Gunther Lotzow's Bf109 Battle of Britain

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    Hi all,

    Just a quick question, does anyone know the following please?:

    1) Is this Lutzow's Bf 109E-4 that he flew until 21 August 1940 when he was promoted to Kommodore of JG3?

    2) Does anyone know its W.Nr.? (I seem to recall seeing it somewhere but have no idea now where!)

    3) Are any photos of his rudder scoreboard known?

    4) His propeller spinner tip looks white-am I correct in assuming that?

    As always, Thanks everyone!
     
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    1) Yes

    2) 1433

    3) I know of one of this aircraft showing 7 victories, taken around June 1940. It must include his 5 Spanish claims. It looks like the same number as in the photograph you attached. I think it is in Prien and Stemmer's JG 3 'Udet' book. I will see if I can find it.

    There is also one of the tail of one of his Fs showing 101 victories, taken late '41, probably around the time he received the 'Schwertern' to his 'Ritterkreuz', not that this helps you :)

    4) White, you are correct.

    Cheers

    Steve
     
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    Thanks Steve!

    I was thinking idly on my way home, when Lutzow was promoted to Kommodore of JG3 and Hans von Hahn took his place as head of I. Gruppe, is it possible that von Hahn inherited W.Nr 1433?

    As far as I know, their Kommandeur's chevrons were very similar and somewhat unique,and no known record exists of von Hahn's machine's W.Nr.... which is what made me wonder.
     
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    Hi everyone...just found an interesting claim in a book entitled "Battle of Britain: An Epic Conflict Revisited" on p162 by Christer Bergstrom that when Hans von Hahn took over command of 1./JG3 on 26 August 1940, the author claims von Hahn inherited Lutzow's BF109E-4...

    Do you think there is any truth in this?
    Having looked at photos of both aircraft there are similarities in overall camo and markings but nothing to confirm that von Hahn's machine is in fact that of Lutzow.
     
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