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Messerschmitt Me 262 production & Arado Ar 234’s final operations

David E. Brown, Tomáš Poruba, Jan Vladař

This publication extends our previous study “Messerschmitt Me 262s of KG & KG(J) units” by new information about Messerschmitt Me 262 and generally about German jets over Czech area. All typical features of the line, i.e. historical part with detailed study of separate aircraft are kept.
The text is accompanied by nearly 220 photos, number of data tables and original documents as it is usual in our publications.
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201215022015 a/cEnglishSoftbound

Chapter correction:

“Errata and addenda to Messerschmitt Me 262s of KG and KG(J) units, II. Fighter umbrella over Me 262 airfields in Bohemia”, pages 146–156

Subsection:

“Bf 109K-4, “Red 7”, W.Nr. 331???; 10./JG 27, Prague-Kbely”, page 152

The subsection described a Bf 109K-4 of JG 27 left at Prague Kbely/Prag-Gbell (not at Prague Letnany/Prag-Letnian as incorrectly stated in the text). The following text is a corrected description of the aircraft based on additional information provided by our readers.

Based on personal talks with history fans interested in Prague-Kbely airbase who were fortunate to interview contemporary witnesses we can say that the actual marking of the aircraft was “Blue 7”. The blue colour of marking was characteristic of 12./JG 27. Therefore the correct title of the subsection is: “Bf 109K-4, “Blue 7”, W.Nr. 331???; 12./JG 27, Prague-Kbely”.

The contemporary witnesses were sure about only two more or less preserved “one-o-nines” at Kbely airfield in May 1945 – “Yellow 7” and “Blue 7”. “Yellow 7” was positively a Bf 109G-10/R6 of III./JG 300 (see “Messerschmitt Bf 109s of JG 52 in Deutsch Brod”, JaPo, page 52) – the drawing is attached.

“Blue 7” was abandoned at the southern edge of the airfield opposite to hangars and a water tower. Based on our current knowledge of camouflage of early Bf 109Ks we presume upper surfaces were covered with RLM 74/75. As RLM 83 was a dark blue paint applied on navy aircraft it couldn’t be used for day fighters. RLM 83 “Dunkelgrün” did not exist; the actual paint was most likely earlier RLM 74 “Grün-Grau”.

The changes above are captured in a new drawing of the aircraft.

We would like to express our gratitude to Mr. Miloslav Hrabáň from Kbely for providing recollections of the witnesses and for bringing discrepancies in our text to our attention.

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Messerschmitt Me 262s of KG & KG(J) units

David E. Brown, Aleš Janda, Tomáš Poruba, Jan Vladař

The third title of our “Luftwaffe over Czech territory 1945” is dealing with an attempt of Luftwaffe to significantly increase number of jet fighters by retraining bomber pilots for fighter tasks. The IX.Fliegerkorps(J) was based under Dietrich Peltz command and several KG units were transformed into KG(J), but only KG(J) 54 reached regular operational status and was sent into action. It was transferred to Prague in April 1945 and together with JG 7 and fragments of KG(J) 6 saw final battles over Bohemia, Germany and at Prague.
Despite of KG(J) 54 and KG(J) 6 the KG 51 was regular bomber unit which flew operationally from the late of 1944. At the end of April 1945 several aircraft moved to Prague, joined other Me 262 units there and took part in final actions.
Special chapter is dedicated to production of Me 262Bs.
The title includes camouflage studies of 11 Me 262s of KG(J) 6, KG(J) 54 and KG 51 which saw action over Czech area in 1945 including two Me 262Bs. The text is accompanied by nearly 300 b/w and color photos, tens of original documents and tables.
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2010/1118030011 a/cEnglishSoftbound
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10/U4 Production & Operational ServiceDiscussion forumCzech text of this publication in PDF format.
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Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10/U4
Production & Operational Service

Aleš Janda, Tomáš Poruba

The second part of special serie “Luftwaffe over Czech territory 1945”. One of the main producers of Messerschmitt 109, Wiener Neustädter Flugzeugwerke and its branch plant Diana located in railway tunnels near Tišnov produced and delivered the famous fighter Bf 109 in G-10/U4 variant nearly until last days of WWII. The new title describes mentioned variant from technical point of view, it brings information about production system in Diana plant, about test flights in Protektorat area and about service by combat units including actions over Czech and Slovak territory. The text part is accompanied by photos and by color profiles of planes from ex-II./JG 51, II./JG 52, ex-I./JG 53, Hungarian 101.vadaszezred and Jagdstaffel ROA, 6 of them are described in detailed 4view drawings.
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2004801158EnglishSoftbound
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Messerschmitt Bf 109s of JG 52 in Deutsch Brod

Aleš Janda, Tomáš Poruba

The first part of special serie “Luftwaffe over Czech territory 1945”. Detailed study of Bf 109s operated by JG 52 from Německý (Deutsch) Brod during last days of WWII. Except of text part and b/w photos there are included 6 in depth camouflage studies of different versions of Bf 109G and K accompanied by color profiles. Recommended for modellers, Bf 109 and JG 52 fans.
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200456616EnglishSoftbound
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Luftwaffe Over Czech Territory 1945

Jiří Rajlich, Stanislav Kokoška, Aleš Janda

The “Luftwaffe over Czech Territory 1945” differs by its historical scope from our standard line of monographic titles. The publication deals with Luftwaffe activity over Bohemia and Moravia area in the period January - May 1945, i.e. period when first line units operated in our area. The text part is completed by extensive annex of units and causalities tables and especially of approximately 500 photos.
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2001263489English, CzechHardback