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XyZspineZyX
09-15-2005, 07:23 AM
Hi
Just interested to know how the Luftwaffe assigned fighters to their staffels, eg

If flying 109E & F,when the 109G & the FW190A were introduced was the 109 squadron assigned the new 109G or was the FW190 assigned, I ask this because it appears Hermann Graf flew both 109 & 190.
Did the staffels flying 190s ever get reassigned later model 109s eg 190A5/6 to109G14?

XyZspineZyX
09-15-2005, 07:23 AM
Hi
Just interested to know how the Luftwaffe assigned fighters to their staffels, eg

If flying 109E & F,when the 109G & the FW190A were introduced was the 109 squadron assigned the new 109G or was the FW190 assigned, I ask this because it appears Hermann Graf flew both 109 & 190.
Did the staffels flying 190s ever get reassigned later model 109s eg 190A5/6 to109G14?

csThor
09-15-2005, 08:32 AM
The allocation of planetypes did not follow any specific rules except later in the war, when the structure of the Geschwader was altered to suit the needs of the Reich Defense missions.

Before mostly industrial reasons were predominant for the equipment of a unit. It was very rare in the Luftwaffe to have a single Staffel with a different aircraft than the parent Gruppe or Geschwader. The only examples I know of were 11.(H√¬∂he)/JG 2 and 11.(H√¬∂he)/JG 26 which were using Bf 109 G-1 and were tasked to tackle the escort fighters while the Fw 190s of the other Staffeln attacked the heavy bombers. This concept was later enhanced when a whole Gruppe was equiped with Bf 109s and had to attack the allied escorts while the rest went after the bombers. Usually a Gruppe (three Staffeln) flew the smae planetype and for a long time the whole Geschwader followed this rule of thumb.

In the case of Hermann Graf it should be noted that he never flew a Fw 190 in combat. His colourful Fw 190 was one of his mounts when he commanded Erg√¬§nzungsjagdgruppe Ost - a training unit. Before and after he only flew Bf 109s in combat.