Werra, Baron von, Franz

Date of birth:
July 13th, 1914 (Lenk/Berne, Switserland)
Date of death:
October 25th, 1941 (north of Flushing, the Netherlands)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Achieved a total of 21 aerial victories (13 on the Eastern Front). He also distinguished himself as the only German prisoner to escape from Canada over the course of the war.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant
Unit:
Adjutant II. / Jagd-Geschwader 3
Awarded on:
December 14th, 1940
Action:
Awarded for achieving 8 aerial victories and destroying 5 aircraft on the ground. It is reported by some sources that he received the Knight's Cross as a result of his successful escape from Canada. This is mistaken as he received the award in late 1940, while he was still in captivity.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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