Sunday, 18 September 2016

II. Gruppe Fw 190 A-7/8 with Kommandeur chevrons and diving crow cowl emblem, landmark sortie for a Schlachtflieger ace - daily Ebay photo find #189

Two very nice views of a II./JG 26 (?) Fw 190 A-7/8 with Kommandeur chevrons and 5. Staffel cowl emblem. Two very nice images - can anyone ID the pilot ? However it does though look rather as if that might be a yellow theatre band around the Balkenkreuz, so perhaps this is not a JG 26 machine as the seller suggests at all - especially given the dark camo finish. The diving crow emblem is usually associated with 5./JG 26. On offer here

 And from O Menu " ..This emblem was also used by I./StG 1 and II./StG 3 that became I./SG 1 and II./SG 3 in October 43 and then converted to Fw 190 respectively around Dec 44 and June 44. So my vote would go for a II./SG 3 Kommandeur machine..the pilot being greeted with a bouquet is possibly Hptm Theodor Nordmann..the wreath appears to commemorate the pilot reaching a landmark 1111 sortie  (one thousand one hundred and eleven).."


Below; 'new' colour negative find from the Manthos archive

Above; photo archive of Lt Col Atlee G Manthos, 357th FG USAF - Reproduction authorised by the Manthos sons