Bf 109G-14, W. Nr. 464534, EJG 2, Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, May 1945

This Bf 109G-14 is one of the planes found at Pilsen Airfield after WWII. The pilot of the plane is not really known. Underneath the last

marking the marking of the last user could clearly be seen. The symbol on the aircraft’s nose belonged to KG 55. This squadron, originally

a bombing squadron, flew until September 1944 with two-engine He 111 planes. In 1944, rather than the bombing squadrons, the situation

at the battlefields required fighter plane squadrons. So, three KG 55 Gruppes were remarked to KG(J) 55 and instead of Heinkels they were

supposed to get jet-powered Me 262s. These aircraft never reached the squadron, though; the pilots had to be content with Bf 109Gs and

Fw 190As. Pilsen was just a location of the IV. Gruppe; this squadron was later transferred under Erg. KGr (J). In January there was a change in

marking to I./EKG(J) and in March 1945, remarking to 5. /EJG 2. Its 19. Staffel (originally 4./EKG(J)) remained in Pilsen till the end of WWII.

The aircraft bears a camouflage scheme of Erla factory from Leipzig. This scheme was mostly used with previous variants of Bf 109G, the

scheme is characterized by sinuous transition between RLM 74 and RLM 75 colours used on the wings. There is a chance that the rudder, originally

painted yellow, was repainted with one of the camouflage colours. The KG 55 symbol (mythical griffin bird on the escutcheon) is placed onto

this aircraft without a coloured base

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INFO Eduard - February 2018