no more than 4 or 6 aircraft. Flying from Brandenburg-Briest, Oranienburg and Parchim, the Geschwader flew intermittently against the huge USAAF bomber streams.

By the end of February 1945 JG 7 had claimed around 45 four-engine bombers and 15 fighters, but at this stage of war this success rate had no affect whatsoever on the Allied air offensive. During March JG 7 finally began to deliver larger scale attacks against the heavy bomber streams. 3 March saw 29 sorties for 8 kills claimed (one jet was lost). On 18 March III./JG 7 finally managed their biggest attack numerically thus far, some 37 Me 262s engaging a force of 1,200 American bombers and 600 fighters. This action also marked the first use of the new R4M rockets. 12 bombers and 1 fighter were claimed for the loss of 3 Me 262s.

The total numbers of aircraft shot down by JG 7 is difficult to quantify due to the loss of Luftwaffe records, but at least 136 aircraft were claimed, and research indicates as many as 420 Allied aircraft may have been claimed shot down.
Aircraft for : Franz Schall
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Me262




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Manufacturer : Messerschmitt
Number Built : 1400

Me262

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 - Franz Schall

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

06/05/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52LaGG-561 184: 900m13.14Eastern Front
30/05/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52LaGG-575 232: 1700m16.12Eastern Front
11/06/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-276 823: 300m10.25Eastern Front
06/07/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-261 654: 500m18.45Eastern Front
12/07/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-261 132: 400m14.47Eastern Front
13/07/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-761 293: 200m8.57Eastern Front
15/07/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-762 883: tiefst.13.1Eastern Front
18/07/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-788 431: 400m6.5Eastern Front
26/07/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-288 267: 100m18.12Eastern Front
01/08/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.88 283: 200m10.38Eastern Front
07/08/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52LaGG-561 595: 1500m17.55Eastern Front
25/09/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52LaGG-376 539: 10m8.03Eastern Front
27/09/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.66 865: 100m14.35Eastern Front
27/09/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.76 772: 100m14.43Eastern Front
20/10/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.58 143: 100m12.07Eastern Front
21/10/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.58 738: 400m12.05Eastern Front
22/10/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Jak-739 652: 1100m13.15Eastern Front
23/10/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra58 561: 2500m9.07Eastern Front
24/10/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.57 172: 500m10.32Eastern Front
24/10/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.57 771: 500m13.5Eastern Front
28/10/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52LaGG-548 512: 1000m14.15Eastern Front
07/11/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52U-247 771: 2m15.05Eastern Front
07/11/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52U-247 771: 2m15.06Eastern Front
07/11/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52U-247 771: 2m15.07Eastern Front
09/11/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52U-247 771: tiefst.14.25Eastern Front
09/11/1943Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52U-247 771: tiefst.14.25Eastern Front
07/01/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Jak-929392: 2500m14.16Eastern Front
09/01/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra29382: 3500m14.05Eastern Front
12/01/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra19 492: 1000m11.06Eastern Front
16/01/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Jak-919 462: 3000m9.34Eastern Front
16/01/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra29 371: 4500m11.51Eastern Front
16/01/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra29 381: 3000m11.55Eastern Front
16/01/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52La-529 523: tiefflug12.03Eastern Front
17/01/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra29 383: 1500m11.52Eastern Front
26/01/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra66 641: 200m7.52Eastern Front
28/01/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.66 641: 200m15Eastern Front
22/02/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52U-238 664: tiefflug11.35Eastern Front
24/02/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52U-238 564: tiefflug8.35Eastern Front
28/03/1944Ltn. Franz SchallI.JG 52R-598 174: tiefst.14.45Eastern Front
19/04/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra78 674: 4500m13.48Eastern Front
24/04/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Boston97 343: 3000m18Eastern Front
24/04/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.87 634: tiefst.18.2Eastern Front
24/04/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.87 632: tiefst.18.26Eastern Front
28/04/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra78 674: 800m11Eastern Front
02/05/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra68 682: 1000m10.35Eastern Front
02/05/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra78 741: 500m15.13Eastern Front
02/05/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra68 833: 800m14.3Eastern Front
15/05/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.97 131: tiefst.18.15Eastern Front
15/05/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52LaGG-597 132: 1000m18.2Eastern Front
17/05/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.97 233: 150m18.25Eastern Front
30/05/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.77 614: 200m16Eastern Front
30/05/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52LaGG-578 684: 200m16.05Eastern Front
30/05/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra78 675: 500m4.2Eastern Front
31/05/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.78 685: 200m6.05Eastern Front
31/05/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.78 821: 100m11.26Eastern Front
01/06/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Jak-978 679: tiefst.12.35Eastern Front
03/06/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Jak-978 674: 800m11.5Eastern Front
03/06/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.78 592: 200m12.05Eastern Front
04/06/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.78 231: 30m16.14Eastern Front
04/06/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra78 231: 400m16.22Eastern Front
06/06/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Jak-978 649: 400m9.05Eastern Front
26/06/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra49 655: 7000m15.3Eastern Front
26/06/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra49 663: 5000m15.33Eastern Front
07/07/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Mitchell50 598: 3500m16.55Eastern Front
14/07/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra41 822: tiefst.12Eastern Front
14/07/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.51 741: tiefst.12.05Eastern Front
14/07/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.51 751: tiefst.12.08Eastern Front
15/07/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.41 681: 1500m16.4Eastern Front
15/07/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Jak-941 656: 1500m16.44Eastern Front
16/07/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.41 617: 300m11.02Eastern Front
16/07/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.41 655: 300m11.03Eastern Front
16/07/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Jak-941 682: 1200m15.36Eastern Front
16/07/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Jak-941 688: 1400m15.4Eastern Front
12/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Jak-1111 379: 1000m14.1Eastern Front
12/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52LaGG-511 358: 2300m16.57Eastern Front
12/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 388: 400m17.02Eastern Front
22/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-211 415: 500m18.45Eastern Front
22/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-211 336: 500m18.5Eastern Front
24/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Jak-911 418: 500m11.12Eastern Front
24/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 755: 400m14.25Eastern Front
24/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 764: 500m14.27Eastern Front
25/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 334: 800m9.12Eastern Front
26/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Pe-211 292: 1200m11.08Eastern Front
26/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Pe-211 323: 1200m11.12Eastern Front
26/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra11 189: 4000m15.07Eastern Front
26/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra11 331: 2000m15.15Eastern Front
26/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-211 324: 1000m17.15Eastern Front
26/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-211 357: 500m17.17Eastern Front
26/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra11 379: 1000m17.18Eastern Front
26/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-211 183: 500m18.5Eastern Front
26/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-211 186: 500m18.51Eastern Front
26/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 189: 500m18.52Eastern Front
26/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 185: 500m18.54Eastern Front
28/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 322: 800m12.3Eastern Front
28/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 327: 800m12.31Eastern Front
28/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 185: tiefst12.32Eastern Front
31/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 185: 150m12.54Eastern Front
31/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra11 183: 2000m14.1Eastern Front
31/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 185: 1500m14.11Eastern Front
31/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 189: 300m14.12Eastern Front
31/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 177: 300m14.2Eastern Front
31/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 185: 800m16.02Eastern Front
31/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 322: 400m16.03Eastern Front
31/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 327: 100m16.04Eastern Front
31/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 353: 100m16.08Eastern Front
31/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 353: 200m17.52Eastern Front
31/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra11 185: 2000m19.01Eastern Front
31/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 327: 100m17.5Eastern Front
31/08/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 362: 200m17.54Eastern Front
01/09/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 411: 600m10Eastern Front
01/09/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 415: tiefflug10.01Eastern Front
01/09/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 418: tiefflug10.04Eastern Front
01/09/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 181: 200m14.04Eastern Front
01/09/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.11 321: 600m14.06Eastern Front
02/09/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Il-2mH.-10.03Eastern Front
02/09/1944Ltn. Franz Schall3JG 52Airacobra-10Eastern Front
07/10/1944Ltn. Franz SchallKdo. NowotnyB-24--Western Front
28/10/1944Ltn. Franz Schall2Kdo. NowotnyP-51Goesfeld: 9300m12.04Western Front
06/11/1944Ltn. Franz Schall2Kdo. NowotnyP-51Dummer-See: 5600m10.57Western Front
08/11/1944Ltn. Franz Schall2Kdo. NowotnyP-51Osnabrück: 5500m10Western Front
08/11/1944Ltn. Franz Schall2Kdo. NowotnyP-51Osnabrück: 6000m10.36Western Front
08/11/1944Ltn. Franz Schall2Kdo. NowotnyP-51Osnabrück: 6000m10.47Western Front
18/03/1945Oblt. Franz Schall10JG 7P-51Raum Nauen-Rathenow-Brandenburg-Potsdam11.15Western Front
19/03/1945Oblt. Franz Schall10JG 7B-17Raum Zwikau-Jena-Plauen-Western Front
21/03/1945Oblt. Franz Schall10JG 7P-51NW Dresden09.15±Western Front
22/03/1945Oblt. Franz Schall10JG 7P-51Raum Cottbus-Bautzen-Dresden12.45±Western Front
24/03/1945Oblt. Franz Schall10JG 7B-17S. Berlin12.00±Western Front
25/03/1945Oblt. Franz Schall10JG 7P-51-10.1Western Front
31/03/1945Oblt. Franz Schall10JG 7LancasterHamburg-Western Front
31/03/1945Oblt. Franz Schall10JG 7LancasterHamburg-Western Front
04/04/1945Oblt. Franz Schall10JG 7B-17S. Bremen-Western Front
09/04/1945Oblt. Franz Schall10JG 7LancasterHamburg-Western Front
10/04/1945Oblt. Franz Schall10JG 7P-51--Western Front

Known Claims : 133

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