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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192713
Last updated: 26 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic ME09 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3
Owner/operator:I./JG 54 Luftwaffe
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hirtzfelden, Haut-Rhin -   France
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
On 10 January 1940 Lt Raymond Félix, the commander of the 3rd escadrille of GR II/55, was ordered to send two Potez 63.11 with 9 fighters of GC II/7 for a photograpic recon east of the Rhine around Grezhausen at noon. Félix was late to take off with Potez 63.11 n°184 and went directly to the frontline, not seeing that the other Potez and escort were waiting him over the airfield.

He was intercepted by six Bf109E of I./JG 54 and chased at low level. During the chase Lt Ernst Schütz, the TO of I./JG 54, was killed when his Bf 109 E-3 hit the ground and burned near Hirtzfelden, 20 km SSE of Colmar, France. It is not known if he was hit by return fire or hit the ground due to a pilot error.

But the Potez was shot down at Blotzheim (Haut-Rhin) by Oblt. Reinhard Seiler of 1./JG 54 and the three crew (Lieutenant Raymond Félix (pilot), Lieutenant Pierre Boulard (observer) and Sergent-chef Marcel Chancrin (gunner)) were killed.


"Ils étaient là. L’Armée de l’Air septembre 1939 - juin 1940", by Jacqueline and Paul Martin, ISBN 2-9514567-2-7
Luftwaffe claim lists by Tony Wood and Jim Perry (
Batailles aériennes n° 3 (French magazine), 1997-1998
JG 54 loss list, by Günther Rosipal (
"Les pertes de la chasse de jour allemande en France 1939-1945. Vol 1: September 1939 - December 1940", by Pierre Watteeuw (Hors Série Avions n° 10). ISBN 2-914017-14-6

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Revision history:

10-Jan-2017 09:45 Laurent Rizzotti Added
26-Jan-2020 16:51 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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