WNr. 680747, Oblt. Hans Weik, CO of 10.(Sturm)/JG 3,
Memmingen, Germany, June 1944
Hans Weik was born on July 6, 1922, in Heilbronn and
joined the Luftwaffe in October 1941. After completing training, he was assigned to JG 3 on February
21, 1943, and sent to the Eastern front where he
would shoot down ten Soviet aircraft. From May to
November he served as an instructor at 4./JGr Ost
and there he gained his first kill of a B-17 bomber.
He was subsequently transferred to 9./ JG 3 and on
February 10, 1944, he was promoted to Commanding
Officer position of 10. Staffel JG 3, where he achieved 23 kills. Twenty of them were four-engined heavy bombers. He was awarded the Knight's Cross for
his achievements on July 27, 1944. In April 1945 he
was assigned to III./EJG 2, where he was retrained
for Me 262. After the war, Hans Weik studied architecture and was responsible for the design of many
structures. In his retirement years he dedicated his
time to ship modelling and died on June 5, 2001 in
Heidenheim an der Brenz. The aircraft flown by Weik
carried the markings that were worn by IV. Gruppe
JG 3, i.e., a black engine cowl and a stylized Adlerflügel on the sides of the fuselage. The rear fuselage
sports a white fuselage band that was common to JG
3 aircraft within the structure of the Defence of the
Reich units. On these aircraft, the wave sign denoted
the IV. Gruppe. The rudder carries victory markings
up to June 1944.
Hptm. Gerhard Schröder, CO of II.(Sturm)/JG 4, Welzow,
Germany, September 1944
The death of Obstlt. Hans-Günther von Kornatzki
allowed 8. Staffel CO Hptm. Gerhard Schröder to take
command of II./JG 4 on September 12, 1944. Kornatzki
died in a failed emergency landing attempt that ended in high voltage transmission lines. Schröder was
thirty-two years old at the time and remained Gruppe
commander until the beginning of March 1945, when
he was replaced by the cured Maj. Wilhelm Moritz.
He held the post until the end of the World War II.
Historians generally assert that the reason for the
change of the II. Gruppe command was the poor
showing of the unit during Operation Bodenplatte.
The aircraft was camouflaged in the standard colors
of RLM 74/75/76 and carried the JG 4 emblem on the
nose and JG 4’s Defense of the Reich identifier in the
form of black-white-black fuselage bands ahead of
the tail surfaces.
Lt. Karl Spenst, 8./JG 300, Löbnitz, Germany, January 1945
This is a reconstruction of Fw 190A-8/R2 "Black 10"
flown by CO of 8./JG 300, Lt. Karl Spenst in January
1945. This aircraft was photographed on November
27, 1944, at Löbnitz while still carrying the brick red
fuselage band. The identifier for JG 300 was changed to blue-white-blue bands in January 1945. The
drawing pictures the aircraft in this state. The emblem of the Berlin Bear on the left side is a personal
marking of the pilot. Karl Spenst achieved at least