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Schwarz.13
01-07-2008, 10:56 AM
Does anyone know where i can find a list of Luftwaffe callsigns, particularly for fighter units (and preferably a website in English)?

I recall reading somewhere, i think it was in an Osprey book that JG2(?) or another Jagdgeschwader used the names of European rivers as radio callsigns such as Vistula, Dnieper, Niemen, Bug etc...

SlickStick
01-07-2008, 11:16 AM
Check out #12 of this link.

Luftwaffe Info (http://www.airwar39-45.nl/luftwaffe1.htm)

Schwarz.13
01-07-2008, 12:49 PM
Originally posted by SlickStick:
Check out #12 of this link.

Luftwaffe Info (http://www.airwar39-45.nl/luftwaffe1.htm)

Thanks Slick but i already tried those links - they seem to have information only on aircraft identification markings (unless i've missed something).

I was looking for a Luftwaffe alternative of something like this (http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/56thfg.php)...

HuninMunin
01-07-2008, 01:38 PM
As far as I know the callsigns where decided by the commanding officer leading the given formation in the upcoming mission.
Probably later on during larger scale interceptions they were issued more rigidly.

Schwarz.13
01-07-2008, 02:40 PM
Originally posted by HuninMunin:
As far as I know the callsigns where decided by the commanding officer leading the given formation in the upcoming mission.
Probably later on during larger scale interceptions they were issued more rigidly.

Would that not be more or less the case with any air force/individual unit?

Surely callsigns assigned to particular units for individual missions/periods of time would have been recorded for posterity (we are talking about Nazi Germany after all).

Does anyone know of an internet source with even some partial lists of radio callsigns used by Staffeln and/or Gruppen, even for a limited time?

JSG72
01-07-2008, 03:09 PM
I beleive "Specht" followed by aircraft number was used by JG300. At the end of '44

Papagei/Ferdinand were a couple of the callsigns used by JV44 protection Staffel but I heard that this changed quite often.
Considering the short time this unit was in action. It would appear callsigns could be changed with each daily/mission order.

Don' know if this would help:

http://www.gyges.dk/Luftwaffe%20command%20facilities%202.htm

KG66_Gog
01-07-2008, 03:31 PM
Well if the old movie Battle of Britain is an indicator, the He111 unit that got brassed up by Spits first, used 'Tomato' as thier callsign, Tomato One, Tomato two ect.

Adolf Galland was technical supervisor on that film I think so maybe it's use was accurate?