Alfred Franke
Leutnant

Alfred Franke

    Alfred Franke was born on 20 September 1918 at Jena in Thüringen. Unteroffizier Franke served with 2./JG 53 from 1940. He participated in the invasion of the Low Countries and the French campaign during which he recorded his first two victories. He gained a single victory over England during the Battle of Britain. It was over the Eastern front that Franke was to be particularly successful. Feldwebel Franke was shot down behind enemy lines on 1 July 1941 in Bf 109 F-2 (W.Nr. 12 621) “Black 10+” but successfully evaded capture and returned to his unit. He was shot down again on 10 July in Bf 109 F-2 (W.Nr. 5412) “Black 6” behind Russian lines and again managed to return to his unit. Franke claimed his 10th victory on 24 July, when he shot down a Russian DB-3 twin-engine bomber. By the end of 1941, Franke had 12 victories to his credit. He recorded his 20th victory on 27 June 1942, when he shot down a Russian MiG-1 fighter near Schlochigrz. In the summer of 1942, Franke claimed 26 victories in August, including four victories on 12 August (29-32), three on 13 August (33-35), three on 18 August (36-38) and three Russian Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack aircraft shot down on 20 August (40-42). He also performed numerous successful ground attack missions in support of the army. In the first eight days of September, Franke claimed nine victories, including three Il-2 Sturmoviks shot down on 1 September (45-47) and a further three Il-2 Sturmoviks shot down on 8 September (58-60). On 9 September 1942, a Russian Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack aircraft north of Stalingrad bounced Franke. His Bf 109 G-2 (W.Nr. 13 442) “Black 10” turned then dived vertically and crashed, killing Franke. Franke was posthumously awarded the Ritterkreuz and promoted to the rank of Leutnant on 29 October.
    Alfred Franke was credited with 60 victories. He recorded four victories over the Western front. Of his 56 victories recorded over the Eastern front, 17 were Il-2 Sturmoviks.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
14.5.1940
11:20
Bloch 151 2./JG 53 S Sedan
2
14.5.1940
16:20
Battle 2./JG 53 SW Sedan
3
31.5.1940
20:12
DB-7 2./JG 53 St Quentin area
4
18.8.1940
15:32
Hurricane 2./JG 53 -
5
22.6.1941
17:37
Douglas 2./JG 53 WSW Brest Litovsk
6
24.6.1941
9:32
SB-3 2./JG 53 -
7
24.6.1941
9:34
SB-3 2./JG 53 -
8
6.7.1941
6:37
DB-3 2./JG 53 -
9
10.7.1941
12:17
DB-3 2./JG 53 -
10
24.7.1941
14:16
DB-3 2./JG 53 -
11
26.7.1941
10:45
DB-3 2./JG 53 -
12
26.7.1941
11:00
Il-2 2./JG 53 -
13
10.6.1942
15:37
I-61 2./JG 53 -
14
10.6.1942
-
I-61 2./JG 53 -
15
15.6.1942
-
E/a 2./JG 53 -
16
18.6.1942
-
E/a 2./JG 53 -
17
20.6.1942
-
E/a 2./JG 53 -
18
21.6.1942
-
E/a 2./JG 53 -
19
24.6.1942
3:41
R-10 2./JG 53 -
20
27.6.1942
9:16
MiG-1 2./JG 53 8-10km NNE Schlochigrz
21
28.6.1942
4:06
MiG-1 2./JG 53 -
22
1.7.1942
12:01
P-39 2./JG 53 -
23
1.7.1942
12:08
P-39 2./JG 53 -
24
26.7.1942
13:43
LaGG-3 2./JG 53 -
25
31.7.1942
13:59
MiG-1 2./JG 53 39 194
26
2.8.1942
12:29
Il-2 2./JG 53 29 163
27
2.8.1942
12:38
MiG-1 2./JG 53 39 281
28
4.8.1942
11:30
MiG-1 2./JG 53 49 753
29
12.8.1942
4:27
Il-2 2./JG 53 29 894
30
12.8.1942
4:33
Il-2 2./JG 53 39 773
31
12.8.1942
4:39
LaGG-3 2./JG 53 39 772
32
12.8.1942
10:48
MiG-3 2./JG 53 49 882
33
13.8.1942
17:41
Il-2 2./JG 53 39 333
34
13.8.1942
17:44
MiG-1 2./JG 53 39 193
35
13.8.1942
17:51
Il-2 2./JG 53 NE Kalatsch
36
18.8.1942
5:33
MiG-3 2./JG 53 49 164
37
18.8.1942
12:48
Il-2 2./JG 53 40 771
38
18.8.1942
12:53
MiG-3 2./JG 53 40 773
39
19.8.1942
15:42
Er-2 2./JG 53 40 774
40
20.8.1942
4:36
Il-2 2./JG 53 40 780
41
20.8.1942
10:56
Il-2 2./JG 53 30 894
42
20.8.1942
10:59
Il-2 2./JG 53 40 773
43
21.8.1942
12:39
U-2 2./JG 53 49 881
44
22.8.1942
9:40
Il-2 2./JG 53 30 894
45
23.8.1942
5:43
I-180 2./JG 53 49 153
46
24.8.1942
13:02
U-2 2./JG 53 49 244
47
28.8.1942
14:35
MiG-1 2./JG 53 40 891
48
28.8.1942
14:44
LaGG-3 2./JG 53 50 781
49
29.8.1942
12:49
P-40 2./JG 53 49 251
50
29.8.1942
12:56
MiG-1 2./JG 53 49 243
51
30.8.1942
16:10
I-180 2./JG 53 49 562
52
1.9.1942
10:40
Il-2 2./JG 53 49 353
53
1.9.1942
10:46
Il-2 2./JG 53 49 324
54
1.9.1942
15:48
P-2 2./JG 53 49 132
55
3.9.1942
13:46
Yak-1 2./JG 53 40 873
56
5.9.1942
5:53
MiG-3 2./JG 53 49 451
57
7.9.1942
13:24
Il-2 2./JG 53 49 281
58
8.9.1942
6:44
Il-2 2./JG 53 49 191
59
8.9.1942
6:46
Il-2 2./JG 53 49 412
60
8.9.1942
6:49
Il-2 2./JG 53 49 332

Victories : 60
Awards : Ehrenpokal (13 September 1942)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (25 September 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (29 October 1942)
Units : JG 53

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