KITS 11/2022

WNr. 784938, III./JG 6, Bissel, Germany, January 1945

One of the last established Luftwaffe units was

Jagdgeschwader 6 established in July 1944. Its Stab

plus I. and II. Gruppe were activated in, at that time,

Königsberg (nowadays Kaliningrad) and equipped

with Fw 190A fighters. Its III. Gruppe was established

in October 1944 by re-naming I./JG 5 and equipped

with Messerschmitts Bf 109G. On January 1, 1945, the

entire unit took part in the operation Bodenplatte,

an attack of the fighter units on the Allied airports

located on the liberated territories of the Western

Europe. Bf 109G-14/AS marked Green 1 was photographed in May 1945 at the airport in Twente.

It was reported that it had probably landed here

due to the engine failure on its return from the

operation Bodenplatte. JG 6 aircraft typically carried

red-white-red markings on the rear fuselage,

this particular aircraft sported only 2 bands.

WNr. 783891, Fw. Heinz-Paul Müller, 9./JG 300,

Jüterbog-Damm, Germany, autumn 1944

This Messerschmitt Bf 109G-14/AS serial number 783891 and marked Yellow 15 was flown by

Fw. Heinz-Paul Müller at 9./JG 300. At its controls he

claimed two Mustangs shot down. The service of this

aircraft with Luftwaffe ended on November 27, 1944

over Clausthalle-Zellerfeld where it was shot down and

its pilot was wounded. JG 300, operating over Germany

within the Defense of the Reich in the autumn of 1944,

marked its aircraft with the red band wrapping around

the fuselage behind its national insignia.

Lt. Walter Köhne, CO of 6./JG 11, Wunsdorf, Germany, October 1944

While the Fw 190A-5 flown by Uffz. Walter Köhne

at 1./JG 1 carried the name of pilot’s angora cat

Uschi, his Bf 109G-14/AS he flew commanding 6./JG 11

carried the shepherd dog’s head and it name Satan.

On July 14, 1944 Lt. Köhne assumed the command

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of 6. Staffel JG 11 and coming with it he had

to take conversion training to Bf 109G since he flew

Focke-Wulfs with the previous unit. At the time

of his assuming the unit’s command he was the

ace with twenty-eight kills to his credit and added

another two until the end of war. He led the unit

until its disbandment in the beginning of April 1945,

then he was commanded to Landsberg for the

conversion training to Me 262 jets.

INFO Eduard