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A daring flight on D-Day

PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:13 pm
by Admin (Dietrich)
I've been doing some research on airfields for the DCS Normandie map and have come across various interesting articles.

One of then recounts the flight of Lt. Thomas Beike. While the article is interesting in itself, what I found nice was a description and photographs of the battered and furtive states of the LW airfields at that time. Certainly the "pristine Evreux" that we fly out of is rather anachronistic and, in reality, our dispersals should be in the trees and the main fields generally cratered, even if the runways themselves are patched and serviceable.

Ref: http://fly.historicwings.com/2017/06/a- ... -on-d-day/

Re: A daring flight on D-Day

PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:50 pm
by Admin (Reddog)
Interesting read thanks Dietrich. What units are these
Jagdabschnittführer 5, Schnellkampfgeschwader 10, KG-54
obviously KG54 is a bomber unit (JU88 I assume?) and my pigeon German works out Schnellkampfgeswader is fast bomber squadron? Fighter bombers? But the first one... :shock:

Re: A daring flight on D-Day

PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:38 pm
by Admin (Dietrich)
Admin (Reddog) wrote:Interesting read thanks Dietrich. What units are these
Jagdabschnittführer 5, Schnellkampfgeschwader 10, KG-54
obviously KG54 is a bomber unit (JU88 I assume?) and my pigeon German works out Schnellkampfgeswader is fast bomber squadron? Fighter bombers? But the first one... :shock:


"Jagdabschnittführer 5" is translates as "fighter section director 5". I am assuming it is the same as "Jagdfliegerführer 5" (or at least associated with it) which is "Fighter pilot director 5". These units were HQ units as part of the structure of Luftflotte 3 (air fleet 3), which was assigned to the Western Front. They flew Bf 109s and liaison aircraft (probably Fi-156). See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jagdfliegerf%C3%BChrer_5

Schnellkampfgeschwader 10 is as you surmised. They were flying FW 190A aircraft out of Dreux, then Tours. Ref: http://www.ww2.dk/air/attack/skg10.htm

KG54 flew the Ju88A at that time. Possibly the A-4, but maybe the A-5 (having been earlier deployed in the Mediterranean). Not sure.

Re: A daring flight on D-Day

PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:30 pm
by DD_Fenrir
Admin (Dietrich) wrote:Schnellkampfgeschwader 10 is as you surmised. They were flying FW 190A aircraft out of Dreux, then Tours. Ref: http://www.ww2.dk/air/attack/skg10.htm


Hi Dietrich; looks like it's the I. Gruppe - at which time they were equipped with G-3 and G-8 variants of the 190

http://www.ww2.dk/oob/bestand/schlacht/biskg10.html

Re: A daring flight on D-Day

PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:39 pm
by Admin (Dietrich)
DD_Fenrir wrote:Hi Dietrich; looks like it's the I. Gruppe - at which time they were equipped with G-3 and G-8 variants of the 190
http://www.ww2.dk/oob/bestand/schlacht/biskg10.html


Yep. Thanks.

The situation is probably a bit complicated... no doubt due to the diminishing stocks of all aircraft, but it does seem there are G types (which was the ground-attack variant of the A).