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Franz Eckerle

Franz Eckerle
Franz Eckerle
Born 24 April 1912
Baden-Baden, Germany
Died Did not recognize date. Try slightly modifying the date in the first parameter. (aged 29)
missing in action near Velikiye Luki
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Rank Hauptmann
Unit JG 76, JG 54
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Franz Eckerle (24 April 1912 – 14 February 1942) was a German former Luftwaffe fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves during World War II. A flying ace or fighter ace is a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during aerial combat.[1]

Franz Eckerle was forced to make an emergency landing behind Soviet lines southeast of Schlüsselburg on 14 February 1942. He was posted as missing in action and presumed killed. He was posthumously honoured with the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub) on 12 March 1942 for 59 aerial victories.[2]



  1. ^ Spick 1996, pp. 3–4.
  2. ^ Weal 2007, p. 24.
  3. ^ a b Thomas 1997, p. 139.
  4. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 287.

External links

  • "Franz Eckerle". Aces of the Luftwaffe. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  • "Franz Eckerle". Lexikon der wehrmacht. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 

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