Bf 109E-3, “White 2”, 4./JG51 – Ofw. Hans Illner
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This appears to be the be the aircraft Illner used in mid-August, after his third victory. What is most unique about it, is that Illner had a set of bright red lips holding a cigarette painted on the front of the under-cowl after his first victory. According to Vol. Two Section 2 of the Jagdwaffe series, the cigarette should have the date of Illner’s first kill, 5 July 1940, printed on it, rather than the brand name. The Eagle Strike decal does not have this. Also the Jagdwaffe volume reports the smoke from the cigarette as gray and black. The decal is printed as red and white. This could come down to photo interpretation.
As to other markings carried by this aircraft, Illner had the name of his girlfriend, Gretel, painted on the fuselage as well as a pair of dice above the name and a yellow clover below.
The aircraft also carried the weeping bird emblem of II./JG 51. At first look, it appears that the legend under the bird is “Gott strafe Bngland”. But, upon closer examination, England is spelled with an “E” not a “B”.http://www.mediafire.com/?dm27pakqorvfwrr