Bf 109G-2/Trop, Hptm. Heinrich Bär, CO of I./ JG 77, North Africa, 1942 – 1943
Heinz “Pritzl“ Bär was one of the Luftwaffe pilots who fought at all major battlegrounds of WWII. He conducted more than a
thousand of operational flights and had a record of 220 shot downs. He was shot down eighteen times himself. For his achievements in combat he was awarded Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. After WWII he continued
flying as a test pilot on sports aircraft. He died on April 28th, 1957 while performing a common flight on an LF-1 Zaunkönig.
Heinz Bär’s aircraft, which was found by the Allied forces on African grounds, had a camouflage on upper sides and both
sides of the fuselage in RLM 79. Over that paint there were irregular swirls painted in RLM 80. The undersides were painted
in RLM 78. The camouflage was complemented by white wingtips, white propeller spinner and white band on the tail of the
fuselage – the marking of the aircraft operating in the Southern Front.
INFO Eduard - March 2019