Monday 29 June 2015

ZG 26 Me 110, Johannes Kiel ZG 76

Me 110 C/D/E of 7./ZG 26, Flugzeugführer  Fw Helmut Neitzke in Trapani, Sicily, early 1942.

Below; The new  Staffelkapitän of  7./ZG 26 Hptm.Johannes Kiel standing on the wing of his Me 110 G-2 "3U+.R"  following a combat sortie and photographed at Rome-Ciampino July 1943. Kiel was a leading Zerstörer ace. Although shot down during the Westfeldzug by a GC I/5 Curtiss Hawk (H-75) and taken captive, he achieved some five victories during 1940 and the Battle of Britain with 3./ZG 26. On the Russian Front he took his score past twenty victories and was awarded the RK on 18 March 1942. He claimed three MiG-3s on 16 February 1942 (14.-16.) 7./ZG 26 moved back to the Reich (Plantlünne) at the end of July 1943 shortly after the photo below was taken. As Staffelkapitän 7./ ZG 26 Kiel was appointed Kommandeur of III./ZG 76 on 1 November 1943. He was shot down and KIA on 29 January 1944 in the vicinity of Kirchheimbolanden after combat with US bomber formations, while his BF was able to bale out - which suggests that he may have been hit by a B-17's return fire presumably after closing and launching his WGr 21 Werfgranate. Other sources suggest he was caught by 20 FG P-38s. He achieved some 25 air victories. See Stipdonk/Meyer Zerstörer-und-Nachtjagdverbände Teil 4 for more on Kiel.

" ...Jagddivision 7 split its fighters sending some north against the the 8th AF and the rest south against the 15th AF which damaged Udine airfield in northern Italy. ..The 8th AF judged today's (29.1.44) full strength raid on Frankfurt successful - a 'successful' mission was one which drew up the Luftwaffe. Bombing through overcast was now acceptable and although the name was never used (by the Americans) this was 'area bombing' ..."  quoted in Caldwell, 'Day Fighters in Defence of the Reich.

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Zerstörer aces of ZG 26 on this blog

Above; Johannes Kiel over-seeing the arming of a Me 110 G-2/R 3 Zerstörer of  III./ZG 26 photographed during the late summer of 1943 at Plantlünne and, below, in the cockpit of presumably the same machine. This aircraft is toting twin wing-mounted Doppelrohr WGr 21 mortar rocket launchers - more colloquially known as "stove-pipes" - for the launch of spin-stabilised mortar rockets intended to break up bomber formations.

Michael Ziefle in his " Me 110 - die Rehabiliterierung eines Flugzeuges " completely over-looks Kiel's shoot-down in his two page description of Zerstörer missions flown by ZG 26/76 during January and February 1944 in defence of the Reich, despite reproducing the image above on page 150; presumably Kiel's death fails to jive with his somewhat 'revisionist' view of these units. " Despite massive deployment of the US fighter escorts the Zerstörer could still successfully counter the bomber formations.." (p150). " The only superiority enjoyed by the P-38 escorts over the Zerstörer was numerical  - and of course the much longer training period delivered to their pilots.." (p151)

Thursday 25 June 2015

Dornier 17 handbook illustrations, detail views, interiors, walkaround - reference for the new-tool Airfix Do 17 in 72nd scale - page last updated 05 October 2015

A collection (20+) of reference photos (from both expired and current ebay auctions) and handbook drawings to accompany 'Stew' Dapple's build of the new-tool Airfix Do 17 on this blog here

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Above; Do 17 Z of 6./KG 3. Currently on offer here

Above; Do 17 Z-5 KGr. 606, Lannion, France

 Above, Dornier 17 stencil detail ( Aussenbeschriftung) and splinter scheme camo lay out (Tarnschutzanstrich)

Below; Do 17 Z-6 of 2./NJG 2 seen in Gilze-Rijen during September 1940. See pic on page 65 of Volume 1 of the Stipdonk/Meyer Zerstörer- und Nachtjagdverbände series. Originally with 5./ NJG 1 this Staffel was re-designated 2./ NJG 2 in September 1940..

Below; Dornier Do 17 Z of KG 2 (Geschwaderkennung U5)

Below; Dornier Do 17 auf dem Militär-Flugplatz Sedes bei Saloniki in Griechenland - airfield of Sedes in the vicinity of Salonika, Greece.

Monday 22 June 2015

Ju 52/3m "P4+.H" of the Transportstaffel des Fliegerführers Nord, Ju 88 C 1./ NJG 2 -daily Ebay photo find #136

Ju 52/3m "P4+.H" of the Transportstaffel des Fliegerführers Nord (Ost) TSt.Fl.Fhr.Nord (Ost) in Kirkenes on 6 October 1943 - click to view large

He 115 sporting the emblem of 1./Kü.Fl.Gr.106 in Trondheim early 1940

Above; Breguet Bizerte assigned to a Seenot Staffel, Hourtin, 1941. More on the Luftwaffe's Bizerte's on this blog

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Above; MS 230 "BR+UW" of LNS 2 in Königgrätz, summer 1941. These anacient French parasol wing fighters were deployed as glider tugs for the Fliegersportgruppe of LNS 2.

Ju 88 C 1./NJG 2. Left, BF Ofw. August "Emmes" Hiltrop, to pilot Flugzeugführer Oblt. Gerhard Böhme, Staffelkapitän of 1./NJG 2.

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Saturday 20 June 2015

He 111 H of 8./KG 55 May/June 1944

He 111 H of 8./KG 55 in Podlodowka, June 1944. Another possible location would be Deblin-Irena up to late May 1944. Click to view large

More unusual camouflage schemes on Heinkel He 111 bombers of KG 53, KG 55, KG 100 on this blog

Thursday 18 June 2015

JG 54 Bf 109 Friedrich - early 'old' camo

Bf 109 F-2 W.Nr. unknown "Weiße 10" and 'white 4' , 7./JG 54, Dünaburg (?),  summer 1941. The "old" early 1940 camouflage is noteworthy. Yellow theatre band is just aft of the fuselage Balkenkreuz

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Tuesday 16 June 2015

Me 110 ZG 26 BK 37 mm Flak 18 - daily Ebay photo find #123

Pilot Flugzeugführer Uffz. Herbert Weiner of 1./ ZG 26 seen wearing his EK I in Wunstorf in late 1943 in front of his Me 110 G-2 toting the BK 37mm Flak 18 cannon. This large-calibre weapon was trialed and briefly employed against USAAF bomber formations. Click to view large

Me 110 with Flak 18 cannon on this blog

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Monday 15 June 2015

Me 110 E of 1./Erg.Zerstörergruppe Deblin-Irena - daily Ebay photo find #122

Above; Me 110 E of 1./Erg.Zerstörergruppe Deblin-Irena possibly late November 1942. The larger oil cooler indicates a 'tropicalised' sub-type and an additional rear view mirror above the Wolfskopf emblem is evidence that it may have served as a Schleppmaschine (glider tug) for the Me 321 Gigant  On the left  Flugzeugführer (pilot) Uffz. Josef Scheidler and BordfunkerUffz. Herbert Weiner who both later crewed in I./ZG 1 which became 1./ZG 26.

Below;  Me 110 C/D loaded with practice bombs 1./ErgZGr Deblin-Irena warming up its engines. The wolf's head emblem features on both sides of the nose. Note the sand filters on the compressor intakes.

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