Jagdgeschwader 2 ‘Richthofen'
Aircrew Julius Meimberg gun camera footage shooting down a RAF Spitfire 13th April 1945 01
Aircrew Julius Meimberg gun camera footage shooting down a USAAF P 47D Thunderbolt 28th Oct 1944 01
Aircrew Julius Meimberg receiving RitterKreuz from Oberst Hentschel Commandant 7th Div 24th Oct 1944 01
Aircrew Luftwaffe 4/.JG2 pilot and later ace Julius Meimberg 1939 01
Aircrew Luftwaffe 4/.JG2 pilot Julius Meimberg seats on the tail of his aircraft WNr 13020 North Africa 01
Aircrew Luftwaffe 4/.JG2 pilot Julius Meimberg using a 78 record player 01
Aircrew Luftwaffe 4/.JG2 pilot Julius Meimberg with a Guernsey Bobby 01
Aircrew Luftwaffe aces Helmut Wick and Hennig Strumpell III/.JG2 01
Aircrew Luftwaffe aces Helmut Wick and Hennig Strumpell JG2 01
Aircrew Luftwaffe aces Helmut Wick with Goring and Jeschonnek 1940 01
Aircrew Luftwaffe ace I/.JG2 Helmut Wick 01
Photo 01-02: Major Helmut Wick, Kommodore of JG2, wearing the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves.
Aircrew Luftwaffe ace I/.JG2 Helmut Wick July 1940 01
Photo 01: The first award of the Oak Leaves went to General Dietl in July 1940 for his involvement in the capture of Narvik, so that after Molders and Galland, Helmut Wick was the fourth member of the German armed forces and the third member of the Luftwaffe to receive the Oak Leaves.
Aircrew Luftwaffe ace Helmut Wick and Adolf Hitler Oct 1940 01
Photo 01: The Oak Leaves were personally presented to Wick by the Fuhrer at Berchtesgarten on 6 October 1940.
Aircrew Luftwaffe ace I/.JG2 Helmut Wick documents 1940 01-02
Images 01-02: A copy, left, of Wick's Geschwaderbefehl announcing his position as Kommodore of JG2 'Richthofen' with above right, a translation.
Aircrew Luftwaffe ace Helmut Wick with Goring and Jeschonnek 1940 01
Photo 01: This photograph of Goring, Jeschonnek and Wick was probably taken shortly before 14 November 1940, on which date Goring handed over temporary command of the Luftwaffe to Milch. Both Goring and Jeschonnek, centre, then went on extended leave. Note Goring's cuff title which was worn to commemorate the tradition of Goring's First World War unit and reads 'Jagdgeschwader Frhr. v. Richthofen Nr.1 1917/18'.
Pilots JG2 Erich Leie was his Rottenflieger Nov 28 1940 01
Erich Leie and Helmut Wick were close friends; Leie was flying as his Rottenflieger on 28 November when Wick went missing.
Pilots RAF 609Sqn John Charles Dundas who may have shot down Wick Nov1940 01
F/Lt John Charles Dundas of 609Sqn., the pilot who is believed to have shot down Wick and who was himself then shot down by Obit. Rudolf Pflanz.
Aircrew Luftwaffe ace I/.JG2 Helmut Wick signed 01-02
Aircrew Luftwaffe ace I/.JG2 Paul Temme pre war summer 1939 01
Aircrew Luftwaffe ace I/.JG2 Siegfried Bethke 01
Aircrew Luftwaffe ace III/.JG2 Erich Mix France 1940 01-02
Aircrew Luftwaffe ace JG2 Alexander von Winterfeldt 01
Aircrew Luftwaffe ace JG2 Siegried Bethke 01
Aircrew Luftwaffe ace Julius Meimberg North Africa Dec 1942 01
Aircrew Luftwaffe ace Julius Meimberg portrait photographs December 1944 01
Aircrew Luftwaffe aces Erich Leie Wicks Rottenflieger I/.JG2 Nov 28 1940 01
Aircrew Luftwaffe aces JG2 Bulow Bothkamp and Schellmann France 1940
Aircrew Luftwaffe JG2 pilot Franz Fiby 01
Aircrew Luftwaffe pilot ace Gunther Seeger 01
Aircrew Luftwaffe pilot JG2 Hermann Reifferscheidt 01
Aircrew Luftwaffe pilots Herman Wick and Uffz. Stritzel 01
Aircrew Luftwaffe POWs including Hermann Reifferscheidt Canada 01
Aircrew RAF 609Sqn John Dundas shot down Helmut Wick 1940 01
Aircrew Staffelkapitan Hans Assi Han seats on Bf 109E 4/.JG2 (W1+-) assigned to Julius Meimberg 01
Artwork Spitfire MkIa RAF 609Sqn PR D John Dundas R6769 England Nov 1940 0A
Messerschmitt Bf 109E JG2 and a landing He 111 Octeville 1940 01-02
Messerschmitt Bf 109E JG2 close ups of a belly landing 1940 01-02
Messerschmitt Bf 109E JG2 ground crew reloading France Aug 1940 01
Messerschmitt Bf 109E JG2 north along the French coast Cap Gris Nez 1940 01
Messerschmitt Bf 109E JG2 takes off from Cherbourg Theville Aug 1940 01
Messerschmitt Bf 109E JG2 ( +) Wilhelm Balthasar Nov 1940 01
Photo 01: After the death of Major Wick at the end of November 1940, command of JG2 passed to Wilhelm Balthasar, although confirmation of his position as Kommodore was not announced until February 1941. Early in the war, Balthasar is believed to have adopted a personal emblem of three wasps, but in this photograph taken in December 1940, the first letter of his surname, a letter 'B', has been painted below his cockpit. Note that the 'Richthofen' shield has been applied in outline form directly onto the camouflage fmish and lacks the more usual coloured background.
Messerschmitt Bf 109E JG2 ground crew reloading France Aug 1940 01
Photo 01: A mechanic reloading the ammunition tanks on one of JG2's Bf 109E-4s, mid-August 1940. Each ammunition tank held 1000 rounds for each of the two 7.9 mm MG 17 machine guns mounted on the engine crankcase. Also visible in the wing leading edge is one of the two 20 mm MGIFF cannon carried by the Bf 109E-3 and E-4, each with 60 rounds per gun.
Messerschmitt Bf 109E JG2 close ups of a belly landing 1940 01
Photo 01-02: A close-up view of the cockpit and spinner areas of a force-landed Bf 109E-3 of JG2 clearly showing the heavily applied green (RLM 70) brush or sponge stipple that was beginning to be applied by the ground crews of this unit at this time. The aircraft was damaged by machine gun bullets which penetrated the engine and cockpit side panels. The broken plexi-glass shows how thin and vulnerable the material was which led to an additional armoured glass panel being applied to the front windscreen on many aircraft. Note part of the JG2 'Richthofen Geschwader badge below the cockpit which has been crudely stippled around.
Messerschmitt Bf 109E JG2 north along the Frence coast Cap Gris-Nez 1940 01
Photo 01: A Schwarm of yellow nosed Bf 109Es from JG2 fly north along the coast of France near Cap Gris-Nez. Most Luftwaffe aircrew, and especially pilots of single-engined aircraft, greatly disliked flying over the Channel.
Messerschmitt Bf 109E JG2 takes off from Cherbourg-Theville Aug 1940 01
Photo 01: This photograph illustrates the uneven retraction cycle of the main undercarriage of a Bf 109E-4 of JG2 as it takes off from Cherbourg-Theville during mid-August.
Bf 109E JG2 and a landing He-111 Octeville 1940 01-02
Photo's 01-02: Two photographs showing a visiting He-111 landing at JG2's airfield at Octeville in early August 1940. Of note on the JG2 Bf 109 in the foreground, is the heavily applied 'stipple' mottling over the RLM 65 on the fuselage side and the motor car type rear view mirror mounted on the canopy framework.
Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 JG2 named Unkraut having an engine change 1940
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Some of the most widely used Book References:
- Jagdwaffe: Battle of Britain: Phase One: July-August 1940 (Luftwaffe Colours: Volume Two, Section 1) Paperback Eric Mombeek (Author), David Wadman (Author), Eddie J Creek (Author)
- Jagdwaffe: Battle of Britain: Phase Two: August-September 1940 (Luftwaffe Colours: Volume Two, Section 2) Paperback Eric Mombeek (Author), David Wadman (Author), Martin Pegg (Author)
- Jagdwaffe: Battle of Britain: Phase Three: September-October 1940 (Luftwaffe Colours: Volume Two, Section 3) Paperback Eric Mombeek (Author), David Wadman (Author), Martin Pegg (Author)
- Jagdwaffe: Battle of Britain: Phase Four: November 1940-June 1941 (Luftwaffe Colours: Volume Two, Section 4) Paperback Eric Mombeek (Author), David Wadman (Author), Martin Pegg (Author)
Some of the most widely used Magazine References:
- Airfix Magazines (English) - http://www.airfix.com/
- Avions (French) - http://www.aerostories.org/~aerobiblio/rubrique10.html
- FlyPast (English) - http://www.flypast.com/
- Flugzeug Publikations GmbH (German) - http://vdmedien.com/flugzeug-publikations-gmbh-hersteller_verlag-vdm-heinz-nickel-33.html
- Flugzeug Classic (German) - http://www.flugzeugclassic.de/
- Klassiker (German) - http://shop.flugrevue.de/abo/klassiker-der-luftfahrt
- Le Fana de L'Aviation (French) - http://boutique.editions-lariviere.fr/site/abonnement-le-fana-de-l-aviation-626-4-6.html
- Le Fana de L'Aviation (French) - http://www.pdfmagazines.org/tags/Le+Fana+De+L+Aviation/
- Osprey (English) - http://www.ospreypublishing.com/
- Revi Magazines (Czech) - http://www.revi.cz/