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- Dec 12, 2013
Thank you for referring to Max Mayer's book, one that had escaped my previous researches. Generally speaking, I usually turn to German sources to learn about a German topic but this book may transcend this by being written in English by German sources. I have ordered a copy.For what is worth, the section on Peenemünde-West in this book was written by Max Mayer, who worked at the Erprobungs Gruppe E2 at the time, but I can find no mention of Kaaden (who might have had a junior role there), and certainly no mention of any Me 262. Erprobungs Gruppe E2 was in charge of testing and evaluating the Me 163, amongst other things.
It is interesting that Kaaden is not mentioned in Mayer's book because neither is he mentioned in the Peenemünde West structure chart (copy attached) provided in Botho Stüwe's book Peenemünde West. This may be because Kaaden was not a Luftwaffe staff member but was, strictly speaking, on contract to the Luftwaffe from Henschel AG. However, this same chart does list a 'Mayer' as being a member of E2 Group and a 'Hauptmann Ingenieur Mayer' also appears on another staff list from an unknown source (!) that may interest you. Here is an extract...
I assume that 'LW' refers to the Luftleitwerk in the title. Of course, this may not be Max Mayer but another Mayer. As you will know, there were around 25,000 staff working on the overall Peenemünde site at one time.
Here's a mini biography of Max Mayer's Luftwaffe career:
MAYER, Dipl.Ing. Max. (DOB: 30.06.13). 1936 conferred with a Dipl.Ing. from the Technische Hochschule München. 21.01.44 promo to Fl.Hpt.Ing. 1944 assigned to Erprobungsstelle Karlshagen.
Source: Luftwaffe Officer Career Summaries, Section L-R Version: 01.04.2022. By: Henry L. deZeng IV and Douglas G. Stankey
Download PDF: www.ww2.dk/lwoffz.html
If this bio is correct in saying that Max Mayer was assigned to Erprobungsstelle Karlshagen in 1944, that was around 3-4 months after Kaaden had left the site and transferred to Jesau airfield. Could this explain Kaaden's absence from the Mayer book or does Mayer cover the full years of Peenemünde West's history?