Tuesday, 16 April 2019
III./JG 2 Fw 190 A-4 with Adlerkopf cowl seen on 3 December 1942 as per the inscription on the reverse of the picture - "..meine Warte und meine Machine (Vannes) .."
A slightly different image from that seen in Erik Mombeek's 'Histoire de la JG 2 Richthofen Volume 4' showing pilots of 9./JG 2 alongside Wurmheller's Fw 190 A-5 'yellow 2' WNr. 7334 - the rudder scoreboard show 78 markings. The photo dates from the evening of 28 June 1943 - 158 B-17s attacked locks and submarine-pens at Saint-Nazaire between 1655 to 1725 hrs. Airborne from Vannes III./JG 2 claimed 13 B-17s, although possibly four of these were duplicates. The 17:17 hrs claim was assigned to Oblt Philipp, the 17:31 claim to Lt Benno Eder, the 17:55 claim to Ofw Ebert and the 17:58 claim to Ofw Friedrich May.
Uffz. Swat seen first left has just recorded his second victory, while Wurmheller is fourth left glancing at his rudder. The very experienced Fw. Karl-Heinz Munsche is third left (below).
Fw 190 A-5 WNr. 410 012 'chevron + bars' ('Winkel Strich') flown by Maj. Hans Philipp, Kommodore JG 1 (seen in the cockpit) May-June 1943. Philipp was based in Deelen during this period. Three different views of this machine can be found in part 2 of the excellent two-part feature by Philippe Saintes covering Hans Philipp's career in 'Avions' magazine (nos.224 and 225). Note the FuG 16 ZE antenna under the port wing in the second image..
Monday, 8 April 2019
..it is not every day that you come across new Sturmstaffel or Sturmgruppe images. Given the Bf 109 with IV. Gruppe bar these images possibly date from the period April/May 1944. In early May 1944 Sturmstaffel 1 was re-designated as 11. Staffel of IV./JG 3 under new Gruppenkommandeur Hptm Willi Moritz. IV./JG 3 was to be re-equipped with the Fw 190 and further develop von Kornatzki's assault concept. The Sturmstaffel experiment had patently enjoyed a measure of success - all told some 62 heavy bombers had been claimed shot down between 11 January and 29 April 1944 for the loss of 11 of the original pilot complement killed in action. Their actions heralded a more general expansion of units using these methods with both II./JG 300 and II./JG 4 converting to the Sturm role during the summer of 1944..
The Fw 190 with the bulged cowl cover and the mid-wing pitot tube is an A-7 and is kitted out with 'blinkers', fuselage bands and the 'lightning bolt' emblem on the cowl..
my bids are in ..here
Friday, 5 April 2019
2./ NAG 13 Flugzeug Fw190 Wappen, Fw 189 Russland Uhu Aufklärer, Hs 123 Schlacht, Kommandeur JG 27 ace, Jabo Staffel JG 53, Dornier Do 217 J & N Nachtjäger Flugzeug mit Antennen ! Luftwaffe Feldflugplatz -ebay photo find #315
Ju 88 Flugzeug nach Rammstoss durch russischen Jäger ! Sestschinskaja 1943, 2./ NAG 13 Flugzeug Fw190 Wappen, Fw 189 Russland Uhu Aufklärer, Hs 123 Schlacht, Kommandeur JG 27 ace, Jabo Staffel JG 53, Dornier Do 217 J and N Nachtjäger mit Antennen ! Luftwaffe Feldflugplatz, Piloten vor Arado Ar. 240 Prototyp Flugzeug in Russland ! 3.(F)/Ob.d.L. !!!
below, Ju 88 coded '7A + EM' of 1./Aufklärungsgruppe 121 with rudder damage caused by a so-called Taran Rammstoss or deliberate ramming - the rudder clearly shows the wing profile of the Russian machine that hit it..Sestschinskaja August 1943. The lower image shows a large section of the wing skinning torn off by the Russian fighters fire...
Above; Ju 88 Flugzeug Beladung auf Flughafen Charkow Ukraine 1943 3.(F)/Ob.d.L
Dornier Do 217 J and N Nachtjäger mit Antennen !
Piloten vor Arado Ar. 240 Prototyp Flugzeug in Russland ! 3.(F)/Ob.d.L.
(koeslch) Marco Meyer's ebay sales are here
(kurmark) Oliver Rogge has a nice set of NAG 13, Fw 190 and Bf 109 images here
..the JG 27 and 53 photos currently offered by kuestenvolk-1 on eBay are actually some more very nice sharp and clear images on offer, all hitherto unpublished, from this seller whom I have not noticed before. Of particular interest are the shots showing the aircraft of Hptm. Erich Gerlitz as GrKdr. II./JG 27 ( complete with victory tally ) and Hptm. Erhard Braune, GrKdr. III./JG 27, both taken in Sicily in early 1942.
Tuesday, 2 April 2019
Sunday, 31 March 2019
Walter Oesau's Fw 190 A-5 'green 13' WNr. 1230 displaying the five 'stylised' Viermot silhouettes on the yellow rudder representing both the increasing numbers of US four-engine bombers appearing in the skies of France and the Kommodore JG 2 Oesau's victory claims following his 'grounding' or Startverbot after achieving 100 victories. His '5th' was returned on 29 May 1943 during an 8th AF raid on the Brittany U-Boat bases, a B-17 HSS Herausschuss or shooting-out (an enemy aircraft separated from the protection of its formation) which Egon Mayer then claimed as an e.V. endgültige Vernichtung or 'final destruction'. Note the normal Stab and command chevrons had been replaced in JG 2 with two-figure numbers at the same time Oesau's Startverbot was promulgated. This machine was scrapped following extensive damage as a result of an emergency landing by 3./JG 2 Staka Lt. Jakob Schmitt near Lisieux on 25 July 1943. In the image Oesau himself is seen on the wing as the aircraft is being serviced in a 'box' on the field at Beaumont-le-Roger.
While there are several views of this machine in Peter Rodeike's 'Jagdflugzeug 190' none show the unusual rudder 'victory' markings. This image first appeared in the Lorant/Frappé classic "Le Focke Wulf 190" and also appears in Erik Mombeeck's 'Dans le Ciel de France' Volume 3 (1943). It has been republished in the latest issue of Many Souffan's Aces magazine (Heimdal). Many has compiled an excellent biography of Oesau over forty pages (inc. six-page modelling section), a notable 'first' - also of note in the article is a full-page A-4 photo of Oesau climbing out of what is presumably a III./JG 3 Emil displaying a 'double chevron' with a highly unusual additional single bar aligned in parallel above it!
With this issue the cover price has been increased by 1 Euro for sixteen additional pages. Contributors to this issue include Jan Bobek, J-B Frappé, J-Y Lorant, Erik Mombeeck and Arnaud Prudhomme (a superb feature on P-38/P-51 and F-4 ace Robin Olds). Profile artist is Vincent Dhorne. Recommended.
Issue 10 page views and ordering information on the Heimdal site here