Bf-109G-10 and Me-262A Night Fighter Pilot
Artwork and research by;
Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette; Aviation Artist/Historian
Lieutenant Jorg Czypionka
Print Number Thirteen in a Series of Famous Allied and Axis Pilots by Aviation Artist/Historian, Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette.
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Print Number Five in a Series of Famous Luftwaffe Aircraft by Aviation Artist/Historian, Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette.
Print size, 12×18″
There are 400 limited edition prints in this series.
Limited Edition Prints are signed by the Aviator and Artist. $75.00
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Lieutenant Jorg Czypionka
Bf-109G and Me-262 Jet Night Fighter Pilot
(My comments are in “Black.” Jorg comments are in “Red.”)
With the war in Europe entering its second year Germany was aggressively enlarging its military services. Jorg Czypionka was compelled like so many other young men his age to enlist. Jorg wanted to be a fighter pilot. Jorg enlisted in the Luftwaffe in 1940. His flight training was in southern Austria. After the completion of his advanced training Jorg was made an instructor of both primary and basic flight. His talents were recognized as an operational training instructor.
“I have to say I loved that job,” Jorg recounts. “We flew the Fw-44, the He-72 and the (Bu-131) Jungmann, as well as high performance fighters. I had a lot of time in the (Bu-133) Jungmeister. Those were wonderful, maneuverable airplanes, so much fun to fly. We were far from the war and able to build our flying skills. I know for a fact that it was my better flying skills that are why I can tell you this story.”
Jorg spent almost the entire war as a trainer however by mid 1944 his skills were needed as a fighter pilot. His first fighter was the Messerschmitt Bf-109. Jorg said the following; “I really liked that airplane,” Jorg said fondly. “It was tricky, but wonderfully capable; when you’re young, that’s part of the challenge.”
With the rank of Lieutenant, Jorg was assigned to NachtJagdgruppe JG 300. The group was a “Wilde Sau” unit. The primary fighter of this unit was the Bf-109. Jorg officially entered operational combat in September 1944. The airfield was the Luftwaffe base at Juterborg, located southwest of Berlin.
The most challenging target for the JG300 pilots was intercepting the pesky British Mosquito. The Mosquito was light weight and fast. The bomber had developed the nick-name “The Berlin Express.” “We flew special 109G-6s and G-10s, with a three-stage blower. The British would send sixty Mosquito’s over at a time, targeted almost always on Berlin.”
Jorg commented on the Mosquito; “That airplane, it was so beautiful; it flew so well, I almost hated to have to try and shoot at it.”
The Mosquito’s were illusive and difficult to track by the Luftwaffe pilots. “They would send us off just before the British were to arrive. Our only hope was to get up to ten or eleven thousand meters and dive on them to catch them. If they were flying higher than eight or nine thousand meters, we had little chance, they were so fast.”
In October 1944, Jorg recalls an encounter in attempting to intercept a Mosquito. “The controller put me right up in front of a group of them, and I had the altitude to dive on them. One was caught by the searchlights, and I went after him. I was diving on him and he was still almost as fast as I was – it was such a beautiful plane! – So I pushed the throttle into over-boost, into takeoff power. I knew the engine wasn’t going to like it, but I wanted to get him.”
Jorg started his dive at eleven thousand and leveled off at seven thousand meters. The search lights had kept the Mosquito illuminated all the while. Just as Jorg was entering firing range he squared the Mosquito in his gun sights when the Mosquito vanished. The bomber was still there it had slipped out of the search lights. Frustrated, Jorg was about to reduce his speed, shutting back on the booster when his engine exploded.
“The searchlights lost him and there I was in the darkness. And then, before I could throttle back, the engine exploded!” Oil burst from the engine all over the windscreen, and the engine compartment caught fire. “I was going to bail right out,” he recalls, “and I got rid of the hood, but then the wind blew out the fire in the engine. It was definitely dead, but I stuck with it a little longer. I got all my gear and disconnected everything. I was really calm, much more so than I would have expected. I could see the altimeter and it read almost five thousand meters. I got up on the back of the canopy, just like they instructed us, and pushed myself up so I would miss the rudder. There I was, falling up into space, and it was so beautiful in the night.”
Jorg counted out a few seconds before his pulled his rip-cord. “There I was, back to reality. I was over a district with a lot of small lakes, and I could see the moonlight and stars reflected on them.” Jorg did not want to land in a lake where he could accidentally get tangled in his chute and drown so he tried to maneuver towards the dark areas suspecting the area would be treed. Before he hit the ground he fired a flare in the area he was falling. “It was all trees! And then all of a sudden, something big and black went past me and I hit something very hard.” Jorg landed on top of a small factory which was next to a lake. The dark object he saw go past was the factory chimney. “It took me a minute to get my bearings. I figured out where I was, and also discovered I couldn’t find a way down.” Here was Jorg hanging by his chute along the side of a factory wall a little over twenty feet from the sidewalk and road below.
Jorg shouted from the roof until his calls were heard. “An old gentleman dressed in a uniform with brass buttons, and his young Polish assistant, came out to see what the ruckus was about.” “The old German watchman, went to get a ladder for me. But the young guy thought I was American, he kept calling me a terrorflieger and wouldn’t let the old man go get the ladder.”
To convince the doubting young man Jorg tossed down his wallet with his identification in it. “They went inside their office and looked at it, and when they came out saying ‘Ja, ja, Herr Lieutenant!’ Both fell all over themselves saluting while they got that ladder and helped me down.”
After the encounter with the two at the factory, Jorg had to walk several kilometers out of the forest, a rural area to get to a road to where he could get a ride back to his airfield at Juterborg. Jorg chased after Mosquito’s again the following night.
This is my painting of the Bf-109 painted in RLM 76. Jorg autographed this painting and is for sale. $3,500.00.
Jorg flew this 109G-14 on several missions. He clearly remembered the light blue color. Painting size is two feet by four feet.
Jorg’s history and specifications on the Bf-109G modified fighters.
Jorg Czypionka enlisted in the Luftwaffe in 1939 and trained in southern Austria. After completing his training Jorg was selected to be an operational instructor for primary, basic, multi-engine, instrument as well as acrobatic flight instruction to future Luftwaffe pilots. Jorg spent most of the war as an instructor however by mid 1944 his skills were needed as a fighter pilot. Lieutenant Czypionka was first assigned to NachtJagdgruppe 10.JG/300. The group was stationed at Juterborg, located southwest of Berlin. Jorg then joined 10.NJG11. This unit’s specific mission was to pursue the British Mosquito.
The primary fighter of this unit was the Bf-109. Jorg began operational combat missions in October 1944. The unit flew special Messerschmitt 109G-6, the G-10 and G-14’s. The Mosquito was the most challenging night target being light weight and fast. The RAF would send many mosquito’s over France and Germany mostly targeting Berlin coming to the target from different directions. Jorg was vectored to his targets by radar assisted ground controllers. Jorg was able to shoot down one of the British bombers while flying a Bf-109. The Bf-109G-14 above was painted RLM 76 “light-blue” and was flown by Jorg on several missions but this was not the fighter he claimed his Mosquito in.
The Messerschmitt Bf-109G series was powered by the Daimler-Benz BD 605AS, 12 cylinder inverted-vee. The liquid-cooled engine was boosted with a nitrous-oxide supercharger with a three-stage blower. In the Gustav model the airframe was strengthened along with the undercarriage and wings. Additional engine power made the Gustav a strong competitor with the Spitfire IX. The weight of the fighter increased with the new engine, weapon upgrades and additional armor protection for pilot and aircraft. With all the new upgrades the fighter could fly 400mph at 22,000 to 30,000 feet.
The machine guns located over the engine in the cowling was the 13mm MG 131. The engine mounted cannon was the MG 151/20mm or the 30mm. The Gustav model was built for adding additional weapons. The Gustav could be fitted with 20mm cannon mounted in gondolas under each wing. The fighter could also carry rail mounted rockets under the wings for attacks against the American bomber formations. The G model was the most produced airframes in the fighter series. A drop tank gave the Messerschmitt an additional 30 to 45 minutes of flight time.
As to the color scheme, the Luftwaffe experimented with many different shades of light blues and grays. With the Messerschmitt painted light-blue all over it was quite effective at night looking like a “ghost.” The color would fool the eye. You must remember that at night, it is not black out side. There are many shades of gray and blues.
Messerschmitt Me-262A Jet Night-Fighter Pilot
This is my painting of the Me-262 that Jorg flew when he shot down a British Mosquito.
Painting size is two feet by four feet. $3,500.00.
The Pilot, the Fighter.
Lieutenant Czypionka was assigned to NachtJagdgruppe JG/300. The group was a night-fighter unit stationed at Juterborg, southwest of Berlin. The primary fighter of the unit was the Bf-109G and some Fw-190’s. Jorg began operational combat missions in September 1944 chasing the British, Mosquito which was the biggest challenge to the Luftwaffe Night-Fighter squadrons. Jorg did manage to claim one Mosquito while flying the Bf-109G.
A new squadron within 10./NJG-11, ‘Kommando Welter’ was formed in January, 1945. The group was to be equipped with the new Me-262 jet fighters. Lt. Czypionka was interested in the new jet fighters and volunteered right away. Jorg flew his final missions of the war in the Messerschmitt jet. The Me-262A “Red 6” above was one of the jets Jorg flew.
The jet fighter Jorg flew was not equipped with radar. He was still guided to his targets by air-traffic-controllers who were located all over Germany and France. Jorg was impressed in the smooth flight the turbo-jets provided. The extra speed was also appreciated as long as the pilot was able to operate the power throttles evenly. Jorg stated that the Me-262 gave him the speed to run down the Mosquito claiming one more before the war ended in the Jet Night-Fighter.
The final Messerschmitt Me-262B proved to be an effective night-fighter with a two seat version equipped with advanced radar equipment. Introduced in the final months of the war the full effects of the Me-262 on the British bombers formations were never fully realized.
The two 1,980lb Junkers Jumo turbojets gave the pilot a smooth flight at 500 to 560mph. The four 30mm cannons guaranteed destruction of any British bomber. Lieutenant Jorg Czypionka was fortunate to be at the fore front of aviation and technological advancement to become a Luftwaffe Jet Night-Fighter Pilot. This was a very special group of aviation experts.
The color scheme was the standard day camouflage configuration. RLM 76 light blue along the sides of the fuselage and engines. However they did paint the very bottom of the engines and fuselage black along with the bottom of the wings. The sides of the fuselage was mottled with the typical green/gray blotches. The tops of the wings were splinter patterned in light and medium green.
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