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Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow

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Victories : 33
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Country : Germany
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Axis


Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross
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Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow

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Latest Axis Battle of Britain Artwork Releases !
 You can feel the tension in this evocative painting as Messerschmitt Bf109s from 7./JG2 Richthofen head out on a long-range fighter patrol in September 1940.  With the sun behind them they hope to launch a surprise attack on unsuspecting RAF aircraft, however these enemy raiders will soon be intercepted by some of Fighter Command's most determined 'defenders of the realm'.

Eye of the Sun by Robert Taylor.
 Shortly after mid day on 26th August 1940, a Bolton-Paul Defiant of 264 Sqn claimed a victory that was to make history many decades later.  Dornier Do.17Z2, Wk No 1160 of 7/III KG.3 had been part of a raiding force sent to attack targets in Essex.  Attacked from below, the Do.17 suffered terminal damage and came to rest in the shallow waters of the Goodwin Sands, near Deal in Kent.  Two of her crew died in the incident, but two others survived and became prisoners of war.  In June 2013, over seventy years later, 5K+AR was raised from the water to be put on display at the RAF Museum in Hendon, becoming the only example of its type to survive anywhere in the world.

5K+AR Sole Survivor by Ivan Berryman.


Battle of Britain - Tribute to the Luftwaffe Aces by Graeme Lothian. (P)
The Italian Air Force's involvement in the Battle of Britain is one of the less documented facets of the conflict of 1940, but raids by aircraft of the Corpo Aereo Italiano (CAI) on mainland Britain were a reality in the closing stages, usually with little effect and almost always with high losses on the Italian side, due largely to obsolete aircraft and lack of pilot training.  Based at Ursel in Belgium, Fiat BR.20 bombers flew over 100 sorties, usually escorted by Fiat CR.42s, as illustrated here, the nearest aircraft being that of 18º <i>Gruppo's</i> Commanding Officer Maggiore Ferruccio Vosilla, wearing the white fuselage band and command pennant on the fuselage side.

Italian Raiders by Ivan Berryman.

 An Me109 makes a low flight over the English countryside during the Battle of Britain.  This painting was a preliminary painting by Graeme in preparation for the larger painting entitled <i>Fighter General</i>.  When Graeme traveled to Germany to have prints of <i>Fighter General</i> signed by some of the top German Aces, he took this painting with him, and they have signed it on the back of the canvas.

Me109 of JG26 by Graeme Lothian. (P)
 The Spitfires of 54 Squadron, quickly scrambled from nearby Hornchurch, clash with the Me109s from 1./JG51 over Kent.  Below, Me110s from KPRG210 are about to receive unwelcome attention as the rest of the Spitfires hurtle down upon them and in the distance, a group of Hurricanes rip through a dense formation of Do17s from KG76 as they struggle back to France.  What clouds there are will be unlikely to give much sanctuary and, for the onlookers on the ground far below, the skies will soon be filled with weaving trails of smoke and debris. For nearly a week the Luftwaffe had thrown everything they had into the attack on southern England in order to annihilate RAF Fighter Command, in preparation for Operation Sealion, the invasion of Britain.  And, heavily outnumbered, the young RAF Spitfire and Hurricane pilots of Fighter Command had so far repelled them, at a cost.  But on Sunday 18 August 1940, the Germans launched the heaviest formations of aircraft seen in the battle so far.  This was to be a grinding day of relentless assaults on the airfields of southern England, the hardest day of the Battle of Britain.
Valiant Response by Robert Taylor.
 The Battle of Britain destroyed the myth of the Stuka, proving for the first time that the Junkers Ju87 was slow, lumpish and vulnerable in air battles against well-organised and determined fighter opposition, such as the more manoeuverable and faster Spitfires and Hurricanes. The Ju87, like other dive bombers, was slow, cumbersome, and possessed inadequate defences.  Furthermore, it could not be effectively protected by fighters because of its low speed, and the very low altitudes at which it ended its dive bomb attacks. The Stuka depended on air superiority, which was a situation that did not quite occur for the Luftwaffe during the  Battle of Britain.  The Stuka was withdrawn from attacks on Britain in August 1940 after prohibitive losses, leaving the Luftwaffe without precision ground-attack aircraft.  On 18th August, a day known as the <i>hardest day</i> the Stuka was withdrawn after 16 were destroyed and many others damaged.  According to the Generalquartiermeister der Luftwaffe, 59 Stukas were destroyed and 33 damaged, being shot full of holes to varying degrees, in six weeks of operations. Over 20% of the total Stuka strength had been lost between 8th August and 18th August and the myth of the Stuka was over.

The Stuka Myth by Jason Askew. (P)
 From June 1940 on, Adolf Galland flew as a of III./JG 26, fighting in the Battle of britain with 109-Emils from bases in the Pas de Calais.  During the Battle of Britain, in a legendary front line General Officer briefing on Luftwaffe tactics, Hermann Goring  asked what his pilots needed to win the battle.  Galland replied: <i>I should like an outfit of Spitfires for my squadron.</i>  Göring was speechless with rage.  It is important that this remark is not taken out of context, because Galland also stated (in his autobiography) that <i>of course fundamentally I preferred our Me109 to the Spitfire</i>.  This apparent contradiction was due to his view that because the Spitfire was more manoeuvreable he considered it more suitable to the role of defensive fighter than the Bf 109, though he actually thought that fighters should not be used in a defensive role anyway.  When Galland made the much quoted comment about the Spitfires to Göring he was <i>unbelievably vexed at the lack of understanding and stubbornness with which the command gave us orders we could not execute</i> and so made the comment as a retort to Göring.

Me109 - Adolf Galland by Jason Askew. (P)

Known Victory Claims

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

07/03/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow2NJG 1FL-2 S. Flugfh. Venlo: 9000m22.3Western Front
31/03/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow2NJG 1HalifaxNNW Abbeville: 5400m4.13Western Front
31/03/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow2NJG 1HalifaxS. Abbeville: 5600m4.3Western Front
23/04/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow2NJG 1LancasterDüsseldorf: 6000m1.1Western Front
23/04/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow2NJG 1Lancaster30km SE Gilze-Rijen: 5600m1.55Western Front
23/04/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow2NJG 1Lancaster25km SE Gilze-Rijen: 5500m2.04Western Front
25/04/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow2NJG 1Lancaster18km NE Lüttich: 6200m0.05Western Front
25/04/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow2NJG 1KG-2.1 in See: 5500m [25km SE Gilze-Rijen]3.34Western Front
02/05/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow2NJG 1Halifax30-50 km. NW Brüssel: 3200m0.25Western Front
12/05/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow2NJG 1Lancaster15km SE Goes: 4200m0.26Western Front
12/05/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow2NJG 1LancasterHF in See: 4000m1.04Western Front
13/05/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow2NJG 1auf See: 3500m1Western Front
13/05/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow2NJG 1Halifax15km N. Bergen: 3800m0.02Western Front
22/05/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow2NJG 1Lancaster20km SSW Finthorn: 4000m1.41Western Front
23/05/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow2NJG 1Lancaster2½km S. Assen: 5200m1.25Western Front
28/05/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow2NJG 1LancasterStellung Bisbar: 2000m2.25Western Front
28/05/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow2NJG 1LancasterStellung Bisbar: 2300m2.35Western Front
28/05/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow2NJG 1LancasterPL: 2200m [Durbuy]3.28Western Front
11/06/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow1NJG 1Mosquito8km S. Alkmaar: 6000m2.5Western Front
13/06/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow1NJG 1LancasterFrisburg: 2800m1.27Western Front
13/06/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow1NJG 1LancasterLand b. 320°: 2500m [10km WNW Amiens]1.31Western Front
13/06/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow1NJG 1Lancasterbei Krefeld: 1800m1.46Western Front
22/06/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow1NJG 1LancasterSE FuF. Gorilla: 5300m1.12Western Front
22/06/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow1NJG 1LancasterFuF. Gorilla: 6200m1.24Western Front
22/06/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow1NJG 1Lancaster330° Duisburg: 5200m1.39Western Front
22/06/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow1NJG 1LancasterN. Deelen: 3000m2.01Western Front
21/07/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow1NJG 1Lancaster40km SW FuF "Biber": 2000m1.57Western Front
19/08/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow1NJG 1LancasterCN: 1200m [Raum Zoutkamp]2.09Western Front
30/08/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow1NJG 105 Ost N/LT: 3000m3.51Western Front
23/09/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow1NJG 1Lancaster45km WNW Düsseldorf: 3500m22.4Western Front
23/09/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow1NJG 1Lancaster75km WNW Düsseldorf: 3200m23.11Western Front
06/11/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow1NJG 1LancasterGP: 2500m19.24Western Front
06/11/1944Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow1NJG 1LancasterGP: 2200m19.28Western Front
05/01/1945Hptm. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow1NJG 1Halifax--Western Front

Known Claims : 34

Battle of Britain History Timeline : 3rd September
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
3September1940(Czech) No 310 Squadron is Stationed at Duxford
3September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. H. B. L. Hillcoat of 1 Squadron, was Killed.
3September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O D. H. W. Hanson of 17 Squadron, was Killed.
3September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O D. W. Hogg of 25 Squadron, was Killed.
3September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O R. H. Shaw of 1 Squadron, was Killed.
3September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. G. H. Edworthy of 46 Squadron, was Killed.
3September1940Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, P/O C. R. Bon Seigneur of 257 Squadron, was Killed.
3September1940Feldwebel Gerhard Grzymalla of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Feldwebel Hermann Hoffmann of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Feldwebel Karl-Heinz Bendert of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Feldwebel Karl-Heinz Bendert of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Feldwebel Paul Gildner of NJG 1 shot down a Hampden
3September1940Feldwebel Willi Roth of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
3September1940Gefreiter Heinz Schumacher of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Hauptmann Erich Bode of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Hauptmann Erich Bode of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Hauptmann Hans-Karl Mayer of 1./Jagdgeschwader 53 was awarded the Knight's Cross
3September1940Leutnant Gustav Sprick of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Leutnant Hubert Grisslich of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Leutnant Johannes Naumann of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Leutnant Kurt Sidow of ZG 26 shot down a Hurricane
3September1940Leutnant Kurt Sidow of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Major Adolf Galland of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
3September1940No 111 Squadron moved from Castle Camp to Croydon
3September1940No 111 Squadron moved from Castle Camp to Croydon
3September1940No 219 Squadron is now Stationed at Catterick
3September1940No 229 Squadron is Stationed at Wittering
3September1940No 257 Squadron is Stationed at Debden
3September1940No 306 (Polish) Squadron (Hurricanes) is now forming at Church Fenton
3September1940No 312 (Czech) Squadron (Hurricanes) is now forming at Duxford
3September1940No 41 Squadron is now Stationed at Hornchurch
3September1940No 501 Squadron is Stationed at Gravesend
3September1940No 54 Squadron is now Stationed at Catterick
3September1940No 616 Squadron is now Stationed at Coltishall
3September1940No 64 Squadron is now Stationed at Leconfield
3September1940No 66 Squadron is now Stationed at Kenley
3September1940No 85 Squadron moved from Croydon to Castle Camp
3September1940Number of aircraft available for service on this day was 707 with 400 Hurricanes, 221 Spitfires, 53 Blenheims, amd 25 Defiants and 8 Gladiators
3September1940Oberfahnrich Alfred Wehmeyer of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Oberfahnrich Friedrich Lugger of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Oberfahnrich Friedrich Lugger of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Oberfeldwebel Heinrich Hott of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Oberfeldwebel Otto Schulz of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Oberleutnant Georg Claus of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Oberleutnant Gerhard Homuth of JG 27 shot down a Hurricane
3September1940Oberleutnant Gustav-Siegfried Rödel of JG 27 shot down a Hurricane
3September1940Oberleutnant Gustav-Siegfried Rödel of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Oberleutnant Josef Haiböck of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Oberleutnant Otto Meyer of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Oberleutnant Sophus Baagoe of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Oberleutnant Sophus Baagoe of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Royak Air Force lost 20 aircraft with 10 pilots killed or missing
3September1940Spitfire L1010 Mk.Ia - Suffered glycol leak. Sergeant Johnson parachuted to safety at 07.30hrs.
3September1940Spitfire X4185 Mk.Ia , XT-Z, - Shot down by Me110 over Thames Estuary. Pilot Officer D Stewart-Clarke parachuted to safety but was injured.
3September1940Spitfire X4277 Mk.Ia , XT-M, - Shot down in flames off North Foreland. Pilot Officer R H Hilary parachuted to safety but was severely burned.
3September1940The Luftwaffe lost 6 ME109, 11 ME110, 2 DO17, 1 JU88, 4 DO215 and one HE113 with a further possible 1 ME109, 8 ME110 and two DO215
3September1940Unteroffizier Arnold Küpper of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Unteroffizier Fritz Schupp of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Unteroffizier Gerhard Fuchs of JG 27 shot down a Hurricane
3September1940Unteroffizier Kurt Koch of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Unteroffizier Walter Scherer of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
3September1940Whole of No 92 Squadron is now at Pembrey
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 3rd September
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