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 Post subject: Kampfgeschwader 77 summer 1939
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:38 pm 
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The curiosity of this photo from eBay http://www.ebay.de/itm/V-14-Orig-Foto-zeigt-Flugzeuge-He111-Staffelzeichen-2-WK-RARE-/230714535297?pt=Militaria&hash=item35b7a86d81 is that these Dornier Do 17E are wearing the emblem of I./KG 153 but appear to have the code of KG 77. KG 153 became KG 77 in May 1939. I assume that the Do 17E had been withdrawn before the invasion of Poland. The photo must then be summer 1939 and before the emblem ascribed to I./KG 77 (Ketley, Rolfe # 361) came into use.

I am aware that the KG 153 code had been 32+___. I also have several Do17E photos from KG153. But this code looks like a 3Z rather than 32+. It would be useful to have seen the code after the cross, which would have determined which unit. There is a third Do17 behind the coded aircraft. Only the lower part of the code can just about be seen, but I think that I can only see two characters rather then three, so again this would support KG 77.

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 Post subject: Re: Kampfgeschwader 77 summer 1939
PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:32 am 
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The Do 17E was still in operation during the intial stages of the Polish campaign. I have several pictures (unfortunately my scanner is u/s) that show both the Do 17E and the more famous BoB version (no idea - rivet counting isn't my specialty) at the same airfield. Of interest is the former wears the camouflage seen in the above while the latter has the more standard 'wartime' version of camouflage. Of further note is a single (presumably) SC 500 slung under the centreline of the fuselage of the E variant behind the bomb bay.

The Do 17E identifiable are 3Z+DN, 3Z+DO and 3Z+K(??)N. No emblem is visible on the port side of these aircraft in any of the photos, while there is no emblem visible on any of the latter variants of the Do 17s (likewise it is very difficult to see an outline, let alone a recognisable letter on the fuselage of said a/c).


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