(07) Jagdwaffe over Africa, part I


The Bf 109 E-7s repainted by field workshops were camouflaged with RLM 79 on the upper surfaces, supplemented by irregular spots of RLM 80. In some cases only RLM 79 was used. Also the exact location of colour demarcation line was different in various machines. Frequent side effects of repainting aircraft were disappearance of factory-applied stencil markings and national insignia of non-standard proportions. Painting rules were more clearly identified in case of later Bf 109 Fs, which usually featured RLM 79 on upper surfaces, and RLM 78 on undersides. The location of the division line between the colours also differed slightly. The Bf 109 Fs adopted, as standard, white spinners, front cowlings, and wingtips; earlier-style yellow cowlngs and rudders became relatively rare. Bf 110s initially carried European camouflage; later they were repainted in RLM 79/RLM 78 set, with low colour demarcation line. Sporadically their camouflage was supplemented with squiggles in RLM 80. The only theatre marking used was white (RLM 21) fuselage band.
Tactical markings in form of letter and digit codes were painted on fuselages, and in some cases also on wings. As for individual markings, unit emblems and victory bars (Abschussbalken), the latter usually found on rudders, were popular. The night camouflage used by
1./NJG 3, which in summer 1941 was stationed in Benghazi, is a case apart. All surfaces were painted in black (RLM 22), with only partially visible white fuselage band used for recognition.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7 trop coded ‘Yellow 1’ of 3./JG 27, probably flown by the Staffelkapitän Oblt. Gerhard Homuth.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7 trop marked with ‘Double Chevron’, flown by the Kommandeur of I./JG 27 Hptm. Eduard Neumann, Gazala, 15th June 1941.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7 trop, flown by Oblt. Ludwig Franzisket of Stabsschwarm I./JG 27, April 1941. The aircraft is still in European camouflage of RLM 02/71/65, awaiting desert camouflage.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7 trop, coded ‘White 1’, flown by Oblt. Wolfgang Redlich, the Staffelkapitän of 1./JG 27.

05Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7 trop, coded ‘Black 10’, of 2./JG 27, Libya 1941.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7 trop coded ‘White 10’, flown by Fw. Günther Steinhausen of 1./JG 27, August 1941.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7 trop, coded ‘White 6’, of 1./JG 27, Gazala 1941.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7, coded ‘S9+DR’, of III./ZG 1, Libya 1942.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 trop (W.Nr 10074) coded ‘Yellow 5’ flown by Lt. Gerhard Mix of 6./JG 27, 14th August 1942.

11. Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 trop (W.Nr 8477) coded ‘White 11’, flown by Ofw. Albert Espenlaub of 1./JG 27, 13th December 1941.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 trop, coded ‘Black 4’, of 5./JG 27, Martuba, February 1942.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 trop, coded ‘Black 4’, of 5./JG 27, Martuba, February 1942.

Messerschmitt Bf 110 C-6, coded ‘3U+XS’, of 8./ZG 26, November 1941.

Messerschmitt Bf 110 C-4, coded ‘L1+DH’ of 1./NJG 3; Benghazi, summer 1941.

Messerschmitt Bf 110 C-1, coded ‘3U+JR’ of 7./ZG 26; turn of 1941/42.

 

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