in the spring of 1937, hence even the ‘Mickeys’ painted on
the initial ‘Emils’ slightly differ in details from those seen on
the aircraft from the last deliveries. The presence of the unit
emblems on the particular aircraft and the photos taken after
the end of the war at Leon airfield, 22 where the Bf 109 Es were
grouped in rows in accordance with their Staffel assignment,
enabled this author to confirm the allocation of the following
aircraft to the respective squadrons:
1. J/88: 6•87, 6•92, 6•93, 6•104, 6•116, 6•119, 6•125;
2. J/88: 6•89, 6•102, 6•107, 6•111, 6•112, 6•120, 6•121,
6•122, 6•126, 6•127;
3. J/88: 6•91, 6•99, 6•101, 6•106, 6•108, 6•109, 6•110,
6•123, 6•124, 6•128, 6•129.23
The only known personal emblem applied to an ‘Emil’ from
Jagdgruppe 88, was carried by the aircraft coded 6•123. Its
pilot, Oblt. Hans Schmoller-Haldy of 3. J/88, chose a tankard
full of beer, with letters ‘CP’ on the side, in order to celebrate
the ‘Brotherhood of Cardinal Paf’, an international pilot drinking
club which was had been founded around 1932 in Belgium.
Other personal markings were just names or slogans, applied
in white on the nose (6•107 ‘Mors-Mors!’) or near the cockpit
(6•91 ‘Vati’, 6•106 ‘Der Eiserne Gustav’, 6•111 ‘Bärchen’).
Victory markings in form of white bars are known to be applied
to the tail fin of only one Bf 109 E, namely the 6•91. However,
the five bars carried by this aircraft may represent the tally
of more than one pilot, and it is unknown whether they had
actually been scored whilst flying this particular Bf 109 E-3.
Source: Erik Mombeeck coll.
Bf 109s from 3. J/88. The first three aircraft are Bf 109 E-3s coded 6•99, 6•101 and
6•91. Other photos of the latter machine clearly reveal that the white inscription under
the cockpit reads ‘Vati’ (‘Daddy’), and that the tail fin is adorned with five white victory
bars. The only pilot with five victories that served with 3./J 88 in that period,
was Lt. Wolfgang Lippert, but it is more likely that these kill markings could belong to
various members of the Staffel. Behind the 6•91, we can identify at least three Bf 109
D-1s: 6•79, which was the mount of the top Legion Condor ace, Oblt. Werner Mölders,
and is adorned with an impressive scoreboard of twelve victory bars; 6•76 with the
barely visible name ‘Bubi’ painted on the engine cowl and three victory bars applied to
the fin; and 6•78, whose fin features six kill markings. All these aircraft carried ‘Mickey
Bf 109E-1, Oblt. Hans Schmoller-Haldy,
3. J/88, Spain, 1938
Source: Carlos Vidriales Garcia coll.
A rare picture showing the Bf 109 E-1 coded 6•123 in almost its full glory. The aircraft seen in the foreground is Bf 109 E-3 coded 6•128.
INFO Eduard - July 2019