Nachtjagdgeschwader 3

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Nachtjagdgeschwader 3
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Active1941 – 1945
Country Nazi Germany
BranchBalkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe
TypeNight Fighter
RoleAir superiority
SizeAir Force Wing
EngagementsWorld 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[edit]

Geschwaderkommodore[edit]

Gruppenkommandeur[edit]

Messerschmitt Bf 110 G-4 from 9./NJG 3

I. Gruppe[edit]

II. Gruppe[edit]

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

III. Gruppe[edit]

IV. Gruppe[edit]

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

Surviving aircraft[edit]

A Bf 110 G-4, formerly of NJG 3, at the RAF Museum in London.
Ju 88 R-1, Werk Nr. 360043, RAF Museum (2008), formerly of NJG 3

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,[2] which came into British hands in 1943. Both aircraft are almost unique - each is one of only two intact survivors of their type.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y Aders 1978, p. 228.
  2. ^ 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.

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