Friday, 8 April 2016

latest Kagero monograph Focke Wulf Ta 152 - Ta 152 combat record, JG 301 Reschke, Loos

a rather slim volume of barely 80 A-4 softback pages from the most prolific Luftwaffe author, Marek Murawski, this new Kagero monograph frankly offers little or nothing new - aside from some large-scale pull-out plans and a handful of 3D views of on-board equipment. Most of the text is devoted to Fw 190 high altitude fighter prototypes from the V13, V15 to the V18. The brief operational history of the type has probably already appeared in Kagero's Air Miniatures title devoted to JG 301. At least there is no artwork - or even mention - of the ridiculous all-red machine that has appeared in other publications. Both this particular machine and the combat record of the Ta 152 have been the subject of some discussion on this blog - see links below..

A while ago I was contacted by a blog reader who added the following about Loos' victories in the Ta 152;

" .. the copy of Loos' Flugbuch that I have shows clearly that he had four victories in his Ta 152 – if they are correct, who knows. Nevertheless they appear to have been confirmed by the Geschwader-Adjutant on 07.05.1945. There must be gaps in his Flugbuch – I find it strange that he start into a combat flight with a completely new machine, the Ta 152, without any training-flight before? Not even a short “Platzrunde” took place when he took off in “green 3” on 20.04.1945. The flights with victories were on 24., 25. and 30.04.1945. On 24.04. he claimed two Laag 9 (near Berlin), on 25.04 one Laag 9 (near Nauen) and on 30.04. one Laag 9 (near Berlin) again. All flights took place from Neustadt-Gleve.."

More on Loos' Flugbuch and his Ta 152 victories on this blog here
A 'personal' view on the 'mythical' all-red Ta 152 on this blog here

Der ehm. Pilot Willi Reschke erzählt von seinen Erlebnissen mit der " Ta 152 ". Insbesondere schildert er seinen Luftkampf am 14. April 1945 mit einer Tempest...

Tom Muller interview with former JG 301 Ta 152 pilot Willi Reschke, paying particular attention to his 14 April 1945 dogfight against an RAF Tempest