Jagdgeschwader 302 - JG302

1 Staffel I Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 302 - 1./JG302

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6(late) 1./JG302 flown by Unteroffizier Willi Reschke Czech Republic August 1944

Luftwaffe JG302 pilot Willi Reschke 01

2 Staffel I Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 302 - 2./JG302

Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 2./JG302 'Black 33' flown by Uffz. Kurt Nachtigall 'Einsatzkommando Helsinki' Helsinki-Malmi February 1944

Messerschmitt Me109G-6, pilot unknown, of 2./JG302, October 1944

Messerschmitt Bf 109G6 2.JG301 Red 29 Malmi AF Finland Feb 1944

Bf.109G-6/R-3/R-6 Unit: 1./JG 300 Serial: 29 Malmi, Finland, February 1944.

Artist: unknown Source: BORA-PRESS, Messerschmitt Bf.109G

Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 of I./JG302, Rote 8. Pilot and further details unknown.

Messerschmitt Bf 109G6 unknown pilot of 2./JG302 Germany 1944-45

Profiles and Photo Data: When the Soviet long range bomber command ADD began night bombing of Helsinki and other cities on 5-6 February 1944, a week later twelve I./JG302 night fighters arrived at Malmi for three months. A Bf 109G6 'red 29' warms up prior to take-off at Malmi on 28 February 1944. During two night raids the 109's shot down 6 Soviet aircraft.

6 Staffel II Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 302 - 6./JG302

Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 6./JG302 'Yellow 7' flown by Fritz Gniffke Ludwigslust, Germany 1944

 
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Fritz Gniffke

Asisbiz database list of 1 aerial victories for Fritz Gniffke

Awards: EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Aircraft: Bf 109G

Remarks: One known victory, his 1st, a B-24 by Halle on 11 April, 1944.

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
Tuesday, April 11, 1944 Fritz Gniffke 6./JG302 B-24 Liberator 4500m 11:24 2km b Halle

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Kurt Nachtigall

Units: 9./JG-300 (9/43), 3./JG-302 (9/43), 2./JG-302 (6/44 Hungary)

Awards: EK 1 & 2, Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Fw 190A in JG-300, Bf 109G-6 'Black 33' in Staffel

Remarks: KIA 23 June, 1944, no further detail. One known victory, a B-24 at Munich on 7 September, 1943. His 2nd, a B-24 (HSS) at Velden, S of Landshut, on 9 June, 1944. His 3rd, a B-24 S of Neusiedler See on 16 June, 1944. Alternate spelling: Nachtgail.

Asisbiz database list of 3 aerial victories for Kurt Nachtigall

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
07-Sep-43 Kurt Nachtigall 9./JG300 B-24 Liberator 4500m 00.38 Munchen
09-Jun-44 Kurt Nachtigall 3./JG302 B-24 Liberator Hss 7000m 10.07 CE (Velden S Landshut)
16-Jun-44 Kurt Nachtigall 3./JG302 B-24 Liberator 6000m 10.30 14 Ost N/FO-6 (S Neusiedler See)

Knights Cross

Willi Reschke

Willi Reschke was born on 3 February 1922 at Muhlow in the Crossen region of Mark Brandenburg. He joined the Luftwaffe in February 1941 and began military training with the Flieger-Ausbildung-Regiment at Konigsberg-Neumark. Initially, he trained as a technician but finally began flying training in late spring 1942 on gliders before progressing to powered aircraft at Flugzeugfuhrerschule 51 at Elbing and later at Flugzeugfuhrerschule A/B 9 at Grottkau and Niesse. On 27 June 1943, Reschke was transferred to Jagdgruppe 102, based at Zerbst to undergo his operational training. He then underwent an instrument flying course at Blindflugschule 110 at Altenburg from 21 March 1944. On completion of his training, Reschke was posted to JG302, based at Gotzendorf near Wien, on 20 June 1944. Unteroffizier Reschke was assigned to 1./JG302. On 2 July, he achieved his first successes when he shot down two USAAF B-24 four-engine bombers over Budapest. Reschke rammed the next B-24 he downed on 7 July at 11:55 near Malacky in Slovakia when his guns malfunctioned. He successfully baled out of his stricken aircraft.

On 24 August, Reschke claimed a further B-24 near Jindrichuv Hradec at 12:40, but shortly after, during an attack on a second, his aircraft was hit by return fire. Reschke wanted to force-land with a dead engine, but USAAF P-51 fighters began pouring fire into his Bf 109 G-6 'White 10' and he had to use his parachute. On 29 August, he shot down a USAAF B-17 four-engine bomber south of Zlin at 10:50. During the attack another Bf 109 fired on his Bf 109 G-6 "White 6" and Reschke had to force-land near Uherske Hradiste. By the end of August 1944, he had 14 victories to his credit. After re-equipping with the Focke-Wulf 190A-8, I./JG302 was redesignated III./JG301 on 30 September 1944. In October, the unit transfered to Stendal near Berlin. On 1 January 1945, Feldwebel Reschke downed a B-17 for his 22nd victory but was again hit by return fire and baled out of his Fw-190A-8 'White 6' east of Gardelegen. On 13 March, he was awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold. In March 1945, Reschke transferred to the Geschwaderstab of JG301. On 14 April, he flew a Ta 152 and claimed a RAF Tempest fighter shot down. On 20 April, Oberfeldwebel Reschke received the Ritterkreuz. He claimed his last two victories of the war on 24 April, when he shot down two Russian Yak-9 fighters near Berlin.

Willi Reschke flew about 70 missions and achieved 27 victories. He recorded 25 victories over the Western front, including 20 four-engine bombers. He was himself shot down 8 times, baling out 4 times, and was wounded once.

List of aerial victories for Willi Reschke

No Date Time Enemy A/C Type Unit Location / Comments
1 2.7.1944 10:25 B-24 1./JG302 Budapest
2 2.7.1944 10:29 B-24 1./JG302 Budapest
3 7.7.1944 11:55 B-24 1./JG302 Bratislava / Rammed
4 13.7.1944 10:45 B-17 1./JG302 Neusiedler See
5 14.7.1944 9:55 B-24 1./JG302 Budapest
6 18.7.1944 10:53 B-24 1./JG302 Munchen
7 18.7.1944 11:10 P-51 1./JG302 Munchen
8 19.7.1944 9:57 B-17 1./JG302 Starnberg
9 16.8.1944 10:00 B-17 1./JG302 SE Kassel
10 20.8.1944 9:45 B-17 1./JG302 S Budapest
11 20.8.1944 9:52 B-17 HSS 1./JG302 S Budapest
12 22.8.1944 12:50 B-17 e.V. 1./JG302 Balaton
13 24.8.1944 12:40 B-24 1./JG302 Neuhaus
14 29.8.1944 10:50 B-17 1./JG302 Brunn
15 21.11.1944 12:05 B-17 9./JG301 Magdeburg
16 26.11.1944 12:45 B-24 9./JG301 Hildesheim
17 17.12.1944 11:20 B-24 9./JG301 Kassel
18 17.12.1944 11:25 P-51 9./JG301 Kassel
19 24.12.1944 14:55 B-17 9./JG301 Hannover
20 24.12.1944 15:03 B-17 9./JG301 Hannover
21 31.12.1944 11:35 B-24 9./JG301 Hamburg
22 1.1.1945 12:00 B-17 9./JG301 Gardelegen
23 14.1.1945 12:45 P-51 9./JG301 Mecklenburg
24 14.1.1945 12:55 P-47 9./JG301 Kyritz
25 14.4.1945 19:20 Tempest Stab JG301 Ludwiglust / Tempest V (SN141) SA-U of 486 Sqn, RAF flown by W/O O Mitchell, killed
26 24.4.1945 8:45 Yak-9 Stab JG301 Erkner area
27 24.4.1945 8:48 Yak-9 Stab JG301 Erkner area

Victories : 27
Awards : Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (13 March 1945)
Ritterkreuz (20 April 1945)
Units : JG302, JG301
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Asisbiz Database 28 of aerial victories for Willi Reschke

Date Name Unit A/c Type Height Time Comments
02-Jul-44 Willi Reschke 1./JG302 B-24 Liberator 6500m 10.29 14 Ost N/GS-78 (W Budapest)
02-Jul-44 Willi Reschke 1./JG302 B-24 Liberator 6500m 10.25 14 Ost N/GS-5 (W Budapest)
07-Jul-44 Willi Reschke 1./JG302 B-24 Liberator 5000m 11.55 14 Ost N/CQ (N Pressburg)
13-Jul-44 Willi Reschke 1./JG302 B-17 Fortress   10.45 Neusiedler See
14-Jul-44 Willi Reschke 1./JG302 B-24 Liberator   09.55 Budapest
18-Jul-44 Willi Reschke 1./JG302 B-24 Liberator   10.53 Raum Munchen
18-Jul-44 Willi Reschke 1./JG302 P-51 Mustang   11.10 Raum Munchen
19-Jul-44 Willi Reschke 1./JG302 B-17 Fortress 7000m 09.40 Starnberger See
16-Aug-44 Willi Reschke 1./JG302 B-17 Fortress 7000m 10.00 MU-3 (SE Kassel)
20-Aug-44 Willi Reschke 1./JG302 B-24 Liberator Hss   09.52 S Budapest
20-Aug-44 Willi Reschke 1./JG302 B-24 Liberator   09.45 S Budapest
22-Aug-44 Willi Reschke 1./JG302 B-17 Fortress e.V. 5000m 12.50 14 Ost N/GP
24-Aug-44 Willi Reschke 1./JG302 B-24 Liberator   12.40 UL 3-6 Neuhaus/Bohman
29-Aug-44 Willi Reschke 1./JG302 B-17 Fortress Hss 6500-7500m 10.50 15 Ost S/UQ (Brunn)
21-Nov-44 Willi Reschke 9./JG301 B-17 Fortress   12.05 Magdeburg
26-Nov-44 Willi Reschke 9./JG301 B-17 Fortress      
26-Nov-44 Willi Reschke 9./JG301 B-24 Liberator 7500m 12.45 GU-HU
17-Dec-44 Willi Reschke 9./JG301 B-24 Liberator   11.20 Kassel
17-Dec-44 Willi Reschke 9./JG301 P-51 Mustang   11.25 Kassel
24-Dec-44 Willi Reschke 9./JG301 B-17 Fortress   14.55 Hannover
24-Dec-44 Willi Reschke 9./JG301 B-17 Fortress   15.03 Hannover
31-Dec-44 Willi Reschke 9./JG301 B-24 Liberator   11.35 Hamburg
01-Jan-45 Willi Reschke 9./JG301 B-17 Fortress   12.00 Gardelegen
14-Jan-45 Willi Reschke 9./JG301 P-47 Thunderbolt   12.55 Kyritz
14-Jan-45 Willi Reschke 9./JG301 P-51 Mustang   12.45 Mecklenburg
14-Apr-45 Willi Reschke StabJG301 Tempest   19.20 Ludwigslust
24-Apr-45 Willi Reschke StabJG301 Jak-9   08.48 Berlin
24-Apr-45 Willi Reschke StabJG301 Jak-9   08.45 Berlin

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 Some of the most widely used Book References:

  • Fledgling Eagles: Luftwaffe Training Aircraft 1933-1945 (Classic Colours) by Barry Ketley ISBN-13: 978-1906537050 ISBN-10: 1906537054
  • Jagdwaffe: The Mediterranean 1942-1943, Vol. 4 (Luftwaffe Colours) First Edition by Jean-louis Roba (Author), Martin Pegg (Author) ISBN-13: 978-1903223352 ISBN-10: 1903223350
  • Jagdwaffe: The Mediterranean 1943-1945- Volume 4, Section 4 (Luftwaffe Colours) by Jean-Louis Roba (Author) ISBN-13: 978-1903223376 ISBN-10: 1903223377
  • Jadgwaffe: The War in Russia January - October 1942 (Luftwaffe Colours, Vol. 3, Section 4) by Erik Mombeek (Author), Christer Bergström (Author), Martin Pegg (Contributor) ISBN-13: 978-1903223239 ISBN-10: 1903223237
  • Jagdwaffe: Barbarossa, June-December 1941 (Luftwaffe Colours, Vol. 3, Section 2) by Eric Mombeek (Author) ISBN-13: 978-1903223215 ISBN-10: 1903223210
  • Messershcmitt Bf 109s Over the Mediterranean. Part 1 (Mini Topcolors) Paperback – June, 2013 by Maciej Goralczyk (Author), Arkadiusz Wrobel (Author)
  • BF 109 G/K: v. 2 (Monographs) Paperback – December 15, 2009 by Krzysztof Janowicz (Author)
  • Messerschmitt Bf 109F (Top Colors Series KG15019) Paperback – March, 2011 by Maciej Góralczyk (Author)
  • Luftwaffe Over Sevastopol (Air Battles) Paperback – January, 2010 by Marek Murawski (Author)
  • Luftwaffe over the Far North Part 1 (Minitopcolors) Paperback – February, 2013 by Maciej Góralczyk (Author)

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  • Revi Magazines (Czech) - http://www.revi.cz/