01.01.1945 13./JG53 Messerschmitt Bf 109G-14 Wnr.784993 Uffz. Maxis Location: Near Metz-Frescaty airfield, France.
Mission: “Operation Bodenplatte” Metz-Frescaty airfield.

Date: 1
st January 1945

Unit: 13 Staffel./Jagdgeschwader 53

Type: Messerschmitt Bf 109G-14

Werk Nr.784993

Coded: 13 + (White)

Location: Near Metz-Frescaty airfield, France.

Pilot: Unteroffizier. Herbert Maxis. 69010/125 – Killed. Born 30.11.1920 in Berlin.


Extract from Jochen Prien’s JG53 history (Jan 44 – May 45).

IV Gruppe lost six pilots over the airfield and around Metz; 13 Staffel alone reported three missing: in addition to Ofw. Kohl, who was in fact captured unhurt, Oblt. Benz and Uffz. Maxis failed to return. One pilot stated that Maxis and Benz had collided near Frescaty and crashed. In fact not long after an Allied recovery team found the wreck of a Bf 109G-14 bearing the code “White 13” near Frescaty, while Oblt. Benz’s “White 3” was found near Remy.

Metz-Frescaty airfield January 1
st 1945 American P-47 Thunderbolts which never got airborne

Copy of Maxis Bodenplatte Uffz Herbert Maxis JG 53
White” 13 being examined by U.S troops during January 1945 (Jeckel)

Copy of Maxis JG 53
“The Wreck” 42 years later - local newspaper report dated1987 (Jeckel)

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless with special thanks to Horst Jeckel who submitted the information and photographs, not forgetting the excellent work of Jochen Prien. June 2013.

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