Messerschmitt Bf 109 K-4

Gelb 1, flown by an unknown pilot in 11./JG 27, Goslar/Germany, early April 1945

As one of the few Jaggdgeschwader, led by Major Ludwig Franzisket the JG 27 remained in the west during 1945. Such was the superiority of the Allied air forces that the III./JG 27 could not be considered as combat effective by March 1945. As an example on 24 March III. Gruppe reported another one-sided fight with P-51 Mustangs, claiming one for nine K-4 lost and with them losing eight pilots killed and one wounded.

And as the US tank units was closing in on Paderborn and their base Gütherloh, the Gruppen was forced once again to relocated to Goslar. The constant pressure from the Allied forces the Gruppe relocated to Halberstadt after 11 days and then to Grossenhain.

While at Grossenhain the III./JG 27 receive the order to transfer to Prage-Gbell in Czechoslovakia to continued the fight from there. However as the Soviet Red Army was closing in, once more they was relocated ending up in the Austrian Alps near Saalbach on 3 May 1945.

Here Major Peter Werfft. disbanded III./JG 27 together with the acting unit commander, Hptm. Emil Clade. The war ended two days later when they surrendered to US forces on 5 May 1945.

In 1945 while fighting in the West the Gruppe lost 27 killed or posted missing, with another four wounded and one pilot taken prisoner. During this period the pilots in the III./JG 27 amassed a total of 42 abschüsse, most of them fighters.

This is one of the new profile subjects I have found during the last weeks, by other words interesting stuff is still emerges, profiles subjects that have to be turned into new profiles.

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