Focke-Wulf Fw 190D9 3./JG26 Yellow 1 Oberleutnant Hans Dortenmann Klein-Kummerfeld Germany 1945
On March 29, 1945 Hans Dortenmann was appointed Staffelkapitän of 3./JG 26. In accordance to this, the marking of his Dora W.Nr. 210003 was changed from 'Black 1' to 'Yellow 1'. Also, the IV. Gruppe wave diappeared as I. Gruppe didn´t use any special marking of this type. This is a reconstruction based on Dortenmann´s memoirs. On the other hand, various sources say this Dora was used by JG 26 for a short period of time only at the end of WWII. There are doubts concerning the camouflage scheme changes also, as it is possible that this DoraW.Nr. 210003 wore the originalRLM75/83 pattern throughout its whole life. The camouflage changes as described by Dortenmann were done during major repairs only. In such a case, the original colours would have been completely stripped down and replaced with new ones.
Oblt. Hans Dortenmann, eso s 38 sestøely na kontì a držitel Rytíøského køíže, používal Fw 190D-9 W.Nr. 210003 podle svých vzpomínek od záøí 1944 až do konce války, kdy stroj osobnì znièil. Tato Dora se tak stala nejdéle bojovì sloužícím strojem tohoto typu. Svou kariéru mìla zahájit jako "èervená 1" ještì v dobì, kdy byl Dortenmann pøíslušníkem III./JG 54. Na konci února byla III./JG 54 pøeznaèena na IV./JG 26, což pøineslo i zmìnu podoby stroje. Dortenmann jako Staffelkapitän 12./JG 26 mìl na své Doøe èernou "1", na zádi se objevil typický bíloèerný pruh identifikující JG 26 a vlnovka znaèící pøíslušnost ke IV. Gruppe. Zároveò mìla být upravena kamufláž, kdy byla RLM 75 nahrazena odstínem RLM 82. Místo pùvodního plochého pøekrytu kabiny byl namontován novìjší vypouklý. Spodní plochy mìly nést souvislý nátìr RLM 76. Kýlovka a smìrovka získaly nátìr žlutou barvou ještì v dobì pùsobení v øadách JG 54.
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CS Fw 190D9 3./JG26 Yellow 1 Oberleutnant Hans Dortenmann Klein-Kummerfeld Germany 1945
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Flown by Oberleutnant Hans Dortenmann, 3./JG 26, Klein-Kummerfeld/Germany, April 1945.
On April 5, 1945, Fw 190 D-9-equipped IV./JG 26 was assigned to carry out a strafing mission
against British troop movements opposed to theGerman defense line at Weser on the Western Front.
During the approach flight, Oberleutnant Willi Heilmann, 15./JG 26's Staffelkapitan, suddenly disappeared.
This incident has been covered in several versions. According to Heilmann's post-war memoirs, his departure
was preceded by a ceremony in which he had discharged his Staffel to return to their homes. A few years later,
Heilmann wrote that he had force-landed his damaged aircraft at the German-held airfield at Bissel. This is
supported by historian Axel Urbanke, who states that Heilmann remained at Bissel, where he was captured by
Canadian troops on April 13, 1945. Another version claims that duirng the mission on April 5, 1945,
his fellow pilots saw him land his fully unscathed aircraft at Handorf Airdrome at Munster, which already
was in British hands. The German pilots were fully convinced that he had deliberately deserted. According
to this version, Oberleutnant Dortenmann later that day took off in his Fw 190 D-9, flew to Munster-Handorf,
where he found Heilmann's parked aircraft, and set it ablaze in a furious gunnery run before returning to base.
In any case, following Heilmann's disappearance, his 15./JG 26 was immediately disbanded, and its pilots were
spread among the 13. and 14. Staffeln. Hans Dortenmann, 3./JG 26's Staffelkapitan who supposedly destroyed
Heilmann's aircraft, was one of the most successful "Dora-9 pilots." He in fact flew the same aircraft
individual (WNr 210003) from late 1944 until May 5, 1945, when he himself destroyed it on the ground
at Flensburg-Weiche just as British troops were approaching the base. He achieved eighteen victories
piloting this aircraft, reaching a total of thirty-eight.
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Units: JGr-Ost (8/43), Stfkpt 2, 11 & 12/JG-54(11/44), Kdr III/JG-54, Stfkpt 14/JG-26, Stfkpt 3/JG-26, Stfkpt 2/JG-26('45)
Awards: RK(4/20/45), DK-G('44), EP, EK 1 & 2, Wound Badge(4/9/43),Fighter Operational Clasp
Remarks: Battle of the Bulge pilot as Stfkpt 12/JG-54. He led the last JG-26 combat mission of WWII on 5 May, 1945, a 'Frei Jagd' in the area of the Kiel Kanal. When his D-9, Werk # 210003 'Yellow 1' landed at Flensburg at 18:24 hrs., the combat history of the Abbeville Kids came to a close, and he became a British POW. 150 combat missions. 1 bomber. 16 victories in the East. His first known Soviet victory an La-5 which he rammed in 'Black 7' of 2/JG-54, on 6 February, 1944. He managed to limp back to his airfield. One known victory while in 2/JG-54, a P-47 at Lyons-le-Foret/Rouen on 22 June, 1944. A Spitfire N of St Lo on 4 July, 1944. A Spitfire at Ivry-la-Bataille on 18 July, 1944, while in 2/JG-54. A Spitfire at Conches on 25 July, 1944. A P-51 N of Bramsche and a P-47 at Münster-Handorf on 6 November, 1944. Nos. 25 & 26, both P-47's in the Nassau area on 13 February, 1945. His last ten victories were achieved in JG-26, where he was awarded his RK, the last major award to JG-26. His 38th, a Yak-3 NE of Berlin/Neuruppin on 27 April, 1945. He was the highest scoring Fw 190D-9 pilot, with 18 victories, all in Wk# 210003. Deceased 1 April, 1973.
Hans Dortenmann was born on 11 December 1921 at Weingarten in the Wurttemberg region. He was serving in the army as an infantryman in April 1941 but transferred to the Luftwaffe and underwent flying training. Dortenmann was posted to JG 54 on the Eastern front on completion of his flying training. Leutnant Dortenmann was assigned to 2./JG 54. He gained his first victory on 6 February 1944, when he rammed a Russian La-5 fighter. Dortenmann's Fw 190 A-6 "Black 7" sustained damage to its left wing but he managed to fly back to Orscha-South airfield where he successfully belly-landed. He flew this day as wingmann to Ulrich Wohnert (86 victories, RK) who would confirm Dortenmann's first victory. On 10 June, 2./JG 54 was withdrawn from the Eastern front and relocated to Western front to join III./JG 54. Dortenmann had accumulated 14 (15) victories in the time he had operated over the Eastern front. On 20 June 1944, Dortenmann was appointed Staffelkapitan of 2./JG 54, which on 10 August became 12./JG 54.
Dortenmann was shot down near Paris on 26 June in Fw 190 A-8 "Red 1" but managed to bale out. Over the Invasion front, Dortenmann claimed six Allied fighters shot down. In mid-August, III./JG 54 was withdrawn to Germany to refit. In late September the Gruppe received its first Fw 190 D-9 fighters, becoming operational on 12 October when after only a few weeks of training, at the request of Major Walter Nowotny (258 victories, RK-Br, killed in action 8 November 1944), 9./JG 54 under Oberleutnant Wilhelm Heilmann (34 victories) went to Hesepe and 12./JG 54 under Leutnant Dortenmann went to Achmer to fly airfield protection for the Me 262 jet fighters of Kommando Nowotny, remaining there until 25 December. On 25 December, III./JG 54 was placed under the operation control of Major Karl Borris (43 victories, RK) of I./JG 26 for Operation Bodenplatte. On 29 December, Dortenmann shot down a RAF Spitfire in the Munster area on a day that III./JG 54 lost its Gruppenkommandeur Hauptmann Robert Weiss (121 victories, RK-EL) in addition to 12 other pilots in combat with Spitfires and Typhoons. Dortenmann was named acting Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 54 on 30 December and remained in this role until 11 February 1945.
On 1 January 1945, Dortenmann led III./JG 54 on Operation Bodenplatte against Brussels-Grimbergen airfield, from which 12 of its 17 pilots that flew the mission failed to return. 12./JG 54 was disbanded on 19 February 1945 with its pilots being distributed throughout the rest of III./JG 54 and Dortenmann taking command of 11./JG 54. On 25 February, III./JG 54 was absorbed into JG 26 with Dortenmann's 11./JG 54 becoming 14./JG 26. On 29 March 1945, Oberleutnant Dortenmann was appointed Staffelkapitan of 3./JG 26. He was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 20 April for 35 victories. During this period he flew 28 ground-attack missions claiming a transport glider, two aircraft, one tank car, seven trucks, three armoured infantry vehicles and an anti-aircraft position destroyed. Dortenmann flew his last combat mission of the war on 27 April and shot down a Russian Yak-3 over Berlin. Hans Dortenmann survived the war but died on 1 April 1973.
In 150 combat missions, Hans Dortenmann was credited with 38 victories. He gained 16 victories over the Eastern front and 22 over the Western front, including one four-engine bomber and six Mustangs. He recorded 18 victories with Fw 190 D-9 (W.Nr. 210 003) making him the most successful fighter pilot with this type.
Victories : 38
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