Sorties for obscure Ar 234 squadrons

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Sorties for obscure Ar 234 squadrons

Post by Spikes » 24 Oct 2019 17:19

Hi all,

I am curious if anyone has information on the various obscure Ar 234 squadrons that operated toward the end of the war. In particular, I am looking for III./Ergänzungskampfgeschwader 1 which was redesignated from IV./KG 76. I am curious what these units would have been doing late in the war, presumably bombing bridges and things of that nature?
Additionally it would be interesting to see what the Sonderkommando units would have been doing (that were located further south in Italy and Austria.
I hope there is some sort of resource on this, but I understand it is a lesser known part of the Luftwaffe.

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Re: Sorties for obscure Ar 234 squadrons

Post by AllenM » 24 Oct 2019 19:17

One problem with finding such information is that it is scattered. The operations in the Bohemia-Moravia Protectorate and over Czech territory are little known and clues have been partly uncovered from photos of abandoned or partly wrecked examples. See the book: Luftwaffe Over Czech Territory - 1945, IV. Messerschmitt Me 262 Production & Arado Ar 234 Final Operations by JaPo Publishing.

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Re: Sorties for obscure Ar 234 squadrons

Post by Spikes » 25 Oct 2019 15:29

AllenM wrote:
24 Oct 2019 19:17
One problem with finding such information is that it is scattered. The operations in the Bohemia-Moravia Protectorate and over Czech territory are little known and clues have been partly uncovered from photos of abandoned or partly wrecked examples. See the book: Luftwaffe Over Czech Territory - 1945, IV. Messerschmitt Me 262 Production & Arado Ar 234 Final Operations by JaPo Publishing.
I will have to look into that book, it looks like a pretty obscure one so hopefully I can obtain it.

Do you have it? If so, does it cover only operations specifically in the Czech areas, or 262 & 234 information as a whole?

Thanks again for the quick reply!

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Re: Sorties for obscure Ar 234 squadrons

Post by AllenM » 01 Nov 2019 18:30

I have the book that was published before it. And yes, these books sell out quickly. I wish I could help further.

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Re: Sorties for obscure Ar 234 squadrons

Post by Spikes » 26 Nov 2019 21:52

No worries at all! I will keep my eyes open for it.

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Re: Sorties for obscure Ar 234 squadrons

Post by AllenM » 28 Nov 2019 03:20

A new book is coming that covers KG 76. Expected in early 2020.

https://www.chandospublications.co.uk/n ... cted-2020/

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Re: Sorties for obscure Ar 234 squadrons

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 28 Nov 2019 09:28

Yes I too wonder if there were more obscure Arado Ar 234 and Me 262 squadrons that were in action on the Eastern Front that were not covered in Luftwaffe books and papers. Sonderkommandos? By the way did the Ar 234s ever launched radio-controlled rocket bombs against the Soviets? I don't know if there were air to air victories over Allied and Soviet aircraft at all by Ar 234 jet bombers.

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Re: Sorties for obscure Ar 234 squadrons

Post by AllenM » 29 Nov 2019 04:45

You should read the Eastern Front air war books being published by Christer Bergstrom https://vaktelforlag.se/produkt/black-c ... july-1943/

He will eventually reach 1944 and 1945.

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Re: Sorties for obscure Ar 234 squadrons

Post by Larry D. » 29 Nov 2019 14:45

Most or many of your questions about obscure jet units in action and under development at the end of the war can be found in this book:

Griehl, Manfred. Last Days of the Luftwaffe: German Luftwaffe Combat Units 1944-1945. Barnsley (Yorkshire): Frontline Books, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-84832-511-1. Hb. Dj. 262p. Heavily illus. Dwgs. Index.

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Re: Sorties for obscure Ar 234 squadrons

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 03 Dec 2019 04:25

Can anyone just named two obscure Luftwaffe fighter-bomber units in 1945 please for example?

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