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HENSCHEL Hs129B-2/R2 of 8 (Pz)/Sch. G 1, spring 1943

Henschel Hs129B-2/R2, Werke Nr. 0364, flown by Rudolf-Heinz Ruffer, Staflelkapitän of 8 (Pz)/Sch.G 1 in the Kuban area of Russia, spring 1943. The aircraft is finished in badly weathered splinter pattern of shades 70 and 71, with blue 65 undersurfaces and yellow Russian theatre markings. 'J' is the individual aircraft code, and the horizontal bar, always to the rear of the fuselage cross, is the II Gruppe emblem within the Geschwader. Note the rendering of the Infantry Assault Badge on top of the nose and above and left of the 'J' on the fuselage; this symbolised the close comradeship between infantry and ground-attack aircrews. The patch views illustrate this, and the row of destroyed tank victory tallies on the rudder. For some reason the factory call-sign markings, GS-IN, are retained below the wings. These should have been painted out on delivery to an operational unit, but are occasionally observed on fighting aircraft.

JUNKERS Ju87B-1 of 6/St.G 77, spring 1941

Junkers Ju87B-l of 6/St.G 77 operating in the Balkans, spring 1941, under control of Geschwader Kommodore of St.G 3, in support of German Second Army, The standard splinter scheme of shades 70 and 71 is badly weathered; and note areas under wings where factory call-sign has been overpainted. The Geschwader code S2 appears on the left of the fuselage crosses, followed by the individual letter A and the 6 Staffel code P. In this case the yellow of the A is the code-colour of the third Staffel in each three-Staffel Gruppe, while the yellow band and wingtips are a theatre marking. The individual letter is repeated above and below the wingtips. The Staffel emblem of 6 Staffel, a bull on a shield of yellow with an upper area in Gruppe code-colour (red, for II Gruppe) appears on both sides below the windscreen, while an individual aircraft name 'Anton Der Zweite' - 'Anton the Second' appears in white on the port cowling only. The propeller blades and spinner are dark green, shade 71, but the spinner has been given a white tip at unit level.

FOCKE-WULF Fw190F-8 of II/SG 2 'Immelmann', February 1945

Focke-Wulf Fw109F-8 flown by Gruppe Adjutant of II/SG 2 'Immelmann' in Hungary, February 1945. The two-tone grey scheme in shades 74 and 75 is overpainted with streaks of winter white camouflage. The cowling ring is in shade 74, and the yellow under-pan and fuselage ring are the usual Russian Front theatre marking. The red '2' is the individual aircraft marking; the chevron on fuselage sides and port wing indicates Gruppe Adjutant. The black and white spiral motif was a very common spinner marking in the latter half of the war; propeller blades would have been in green, shade 70. Note bottom section of wheel covers removed: and RLM-Grau bomb container ETC 250.

Selection of unit emblems: (A) 7/St.G 77, both sides of Ju87 (B) 4 (Pz)/Sch.G 1, both sides of Hs129B-2/R2 (C) Störkampfstattel 6 (D) Personal marking on Ju52/3m transport of General der Schlachtflieger, left only (E) 4/St.G 77, both sides of Ju87 (F) 5 (Schlacht)/LG 2, both sides Hs123 (G) 7/St.G 1, both sides of Ju87

Kfz 2/40 Light car, used as squadron hack by 3/SG 1, Russia, winter 1943-44

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