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Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 Trop Kommodore Werner Schröer

January 31, 2022 · in Aviation · · 10 · 1.5K

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Schröer joined the Luftwaffe in 1937 and was initially on the ground Staff. From 1938 to 1940 he completed Pilot training at Fighter Pilot School 1. In August 1940 he joined I. Gruppe of Fighter Wing 27, in whose ranks he subsequently flew on the English Channel and missions over southern England. In April 1941, Schröer transferred with his fighter squadron to the Afrika Korps, where he was confirmed from April 1941, alongside Hans-Joachim Marseille, at the age of 61

Luftsiegen established as the most successful German fighter Pilot on the African continent. On July 1, 1942, he was promoted there to squadron Comander of the 8th squadron of Jagdgeschwader 27.

On October 21, 1942, he was awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross for his 49th Aerial Victory. On April 20, 1943, Schröer was promoted to Comander of Group II within his squadron. His Geschwader Gruppe was deployed at this time in the Mediterranean over Sicily and southern Italy. From August 1943, Schröer was used by the Reich Air Defense, where he was awarded the Oak Leaves on August 2, 1943 for his 84th Aerial Victory.

In March 1944 Schröer was appointed Comander of the III. Gruppe in Jagdgeschwader 54, where he achieved his 100th Aerial Victory by July 1944. On July 21, 1944, Schröer was assigned to the Verbandsfuhrerschule, where he taught air warfare statics until February 1945. In February 1945, Schröer was appointed Commander of Jagdgeschwader 3 (Udet), where he was awarded the Knight's Cross on April 16, 1945. Altogether Schröer achieved 114 Aerial Victorias on 197 enemy flights, 102 of them against Anglo-American aircraft types including 26 four-engined Bombers.

On May 7, 1945, he and his squadron surrendered to the advancing British troops. He was released from captivity in February 1946. He initially worked as a Taxi Driver in Frankfurt am Main and studied Business Administration at the same time. After graduating with a degree in business administration, he worked in Rome for Eleven years. As a private citizen, he tried to erect a memorial for his friend Hans-Joachim Marseille, but this was unsuccessful. In 1973 he was interviewed for the British TV series "A World at War" about his experiences in the Luftwaffe during the last year of the war.

Before retiring, he was a Manager at Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm for many years.

Schröer died at the age of 67 on February 10, 1985 in Ottobrunn near Munich.

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  1. Amazing model, Hans Peter! Great details about Kommodore Schröer, as well!

  2. Excellent build, Hans Peter @messerschmitt
    Beautiful work on that scheme.
    Thanks for sharing the background of Werner Schröer.

  3. For me it's important not to forget the Story,
    what kind of person he was and what he had flown a Messrschmitt

  4. Nice job on your 109 and Werner Schröer.

  5. Very nice paint work on your 109.

  6. Nice 109, Hans Peter! The tropical schemes are always appealing.

  7. Great build!

  8. Really a nice build, with a great scheme and very nice paint work.

  9. Great model and Diorama!

  10. Beautiful build, and what an excellent scheme on a 109! Well done.

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