1. Staffel I. (J) Gruppe Lehrgeschwader 2 - 1(J)./LG2

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 1./LG2 Calais-Marck, France 1940 01-02

Photo's 01-02: Two photographs showing an aircraft of I.(J)/LG2 at Calais-Marck, Autumn 1940. The hydraulic trolley used to transport bombs and raise them beneath the aircraft is the same type as that used by the Stukaverbande.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 1./LG2 Calais-Marek, France 1940 03

Photo 03: Bf 109s of I.(J)/LG2 at Calais-Marek. The role of the Lehrgeschwader is frequently confused with that of an operational training unit, whereas in fact all pilots were already fully trained, highly experienced and frequently highly decorated. The original task of the Lehrgeschwader was to develop operational tactics and then demonstrate how these tactics should be employed in combat. Thus a Lehrgeschwader may be more accurately described as an Operational Development Wing, but from the beginning of the war operational requirements dictated that these units were retained at the front where they were employed as regular operational units. As a means of identifying their special instructional status, however, personnel serving with the Lehrtruppen der Luftwaffe wore an ornate letter 'L' on the shoulder straps of their uniforms.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 1./LG2 Ordinance France 1940 01-03

Photo 01-03: In the absence of the normal hydraulic trolley, ordinary manpower is being used to load SC 50 bombs beneath one of I.(J)/LG2's Bf 109s. Whistles have been attached to the fins to enhance the noise of the bombs when falling.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 1./LG2 Ordinance France 1940 04

Photo 04: Ready for operations. A bombed-up Bf 109E-4/B of I.(J)/LG2 loaded with four SC 50 bombs. From October 1940, both Gruppen of Lehrgeschwader 2 operated as fighter-bombers. Apart from the top hat emblem of 2. Staffel on the rear fuselage, this machine appears to lack most of the colouRGul refinements normally associated with operational units and even the spinner has been left in plain green.

2. Staffel I. (J) Gruppe Lehrgeschwader 2 - 2(J)./LG2

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 2./LG2 (Black 1+x) France 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 2./LG2 ( +) SC 250 bomb France Sep. 1940 01

Photo 01: Ground crew of 2.(J)/LG2 posing with an SC 250 bomb. Although a fighter Staffel, from September 1940 some of the unit's aircraft were converted to operate in the Jabo role but could be employed purely as fighters as the situation demanded. A large number of the Gruppe's pilots had earlier flown with the Condor Legion in Spain and theZylinderhut (top hat) unit badge of 2.(J)/LG2 applied to the rear fuselage was based on the insignia of 2./J88

3. Staffel I. (J) Gruppe Lehrgeschwader 2 - 3(J)./LG2

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 3./(J)LG2 Calais-Marek AF, France 1940 01

Photo 01: The church spire in the distance identifies this as Calais-Marek airfield where the fighters of 3(J)./LG 2 are preparing for a mass take-off. On the rudder of the Bf 109E-3 at left it can be seen that only the rear half carries yellow paint, a not uncommon practice on aircraft of this unit. Later in the war the church was bombed by the USAAF during a raid on the airfield.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 3./(J)LG2 Calais-Marek, France August 1940 01

Photo 01: Busy airfield scene at Calais-Marek as Bf 109s from 3./LG2 prepare for take off during the mid-Summer of 1940. Ground crew obscure the fuselage markings on the nearest machine, but it appears to carry a Stab chevron ahead of the fuselage Balkenkreuz. The I.Gruppe of LG2 often flew as escort for the fighter-bombers of II. Gruppe.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 3./(J)LG2 concealed beneath the trees France 1940 01

Photo 01: Bf 109E-3s of 3(J)./LG2 sit concealed beneath the trees at Calais-Marek while unit personnel improve the effect by suspending camouflage nets above them. In the foreground, 'Brown 11', in similar fashion to other aircraft of the unit, has only the rear half of the rudder painted yellow. The speckled appearance of its upper surfaces are not a mottled paint scheme but due to the sunlight filtering through the branches and camouflage netting. Not the unknown badge behind the fuselage cross.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 1./LG2 (B2+) landing collision at Pihen-St Inglevert, France August 1940 01

Photo 01: Bf 109E-3 'Black 2' - probably an aircraft belonging to I.(J)/LG2 and seen at Pihen-St Inglevert at the beginning of August 1940. It has collided with another aircraft from the unit, probably from 5.Staffel.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 3./LG 2 (Brown 8+) belly landed France 1940

Another swastika scensored photo of Bf 109E 3./LG2 (Brown 8+) belly landed France 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109E 3./LG 2 (Brown 10+) belly landed France 1940

Another swastika scensored photo of Bf 109E 3./LG2 (Brown 10+) belly landed France 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109E4B 3./LG2 (Brown 14+x) salvaged airframe 1940

Pilots 3./LG2 Weiss 1940 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7 (Br2+) August Klick WNr. 2058 crash landed Sheerness 0A-0B

Profile 00: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7 WNr. 2058 from flown by Uffz. August Klick. 'Brown 2' forced landed at Sheerness is a town located beside the mouth of the River Medway on the north-west corner of the Isle of Sheppey in north Kent, England on the afternoon of when the engine seized following combat with British fighters. The upper surfaces were finished in what were described as a 'cloudy grey' fuselage with 'battleship grey' wings suggesting a combination of 02 and one or more of the unit mixed greys known to have been used during this period. The spinner, cowling and rudder were painted yellow and the brown aircraft number carried a white outline. The 3.(J)/LG2 'mouse and umbrella' emblem was yellow with black details and applied to both sides of the rear fuselage. Note that although the I. Gruppe of LG2 was originally a Jagd, or fighter Gruppe, by mid-September it was operating a number of aircraft in the Jabo role. This aircraft was test flown in Farnborough in Oct before being scrapped

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7 (Br2+) August Klick crash-landed Sheerness

Photo 01: The remains of Uffz. Klick's Bf 109E-7 in an aircraft scrap yard at Faygate near Horsham, Sussex. Note in the background the wrecks of other Luftwaffe aircraft downed during the Battle of Britain.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7 (Br2+) August Klick crash-landed Sheerness 1940 02

Photo 02: The emblem of on the rear fuselage of Unteroffizier August Klick's Bf 109 'Brown 2', apparently in the process of being removed as a souvenir.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 3(J)./LG2 (Brown 13+) Oblt. Hasso von Perthes W.Nr 1399 Mont Ecouvez, France

Profile 00: Oblt. Hasso von Perthes poses beside Bf 109E-4 WNr.1399 'Brown 13' of 3(J)./LG2 at Mont Ecouvez near Cambr-ai, . Clearly visible attached to the fin and tailplane leading edges are the three antenna leads for the FuG VII radio. On 31 August, despite still wearing a surgical boot fitted as a result of a recent motoring accident, Oblt. von Perthes took off in Bf 109E-7 WNr 5600 on a bomber escort sortie. Over Crowhurst, he was attacked by P/O M. Feric of 303Sqn and baled out of his aircraft. At 18.45hrs, Oblt. von Perthes landed at Hurst Green critically injured from numerous machine-gun bullet and other wounds, possibly from anti-aircraft fire. First admitted to a local hospital for immediate surgery, he was later transferred to the Royal Herbert Hospital in Woolwich but died on 14 September. It has been alleged that Oblt. von Perthes was shot and wounded while descending by parachute, but to date no factual evidence has been discovered to confirm this. His aircraft was the first Bf 109E-7 to crash in Britain.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 3./LG2 (Brown 13+) Oblt. Hasso von Perthes W.Nr 1399 Mont Ecouvez, France May 29, 1940 01

Photo 01: Bf 109E-4 WNr.1399 was severely damaged during an operational sortie over England on 31 August and was subsequently written off. The emblem of 3.(J)/LG2, like several others of the period, included an umbrella as carried by the British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, a habit the Germans found a source of some amusement. In an unposted letter found on one shot down POW, the writer, alluding to a successful German invasion and a subsequent posting to Britain, mentioned that in the future he hoped to observe this phenomenon for himself. This comment caused an RAF Intelligence Officer dryly to mention in his report that, since this individual was now in England, he was presumably satisfied his wish had been granted!

Painting Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 3./LG2 (Brown 13+) being shot down by Pilot Officer Harold 'Birdy' Bird-Wilson of No.17 Squadron

Pilot Officer Harold 'Birdy' Bird-Wilson of No.17 Squadron in combat with Oberleutnant Hasso von Perthes of 3/LG2, 31st August 1940. Von Perthes baled out and was captured at Oxted, Surrey. His Me109 crashed at Crowhurst. During the Battle of Britain, 'Birdy' Bird-Wilson scored two victories and shared several others whilst flying this Hurricane (P3878, YB-W). But on 24th September 1940, he was shot down by the renowned Luftwaffe ace, Adolf Galland. 'Birdy' baled out injured and his Hurricane crashed into the Thames Estuary. Harold 'Birdy' Bird-Wilson returned to active service in November 1940 and ended the war as a Wing Commander. He retired from the RAF in 1974 as an Air Vice-Marshal.

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 IL-2 Sturmovik 'Cliff's of Dover' - COD game skins
COD game skin by asisbiz Bf 109E1 3.LG2 (Brown 10+) France 1940
COD game skin by asisbiz Bf 109E1 3.LG2 (Brown 14+) France 1940
COD game skin by ES Bf 109E4 1.LG2 (W14+x) Hans Joachim Marseille France 1940
COD game skin by ES Bf 109E4 1.LG2 (W14+x) Hans Joachim Marseille France 1940 NC
COD game skin by ES Bf 109E4 1.LG2 (W14+x) Hans Joachim Marseille France 1940 NM
COD game skin by ES Bf 109E4 1.LG2 (W14+x) Hans Joachim Marseille France 1940 SNM

 

Luftwaffe Badge

Luftwaffe pilot August Klick

Units: 3(J)/LG-2 (Channel)

Awards: Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-7 WNr 2058 'Brown 2' (lost )

Remarks: POW after aerial combat with Spitfires, force landing at Shellness Point, the Isle of Sheppey.

Luftwaffe Badge

Luftwaffe pilot Herbert Möller

Units: 2/LG-2

Awards: Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-1 'L2+K' (lost)

Remarks: KIA 24 August, 1940 during aerial combat, crashing at Mackledons Farm, Bobbing, Kent. Buried Cannock Chase, Block 5, Gr 12. Source: M.Croft.

Luftwaffe Badge

Luftwaffe pilot Hasso von Perthes

Units: 3(J)/LG-2 (5/40 Channel)

Awards: EK 2, Wound Badge(8/31/40), Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 109E-1 WNr 3614 ''Brown 13' (5/29/40), Bf 109E-7 WNr 5600 (lost 8/31/40)

Remarks: WIA ; Channel pilot shot down by Hurricanes over Chathill Park Farm, Crowhurst, Sussex, England. In spite of bullet-riddled legs, he bailed successfully and landed at Hurst Green, England. Died two weeks later of his wounds as he is buried at Cannock Chase, Block 5, Gr 330 (M.Croft). One known victory, his 1st, a Hurricane at Dunkirk on 29 May, 1940 in Wk# 3614. His 2nd, a Hurricane at Abbeville, 6 June, 1940.

Asisbiz database list of 2 aerial victories forHasso von Perthes

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
Hasso von Perthes 3.(Jagd)/LG2     Dunkirk
Hasso von Perthes 3.(Jagd)/LG2     Abbeville

 

 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/