Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10 &
by Troy White
"Alles Schlaft" © Troy White, Oil
on Canvas, 27" x 48"
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Fw. Fritz Koal and Fw. Karl-Heinz Schroder of II./JG 27 cruise across
the cold December sky in 1944. Koal in Yellow 14 is flying a Bf 109G-10
(WNr.490180). Schroder in Yellow 9 is flying a Bf 109G-14 (WNr.785756).
On Christmas Day 1944 both men took off from their base at Hopsten,
Germany just after 11:00 with the rest of II./ JG 27. Under the
leadership of Gruppenkommandeur Hptm. Herbert Kutscha II Gruppe headed
for St. Vith to support ground troops involved with the Ardennes
Offensive (Battle of the Bulge). At about noon the Gruppe became
involved in a large air battle over the Ahr Valley. The battle took
place between the towns of Adenau and Bad Neuenahr near the famous
Nurburgring Formula 1 race course. Before it was over eight Bf 109s from
II./JG 27 would litter the landscape below.
Hptm. Kutscha shot down two P-51s but was slightly wounded bailing out
of his Bf 109G-10 (WNr. 490664, Green 4). Another P-51 and a P-47 were
claimed by Obfw. Alfred Masureck and Uffz. Herbert Hoffman respectively.
Meanwhile Koal and Schroder were forced to bale out when they were shot
down over Adenau. Schroder was only slightly wounded and remained on
operations with 6 Staffel.
Koal was seriously wounded and did not return to his unit until
March,1945. In April he added three more victories to the pair of P-51s
and P-47 that he scored on September 27, 1944. His sixth confirmed
victory, a P-47 was scored on April 16 , 1945. On April 30, 1945 the
last six Bf-109s of 6 Staffel, JG 27 flew to Leck AFB (a small base in
northern Germany near Denmark) and surrendered. There WWII ended for
Feldwebel Fritz Koal.
Both Koal and Schroder were the last two victories scored by American
ace Major George Preddy who in turn was shot down and killed by American
anti-aircraft fire just a few moments later as he pursued an FW 190 down
on the deck.
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by Troy White
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