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FlatSpinMan
02-02-2007, 11:00 PM
Hi all,
I am looking for some information about JG5Eismeer. Who did they fight? I imagine it was the Russians but any details would be greatly appreciated.

Another question is about which JGs took part in the North African campaign after Feb 1941 when Rommel went over? I have googled a bit but not found much - just stuff about 1943 in Tunisia which is too late for my purposes.

Thnaks in advance kind sirs.

FlatSpinMan
02-02-2007, 11:00 PM
Hi all,
I am looking for some information about JG5Eismeer. Who did they fight? I imagine it was the Russians but any details would be greatly appreciated.

Another question is about which JGs took part in the North African campaign after Feb 1941 when Rommel went over? I have googled a bit but not found much - just stuff about 1943 in Tunisia which is too late for my purposes.

Thnaks in advance kind sirs.

Jaws2002
02-02-2007, 11:17 PM
Some stuf about JG5:

http://www.luftwaffe.no/SIG/index.html

Jg5 in 1942 (http://www.luftwaffe.no/SIG/1942/JG5/JG5-0.html)

JG5 in 1943 (http://www.luftwaffe.no/SIG/1943/JG5.html)

Jg5 in 1944 Norway and Finland (http://www.luftwaffe.no/SIG/1944/1944.html)

Black Friday in 1945 (http://www.luftwaffe.no/SIG/1945/Forde.html)

csThor
02-02-2007, 11:23 PM
JG 5:

It was formed not before January 1942 from various units based in Norway and northern Finland, Stab and IV.Gruppe even as late as May and June 1942. Of these four Gruppen I. and IV. were based in Norway for air defense against the western allies, II. and III. Gruppe were fighting the soviets in the Petsamo/Kirkenes area.

North Africa:

The first german fighter unit in the Mediterrean was 7./JG 26 commanded by Joachim Müncheberg flying from Sicily against Malta. In April 1941 the I. Gruppe of JG 27 was brought to North Africa, II./JG 27 and III./JG 27 following in September and December respectively. JG 27 would be the primary fighter unit for Rommel's campaigns in North Africa until the end.
In 1942 III./JG 53 was supporting the Africa Corps from May to October, while II./JG 53 was "dealing with Malta" from bases on Sicily. Only immediately before the 2nd battle of El Alamein JG 77 was brought to North Africa to replace the battered JG 27, but due to the events this plan never materialized - in the end both units fought alongside.

FlatSpinMan
02-02-2007, 11:30 PM
Thanks very much Jaws and csThor - that will help me out quite a lot. You don't have any more info on the actual opposition, do you? I can google it of course but if just happened to have the info available it would be extremely helpful! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif