UPDATES

This year's additions and corrections to the site are listed opposite, with the most recent at the top.

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updates

3 December 2023

Complete Works: updated to include my 24,000-word piece, "Sonderstaffel Einhorn and III./KG 200: from Self-sacrifice to Surrender", in the forthcoming Axis Wings compendium.

Kommando Rastedter: additions about a Ju 188 flight on 21 November 1943; 192 Squadron's "Goldmark" radar investigation flights; U-boats turning back with defective radar-warning sets; and the Schornsteinfeger radar-absorbent coating for U-boats.

Invasion Watch: Ob. West's advice to OKL on 4 January 1944 about reconnaissance over the Channel; and Genltn. Koller's comments of 7 May 1944 on reinforcement of the units available in France.

Markings and Camouflage: a German report from July 1944 on the wreck of a Bf 109 G-6 of 6./JG 53 in Normandy.

SG4 in Normandy: additions for 6 June and 12 June 1944.

Nachtjagdstaffel Norwegen: an addition about events on 25 February 1945.

1 September 2023

Invasion Watch: The Kommandeur of NAGr. 13's view of tactical reconnaissance aircraft and tactics; additional summaries of reconnaissance results on 26 & 27 April and 8 & 24 May 1944.

Sonderstaffel Kaatsch: more about operations on 18–22, 24, 25, 27, 29 & 30 August; and 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 25–27 & 29 September 1944. Includes a map showing two sorties flown on the evening 5 September and what was sighted.

Geschwader Bongart: more about anti-partisan operations by III./KG 100; more on Bongart's operations on 18 June; 9 & 20 August (thanks again to Philippe Canonne); and 4 September 1944.

Kommando Schäfer: an addition about the disbandment of LLG 1 and LLG 2.

Listening and Jamming: more about radar detection of the U-boat Schnorchel.

The Bf 109 H with 5.(F)/123: a Luftwaffe complaint about friendly Flak firing on German aircraft.

Kampfflieger Vol. 4: more about German intentions for the bombing of Paris on 26/27 August 1944 and intelligence on events in the city afterward.

Kommando Olga: guidelines issued in November 1944 for the unit's operations.

Operation Dragoon: additions about Luftwaffe operations on 14, 18 and 19 August 1944.

1 August 2023

Listening and jamming: more about German radar and sonar decoys and measures to camouflage U-boats against radar; Luftwaffe thinking on the deployment of active radio countermeasures at sea (October 1943); the Werneuchen test establishment's thoughts on maritime tactical signals reconnaissance (November 1943); more about fitting out Ju 188s and 388s for electronic reconnaissance (Summer 1944).

Kommando Koch: more about the use of smoke buoys to defend the Portofino convoy against air attack on 3–4 November 1942.

Geschwader Bongart: notification to Armeegruppe A on 19 June 1944 that air support was available from Bongart and procedures for calling it in; more about Kdo. Schaefer (air-landing troops of II./KG 200); a Resistance attack on the Toulouse factory of a Junkers sub-contractor.

Kampfflieger Vol. 4: addition to convoy KMS-31 (11 November 1943) about KG 26's early experiences with the FuG 200 Hohentwiel search radar; new articles about convoys UGS-46 (11–12 July 1944) and UGS-48 (31 July–1 August 1944); more about the Kettenhund jammer; reported interference with Neptun-R radars during the Bristol raid of 14–15 May 1944.

Markings and camouflage: a memo about removing yellow identification paint in the West (26 June 1944); revised ambulance aircraft markings (19 December 1944).

Operation Dragoon: a brief report from ground troops on the Bf 109 of II./JG 77 lost on 19 August 1944.

NSG 9: Oberbefehlshaber Südwest's remarks on the bombing of German airfields (18 November 1944); more about proposals to protect NSG 9 by jamming Allied radars; Ob. SW's remarks on two nights' operations in January 1945.

Kommando Götz: Ob. West's diary entry for the first Ar 234 reconnaissance operation, on 2 August 1944; and an aborted operation on 17 September 1944.

1940 losses: more about signals Ju 52 NR+AK, damaged on 27 October.

Jagdgruppe 200: small additions to 5, 17, 25 July 1944 ; orders to ground troops in Southern France about assisting bailed-out German pilots.

1 June 2023

Flieger Geschwader z.bV. 7: activities, locations and aircraft of the unit's elements during 1944.

Listening and Jamming: additions about a Luftwaffe/Kriegsmarine discussion and the loss of an electronic reconnaissance Mosquito, both in August 1943.

The Bf 109 H with 5.(F)/123: an addition about Leichte Flak Abteilung 757.

Air raid damage: Ju 88 G-6's of II./NJG 2 falling victim to an an attack in January 1945.

Geschwader Bongart: actions at Morvan (7 August 1944) and Crux-la-Ville (12 August 1944), with thanks again to Philippe Canonne.

Jagdgruppe 200: minor alteration about early victories by JGr. Süd and (thanks to John Manrho) the name of the witness to Fw. Guth's victory on 30 July 1944.

Markings and camouflage: an addition about standardising Me 262 camouflage (27 March 1945).

SG 4 in Normandy: addition regarding the Ritterkreuz awarded to the CO of the Distelfink radar station.

1 March 2023

Nachtjagdstaffel Norwegen: expanded account of operations flown in 1945.

Kommando Koch: more about jamming during the Channel Dash and the situation on Malta in July 1942.

Geschwader Bongart: a proposal to deploy KG 200's Kommando Schäfer against the allies in Normandy in June 1944.

Kampfflieger Vol. 4: a brief extract from a postwar assessment of X. Fliegerkorps' use of guided weapons against bridges; German evaluations of the Kettenhund jammer; production figures for the Starnberg jammer and data on Düppel reflective strips; an assessment of LG 1's performance in January 1945.

III./SG 4 in Normandy: another tribute to the defenders of radar station »Distelfink«.

The Luftwaffe and Saint-Exupéry: expanded to take account of additional material from the Bundesarchiv; also an examination of the myth that reconnaissance pilot Robert Heichele shot the French author down.

The inevitable minor corrections to typing, links and layouts.

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