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Leutnant Otto Fries


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Leutnant Otto Fries

Otto Fries was posted to NJG I nightfighter unit in January 1942 as a Gefreiter. He served with them on the Western Front right through until the end of the war, flying continuously against RAF Bomber Command. He was commissioned Leutnant in August 1943. In July 1944 Otto was flying Me110s of II.Gruppe based in St. Trond, St. Dizier and then Arnheim. He later joined I.Gruppe before transferring to Münster-Hansdorf flying the Heinkel 219 Owl. He is one of the last surviving He219 pilots. Shot down four times, on the second of which he escaped by catapult ejection seat out of the He219 during night operations for home defence - it is thought had been shot down by night fighter Mosquito R of 85 Sqd flown by F/Lt Vaughan and F/Sgt R D McKinnon. The right hand engine of his He219 suddenly exploded into flames. With the loss of most of the control of the aircraft he jettisoned the aircrafts canopy, his wireless operator Feldwebel Alfred Staffa baled out and was severley wounded on landing with his parachute. Lt Otto Fries could not regain sufficient control of the He219 which was now burning so he ejected. He landed unhurt by means of his parachute. The He219 crashed about 3 kilometres south of Hertogenbosch and was destroyed. This was only the third such ejection in combat in the world. Otto scored 18 air victories by the end of the war.

Items Signed by Leutnant Otto Fries

 Messerschmitt Me110 night fighter attacking Lancaster bombers during a night raid.  This original drawing is signed by three top night fighter pilots and radio operators. ......
Night Defender by Graeme Lothian. (P)
Price : £360.00
Messerschmitt Me110 night fighter attacking Lancaster bombers during a night raid. This original drawing is signed by three top night fighter pilots and radio operators. ......

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 Boulton Paul Defiant of 151 Sqn, based at Wittering, attacking a Messerschmitt Me110. Following an exhausting summer during the Battle of Britain, 151 was designated a night fighter squadron and was equipped both with Hurricanes and Defiants. On the......
Night of Defiance by Ivan Berryman. (B)
Price : £300.00
Boulton Paul Defiant of 151 Sqn, based at Wittering, attacking a Messerschmitt Me110. Following an exhausting summer during the Battle of Britain, 151 was designated a night fighter squadron and was equipped both with Hurricanes and Defiants. On the......

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 Messerschmitt Bf.110G4b/R3 of 7 Staffel, III/Natchjagdgeschwader 4, Autumn 1943. ......
Messerschmitt Bf.110G4b/R3 by Ivan Berryman. (B)
Price : £300.00
Messerschmitt Bf.110G4b/R3 of 7 Staffel, III/Natchjagdgeschwader 4, Autumn 1943. ......

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 Outnumbered and outclassed, the aging Gloster Gladiators of 112 Sqn nonetheless put up a spirited defence in the skies above Crete as Germanys Operation Mercury gathered momentum in the Spring of 1941.  Here, shark-mouthed Messerschmitt Bf.110s of Z......
Impossible Odds by Ivan Berryman. (C)
Price : £320.00
Outnumbered and outclassed, the aging Gloster Gladiators of 112 Sqn nonetheless put up a spirited defence in the skies above Crete as Germanys Operation Mercury gathered momentum in the Spring of 1941. Here, shark-mouthed Messerschmitt Bf.110s of Z......

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 A Heinkel 219 and a Messerschmitt 110 of NJG-1 climbing out from their base a Munster Hansdorf, as they set out on a deadly mission. Ten aircraft took off to intercept a major raid on Dusseldorf, the night witnessing a fierce battle high above the d......
Into The Cloak of Darkness by Nicolas Trudgian
Price : £160.00
A Heinkel 219 and a Messerschmitt 110 of NJG-1 climbing out from their base a Munster Hansdorf, as they set out on a deadly mission. Ten aircraft took off to intercept a major raid on Dusseldorf, the night witnessing a fierce battle high above the d......

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 A Heinkel 219 and a Messerschmitt 110 of NJG-1 climbing out from their base a Munster Hansdorf, as they set out on a deadly mission. Ten aircraft took off to intercept a major raid on Dusseldorf, the night witnessing a fierce battle high above the d......
Into The Cloak of Darkness by Nicolas Trudgian (AP)
Price : £240.00
A Heinkel 219 and a Messerschmitt 110 of NJG-1 climbing out from their base a Munster Hansdorf, as they set out on a deadly mission. Ten aircraft took off to intercept a major raid on Dusseldorf, the night witnessing a fierce battle high above the d......

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 A Heinkel 219 and a Messerschmitt 110 of NJG-1 climbing out from their base a Munster Hansdorf, as they set out on a deadly mission. Ten aircraft took off to intercept a major raid on Dusseldorf, the night witnessing a fierce battle high above the d......
Into the Cloak of Darkness by Nicolas Trudgian. (C)
Price : £240.00
A Heinkel 219 and a Messerschmitt 110 of NJG-1 climbing out from their base a Munster Hansdorf, as they set out on a deadly mission. Ten aircraft took off to intercept a major raid on Dusseldorf, the night witnessing a fierce battle high above the d......

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  A Heinkel 219 and a Messerschmitt 110 of NJG-1 climbing out from their base a Munster Hansdorf, as they set out on a deadly mission. Ten aircraft took off to intercept a major raid on Dusseldorf, the night witnessing a fierce battle high above the ......
Into The Cloak of Darkness by Nicolas Trudgian (XX)
Price : £240.00
A Heinkel 219 and a Messerschmitt 110 of NJG-1 climbing out from their base a Munster Hansdorf, as they set out on a deadly mission. Ten aircraft took off to intercept a major raid on Dusseldorf, the night witnessing a fierce battle high above the ......

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 A Heinkel 219 and a Messerschmitt 110 of NJG-1 climbing out from their base a Munster Hansdorf, as they set out on a deadly mission. Ten aircraft took off to intercept a major raid on Dusseldorf, the night witnessing a fierce battle high above the d......
Into The Cloak of Darkness by Nicolas Trudgian (Y)
Price : £100.00
A Heinkel 219 and a Messerschmitt 110 of NJG-1 climbing out from their base a Munster Hansdorf, as they set out on a deadly mission. Ten aircraft took off to intercept a major raid on Dusseldorf, the night witnessing a fierce battle high above the d......

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 Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......
Operation Mercury by Nicolas Trudgian.
Price : £140.00
Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......

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 Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......
Operation Mercury by Nicolas Trudgian. (AP)
Price : £180.00
Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......

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 Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......
Operation Mercury by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
Price : £160.00
Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......

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 Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......
Operation Mercury by Nicolas Trudgian. (XX)
Price : £200.00
Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......

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 Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......
Operation Mercury by Nicolas Trudgian. (Y)
Price : £90.00
Slow, frail, out-dated and hopelessly outnumbered, Gladiator biplanes of 112 Squadron RAF tenaciously throw themselves into the fray, attacking Luftwaffe fighter-bombers in the battle for Crete, in April 1941. This painting shows Me110Cs of II./ZG76......

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 Major Heinz Schnaufer, with 121 victories, was the top-scoring night fighter ace of all time. He became a Luftwaffe pilot in 1942 and obtained his first victory in June of that year. By August his victory count had reached twenty-two and he was put ......
Top Night Fighter by Stan Stokes. (D)
Price : £320.00
Major Heinz Schnaufer, with 121 victories, was the top-scoring night fighter ace of all time. He became a Luftwaffe pilot in 1942 and obtained his first victory in June of that year. By August his victory count had reached twenty-two and he was put ......

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Me110 aircraft prints by Nicolas Trudgian.
Pack Price : £380.00
Saving : £640
Aviation Print Pack. ......

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Night Hunters of the Reich by Nicolas Trudgian.
One - Tens Over Kent by Nicolas Trudgian
Into The Cloak of Darkness by Nicolas Trudgian
Operation Mercury by Nicolas Trudgian.

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Four German WW2 aircraft prints by Nicolas Trudgian.
Pack Price : £350.00
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Aviation Print Pack. ......

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Into The Cloak of Darkness by Nicolas Trudgian
Operation Mercury by Nicolas Trudgian.
Timber Wolf by Nicolas Trudgian.
Mountain Wolf by Nicolas Trudgian

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Luftwaffe Me-110 Aviation Print Pack.
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Aviation Print Pack. ......

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Night Hunters of the Reich by Nicolas Trudgian.
Into The Cloak of Darkness by Nicolas Trudgian
Dawn Strike by Richard Taylor.
One - Tens Over Kent by Nicolas Trudgian

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Me-110 Aircraft Prints by Nicolas Trudgian.
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Night Hunters of the Reich by Nicolas Trudgian.
Into The Cloak of Darkness by Nicolas Trudgian
Focke-Wulf Fw190A-5/U8 by Ivan Berryman.

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Pack 795. Pack of two Me110 aviation prints by Nicolas Trudgian.
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Aviation Print Pack. ......

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Into The Cloak of Darkness by Nicolas Trudgian
Operation Mercury by Nicolas Trudgian.

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Pack 796. Pack of two Me110 aircraft prints by Nicolas Trudgian.
Pack Price : £300.00
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Aviation Print Pack. ......

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One - Tens Over Kent by Nicolas Trudgian (AP)
Operation Mercury by Nicolas Trudgian. (AP)

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Leutnant Otto Fries

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He219

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Manufacturer : Heinkel
Production Began : 1942
Retired : 0
Number Built : 300

He219

The He 219 had an auspicious combat debut. On the night of 11–12 June 1943, Werner Streib flew the V9 and shot down five bombers between 01:05 and 02:22 hours, before crashing on landing. Claims have been made that, "In the next ten days the three Heinkel He 219A-0 pre-production aircraft [shot] down a total of 20 RAF aircraft, including six of the previously "untouchable" de Havilland Mosquito fighter-bombers. Greatly encouraged, Kammhuber continued to press for immediate production."[15] No record of corresponding Mosquito losses or any documentary evidence exists that He 219 pilots claimed six Mosquitos The first major production series was the He 219 A-0, although initially the pre-production series, it matured into a long running production series, due to numerous changes incorporated into the design, along with the cancellation of several planned variants. Production problems as a result of Allied bombing in March meant the A-0 did not reach Luftwaffe units until October 1943. The A-0 was usually armed with two 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon in the wing roots and up to four 20 mm or 30 mm cannon in a ventral weapons bay. The first 10–15 aircraft were delivered with the 490 MHz UHF-band FuG 212 "Lichtenstein" C-1 radar with a 4 × 8-dipole element Matratze antenna array. 104 He 219 A-0s were built until the summer of 1944, the majority of them at EHW (Ernst Heinkel Wien) or Heinkel-Süd in Wien-Schwechat. The first planned version to reach production was the He 219 A-2 model, which had longer engine nacelles containing extra fuel tanks, unitized 1670 PS DB 603AA engines with higher critical altitude and often also two 30 mm (1.18 in) MK 108 cannon, as an offensive Schräge Musik upward-firing system in the rear fuselage. With Schräge Musik, the ventral weapons bay held two cannon due to space limitations.[21] The A-2 featured an updated, 90 MHz VHF-band Telefunken FuG 220 Lichtenstein SN-2 radar system, complete with its larger, high-drag 4 × 2-dipole element Hirschgeweih aerials. It initially had a longer minimum range than the C-1 radar, but had improved accuracy and resolution and was also less vulnerable to chaff jamming, through the late summer of 1944. A total of 85 He 219 A-2s were built until November 1944, most at EHR (Ernst Heinkel Rostock) or Heinkel-Nord in Rostock-Marienehe (now Rostock-Schmarl). The He 219 was a capable fighter aircraft and the pilots were free to hunt down any detected Allied bombers. Ground control sent the aircraft into the right area, where the pilots took over and guided themselves towards the bombers with the Lichtenstein VHF radar's information. The SN-2 radar's 4 km (3 mi) maximum detection range was greater than the distance between the bombers. While the performance of the A-2 was not extraordinary—approximately 580 km/h (360 mph) speed—it was enough of an advance over the Messerschmitt Bf 110Gs and Dornier Do 217Ns, for the crew to chase several bombers in a single sortie On the night of 11--12 June 1943, Werner Streib flew the The He 219 V9 and shot down five bombers.In the next 10 days the three Heinkel He 219A-0 pre-production aircraft would shoot down a total of 20 RAF aircraft, including six of the previously "untouchable" de Havilland Mosquito fighter-bombers. To improve its ability to intercept the Mosquito, the He 219 had excess weight removed. With some weapon and radio systems deleted, the aircraft was able to attain a speed of 650 km/h (400 mph). This version was given the designation A-6. None of these were produced, but similar weight saving measures could be done at the unit level. The last major production version was the A-7 with improved, unitized DB 603E engines. The A-7 typically had two 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon in the wing roots (inboard of the propeller arcs), two 20 mm MG 151/20 in the ventral weapons bay and two 30 mm (1.18 in) MK 108s as Schräge Musik. Production of 210 aircraft was to start November/December 1944, but the number produced is not known as original documents have been lost or contained no sub-version number.

Me110

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Manufacturer : Messerschmitt
Production Began : 1938

Me110

The Bf-110 grew out of Herman Gorings specifications for a multipurpose aircraft capable of penetrating deep into enemy airspace to clear the sky of enemy fighters in advance of German bomber formations. The aircraft would also be utilized as a long range interceptor, and as a ground support and ground attack bomber. The Bf-110 prototype first flew in 1936. The prototype was under powered with its Daimier Benz DB 600A engines. Several months passed before a go ahead was given for large scale production which commenced in 1938. Utilizing improved DB 601 engines, the early production 110s were as fast as any single engine fighter at that time, and had superior fire power. Their biggest apparent weakness was in the areas of armor protection for the crew, and in terms of maneuverability when compared to single seat fighters. The 110 was produced in large numbers and in many different variants. The 110D was the long range model. An additional belly tank was fitted to that aircraft, with several later variants having the more traditional drop tanks. The first serious test for the Bf-110 came during the Battle of Britain. About 300 Bf-110s were involved. They became easy prey for Hurricane and Spitfire pilots, and Bf-109s were often required to assist the 110s in their own defense. On August 15, 1940, which became known as Black Tuesday, the Bf-110s were ravaged by the RAF, and for the month over 100 aircraft were lost. On the Eastern Front the Bf-110 performed admirably in the early stages of Operation Barbarossa. With the Soviet Air Force weakened in the first several weeks of the attack, 110s were effectively utilized in a ground attack role. Ultimately, the Luftwaffe re-equipped a significant number of its 110s as night fighters. The aircraft performed well in this role because it was a good gun platform with sufficient speed to overtake the RAF night bombers. Such night missions were typically carried out with no Allied fighter escort, so the 110 night fighters would not have to engage or elude Allied fighters in this role.

Known Victory Claims - Otto Fries

DATE

PILOT

UNIT

JG

CLAIMED

LOCATION

TIME

FRONT

11/08/1943Fw. Otto Fries5NJG 1LancasterHanzinelle: 3500m [SW Charleroi]2.56Western Front
22/10/1943Ltn. Otto Fries5NJG 1Stirling11km ESE Schleiden: 5200m20.35Western Front
03/11/1943Ltn. Otto Fries5NJG 1HalifaxLanaken: 5700m [Epgrimby/22km SE Genk]19.3Western Front
19/11/1943Ltn. Otto Fries5NJG 1Stirlingbei Tournai: 4100m [bei Horrues]19.59Western Front
29/12/1943Ltn. Otto Fries5NJG 1LancasterS. Jüngenburg: 5600m [bei Lingen]22.16Western Front
14/01/1944Ltn. Otto Fries5NJG 1Halifax3km SE Schalenburg19.3Western Front
14/01/1944Ltn. Otto Fries5NJG 1Lancaster5km E. Bad Munder19.35Western Front
21/01/1944Ltn. Otto Fries5NJG 1Halifax10km NW Scheveningen22.3Western Front
20/02/1944Ltn. Otto Fries5NJG 1SW Eisleben: 6200m2.4Western Front
22/04/1944Ltn. Otto Fries5NJG 1Fu.F: 5000m [19km SW Soissons]23.31Western Front
23/04/1944Ltn. Otto FriesStab II.NJG 1HalifaxFu.F. 'Chameleon': 4000m23.38Western Front
29/07/1944Ltn. Otto Fries2NJG 1100km 150° FuF Kuli: 4500m1.26Western Front
29/07/1944Ltn. Otto Fries2NJG 1W. Stuttgart: 4200m1.46Western Front
06/11/1944Ltn. Otto Fries2NJG 1LancasterHP 2: 3000m {W. Rheine]19.27Western Front
06/11/1944Ltn. Otto Fries2NJG 1LancasterGQ 9: 3000m [W. Rheine]19.38Western Front
06/11/1944Ltn. Otto Fries2NJG 1LancasterGP: 3500m [W. Rheine]19.43Western Front
05/01/1945Ltn. Otto FriesII.NJG 1LancasterN. Groningen19.3Western Front

Known Claims : 17

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