6./JG26

6./JG26 Logo

History

Jagdgeschwader (JG) 26 "Schlageter" was known to the Allied forces in World War II as "The Abbeville Boys". The unit crest of a black gothic 'S' on a white shield was created in reflection of its involvement in the re-occupation of the Rhineland on March 7, 1936 (in violation of the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact). The locals had adopted the unit and renamed it after a local nationalist hero Albert Leo Schlageter. Leo, a World War I veteran, had been shot by the French in 1923 for attempting to destroy railway tracks taking coal from the Rhineland back to France as part of the war reparations imposed on Germany in the Treaty of Versailles. France's political policy did not allow any coal to be sold in Germany, even if they wanted to pay for it, despite a great shortage of coal during this time and the hardship the policy brought to the German people.

6./JG26 belonged to the second Gruppe within the Jagdgeschwader 26 (II./JG26), The 6th Staffel's emblem was an inspired choice. Oblt. Alfred Pomaska's design was a fictitious goat, a cross between a chamois (fast and cunning) and an ibex (strong and combative), a suitable symbol for a fighter pilot. It stood triumphantly upon a globe, straddling Europe.

6./JG26 were active during the Battle of France as the Wermacht swept to power and operated right on the front line at the Pas-De-Calais throughout the Battle of Britain, predominantly on fighter sweeps and bomber escort missions. After the "Battle of Britain" JG26 was left to defend in the West with JG2 "Richthofen", where they remained throughout the whole war. II./JG26 picked Abbeville in Northern France as their main base to operate from while JG2 operated south of Le Harve as their responsibility to defend along that section of the French coast.

Due to the quality of leadership, attention giving to training replacement pilots and the professionalism shown by these Luftwaffe pilots the Allied pilots came to respect the "Abbeville Boys". Any yellow nosed Messerschmitt or Focke-Wulf 190 (II./JG26 were the first units which were equipped with the Fw 190) ever seen was reported as being flown by JG26 and they were regarded as having some of the best pilots in the Luftwaffe throughout the War.

6./JG26 in the ACG

German speaking axis pilots based in European timezones are sent to the front line to join the elite 6th Staffel of Jagdgeschwader 26 unit to fly the latest Messerschmitt Bf109E fighter.

Operating on the front line, based on Marquise, in the Pas-de-Calais-Nord territory and within sight of England, 6./JG26 are growing in reputation as a formidable unit, their bright yellow noses are recognised and much feared by the Tommies.

Your primary role will be that of close escort to our bomber crews although JG26 are best at longer range free sweeps across enemy territory hunting down the RAF.

Roster

Pilot Aircraft
Rank Callsign Role
1.Schwarm
Oberleutnant HuffDuff Staffelführer
Hauptgefreiter Hannibal Katschmarek
Unterfeldwebel Leole Rottenführer
Obergefreiter Zebraz Katschmarek
2.Schwarm
Leutnant DaHeld Schwarmführer
Unterfeldwebel Thaine Katschmarek
Unterfeldwebel Otthold Rottenführer
Obergefreiter Lif Katschmarek
Aeroplanes In Hanger