Tuesday 29 March 2016

JAPO titles sell for small fortune - "Luftwaffe over Czech territory 1945" at £342

Skunkalot has done it again !   Would the losing bidders still seeking these titles please contact me to hear a potentially avantageous proposition..

..and far from wanting to 'demonize' him, all credit to skunkalot who always starts all his auctions at £0.99 - he can hardly be accused of ripping people off after all, quite the opposite, everyone has a chance to get a bid in!

also on this blog;

Rare Luftwaffe books on Ebay; Jagdwaffe - Luftwaffe Colours - Nachtjagd War Diaries - Me 163- Monarch Arado 234 - Nachtjäger Classic colours

..probably for the second time in 2016 the single rarest Luftwaffe title of them all - at least going by ebay sales

Sunday 27 March 2016

Seaplanes over the Black Sea: German-Romanian Ops 1941-44 - Jean-Louis Roba

Seaplanes over the Black Sea: German-Romanian Operations 1941-1944 - Jean-Louis Roba and C. Craciunoiu - Editura Modelism

This very scarce title on German seaplanes was recently on offer via Rich Carrick's ebay sales. Although largely supplanted by the Lela Presse 'Hydravions de la Luftwaffe' titles this is still a fascinating and obscure book for Luftwaffe enthusiasts. Written entirely in a rather fractured English, it is still very readable and covers seaplane operations over Romania in WW II, with many photos, maps and charts. Much as they did with the Romanian Stuka group in ‘Romanian Black Hussars’, authors Roba and Craciunoiu dig into another obscure corner of Russian front air operations. This volume, very similar in format to the Stuka book, but pre-dating it by three years, discusses the pre-war evolution of Rumanian air-sea air units and the German-Romanian force's first missions - and the first Soviet air strikes against them - on 22 June 1941. Subsequent chapters describe ongoing anti-naval patrols, rescue missions, and other sorties. Ongoing Soviet air strikes and occasional air-to-air engagements are also covered. The closing chapter tells of the final days of the Romanian pilots and their seaplanes following departure of the Germans and arrival of the Soviets in 1944. 96 page soft cover, published 1995

Giant Wuerzburg Würzburg Riesen Pas de Calais -secret D-Day intelligence plans photo recce archive found

"...A Top Secret 'how to' guide to the Normandy invasion that was found at a French flea market has emerged for sale after 72 years.

 The fascinating archive of black and white reconnaissance photos and incredibly-detailed intelligence documents show the extensive research that went into ensuring D-Day was a success.

 The snaps include one of German troops scattering across a beach as a low-level RAF aircraft sweeps by to capture the plethora of anti-landing obstacles. Other documents included detailed intelligence reports on German munitions such as this floating mine containing 'poured TNT' Other high-resolution images show the famous coastline with key cliff-top targets that had to be destroyed either before or on D-Day itself.

above; Cap Blanc Nez, south of Calais. Note the obelisk erected in 1922 on top of the cliff to honour 'the glorious cooperation and frank comradeship of the French and British Navies during the Great War' and the 'target'  - the 'Giant Wuerzburg'

 There are not only aerial snaps of the installations but also images taken at wave-height from the view of the invasion fleet and detailed plans of each target. For example, for a strategic German semaphore station at Cap D'Antifer on the eastern end of the invasion beaches there is an overhead photo, a side-on image and the plans for it. Another target highlighted in the photos in an anti-aircraft battery next to Arromanches, which was in the middle of the Gold Beach sector. In the top right hand corner of each photo is a number assigned for each target.

The photos were taken by spy planes up to a year before D-Day on June 6, 1944 and captured locations in Normandy and the Pas-de-Calais region in order to keep the Germans guessing as to where the real invasion would be. The archive that has now come to light also includes incredibly-detailed intelligence reports, right down to the infra-red equipment fitted on German Panther tanks. There are plans for German mines so the invasion fleet knew what to look out for as well as the national markings for Allied aircraft to help avoid friendly-fire incidents...."

Full archive is to be sold by C & T Auctions, Ashford, Kent

via the Dail Mail, read the full article here

Close-up views of the Würzburg Riesen and bottom, video of the preserved Würzburg on the French coast at Douvres-la-Délivrande

Douvres-la-Délivrande was the site of an important German air-detection radar installation, part of the strategic Atlantic Wall defences. Completed in the autumn of 1943, the station was split into two zones by the road from Douvres to Bény-sur-Mer; and heavily fortified with bunkers, machineguns and minefields. The Northern zone held a large Siemens 'Wasserman' long-range radar and associated structures. The larger Southern zone had two intermediate-range Freya and two short-range Würzburg Riese radars; as well as command and infirmary bunkers, garages and artillery placements. Some 230 Luftwaffe personnel were based at the station, including electricians, engineers and 36 air controllers. At 11 pm on the night of 5/6 June 1944, the Allies launched intensive jamming of radar frequencies which blinded the entire German radar network from Cherbourg to Le Havre. On the morning of the 6th (D-Day) the antennas at Douvres-la-Délivrande were rendered inoperative by Allied naval artillery bombardment. Canadian troops who had landed nearby on 'Juno Beach' isolated the station but the Germans successfully defended it for 12 days, awaiting a counter-attack by Panzers; on one occasion it was resupplied with food via a nocturnal paradrop mission from Mont-de-Marsan. Main article: Battle of Douvres Radar Station. On 17 June, a massive offensive by the British 41 Commando, Royal Marines - preceded by an artillery bombardment and supported by mine-clearing and anti-bunker tanks of 79th Armoured Division - secured the surrender of the garrison.

The radar site at Douvres-la-Délivrande is now home to a museum, with two of the bunkers housing displays about the evolution and role of radar. The museum also maintains a rare preserved example of the 'Würzburg' radar antenna.

Saturday 26 March 2016

Junkers Ju 88 A-4 KG 3 Dugino 'Blitzgeschwader' -daily ebay photo find #171

Dugino, August-September 1942, KG 3 Blitzgeschwader Junkers Ju 88 A-4. From the album of  KG 3 Bordfunker Uffz. Rudolf Dahms. Photos depicting an engine change and 'beladen' - bombed up - with a view of the bomb bay doors open and in the last images dated September 1942 'auf Feindflug' - on a sortie. Posted to the Stab./ KG 3 on 17 May 1944, Dahms survived the war. Image from his Leistungsbuch bottom showing the award of the Verwundetendabzeichen in Schwarz (wound badge in black) and the Frontflugspange in Gold (front -or operations - flying clasp in Gold for 110 sorties flown ) during August 1942. Also in the auction his Ehrenpokal. (honour goblet)

On offer here

Heinkel He 111 torpedo bomber carrying two LT F5b torpedoes - daily ebay photo find #170

He 111 torpedo bomber carrying two LT F5b torpedoes via Oliver Rogge here

Also on this blog; 3./KG 26 in the south of France here

Thursday 24 March 2016

more ZG 26 Bf 110s on Sicily - daily ebay photo find #169

Bf 110s from 9./ ZG 26 coded '3U' based on Sicily from where they flew convoy escort sorties during 1941 over the Mediterranean. Difficult to identify the variant - C/D/E - note the underwing 900 ltr drop tanks.The Staffelwappen can be seen on the nose of the aircraft – a stylised " Hahn" or cock over the double chevron of the Zerstörerverbände.

via Oliver Rogge here

Aegean/Cretan Dornier Do 24 -daily Ebay photo find #168

line-up of Dornier Do 24 seaplanes of a Seenotstaffel somewhere in Greece (?). Note the BV 138 on the far side of the bay. (Souda Bay, Crete ?) Lovely image on offer here via Oliver Rogge

..or is it Sevastopol .....

Monday 21 March 2016

ZG 26 Bf 110 C/D/E Sicily - daily ebay photo find #167

Above; a line-up 9. Staffel ZG 26 Bf 110s during early 1941 on Sicily.  Second in line, Bf 110 C/D "3U+ ?T" and below; a nice close-up of the Staffelwappen, a stylised Hahn or cockerel on the Zerstörerdoppelwinkel, the double chevron of the 'destroyer units'.

On offer here

Wednesday 16 March 2016

"shot down English bomber " June 1940 Cambrai KG 76 Dornier Do 17 - ebay photo find #167

..another view of crash-landed Do 17 Z F1+K of 3./KG 76 - interesting if only for the hand-written inscription "shot down English bomber near Cambrai " - and the indication of a marking, possibly the repeat of the aircraft code letter on the upper wing (port wing looking at the photo). Previously seen in Im Focus No 9 - a better view of the emblem here

Messerschmitt P.1101 V1 in Oberammergau underground jet aircraft research and development facility

Photo taken at "Oberbayerische Forschungsanstalt OFA" Oberammergau, code name for the Messerschmitt jet aircraft research and development department there. Barracks of the Conrad-von-Hötzendorf-Kaserne" in Bavarian style in the background. Below; USO personnel pose for a snapshot in front of the Me P.1101 V1 with Me 262 wings. The Messerschmitt design lost out to the Fw Ta 183 in the Emergency Fighter programme (1-TL-Jäger)

Due to the ever-growing threat of Allied bombers, in October 1943 Messerschmitt AG moved the administration and research department of its Regensburg factory - some 2,200 employees and forced labourers - to the Conrad-von-Hötzendorf barracks in Oberammergau. Messerschmitt himself was based in Oberammergau from November 1944, working on the development of the Messerschmitt P.1101 jet fighter seen above. A tunnel system was dug out by forced labourers south  of the barracks to house jet aircraft research and development. In late 1944 SS-Obergruppenführer Dr-Engineer Hans Kammler - responsible for all missile technology and who was based in Oberammergau from February 1945 - ordered Messerschmitt Regensburg to stop research into aircraft and missiles and to increase Me 262 jet fighter production. The Oberammergau tunnels were transformed into an underground jet aircraft factory, similar to the "B8 Bergkristall" tunnel complex near the Austrian town of St. Georgen an der Gusen. The factories that were built for Me 262 production in these newly created tunnels, received 'geological' cover names - the facility at Oberammergau was designated "Cerusit".   In spite of the order to focus solely on the production of the Me 262, sporadic work on the P.1101 and successor P.1110 continued in great secrecy at Oberammergau.

   On 29 April 1945, when the P.1101 model was nearing completion, the US Army occupied the town of Oberammergau . The Messerschmitt complex was taken over by US forces and the barracks and associated facilities were subsequently used as a collection point for information and technicians in relation to German weapons systems.  From 1953 the barracks served as a NATO training school. The story of the NATO school at Oberammergau is related at the following link

According to this site the prototype P.1101 and a ME-109 were found in Building 615 – now housing the Manfred Wörner Lecture Hall while other experimental airframes where found in the gymnasium, Building 607.  Subsequently virtually the entire Messerschmitt underground production plant along with the P.1101 prototype were shipped to the Bell Aircraft works in Ohio. Although the prototype airframe was badly damaged in transit, this technology resulted in the swept-wing jet engined Bell X-5. Other countries utilised the technology that had been researched at Oberammergau; SAAB in Sweden produced the sucessful crescent-winged Saab 29 “Tunnan” jet fighter. Microfilmed plans of the P.1101 and P.1110 were purportedly hidden in the Ettal Monastery and seized by French personnel. The post war- French designed and built Fouga CM.170 Magister exploited the V-tail technologies developed by Messerschmitt and mimicked the early P.1101 designs. Post war-British transonic aircraft designs such as the Hunter fighter and Valiant and Victor bombers also utilized the crescent-wing technology developed in Oberammergau.

More on late-war German jet production facilities on this blog;

Me 262 construction at the REIMAHG underground facility http://falkeeins.blogspot.co.uk/2010/02/me-262-in-reimahg-plant.html 

Me 262 'forest-factory' production

He 162 production at Hinterbrühl

Monday 14 March 2016

more on Balthasar's Battle of Britain Emil Bf 109 E-4WNr. 1559

Above; Desvres, late September 1940. Hptm. Wilhelm Balthasar, right, in conversation with Geschwaderkommodore Maj. Günther Lützow in front of Emil WNr. 1559

Recently received a mail from Iain of the 32nd SIG - ".. doing a quick build of Eduard's 1:32 109 E-4 over on LSP in the markings of Hptm. Wilhelm Balthasar's E-4, Werk Nummer 1559, III./JG 3, based at Desvres/France in August 1940 - do you know of any images showing this aircraft - only found a few poor quality ones - and all the artworks I've seen on this airframe are different - so I don't trust any of them at the moment....

WNr 1559 can be a bit of a confusing one - it was the same machine that Balthasar had through the French campaign while with JG 1 and JG 27 (very briefly and hence the JG 1/JG 27 emblem under the cockpit) before he went off to a Staff job during the first half of the Battle of Britain. He then joined III./JG 3 with the same machine.

 The blog post below has some nice views of Balthasar's JG 1 Emil - some time during July 1940 1./ JG 1 was re-named 7./ JG 27 and thus Balthasar was briefly Staffelkapitän of 7./JG 27 (ex 1./JG 1) although you will be hard-pressed to find this in any bios on the net. Barely a month or so after this re-naming, Balthasar departed for JFS Werneuchen, taking WNr. 1559 with him. Note the profusion of views of the port side of the tailfin, indicating that the victory Balken were unlikely to have been painted on the starboard side.


The next link depicts Balthasar's Emil during the period he was Kommandeur of III./ JG 3 during the late Battle of Britain period..


 Note that the green overspray has now been applied but there is no 'green 1' Kennziffer in front of the Balkenkreuz; unless Balthasar is standing in front of it ! Most likely WNr. 1559 is still 'White 1' at this stage.

However in the image below note the new Gruppenemblem of III./ JG 3 - introduced by Balthasar -superimposed over the top of the 'White 1' still marked on the engine cowl, while in front of the cockpit the 'old' emblem of I./JG 1 (III./ JG 27) can still be seen. Note the spinner cap, probably red. Compare this image with the photo on page 78 of Jochen Prien's III./ JG 3 unit history.

In early 1941 Balthasar was appointed Kommodore of JG 2, so he was not with III./JG 3 for very long. His successor subsequently took over WNr. 1559 and then had it re-sprayed again. Hence pictures of Balthasar and Oesau with effectively the same aircraft.

 On page 83 of Jochen Prien's III./ JG 3 unit history there are two photos which clearly reveal the evolving finish applied to WNr. 1559 - in the image below, taken just after Balthasar left III. Gruppe in early 1941 to become Kommodore JG 2, the 'white 1' and axe emblem on the cowl have been over-painted. The pennant of the Kapitän on the antenna mast has been removed. In other words the pictures below of 'Green 1' are not of  Balthasar's machine...note straight and lower demarcation on the fuselage and the III. Gruppe bar clearly visible..

Note how the fuselage finish differs from what can be see in the first image here (top). There seems to have a been a rough and ready overspray with a high demarcation with nothing around or over the main fuselage cross compared with the finish below which dates from early 1941. Conclusion;  WNr. 1559 underwent a number of resprays. The image below dates from early 1941 by which time Walter Oesau had assumed command of III./JG 3..

Over on his Profile Paintshop check out Anders Hjortsberg's interpretations of the Balthasar/Oesau 1559 schemes here

KG 26 Ju 88 "1H+DS", Rumanian Ju 88, JG 51 Fw 190 - daily ebay photo find #166

More  Stabsstaffel JG 51 Fw 190s on this blog here

On offer here 

currently on offer here

Wednesday 9 March 2016

NJG Ju 88 C-6 - daily Ebay photo find #165

Looking for all the world like C-6's of KG 40 and/or ZG 1 at Bordeaux during the spring of 1944, these Ju 88 C-6s are taken from an album page marked 'Kastrup spring 1945'. The machine shown here has suffered an undercarriage failure on taxiing (note close proximity to other parked aircraft but little damage). Note also the mix of camo schemes with another parked C-6 in normal 70/71/76 still - all in keeping with other photos of KG 40 and I and III ZG 1. However if this is Denmark after the capitulation, then these machines are on the strength of NJG 102 - there is a Flugzeugbestand und Bewegungsmeldungen table for the Stab NJG102 elsewhere which shows a single C-6 on strength from around April 1944...more hopefully on the Luftwaffe Research Group here


Tuesday 8 March 2016

8./ JG 2 Fw 190 'black 9' -daily ebay photo find #164

A Wart points out the finer details of his latest wooden model to Fw. Rudolf Eisele (8./JG 2) and right, Lt.Wilhelm Godt (8./JG 2). Perhaps Eisele is holding a model of a Spitfire; Eisele claimed a Spitfire on 29 January 1943 for his 9th victory. Godt is wearing a recently awarded EK II, probably earned for his 19 Sqn Spitfire claimed on 18 January 1943 north-west of Brest....click to view large


Also on this blog

III./JG 2 in France, December 1942 first frontal attack on the bombers

Ju 88 C-6 9H+SL - expired ebay auction #163

Abandoned Ju 88 C-6 9H+SL with a yellow fuselage band and spinner spirals (just visible to the right of the image -click on the photo to view large). According to this old TOCH thread the code 9H was used by the Nahaufklärungsstaffel Kroatien on its Hs 126s and Do 17s from its formation in March 1943 to May 1945. The Staffel was based at Zagreb-Lučko during its entire existence, although it operated from other airfields in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

One contributor to the TOCH thread suggests that this code might be '8H' belonging to the recce Staffel (F)33. See my previous post - this unit's Ju 88s also had a yellow fuselage band and was for a time at least based in the East. The photograph was subsequently published in Roger Gaemperle's "Captured Eagles" book reviewed on this blog here. I'm sure '8H' fits the historical 'story' of this machine better but, that said, you do see what you see.. '9H' appears to fit rather than any other characters. The spinner spirals are of interest - and certainly quite rare on a Ju 88 C-6. Croatian Dornier Do 17s also occasionally featured spinner spirals.

 I asked John McIllmurray of AIMS (the Ju 88 modelling site) to identify the variant and to explain why this was a C-6; ..." obviously it is an A-4 airframe as it has Jumo 211 J engines- you can see the radiator scoop under the engines and the engine temp and propeller pitch window (un-used on outside of engine - the engines were not handed so the window appears on both sides). The angle of the vertical stabilizer rules out a G-variant, as does the small outboard rear bomb bay hatch open, instead of the G series large weapons pack. Finally you can just make out the nose gun battery protruding out from the armour plate - the nose is off that is all .."

Monday 7 March 2016

Fw 200 of KG 40 Bordeaux- Mérignac and Ju 88 of 3.(F)/AufklGr 33 -daily Ebay photo find #162

Startklar zum Feindflug

C-4s of III./KG 40 seen at Bordeaux- Mérignac. The Germans carried out extensive works at Mérignac for their Atlantic air operations - the aerodrome was developed into arguably the most important Atlantic coast base for anti-shipping and reconnaissance operations. The Germans constructed two concrete runways -  the main runway 2 was oriented north-west/south-east and was some 2,000 metres in length and 80 metres wide. Also constructed were thirteen large metal hangars of some 6,000 sq m organised in three groups. Large numbers of taxiways and dispersal points were constructed over the 410 hectare site - which was surrounded by pines - in attempts to minimise the effects of any Allied air raids. The aerodrome was defended by the RAD-Flakabteilung 595.

Also on this blog;

Unsere Kondor, unser Pilot;  Knight's Cross winner Oberleutnant Bernhard Jope's F8+EL here

Above, Ju 88 of 3.(F)/AufklGr 33; individual letter "Y" in code 8H+YL, yellow ETO fuselage band. Note unusual rune Staffel emblem

Below KG 1 Kopfstand