8 Staffel III./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 - 8./NJG 1

Junkers Ju 88G 8./NJG1 (G9+DS) WNr 710430 Fritzlar 1945 00

Profile 00: Although belonging to 8./NJG1, this Junkers Ju 88G-6,WNr. 710430, carried no radar aerials. The aircraft was photographed at Fritzlar in May 1945 and was finished in the usual camouflage of 76 over 75 resulting in mottled uppersurfaces. The operational code on the fuselage was G9+DS in black. Note, however, the different camouflage colors on the engine cowling, probably a result of field repairs rather than mismatching of components during assembly at the factory.

Junkers Ju 88G 8./NJG1 (G9+DS) WNr 710430 Fritzlar 1945 01-03

Photo's 01-03: Although belonging to 8./NJG1, this Junkers Ju 88G-6,WNr. 710430, carried no radar aerials. The aircraft was photographed at Fritzlar in May 1945 and was finished in the usual camouflage of 76 over 75 resulting in mottled uppersurfaces. The operational code on the fuselage was G9+DS in black. Note, however, the different camouflage colors on the engine cowling, probably a result of field repairs rather than mismatching of components during assembly at the factory.

10 Staffel IV./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 - 10./NJG 1

Junkers Ju 88 C-4 10./NJG1 (R4+FM) Luftwaffe wings Wilhelm Beier WNr 360219 Holland Oct 1942

Profile 00: Junkers Ju 88 C-4 R4+FM flown by Lt. Wilhelm Beier of 10./NJG1, Leeuwarden, October 1942. This profile represents Lt. Beier's R4+FM after he achieved his 36th victory and shows the tail marked with a small representation of the Ritterkreuz and the appropriate number of white victory bars. Each bar contains a black diagonal line to denote a night victory and the date of the respective claim. Although camouflaged in a worn and apparently hastily applied grey 74, traces of the original bomber scheme of 70/71/65 remain, particularly on the tail and where the grey has weathered away from the engine cowling. Note that whereas the repainting around the fuselage code letters on the starboard side is quite crude, that on the port side was much neater. Traces of temporary black remain on the white segments. of the Balkenkreuz and a variation of the diving falcon badge of the Nachtjagd probably appeared on both sides of the nose. As explained above, although operating with NJG1 (code 'G9'), the machine still carries the 'R4' code of NJG2, Beier's previous unit.

Junkers Ju 88C 10./NJG1 (R4+FM) Luftwaffe wings Wilhelm Beier W.Nr 360219 Holland 01-02

Photo's 01-02: September 1942, Ofw. Wilhelm Beier was promoted to Leutnant and the following month transferred from NJG2 to the newly formed 10./NJG1 at Leellwarden, apparently taking his aircraft with him. On the night of 15/16 October, Lt. Beier claimed a B-24, two Stirlings and a Manchester, raising his tally to 36 victories. These photographs were taken shortly afterwards and, although this is the same aircraft, WNr 360219, as shown in , the individual aircraft letter has now been changed to an 'F', but neither the Geschwader code nor the Staffelletter have yet been amended to 'G9' and '0' respectively. In addition to the 36 victory bars, the tail has also been marked with a small representation of tbe Ritterkreuz awarded to Ofw. Beier in October 1941. Note also that the victory markings now appear on both sides of the tail and that the Englandblitz emblem, probably obscured by the spinner in the photograph on top of page 77, appears on the forward fuselage. Willlelm Beier was later commissioned and was credited with 38 victories up to the end of May 1943 when he became an instructor. Although he was retraining on the Me-262 night fighter in May 1945, Beier, then an Oberleutnant, flew no more combat missions and survived the war.

Junkers Ju 88 C-4 4./NJG2 (R4+GM) Luftwaffe wings Wilhelm Beier W.Nr 360219 Holland 01-02

Photo's 01-02: Two views of a Ju 88 C-4 coded R4+GM of 4./NJG2, probably at Gilze-Rijen, shown after a taxiing mishap in which the machine lost its radar antennae and suffered other damage to its nose and propellers. This machine was flown by Ofw. Wilhelm Beier of 4./NJG2. Note, however, that when the photograph was taken, no victory markings are visible on the tail unit indicating that, if carried at all, Beier's tally was carried only on the port side. Note also that at this time the aircraft was clearly camouflaged in the standard 70/71/65 bomber scheme.

Pilots I./NJG 2 Luftwaffe wings Wilhelm Beier October 1941 01

Ofw. Wilhelm Beier shown here after being presented with the Knight's Cross by General Josef Kammhuber on 11 October 1941. Lt. Beier was at that time the highest-scoring pilot of I./NJG2, claiming the destruction of 14 bombers.

Junkers Ju 88C 4./NJG2 (R4+GM) Luftwaffe wings Wilhelm Beier W.Nr 360219 Holland 03-04

Photo's 03-04: This view of the same aircraft, again almost certainly photographed at Gilze-Rijen in Holland, shows that the machine has now been almost entirely repainted with grey 74.A1so visible are the victory bars on the tail which have been left in a prominent white although the white segments of the Balkenkreuz on the fuselage and under the wings have been overpainted with temporary black distemper.

Junkers Ju 88C 4./NJG2 (R4+GM) Luftwaffe wings Wilhelm Beier W.Nr 360219 Holland 05

Photo 05: The starboard side of the tail of the same machine showing the W.Nr. 360219 and 22 victory bars. Ofw. Beier's 22nd victory was an Avro Manchester which he shot down north-east of Moerbeke at 03.16 hrs on 29 August 1942.

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Luftwaffe Badge

Wilhelm Beier

Units: 3/NJG-2 (4/41), 9/NJG-2 (9/42), NJG-1, NJG-3, Ausbildungskommando Ost (East Trng Cmd) Instr.

Awards: RK(10/11/41), EK 1 & 2, Night Fighter Operational Clasp

Known Aircraft: Bf 110C-2

Remarks: About 250 combat missions. One known victory, perhaps his first, a Hurricane 5 km E of Spilsby the night of 15-16 December, 1940. His 2nd, a Whitley at Cambridge, 9-10 April, 1941. His 3rd, a Wellington at Wells-next-Sea on 7-8 May, 1941. His 4th, a Blenheim 50 km east of Scarborough, 11 May, 1941. His 5th, a Blenheim 20 km southeast of Lowestoft on 3-4 June, 1941. His 9th & 10th, both Whitleys on 6 July, 1941, no location. Nos.12, 13 & 14, a Blenheim, a Halifax and a Wellington downed 8 August, 1941 over England. He downed a Manchester, a Halifax and a Wellington on 7 September, 1942. At wars end, he was training for Night Fighting with the Me 262. One author proclaims that Beier was the first RO to receive the RK! His photo reveals the Pilot Badge being worn, unless there were two Wilhelm Beier's! Bowers/Lednicer, 36 victories, all night. Deceased 12 July, 1977.

Asisbiz database list of 38 aerial victories for Luftwaffe wings Wilhelm Beier

Date Pilot Name Unit Enemy A/C Type Height Time Location
Tuesday, December 17, 1940 Wilhelm Beier 3./NJG2 Hurricane   06:36  
Thursday, April 10, 1941 Wilhelm Beier 3./NJG2 Whitley   02:55 Cambridge (0223)
Thursday, May 08, 1941 Wilhelm Beier 3./NJG2 Wellington   02:50 Wells-next-Sea
Sunday, May 11, 1941 Wilhelm Beier 3./NJG2 Blenheim   04:36 50km E Scarborough
Wednesday, June 04, 1941 Wilhelm Beier 3./NJG2 Blenheim   01:35 20km SE Lowestoft
Friday, June 13, 1941 Wilhelm Beier 3./NJG2 Defiant   00:44 Thornaby
Sunday, July 06, 1941 Wilhelm Beier 3./NJG2 Whitley   23:54 60km NE Bacton (0146)
Sunday, July 06, 1941 Wilhelm Beier 3./NJG2 Whitley   23:58 60km NE Bacton (0146
Sunday, July 06, 1941 Wilhelm Beier 3./NJG2 Blenheim   03:36 100km W Texel (0347)
Sunday, July 06, 1941 Wilhelm Beier 3./NJG2 Wellington   03:08 110km NNW Texel (0345)
Friday, July 18, 1941 Wilhelm Beier 3./NJG2 Blenheim   03:02 120km NE Great Yarmoth (0332)
Friday, August 08, 1941 Wilhelm Beier 3./NJG2 Blenheim   03:20 East Dereham (0342)
Friday, August 08, 1941 Wilhelm Beier 3./NJG2 Halifax   03:44 200km E Withernsea (1424)
Friday, August 08, 1941 Wilhelm Beier 3./NJG2 Wellington   03:48 200km E Flamborough Head (1421)
Thursday, April 23, 1942 Wilhelm Beier Erg./NJG2 A-20 Boston   01:15  
Sunday, May 31, 1942 Wilhelm Beier Erg./NJG2 Wellington   02:07  
Sunday, May 31, 1942 Wilhelm Beier Erg./NJG2 Wellington   02:25  
Monday, June 22, 1942 Wilhelm Beier Erg./NJG2 Stirling   03:01  
Tuesday, June 23, 1942 Wilhelm Beier Erg.NJG2 Stirling   03:01 -
Monday, July 27, 1942 Wilhelm Beier 9./NJG2 A-20 Havoc   01:32  
Wednesday, July 29, 1942 Wilhelm Beier 9./NJG2 Wellington   03:20  
Friday, August 28, 1942 Wilhelm Beier 9./NJG2 A-20 Boston   00:25  
Saturday, August 29, 1942 Wilhelm Beier 9./NJG2 Manchester   03:16  
Thursday, September 03, 1942 Wilhelm Beier 9./NJG2 Wellington   03:08  
Monday, September 07, 1942 Wilhelm Beier 9./NJG2 Manchester   04:49  
Monday, September 07, 1942 Wilhelm Beier 9./NJG2 Halifax   05:03  
Monday, September 07, 1942 Wilhelm Beier 9./NJG2 Wellington   05:11  
Friday, September 11, 1942 Wilhelm Beier 9./NJG2 Wellington   01:19  
Thursday, September 17, 1942 Wilhelm Beier 9./NJG2 A-20 Boston   01:12  
Thursday, September 17, 1942 Wilhelm Beier 9./NJG2 A-20 Boston   01:13  
Thursday, September 17, 1942 Wilhelm Beier 9./NJG2 Stirling   01:37  
Wednesday, September 30, 1942 Wilhelm Beier 8./NJG2 Beaufighter   00:19  
Thursday, October 15, 1942 Wilhelm Beier 10./NJG1 B-24 Liberator 3000m 22:13 33/8 6C4
Thursday, October 15, 1942 Wilhelm Beier 10./NJG1 Stirling 3000m 22:16 33/8 5J5
Thursday, October 15, 1942 Wilhelm Beier 10./NJG1 Stirling 2900m 22:19 33/8 6I5
Thursday, October 15, 1942 Wilhelm Beier 10./NJG1 Manchester 2700m 22:52 33/8 3A1
Thursday, May 13, 1943 Wilhelm Beier 3.NJG1 Halifax 5100m 02:30 62/1/7 (16km NNW Amsterdam)
Sunday, May 30, 1943 Wilhelm Beier 3.NJG1 Halifax 5000m 00:27 5288 (20km NNW Maastricht)

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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/

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