Flugbuch, document and photo grouping to Gefreiter Karl Hagemann, a Focke Wulf Fw 190 pilot of Jagdgeschwader 4 who was badly wounded in a crash supporting the Ardennes Offensive on 19th of December 1944.
Born in January 1925, Hagemann was a former member of the Hitlerjugend and already had some experience as a glider pilot before entering the Luftwaffe around his 18th birthday early 1943. He started pilot training in June of that year, flew his first solo flight in July 1943, and was at close to 300 flights by the end of the year. He flew on a large variety of planes with the Flugzeugführerschule A 72 in Markersdorf, including many on the Arado Ar 96. Training continued in 1944 in Parow (near Stralsund), now also on the Messerschmitt Bf 108 and, interestingly, many on the NA-57, an aircraft built by the North American Aviation company but supplied to the French air force and captured during the invasion in France. Mid July 1944, Hagemann began training on the Focke Wulf Fw 190 fighter with Jagdgeschwader 10 in Mackfitz (now Poland).
After some additional Fw 190 training with Erg.Jagdgruppe West in Märkisch Friedland, Hagemann was finally sent to the 6. Staffel of Jagdgeschwader 4 in Welzow, November 1944. Part of the "Sturm" Gruppe of JG4, assigned to attack the Allied heavy bombers, Hagemann flew his last flights in the Fw 190 "Schwarze 13". Moved to the Western Front in December 1944, he would see action supporting the Ardennes offensive against the Americans on 18th of December 1944 ("im Raum Trier, Mayen, Sankt Vith"). On the next day, he took off from Babenhausen again with his Staffelkapitän, but quickly encountered a large group of Mustangs and Thunderbolts. After a long skirmish in the area between Koblenz and Mainz, both pilots were shot down and managed to bail out, but suffered heavy wounds. Staffelkapitän Hptm. Manfred Köpcke succumbed on December 31st; Hagemann was more lucky and ended the war in hospital. He claimed two victories on American P-47 (Thunderbolts) during his last flight on December 19th. More information on Hagemann and a detailed report on his crash can be read in Eric Mombeek's book on JG4, 'Storming the Bombers'.
The grouping consists of:
- Luftwaffen-Flugzeugführerschein, issued January 1944, with portrait photo and permissions for 20 aircraft types, including the NAA-57, the Bf 109 and the Fw 190.
- Personalausweis issued by Fliegerhorstkommandatur A 23/III in November 1944, just a month before his crash.
- Luftfahrerschein für Segelflugzeugführer, July 1942, with portrait photo in Hitlerjugend uniform.
- Flugbuch, in very good condition with a total of 595 flights from June 1943 to December 1944, plus a few more postwar flights entered. Excellent content with many Fw 190 flights, researchable signatures of Staka's and other officers, and a detailed entry for his last enemy flight.
- Remembrance document for his first solo flight (Alleinflug) in a Bücker Bü 181 on 6th of July 1943 in Fels (confirmed in the Flugbuch).
- A total of 117 private photos, + 80% military content, showing all stages of his military career: from the HJ to his Segelflieger time, to Luftwaffe training in 1943-'44, and several photos taken in hospital in 1945 recovering from his crash. Includes postcard sized portrait, comrade pilots with awards, etcetera. Please notice only a selection of the photos is presented here!
Rare opportunity on a grouping to a fighter pilot who crashed on the Western Front!
Fw190 Pilot grouping - JG4 Ardennes
- Product Code: DX030