Franz von Werra

Franz von Werra

Recipient of the Knights Cross
Born Jul 13, 1914

Franz Xaver Graf von Werra was a German World War II fighter pilot and flying ace who was shot down over England and captured. He is generally regarded as the only Axis prisoner of war to succeed in escaping from a Canadian prisoner of war camp and returning to Germany, though a second man, a U-Boat rating named Walter Kurt Reich is said to have jumped from a Polish troopship (presumably the ex-liner Sobieski) in the St. Lawrence river in July 1940.… Read More

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1914 Birth Franz Baron von Werra was born on 13 July 1914, to impoverished Swiss parents in Leuk, a town in the Swiss canton of Valais. … Read More


1936 21 Years Old In 1936, Werra joined the Luftwaffe. … Read More
1940 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Werra scored his first four victories in May 1940, during the Battle of France. … Read More
In January 1941, Werra was sent with many other German prisoners to Canada on the Duchess of York, in a convoy departing Greenock on 10 January 1941, guarded by among others. … Read More
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