Oblt. Rolf Hermichen, 3./JG 26, Dno field base, the Soviet Union, March 1943
Rolf Hermichen achieved 66 kills during the WW
II, the first 11 of them as a Bf 110 pilot during the
battles of France and Britain. He was transferred
to III./JG 26 in November 1941 and first served as
an adjutant to Josef Priller, the CO of III. Gruppe.
As early as May 1, 1942, Hermichen became
Staffelkapitän (CO) of the 3. Staffel. When I./JG 26
moved to the Eastern Front in January 1943, he
added eight more kills to his existing 21. Already
as Hauptmann, on his return to the Western Front
he temporarily led III. Gruppe from June 15 to July
4, 1943 and became CO of I./JG 11 on October 16.
There, as a part of the Defense of the Reich, he was
very successful in combat against Allied bombers.
In total, he had 25 (or 26) of them to his credit. His
last success came on April 24, 1944, when he shot
down a P-51D. He was shot down himself on May
12 and after withdrawal from operational duty, he
served at Headquarters of 2. Jagd-Division. From
October 1944 to January 1945, Hermichen served
as CO of II/JG 104. The Fw 190A-5 he was flying in
the spring of 1943 had the original RLM 74 and 75
shades oversprayed by irregular spots of green
shades, probably RLM 70 and 71, which were partly
oversprayed by white color for winter operations.
The white was already quite weathered in March.
The original camouflage was probably apparent
inside the crosses on the upper side of the wing.
The shape and size of the green spots on the wing
and right side of the fuselage is a reconstruction.
Maj. Fritz Losigkeit, CO of I./JG 1, Deelen, the Netherlands, April 1943
Fritz Losigkeit (1913–1994) was born in Berlin
and starting from October 1936 served with JG 2
“Richthofen”. He joined Legion Condor in Spain in
March 1936 but was shot down and captured. In
April 1939 he joined 2./JG 26 and later became CO
of this unit. A shift in his career occurred in June
1941, when he became member of the diplomatic
mission in Japan. After his return in March 1942
he took over the command of I./JG 26, but he did
not stay too long there, as he was sent to Eastern
Front to lead III./JG 51 shortly afterwards. In
April 1944 he became Kommodore of JG 51 and
a year later he took over the command of JG 77.
Losigkeit scored 68 victories in approximately
750 missions flown and was awarded Knight’s
Cross. An interesting feature of the marking of
his Fw 190 was the stripe of the flags under the
canopy representing his combat deployments and
foreign affairs assignments. Emblem of IV./JG 1
and victory marks on rudder are not confirmed
by photos. After the war Losigkeit was working
for CIA-controlled organization Gehlen, later
he became secretary of Free Democratic Party
(FDP). Camouflage consists of RLM 74, 75 and 76
colors with spinner in RLM 70.
Lt. Emil Lang, 5./JG 54, Orel, the Soviet Union, summer 1943
Lt. Emil “Bully” Lang managed to shoot down
173 enemy aircraft over the course of more
than 400 combat missions. Of these, 144 were
achieved in the Eastern Front. Lang, pre-war
athlete and Lufthansa pilot, proved to be a real
expert in combat flying. His immense success
rate could nicely be illustrated with downing 72
enemy aircraft within three weeks of December
1943. At that time, he was 34 and thus one
of the oldest Luftwaffe pilots. His lucky days
ended on September 3, 1944. At the time, he was
a commander of II./JG 26 and was shot down during
combat with Spitfires Mk. XII of No. 41 Squadron
RAF over Belgian territory. He fell victim to
F/Lt. Terry Spencer. This Fw 190A-5 was flown
by Lt. Lang during the time he was commander
of 5./JG 54. The upper surfaces of Lang’s
Fw 190A-5 were camouflaged by irregular fields
of two shades of a green and a sand color. The
darker of greens was probably RLM 70, while
the other two shades were non-standard colors.
Undersurfaces were painted in RLM 76 and the
aircraft sported yellow markings of the Eastern
Front: lower engine cowl, bottom wingtips and
rudder and also wide band around the rear
fuselage. Other aircraft of JG 54 were finished in
the same manner.