By John Weal
Jagdgeschwader 3 won't have an identical instant resonance as a few of the extra well-known Luftwaffe fighter devices, such Jagdgeschwader 2 'Richthofen', however it is arguably the archetypal German fighter formation of global battle 2. not just did it perform each crusade fought through the Luftwaffe (with the exceptions of Poland and Norway), it flew each significant version of the 2 mythical German wartime combatants, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and the Focke-Wulf Fw one hundred ninety - beginning with the Bf 109E in 1939 and finishing with the Fw 190D-9 'Long-nose' in 1945. And, through the process the hostilities, it numbered between its ranks greater than 70 Knight's go winners (a overall passed by way of just one different Jagdgeschwader). The wealth and diversity of element afforded through this sort of historical past - including the historical battles of england, Stalingrad, Kursk, Normandy, the Ardennes and Berlin - presents a fantastic framework upon which to painting the multitude of news, exploits and supreme fates of...
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In Luftwaffe parlance, any machine in this undignified pose was known as a ‘Fliegerdenkmal’, or ‘Monument to a flyer’ Things were very different for Oberstleutnant Vieck’s two remaining Gruppen, both of which had been temporarily assigned to other Jagdgeschwader. /JG 3 had been transferred westwards, first to Detmold and then to Hopsten, little more than 50 kilometres from the Dutch border. Here it was placed under the control of Stab JG 26, which was part of Luftflotte 2 – the air fleet that was to provide air support for the ground forces’ ‘feint’ offensive through the Low Countries.
Oberleutnant Helmut Meckel, the Kapitän of 2. Staffel, had claimed his 25th, and last, victory north of Kiev back on 11 July. Shortly afterwards he had been taken off ops due to a severe illness. His place was taken by 27-victory Oberleutnant Max Bucholz. Both men received the Knight’s Cross on 12 August. /JG 3’s Oberleutnant Kurt Sochatzy, was already a prisoner of the Soviets.
Gruppe to open its Battle of Britain scoreboard. This was another Hurricane, which was to provide the Kapitän of 2. Staffel, Oberleutnant Helmut Tiedmann, with his seventh, and last, victory of the war. Tiedmann was himself forced to land his damaged ‘Black 13’ near Maidstone, in Kent, after an encounter with RAF fighters just three days later – the first Jagdgeschwader 3 ace to be lost in action. By this time JG 3 had at last been relieved of most of its defence duties along the French Channel coast and was finally beginning to venture over into southern England.
Aces of Jagdgeschwader 3 'Udet' by John Weal