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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
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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 : 21st October
21October1940Flight Lieutenant Charles Palliser of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Do17
21October1940Hauptmann Dietrich Hrabak of II./Jagdgeschwader 54 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1940Hauptmann Heinz Bretnütz of II./Jagdgeschwader 53 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1940Hauptmann Walter Storp of II./Kampfgeschwader 76 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1940Luftwaffe lost one JU88 and One DO17 shot down by Anti Aircraft batteries
21October1940Major Edgar Petersen of I./Kampfgeschwader 40 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1940Major Joachim Hahn of Kampfgruppe 606 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1940New Zealand Battle of Britain pilot, P/O W. S. Williams of 266 Squadron, was Killed.
21October1940Number of aircraft available to the Royal Air Force for service on this day was 689 with 410 Hurricanes, 227 Spitfires, 32 Blenheims, amd 13 Defiants and 7 Gladiators
21October1940Oberleutnant Kurt Eichstädt of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 21st October
21October1941Former Belgian Battle of Britain pilot, P/O V. M. M. Ortmans of 229 Squadron, was Taken prisoner.
21October2000Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. D. Bisdee of 609 Squadron, Passed away.


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