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Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow

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

Awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross

Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow

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


Country : Germany
'Ace of Hearts'

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Latest Axis Battle of Britain Artwork Releases !
The Luftwaffe had done everything in its power to pummel London into submission but they failed. By the end of September 1940 their losses were mounting. For weeks since the early days of September, London had been the main target for the Luftwaffe and during that time Luftwaffe High Command had grown increasingly despondent as their losses steadily mounted. Far from being on the brink of collapse RAF Fighter Command, though vastly outnumbered, had shown an incredible resilience. The fighting had reached a dramatic climax on Sunday 15th September when, bloodied and bruised, the Luftwaffe had lost the upper hand on a day of intense combat that had culminated with a humiliating retreat. Almost every day that had passed since then had seen the Luftwaffe do everything in its power to pummel London and regain the initiative, but the daylight raids were becoming increasingly costly. On Friday 27th September, 80 days after the Battle of Britain had officially begun, the Luftwaffe came once more, this time concentrating on the fastest bombers they had - Ju88s and Bf110s. And they came in force, principally targeting London and Bristol. Anthony Saunders' superb painting depicts one of these raids, this time by bombers from KG77 as they head over the Medway Estuary, east of the City of London, in an attempt to attack the capital's warehouses and docks. Among the many units defending the capital that day was 92 Squadron from Biggin Hill and Anthony portrays the Spitfire of Pilot Officer Geoffrey Wellum in his dramatic piece. With a deft flick of the rudder Wellum banks his fighter away to port seconds after sharing in the destruction of a Ju88. It was just one of more than 50 German aircraft destroyed by the RAF during the day.
Decisive Blow by Anthony Saunders.
 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1As of No.610 (County of Chester) Sqn RAAF, intercept incoming Heinkel 111H-16s of the 9th Staffel, Kampfgeschwader 53 Legion Condor during the big daylight raids on London of August and September 1940 - the climax of the Battle of Britain.  Spitfire N3029 (DW-K) was shot down by a Bf109 on the 5th of September 1940 and crash-landed near Gravesend, Kent, thankfully without injury to Sgt Willcocks, the pilot.  For the record, N3029 was rebuilt and, following some brief flying in the UK, was sent overseas by convoy to the Middle East.  Ironically, the ship carrying this aircraft was torpedoed en route and both ship and all its cargo were lost.

Close Encounter by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Posted to 64 Squadron on 1st July 1940, </a>the tragically short relationship of Sub Lt F Dawson Paul with the Spitfire was crammed with victories.  He immediately shared a Dornier Do17 off Beachy Head and, just four days later claimed a Messerschmitt Bf.109.  Further kills were confirmed over the next two weeks, among them five Bf.110s and another Do.17. His final victory was a Bf.109 on 25th, but on this day he fell to the guns of the German ace Adolf Galland.  Dawson Paul was rescued from the English Channel by a German E-boat, but died of his wounds five days later as a prisoner of war.

The Longest July by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Squadron Leader H C Sawyer is depicted here flying his 65 Sqn Spitfire Mk.1a R6799 (YT-D) in the skies above Kent on 31st July 1940 at the height of the Battle of Britain.  Chasing him is Major Hans Trubenbach of 1 Gruppe, Lehrgeschwader 2 in his Messerschmitt Vf109E-3 (Red 12) . The encounter lasted eight minutes with both pilots surviving.

High Pursuit by Ivan Berryman. (PC)

 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 18° <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.

Known Victory Claims









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 : 28th July
28July1940At Staplehurst a searchlight post was bombed and put out of action.
28July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. H. R. Young of 74 Squadron, was Killed.
28July1940Feldwebel Konrad Carl of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
28July1940German aircraft reported to have crashed at Wooton Hill
28July1940Leutnant Heribert Kargel of JG 27 shot down a Blenheim
28July1940Major Adolf Galland of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
28July1940Major Werner Mölders of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
28July1940No.11 Squadron shot down two He59s over Dover
28July1940No.41 Squadron shot down two Me109s over Dover
28July1940No.74 Squadron shot down three Me109s with the loss of two Spitfires over Dover
28July1940Number of aircraft available for service on this day was 655 with 328 Hurricanes, 245 Spitfires, 66 Blenheims, amd 26 Defiants
28July1940Oberfeldwebel Johannes Schmid of JG 2 shot down a Blenheim
28July1940Oberfeldwebel Karl Schmid of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
28July1940Oberleutnant Joachim Müncheberg of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
28July1940Oberleutnant Richard Leppla of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
28July1940One Ju88 landed intact north of Bexhill at 0520 hours owing to a shortage of petrol. The crew taken prisoner
28July1940Royal Air Force flew 35 night sorties.
28July1940Royal Air Force flew: 220 day patrols despatched involving 840 fighters
28July1940Spitfire K9970 Mk.Ia , DW-V, - Wheels up landing at Digby. P/O Lund ok.
28July1940Spitfire P9334 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
28July1940Spitfire P9336 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 near Dover. Sgt Mould abandoned aircraft.
28July1940Spitfire P9429 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109 near Dover and crash landed at Manston. F/O Lovell injured.
28July1940Spitfire P9547 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 near Dover. P/O Young killed.
28July1940Spitfire R6706 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109.
28July1940Spitfire R6779 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
28July1940Spitfires of No.234 Squadron shot down a Ju88 east of Plymouth at about 0520 hours
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 28th July
28July1942Former New Zealand Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt A. Campbell of 264 Squadron, was Killed.


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