Monday, 10 December 2012

Daily Ebay Luftwaffe photo find - Fw 190 JG 26, Galland's Bf 109 Emil WNr. 5819, Willi Nemitz 6./ JG 52 RK award ceremony, Hptm Hans-Karl Mayer I./ JG 53

A slightly different angle on WNr. 5819 - nice image - click to see the full view. Galland took over this machine on 7 September 1940 and returned his 31st victory on 11 September 1940. It was his 'regular' aircraft until mid-April 1941. The 'victory' markings were painted on a pale blue panel either in red or black - see "Galland's Emil" by Michael Payne in Aviation News, May 1992. Over the winter of 1940-41 this aircraft was thoroughly overhauled, repainted in the new grey colours (RLM 74/75/76) and re-engined..

and two more recent views of WNr. 5819

See these pages elsewhere on this blog devoted to Galland's Emils and Friedrichs

 Ofw Willi Nemitz of 6./ JG 52 (7th from the left in the front, first image below) following his Knight's Cross 'award ceremony' held in the field, late March 1943 Anapa/Taman. 4th from the right, wearing the Feldmütze, is Lt. Günther Kurz, an ace who achieved 33 victories and who was KIA on 11 October 1943. The two aces are photographed here with men of the Ungarn (Hungarian) Staffel. Nemitz filed some 81 claims before being KIA -  in combat with Russian fighters on 11 April 1944 eye witnesses saw his aircraft plunge  earthwards out of the cloud deck north of Nishne-Bakanskaja and bury itself deep in the ground. He was given the rank of Leutnant posthumously. The aircraft that serves as backdrop to these images is Bf 109 G-4 "gelbe 3" WNr. 14898, which is the machine in which the ace went to his death....

Another view of 'brown 4' from II./ JG 26 as featured in Der Adler, May 1942

Atmospheric views of Charleville, north-west of Sedan and briefly home to Gruppen of JG 53 during the Westfeldzug..also on offer from this seller, two later portraits of one of JG 53's leading aces during the campaign in the West, Hans-Karl Mayer, subject of a recent Chris Goss Flypast feature. Mayer was awarded the RK during September 1940, but disappeared on a test flight over the Channel during October - he was most probably caught up in a fight with RAF fighters, but according to at least one German-language source had taken off with unloaded magazines. His body was washed up on the beach between Dover and Folkestone and he was subsequently buried in the cemetery at Hawkinge where he still lies, a rare Luftwaffe Ritterkreuztraeger still on British soil...