(34) Messerschmitt Bf 109s over the Mediterranean

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 trop; W.Nr. 8665, flown by Lt. Gustav Frielinghaus of Stab II./JG 3, Sicily, Italy, early 1942. This aircraft was camouflaged in a RLM 78/79 mid-demarcation scheme with white band around the rear fuselage and yellow engine undercowling. The spinner was painted black or RLM 70 with a yellow tip and the backplate partially oversprayed RLM 78 or white. As the machine was acquired from the Geschwaderstab of JG 3, the rarely seen emblem of that sub-unit may be seen under the windscreen. The plane was initially in poor condition, thus it was taken over by the Technical Officer of II./JG 3, Lt. Gustav Frielinghaus. Later W.Nr. 8665 was handed to the Kommandeur of II./JG 3, Hptm. Karl-Heinz Krahl.  [Drawings by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4/Z; W.Nr. 13060, “Yellow 2”, flown by Uffz. Karl-Heinz Witschke of 3./JG 77, Comiso, Italy, early July 1942. The actual colours of this plane are hard to recognize on the archive photos. The authors decided to depict it in RLM 74/75/76 scheme with yellow engine undercowl. The spinner was RLM 70 with yellow tip. The aircraft carried a white Mediterranean theatre band around the rear fuselage and the badge of 3. Staffel aft to the band. The engine cowling sported the name of deceased Staffelkapitän, Hptm. Werner Tismar, who died on 25 April 1942 in Russia. Uffz. Karl-Heinz Witschke was shot down by the famous Canadian ace George “Buzz” Beurling and crashed his ‘Yellow 2’ in La Valletta on 29 July 1942.  [Drawings by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 trop; “Black 7” of 2./JG 77, Tunisia, early 1943.  [Drawings by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

 Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2/R2 trop; “Black 19” of 2.(H)/14, La Marsa, Tunisia, March 1943. This photo reconnaissance fighter was one of the nine Gustavs-2 used by 2.(H)/14 in March 1943. It was finished in a RLM 74/75/76 scheme. The identification markings consisted of a yellow engine undercowling and white fuselage band and wing tips. The spinner originally had a finish of two third RLM 70 and one third white, but the white part was darkened for some reason. The unit emblem was applied on both sides of the engine cowling. Note the name “Edith” painted under the windscreen on the port side of the fuselage and overall worn appearance of this heavily used plane.  [Drawings by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6; “Yellow 13”, flown by Uffz. Hans Jegg of 9./JG 53, Italy, summer 1943. “Yellow 13” was probably fitted with gondola-mounted cannons. Its RLM 74/75/76 camouflage was applied in a typical style for Mtt Regensburg-built Bf 109 G-6s. The plane had yellow engine undercowling, white fuselage band and underwing tips, and black spinner with thin white spiral. It also sported the emblem of JG 53 on both sides of the engine cowling and a personal talisman of the pilot in form of a green four-leaf clover painted aft the cockpit, near the plane’s individual number. Uffz. Jegg claimed his first victory on 30 August 1943.  [Drawings by Arkadiusz Wróbel]

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 trop; “Black 8” of 5./JG 27, Trapani, Italy, summer 1943. There aren’t too many examples of aircraft sporting the emblem of 5./JG 27. The latter was introduced during the unit’s deployment in North Africa, but it seems that it was quite rarely used. The style of the RLM 74/75/76 camouflage of this Gustav-6 suggests that it was built by Mtt Regensburg plant. The plane’s engine undercowling was painted yellow, while the spinner, wing tips, and fuselage band were white. Late variant of II./JG 27 badge was applied on both sides of the engine cowling.   [Drawings by Arkadiusz Wróbel]



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