Me-109 from JG-27 at the airfield

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Me-109 from JG-27 at the airfield

German fighter Messerschmitt Bf.109E7 of the 27 th Fighter Squadron (JG-27) at the airport. April 1941, the Balkans.

27th Fighter Squadron Luftwaffe (Jagdgeschwader 27, JG-27) was established October 1, 1939 in Handorf, Germany. She participated in the Battle of Britain, in December 1940 announced 146 victories, losing 83 aircraft and 58 pilots Bf.109E killed, missing or captured.

In April 1941, JG-27 was located in the Balkans, and later took part in the invasion of Germany to the Soviet Union. June 22, 1941 JG-27 pilot Maj. Wolfgang Schellmann shot down over Soviet territory fighter I-153 “Chaika” (pilot, Lieutenant Kuzmin, deceased), but he himself was shot down, bailed out and was captured and later executed.

On the eastern front JG-27 fought long (announced 10 wins) and was transferred to North Africa, where he became famous for his successful actions. In 1944, JG-27 was located in Europe and participated in the battles against the Allied forces in France and Germany, suffering heavy losses in aerial combat. So, November 2, 1944 the squadron suffered the greatest losses in its history in a single day, losing 53 aircraft (27 pilots killed, 11 injured). May 8, 1945 the remains of JG-27 in Salzburg, Austria surrendered to the Americans.

From 1939 to 1945, JG-27 stated that more than 3,100 victories, losing about 1,400 aircraft and 827 pilots killed, missing or captured.


Time taken: April 1941


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