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Old 19th May 2020, 21:53
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8./KG 30 April-June 1942 at Kemi - any photos?


Luftflotte 5 ordered April 27th 1942 one Staffel from III//KG 30 at Bardufoss to Kemi. Their mission was to support defence against Soviet Spring attack at (Finnish) III AK sector. Next day 8./KG 30 was subordinated to Gefechtsstab Lfl 5 at Kemi.

June 5th one more Staffel from III/KG 30 was orderd to Kemi and 9./KG 30 transferred the next day.

June 7th III/KG 30 was ordered to transfer Stabsschwarm with 3 Ju 88 and the Commander to Kemi and three days one Staffel more. 7./KG 30 transferred to Kemi with 9 Ju 88s.

June 16th whole III/KG 30 was orderd back to Bardufoss when weather permitted.

7./KG 30 has one loss 30.4.1942 (4D+DR) due AAA near Petrijärvi (near Louhi, III AK sector). Note this is before the ordered transfer of 7. Staffel.

All this from Hannu Valtonen's book "Pohjoinen ilmasota".

A friend has picked 4D+AS, B, C, F, H, I and E flying from Kemi in Finnish Air Observation unit diaries.

Now my question is: is there any photos of 8./KG 30 Ju 88s from this period of time?
All I can find are I and II/KG 30, the one 8./KG 30 is the burn out 4D+GS wreck and photos are from modern times. That loss was in September 1942.

I am particularily interested about if and what kind of Eastern Front yellow markings the 8./KG 30 Ju 88s carried. What was the color of the eagle emblem background shield? Was is Staffel or Gruppe colored?

Also did KG 30 visit France also after the Kemi period before going Banak? Couldn't find anything in my sources.

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