II Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 51- I./JG51
Messerschmitt Bf 109F 4./JG51 (Yellow 1-+) Erich Hohagen Shatalovo, Russia 1941
Photo 01: Photographed at Shatalovo on 11 August 1941, this photograph shows the Bf 109F flown by Erich Hohagen, Staffelkapitan of 4./JG51, after his 25th victory. Soon after this photograph was taken, Hohagen received the Ritterkreuz on 5 October 1941 after 30 victories. Hohagen later flew with JG2 and JG26 on the Channel Front and was finally with JG7 and JV 44.
Messerschmitt Bf 109F II./JG54 (Yellow 1+) Josef Fozo 1940
Photo 01: Messerschmitt Bf 109F II./JG54 (Y1+) Josef Fozo's 'Mickey Mouse' in 1940.
Pilots JG51 Josef Fozo 01
Messerschmitt Bf 109F 4./JG51 (Y5-+) Otto Schultz Staraya-Bykow Russia 1941 01
Photo 01: Another successful pilot who flew with 4./JG51 was Otto Schultz whose first victory came on 22 June 1941, the opening day of 'Barbarossa'. His aircraft is seen here at Staraya-Bykow on 26 July with II victory bars. Later, Schultz was awarded the Ritterkreuz and survived the war with 73 victories. Note again the position of the Gruppe bar.
Pilots 4./JG27 Otto Schulz North Africa 1941 01
Two photographs showing a Bf 109F-4 Trop of Gruppenstab II./JG27, probably in December 1941. Seated in the cockpit Photo 01: is Ofw. Otto Schulz of 4./JG27 who was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 22 February 1942. It is believed that in this photograph, one of a series taken at the same time, Schulz was merely posing in the cockpit as at this time he had his own machine coded White 2 and did not join the Gruppenstab until he had been promoted to Oberleutnant in May 1942.
Messerschmitt Bf 109F 4./JG51 (Yellow 6-+) salvaged and awaiting train shipment Shatalovo area Russia 1941
Photo 01: Photographed around the Shatalovo area 1941 a Bf 109F flown by unknown pilot lies at a rail yard after being salvaged
Messerschmitt Bf 109F2 II./JG51 (Yellow 9-+) Russia 1941 01
Photo 01: A line-up of Bf 109F-2s of II./JG51 in the Autumn of 1941. Note the position of the horizontal II. Gruppe bar which has been applied between the fuselage cross and tactical number. This practice was characteristic of JG51 and continued until 1944.
Messerschmitt Bf 109F2 4./JG51 (White 4+) Fw. Rudolf Nielinger Russia 1941-42
Image 01: Messerschmitt Bf 109F.2 flown by Fw. Rudolf Nielinger of 4./JG51 An example of the temporary white finish applied over all aircraft uppersurfaces as a winter camouflage scheme. It was not until the attack on Russia that there was any requirement for a winter camouflage and, as the RLM had not anticipated such a requirement, the only suitable material available was a white, artificial resin emulsion paste known as Ikarin-A2515.21. This had originally been supplied to the German army as a means of applying a temporary winter finish and could be diluted and applied by brush or spray.
Messerschmitt Bf 109F 4./JG51 (W4+) Fw. Rudolf Nielinger Russia 1941-42
Photo's 01-04: Bf 109F flown by Fw. Rudolf Nielinger whose first operational posting was to 4./JG51 at Mardijck on 29 March 1941. At that time the Staftd was equipped with Bf-109Es and between 22 April and 1 June 1941 Nielinger flew several missions against England. He was then assigned a brand new Bf 109F-2 and transferred to the East, flying his first combat mission of the Russian campaign from Liedice on 22 June, during which he was engaged in combat with three Soviet fighters over Brest-Litovsk. Nie1inger gained his first victory on 25 June when, flying 'Yellow 6', he shot down an SB bomber. His second victory came on 3 July when, flying 'White 4', the aircraft shown here, he destroyed a DB-3. By the time 4./JG51 transferred to North Africa in early September 1942, Neilinger was credited with 16 confirmed kills.
Luftwaffe future JG51 ace Rudolf Nielinger whilst Adjudanten des General von Kluge
Photograph Source: Flugzeug Classic 2011-09
Josef 'Joschko' Fözö
Josef 'Joschko' Fözö was born on 7 November 1912 at Wien in Austria. He joined the Austrian Luftstreitkräfte before transferring to the Luftwaffe following Germany's annexation of Austria in 1938. From summer 1938 until March 1939, Fözö flew with 3. Staffel of J 88, operating in support of the Nationalist cause during the Spanish Civil War. He claimed three victories in 147 missions during that conflict. He was awarded the Spanienkreuz in Gold mit Schwertern for his achievements during that conflict. On his return to Germany, Oberleutnant Fözö was appointed Staffelkapitän of 10./JG72 operating Ar 68 biplane fighters. The unit was based at Böblingen at the outbreak of World War 2.
Fözö was appointed Staffelkapitän of 2./JG71 on 16 July 1939. In October 1939, 2./JG71 was redesignated 4./JG51. Fözö recorded his first victory of World War 2 on 16 April 1940 when he shot down a tethered artillery-spotting balloon near Breisach during the French campaign. During the Battle of Britain, Fözö was particularly successful. Fözö was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG51 on 21 February 1941. By the time Fözö participated in the invasion of Russia, he had at least 15 victories to his credit. Hauptmann Fözö was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 2 July for 22 victories. He recorded his 24th victory on 11 July.
However, he was badly injured in a take-off accident at Stava Bychow the same day in Bf109F-2 (W.Nr. 12836) Black <<- and was hospitalised for a lengthy period. Fözö returned to combat duty as Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG51, based on the Eastern front, on 3 May 1942. On 31 May, he was again badly injured in a landing accident at Tubelja in Bf 109F-2 (W.Nr. 8086). On recovery from his injuries, Fözö was appointed Kommodore of JG108 on 4 June 1944. He led the unit until 10 January 1945. Fözö died on 4 March 1979 at Wien. 'Joschko' Fözö was credited with 27 victories. He recorded three victories during the Spanish Civil War, 15 over the Western front and nine over the Eastern front.
Units:Legion Condor (3/J-88), Stfkpt 2./JG-71 (redsg 4./JG-51 7/39), Kdr I./JG-51 (2/41 S.U.), Kdr JG-108
Awards:RK(7/2/41), Spanish Cross-G w/Swords, EK 1 & 2, Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pendant
Known Aircraft:Bf 109D 'Red 6', Bf 109E-1 '6-129' L.C.(dam), Bf 109E-1 'White 1' in 4/JG-51, Bf 109E-4 WNr 703 'Black <<' in II/JG-51, (Bf 109F-2 WNr 12836 'Blk <<' (dam 7/11/41), Bf 109F-2 WNr 8086 (dam 5/31/42), Bf 109F-2 WNr 9462 (dam 6/23/41)
Remarks:One known victory, his 1st, a Fesselballon west of Breisach, 16 April, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire N of Dover on 8 July, 1940. His 3rd & 4th , both Hurricanes over England on 13 July, 1940. His 5th, a Spitfire NW of Dover on 31 July, 1940. His 6th, a Spitfire SE of Folkestone on 8 August, 1940. His 7th, a Hurricane E of Burnham-on-Crouch on 15 August, 1940. Nos.8, 9 & 10; two Hurricanes and a Spitfire E of Dover on 16 August, 1940. His 11th, a Hurricane E of Ramsgate on 18 August, 1940. His 12th, a Hurricane NW of Dover on 24 August, 1940. No.15, a Spitfire 3 km N of Mardyck on 9 April, 1941. Suffered serious skull injuries in a take-off accident in Wk# 12836 at Stava Bychow on 11 July, 1941. Soon after recovery, crashed 31 May, 1942, during landing at Tubelja in Wk# 8086. After these injuries, he served in staff and training schools. Commanded I/JG-108 in June, 1944. 370 missions in East and West and another 147 in Spain. Three victories in Spain and 9 in Russia. His first known Soviet victory, a R-Z on 29 June, 1941. A triple victory on 30 June, 1941; two DB-3's and a TB-6. Deceased 4 March, 1979 in Vienna. Photo
Victories : 27
Asisbiz Database of 23 aerial victories for Josef Fozo
Units:4./JG-51(6/41), 2./JG-27(Stfkpt,Grp Kdr), 7./JG-2(1/43), Kdr I./JG-2('43), III./JG-7(11/44), JV-44(4/45)
Awards:RK(10/6/41), DK-G(12/12/43), EK 1 & 2, Wound Badge(6/1/43), Fighter Operational Clasp w/Pendant
Known Aircraft:Bf 109F-2 WNr 9211 'White 1+-' in 4/JG-51 (WIA 9/7/41), Bf 109G-6 WNr16391(lost 6/43), Fw 190A-4 2418 'White 11+I' in 7/JG-2 & Fw 190A-6 WNr 550532 (30% dam 9/16/43; WIA enemy fire belly lands at Rennes airfield) in JG-2, Fw 190A-8 WNr 171559 (lost 9/29/44), Me 262A-1a WNr170071 'White 2'
Remarks:13 bombers. One, a B-24 on 15 February, 1943, 'Railway Express' of the 44BG, flown by 1/Lt Rufus A. Oliphant Jr.. All the crew perished. Two others, both B-17's on 23 January, 1943. A P-47 NW of Paris on 13 May, 1944. A Typhoon on D-Day at Beaumont le Roger. A P-47 S of Pacy-sur-Eure on 12 June, 1944. A P-47 at Coutances on 22 June, 1944. A P-47 E of Paris on 27 August, 1944. Channel pilot. His 1st victory, a Spitfire N of Hythe, 5 July, 1940. 20 victories in Russia. His first Soviet victories being three SB-2's on 22 June, 1941. Over 500 combat missions. Flew combat missions for five years. Wounded seriously several times, once on 8 September, 1941 during Operation Barbarossa; again on 1 June, 1943, in Werk# 16391. On 1 June, 1943, he was mistaken by Wilhelm Steinmann, as a Spitfire, and shot down. For his punishment, Steinmann was sent to Romania. He bore the marks of his valor, said Johannes Steinhoff. 'He had a piece of plastic in his skull, and a face whose two halves no longer quite matched'. This, a result of a crash in 171559 after combat with '4 mots'. So disgusted with the Luftwaffe High Command, he renounced his RK, but continued to oppose the Allied bombing raids up to the very end. Photo
Asisbiz Database of 50 aerial victories for Erich Hohagen
Units:4/JG-51 (6/41 S.U & N. Africa), JV-44
Awards:DK-G, EP, EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp
Known Aircraft:Bf 109F-2 WNr 8992 (50% dam 8/2/42 in Russia), Bf 109F & G (Trop), Me 262A-1a in JV-44
Remarks:Reported lost in Russia on 2 August, 1942, cause and location not reported. He returned later and Wk# 8992 was recovered. His first known Soviet victory, A SB-2 on 25 June, 1941. Another Soviet, a DB-3 on 3 July, 1941. An I-16 on 31 July, 1941. A Pe-2 on 9 August, 1941. An I-61 on 22 August, 1941. A double Soviet victory on 25 August, 1941; both DB-3's. An I-61 on 29 October, 1941. An I-61 on 18 February, 1942. A Pe-2 and a Yak-1 on 5 August, 1942. An Il-2 on 22 August, 1942. Two Il-2's on 23 August, 1942. An Il-2 on 27 August, 1942. Two Il-2's on 14 September, 1942. A N. African victory, a Beaufort 22 km northwest of Bizerta on 17 November, 1942. Another, a P-40 during a ground strike at Quadrant 80 492 on 21 May, 1943. Magnus, 23 victories.
Asisbiz Database of 20 aerial victories for Rudolf Nielinger
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/