Eckerle, Franz

Date of birth:
April 24th, 1912 (Baden-Baden/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Date of death:
February 14th, 1942 (Welikije Luki, Sovie Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Franz Eckerle achieved 62 victories in about 295 operational flights. He was the Kommandeur of the I. / Jagdgeschwader 54 from December 21st 1941 till February 14th 1942.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 4th, 1935
Details:
Document nr. 890/35
Flugzeugführerabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 13th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 11th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant
Awarded on:
December 19th, 1940
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän, 1. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 54 "Grünherz", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
September 18th, 1941
Details:
331st Award
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kommandeur, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 54 "Grünherz", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
March 12th, 1942
Details:
82nd Award, posthumous awarded.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

Sources

  • Photo 1: François SAEZ
  • Photo: François SAEZ
  • - FELLGIEBEL, W.P., Elite of theThird Reich, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Kurowski F., Oberleutnant Otto Kittel, Der erfolgreichste Jagdflieger des Jagdgeschwaders 54, Flechsig Verlag, Würzburg, 2007
    - Vorlaufiges Besitszeugnis d.d.19-09-1941
    - Documents for Flugzeugfuhrer and Ehrenpokal via François SAEZ
    - eisernes Kreuz

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