02 Luftwaffe JU 88 A4

Today we have a picture from the Luftwaffe, which shows a German bomber Junkers Ju 88, probably a Typ A4.

On the fuselage side of the bomber you can see on the squadron badge “Staffelabzeichen” (here a coat of arms with a cock).The unit can be identified as I./KG77 (I. Group / Kampfgeschwader 77).
This unit mainly had Typ A4 machines.

Juncker Ju 88 A4

In the bow of the glass „cab cockpit“ is apparently a MG-FF / M (20mm) in the so-called “A-stand” recognizable.

The exact time and place where this photo was taken cannot be determined with certainty at the moment.
It could have been taken at least in the spring of 1942 in the area Kharkov / Kursk or in the summer of 1942 in Creil / Rennes. From September ’42 the unit also operated in Catania / Sicily in the Mediterranean.

The rear area (gondola hatch) of the fuselage gondola is folded down and releases the entry by ladder for the crew.
In this hatch was usually a twin MG 81 Z (7.92 mm) mounted, which is not on the picture so maybe expanded for maintenance.

It looks like a they are doing some maintenance on the right main landing gear, which is secured by a support between the fuselage and the wing and which holds the machine in balance to check the instruments.

The ground personnel wears recognizable summery clothing.

Heute mal ein Luftwaffenfoto, das einen deutschen Bomber vom Typ Junkers Ju 88, vermutlich eine A4 zeigt.

 

Anhand des an der Rumpfseite erkennbaren Staffelabzeichens (Wappen mit Hahn), lässt sich dessen Einheit als I./KG77 (I. Gruppe/KG77) identifizieren.Diese Einheit verfügte hauptsächlich über Maschinen vom Typ A4.

Im Bug der gläsernen “Führerraumkanzel” ist augenscheinlich ein MG-FF/M (20mm) im sogenannten A-Stand erkennbar.

Der genaue Zeitpunkt und Aufnahmeort, an dem dieses Foto entstanden ist, lässt sich derzeit nicht mit Bestimmtheit festlegen.

Es könnte zumindest im Frühling 1942 im Raum Charkow/Kursk oder im Sommer 1942 in Creil/Rennes aufgenommen worden sein. Ab September ‘42 operierte die Einheit des Weiteren in Catania/Sizilien im Mittelmeerraum.

Der hintere Bereich (Gondelluke) der Rumpfgondel ist heruntergeklappt und gibt den Einstieg per Leiter für die Besatzung frei.

In der Luke befand sich für gewöhnlich ein Zwillings-MG 81 Z (7,92 mm), das hier im Bild jedoch ausgebaut ist.

An der Maschine finden Wartungsarbeiten am rechten Hauptfahrwerk statt, die durch eine Stütze zwischen Rumpf und Tragfläche abgesichert ist und zur Prüfung der Instrumente die Maschine in der Waage halten.

Das Bodenpersonal trägt erkennbar sommerliche Bekleidung.

Text made by R.A.

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Cuff title Geschwader General Wever

Hello Collectors,

today I like to show you a cuff title of the Luftwaffe. It came from a little grouping of a Luftwaffe soldier. He had the Iron Cross 2nd class, the wounded badge in black and a radio operator badge.

Cuff title Geschwader General Wever / Ärmelband Geschwader General Wever
Cuff title Geschwader General Wever

No papers or pictures from his active duty.  I can`t remember when I bought that for my collection but that’s also years ago. You see the normal deep blue (sort of navy blue) wool construction with machine embroidered script in “Gothic” style.

Cuff title Geschwader General Wever / Ärmelband Geschwader General Wever
Cuff title Geschwader General Wever

Threads are in white/grey and open back. Not hand made with silver/aluminum wire threads like the version for officers. They folded top and bottom over and stiched it with blue thread to the reverse. A textbook example without any doubt. Length 51 cm and 3,5 cm wide.

Cuff title Geschwader General Wever / Ärmelband Geschwader General Wever
Cuff title Geschwader General Wever
Cuff title Geschwader General Wever / Ärmelband Geschwader General Wever
Cuff title Geschwader General Wever
Cuff title Geschwader General Wever
Cuff title Geschwader General Wever

This cuff title was never on a uniform.  Maybe the soldier got three of them for the uniform and put only two of them on his jacket.

To the history of the Geschwader General Wever:

The Geschwader General Wever, (General Wever Squadron), Commemorative Honor cuff title was one of a series of commemorative honor cuff titles introduced by the Luftwaffe to honor fallen comrades and heroic pilots of WWI.

Cuff title Geschwader General Wever / Ärmelband Geschwader General Wever
Cuff title Geschwader General Wever

The Geschwader General Wever cuff title was introduced on June 4th, 1936 for wear by all personnel serving with Kampfgeschwader Gotha, (Bomber Wing Gotha). The cuff title was to be worn by all ranks on the lower right sleeve of the service tunic and officers were also authorized wear of the cuff title on the lower right sleeve of the flight blouse and the optional white summer tunic.

Cuff title Geschwader General Wever / Ärmelband Geschwader General Wever
Cuff title Geschwader General Wever backside

Officer’s cuff title were produced in hand embroidered silver/aluminum wire threads while EM/NCO’s were produced in machine embroidered silver/grey threads. During the war Kampfgeschwader Gotha was re-designated Kampfgeschwader 253, then Jagdgeschwader 131 and finally Kampfgeschwader 4, but personnel retained the right to wear the cuff title.

Wever died in an airplane crash on June 3rd 1936.

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