Yugoslav Royal Air Force - RYAF

Messerschmitt Bf 109E1 Yugoslavia 1941 01

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 L 10 WNr 2510 Yugoslavia 1941 0A

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 L 21 WNr 2521 Yugoslavia 1941 0A

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 L 26 WNr 2526 Yugoslavia 1941 0A

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 Yugoslavia 1941

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 Yugoslavia 1941 Yuvam Aeroplan Mar Apr 1990

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 Yugoslavia 1941 Yuvam Aeroplan Nov Dec 1989

Yugoslav Royal Air Force Messerschmitt Bf 109E4 one of the first to arrive in Belgrade 1940

Photo 01: the first batch of Messerschmitt Bf 109E7 to arrive in Bulgaria 1940 with national markings still to be applied

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 RYAF 142 Lovaeka Eskadrila 2510 L-10 Miodrag Aleksic Belgrade Yugoslavia 1941

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 RYAF 142 Lovaeka Eskadrila 2513 L-13 Belgrade Yugoslavia 1941

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 RYAF 142 Lovaeka Eskadrila 31e Groupe 2521 L-21 Belgrade Yugoslavia 1941

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 RYAF 142 Lovaeka Eskadrila 31e Groupe Miha Klavora 2526 L-26 Belgrade Yugoslavia 1941

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 RYAF 142 Lovaeka Eskadrila 2547 L-52 Belgrade Yugoslavia 1941

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 RYAF D-IWKU L-55 was lost in the transit flight to Belgrade Yugoslavia 1941

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 6 Escadre de chasse L-6 Yugoslavia 1941

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 102 Escadrille L-44 Dorde Stojanovic Yugoslavia 1941

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 VVKJ6 L-10 Milos Aleksic WNr 2510 Yugoslavia 7th Apr 1941

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 142 Escadrille Milutin Grozdanovi Yugoslavia 7th Apr 1941

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 L-43 WNr 2540 Yugoslavia 7th Apr 1941

Messerschmitt Bf 109E3 VVKJ6 Fliegerregiment 32 Gruppe destroyed Yugoslavia 1941

Photograph Source: Le Fana de L Aviation 2011-11 (504)

Yugoslav Messerschmitts

In 1939 Yugoslavia received 73 Me-109 E-3's in exchange for iron, copper and chrome ore. However the aircraft were grounded most of the time due to a lack of spares. The Yugoslav pilot were not happy with their new fighters. There were a lot of landing accidents. When the Germans invaded in April 1941 the Yugoslav Air Force put up a fight but could do little to repel the invaders. By the end of the war 17 109's were left. These were stored until 59 more were acquired from Bulgaria. The new Yugoslav Air Force used a mix of G-2, G-6, G-10 and G-12 aircraft. The aircraft were used until about the middle of 1952.

Some known Yugoslav Messerschmitts

Messerschmitt Bf 109Bf 109E L-80 101st eskadrila 31st vazduchoplavna grupa Zemud Airfield September 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109Bf 109E L-10 142nd eskadrila 32nd vazduchoplavna grupa Krušedol Airfield 1941

Messerschmitt Bf 109Bf 109E L-33 101st eskadrila 31st vazduchoplavna grupa Veliki Radinci II Airfield April 1940

Messerschmitt Bf 109Bf 109E L-31 101st eskadrila 31st vazduchoplavna grupa Veliki Radinci II Airfield April 1940

 
 IL-2 Sturmovik 'Cliff's of Dover' - COD game skins
COD game skin by asisbiz Bf 109E3 RYAF group 01
COD game skin by asisbiz Bf 109E3 RYAF L-10 2510 142 lovaeka eskadrila 2510 L 10 Miodrag Aleksic 1941
COD game skin by asisbiz Bf 109E3 RYAF L-2 2502
COD game skin by asisbiz Bf 109E3 RYAF L-26 2526 104 Esc 32e Groupe 6e Reg Miha Klavora Apr 1941
COD game skin by asisbiz Bf 109E3 RYAF L-52 2551
COD game skin by asisbiz Bf 109E3 RYAF L-65 2563
COD game skin by asisbiz Bf 109E3 RYAF L-7 2507
COD game skin by asisbiz Bf 109E3 RYAF L-80 2510
COD game skin by asisbiz Bf 109E3 RYAF L-8 2508
COD game skin by asisbiz Bf 109E3 RYAF white 8 2508
Unit: 101 Eskadrila, 31 Vazduchoplavna Grupa Serial: L-80 Zemin Airfield, September 1940.
Unit: 103 LE Serial: L-65 Pilot - IIIk Cvitan Galic. Veliki Radinci, September 1940.

 

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Yugoslavian aerial victory credits of WW2

RANK FIRST NAME NAME VICTORIES SOURCES DETAIL NATIONALITY AIR SERVICE UNITS DEATH NOTE OTHER SOURCES
sgt Milisav SEMIZ 4 Z.Grujic Yugoslavia VVKJ 161.LE/51.LG IK-3, April War, Belgrad, 1941. 2 (Ciglic); 1 (Miklusev)
Kap Todor GOGIC 3 B.Ciglic Yugoslavia VVKJ 161.LE/51.LG IK-3, Bf109, April 1941. 2 (Grusic); 1+1sh (Knez)
Kap Milutin GROZDANOVIC 3 B.Ciglic & S.Ostric Yugoslavia VVKJ 142.LE/32.LG Bf-109E, April War, 1941. WIFA. 1(Grujic); 2(Ciglic)
Lt Jovan KAPESIC 3 B. Ciglic Yugoslavia VVKJ 103.LE/32.LG 07/04/1941 Me109E, April War, 1941. KIA. 2 (Ledet,Grujic)
Lt Otmar LAJH 3 B.Ciglic Yugoslavia VVKJ 103.LE/32.LG, 32.LG Bf-109, April War, 1941. 1 (Grujic,Ledet,Ostric)
Kap Zivica MITROVIC 3 S. Ostric Yugoslavia VVKJ 101.LE/31.LG 06/04/1941 Bf-109, April War, 1941. 2 (Ciglic), 0
sgt Vladimir PUZIC 3 S.Ostric Yugoslavia VVKJ 102.LE/(31LG) LG 51 Bf-109, April War, 1941. 0(Ciglic,Gruz.);1(Shores)
adj Dusan VUJICIC 3 Z. Grujic Yugoslavia VVKJ 161.LE IK-3, April War, 1941. 2 (Ciglic)
ppor Miodrag ALEKSIC 2 Ledet, Grujic, Ciglic Yugoslavia VVKJ 142.LE/32.LG Me 109E, April War, 1941.
por Dusan BORCIC 2 Z.Grujic, B.Ciglic Yugoslavia VVKJ 161.LE/51.LG 06/04/1941 IK-3, defence of Yugoslavia. KIA.
por Miodrag BOSKOVIC 2 Grujic, Ostric Yugoslavia VVKJ 102.LE/51.LG Bf-109E, April War, 1941. 1 (Ciglic)
nar Djordje CVETKOVIC-CIGA 2 H.Gustafsson (dubious) Yugoslavia VVKJ II. Ps 06/04/1941 Avia B-33 pilot, April war. KIA. 0 (Ciglic)
Kap Janko DOBNICAR 2 D.Savic-B.Ciglic Slovenia VVKJ & ZNDH 108.LE/34.LG Hurricane pilot, April war. Croat AF. 0 (Grujic)
nar Zvonimir HALAMBEK 2 B.Ciglic Croatia VVKJ & RAF 104.LE/32.LG 01/07/1944 Bf-109, April War, 1941.
Kap Miho KLAVORA 2 D.Savic-B.Ciglic Slovenia VVKJ 103.LE/32.LG 07/04/1941 Bf-109E, April War, 1941. KIA.
LtCol Bozidar KOSTIC 2 B.Ciglic (+ 1 probable) Yugoslavia VVKJ 6.LP Bf109E, April War, 1941. 1 (Ostric)
por Milan MARJANOVIC 2 B. Ciglic Yugoslavia VVKJ III Ps Instructor, Apr 41.
Kap Borivoje MARKOVIC 2 B.Ciglic & S.Ostric Yugoslavia VVKJ 104.LE/32.LG Bf-109, April War, 1941.
Kap Savo POLJANEC 2 M. Ledet Yugoslavia VVKJ 161.LE/51.LG IK-3, def.of Belgrad, 1941. WIA. 1 (Grujic), 0 (Ciglic)
ppor Dorde STOJANOVIC 2 B.Ciglic, S.Ostric (+ 1-2 probable) Yugoslavia VVKJ 102.LE/51.LG Bf-109E, def.of Belgrad, 1941. WIA. 3 (Grujic)
por Milorad D. TANASIC 2 B. Ciglic Yugoslavia VVKJ 112.LE/36.LG 06/04/1941 Fury pilot, KIA after a ramming. 1, 1sh
Kapt Milan ZUNJIC 2 B. Ciglic Yugoslavia VVKJ 102.LE/51.LG Me109E, April War, 1941. 1 (Grujic)
Kap Milan BJELANOVIC 1 Web A. Magnus Yugoslavia VVKJ 162.LE/51.LG IK-3, Hurricane, April War.
Lt Dragan BOJOVIC 1 Z.Grujic Yugoslavia VVKJ 162.LE IK-3 pilot, 1941. 0 (Ciglic)
Lt Dragutin BOJOVIC 1 S. Ostric Yugoslavia JKRV 101.LE/31.LG
nar Milovoje BOSKOVIC 1 Z.Grujic Yugoslavia VVKJ 104.LE/32.LG Bf109 pilot, April war. KIA.
Alexandr CENITCH 1 J. Safarik Yugoslavia RAF 73Sq Hurricane II, Tunisia, 1943.
Lt Pavle CRNJANSKI 1 B.Ciglic, Shores et all Yugoslavia VVKJ 141.LE/31.LG Me109E, April War, 1941. 2 sh (Ostric)
Maj Danilo 'Daca' DJORDJEVIC 1 Z.Grujic, S.Ostric Yugoslavia VVKJ 32.LG Bf109 pilot, April war. 0 (Ciglic)
PO Sime FABIJANOVIC 1 D.Savic & B.Ciglic Croatia VVKJ, ZNDH, RAF 352(Yugoslav)Sq RAF ZNDH defector. Spitfire, 1944.
adj Vladimir GORUP 1 Z.Grujic Yugoslavia VVKJ 103.LE/32.LG 07/04/1941 Bf-109E, April War, 1941. KIA. 0 (Ciglic)
Kap Vaso GRBIC 1 B. Ciglic Yugoslavia VVKJ 108.LE Hurricane pilot, April war. 0
sgt Blagoje GRUJIC 1 Ciglic, Ledet, Ostric Yugoslavia VVKJ III.Ps; Mostar Samostalna Isv.Esk Bf-109E, April War, 1941. 0 (Grujic)
sgt Vukadin JELIC 1 Shores, Ciglic (shared?) Yugoslavia VVKJ 102.LE/51.LG Bf-109E, April War, 1941.
Kapt Konstantin A. JERMAKOV 1 B. Ciglic Yugoslavia VVKJ 112.LE/36.LG 06/04/1941 Fury, 1 v by ramming, 1941. KIA.
Lt Dorde KESELJEVIC 1 B.Ciglic Yugoslavia VVKJ 142.LE/32.LG Bf109, April War, 1941.
subLt Stanislav KODRA 1 Shores-Cull-Malizia Yugoslavia VVKJ 141.LE/31.LG Bf-109, April War, 1941. 2 sh (Ostric)
Lt Vasa KOLAROV 1 B.Ciglic Yugoslavia VVKJ 104.LE/32.LG Bf-109, April War, 1941.
Obfn Mirko KOVACIC 1 D.Savic & B.Ciglic Slovenia ZNHD & RAF 352(Yugoslav)Sq RAF ZNDH defector. Spitfire, 1944. 0,25
Maj Stevan KRAJINOVIC 1 B.Ciglic, S.Ostric Yugoslavia VVKJ 6.LP Bf-109, April War, 1941.
Lt D. KRSTIC 1 S. Ostric Yugoslavia VVKJ 102.LE/51.LG Me109E pilot, April War.
FSgt Mehmedelija LOXIC 1 D.Savic & B.Ciglic Bosnia ZNDH & RAF 352(Yugoslav)Sq RAF ZNDH defector. Spitfire, 1944.
Kap Dragisa MILIJEVIC 1 B.Ciglic (unconf.?) Yugoslavia VVKJ 106.LE/33.LG 09/04/1941 Hurricane, April War, 1941. KIA.
por Milenko M. MILIVOJEVIC 1 H.Gustafsson (dubious) Yugoslavia VVKJ II. Ps 06/04/1941 Avia BH-33 pilot, April war. KIA. 0 (Ciglic)
nar Milan MITIC 1 B. Ciglic Yugoslavia VVKJ 106.LE/33.LG Hurricane pilot, April war. 0 (Grujic)
Kapt Mihailo NIKOLIC 1 S. Ostric Yugoslavia VVKJ 102.LE/51.LG IK-3, April War, 1941. 2 (Safarik), 0 (Ciglic)
Kap S. NIKOLIC 1 S. Ostric Yugoslavia VVKJ OG.Kraljevo LVT-1 test pilot, 1941.
Kap I. NOVAK 1 S. Ostric Yugoslavia VVKJ 32.LG Me 109E, April 41.
ppor Dobrica NOVAKOVIC 1 Z.Grujic, S.Ostric Yugoslavia VVKJ 103.LE/32.LG 06/04/1941 Bf-109, April War, 1941. KIA. 0 (Ciglic); 2
sgt Nedeljko PAJIC 1 B.Ciglic, M.Ledet Yugoslavia VVKJ 101.LE/31.LG (or 141.LE) Bf-109E, April War, 1941.
Kap Vojislav POPOVIC 1 H. Gustavsson Yugoslavia JKRV 111.LE/36.LG 06/04/1941 Fury pilot, Apr 41. KIA. 0 (Ciglic)
Lt Bojan PRESECNIK 1 B.Ciglic Yugoslavia VVKJ 103.LE/32.LG Bf-109, April War, 1941. WIA.
Col Dragutin RUBCIC 1 D.Savic & B.Ciglic (shared ?) Croatia VVKJ Samostatna le, 1.LB Me 109E pilot, April War.
Lt Ivan RUBCIC 1 Savic, Ciglic, Ostric Yugoslavia VVKJ 3.PLS Hurricane, April War, 1941.
Sgt Solejman 'Suljo' SELIMBEGOVIC 1 D.Savic & B.Ciglic Yugoslavia Partisan AF, NOVJ Esk 5.Korpusa MS-406, one Croat Ju W-34. 2
Adj Milan SKENDZIC 1 S. Ostric Yugoslavia JKRV 102.LE/(31.LG) 51.LG Me 109 pilot.
SLdr Hinko SOJIC 1 D.Savic & B.Ciglic Croatia RAF 352(Yugoslav)Sq RAF Spitfire V, 1944.
Sgt Vilim (Velijko) 'Villi' STALCER 1 S. Ostric Yugoslavia VVKJ 32.LG
LtCol STANIC 1 Yugoslavia RAF 94Sq Spitfire, 1944.
Lt Milan STOJANOVIC 1 Z.Grujic Yugoslavia VVKJ 6.puk Bf109 staff pilot, April war. 0 (Ciglic)
adj Karel 'Karlo' STRBENK 1 B.Ciglic, Z.Grujic (unconf.? shared ?) Yugoslavia VVKJ 102.LE/51.LG 06/04/1941 Me109, April War, 1941. KIA. 0
sgt Branislav TODOROVIC 1 Z.Grujic Yugoslavia VVKJ 103.LE/32.LG 07/04/1941 Bf-109, April War, 1941. KIA. 0 (Ciglic)
nar Zivorad TOMIC 1 Shores-Cull-Malizia Yugoslavia VVKJ 108.LE/33.LG Hurricane, April War, 1941.
Adj Viktor ULCAR 1 S. Ostric Yugoslavia VVKJ 103.LE/32.LG Me 109E, April War.
Lt Dorde VASOJEVIC 1 B.Ciglic (unconf.?) Yugoslavia VVKJ III.Ps Instructor, April war. 0
Kap Milisav VELIKIC 1 Z.Grujic Yugoslavia VVKJ 142.LE/32.LG Bf-109, April War, 1941. 0 (Ciglic)
Kap Ilija VLAJIC 1 Z.Grujic Yugoslavia VVKJ 103.LE/32.LG Bf-109, April War, 1941. 0 (Ciglic)
Kap Milos ZUNJIC 1 Grujic, Shores et al Yugoslavia VVKJ 102LE/51.LG 06/04/1941 Bf-109, April War, 1941. KIA. 0 (Ciglic)

 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/