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Focke-Wulf Fw 190s of Jagdgeschwader 6 in WWII Final OperationsDiscussion forumCzech text of this publication in PDF format.Preview of sample pages.

Focke-Wulf Fw 190s of Jagdgeschwader 6 in WWII Final Operations

Jaroslav Farkaš, Aleš Janda, Tomáš Poruba

The next volume in the series of books on the Luftwaffe history over the Czech territory focuses on the final days of WWII and fighter JG 6. The unit based at airfields located in northern Bohemia participated in the defence of Berlin against Soviet armies. For the first time in our series we attempt to analyze in detail air operations of both parties day by day, while concentrating on missions flown by JG 6. The second part of the book offers information on unit’s equipment with a particular focus on the Fw 190A and D. Like in our earlier volumes, we also introduce several aircraft in detail, including their career and camouflage.
The text is accompanied by number of data tables, original documents and several maps.
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202422819822 a/cEnglishSoftbound

ISBN: 978-80-907049-8-5

Examples of machines analyzed in the publication

Fw 190A-9(/R11 ?), “Yellow 1”

Fw 190A-9(/R11 ?), “Yellow 1”, W.Nr. 980571, 3./JG 6, Reichenberg (Liberec)

Fw 190D-9, “Blue 6”

Fw 190D-9, “Blue 6”, ex-8./JG 6, Kummer (Hradčany)

Kampfgeschwader (Jagd) units over the Czech Territory (set)

Kampfgeschwader (Jagd) units over the Czech Territory (set)

David E. Brown, Aleš Janda, Tomáš Poruba, Jan Vladař

The set of three standalone titles dealing with Kampfgeschwader units operations over Czech territory for a discounted price.
The set includes:

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11 a/c
16 a/c
38 a/c
Messerschmitt Bf 109s & Other Aircraft of I./EKG(J)Discussion forumCzech text of this publication in PDF format.Show/hide changes and additions.Preview of sample pages.

Messerschmitt Bf 109s & Other Aircraft of I./EKG(J)

Tomáš Poruba, Jan Vladař

There has been realized an operation within the Luftwaffe since autumn 1944 to increase number of shortage fighter pilots by retraing of bomber pilots. This transformation and pilot training have been described in our titles “Messerschmitt Me 262s of KG & KG(J) units” and “Messerschmitt Bf 109s of KG(J) 6”. This study deals with the I./EKG(J) which should ensure to continuously replenish the personnel strength of KG(J) units and to substitute expected losses and which activities were mostly connected with Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia. The title extends number of titles with this theme to the trilogy.
As is usual in the “Luftwaffe over Czech Territory – 1945” line the historical description is accompanied by historical documents, tables, b/w and colour photos and description of 38 aircraft from that 28 Messerschmitt Bf 109s, 5 Focke-Wulf Fw 190s and 5 Arado Ar 96Bs.
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202118425038 a/cEnglishSoftbound

ISBN: 978-80-907049-3-0

Examples of machines analyzed in the publication

Bf 109G-6/U4, “Black 29”

The Bf 109G-6/U4, “Black 29” belonged to the 2./EKG(J) (later 18./EJG 2). The aircraft underwent repair at the Brinker Eisenwerk, Max. H. Müller company in Wunstorf and has been left in Pilsen in May 1945.

Arado Ar 96B-1, W.Nr. 4535

Arado Ar 96B-1, W.Nr. 4535, originally belonging to the 20./EJG 2 (ex- 4./EKG(J)), was found after the end of the war in the hangar of Pilsen airport. It is connected to the Czech territory not only by its place of the finding, as it was produced by Avia, Prague Letňany in 1942.

Corrections of first edition

page 8, map scheme

Locations of KG(J) 27 air bases (south of Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren) are missing. Correct map is below.

correct map

page 74, column 1, paragraph 3, sentence 2


Should the number indeed be W.Nr. 200461, then the plane was a Bf 109G-8/R5* manufactured by WNF plant in August 1944.


Should the number indeed be W.Nr. 201461, then the plane was a Bf 109G-8/R5* manufactured by WNF plant in August 1944.

page 112, localization of an image of Fw 190A-7 “Blue 17” of 4./EKG(J)

An observant reader of our book pointed out a mistake in the localization of an image of Fw 190A-7 “Blue 17” of 4./EKG(J). Our book stated that the aircraft was abandoned at Berlin-Tempelhof, while the airfield was actually Berlin-Gatow, as can be seen from the type and lay-out of hangars in the picture.

It is not quite clear, why “Blue 17” ended up at the airfield. The repair (engine replacement) referred to in the text, which would have been appropriate due to the presence of Fw 190 repair center at Tempelhof, seems unlikely, as there were no such establishments at Gatow. As a matter of fact, I./EKG(J) had no links to the location whatsoever.

On the other hand, once the unit was disbanded, its equipment was reassigned to other units and used for various purposes, including non-combat tasks. It is due to note, that Berlin-Gatow was the last operational airfield in Berlin, which was being used until 26th April 1945 at least. At night from 25th to 26th April, for instance, the last Luftwaffe commander, General Ritter von Greim, accompanied by Hana Reitsch landed at the base and then attempted to reach Hitler’s bunker in downtown Berlin in a Fi 156. In an interrogation after the war, Hana Reitsch recounted they had arrived at Gatow from Rechlin in a Fw 190.

We are not claiming that Fw 190A-7, “Blue 17” was the plane involved in this particular mission. Several Fw 190A, F, and D actually remained at the airfield together with a considerable number of other aircraft. On the other hand, the event provides an illustrative example of various purposes the airfield served at the end of the war.

Messerschmitt Bf 109s of KG(J) 6Discussion forumCzech text of this publication in PDF format.Preview of sample pages.
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Messerschmitt Bf 109s of KG(J) 6

Tomáš Poruba, Jan Vladař

The difficulties connected with implementation of Me 262 into operational service especially the lack of experienced fighters resulted in a rare process of retraining pilots from disbanded Kampfgeschwaders to jet fighters. The end of the process – combat sorties of retrained pilots with Me 262s – is described in the title “Messerschmitt Me 262s of KG & KG(J) Units”.
This study covers historical background of Kampfgeshwaders transfer into Kampfgeschwader(J) units with focus on KG 6 and KG(J) 6 and its training in the area of Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren. The historical text part is followed by detailed analysis of 16 Bf 106G-6, G-10 and K-4 used by the unit.
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201719615016 a/cEnglishSoftbound

ISBN: 978-80-907049-0-9

Messerschmitt Me 262 production & Arado Ar 234’s final operationsDiscussion forumCzech text of this publication in PDF format.Show/hide changes and additions.Preview of sample pages.
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Messerschmitt Me 262 production & Arado Ar 234’s final operations

David E. Brown, Tomáš Poruba, Jan Vladař

This publication extends our previous study “Messerschmitt Me 262s of KG & KG(J) units” by new information about Messerschmitt Me 262 and generally about German jets over Czech area. All typical features of the line, i.e. historical part with detailed study of separate aircraft are kept.
The text is accompanied by nearly 220 photos, number of data tables and original documents as it is usual in our publications.
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201215022015 a/cEnglishSoftbound

Chapter correction:

“Errata and addenda to Messerschmitt Me 262s of KG and KG(J) units, II. Fighter umbrella over Me 262 airfields in Bohemia”, pages 146–156


“Bf 109K-4, “Red 7”, W.Nr. 331???; 10./JG 27, Prague-Kbely”, page 152

The subsection described a Bf 109K-4 of JG 27 left at Prague Kbely/Prag-Gbell (not at Prague Letnany/Prag-Letnian as incorrectly stated in the text). The following text is a corrected description of the aircraft based on additional information provided by our readers.

Based on personal talks with history fans interested in Prague-Kbely airbase who were fortunate to interview contemporary witnesses we can say that the actual marking of the aircraft was “Blue 7”. The blue colour of marking was characteristic of 12./JG 27. Therefore the correct title of the subsection is: “Bf 109K-4, “Blue 7”, W.Nr. 331???; 12./JG 27, Prague-Kbely”.

The contemporary witnesses were sure about only two more or less preserved “one-o-nines” at Kbely airfield in May 1945 – “Yellow 7” and “Blue 7”. “Yellow 7” was positively a Bf 109G-10/R6 of III./JG 300 (see “Messerschmitt Bf 109s of JG 52 in Deutsch Brod”, JaPo, page 52) – the drawing is attached.

“Blue 7” was abandoned at the southern edge of the airfield opposite to hangars and a water tower. Based on our current knowledge of camouflage of early Bf 109Ks we presume upper surfaces were covered with RLM 74/75. As RLM 83 was a dark blue paint applied on navy aircraft it couldn’t be used for day fighters. RLM 83 “Dunkelgrün” did not exist; the actual paint was most likely earlier RLM 74 “Grün-Grau”.

The changes above are captured in a new drawing of the aircraft.

We would like to express our gratitude to Mr. Miloslav Hrabáň from Kbely for providing recollections of the witnesses and for bringing discrepancies in our text to our attention.

Blue 7 Yellow 7
Messerschmitt Me 262s of KG & KG(J) unitsDiscussion forumCzech text of this publication in PDF format.Preview of sample pages.Preview of sample pages.

Messerschmitt Me 262s of KG & KG(J) units

David E. Brown, Aleš Janda, Tomáš Poruba, Jan Vladař

The third title of our “Luftwaffe over Czech territory 1945” is dealing with an attempt of Luftwaffe to significantly increase number of jet fighters by retraining bomber pilots for fighter tasks. The IX.Fliegerkorps(J) was based under Dietrich Peltz command and several KG units were transformed into KG(J), but only KG(J) 54 reached regular operational status and was sent into action. It was transferred to Prague in April 1945 and together with JG 7 and fragments of KG(J) 6 saw final battles over Bohemia, Germany and at Prague.
Despite of KG(J) 54 and KG(J) 6 the KG 51 was regular bomber unit which flew operationally from the late of 1944. At the end of April 1945 several aircraft moved to Prague, joined other Me 262 units there and took part in final actions.
Special chapter is dedicated to production of Me 262Bs.
The title includes camouflage studies of 11 Me 262s of KG(J) 6, KG(J) 54 and KG 51 which saw action over Czech area in 1945 including two Me 262Bs. The text is accompanied by nearly 300 b/w and color photos, tens of original documents and tables.
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2010, 202118030011 a/cEnglishSoftbound

ISBN: 978-80-907049-2-3

Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10/U4 Production & Operational ServiceDiscussion forumCzech text of this publication in PDF format.
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Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10/U4
Production & Operational Service

Aleš Janda, Tomáš Poruba

The second part of special serie “Luftwaffe over Czech territory 1945”. One of the main producers of Messerschmitt 109, Wiener Neustädter Flugzeugwerke and its branch plant Diana located in railway tunnels near Tišnov produced and delivered the famous fighter Bf 109 in G-10/U4 variant nearly until last days of WWII. The new title describes mentioned variant from technical point of view, it brings information about production system in Diana plant, about test flights in Protektorat area and about service by combat units including actions over Czech and Slovak territory. The text part is accompanied by photos and by color profiles of planes from ex-II./JG 51, II./JG 52, ex-I./JG 53, Hungarian 101.vadaszezred and Jagdstaffel ROA, 6 of them are described in detailed 4view drawings.
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Messerschmitt Bf 109s of JG 52 in Deutsch BrodDiscussion forumCzech text of this publication in PDF format.Changes and additions in PDF format.
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Messerschmitt Bf 109s of JG 52 in Deutsch Brod

Aleš Janda, Tomáš Poruba

The first part of special serie “Luftwaffe over Czech territory 1945”. Detailed study of Bf 109s operated by JG 52 from Německý (Deutsch) Brod during last days of WWII. Except of text part and b/w photos there are included 6 in depth camouflage studies of different versions of Bf 109G and K accompanied by color profiles. Recommended for modellers, Bf 109 and JG 52 fans.
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Luftwaffe Over Czech Territory 1945Discussion forum
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Luftwaffe Over Czech Territory 1945

Jiří Rajlich, Stanislav Kokoška, Aleš Janda

The “Luftwaffe over Czech Territory 1945” differs by its historical scope from our standard line of monographic titles. The publication deals with Luftwaffe activity over Bohemia and Moravia area in the period January - May 1945, i.e. period when first line units operated in our area. The text part is completed by extensive annex of units and causalities tables and especially of approximately 500 photos.
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2001263489English, CzechHardback