Franzisket, Ludwig

Date of birth:
June 26th, 1917 (Düsseldorf/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Date of death:
November 23rd, 1988 (Münster/Westernphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

1938 : Fähnrich in the J.G. 26
1st August 1939 : Leutnant in the 1./J.G. 1 - Poland and Western campaigns
11 May 1940: both 1st victories
June 1940 : 9 victories (included 2 x french LeO 2-engine bombers)
9 July 1940 : transferred to the 7./J.G. 27
October 1940 : Adjutant in the 1./J.G. 27.
Beginning 1941 : 14 victories and sent with his Geschwader in North Africa.
14 June 1941 : 1 x 2-engine RAF Maryland Bomber shot down in the Lybian desert together with 1 x escorting Hurricane flown by the ace Captain Ken Diver credited with 10 victories (SAAF Squadron) and who bailed out and was captured.

23 July 1941 : Oberleutnant awarded the RK for his 22nd victories in Afrika (204 air missions)
6 December 1941 : nominated Staffelkapitän in the I./J.G. 27
25 Dezember 1941 : wounded when his Me 109 was shot down 40km southward of Agedabia
11 April 1942 : downed 2 x P-40 : 30th air victory
29 October 1942 : wounded again in dogfight with Spitfires, downed with his aircraft in flames, escaped with one broken leg.
Ende 1942 : 39 air victories (25 in African campaign).
1 July 1943 : chef der 1./Ergänzungs-Jagdgruppe Süd and took part in a Jagdflieger-Führer-Lehrgang and promoted Gruppenkommandeur der I./J.G. 27 for the Defense of the Reich (Reichsverteidigung).
14 October 1943 : 2 x USAF 4-engine B-17 bomber over Schweinfurt.
12 May 1944 : seriously wounded in dogfight with many 4-engine bombers over Bad
15. 12. 1944 : appointed to the staff og the J.G. 27.
30 December 1944 : promoted Kommodor of the J.G. 27 until May 1945.

He sruvived the war achieving a total of 500 air missions and 43 air victories (25 in Africa and 4 4-engines aircrafts).

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 20th, 1940
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Adjutant, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
July 20th, 1941
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
January 12th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
1./ JG.1
Awarded on:
June 8th, 1940
Action:
certificate signed by General Sperrle
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
1./ JG.1
Awarded on:
May 11th, 1940
Action:
certificate signed by General Richthofen
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 4th, 1941
Action:
Hauptmann Oesau achieved his 54th, Oberleutnant Franziskat his 21st aerial victory in aerial combat of the last days.
Wehrmachtbericht

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