Bf 109G-14/U4, W. Nr. 512382, flown by Lt. H. Schlick, 4./ JG 77,
Schönwalde, Germany, November 1944
In times when Horst Schlick flew this aircraft he had
already been an experienced veteran of JG 77. In the
ranks of JG 77, between 1942 and 1945, Schlick managed to shoot down two enemy planes in the Eastern
Front and at minimum 30 other planes in the Western
Front. Most of the time he served as a member of
the 1. Staffel. In autumn of 1944 there was a change,
Schlick was transferred to 4. Staffel where he man-
aged to shoot down his last enemy aircraft. In spring
of 1945 he was first ordered to join the ranks of EJG
2 training squadron, later he was moved to JG 7. The
JG 7 flew jet-powered fighter aircraft Me 262. He did
not reach any further success there. During the war
he took part in 480 fighter operations and managed
to shoot down the total of 32 enemy aircraft (some
resources state 34 shot down planes).
The colour scheme pictured shows Schlick’s aircraft
built by WNF shortly after he shot down his 31. enemy
plane. This plane is thought to have had the engine
cover used by planes produced by Erla Company in
Leipzig. The sign at the back part of the fuselage
stands for a new marking of 4. Staffel aircraft; the
nose bears sign of Jagdgeschwader 77.
Bf 109G-14/U4, flown by Hptm. E. Hartmann, 4./ JG 52, Csór, Hungary, October 1944
Erich Hartmann, the most successful fighter plane
pilot of all times, first joined the 7. Staffel of JG 52 on
October 10th, 1942. He remained with Jagdgeschwader 52 till the end of World War Two; in fact he became the commander of its I. Gruppe. The total count of
his shot down aircraft was 352. For his exceptional
success he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the
Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds.
After WWII he was transferred to the POW camp in
the Ural Mountains in Soviet Union and was not released until 1955. The following year he joined the
ranks of Western German Luftwaffe. He became the
commander of JG 71, the first fighter plane Luftwaffe
squadron equipped with jet-powered fighter aircraft.
He retired in 1970 and died on September 20th, 1993.
Standard camouflage of Hartmann’s “white 1” Luftwaffe fighter plane was complemented by black tulip
with white outline situated at the nose of the aircraft;
this was in the time of his command of 4. Staffel. On
the left side, underneath the cockpit, there was a heart with Hartmann’s wife’s name written over it. The
yellow bottom parts of the wing tip and the yellow
stripe around the back part of the fuselage marked
the aircraft serving on the Eastern Front. The photograph of the nose of this aircraft shows that the
engine cover is identical to those produced in Erla
factory in Leipzig.
Bf109G-14, flown by Oblt. R. Schlegel, CO of 10./ JG 4,
Jüterbog – Damm, Germany, March 1945
Rolf Schlegel was born on June 14th, 1922 in Saxony.
After his successful passing of the training he was
sent to serve at 11./JG 2 that fought British pilots
above the English Channel. He and his unit were
soon moved over to African battlegrounds. Over there, Schlegel suffered injuries. After his recovery he
continued at EKdo 16, which was a tester squadron
testing the rocket-powered Me 163 aircraft. In summer 1944 he started to serve at JG 4, namely at
its Sturmgruppe. This unit flew heavily armed Fw
190A-8/R2s. Later, he flew Bf 109s at III. Gruppe JG
4. Prior to the end of the war he was transferred to
JG 7 flying jet-powered 262 Messerschmitt’s. He shot
down two enemy aircraft in combat.
The aircraft is bearing a typical camouflage of the
later 109s produced in Erla factory in Leipzig. The
plane’s original marking is covered by fresh RLM 74
paint and the nose of the plane has JG 4 emblem.
Wide stripes around the tail of the plane were typical for JG 4 fleet. These aircraft served as Defence
of the Reich (Reichsverteidigung).