JG53 109 markings

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    Difficult to say as it seems we can find no documentary evidence to show this event actually happened. The other thread you linked is a dead end.
     
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    from an interview with Bob Doe in 2006: '

    I just didn’t have it in me to kill him. I probably should have because he was rescued by an E-boat and came back and killed more of our boys.”

    The Luftwaffe pilot was German Ace Hauptmann Rolf Pingel. He survived the war. After his death in the 1970’s, some thirty years removed from the event depicted in the painting (Geoff Nutkins painting), Frau Pingel wrote a letter to Bob Doe thanking him for his act of chivalry in letting her husband live.'
     
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    By mid to late August, tactical recognition markings were being introduced, the early form being on the wing tips and part, or all of the rudder. It may be that Pingel's aircraft had white wing tips and a white rudder, similar to the aircraft flown by Meyerweissflog of Stab. JG53, on Sept 3rd 1940.
     
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    That may well be so - but that's no evidence at all, merely one person's recollection of an event. Without some kind of hard proof that this scenario actually occured all you have is an anecdote. You should get in touch with Andy Saunders who was in contact with Pingel himself before his demise to see if Pingel said anything about it to him.
     
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    You might be right Terry. Also the camo scheme could be a little bit different as the JG used non standard ones for many Emils.
     
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    Thanks for the info Terry. Do you have an image of the Meyerweissflog aircraft?
     
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    thank you. How could he be contacted?
     
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    #9 Maximowitz, Jan 8, 2012
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    You can find him here as I think "Tangmere1940" or similar. You can just make a thread entitled "FAO Andy Saunders" and he'll find it, he's a regular on that forum.

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    Nice guy and a great author. I hope that'll help you get to the bottom of it. Good luck.
     
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    #10 Wurger, Jan 8, 2012
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    It was enough to use Google....

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    and an incidental find of another plane of the unit...

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    thanks alot Maximowitz and thanks too Wojtek, nice reference pics!
     
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    Pleased to be able to help. Great artwork by the way, very impressive.
     
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    Doing some further reading......in JG53 Vol.1...Pingel was in fact Acting Kommandeur of I/JG53 for a period during early - Mid Aug. 1940 claiming victories 8 and 9 on the 15th and his 10th on the 18th, no mention of him being shot down at all!
    then "On the 21st Aug Hptm. Pingel handed over his 2 Staffel to Oblt Prestele and left to assume command of I/JG26. doesn't mention why or for just how long he was Acting Kdr.

    Possible he could have had Chevron/Triangle marking rather than Staffel number??
     
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