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Aircrew Luftwaffe ace Martin Drews Sep 1939 01

Messerschmitt Bf 110G Zerstörer Stab III./NJG1 (G9+WD) pilot Martin Drewes 01

Photo 01: Major Martin Drewes, the Kommandeur of III./NJG1 (Left) with his crew shortly after his 47th victory, a Lancaster, which he shot down in the early hours of 3 March 1945. Drewes flew two Bf 110s, the one in the background here being G9+WD which earlier, in January 1944, when night fighter crews were ordered to attack US bombers in daylight, had been stripped of its radar and 20 mm cannon pack beneath the fuselage in order to increase its speed. In these daylight attacks, Drewes destroyed four US bombers, but for night work he flew his other Bf 110G-4, G9+MD, which retained its radar but had no victory markings. The G9+MD was eventually destroyed when the bomb load of a bomber attacked with 'Schrage Musik' exploded and debris so severely damaged Drewes' Bf 110 that the crew were forced to bale out. Thereafter, the G9+WD was restored to the night fighter role, although in various post-war correspondence and interviews, Drewes maintains that he had his nose armament changed to machine guns as the 30 mm havy cannon blew such large pieces off the bombers that he feared his own aircraft would be damaged. Unlike other Bf 110s of the period in which the 'Schrage Musik' was mounted in the rear gunner's position, on G9+WD it was positioned behind the pilot's seat. This machine carried the Nachtjagd badge on the nose and a design on the tail featuring the Knight's Cross and ribbon in natural colors with the number '25' in yellow outlined in black. Major Drewes was awarded the Oak Leaves on 17 April 1945 and finished the war with 52 victories.

Aircrew Luftwaffe pilot II./NJG1 Martin Drewes 01-02

Photo 01: Martin Drewes' military career started in November 1937 when he joined 6. Panzer Regiment at Neuruppin as an officer cadet. On being promoted to Leutnant he transferred to the Luftwaffe and received his pilot's badge in April 1940.After Zerstorer training at Schleissheim, he was posted to II./ZG 76 at Jever on 8 Febmary 1941 and flew a number of operations in Iraq. Returning to Germany, he trained as a night fighter pilot and was posted to III./NJG3, achieving his first night victory, a Stirling, during a raid on Berlin on 17 January 1943. In June of the same year he was posted to IV./NJG1 and, by 1 March 1944, he was Gmppenkommandeur of III./NJG1 at Laon-Athies in France. Drewes scored heavily throughout 1944 and was decorated with the Knight's Cross on 27 July after some 48 victories.The Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross followed on 17 April 1945, by which time Drewes had been promoted to the rank of Major and had claimed the destruction of 50 bombers.

Aircrew Luftwaffe pilots Martin Drewes Schnaufer Jab Forster von Bonin 01

Photo 01: Heinz Schnaufer (IV./NJG1, far left, with the Kommodore and other Kommandeure of NJG1 at St. Trond in 1944. From the left are: Hptm. Martin Drewes (III./NJG1); Major Hans-Joachim Jabs, the Kommodore of NJG1; Hptm. Paul

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Martin Drewes

Units: Transports, 4./ZG-76( 6/41), 6./ZG-76(8/41), 7 & 9./NJG-3, Stfkpt 11./NJG-1, Kdr III./NJG-1(3/44 to end)

Awards: RK(7/27/44)-EL(4/17/45), DK-G(2/24/44), EP(5/1/44), EK 1 & 2, Wound Badge, Night Fighter Oper Clasp

Known Aircraft: Ju 52 (4/40 Norway), Bf 110C-4 WNr 3013 in 4/76, Bf 110G-4 'G9+WD', Ju 88G in III Gruppe

Remarks: Paratrooper drop over Norway. His 1st RO & Gunner, for three years, were Ofw Georg Petz & Fw Handke (Both wounded 21 July, 1944), as was Drewes, all bailing safely from 'G9+MD' (see below note). Seven of the known victories were bombers by Day. One known victory, A Spitfire at Map Quadrant 33.2 on 29 August 1941. His 10th, a B-24 100 km N of Nordeney on 5 January, 1944. Another was a B-17 of the 306BG, 369BS on 11 January, 1944. His R/O this date was Uffz. Handke. 43 Night victories. 235 combat missions. His Bf 110G-4 Werk # 720410 'G9+MD' crashed on Loomsweg in Reutum Holland (gem. Tubbergen) on 20/21 July, 1944, as a result of Lancaster return fire. His AC sported the Sharks Teeth. He was the last Kdr of III/NJG-1, from March, 1944 to the end. Survived the war.

Asisbiz Database of 61 aerial victories for Martin Drewes

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
20-May-41 Martin Drewes 4./ZG26 Gladiator 20m 12.00 (Iraq )
29-Aug-41 Martin Drewes 6./ZG76 Spitfire 650m 11.00 332
17-Jan-43 Martin Drewes 7./NJG3 Stirling 5600m 22.32 9558 H bei Linten
14-Mar-43 Martin Drewes 7./NJG3 Halifax 200m 21.42 West of Herdlage b Rohrig
26-Jun-43 Martin Drewes 11./NJG1 Lancaster 5000m 02.40 Insel Texel
16-Aug-43 Martin Drewes 11./NJG1 Halifax 5300m 03.19 1?km S Modane
28-Aug-43 Martin Drewes 11./NJG1 Halifax 5300m 03.19 1?km S Modane
31-Aug-43 Martin Drewes 11./NJG1 Halifax 4800m 03.58 Maastricht
27-Sep-43 Martin Drewes 1./NJG1 Halifax 4400m 23.30 NE Nordflingen
26-Nov-43 Martin Drewes 11.NJG1 B-17 Fortress   12.47 W. Lemmer
05-Jan-44 Martin Drewes 11./NJG1 B-24 Liberator   12.32 100km N Nordeney
11-Jan-44 Martin Drewes 11./NJG1 B-17 Fortress   13.37 1km W Almelo
11-Jan-44 Martin Drewes 11./NJG1 B-17 Fortress   13.45 NW Rotterdam
14-Jan-44 Martin Drewes 11.NJG1 Lancaster   18.38 Klazienaveen
22-Jan-44 Martin Drewes 11.NJG1 Lancaster   00.46 20km W. Sneek
24-Mar-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 6800m 23.38 250? vor FF Zebra
25-Mar-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 4-mot. Flzg. 6000m 00.20 Twente FO
25-Mar-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 4-mot. Flzg. 6000m 00.35-40 40km W Flpl Twente
31-Mar-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 4-mot. Flzg. 5500m 00.05 Gegend Aachen
31-Mar-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 4-mot. Flzg. 5500m 00.50 Megelburg
31-Mar-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 4-mot. Flzg. 5500m 01.20 Gegend Limburg
19-Apr-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 4-mot. Flzg. 5000m 00.01 30km NE Rouen
19-Apr-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 4-mot. Flzg. 5000m 00.11 SW Dieppe
21-Apr-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 2300m 00.40 30km S Paris
23-Apr-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 2300m 00.22 10-20km SE Rosieres
25-Apr-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 6200m 00.37 30-50km W Mannheim
27-Apr-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 5200m 00.35 04 Ost N/DU-4 (Biberach)
27-Apr-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 5000m 00.58 04 Ost N/EL-6 (Langes)
28-Apr-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 4500m 01.48 30-50km SE Arnheim
02-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 3500m 00.45 Saint-Arnoud
04-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 3500m 00.36 04 Ost N/CH (area Romilly)
04-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 2300m 00.26 04 Ost/CJ-2 (NE Troyes)
04-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Abschuss     Channel Front
04-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 4000m 01.18 DJ-1 (S Troyes)
04-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Abschuss     Channel Front
04-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Abschuss     Channel Front
04-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Abschuss     Channel Front
04-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Abschuss     Channel Front
04-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 2000m 00.50 80-100km SE Paris
04-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 1800m 00.44 04 Ost/CG-3 (Nogent-sur-Seine)
13-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 1500m 00.44 NNW St Trond
13-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 1400m 00.49 ostw Brussels
13-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 3000m 01.00 South of Ghent
22-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 4500m 02.04 Raum Breda
22-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Abschuss     Channel Front
22-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Abschuss     Channel Front
22-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Abschuss     Channel Front
22-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Abschuss     Channel Front
22-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 5000m 01.50 Raum Gouda
22-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 5000m 01.38 km 4 Veghel
22-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 5500m 00.58 Raum Vooete
22-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 5500m 00.50 Zwolle FN-73
22-May-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Abschuss     Channel Front
17-Jun-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 4700m 02.16 GH-7 (North Sea)
17-Jun-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 4500m 02.05 Amsterdam
22-Jun-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 2000m 02.32 KH-2 (Schouwen)
22-Jun-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 1500m 02.35 KH-1-JH-7 (Schouwen)
21-Jul-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 4-mot. Flzg. 5800m 01.11 HFF Hase
21-Jul-44 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster 5500m 01.20 West of Oldenzaal
12-Sep-44 Martin Drewes 1./NJG11 4-mot. Flzg. 3000-2200m 00.20 Darmstadt
03-Mar-45 Martin Drewes Stab III./NJG1 Lancaster   01.24 W. Munster

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