Nachtjagdgeschwader 3

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Nachtjagdgeschwader 3
Nachtjagd badge.svg
Active 1941 – 1945
Country Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Branch Air Force
Type Night Fighter
Role Air superiority
Size Air Force Wing
Engagements World War II
Insignia
Identification
symbol
Geschwaderkennung of
L1 (inherited from LG 1), later D5

Nachtjagdgeschwader 3 (NJG 3) was a Luftwaffe night fighter-wing of World War II. NJG 3 was formed on 29 September 1941 in Stade from Stab./Zerstörergeschwader 26.

Commanding officers

Kommodore

Gruppenkommandeure

I. Gruppe

  • Hauptmann Günther Radusch, 7 October 1940 – 2 October 1941
  • Hauptmann Hans-Dietrich Knoetzsch, 3 October 1941 – 30 September 1942
  • Major Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-Weißenfeld, 1 October 1942 – 31 May 1943
  • Hauptmann Erhard Peters, 1 June 1943 – 14 August 1943
  • Hauptmann Walter Mylius, 15 August 1943 – 13 December 1943
  • Hauptmann Paul Szameitat, 14 December 1943 – 2 January 1944
  • Major Werner Husemann, 4 January 1944 – 8 May 1945

II. Gruppe

  • Hauptmann Günther Radusch, 3 October 1941 – 1 August 1943
  • Major Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, 15 August 1943 – November 1943
  • Hauptmann Paul Szameitat, December 1943 – 14 December 1943
  • Major Klaus Havenstein, 15 December 1943 – September 1944
  • Hauptmann Hüschens, September 1944 – February 1945

III. Gruppe

  • Oberstleutnant Heinz Nacke, 1 November 1941 – 21 April 1943
  • Hauptmann Walter Mylius, 22 April 1943 – 14 August 1943
  • Hauptmann Rudolf Sigmund, 15 August 1943 – 4 October 1943
  • Major Walter Barthe, 15 October 1943 – 8 May 1945

IV. Gruppe

  • Major Erich Simon, 1 November 1942 – 7 October 1943
  • Hauptmann Albert Schulz, 8 October 1943 – January 1944
  • Hauptmann Franz Buschmann, January 1944 – July 1944
  • Hauptmann Heinz Ferger, July 1944 – November 1944
  • Major Berthold Ney, November 1944 – 4 March 1945
  • Hauptmann Freidrich Tober, 5 March 1945 – 8 May 1945

Surviving aircraft

Two aircraft that served with NJG 3 are displayed together at the Royal Air Force Museum London, one of the two sites of the Royal Air Force Museum. These are Messerschmitt Bf 110 G Werk Nr. 730301, which was surrendered to the British at the end of the war in 1945, and Junkers Ju 88 R-1, Werk Nr. 360043,[1] which came into British hands in 1943. Both aircraft are almost unique - each is one of only two intact survivors of their type.

References

Citations
  1. Simpson, Andrew. "INDIVIDUAL HISTORY MESSERSCHMITT Bf110G - 4/R6 W/NR.730301 AIR MINISTRY 34; 8479M MUSEUM ACCESSION NUMBER 78/AF/954" (PDF). Retrieved 13 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Bibliography
  • Hinchliffe, Peter (1998). Luftkrieg bei Nacht 1939–1945 (in German). Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 978-3-613-01861-7. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>