"Hub Zemke's Lucky Shot"
For the readers of the Graf & Grislawski book, artist Cpt. Farrel has provided us with an illustration of Hauptmann Alfred Grislawski, Staffelkapitän in III./JG 53 Pik As, taking off from Paderborn Airdrome on what would become his last combat mission.
On this mission, Grislawski flew "Black 6", a Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-14--an aircraft type which III./JG 53 had received only a few days earlier. The G-14 was basically a G-6, but equipped with a so-called "Galland hood" that increased the pilot's view from the cockpit.
The famous JG 53 Pik As crest
Accompanying Grislawski on this mission was thirty-eight other III./JG 53 Pik As pilots, most of them eager to fight, but hopelessly ill-trained young rookies. Little did they know of what lay await for them. . .
The rest is described in the chapter Hub Zemke's Lucky Shot in the Graf & Grislawski book.
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