Photographs of aircraft from Jagdgruppe Drontheim

These photographs now depict several aircraft from Jagdgruppe Drontheim, the originators dates them to 1941, which in my opinion is correct. I want to thank Sergio Luis dos Santos for sharing the photographs from his collection, originating from a former JGr Drontheim pilot, namely Leutnant Günther Eggebrecht.

After seeing these intriguing photographs, I found a little piece of information on the first days of Oerlandet airfield.

The first unit using this forward airfield in the mouth of the Trondheimsfjorden was JGr Drontheim, with Lt Eggebrecht leading a Schwarm (4 aircraft) suitably designated Einsatzschwarm Oerlandet!

This unit consisted of Lt Eggebrecht as Schwarmführer, Uffz Kurt Kundrus, Uffz Heinrich Niehaus (probably) and Fw Friedrich Hammesfahr (probably). My reason for assuming this is the photographs of Kundrus and Hammesfahr in flight, as well as private correspondence with Herrn Friedrich Hammesfahr, which states that he flew with Heinrich Niehaus as his wingman at this time. Kundrus is brought into this also be the following, taken from the Kriegstagebuch of Seenotdienstführer Norwegen:

8.10.41 Seenotbezirkstelle Drontheim meldet mit Fernschreiben 207/41 g.v. 8.10.41
Am 8.10.41 20.40 Anruf Ltn. Eggebrecht, Jagdgruppe Drontheim: 1 Me 109 +5 von der 4. Staffel hörend Jagdgruppe Drontheim; Einsatzschwarm Oerlandet, Flugzeugführer Uffz. Kundrus, überfällig.
9.10. bei Hellwerden Suchaktion mit Seenotmaschin Drontheim von Oerlandet Küstenstreifen bis 06 Ost 5349 beabsichtigt.
R/S "Willie Wilhelmsen" wird zur Suche von Kristiansund nach Süden bis 06 Ost 5349, R/S "Andreas Aarö" von Kristiansand bis Oerlandet eingesetzt.
9.10.41 Seenotbezirkstelle Drontheim meldet mit Fernschreiben 208/41 g.v. 9.10.41
Seenotmaschin He 59 SD+EF 9/10 07.20 Uhr zür Suche überfälliger Me 109 gestartet. HaKa Kristiansund hat 7.30 Uhr fernmündtlich mitgeteilt, dass norwegisches R/S "W Wilhelmsen" und "Andreas Aarö" Einsatzbefehl haben und ausgelaufen sind.

Seenotbezirkstelle Drontheim meldet mit Fernschreiben 209/41 g.v. 9.10.41
9.10.41 Nachmeldung Lt. Eggebrecht, Einsatzschwarm Oerlandet, hat sich Flugzeugführer der vermissten Me 109 bei Fluma 45 PQ 06 Ost 63261 eingefunden. Flugzeug gesunken nach Notlandung auf dem Wasser. Hilfe Seenotbezirkstelle nicht mehr erforderlich.
He 59 SD+WF um 11.00 Uhr Drontheim gelandet.
Norwegischen R/S zurückgerufen.

In the loss data I have, this loss is recorded as being an emergency landing due to technical problems, the aircraft being a Bf 109E-7 with WNr. 1953 (I have to check this against my E-7 production block data). Now we also know that it was coded "4 +" probably in white, was flown by Uffz. Kurt Kundrus from the 4. Staffel.

I am primarily interested in information on one of the pilots, namely Kurt Kundrus. It is my understanding he later joined JG 3 and was killed while flying in this unit. I have the career data on Friedrich Hammesfahr and will post it as soon as time allows. Uffz Heinrich Niehaus was to be the first casualty of the newly formed IV./JG 5 when he was killed in a crash on a training flight near Elvenes on July 7th 1942. Lt Eggebrecht went on to battle in several fighter units, ultimately surviving the war like Fw Hammesfahr.

First photograph:

Bf 109 E-? "Yellow 7 +"
Kurt Kundrus

Bf 109 E-? "Yellow 13 +"
Friedrich Hammesfahr

In my opinion, this photograph is taken above the Trondheimsfjord, while the aircraft are heading towards Værnes airfield. The road seen along the fjord is turning into Hommelvik, which is just out of the photographs boundaries to the left.

Second photograph:

Bf 109 E-? "White 6 +"
Kurt Kundrus

The church has now been identified as Sakshaug church, located on the peninsula Inderøy in the Trondheimsfjorden.

Third photograph:

Bf 109 E-? "White 2 +"
Lt. Günther Eggebrecht

This photograph show Lt. Günther Eggebrecht of Einsatzschwarm Oerlandet being strapped into his Messerschmitt Bf 109, most probably an E-4 or E-7 subtype.

Fourth photograph:

Bf 109 E-? "White 16 +"
Lt. Günther Eggebrecht

This photograph show Lt. Günther Eggebrecht of Einsatzschwarm Oerlandet in his Messerschmitt Bf 109, most probably an E-4 or E-7 subtype.

Fifth photograph:

Bf 109 E-? "White 7 +" and "White 6 +"

This photograph show two aircraft of JGr Drontheim, probably taken at Oerlandet.

Sixth photograph:

Bf 109 E-? "White ? +"

This photograph show an aircraft of JGr Drontheim, probably taken at Oerlandet. Probably "White 7 +" or "White 6 +" from the fifth photograph.

Seventh photograph:

Bf 109 E-?

This photograph show a view of the coastline, taken from a Bf 109T aircraft of JGr Drontheim. Note the dark patch on the wing, covering the deactivated wing spoiler.