Fw-189 first fielded

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Fw-189 first fielded

Post by drhiggins » 29 Jul 2021 06:13

Hello all,

Any idea when the Fw-189 was made operational? I've seen March, April, and August 1941, but I can't determine the accuracy of these months. I believe these planes were first used during Barbarossa with a few Reconnaissamce Groups, perhaps 31st and 14th after giving up their Hs-126s.

Thanks
Dave

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Re: Fw-189 first fielded

Post by Cantankerous » 18 Oct 2021 02:06

drhiggins wrote:
29 Jul 2021 06:13
Hello all,

Any idea when the Fw-189 was made operational? I've seen March, April, and August 1941, but I can't determine the accuracy of these months. I believe these planes were first used during Barbarossa with a few Reconnaissamce Groups, perhaps 31st and 14th after giving up their Hs-126s.

Thanks
Dave
The Fw 189 entered service in the fall of 1940 (see the book German Aircraft of World War II by J.R. Smith and Antony L. Kay), so March or April 1941 could be accurate.

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Re: Fw-189 first fielded

Post by MikeMeech » 19 Oct 2021 20:31

drhiggins wrote:
29 Jul 2021 06:13
Hello all,

Any idea when the Fw-189 was made operational? I've seen March, April, and August 1941, but I can't determine the accuracy of these months. I believe these planes were first used during Barbarossa with a few Reconnaissamce Groups, perhaps 31st and 14th after giving up their Hs-126s.

Thanks
Dave
Hi
In E R Hooton's 'Eagle in Flames' the Appendices contain Luftwaffe Orbats that have information on the equipment of units, for 'Barbarossa' on 22nd June 1941 the following is relevant:
WW2gerFW189001.jpg
WW2gerFW189002.jpg
WW2gerFW189006.jpg
It appears only one unit had FW189.

Mike
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Re: Fw-189 first fielded

Post by MikeMeech » 19 Oct 2021 21:29

Hi
By the 27th July 1942 rather more units are equipped with the Fw 189:
WW2gerFW189003.jpg
WW2gerFW189004.jpg
WW2gerFW189005.jpg
Mike
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Re: Fw-189 first fielded

Post by drhiggins » 31 Oct 2021 19:01

Thank you, Mike. That was very helpful- and thoughtful. Every so often I hit a rut in my research. Much appreciated.

All the best,
Dave

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