You are bidding on an AMAZING example of a WW2 German Luftwaffe Aircraft KG13B, Fl. 47919, 102-288 B Control Grip, as used ONLY in the Me109, Fw190 A – D, Ta152, and Me410 Fighter aircraft! This SPECIFIC example was recovered from the wreck of Fw190 A-8, W. Nr. 172974, which was lost over Normandy.
The KG13 was mounted directly between the pilots legs, and gave him control of the aircraft, weapons (MG, Cannon, Bombs), and Radio). Most aircraft control grips after WW2 were based on this German design.
Flown by Uffz. Erich Kerntke (POW or MIA), this SPECIFIC example was recovered from the wreck of his Fw190 A-8, W. Nr. 172974. Downed over Normandy on July 17, 1944, he flew with 1./JG11.
Made of steel, aluminum, and bakelite, this grip would have been manufactured between 1943 and 1944. Though the KG13B was most heavily used in the Fw190, surviving examples exist that were removed from later Me109 fighter aircraft. Recovered from a downed Fw190 A-8 in France by a US Serviceman, it is in SUPERB used condition, and EASILY one of the nicest examples I have seen of this type. No damage and all buttons function perfectly! There is a slight bit of flash corrosion on some of the unpainted steel fittings, but this is normal due to the age. The data label under the terminal box cover plate is 100% intact, and clearly indicates KG13 B. Based on the wear (or lack thereof) in the position where the aluminum data plate would have been installed, it appears to have never had one mounted. Probably quite normal, as they Luftwaffe transitioned away from the aluminum plates, going into the KG13C and other variants.
The AMAZING feature is that it still retains the ORIGINAL hand-painted aircraft Werk Nummer (Serial Number) on the side, indicating, “W.Nr. 172974”! This 100% identifies this as originating from the Fw190 A-8, flown by Uffz. Erich Kerntke. The electrical code “V60” is present on both the body, as well as the terminal box cover…but they are heavily faded, due to wear & age. Some of the original wiring is still present. One of the rarest grips to obtain, I have indicated it’s location in the Fw190 in the last photo. It would make a SUPERB addition to any collection, display, or restoration project!
Please note that the stand shown in the first photo is for display purposes only, and is not part of the auction.
Jagdgeschwader 11 (JG 11) was a German fighter wing (German: Jagdgeschwader) of the Luftwaffe during World War II. Its primary role was the defense of Northern Germany against Allied day bomber raids. Formed in April 1943 as a split from Jagdgeschwader 1, the unit primarily used the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Focke-Wulf Fw 190.
The unit was initially based along the North German coast, protecting the northern flank of occupied Europe. During the summer of 1943, as the unescorted bombers penetrated deeper into Germany, JG 11 saw intensive action, with about 40 percent of some 1,200 claims submitted by the Western Front fighter wings in this period being credited to JG 1 and JG 11 .
JG 11 trialled new tactics such as dropping 250 kg bombs on top of the bomber formations or using the heavy-calibre Werfer-Granate 21 unguided, underwing-launched rockets. In spring of 1944 the introduction of P-51 Mustang made the job of units such as JG 11 very difficult as they fought through the escorts to reach the bombers. Several measures were introduced to counter the bomber offensive such as the introduction of Bf 109–G high altitude aircraft with a pressurized cockpit.
In January 1945, the Luftwaffe made a last-ditch counterattack to stem the Allied offensives with Operation Baseplate. JG 11 targeted the USAAF base at Asch, Belgium called Y–29 and Ophoven, the Netherlands. What followed became known as the “Legend of Y–29”. JG 11 lost its commander and several group commanders with many pilots. The unit surrendered to British forces in early May 1945.
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