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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 !
 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)
 In just six weeks Hitler's forces had overrun western Europe as once proud armies swiftly fell before the might of the German blitzkrieg.  It was a devastating defeat, and now only Britain stood alone.  Few thought she could survive.  As Churchill pledged that Britain <i>would never surrender</i>, a German invasion seemed inevitable.  But before any invasion could take place the Luftwaffe must neutralise the RAF and win control of the skies over southern England.  Awaiting them was a small but resilient band of young men, the pilots of RAF Fighter Command.  First the Germans attacked the coastal convoys, hoping to draw the RAF en-masse into battle.  They failed.  And then on 12th August, they turned their full attention to the forward fighter bases and radar stations, hoping to obliterate them once and for all.  From Norway in the north, through the Low Countries and northern France to Brittany in the west, the Luftwaffe threw every available aircraft into the attack.  For the young men of Fighter Command the next seven days of fighting would leave them exhausted and all but spent.  They were to be the hardest days of the Battle of Britain, culminating on Sunday 18th August.  This painting recreates a moment on that day as Heinz Bar, the Luftwaffe's top-scoring NCO Ace of the Battle of Britain and one of the greatest Aces in history, climbs away from his airfield near Calais with the other pilots of 1./JG51 to escort the Dornier Do17s of KG76 for yet another deadly attack on the RAF.  Away in the distance, Me110s from EPRG210 also prepare to join the epic encounters that lie ahead.
Air Armada by Robert Taylor.

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 : 20th October
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
20October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O M. D. Green of 248 Squadron, was Killed.
20October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O S. R. Gane of 248 Squadron, was Killed.
20October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. N. J. Stocks of 248 Squadron, was Killed.
20October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. R. Copcutt of 248 Squadron, was Killed.
20October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. S. V. Wood of 248 Squadron, was Taken prisoner.
20October1940Feldwebel Albert Greiner of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
20October1940Feldwebel Werner Petermann of JG 77 shot down a Blenheim
20October1940Hauptmann Dietrich Hrabak of JG 54 shot down a Hurricane
20October1940Hauptmann Heinz Bretnütz of JG 53 shot down a Hurricane
20October1940Hauptmann Kurt Hülshoff of NJG 2 shot down a Hampden
20October1940Leutnant Günther Witt of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
20October1940Leutnant Heinrich Setz of JG 77 shot down a Blenheim
20October1940Leutnant Max-Hellmuth Ostermann of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
20October1940Luftwaffe lost six ME109's one ME110 and a possible further 5 ME109 were claimed during the night 2 DO17 were shot down
20October1940New Zealand Battle of Britain pilot, P/O G. M. Baird of 248 Squadron, was Taken prisoner.
20October1940New Zealand Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt D. L. Burton of 248 Squadron, was Taken prisoner.
20October1940Number of aircraft available to the Royal Air Force for service on this day was 708 with 411 Hurricanes, 226 Spitfires, 44 Blenheims, amd 20 Defiants and 7 Gladiators
20October1940Oberfeldwebel Wilhelm Donninger of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
20October1940Oberleutnant August-Wilhelm Schumann of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
20October1940Oberleutnant Berthold Jung of JG 77 shot down a Blenheim
20October1940Oberleutnant Friedrich-Wilhelm Strakeljahn of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
20October1940Oberleutnant Hans Philipp of JG 54 shot down a Hurricane
20October1940Oberleutnant Hans Philipp of JG 54 shot down a Hurricane
20October1940Oberleutnant Hans-Ekkehard Bob of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
20October1940Oberleutnant Richard Hausmann of JG 54 shot down a Hurricane
20October1940Pilot Officer Robert Basil Dewey of shot down a Me109
20October1940Royal Air Force lost three fighters all pilots unhurt
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 20th October
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
20October1943Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O A. G. Osmand of 213 & 3 Squadrons, was Killed.
20October1943Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O K. Mathews of 23 Squadron, was Killed.

 

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