2(H)./Aufklarungsgruppe 14 - 2.(H)/14
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2/R2 'Black 6' of 2(H)./Aufklarungsgruppe 14. flown by Lt. Herbert Prior, Tunisia, April 1943
Photo 1: Messerschmitt Bf 109G.2 Trop 'Black 6' of 2.(H)/14, flown by Lt. Herbert Prior, Tunisia, April 1943. This aircraft, believed to have been W.Nr. 10544, was camouflaged in a standard European RLM 74/75/76 scheme with mottled fuselage sides and a splinter pattern on the uppersurface of the wings and horizontal tail surfaces. The spinner and propeller blades were overall green 70 and a white band encircled the rear fuselage. The fuselage Balkenkreuze were the mid-war type without black outlines and the wing crosses were the white outline type. The white shield of the unit emblem was probably applied by hand but the black details have been sprayed through a single stencil.
Photo 2: British troops inspecting a Bf 109 G-2 coded 'Black 6' at Qued-Zarga in Tunisia. On 7 April 1943, Lt. Herbert Prior of 2.(H)/14 took off in this aircraft on his 101 st war flight and was carrying out a tactical reconnaissance mission when he was shot down by anti-aircraft fire and captured by Allied forces. The photograph shows Lt. Prior's aircraft being dismantled, the wings having already been removed. Note the heavy carbon deposits from the exhausts which have discoloured the fuselage under the cockpit area. The unit emblem, shown in close-up Photo 3: was entirely black on a white shield and consisted of a winged eagle's head superimposed over a map of Africa with a small edelweiss to the lower left. The shadow of a man's hand forming Winston Churchill's famous 'Vee for Victory' sign has clearly been posed for the photographer. This aircraft was fitted with the oil deflector channel.
Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 2.(H)/14 Black 19 named Edith La Marsa Tunisia Mar 1943
Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2/R2/Trop Black 14 of 2(H)./Aufklarungsgruppe 14 Lt. Wilhelm Metz WNr. 10605 Zarzis, Tunisia 1943.
Photo Data: Flown by Lt. Wilhelm Metz when it was lost on 1st March,1943. Metz returned to his unit on foot after four days!
Profiles and Photo Data: Military in Scale 2006-05 (162) Page 26
Awards: DK-G(3/16/43 Post.), EK 1 & 2, Observer Operational Clasp
Known Aircraft: Bf 109F-4 WNr 5445 'Black 6' (lost 3/43)
Remarks: MIA 1 March, 1943, no further detail. DK-G Awards List
Zarzis, Tunisia Map