22 December 2013

Messerschmitt Bf 109 of JG 5 at Norway

Image size: 1600 x 960 pixel. 443 KB
Date: May 1945
Place: Lister/Lista Airfield, Farsund, Norway
Photographer: Unknown

Pictures of aircraft of IV.Gruppe / Jagdgeschwader 5 (JG 5) are rare. This one shows Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-14 “gelb 4” of 15.Staffel / JG 5 on Lister airfield (Norway) shortly before the capitulation early May 1945. Note the unusual shape of the tactical number and the black/yellow fuselage band of JG 5. The aircraft was marked with a wavy line behind the Balkenkreuz, but this is not the normal gentle wavy line for IV. Gruppen, but the more curved wavy line used by III. Gruppen until the end of 1943. This also can be seen within IV./JG 26, where the same strong wavy line was used. This aircraft has an Erla-hood and a Flettner-rudder. Note the red/white ribbons attached to the clamps between the elevators and rudder. The ribbons were used to make sure that removal of the clamps was not forgotten.

Luftwaffe im Focus - Edition No.1 2002

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