WNr. 600424, Lt. Heinz Sachsenberg, München-Riem, Germany, April-May 1945
Lt. Heinz Sachsenberg (104 victories) was the CO of Platzschutzschwarm. The aircraft assigned to Sachsenberg carried the inscription ‘Verkaaft’s mei Gwand, I foahr in himmel’, which is a Bavarian proverb ‘sell my shroud, I am leaving for Heaven’. The font
was Schwab, which was popular at the time. Sachsenberg, holder of the Knight’s Cross, came from an aviation family. His uncle
Gotthard was an World War I ace and holder of Pour le Mérite, as he shot down 31 enemy aircraft. Heinz’s brother, also named
Gotthard, flew a night fighter with NJG 3 and shot down two British bombers and fell on March 8, 1943. Sachsenberg´s ‘Dora’ was
found at the end of the war at Munich-Riem, where it was left behind after the JV 44 fled to Austria at the end of April 1945.
WNr. 210194, Fw. Werner Hohenberg, Stab I./JG 2, Merzhausen, Germany, January 1, 1945
Fw. Werner Hohenberg, took part in the raid on St. Trond airport flying as a part of the I./JG 2 staff flight of commander Franz
Hrdlicka. During this sortie Hohenberg´s aircraft was hit in the tail surfaces and on return the engine of his aircraft was hit by
the anti-aircraft gun projectiles. At 9:35 he force-landed at Dorff village and spent the rest of the war in captivity. The B Battery
of the 430th AAA Batalion was credited with shooting him down. Hohenberg’s Dora sports a typical Sorau factory camouflage
in RLM 75/81/76 on the fuselage and also on the wings. The spiral was painted on the front part of the propeller spinner only.
Stripes on the rear fuselage indicate JG 2 deployment in the Reich Defense role.
INFO Eduard - August 2021