Hptm. Gerhard Schröder, CO of II.(Sturm)/JG 4, Welzow, Germany, September 1944
The death of Obstlt. Hans-Günther von Kornatzki allowed the then 8. Staffel CO Hptm. Gerhard Schröder
to take command of II./JG 4 on September 12th, 1944. Kornatzki died in a failed emergency landing
attempt that ended in high powered voltage lines. Schroder was thirty-two years old at the time and remained
Gruppe commander until the beginning of March 1945, when he was replaced by the recuperated Maj.
Wilhelm Moritz, who would hold the post until the end of the Second World War. 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 colours 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.
INFO Eduard - July 2019