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Old 3rd August 2013, 21:00
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Seeking name of Gr Adj for I./ZG52 at beginning of war, and continuing as JGr152 to 01.40, when the unit re-equipped with the Bf110


For profiling purposes, we need the name of this officer. It is not Lt. Hartmann Grasser, who was photographed after receiving the EK 2 on 17 Sept 1939 in front of the Adj a/c. He was a member of 3./ZG52, and presumably later with JGr152 (unit temporarily renamed 24.09.39), and was apparently only posing in front of a Stab a/c. See Prien, JFV 2, P542.

I note that Oblt Dietrich von Bothmer is listed with the Stab of JGr152 (on that date still should have been I./ZG52), when he scored a victory on 20.09.39. He is also listed as the Sta Kap of 1./ZG52 - 1./JGr152 in the same source. We know there was an a/c with an Adj chevron assigned to the unit in Sept, 1939, but was von Bothmer serving as both 1 Sta Kap and Gr Adj? Does anybody know?

Also, does anyone know of any photos of 1 Staffel a/c during any time from Sept-Dec, 1939 for this unit? We particularly need to see how the prop spinners for both 1 and 3 Staffel were painted. I need ANY photos from this unit at any time during the last four months of 1939, while it was flying the Bf109D-1. We already have the photos in JFV Vol 2, but this entire unit, except for the Gruppenstab, is still very poorly documented photographically. Who can help?

Thanx for any assistance.

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