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Major Gerhard Schopfel (deceased) - Art prints and originals signed by Major Gerhard Schopfel (deceased)

Major Gerhard Schopfel (deceased)

Ace with 45.00 Victories

This pilot scored 5 or more victories during the Battle of Britain, 10th July - 31st October 1940.


The signature of Major Gerhard Schopfel (deceased)

Gerhard Schopfel was Staffelkapitan of 9./JG26 at the outbreak of war, and became Kommandeur of III./JG26 in August 1940. In December 1941 he succeeded Adolf Galland as Kommodore of JG26 until Januray 1943. Later, Kommodore of JG4 and JG6. He flew over 700 combat missions, achieving 40 victories, all in the West. He was awarded the Knight's Cross in 1940. Died 17th May 2003.


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 A pair of Fw190F fighters during the winter of 1943.  The Fw190F and G had become the Luftwaffes standard fighter-bomber for ground attack.  The Fw190F was very effective in this role. Additional armour protection was given to ground-attack variants......
Fw190F Fighters - Winter 1943 by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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A pair of Fw190F fighters during the winter of 1943. The Fw190F and G had become the Luftwaffes standard fighter-bomber for ground attack. The Fw190F was very effective in this role. Additional armour protection was given to ground-attack variants......

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Fighter general shows Dolfo Galland leading a schwarm of BF109s out low at tree top height over the Kent countryside after doing battle with spitfires, during the last week of August 1940. This remarkable pilot was awarded the Knights Cross as a Majo......
Fighter General by Graeme Lothian.
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Fighter general shows Dolfo Galland leading a schwarm of BF109s out low at tree top height over the Kent countryside after doing battle with spitfires, during the last week of August 1940. This remarkable pilot was awarded the Knights Cross as a Majo......

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 Fighter general shows Dolfo Galland leading a schwarm of BF109s out low at tree top height over the Kent countryside after doing battle with spitfires, during the last week of August 1940. This remarkable pilot was awarded the Knights Cross as a Maj......
Fighter General by Graeme Lothian. (Y)
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 On December 16th 1944, Hitler mounted the largest offensive in the west since 1940.  It was his last desperate offensive of World War II.  With Germanys industrial heartland in ruins, its factories pulverised by Allied air raids, and opposing armies......
Winter Wolves by Nicolas Trudgian.
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 On December 16th 1944, Hitler mounted the largest offensive in the west since 1940.  It was his last desperate offensive of World War II.  With Germanys industrial heartland in ruins, its factories pulverised by Allied air raids, and opposing armies......
Winter Wolves by Nicolas Trudgian. (AP)
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 On December 16th 1944, Hitler mounted the largest offensive in the west since 1940.  It was his last desperate offensive of World War II.  With Germanys industrial heartland in ruins, its factories pulverised by Allied air raids, and opposing armies......
Winter Wolves by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
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 A pair of Focke Wulf 190A4s of 9./JG2 Richthofen based at Vannes, France during February 1943. The nearest aircraft is that of Staffelkapitan Siegfried Schnell. The badge on the nose is the rooster emblem of III./JG2 and the decoration on Schnells r......
Looking for Business by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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A pair of Focke Wulf 190A4s of 9./JG2 Richthofen based at Vannes, France during February 1943. The nearest aircraft is that of Staffelkapitan Siegfried Schnell. The badge on the nose is the rooster emblem of III./JG2 and the decoration on Schnells r......

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 Adolf Galland and his wingman Bruno Hegenauer break through the fighter escort of No. 303 Squadrons Spitfires to attack Blenheim bombers of No. 21 Squadron over northern France, 21 June 1941. In two missions that day Galland claimed two Blenheims an......
Most Memorable Day by Robert Taylor.
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Adolf Galland and his wingman Bruno Hegenauer break through the fighter escort of No. 303 Squadrons Spitfires to attack Blenheim bombers of No. 21 Squadron over northern France, 21 June 1941. In two missions that day Galland claimed two Blenheims an......NOT
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 Adolf Galland and his wingman Bruno Hegenauer break through the fighter escort of No. 303 Squadrons Spitfires to attack Blenheim bombers of No. 21 Squadron over northern France, 21 June 1941. In two missions that day Galland claimed two Blenheims an......
Most Memorable Day by Robert Taylor (AP)
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Adolf Galland and his wingman Bruno Hegenauer break through the fighter escort of No. 303 Squadrons Spitfires to attack Blenheim bombers of No. 21 Squadron over northern France, 21 June 1941. In two missions that day Galland claimed two Blenheims an......

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 The pilots of I Gruppe JG-1 were up early on August 17, 1943.  It5 was high summer, and even as the first streaks of light appeared in the sky to the east, four pilots got airborne out of Deelan, Holland, and headed for the coast.  It was the first ......
Day of the Fighters by Nicolas Trudgian.
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The pilots of I Gruppe JG-1 were up early on August 17, 1943. It5 was high summer, and even as the first streaks of light appeared in the sky to the east, four pilots got airborne out of Deelan, Holland, and headed for the coast. It was the first ......NOT
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 The pilots of I Gruppe JG-1 were up early on August 17th 1943.  It was high summer, and even as the first streaks of light appeared in the sky to the east, four pilots got airborne out of Deelan, Holland, and headed for the coast.  It was the first ......
Day of the Fighters by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
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The pilots of I Gruppe JG-1 were up early on August 17th 1943. It was high summer, and even as the first streaks of light appeared in the sky to the east, four pilots got airborne out of Deelan, Holland, and headed for the coast. It was the first ......

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 P-51 Mustangs of the 357th Fighter Group clash with Me109s in close combat as they struggle for air superiority over the heart of Germany, during the desperate days of 1945.  It had begun - the end game was inexorably in play.  The final defeat of G......The Eagles Divide by Robert Taylor. (E)
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P-51 Mustangs of the 357th Fighter Group clash with Me109s in close combat as they struggle for air superiority over the heart of Germany, during the desperate days of 1945. It had begun - the end game was inexorably in play. The final defeat of G......

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Mesherschmitt ME109s of JG 2 fly close escort as the German capital Ships Scharnhorst, Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen, accompanied by a naval flotilla, round the tip of the Cherbourg Peninsula at dawn, February 12th 1942.......The Channel Dash by Robert Taylor.
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Mesherschmitt ME109s of JG 2 fly close escort as the German capital Ships Scharnhorst, Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen, accompanied by a naval flotilla, round the tip of the Cherbourg Peninsula at dawn, February 12th 1942.......NOT
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 An exceptional painting by the worlds foremost aviation artist remembering the most famous of all Luftwaffe Fighter Wings that fought on the Western Front during the early years of World War Two. Prints are signed by Luftwaffe Aces who contested the......
Eagles on the Channel Front by Robert Taylor.
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An exceptional painting by the worlds foremost aviation artist remembering the most famous of all Luftwaffe Fighter Wings that fought on the Western Front during the early years of World War Two. Prints are signed by Luftwaffe Aces who contested the......

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Eagles on the Channel Front by Robert Taylor (B)
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Four German Fw190 aviation prints by Nicolas Trudgian.
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Ice Warriors by Nicolas Trudgian.
Storm Chasers by Nicolas Trudgian.
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Day of the Fighters by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)

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Four Fw190 aircraft prints by Ivan Berryman and Nicolas Trudgian.
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Operation Bodenplatte by Nicolas Trudgian.
Looking for Business by Ivan Berryman. (C)
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Day of the Fighters by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)

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Eight Fw190 aircraft prints by Nicolas Trudgian and Ivan Berryman.
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Timber Wolf by Nicolas Trudgian.
Mountain Wolf by Nicolas Trudgian
Ice Warriors by Nicolas Trudgian.
Storm Chasers by Nicolas Trudgian.
Operation Bodenplatte by Nicolas Trudgian.
Looking for Business by Ivan Berryman. (C)
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Day of the Fighters by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)

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Battle of Britain Signature Print Pack.
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At the Setting of the Sun by Simon Atack.
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In Them We Trust by Ivan Berryman. (F)
Fighter General by Graeme Lothian.
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Where Thoroughbreds Play by Ivan Berryman.

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Battle of Britain Me109 Print Pack.
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Stormclouds Gather by Nicolas Trudgian
Fighter General by Graeme Lothian.
Adolf Galland / Messerschmitt Bf109 E-4 by Ivan Berryman (B)
JG52 - Summer 1940 by Ivan Berryman.

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JG1 Focke Wulf Fw190 Trade Discount Print Pack.
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Ardennes Offensive by Nicolas Trudgian.
Day of the Fighters by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
Storm Chasers by Nicolas Trudgian.
Cat Among the Pigeons (FW190) by Ivan Berryman. (D)

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Green Heart Warriors by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
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Day of the Fighters by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
Storm Chasers by Nicolas Trudgian.
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Pack 515. Pack of two German Me109 aviation prints by Robert Taylor and Graeme Lothian.
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Adolf Galland Battle of Britain Aviation Art.
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Adolf Galland / Messerschmitt Bf109 E-4 by Ivan Berryman (B)
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Air Armada by Robert Taylor.
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Homeward Bound by Anthony Saunders.
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Eagles on the Channel Front by Robert Taylor.
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Major Gerhard Schopfel (deceased)

Squadrons for : Major Gerhard Schopfel (deceased)
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Major Gerhard Schopfel (deceased). A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
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JG135

Country : Germany

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JG135

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JG233

Country : Germany

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JG233

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JG26

Country : Germany

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JG26

Jagdgeschwader 26 Schlageter was a Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II. It operated mainly in Western Europe against Great Britain, France and the United States but also saw service against Russia. It was named after Albert Leo Schlageter, a World War I veteran and Freikorps member arrested and executed by the French for sabotage in 1923.

Commanders of II. Gruppe JG 26

Hptm. Werner Palm, 1 May 1939 – 27 June 1939
Hptm Herwig Knüppel, 28 June 1939 – 19 May 1940
Hptm Karl Ebbighausen, 20 May 1940 – 31 May 1940
Hptm. Erich Noack, 1 June 1940 – 24 July 1940
Hptm Karl Ebbighausen, 25 July 1940 – 16 August 1940
Hptm Erich Bode, 17 August 1940 – 3.10.40
Hptm Walter Adolph, 4 October 1940 – 18 September 1941
Hptm Joachim Müncheberg, 19 September 1941 – 21 July 1942
Hptm Conny Meyer, 22 July 1942 – 2 January 1943
Maj Wilhelm-Ferdinand Galland, 3 January 43 – 17 August 1943
Hptm Hans Naumann, 18 August 1943 – 8 September 1943
ObLt Johannes Seifert, 9 September 1943 – 25 November 1943
Maj Wilhelm Gäth, 26 November 1943 – 1 March 1944
Hptm Hans Naumann, 2 March 1944 – 28 June 1944
Hptm Emil Lang, 29 June 1944 – 3 September 1944
Hptm Georg-Peter Eder, 4 September 1944 – 8 October 1944
Maj Anton Hackl, 9 October 1944 – 29 January 45
ObLt Waldemar Radener, 30 January 1945 – 22 February 1945
Hptm Paul Schauder, 23 February 1945 – 1 May 1945

JG4

Country : Germany
Fate : withdrawn after heavy losses back to the Reich in September 1944. and was disbanded on March 19, 1945.

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JG4

agdgeschwader 4 (JG 4) was a Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II. JG 4 was formed as a full Geschwader on 15 June 1944 in Ansbach from Stab/Jagdgeschwader z.b.V. and its first Geschwaderkommodore was Major Gerhard Schöpfel. I./JG 4 was formed earlier on 7 August 1942 in Mizil, Romania from the Ölschutzstaffel/Jagdgeschwader 77, with 2./JG 4 formed 1 December 1942. Stab I, 3. and 4./JG 4 were formed on 10 January 1943 at Mizil, and the I Gruppe was now complete. II. Gruppe was formed in July 1944 at Salzwedel from I./Zerstörergeschwader 1 (ZG 1) and partially from Sturmstaffel 1. III. Gruppe was formed in July 1944 at Rotenburg from III./ZG 1. IV./JG 4 was formed on 20 October 1944 at Finsterwalde from II./Jagdgeschwader 5. I./JG 4 was assigned in early 1943 as defensive protection of the Mizil and Ploiești oil complexes in Romania. I./JG 4 first saw action in combat against the force of B-24 Liberators dispatched on the low-level attack against Ploiești on 1 August 1943, code-named Operation "Tidal Wave", claiming 12 Consolidated B-24 bombers downed. The unit saw further action over the Balkans against the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) 15th Air Force heavy bombers flying from bases in North Africa and Italy. The unit was later deployed to the defence of Rome and northern Italy. I./JG 4 first saw action in combat against a strike force of B-24 Liberators dispatched on the celebrated low level attack against Ploiești on 1 August 1943 as Operation "Tidal Wave". Stab and I./JG 4 claimed twelve B-24 bombers shot down. JG 4 was then deployed in the German defensive campaign in Italy during the first half of 1944, prior to being shifted to the France for the Normandy invasion. Over the Lake Bracciano area on 7 May 1944, I./JG 4 encountered Spitfires of No. 72 Squadron RAF, who claimed nine Bf 109's shot down; I Gruppe lost 4 killed and 2 wounded in the action.[1] During their Italian campaign, I./JG 4 lost 40 men killed or missing, 26 wounded, and 7 taken prisoner.[2] JG 4 were then withdrawn after heavy losses back to the Reich in September 1944. and was disbanded on March 19, 1945.

JG51

Country : Germany
Founded : August 1939

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JG51

Jagdgeschwader 51 Mölders was a Luftwaffe fighter wing during World War II, named after the fighter ace Werner Mölders in 1942. JG 51's pilots won more Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes than any other Jagdgeschwader, and flew combat from 1939 in all major theatres of war. Flying Bf 109s and then FW 190s, the wing claimed over 8,000 air victories. Experten included 'Toni' Hafner, Heinz Bär, Richard Leppla, Karl-Gottfried Nordmann, Günther Schack and the legendary Mölders.

Formed in August 1939, and commanded by 48-year-old World War I ace Onkel Theo Osterkamp, the early months of the war JG 51 was based in the West, fighting in the French campaign, and in the Battle of Britain. From late June to mid July JG 51 was the only fighter Geschwader engaged against the RAF constantly. During the whole battle JG 51 lost 68 pilots, the highest casualty rate of the Luftwaffe fighter units engaged. JG 51 was one of the two Geschewader that had four Gruppen. The other being JG 1.

Four Bf 109 of JG 51 in France 1940Whilst based out of the Belgian airfield at Mardyik in late 1940, the German ace Josef Pips Priller was a Staffelkapitän with JG 51, flying Bf 109-E Yellow One. Josef Priller went on to score over 100 victories, the third highest scoring Luftwaffe day fighter ace on the Western Front, fighting solely against the Western Allies.

Against the Western Allies JG 51 had claimed 345 aircraft destroyed by May 1941. JG 51 were therefore one of the Jagdwaffe's elite units, with 'top ten' aces at this time including Werner Mölders with 68 claims, Walter Oesau with 34 claims, and Hermann-Friedrich Joppien with 31. Major Werner Mölders became unit Geschwaderkommodore during July 1940 and led the unit into the invasion of Russia in June 1941.

Barbarossa (1941)

Claiming 69 kills on the first day of the offensive, by 30 June 1941 JG 51 became the first fighter Geschwader to claim 1,000 air victories (113 kills in 157 sorties were claimed for the day). On 24 June JG 51 claimed 57 bombers shot down for the day. Mölders became the first fighter pilot to reach 100 claims in August and in the same month JG 51's Oberfeldwebel Heinz Bär reached 60 claims and was decorated with the Oak Leaves. A total of 500 Soviet claims was reached on 12 July 1941, although 6 pilots had been lost by JG 51 in the intervening 3 weeks since the offensive had started.

After Mölders' departure in September 1941 (and death later that year) the Geschwader adopted his name as a title of honor in early 1942. Jagdgeschwader 51 Mölders was to remain on the centre sector of the Russian front throughout the rest of 1941. However Oberstleutnant Friedrich Beckh ( one of the few fighter pilots to wear spectacles) proved an uncharismatic commander after Mölders, and it was not until Major Karl-Gottfried Nordmann took over in April 1942 that a worthy successor to Mölders was found. In the period 22 June - 5 December 1941 the unit destroyed 1,881 Soviet aircraft, in return for 84 losses in aerial combat and a single aircraft on the ground.

Air support for the Wehrmacht's Army Group Centre was entrusted to General Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen's VIII. Fliegerkorps. In early January 1942, among the fighter units available to von Richthofen were II, III and IV/ JG 51. With the onset of the sub-zero conditions of the Russian winter, the majority of JG 51's available aircraft became grounded.

The Russian winter counter offensive forced III./ JG 51 into flying numerous fighter-bomber operations in direct support of the infantry, and the gruppe filed few aerial 'kill' claims through January 1942. II./ JG 51 however, accounted for most of VIII. Fliegerkorps's aerial victories during the Soviet offensive. Particularly successful was the duo of Lt. Hans Strelow and Ofw. Wilhelm Mink, both of 5. JG 51. They claimed five MiG-3s of 16 IAP on 4 January (Mink claimed three) and 9 days later Mink claimed a Pe-2 and Strelow destroyed two R-Z biplanes for his 30th and 31st victories. On 4 February, Strelow increased his victories to 36 by shooting down four Russian aircraft. The 19 year-old Strelow claimed his 40th victory on 28 February and claimed 4 victories on both 6 March and 17 March. The next day he was awarded the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes and also shot down seven Soviet aircraft. He was awarded the Eichenlaub on 24 March, his claims total at 66.

Normandy (1944)

7./JG 51, (with Bf 109G-6's) was attached to II./JG 1 in May 1944 from Brest-Litovsk, with pilots arriving at Störmede late in May and hurriedly converting to the FW-190. (It was later renamed 8./JG 1 on 15 August 1944 when the four-Staffeln Gruppe became standard) 7. Staffel was led by Ritterkreuzträger (Knight's Cross winner) Hptm. Karl-Heinz Weber with 136 confirmed kills. Its two other experten were Lt. Friedrich Krakowitzer (23 kills) and Ofhr. Günther Heckmann with 12 kills.

7./JG 51 joined II. Gruppe with 15 pilots on strength at the end of May, and during the first two months of the Normandy campaign the staffel was decimated, with twelve pilots killed, one POW and one severely wounded.

As the war turned against Germany JG 51 was forced to operate closer and closer to Germany, finally staging out of East Prussia.

JG6

Country : Germany

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JG6

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Fw190



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Manufacturer : Fokke-Wulf
Production Began : 1940
Retired : 1945

Fw190

The Focke-Wulf 190 development project began in 1937. Conceived as a hedge against total dependence on the Messerchmitt 109, the 190 was designed by Kurt Tank utilizing a radial engine. This was against generally accepted design criteria in Germany, and many historians believe that the decision to produce a radial engine fighter was largely due to the limited manufacturing capacity for in-line, water-cooled engines which were widely used on all other Luftwaffe aircraft. Despite these concerns, Tanks design was brilliant, and the 190 would become one of the top fighter aircraft of WWII. The first prototype flew in mid-1939. The aircraft had excellent flying characteristics, a wonderful rate of acceleration, and was heavily armed. By late 1940 the new fighter was ordered into production. Nicknamed the butcher bird, by Luftwaffe pilots, early 190s were quite successful in the bomber interceptor role, but at this stage of the war many Allied bombing raids lacked fighter escort. As the war dragged on, Allied bombers were increasingly accompanied by fighters, including the very effective P-51 Mustang. The Allies learned from experience that the 190s performance fell off sharply at altitudes above 20,000 feet. As a result, most Allied bombing missions were shifted to higher altitudes when fighter opposition was likely. Kurt Tank had recognized this shortcoming and began working on a high-altitude version of the 190 utilizing an in-line, water-cooled engine. Utilizing a Jumo 12-cylinder engine rated at 1770-HP, and capable of 2,240-HP for short bursts with its methanol injection system, the 190D, or Long Nose or Dora as it was called, had a top speed of 426-MPH at 22,000 feet. Armament was improved with two fuselage and two wing mounted 20mm cannon. To accommodate the changes in power plants the Dora had a longer, more streamlined fuselage, with 24 inches added to the nose, and an additional 19 inches added aft of the cockpit to compensate for the altered center of gravity. By mid 1944 the Dora began to reach fighter squadrons in quantity. Although the aircraft had all the right attributes to serve admirably in the high altitude interceptor role, it was not generally focused on such missions. Instead many 190Ds were assigned to protect airfields where Me-262 jet fighters were based. This was due to the latter aircrafts extreme vulnerability to Allied attack during takeoff and landing. The 190Ds also played a major role in Operation Bodenplatte, the New Years Day raid in 1945 which destroyed approximately 500 Allied aircraft on the ground. The High Command was impressed with the 190Ds record on this raid, and ordered most future production of the Doras to be equipped as fighter-bombers. In retrospect this was a strategic error, and this capable aircraft was not fully utilized in the role for which it was intended.

Me109



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Manufacturer : Messerschmitt
Production Began : 1937
Retired : 1945
Number Built : 33984

Me109

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 - Gerhard Schopfel

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

19/05/1940Oblt. Gerd Schöpfel9JG 26HurricaneRaum Lille-Western Front
29/05/1940Oblt. Gerd Schöpfel9JG 26HurricaneW. Dünkirchen18.1Western Front
31/05/1940Oblt. Gerd Schöpfel9JG 26SpitfireN. Dünkirchen: 3000m15.4Western Front
02/06/1940Oblt. Gerd Schöpfel9JG 26SpitfireDünkirchen: 200m9.25Western Front
08/08/1940Oblt. Gerhard Schöpfel9JG 26SpitfireW. Canterbury12.34Western Front
08/08/1940Oblt. Gerhard Schöpfel9JG 26HampdenS. Ramsgate12.35Western Front
12/08/1940Oblt. Gerhard Schöpfel9JG 26SpitfireFolkestone18.3Western Front
14/08/1940Oblt. Gerhard Schöpfel9JG 26HurricaneDover-Folkstone: 4000m13.3Western Front
18/08/1940Oblt. Gerhard Schöpfel9JG 26HurricaneCanterbury13.55Western Front
18/08/1940Oblt. Gerhard Schöpfel9JG 26HurricaneCanterbury13.55Western Front
18/08/1940Oblt. Gerhard Schöpfel9JG 26HurricaneCanterbury13.56Western Front
18/08/1940Oblt. Gerhard Schöpfel9JG 26HurricaneCanterbury13.56Western Front
22/08/1940Oblt. Gerhard Schöpfel9JG 26SpitfireSE Dover20.25Western Front
28/08/1940Oblt. Gerhard SchöpfelStab III.JG 26DefiantE. Canterbury10.1Western Front
31/08/1940Oblt. Gerhard SchöpfelStab III.JG 26SpitfireBraintree10Western Front
01/09/1940Oblt. Gerhard SchöpfelStab III.JG 26SpitfireLondon15Western Front
07/09/1940Oblt. Gerhard SchöpfelStab III.JG 26SpitfireLondon18.45Western Front
09/09/1940Oblt. Gerhard SchöpfelStab III.JG 26SpitfireThemesmündung18.05Western Front
09/09/1940Oblt. Gerhard SchöpfelStab III.JG 26SpitfireThemesmündung18.07Western Front
09/09/1940Oblt. Gerhard SchöpfelStab III.JG 26SpitfireThemesmündung18.11Western Front
28/09/1940Hptm. Gerhard SchöpfelStab III.JG 26SpitfireN. Dungeness10.45Western Front
29/10/1940Hptm. Gerhard SchöpfelStab III.JG 26Hurricane-17.45Western Front
01/11/1940Hptm. Gerd SchöpfelStab III.JG 26SpitfireHerne Bay15.35Western Front
17/06/1941Hptm. Gerhard SchöpfelStab III.JG 26Hurricane-19.4Western Front
23/06/1941Hptm. Gerd SchöpfelStab III.JG 26Blenheim10km N. Dünkirchen20.3Western Front
27/06/1941Hptm. Gerd SchöpfelStab III.JG 26Hurricane-17.05Western Front
28/06/1941Hptm. Gerd SchöpfelStab III.JG 26SpitfireAudruicq8.5Western Front
02/07/1941Hptm. Gerd SchöpfelStab III.JG 26SpitfireS. Lillers: 2500-3000m12.5Western Front
11/07/1941Hptm. Gerd SchöpfelStab III.JG 26Spitfire-14.55Western Front
07/08/1941Hptm. Gerhard SchöpfelStab III.JG 26Spitfire-11.4Western Front
07/08/1941Hptm. Gerhard SchöpfelStab III.JG 26SpitfireSW Dünkirchen: 5000m18Western Front
09/08/1941Hptm. Gerd SchöpfelStab III.JG 26SpitfireE. Marquise11.45Western Front
09/08/1941Hptm. Gerd SchöpfelStab III.JG 26Spitfire-17.59Western Front
21/08/1941Hptm. Gerhard SchöpfelStab III.JG 26Spitfire-10.18Western Front
21/09/1941Hptm. Gerd SchöpfelStab III.JG 26Spitfire-16.3Western Front
27/09/1941Hptm. Gerdhard SchöpfelStab III.JG 26Spitfire-15.3Western Front
27/11/1941Hptm. Gerhard SchöpfelStab III.JG 26Hurricane5km W. Boulogne17.3Western Front
24/03/1942Major Gerhard SchöpfelStabJG 26SpitfirePas-de-Calais-Western Front
25/03/1942Major Gerhard SchöpfelStabJG 26Spitfire--Western Front
28/03/1942Major Gerhard SchöpfelStabJG 26SpitfirePas-de-Calais18.3Western Front
14/04/1942Major Gerhard SchöpfelStabJG 26Spitfire10km N. Sangatte18.33Western Front
01/06/1942Major Gerhard SchöpfelStabJG 26Spitfire-13.55Western Front
19/08/1942Major Gerhard SchöpfelStabJG 26SpitfireDieppe: 4000m16.31Western Front
19/08/1942Major Gerhard SchöpfelStabJG 26SpitfireDieppe: 4000m18.3Western Front
08/11/1942Major Gerhard SchöpfelStabJG 26B-17--Western Front
06/12/1942Major Gerd SchöpfelStabJG 26B-17--Western Front

Known Claims : 46

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