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Friedrich Korner - Pilot Profile - Friedrich Korner

Friedrich Korner

Victories : 36
Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis
Died : 3rd September 1998

Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross

Born 24th January 1921. Friedrich Korner joined the Luftwaffe in November 1939 and after training joined II/.JG27 in North Africa. On 19th March 1942, over Tobruk, Korner claimed his first victory, and with his 10th victory, over an RAF P-40, he claimed the 1000th victory for JG-27. He scored a further 20 victories in June 1942, including 5 in a day where he shot down three South African Air Force P-40s and two RAF Spitfires. He became the 7th most successful Ace in North Africa, but was shot down in his Bf-109 while taking off to intercept a bomber group. He was taken prisoner, and sent to Canada as a PoW, released in 1947. He recorded a total of 36 victories flying the Bf109, was awarded the German Cross in Gold on 21st August 1941, and the Knights Cross on 7th September 1942, after his capture. After the war, he conitnued in the post-war Bundesluftwaffe, retiring from military service in June 1979. He died on 3rd September 1998, in Paris.

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Erich Rudorffer by Ivan Berryman.
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Walter Wolfrum by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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White 8 - Walter Nowotny by Ivan Berryman.

Friedrich Korner

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


Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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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 : Friedrich Korner
A list of all aircraft associated with Friedrich Korner. A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.


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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 - Friedrich Korner









12/10/1941Ofhr. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40SE Sollum9.34Western Front
20/10/1941Ofhr. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Blenheim100km N. Marsa Luccech9.45Western Front
10/12/1941Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Boston III15km E. Bir Hacheim14.03Western Front
28/12/1941Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27HurricaneNE El Hasseiat8.55Western Front
11/01/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40N. Marsa-el-Brega12.5Western Front
13/01/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40Antelat14.35Western Front
07/02/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27BlenheimNE Derna14.27Western Front
08/02/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40Bomba-Bucht14.27Western Front
09/03/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27AlbacoreSW Sidi Barrani16.5Western Front
19/03/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40N. Gambut10.35Western Front
20/03/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40S. Martuba8.03Western Front
20/03/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40S. Ain-el-Gazala8.08Western Front
21/03/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Boston IIISE Bir Hacheim8.55Western Front
02/04/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27HurricaneN. Gambut14.28Western Front
27/05/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40S. Gambut15.3Western Front
29/05/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40W. Tobruk7.52Western Front
13/06/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40S. Fort Acroma6.4Western Front
13/06/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27HurricaneN. Wadi-Es-Sahaae6.5Western Front
13/06/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40Tobruk6.53Western Front
14/06/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40N. Gambut11.05Western Front
14/06/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40N. Gambut11.1Western Front
14/06/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27BeaufighterNNE Derna17.05Western Front
16/06/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40E. El Adem15.2Western Front
16/06/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40SW Gambut18.5Western Front
17/06/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40E. Sidi Rezegh8.5Western Front
26/06/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40W. Marsa-Matruh11.48Western Front
26/06/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40W. Marsa-Matruh12.18Western Front
26/06/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40S. Marsa-Matruh18.42Western Front
26/06/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27SpitfireMarsa-Matruh18.46Western Front
26/06/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27SpitfireSE Marsa-Matruh19.05Western Front
01/07/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40W. Burg-el-Arab19.01Western Front
01/07/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40W. Burg-el-Arab19.03Western Front
01/07/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40W. Burg-el-Arab19.11Western Front
02/07/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40El-Alamein18.15Western Front
02/07/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27Curtiss P-40Burg-el-Arab18.2Western Front
03/07/1942Ltn. Friedrich Körner2JG 27HurricaneSE El-Alamein15.11Western Front

Known Claims : 36

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