Introducing the first in a new series of decal sheets from AIMs decals - the first of John's new sheets has now been received and is entitled "monotone Me's". Featuring eleven Messerschmitts in overall single colour 'camo' finishes these sheets have been compiled with the assistance of the 'Luftwaffe blog'. Subjects include NJG Bf 110s, the Bf 109 G-10s of NJG 11 as depicted on this blog, Bf 109s of JG 1, Me 262s and two subjects for the Me 163. As usual with John's sheets you get some nice profile artworks and plenty of reference notes and colour information in a readable text. This first sheet in available in three scales and so we heartily recommend you head over to John's site for more info and to place your order!
Below; a nice print from my collection (via J-Y Lorant) of Bf 109 G-6/AS 'Green 5' of I./EJG 2, the Ergänzungsnachtjagdstaffel (night fighter replacement training unit), in overall gloss back finish as featured on John McIllmurray's new decal sheet "Monotone Me's". Established in March 1944 at Ludwigslust under Staffelkapitän Hptm. Heinrich Spitzer, this unit was augmented to two Staffeln in July 1944 and trained pilots for single-seat night fighters. Note the owl unit emblem on the engine cowl and, unusually for a Luftwaffe fighter, the painted propeller tips. Click on the image for a quality screen-size view.
Norwegian campaign album currently on ebay.de features this (J).TrGr 186 (JG 77) early Emil - almost certainly 'Red 1' of the Staffelkapitän of 5. Staffel (Oblt. Peter Emmerich ?) - and pictures of "our guest " Gen. Eduard Dietl commander of the 3rd Gebirgsjäger (mountain troops) division and first recipient of the Eichenlaub (Oak Leaves) for successful operations around Narvik. (awarded during June 1940). Below; Dietl's Storch being refuelled..
Dietl wearing RK and Eichenlaub awarded during June 1940. Dietl was killed in the crash of his Ju 52 on 23 June 1944 as CO German forces in Norway and northern Finland
Stukas at Banak. For the invasion of Denmark and Norway, launched on 9 April 1940, five Do 26 seaplanes (V-1 to V-5) were brought together in the so-called Transozeanstaffel incorporated in 9./KGzbV 108 - see previous post on this blog here.
..picture probably taken on the hand-over of I./JG77 by Major Ihlefeld to Hptm. Heinz Bär, appointed Kommandeur of I. Gruppe on 10 May 1942 and depicting the two officers alongside the tail of Herbert Ihlefeld's Friedrich marked with 103 victories. Note the stiffeners on the fuselage side above the tail wheel, still present on 7000-series Bf 109 F-4s.. Commentary source via Jochen Prien's 'History of Jagdgeschwader 77 Part 2 1941 to 1942'. Image currently on offer here
Nice image of an LG 2 Schlacht 109 - note the rather rare 'bear-wielding-axe' emblem of 5.(Schlacht)/LG 2 on the cowling plus the Schlacht triangle. The 'bear' is actually depicted on the emblem chopping up an umbrella (presumably Chamberlain's?), a throw-back to LG 2's Jabo Battle of Britain campaign...
currently on offer here from Zurich-based ebay.de seller sturmvogel1, the Fw 190s are probably machines belonging to Schlachtgeschwader 1
Belwo; probably Do 26 V-1, coded
P5+AH, seen during the Norwegian campaign possibly after landing Gebirgsjäger (mountain troops) for operations around
Narvik. For the invasion of Denmark and Norway, launched on 9 April 1940, the five Do 26 seaplanes (V-1 to V-5) were
brought together in the
so-called Transozeanstaffel incorporated in 9./KGzbV 108. Among the
pilots flying these machines were the 'cream' of the Lufthansa fleet :
Rudolf « Miesi » Mayr, the Graf Schack von Wittenau, and later night
fighter ace Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow among others. The Staffel was tasked with
transporting troops, munitions and mail with particular responsibility for
re-supplying the Narvik area which saw hard fighting between the Allies
and General Eduard Dietl's
This particular aircraft was shot up by Hurricanes of N° 46 Sq. in the Rombaksfjord on 28 May 1940, an attack in which the pilot Fw. Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow was wounded. It may well be Modrow standing on the nose of the aircraft in the photo above. Note the emblem of the Transozeanstaffel under the cockpit. After convalescence Modrow became an instructor but during April 1942 he flew the first of over one hundred sorties at the controls of a BV 222. During 1943 he was on the flight roster at the Travemünde test centre before joining the Nachtjagd. He was quickly promoted to Kapitän of 1./NJG 1 and ended the war with 34 confirmed victories. Wilhelm Küppers, radio operator on Do 26
V-2 P5+BH recalled ; " during
the Norwegian campaign we flew an almost constant round of sorties bringing in
anti-tank guns, munitions, mines and mountain troops for Narvik. These flights
were combined with reconnaissance along the Norwegian coast. The more perilous
moments of any such sortie were the landings on the narrow fjords around
Narvik and the subsequent takeoffs. We
skirted along neutral Swedish airspace to avoid anti-aircraft fire before
diving down almost vertically - almost
helicopter-like- for the surface of the water with our engines throttled back.
The aircraft had to be rapidly unloaded, but it was amazing what could be
achieved with the threat of death so close - we expected naval or artillery
fire to come crashing down around us at any moment. Two tons of equipment could
be off-loaded under such circumstances -
with much sweat and cursing - in under twenty minutes. Takeoffs were just as
'suicidal' especially in the narrow
Beisfjord with its high cliffs. Taxiing out into the middle of the fjord was
often done under fire from British ships. Our takeoff runs had to be finely
judged in order to avoid the cliffs. Engines were run up to full power and we
were lucky if we managed to pass more than ten metres over the these obstacles.
Each successful takeoff under such circumstances represented a considerable
feat of airmanship for such a large and heavy seaplane weighing up to twenty
Extract from "Luftwaffe Seaplanes Vol II" ('Hydravions de la Luftwaffe' - Roba, Ledet, English-language section by Neil Page, published by LeLa Presse in 2010. Volume 3 in this series is published in February 2014) ebay.de image currently on offer here
Below; pilots of Nahaufklärungsgruppe 13 probably at St. Brieuc, France celebrating a milestone 500th mission during 1943. Note the Gruppe emblem on the distinctively marked cowling of these Fw 190A-4/U4s fitted with Rb12,5/7x9 cameras
Merry Christmas to all Luftwaffe blog readers !
Photo courtesy of Marco at koelsch333 ebay.de sales and currently on offer here
Authored byJean-Louis Roba and Michel Ledet in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Dubois, Hans-Werner Neulen and Juan Arraez Cerda Edition :PROFILS AVIONS N°21
Volume 3 of the Lela Presse series devoted to Luftwaffe Seaplanes - this magnificent volume comprising nearly 500 glossy A-4 pages and replete with some 850 photos and technical drawings is published in February 2014. The major part of the book covers the Dornier Do 24 in Luftwaffe, Dutch, French, Swedish, Australian and Spanish service. Other chapters are devoted to lesser known Luftwaffe seaplane types such as the Bv 238, Ju 52, Ju 34, He 42 and Arado Ar 199. A further chapter is devoted to foreign seaplane types in Luftwaffe service. The book features over 50 profile artworks and extensive English-language captions adapted from the French-language text by this blog author - easily the most comprehensive and detailed publication yet on these types. http://www.avions-bateaux.com/produit/souscriptions/2083
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