Anyhone know anything Luftwaffe markings?

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  1. I have recently been given a picture by the WW2 war artist Vallance Jean Gregson (crazy name or what).

    It is the mangled tail of what looks like a Ju 52. The pic was done in 1943 so I assume it is in the Western Desert.

    On the tail is a large yellow 'P', to the right a smaller number '2' and below this a smaller letter 'G'.

    If anyone has any clue what unit/formation this represents I would be very grateful. I did have a look on t'internet but it gets very complicated very quickly.

    Cheers
     
  2. You are right it is a bit complicated

    Try this Luftwaffe linky

    Hope it helps a little bit

    HH
     
  3. Good grief! No wonder they lost. I am surprised they knew where any of their aircraft were or what they were doing.
     
  4. This may help:

    http://www.ww2.dk/misc/unitid.htm

    The bomber geschwader with the code P1 served in support of the Afrika Corps, so it is possible that the other 'P' codes also served there, there are a couple of transport units which would account for JU52s, although P2 would point to a recce/ground attack squadron for which a JU52 would have been a bit cumbersome, to say the least!

    The codes were usually painted on the side of the aircraft, not the tail though, so perhaps this is a dead end.
     
  5. These sites give P12 as a code used by P2 - Aufklärungsgruppe 21 and Aufklärungsgruppe 11 at different times

    http://www.ww2.dk/misc/unitid.htm

    This entry says that Aufklärungsgruppe 11 was a short ranged recce unit equipped with Hs126 liaison and recce aircraft on the Don front in the Soviet Union. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henschel_Hs_126

    Aufklärungsgruppe 21 seems to have served on the Russian front as well http://www.ww2.dk/air/recon/aufklg21.html

    Ju52s were used by training establishments and other odd units. The tail markings may not correspond to the formation markings.
     
  6. Thak you all very much for making a bit more sense of this topic.