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Bf109 F2/F4 of Hans Beisswenger 6./JG 54 W.Nr. 9538 Russia 1941.


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On the Eastern Front, serving with 3./JG 54 (3rd squadron), Beißwenger became a leading scorer in I./JG 54 (1st group).

 

Flying the aircraft shown here, he was shot down at Wereten on 16 July 1941. Behind enemy lines, he escaped capture and returned to his base. He claimed his 20th aerial victory over an I-18 fighter on 24 August 1941. By the end of 1941, his total stood at 32 aerial victories. He claimed his 40th victory on 6 April 1942, on 8 May, he achieved his 50th victory, and the following day, he received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 9 May 1942 for 50 victories claimed. Beißwenger and Leutnant Horst Hannig received the Knight's Cross from General der Flieger Helmuth Förster at Siverskaya. On 11 August 1942, Beißwenger was appointed Staffelkapitän of 6./JG 54.

 

Credited with shooting down 152 enemy aircraft, all but one on the Eastern Front, and the destruction of one tethered balloon. He flew over 500 combat missions during his career.


He did not return to base after an air combat south of Lake Ilmen near Staraja Russa on 6 March 1943 and Oberleutnant Hans Beißwenger, flying Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 (Werknummer 14236—factory number) "yellow 4", was posted as missing. His Schwarm had been engaged in a combat with four Soviet fighters. Beißwenger claimed his last two victories, numbers 151 and 152, over Lavochkin LaGG-3 fighters that day. The Messerschmitt Bf 109 of Unteroffizier Georg Munderloh was damaged in a midair collision, and Munderloh reported that he would try to reach his base. Eventually, he had to land in enemy territory. Taken prisoner, he was later told by Soviet pilots involved in the action that they had shot down another German fighter, which could have been Beißwenger. Another German pilot observed Beißwenger's aircraft flying at low altitude, clearly suffering from engine problems, attempting to return to friendly territory. After that, there was no trace of him. Beißwenger was later listed as missing in action. It may be that Beißwenger was brought down by Starshiy Leytenant Ivan Kholodov of 32 GIAP (Guard Fighter Air Regiment). Kholodov rammed the Bf 109—probably Beißwenger's—that was attacking his wingman, Leytenant Arkadiy Makarov, and managed to bail out of his own damaged craft before it crashed.

 

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He belly landed this aircraft in Wersteni (Leningrad sector) on the 16th of July 1941 with 35% damages

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http://www.mediafire.com/file/doz4gigh9lcnpu3/Bf_109_F-2_6.JG54_Hans_Beisswenger_Yellow_4_v7.dds/file

 

While fixing the historical information I also came across 2 more excellent b/w photos of the crash which showed some additional information. The kill markings should be on the rhs of rudder. The spinner has a large yellow segment and is not in fact just white. And on the lhs fuselage between the 4 and the cross is a lighter coloured squiggle that stands out from the rest of the camo pattern. I've therefore updated the skin yet again.

 

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http://www.mediafire.com/file/p3phxmbz3yfrz3n/4K+Bf+109+F-2+6.JG54+Hans+Beisswenger+Yellow+4+v13.dds/file

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Madcop
7 hours ago, SR603-Flowbee said:

On the Eastern Front, serving with 3./JG 54 (3rd squadron), Beißwenger became a leading scorer in I./JG 54 (1st group). Although he was shot down on 17 July 1941 behind enemy lines, he escaped capture and returned to his base. He claimed his 20th aerial victory over an I-18 fighter on 24 August 1941. By the end of 1941, his total stood at 32 aerial victories. He claimed his 40th victory on 6 April 1942, on 8 May, he achieved his 50th victory, and the following day, he received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 9 May 1942 for 50 victories claimed. Beißwenger and Leutnant Horst Hannig received the Knight's Cross from General der Flieger Helmuth Förster at Siverskaya. On 11 August 1942, Beißwenger was appointed Staffelkapitän of 6./JG 54.

 

Credited with shooting down 152 enemy aircraft, all but one on the Eastern Front, and the destruction of one tethered balloon. He flew over 500 combat missions during his career.


He did not return to base after an air combat south of Lake Ilmen near Staraja Russa on 6 March 1943 and Oberleutnant Hans Beißwenger, flying Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 (Werknummer 14236—factory number) "yellow 4", was posted as missing. His Schwarm had been engaged in a combat with four Soviet fighters. Beißwenger claimed his last two victories, numbers 151 and 152, over Lavochkin LaGG-3 fighters that day. The Messerschmitt Bf 109 of Unteroffizier Georg Munderloh was damaged in a midair collision, and Munderloh reported that he would try to reach his base. Eventually, he had to land in enemy territory. Taken prisoner, he was later told by Soviet pilots involved in the action that they had shot down another German fighter, which could have been Beißwenger. Another German pilot observed Beißwenger's aircraft flying at low altitude, clearly suffering from engine problems, attempting to return to friendly territory. After that, there was no trace of him. Beißwenger was later listed as missing in action. It may be that Beißwenger was brought down by Starshiy Leytenant Ivan Kholodov of 32 GIAP (Guard Fighter Air Regiment). Kholodov rammed the Bf 109—probably Beißwenger's—that was attacking his wingman, Leytenant Arkadiy Makarov, and managed to bail out of his own damaged craft before it crashed.

 

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http://www.mediafire.com/file/doz4gigh9lcnpu3/Bf+109+F-2+3.JG54+Hans+Beisswenger+Yellow+4+v7.dds/file

 

Hi Flowbee

Very , very nice indeed, but this aircraft ( WNr.9538 ? ) was flown by Hans Beisswenger when flying in 6th Staffel ( Yellow)  of  the 2nd. Gruppe ( Horizontal bar and Lion of Aspen badge) of JG54 ( In short  6. JG54 ) He belly landed this aircraft in Wersteni (Leningrad sector) on the 16th of July 1941 with 35% damages.

 

Beautifull work ...as usual. 

Many Thanks.

Madcop

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Arggh, NINJA'D by Madcop...., was just commenting on that observation also :ph34r::salute:

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35 minutes ago, FurphyForum said:

Arggh, NINJA'D by Madcop...., was just commenting on that observation also :ph34r::salute:

 

Normal, Belgium is nearer from Scotland than Australia and postal serice is also faster ...😇.

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Thanks for the extra info. What I  added is from wikipedia but I got confused and updated the Staffel number in the name. I will rename it back to what I had initially. I'm glad you've cleared that up. That also explains the photo of the crash landed aircraft which belonged to Beisswenger. Another example of my struggles with decals - if I don't mess up the scaling then I ignore them altogether. They just get in the way of a good picture. I blame it on reading too many Air War comic books in my childhood. :)

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Madcop
2 hours ago, SR603-Flowbee said:

Thanks for the extra info. What I  added is from wikipedia but I got confused and updated the Staffel number in the name. I will rename it back to what I had initially. I'm glad you've cleared that up. That also explains the photo of the crash landed aircraft which belonged to Beisswenger. Another example of my struggles with decals - if I don't mess up the scaling then I ignore them altogether. They just get in the way of a good picture. I blame it on reading too many Air War comic books in my childhood. :)

 

When I was a kid (very long time ago) my hero was "Battler Briton" who scored far more than what is possible with all Il-2 campaigns ! So I come to the conclusion that Il-2 is a very realistic sim ! 🤣 

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