Franz Schall
Hauptmann

Franz Schall

    Franz Schall was born on 1 June 1918 at Graz in Steiermark, Austria. He was a flak gunner early in the war but, on 1 September 1941, he began flying training. On completion of his training in February 1943, Schall was transferred to JG 52 on the Eastern Front. Leutnant Schall was assigned to 3./JG 52. He gained his first victory on 6 May 1943, when he shot down a Russian LaGG-5 fighter. On 1 August 1943, Schall recorded his 10th victory when he shot down a Russian Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack aircraft. He recorded another two Il-2s shot down on 24 October to raise his victory total to 20. Schall’s victory total had reached 26 by the end of 1943. On 16 January 1944, Schall shot down three Russian fighters for his 30th through 32nd victories. He claimed his 40th victim, a Russian P-39 fighter, shot down on 19 April. Schall  recorded  11 victories in May, including three P-39s shot down on 2 May (45-47), his 50th victory on 17 May 1944, another Il-2, and three enemy aircraft shot down on 30 May (51-53). He shot down an Il-2 and a P-39 on 4 June to raise his victory total to 60. In July, Schall recorded a further 10 victories, including three enemy aircraft on 14 July (65-67) and four on 16 July (70-73). Schall was appointed Staffelkapitän of 3./JG 52 on 11 August 1944. This would herald his most successful period of the war. In August he recorded 38 victories, including three enemy aircraft shot down on 12 August (74-76), three on 24 August (79-81), 11, including six Il-2s, on 26 August (83-93), three further Il-2s on 28 August (94-96) and 13, including 11 Il-2s, on 31 August (97-109).  However, Schall was shot down by flak and required to make forced-landings on four occasions, including once behind Russian lines from which he successfully negotiated his way back to his unit. On 25 September 1944, Oberleutnant Schall was transferred to Eprobungskommando Nowotny, commanded by Major Walter Nowotny (258 victories, RK-Br) operating the new Me 262 jet fighter. He was assigned command of 2. Staffel. In the morning of 8 November 1944, he shot down three USAAF P-51 fighters (120-122) escorting a USAAF bomber raid but then suffered flameouts of both engines. While attempting to glide back to his base at Hesepe, he was intercepted by a P-51, piloted by Lt James Kenney of the 357th FG, which badly damaged Schall’s Me 262 A-1a (W.Nr. 110 404) “White 7”. Schall baled out only to see his aircraft explode. Following Major Walter Nowotny’s death on 8 November 1944, the surviving pilots and personnel from Eprobungskommando Nowotny were incorporated into JG 7. Hauptmann Schall led 10./JG 7, based at Oranienburg, and continued scoring with the Me 262 but many of his victories were never confirmed by disintegrating official sources. On 4 April 1945, Schall shot down a P-51 (131) but was then shot down himself. He baled out surviving unharmed. On 10 April 1945, Schall shot down a P-51, for his 133rd, and last, victory, but then attempted an emergency landing at Parchim. His aircraft rolled into a bomb crater and exploded, killing him instantly.
    Franz Schall was credited with 133 victories in 530 missions. He recorded 116 victories over the Eastern front, including 61 Stormoviks. Of his 17 victories recorded over the Western front, all were gained  flying the Me 262 jet fighter and include six  four-engine bombers and 10 P-51 fighters.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
6.5.1943
13:14
LaGG-5 3./JG 52 61 184: at 900m
2
30.5.1943
16:12
LaGG-5 3./JG 52 75 232: at 1.700m
3
11.6.1943
10:25
Il-2 3./JG 52 76 823: at 300m
4
6.7.1943
18:45
Il-2 3./JG 52 61 654: at 500m
5
12.7.1943
14:47
Il-2 3./JG 52 61 132: at 400m
6
13.7.1943
8:57
Il-7 3./JG 52 61 293: at 200m
7
15.7.1943
13:10
Il-7 3./JG 52 62 883: tiefst.
8
18.7.1943
6:50
Il-7 3./JG 52 88 431: at 400m
9
26.7.1943
18:12
Il-2 3./JG 52 88 267: at 100m 
10
1.8.1943
10:38
Il-2 3./JG 52 88 283 at 200m
11
7.8.1943
17:55
LaGG-5 3./JG 52 61 595 at 1.500m
12
25.9.1943
8:03
LaGG-3 3./JG 52 76 539: at 10m
13
27.9.1943
14:35
Il-2 3./JG 52 66 865: at 100m
14
27.9.1943
14:43
Il-2 3./JG 52 76 772: at 100m
15
20.10.1943
12:07
Il-2 3./JG 52 58 143: at 100m
16
21.10.1943
12:05
Il-2 3./JG 52 58 738: at 400m
17
22.10.1943
13:15
Yak-7 3./JG 52 39 652: at 1.100m
18
23.10.1943
9:07
P-39 3./JG 52 58 561: at 2.500m
19
24.10.1943
10:32
Il-2 3./JG 52 57 172: at 500m
20
24.10.1943
13:50
Il-2 3./JG 52 57 771: at 500m
21
28.10.1943
14:15
LaGG-5 3./JG 52 48 512: at 1.000m
22
7.11.1943
15:05
U-2 3./JG 52 47 771: at 2m
23
7.11.1943
15:06
U-2 3./JG 52 47 771: at 2m
24
7.11.1943
15:07
U-2 3./JG 52 47 771: at 2m
25
9.11.1943
14:25
U-2 3./JG 52 47 771: tiefst.
26
9.11.1943
14:25
U-2 3./JG 52 47 771: tiefst.
27
7.1.1944
14:16
Yak-9 3./JG 52 29392 at 2.500m
28
9.1.1944
14:05
P-39 3./JG 52 29382 at 3.500m
29
12.1.1944
11:06
P-39 3./JG 52 19 492 at 1.000m
30
16.1.1944
9:34
Yak-9 3./JG 52 19 462 at 3.000m
31
16.1.1944
11:51
P-39 3./JG 52 29 371 at 4.500m
32
16.1.1944
11:55
P-39 3./JG 52 29 381 at 3.000m
33
16.1.1944
12:03
La-5 3./JG 52 29 523: tiefflug
34
17.1.1944
11:52
P-39 3./JG 52 29 383 at 1.500m
35
26.1.1944
7:52
P-39 3./JG 52 66 641 at 200m
36
28.1.1944
15:00
Il-2 3./JG 52 66 641 at 200m
37
22.2.1944
11:35
U-2 3./JG 52 38 664: tiefflug
38
24.2.1944
8:35
U-2 3./JG 52 38 564: tiefflug
39
28.3.1944
14:45
R-5 3./JG 52 98 174: tiefst.
40
19.4.1944
13:48
P-39 3./JG 52 78 674: at 4.500m
41
24.4.1944
18:00
Boston III 3./JG 52 97 343: at 3.000m
42
24.4.1944
18:20
Il-2 3./JG 52 87 634: tiefst.
43
24.4.1944
18:26
Il-2 3./JG 52 87 632: tiefst.
44
28.4.1944
11:00
P-39 3./JG 52 78 674: at 800m
45
2.5.1944
10:35
P-39 3./JG 52 68 682: at 1.000m
46
2.5.1944
14:30
P-39 3./JG 52 68 833: at 800m
47
2.5.1944
15:13
P-39 3./JG 52 78 741: at 500m
48
15.5.1944
18:15
Il-2 3./JG 52 97 131: tiefst.
49
15.5.1944
18:20
LaGG-5 3./JG 52 97 132: at 1.000m
50
17.5.1944
18:25
Il-2 3./JG 52 97 233: at 150m
51
30.5.1944
4:20
P-39 3./JG 52 78 675: at 500m
52
30.5.1944
16:00
Il-2 3./JG 52 77 614: at 200m
53
30.5.1944
16:05
LaGG-5 3./JG 52 78 684: at 200m
54
31.5.1944
6:05
Il-2 3./JG 52 78 685: at 200m
55
31.5.1944
11:26
Il-2 3./JG 52 78 821: at 100m
56
1.6.1944
12:35
Yak-9 3./JG 52 78 679: tiefst.
57
3.6.1944
11:50
Yak-9 3./JG 52 78 674: at 800m
58
3.6.1944
12:05
Il-2 3./JG 52 78 592: at 200m
59
4.6.1944
16:14
Il-2 3./JG 52 78 231: at 30m
60
4.6.1944
16:22
P-39 3./JG 52 78 231: at 400m
61
6.6.1944
9:05
Yak-9 3./JG 52 78 649: at 400m
62
26.6.1944
15:30
P-39 3./JG 52 49 655: at 7.000m
63
26.6.1944
15:33
P-39 3./JG 52 49 663: at 5.000m
64
7.7.1944
16:55
Mitchell 3./JG 52 50 598: at 3.500m
65
14.7.1944
12:00
P-39 3./JG 52 41 822: tiefst.
66
14.7.1944
12:05
Il-2 3./JG 52 51 741: tiefst.
67
14.7.1944
12:08
Il-2 3./JG 52 51 751: tiefst.
68
15.7.1944
16:40
Il-2 3./JG 52 41 681:at 1.500m
69
15.7.1944
16:44
Yak-9 3./JG 52 41 656: at 1.500m
70
16.7.1944
11:02
Il-2 3./JG 52 41 617: at 300m
71
16.7.1944
11:03
Il-2 3./JG 52 41 655: at 300m
72
16.7.1944
15:36
Yak-9 3./JG 52 41 682: at 1.200m
73
16.7.1944
15:40
Yak-9 3./JG 52 41 688: at 1.400m
74
12.8.1944
14:10
Yak-11 3./JG 52 11 379 at 1.000m
75
12.8.1944
16:57
LaGG-5 3./JG 52 11 358 at 2.300m
76
12.8.1944
17:02
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 388 at 400m
77
22.8.1944
18:45
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 415: at 500m
78
22.8.1944
18:50
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 336: at 500m
79
24.8.1944
11:12
Yak-9 3./JG 52 11 418: at 500m
80
24.8.1944
14:25
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 755: at 400m
81
24.8.1944
14:27
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 764: at 500m
82
25.8.1944
9:12
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 334: at 800m
83
26.8.1944
11:08
Pe-2 3./JG 52 11 292: at 1.200m
84
26.8.1944
11:12
Pe-2 3./JG 52 11 323: at 1.200m
85
26.8.1944
15:07
P-39 3./JG 52 11 189: at 4.000m
86
26.8.1944
15:15
P-39 3./JG 52 11 331: at 2.000m
87
26.8.1944
17:15
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 324: at 1.000m
88
26.8.1944
17:17
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 357: at 500m
89
26.8.1944
17:18
P-39 3./JG 52 11 379: at 1.000m
90
26.8.1944
18:50
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 183: at 500m
91
26.8.1944
18:51
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 186: at 500m
92
26.8.1944
18:52
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 189: at 500m
93
26.8.1944
18:54
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 185: at 500m
94
28.8.1944
12:30
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 322 at 800m
95
28.8.1944
12:31
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 327 at 800m
96
28.8.1944
12:32
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 185: tiefst
97
31.8.1944
12:54
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 185: at 150m
98
31.8.1944
14:10
P-39 3./JG 52 11 183: at 2.000m
99
31.8.1944
14:11
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 185: at 1.500m
100
31.8.1944
14:12
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 189: at 300m
101
31.8.1944
14:20
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 177: at 300m
102
31.8.1944
16:02
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 185: at 800m
103
31.8.1944
16:03
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 322: at 400m
104
31.8.1944
16:04
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 327: at 100m
105
31.8.1944
16:08
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 353: at 100m
106
31.8.1944
17:50
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 352: at 1.500m
107
31.8.1944
17:52
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 353: at 200m
108
31.8.1944
17:54
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 362: at 200m
109
31.8.1944
19:01
P-39 3./JG 52 11 185: at 2.000m
110
1.9.1944
10:00
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 411: at 600m
111
1.9.1944
10:01
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 415: tiefflug
112
1.9.1944
10:04
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 418: at tiefflug
113
1.9.1944
14:04
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 181: at 200m
114
1.9.1944
14:06
Il-2 3./JG 52 11 321: at 600m
115
2.9.1944
10:00
P-39 3./JG 52 -
116
2.9.1944
10:03
Il-2 3./JG 52 -
117
7.10.1944
-
B-24 2./Kdo Nowotny Magdeburg-Rothensee
118
28.10.1944
12:04
P-51 2./Kdo Nowotny Goesfeld
119
6.11.1944
10:57
P-47 2./Kdo Nowotny Dummer-See
120
8.11.1944
10:00
P-51 2./Kdo Nowotny Osnabrück
121
8.11.1944
10:36
P-51 2./Kdo Nowotny Osnabrück
122
8.11.1944
10:47
P-51 2./Kdo Nowotny Osnabrück / probably P-51 of 359FG, USAAF flown by Lt William L Hoffert, baled out
123
18.3.1945
11:14~
P-51 10./JG 7 Nauen-Rathenow-Brandenburg-Potsdam / Probably P-51 of 361FG, USAAF flown by Lt Norman E Jentz, baled out
124
19.3.1945
-
B-17 10./JG 7 N Chemnitz
125
21.3.1945
9:15~
P-51 10./JG 7 near Achmer / Possibly P-51 of 364FG, USAAF flown by Lt Cornelius C Howard, killed
126
22.3.1945
12:45~
P-51 10./JG 7 Cottbus-Bautzen-Dresden
127
24.3.1945
-
B-17 10./JG 7 near Wittenberg
128
25.3.1945
10:10
P-51 10./JG 7 -
129
31.3.1945
-
Lancaster 10./JG 7 Hamburg
130
31.3.1945
-
Lancaster 10./JG 7 Hamburg
131
4.4.1945
-
P-51 10./JG 7 S Bremen
132
9.4.1945
-
Lancaster 10./JG 7 Hamburg
133
10.4.1945
-
P-51 10./JG 7 -
 
Victories : 133
Awards : Ehrenpokal (22 February 1944)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (20 March 1944)
                Ritterkreuz (10 October 1944)
Units : JG 52, Kommando Nowotny, JG 7

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