4. Staffel II. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 2 'Richthofen' - 4./JG26

Aircrew Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 6/.JG26 (Brown 5+-) Ernst Nischik WNr 1944 Belgium 1940 02-03

Aircrew Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 6/.JG26 (Brown 8+-) Josef Ganster WNr 1935 Belgium Jan 1940 01

Aircrew Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 6/.JG26 Bonninghardt summer 1939 01

Aircrew Messerschmitt Bf 109E 6/.JG26 (Brown 1+) Walter Schneider Marquise France 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 JG26 possibly II Gruppe staff aircraft 01

Photo 01: To the left of Balkenkreuz the black bird of the 5th / JG 26 and the far right on the trunk of yellow tiger head of 4. / JG 26 is weak, the white of the Capricorn 6. / JG 26, center recognizable. One indicator of this machine has not apparently and therefore it was probably replaced as needed between the seasons as a replacement machine. It could also be that came with the group bar the machine used.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3/N 4./JG26 (White 3+-) WNr 779 force landed France 1940

Photo 01: Fw. Wilhelm 'Willi' Roth Bf109E-3/N 'Weisse 3', WNr.779, of 4./JG 26, POSSIBLE LOCATION Douai 30 km south of Lille. Shot down by a Bloch MB152 on 3 June 1940. POW for a short time. Note the 100 octane triangle - quite rare on a Westfeldzug machine The presence of the high-octane (100) triangle may indicate that 'Weisse 3' was in fact originally a Bf109 E-3 equipped with 20mm MG FF cannon) upgraded to the Bf109 E-4/N standard, albeit with the old style windscreen retained. See Jochen Prien's 'JV der deutschen LW', Part 4/I, Page 311, Photo No. 290 showing 'Weisse 4', W.Nr. 1190, of this same unit 4,/JG 26 which was referred to as a Bf109 E-4/N (with the same old-style windscreen retained) piloted by Uffz. Horst Perez who belly landed it at East Dean in England on 30 September 1940. JG 26 was evidently one of the few Geschwader to receive the E-4/N model (and possibly a complement of DB601N engines for retrofitting the existing Bf109 E-3 aircraft) but it was believed that this was some time in early September 1940 (Galland flew a Bf109 E-4/N for the first time on 7 September 1940).

However it now appears that the Bf109 E-3/N model indeed existed and that it was delivered to II./JG 26 at the time of the Battle of France. It is perhaps little odd for a Gruppe to employ two different types of fuel (i.e. 87 and 100) in a situation where they were obliged to frequently change their air bases in order to continue providing the aerial cover for the rapidly advancing German army.

"On the Generalluftzeugmeister meeting on 19 July 1940 it was noted that up to that date one Gruppe (Wing, each with 3 Staffeln, or Squadrons with 12 planes) of Bf 109 had re-equipped with DB 601N"

Thus it would appear that II./JG 26 had a number of DB 601N equipped Bf109 E-3s, perhaps many more than previously believed, during the attack in the West (Fall Gelb) and the BoF. This was consequently most likely the Gruppe referred to in the July document quoted above. Other units seem to have received these engines during the BoB, often denoted by the C3 or C-3 triangle fuel marking when seen on Bf109 E-4/N instead of the "100" marking with the mentioned Bf109 E-3/N of II./JG 26.

Web Source: http://falkeeins.blogspot.com/2009/12/fw-wilhelm-willi-roth-bf109e-3n-weisse.html

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 4./JG26 (White 3+-) Marquise, France October 1940

Photo 01: A Bf 109E-4 of 4./JG26 at Marquise in October 1940 showing the fuselage sides darkened with a particularly untidy green overspray.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 4./JG26 (White 4+-) Horst Perez force-landed Sussex 00

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3, W.Nr. 1190 of 4./JG26 flown by Uffz. Horst Perez 'White 4' is a Battle of Britain veteran that survives to this day. On Horst Perez was supposed to be part of a bomber escort but either he or the bombers missed the rendezvous and, circling north of Eastbourne, his group of Bf 109s was attacked by Spitfires. Making for the coast, the Bf 109s were again intercepted and the cooling system in Perez aircraft was hit. The aircraft came down at East Dean with the undercarriage retracted and without any severe damage, but as Uffz. Perez climbed from the cockpit he was shot and wounded in the jaw and hand. Once removed from the crash site, the aircraft was sent to Canada for display during 1941 before traveling to the USA, eventually returning to England some years later. It currently resides in the Imperial War Museum collection at Duxford, Cambridgeshire.. When shot down, this aircraft showed signs of recent repainting and detailed examination of surviving sections of original paint prove it was finished in non-standard locally mixed greys on the upper surfaces and not the 74/75 as described in previously published accounts. In similar fashion, the fin, lower fuselage and undersides carried several coats of paint in widely differing shades of 65 and pale blue.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 4./JG26 (White 4+-) Horst Perez crash-landed Sussex 01

Photo 01: Uffz. Horst Perez aircraft under armed guard after forced landing at East Dean, near Eastbourne, in Sussex.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 4./JG26 (White 4+-) Horst Perez crash-landed Sussex 02

Photo 02: Perez 'White 4' was previously flown by Hptm. Karl Ebbighausen and the 5 Abschussbalken on the tail represented Ebbighausen's claims, not Perez.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 4./JG26 (White 4+-) Horst Perez crash-landed Sussex 03-04

Photo's 03-05: Various views of Perez aircraft during its tour of the US and Canada.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 4./JG26 (White 6+-) France 1940

6 Staffel II. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 26 - 6./JG26

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 6./JG26 (Brown 1+) Oblt. Walter Schneider Marquise, France Sep 6, 1940 01

Photo 01: This photograph of Oblt. Walter Schneider, Staffelkaptin of 6./JG26 sitting in his Bf 109E 'Brown 1', was taken at Marquise, probably on 6 September after he claimed the destruction of two 72Sqn Spitfires. Schneider led the 6./JG26 up until his death on 22 December 1941 when, becoming disorientated in fog, he and four of his pilots flew into a hill. On 2 January 1942, he was posthumously awarded the German Cross in Gold. Just visible beneath the ledge of the cockpit is the Staffel's Steinbock emblem. Note also that this aircraft is fitted with an armored windscreen.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 6./JG26 (Brown 2 bar) Brugelette, Belgium May 1940

Photo 01: Messerschmitt Bf 109E.1 of 6./JG26 May 1940 seen at Brugelette, Belgium at the end of May 1940, 'Brown 2' of 6./JG26 was already wearing a lightly applied mottle to the upper surface 02 and 71 on the fuselage sides while beneath the windscreen can be seen the stylized JG26 'Schlageter' shield emblem.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 6./JG26 (Brown 3+-) and (Brown 4+-), France 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 6./JG26 (Brown 4+) Oblt. Walter Schneider Marquise, France Sep 6, 1940 01

Photo 01: This photograph of Oblt. Walter Schneider, Staffelkaptin of 6./JG26 sitting in his Bf 109E 'Brown 4', was taken at Marquise, probably on 6 September after he claimed the destruction of two 72Sqn Spitfires. Schneider led the 6./JG26 up until his death on 22 December 1941 when, becoming disorientated in fog, he and four of his pilots flew into a hill. On 2 January 1942, he was posthumously awarded the German Cross in Gold. Just visible beneath the ledge of the cockpit is the Staffel's Steinbock emblem. Note also that this aircraft is fitted with an armored windscreen.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 6./JG26 (Brown 5+-) Ernst Nischik WNr 1944 Belgium 1940

Photo 01: Messerschmitt Bf 109E.1 of 6./JG26 May 1940 seen at Brugelette, Belgium at the end of May 1940, 'Brown 5' of 6./JG26 was already wearing a lightly applied mottle to the upper surface 02 and 71 on the fuselage sides while beneath the windscreen can be seen the stylized JG26 'Schlageter' shield emblem.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 6./JG26 (Brown 6 bar) Belgium May 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 6./JG26 (Brown 7 bar) Bönninghardt Germany September 1939

Photo 01-02: Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3/N 6./JG26 seen at Bönninghardt Germany September 1939. The unit later moved to Brugelette, Belgium at the end of May 1940, 'Brown 7' of 6./JG26 was already wearing a lightly applied mottle to the upper surface 02 and 71 on the fuselage sides while beneath the windscreen can be seen the stylized JG26 'Schlageter' shield emblem.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3/N 6./JG26 (Brown 7 bar) France 1940

Photo 01-02: Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3/N 6./JG26 seen under a tree in Belgium or France. The unit later moved to Brugelette, Belgium at the end of May 1940, 'Brown 7' of 6./JG26

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There is a '100' written inside the octane triangle that means it was an E-3/N not a simple E-3. This is not surprising since JG 26 - because of Galland - was the first unit to receive the new engines ... TAKE CARE that WNr.1932 was still a simple E-3 when pictured at Bönninghardt!

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 6./JG26 (Brown 8 bar) Brugelette, Belgium May 1940

Photo 01: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 6./JG26 (Brown 8+-) Josef Ganster WNr 1935 Belgium Jan 1940.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 6./JG26 (Brown 9 bar) Brugelette, Belgium May 1940

Photo 01: Messerschmitt Bf 109E.3 of 6./JG26 May 1940 seen at Brugelette, Belgium at the end of May 1940, 'Brown 9' of 6./JG26 was already wearing a lightly applied mottle to the upper surface 02 and 71 on the fuselage sides while beneath the windscreen can be seen the stylized JG26 'Schlageter' shield emblem.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3/N 6./JG26 brown 9 and bar force landed France June 1940

Photo 01: Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3/N 6./JG26 brown 9 and bar was shot down during the Battle of France by Armee de I'Air Caudron C.710 flown by the all-Polish squadron known as the 'Warsaw Group' GC 1/145 June 1940.

Caudron CR 714  Armee de I'Air GC 1/145 Warsaw Group

It is believed that about 40 C.714s were delivered to the French air force, which, after some 90 had been built, cancelled production because of dissatisfaction with the type's rate of climb. They were used to equip an all-Polish squadron which became known as the 'Warsaw Group' (GC 1/145), this unit seeing action against the Germans between 2-13 June 1940. Following the collapse of France, a small number were used by the Vichy French air force, and about 20 were confiscated by the Germans for use by the Luftwaffe.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 6./JG26 (Brown 10 bar) Belgium May 1940
Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 6./JG26 (Brown 11 bar) Belgium May 1940
Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 6./JG26 (Brown 12 bar) Belgium May 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 6./JG26 (Yellow 2 bar) Brugelette, Belgium May 1940

Photo 01: Messerschmitt Bf 109E.1 of 6./JG26 May 1940 seen at Brugelette, Belgium at the end of May 1940, 'Yellow 2' of 6./JG26 was already wearing a lightly applied mottle to the upper surface 02 and 71 on the fuselage sides while beneath the windscreen can be seen the stylized JG26 'Schlageter' shield emblem.

 
COD game skin by CF Bf 109E3 4/.JG26 (W4+-) Horst Perez France 1940
COD game skin by CF Bf 109E3 4/.JG26 (W4+-) Horst Perez France 1940 NM
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COD game skin by EZ Bf 109E1 6/.JG26 (Br5+-) Ernst Nischik WNr 1944 Belgium May 1940
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COD game skin by EZ Bf 109E1 6/.JG26 (Br8+-) Josef Ganster WNr 1935 Belgium May 1940
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Luftwaffe pilot Josef Ganster

Units: 6/JG-26

Awards: Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-3 (lost)

Remarks: KIA when, during a strafing run, he either struck a power line or was hit by AA fire, and crashed.

Luftwaffe pilot No known aerial victories for Josef Ganster

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Luftwaffe pilot Ernst Nischick - Ernst Nischik

Units: 6/JG-26, Erg/JG-26 Instr (10/41)

Awards: EK 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E, Bf 109F-1 WNr 5738 (dam 8/41)

Remarks: He crashed his F-2 on 5 August, 1941 in a Ledeghem Street, near Mooesele, on his approach to the Wevelgem airfield. He was uninjured, and the accident was due to pilot error (and he was an instructor!). One known victory, his 1st, a Hurricane northwest of Dunkirk, 1 June, 1940. Alternate spelling: Nischik.

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz database of 1 Aerial Victories for Ernst Nischik

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
01-Jun-40 Ernst Nischik 6./JG26 2900m 12.40 NW Dunkirk

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Luftwaffe pilot Horst Perez

Units: 4./JG-26 (Channel)

Awards: Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-3 WNr 1190 'White 4+-' (lost 9/30/40)

Remarks: POW after his AC experienced engine failure during aerial combat with a Spitfire believed to be of RAF No. 92 Sq., piloted by Sgt D.E. Kingaby. He crashed at Eastdean, west of Eastbourne, Sussex, and was severely wounded in the hand and jaw by his captors as he crawled from the AC.

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From an official Air Ministry document.

Place where shot down, Eastdean W of Eastbourne Sussex

Type. Me 109 E3. 4+(Black with white rim) Shield:-Shield Tiger's head the insignias for Schlageter "S"

Flight emanated from between Boulogne and Etaples at about 1600 Hrs on bomber escort.

They were supposed to be escorting bombers, but never located them and circled round to the North of Eastbourne. They were intercepted at 28,000 Ft and made for the coast. They were intercepted again and in the ensuing dog-fight the engine of his A/C failed. Apparently there were no shots in the A/C itself. The pilot made a forced landing with undercarriage retracted and the aircraft is in good condition.

On getting out of his aircraft, this pilot was shot at and wounded in the hand and jaw.This pilot enquired after a number of his friends who had recently been lost. Only one was known to belong to 4/JG 26, two others were from 1/LG.2.The pilot had only recently come to France and been making one sortie a day weather permitting. He had previously been in Vienna.

Morale:- Fair, Not sure of himself, probably due to circumstances of his wounding.

Unteroffizier Horst Perez age 22. Identity disc 60018.

This report was prepared and signed by B Jepsom for Squadron Leader S.D.Felkin. 1/10/40. The Werke Nr 1190 was entered by hand in fine print.

My source also stated that the soldier that hit him got seven days CB (Confined to Barracks) for his stupidity.

Web Reference: http://www.lwag.org/forums/archive/index.php/t-609.html

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Luftwaffe pilot Walter 'Jap' Schneider DOB 12/8/1915

Units: 5/JG-26 (5/40), 6/JG-26 (8/40), III/JG-26, Stafkpt 6/JG-26 (7/41)

Awards: DK-G(1/2/42 Post.), EP, EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E 'Brown 1', Fw 190A-1 WNr 10027 'Brown 1+-', Fw 190A-2 WNr 20217 'Brown 1' (lost 12/22/41)

Remarks: KIFA in 'Brown 1' at Steenvoorde on a transfer flight to Abbeville France. In dense fog, he led four AC of his Staffel into the Artois Hills and all 5 pilots were killed. Buried Bourdon France, Block 32/11/1406 (A.Rosseels). Flugbuch (9/39 to 12/41). One of his victories was a 'shared' victory, a Fokker XXI over Amsterdam on 10 May, 1940. (Shared with: Hubertus v. Holtey, Walter Meyer & Hans Wemhöner) His first official victory (100%), was a Hawk-75A at Douai, 18 May, 1940. His 2nd, a Hurricane east southeast of Dover, 28 May, 1940. His 3rd, a Spitfire at London on 31 August, 1940. Nos.4 & 5, both Spitfires at Littlestone on 6 September, 1940. Nos.6 & 7, both Hurricanes, one at Margate, the other over the Thames, on 23 September, 1940. His 8th a Spitfire at Canterbury on 28 September, 1940. His 9th a Hurricane at Tonbridge on 30 September, 1940. His 10th a Hurricane at Horsham on 1 October, 1940. His 12th a Wellington at Knokke on 9 June, 1941. His 13th a Spitfire S of Dunkirk on 25 June, 1941. No.14, a Spitfire at Mardyck on 2 July, 1941. His 15th & 16th both Spitfires, one S of Deal the other at Gravelines, on 7 August, 1941. His 20th a Spitfire west of Dunkirk on 23 Nov., 1941.

Luftwaffe pilot Asisbiz database of 20 Aerial Victories for Walter Schneider

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
18-May-40 Walter Schneider 5./JG26 Hawk-75A   16.35 Douai
28-May-40 Walter Schneider 5./JG26   12.33 ESE Dover
31-Aug-40 Walter Schneider 6./JG26   19.00 South of London
06-Sep-40 Walter Schneider 6./JG26   14.25 Littlestone
06-Sep-40 Walter Schneider 6./JG26   14.29 Littlestone
23-Sep-40 Walter Schneider 6./JG26   11.00 Margate
23-Sep-40 Walter Schneider 6./JG26   11.10 Thames Estuary
28-Sep-40 Walter Schneider 6./JG26   11.35 Canterbury
30-Sep-40 Walter Schneider 6./JG26   10.25 Tonbridge
01-Oct-40 Walter Schneider 6./JG26 1800m 15.35 Horsham
05-Nov-40 Walter Schneider 6./JG26   12.40 Canterbury
09-Jun-41 Walter Schneider 6./JG26 Wellington   17.45 Knokke
25-Jun-41 Walter Schneider 6./JG26   16.40 Dunkirk
02-Jul-41 Walter Schneider 6./JG26   12.55 Mardyck
07-Aug-41 Walter Schneider 6./JG26   18.05 Gravelines
07-Aug-41 Walter Schneider 6./JG26   08.30 Deal
14-Aug-41 Walter Schneider 6./JG26   18.37 Dunkirk
21-Sep-41 Walter Schneider 6./JG26   16.30 Boulogne
21-Sep-41 Walter Schneider 6./JG26   16.35 Desvres
23-Nov-41 Walter Schneider 6./JG26 100m 13.27 West of Dunkirk

 

 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/