Luftwaffe responses.  


  Part 6.  
  Nachtjagd des IX.Fliegerkorps.  
  I, II/KG 51 and I/SKG 10 in Wilde Sau Operations over France.  
     Possibly due to lack of regular night fighters in France, it was decided in April 1944 to employ I, II/KG 51 (Me 410) and I/SKG 10 (Fw 190) on Wilde Sau missions over North Western France and Belgium in full-moon periods.  These units were under operational control of IX Flieger Korps, who was conducting a limited offensive against the UK.  This had included some Fernnachtjagd missions by KG 51.  The units were stationed as depicted on the map below and IX Flg.Korps had it's GefStd called Wotan at Le Coudray-en-Thelle.  
     3 Jagdraume were established with associated Jäger Warteraume.  These were established over a combined Funk/Leucht Feuer.  In order further to facilitate navigation all decoy airfields were ordered to "light-up".  The Flugmeldemess Stellungen would produce the Luftlage and tell it via the JDs to II JK, which in turn would cross-tell to IX Flg.Korps, who retained the scramble authority.  Once it had been established that a Bomber Stream definitely was penetrating, fighters would be scrambled to one or more Warteraume, where they would come under tactical control of II JK.  The Luftlage would be broadcast via the Reportage, and the fighters would be ordered into the Jagdraum, when an allied penetration occurred.  When the Jagdraum was activated, the Flak would be restricted to engage target below 2000 m, except if they were positively identified by searchlight illumination as being allied.  It was the intention to equip the Flum.Mess.Stel. with 150 cm searchlights.  These were to be flashed, when the site was over flown, and the searchlight should then be dipped several times along the allied flight path.  


The HQs and units involved in the operations.  The colors indicates the affiliation between unit, Warteraum and Jagdraum.



The command, control and reporting organization involved in "Nachtjagd des IX.Fliegerkorps".

     The units were actually employed on several nights up to mid July 1944. In preparation of The Invasion allied air power was employed quite extensively at night against targets in France, so the imperative was there, and there was plenty of trade in the nights of April -June 1944 in French airspace.  Please see:  

RAF History - Bomber Command 60th Anniversary Apr 44

  RAF History - Bomber Command 60th Anniversary May 44  
  RAF History - Bomber Command 60th Anniversary June 44  


   Claims submitted by KG 51 and SKG 10, based on tonywood's Combat Claims List.