Thursday, 31 October 2013

Daily Luftwaffe Ebay photo find- 11.(N)/JG 2 Me 109 Dora, Fw 190 Tarnmuster, Battle of Britain Stukas

Unique camo scheme on this early variant Fw 190 and still three days left to bid.

According to the seller this is a Me 109 of 2./JG 77 in Italy or Africa but as this appears to be an early Emil that appears unlikely. Note the eagle head Staffelwappen. Still two days to bid here 

Compare the above image with this shot from Jean-Louis Roba's "Les As de la Chasse de jour Allemande" ( German fighter aces ) published by ETAI which is a large French-language 'coffee-table' picture book of German fighter pilots. Uffz. Heinrich Brunsmann was briefly a fighter pilot (..although not an ace!) with 5./ JG 77 and is here seen in Scandinavia during August 1940. Brunsmann left JG 77 in April 1941 and survived the war.

This seller appears to deal in mostly well-known repros but there are one or two items of interest in his current sale offers.

Night fighting with Bf 109s was not the invention of Hajo Herrmann and JG 300 in 1943. One early Bf 109 night fighting unit was IV.(N)/JG 2 which was established in February 1940 and had its origins in the Arado 68-equipped 10.(N)/JG 131. Its component Staffeln assumed responsibility for the defence of the German Bight coastline under the operational command of the Stab/JG1.  Maj. Albert Blumensaat was Gruppenkommandeur of IV.(N)/ JG 2 from February to June 1940 when the unit was incorporated into NJG 1. He was previously Staffelkapitän of 10.(N) /JG 2 prior to being appointed Gkr. He was replaced in this command by Oblt. Erwin Bacsila who later achieved a degree of notoriety with Sturmstaffel 1. The Staffelkapitän of 11.(N)/ JG2 was a certain Johannes Steinhoff while the StaKa of 12(N)./JG 2 was Oblt. Hans Baer. 'N+7' above was probably the a/c of Ofw. Hermann Förster of 11.(N)/JG 2 who claimed his first victory on 22 Feb 1940 (a Wellington -note the two tail kill markings). His second victory on 26 April 1940 was a 49 Sq Hampden shot down on a mine-laying sortie near Hörnum. On 23 April 1940 12. and 11.(N)/JG2 Bf 109D fighters had moved from Jever via Aalborg to Trondheim (Norway) to support other fighter units in that theatre. 11.(N)/JG2 Bf 109 D machines usually display the unit's Eulenwappen (owl emblem) on the forward fuselage just above the exhaust as here..

Battle of Britain period Ju 87 Stukas from Michael Meyer including a rare formation takeoff of II./ StG 77 machines during August 1940. A few of these would have been an excellent addition to Andy Saunders recent Stukas tome. Below, Ju 87 B of II./StG 77 being refuelled at Evrecy le Petit during June 1940.

Ju 87 B of 4. StG 77 with SC 500 KG Bombe, location is given as Bouchy near Evrecy during August 1940...

Start gegen England!   Ju 87 Bs of II./StG 77 on their takeoff run at Bouchy near Evrecy during August 1940 for a sortie over England.

Rudder scoreboard on a Ju 88 A of 1./KGr 606 photographed in Lannion, Brittany during 1941

 Above, Ofw. Heinrich Höfemeier of 1./JG 51 pictured here during the late summer/early autumn of 1942 wearing his Ritterkreuz awarded on 5 April 1942. Höfemeier was KIA on 7 August 1943, shot down by Russian anti-aircraft fire in the vicinity of Karatschew, some 96 victories in total.

The above images courtesy of Michael Meyer's latest sales. View these and more here