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  1. Massimo Tessitori has done stellar work. Here's link to the Yak camouflage: https://massimotessitori.altervista.org/sovietwarplanes/pages/yak1/yak1.htm GRM
  2. FW 190D-9 WNr.400271 of the 10./JG 2 Bauchlandung 21.Feb. 1945 due to technical failure (one report says fuel shortage), damage assessed at just 10%. Repaired, re-marked (previously "schwarze 1," now "4"), found at Altenstadt on 12.May 1945 Yes, the bands used by the JG 2 were yellow / white / yellow. I'm no help with the propellor blade. GRM "Ich bin kein ‘Experte,' nur Historiker.”
  3. Tigerausfb mentioned the 'Hans Huckebein' diving crow; this one on the decal sheet belonged to the 5./JG 26 (the I./StG 1 emblem was similar, but a bit different. When this unit became the II./StG 3, its use was continued, and it was still being used on some of their Ju 87D-5s in 1944, and even on Nordmann's Fw 190F-8). The 5./JG 26 also appears (LONG after its use had been discontinued) on a 'freeze frame' Bf 109G-6 passing by one of the B-17s featured in the recent Masters of the Air series (Read Donald Miller's book!) The yellow disc with the Bremen Stadtwappen was used by the 3./StG 2 "Immelmann" On the second sheet, next to the 'WL 323 851' plates, the monocle-wearing fox of the 4.(F)/AufklGr 11 (a long-range reconnaissance unit equipped with the Ju 88D). GRM "Ich bin kein ‘Experte,' nur Historiker.”
  4. Looking at Bf 110 'incidents' for 1940-1943, the 2.(F)/33 only shows up at the start of 'Barbarossa,' the first loss being on 22.June 1941 [Bf 110E-3 WNr.2333 “8H+DK” Oblt. Nocke (Beobachter), Uffz. Martin (Flugzeugführer), and Uffz. Orgorzelski (Bordfunker), KIA on a mission to the Grodno area.] This Staffel was using Bf 110E-3 almost exclusively (two Bf 110C-5 losses, 21.July - enemy fighters, 10.Dec. 1942 - fatal takeoff crash at Schatalowka). Between June - Oct./Nov. 1941 this unit also had a few Bf 109E-6 (WNr.4943, 4944, 4956). At the end of March 1942 the unit was reorganized and was redesignated 2.(H)/33, indicating its change from long-range (F = 'Fern') to tactical reconnaissance (H = 'Heer'). The 110G showed up in late March 1943, by which time the use of the Staffel emblem had ended. Sifting through the records and my photo collection, this Staffel seems to have used individual letters (Kennung) at the 'early' end of the alphabet ("8H+BK", several different "8H+CK", +DK, +HK, +IK). Decal-wise, the choices on this specialized sheet only get you 'close,' and it lacks the 2.(F)/33 'Puss in Boots' emblem: https://www.luftfahrtverlag-start.com/decals/ GRM "Ich bin kein ‘Experte,' nur Historiker.”
  5. The reports from some units are more-complete, and from others (the JG 2, JG 27, JG 51), apparently 'saving typewriter ribbon,' i.e., skimpy. In this particular case, the (original) Gen.Qu.6.Abt. report; Hans Ring's JG 2 loss list; Prien, Stemmer, Rodeike, Bock, Die Jagdfliegerverbände der Deutschen Luftwaffe 1934 bis 1945, Teil 4/I, Einsatz am Kanal und über England 26.6.1940 bis 21.6.1941; and Mombeeck's JG 2 unit history provide no more detail beyond "Bf 109E-4". Oblt. Rudolf Möller-Friedrich made his first claim (a Spitfire) on the same day he was made P.o.W., 18.August 1940 GRM "Ich bin kein ‘Experte,' nur Historiker.”
  6. Robin-42, I don't use a photo-hosting service, so cannot insert images here, but if you wish to send me a PM with your email, I can send along "2N+DP", photographed from about 9 o'clock, and "M8+KC" from 10o'clock, during refueling. The "2N+AR" shows the original "3 wasps" emblem. It was photographed at Herdla. Photos of Major Erich 'Grotze' Groth's "M8+KC" have appeared in several books (Luftwaffe Suomessa, Helsinki, ©1976 may have been the first time I saw it), photos taken in Finland. The supplemental (underwing) fuel tanks were the 300 liter tanks, not the monstrosity shown on the decal instructions. Groth was killed 12.August 1941 (Bf 110E-1 WNr.3863 "M8+TC") in a bad weather crash near Stavanger. GRM "Ich bin kein ‘Experte,' nur Historiker.”
  7. The photos were taken in April 1941. All Luftwaffe aircraft operating "in the Southeast" (i.e., for the Balkans, Greece, Crete campaign of April/May 1941) were to have yellow cowlings and rudders applied during the first week in April, to be completed by April 6. Some units went further, applying the yellow to other control surfaces, most-often elevators. By December 1941, Peter-Paul Steindl was already with the JG 26. The ordnance in the photos is a practice bomb (Übungsbombe), indicated by the white nose. The distinctive fuselage camouflage, sometimes referred to as 'snakeskin,' or 'garden wall,' was applied to II./JG 54 machines earlier in the spring of 1941. Its use/style was continued when they converted to the Bf 109F-2. Steindl was killed 9.April 1945 SE of Fürstenau in the test-flight crash of Fw 190D-9 WNr.210983, "blaue 10" of the Stab/JG 26 GRM
  8. Galland’s Bf 109F-2s with 13mm cowl guns were WNr.6711 and WNr.6714 (‘DG+MV’), first flown on 15.April 1941 Besides the ‘Winkel-Balken’ marking, 6711 had a small ‘1’ above the pointed bar, 94 Abschußbalken on the yellow rudder. WNr.6711 also had a camera port in the port wing. WNr.5776 may also have had 13mm cowl guns fitted (damaged 21.June 1941, belly-landing at Calais-Marck following aerial combat). Messerschmitt Regensburg-built WNr.6750 was fitted with the MG-FF/M wing guns. Photographed 5.Dec. 1941, the day Galland left the JG 26 A Bf 109F-4 of the JG 1 also had MG-FF/M wing guns; this one was marked with a white ‘Winkel’ and vertical bar. GRM "Ich bin kein ‘Experte,' nur Historiker.”
  9. As mentioned in the eighth post in this thread, I know of no photo showing a snake on the starboard (i.e., "RH') side of either of the Stukas known to have a snake on the port side. But, "research is ongoing," and there still may be surprises lurking in great-grandpa's forgotten photo album(s). GRM
  10. Of those linked by Mr. Brewer, the (small) SC 50 and (large) SC250 are the appropriate ordnance for the vertical internal racks of the Ju 52 and early He 111. A number of kits include these, the dilemma in 1/72 being the thickness of the fins. The SC250 would have the small nose ring installed, as these were suspended from it, falling 180° upon release. Color-wise these tended to be in darker green or RLM 02; larger ordnance, too big to fit internally, were often light blue (RLM 65). Early in the war the high-explosive, thin-walled SC 50 and SC250 usually had the entire tail cone painted yellow (on the thicker-case SD250, the tai cone was red); soon this was reduced to lengthwise yellow stripes between the fins (one between the fins in each of the four sections). Good luck with your project, GRM
  11. The three Gruppen of the StG 3 acquired the Ju 87D at different points. The III./StG 3 (formerly the II./StG 2) were the first to receive the Ju 87D-1 in March 1942 while stationed on Sicily for ops over Malta. It was during April 1942 that the III./StG 3 transitioned from using ‘T6’ to ‘S7’ The II./StG 3 received Ju 87D-3s from late May 1942. This is the unit that lost two dozen in the 25.Nov. 1942 American light tank attack on Djedieda (Tunisia) airfield (but with replacements transferred from Sicily, they were operational again two days later). The I./StG 3 were still using the old Ju 87R-2 into the summer of 1942. Their most-experienced pilot, Lt. ‘Jupp’ Wenigmann (who had received the Ritterkreuz on 6.July 1941 after 138 missions) was killed 3.July 1942 near El Alamein in a Ju 87R-2. Camouflage: a few Ju 87D were finished with RLM 79 uppers, but most were in the conventional RLM 70/71 factory-applied ‘splinter’ pattern. The Stuka was always a ‘dirty bird,’ with prominent exhaust staining on the fuselage sides. The longer-winged Ju 87D-5 didn’t become operational until the summer of 1943, and so never served in North Africa. Some were in use in Sept./Oct./Nov. 1943 against the RN in the Dodecanese campaign (six destroyers sunk, four cruisers crippled/damaged). No Ju 87G-1 or G-2 served in North Africa or the Mediterranean/Aegean theatre. I do not know if the Academy 'Kanonvogel' kit includes the necessary wing racks and dive brakes. Good luck with your project, GRM
  12. You are unlikely to find a document mandating the application of this ‘Schachbrettmuster’ decoration of the 1./JG 1. Prien, Stemmer, Rodeike and Bock, Die Jagdfliegerverbände der Deutschen Luftwaffe 1934 bis 1945, Teil 10/II Reichsverteidigung 1943, 1.1 bis 31.12.1943, p.92 states “Mitte 1943“ Fw 190A-4Y WNr.140602 “weiße 6”, photographed in May, has a factory-standard finish on its cowl. Fw 190A-4Y WNr.583 “weiße 10” had a white cowl in June (it was lost 28.July in combat with four-motors, Uffz. Knespel killed near Groningen) To go by photographed examples of the ‘checkered,’ we’re left with the same date-generalizations, ‘summer 1943’ Fw 190A-4 WNr.140601 “weiße 4” 25.June 1943, Schiphol, slightly damaged in a taxiing accident (non-combat flight) Fw 190A-6 WNr.530135 “weiße12” Uffz. Bernhard Künze, 28.July 1943 Fw 190A-5 WNr.410053 “weiße 1” Uffz. Bernhard Künze, 19.August 1943 Fw 190A-6 “weiße 9” Lt. Heinz-Günther Lück, “September 1943” Fw 190A-6 WNr.550490 “weiße 5” Uffz. Rudolf Hübl, 8.Oct. 1943, belly-landing near Nienburg/Weser after being hit by defensive fire. I do not know of any other photographed examples after the second week in October 1943. GRM "Ich bin kein ‘Experte,' nur Historiker.”
  13. Robert Lee Scott, Jr. c.o. of the 23rd Fighter Group (4.July 1942 – 9.Jan. 1943); 10 victories with the 23rd between 31.July 1942 – 26.December 1942. His combat reports list his aircraft as “P-40E” except the July and December claims, then as “P-40” P-40E 11496 “white 7” P-40K-1 245914 Good luck with your build, GRM
  14. To echo Mr. Ritz, by Werknummer. These can run from "666" (an Erla-built E-3) to 7696 (a Fieseler-built E-7), with LOTS of gaps in between. The 'round top' and the 'square top' canopies are not indicators. I can't tell the difference between the barrel of a MG-FF (109E-3) and MG-FF/M (109E-4, E-7) by looking. 😉 Bf 109Es were built by AGO (Oschersleben), Arado (Warnemünde), BFW (Augsburg), Erla (Leipzig), Fieseler (Kassel), Focke Wulf (Bremen), Mtt (Regensburg), and WNF (Wiener Neustadt). Some 109Es that were contracted as E-1s wound up being completed as E-4. With additional 'plumbing' for the 300 liter drop tank, an E-7. GRM
  15. From Übersichtsliste der Änderungsanweisungen, Messerschmitt A.G. Augsburg, 4.April 1941 and 10.Oct. 1941 Airframe reinforcement straps were installed on: Mtt-Regensburg GmbH F-1 5601-5779 – but not every one.* Erla F-2 8078-8133, but not every one. Ago 12601-12755, but not every one. Arado 5401-5499, 5504-5528, but not every one. WNF-built Bf 109F-1 (6601-6650) and F-2 6601-6771, 6773-6783, 6785-6800 Regarding the F-4, Prien & Rodeike, Messerschmitt Bf 108 F, G, & K Series, ©1993, pp25, 27, “The external stiffeners on the tail unit were more often absent from the F-4 series than the F-2; all the same a considerable number of F-4s were built with the stiffeners installed beneath the horizontal stabilizer. These seem to have been limited to the early 7000 [WNF-built] and 8330 [Erla-built] production lots, although they were absent in some cases.” * The Werknummern are listed, revealing the exceptions. In the case of Marseille's WNr.8693 (Feb. 1942) and 8673 (Sept. 1942), both had the stiffening straps. His WNr.10079 (May 1942) and WNr.10137 (June 1942) did not. GRM
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