6. Staffel II. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 77 - 6./JG77

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4/B 6./JG77 (Yellow 3+) WNr 6429 Pilot Lt. Friedrich Wempe shot down Domnitza Russia

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E 'Yellow 3' of II./JG77, June 1941 Although an early casualty of the Russian campaign, the original 71/02 scheme on this aircraft, either an E-4/B or an E-7, has already been replaced with an overall Green 70 or 71. Given the date that this machine was lost, undersurfaces were probably Blue 65 but might already have been repainted with an early example of Light Blue 76. The capped spinner is Green 71 and, as frequently observed on aircraft operated by JG77, the yellow fuselage band has been thinly outlined in red. The emblem under the windscreen is that of II./JG77 and the small, pale disc on the forward area of the engine cowling probably indicates a minor repair.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 II./JG77 (Y3+) shot down Tiraspol Russia Jun 1941 0A
Asisbiz: I believe this Profile is incorrect the photo's show that this aircraft has no Yellow nose.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 II./JG77 (Y3+) shot down Tiraspol Russia Jun 1941 01

Photo's 01-03: This Bf 109E-4 of II./JG77 was shot down in the Tiraspol area in June 1941. After examination by military personnel, who also removed the armament and other items of equipment, the remains were set on fire. Although the cowling on this aircraft might be thought to have been yellow on account of it being a lighter tone than the green of the fuselage camouflage, it should be noted that on smooth surfaces even dark paints reflect a great deal of light and can easily seem lighter than is the case. It is for this reason that, in the accompanying profile, this aircraft has been depicted with a green cowling.

In fact it's an E-4, 6./JG77 (e.g. JG 77 II Gruppe 6 Staffel). Actually it was WkNr.6429. Pilot Lt. Friedrich Wempe. The picture was taken in Domnitza area 25.7.1941.

8. Staffel II. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 77 - 8./JG77

Messerschmitt Bf 109 Bf 109 E-4/B 8./JG77 (Red 5+) Reinhold Schmetzer WNr 3605 Russia

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4/B flown by Ofw. Reinhold Schmetzer of 8./JG77 'Red 5', W.Nr. 3605, was repainted in the overall Dark Green 70 or 71 scheme favored by JG77 and, characteristic of this unit, has also had the yellow fuselage band edged in red. The plain Green 70 spinner has a red tip, and 19 white victory bars are displayed on the rudder, the lower areas of which show where the later green has flaked away to reveal the original camouflage scheme. This earlier scheme can also be seen on the replacement panel covering the fuselage machine-guns.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 8./JG77 (Red 5+) Schmetzer WNr 3605 Jul 21 1941 01

Photo 01: This Bf 109E-4/B, 'Red 5', was flown by Ofw. Reinhold Schmetzer of 8./JG77. On Sunday, 20 July 1941, Schmetzer shot down his 20th victory, a MiG-3, but was then obliged to carry out a forced landing due to engine damage. Although the aircraft appears relatively intact in this photograph, it was assessed as 80% destroyed and written off.

 
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Luftwaffe pilot Reinhold Schmetzer

Units: , , 8./JG-77 (4/41), 9./JG-77 (5/42 S.U.), 2./JG-4 (8/43)

Awards: DK-G(3/19/42), EP, EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-1 WNr 3219 'Yellow 14' (6 Stf 12/39), Bf 109E-1 'Red 9' (6 Stf 12/39), Bf 109 E-4/Trop 'Red 5' in JG-77 (6/41), Bf 109F-4 WNr 3605 'Black 5' (80% dam 7/20/41), Bf 109F

Remarks: KIA (Magnus). His first victory, a Blenheim 60 km north of Terschelling, 5 May, 1940. His 2nd, a D-XXI on 10 May, 1940. His 3rd, and final in , a Hudson on 18 May, 1940. A Spitfire 20 km N of Dunkirk on 29 May, 1940. His 3rd and 4th two Blenheims 25 km northwest of Lamia on 19 April, 1941. Five victories were scored in aerial combat on 26 June, 1941 at the outset of Operation Barbarossa. Werk # 3605 madea force landing at Balti Romania on 20 July, 1941 after taking engine hits. Schmetzer was not injured when he struck a Kubelwagen upon landing. His 30th victory was a Soviet AC on 5 January, 1942. An I-61 on 11 May, 1942. Another I-61 on 12 May, 1942. Two I-61's on 13 May, 1942. A B-24 in the Ploesti area on 1 August, 1943, an Ofw at the time (Perry Claims). Another known victory, a B-24 in the Vicenza Italy area, 28 December, 1943.

Asisbiz database list of 12 aerial victories for Reinhold Schmetzer

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
Sunday, May 05, 1940 Reinhold Schmetzer 5./JG186   17:20 60km N Terschelling
Wednesday, May 29, 1940 Reinhold Schmetzer 5./JG186 5300m 20:20 20km N Dunkirk
Saturday, April 19, 1941 Reinhold Schmetzer 8./JG77      
Saturday, April 19, 1941 Reinhold Schmetzer 8./JG77      
Saturday, April 19, 1941 Reinhold Schmetzer 8./JG77      
Monday, January 05, 1942 Reinhold Schmetzer 8./JG77 -      
Monday, May 11, 1942 Reinhold Schmetzer 9./JG77 I-61   18:20  
Tuesday, May 12, 1942 Reinhold Schmetzer 9./JG77 I-61 1800m 12:05 7176
Wednesday, May 13, 1942 Reinhold Schmetzer 9./JG77 I-61   14:15  
Wednesday, May 13, 1942 Reinhold Schmetzer 9./JG77 I-61   14:12  
Sunday, August 01, 1943 Reinhold Schmetzer 2./JG4 B-24 Liberator   14:30± Ploesti Raum
Tuesday, December 28, 1943 Reinhold Schmetzer 2./JG4 B-24 Liberator 7700m 12:08 OD-5 (Vicenza area)

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Friedrich Wempe

Units: 6/JG-77 (7/41), 1 Erg/JG-77 (S.U.)

Awards: Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-4/B WNr 6429 'Yellow 3+-' (lost ), Bf 109E-7 WNr 3215 'White 3' (lost )

Remarks: KIC at Euböa, no cause reported. Force landed 'Yellow 3' northeast of Domnitza due to engine damage. Pilot returned, no injuries reported.

 

 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/