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Schnellkampfgeschwader 10 was a fast bomber wing of the Luftwaffe during WWII. It was originally formed in December of 1942 and it served until later 1943. After this time, most of the bomber wing was sent off to other units where they served until the end of the war. During the war, Schnellkampfgeschwader 10 also known as SKG 10 operated solely the Focke Wulf Fw 190 outfitted for ground attack purposes.[1]

Commanders

Due to the fact the SKG 10 was only active for around a year, the amount of wing commanders who had taken control of the squadron was also very small. The first of these commanders was Günther Tonne who served since the formation of the squadron to July of 1943. Before Heinz Schumann took control of the wing for the last months of the unit, Helmut Viedebantt took acting service.

Structure

SKG 10 was composed of only three gruppe or squadrons designated I/SKG 10, II/SKG, and III/SKG. These squadrons each had their own respective commanding officers who each served for various amounts of time. Although, by April 1943 another squadron, IV/SKG was added to the bomber wing.

Unit History

After being formed in 1942, the wing first saw combat in early 1943 against targets in Great Britain. Here, elements of the bomber wing attacked various ground targets in areas such as London. Though, here the unit suffered heavy casualties from British night fighters and stopped operations in the area. In July, of that year the unit was transferred to the fighting in Italy where it fought mainly against the allies landings in Sicily and Salerno.[2] In October, the headquarters section of SKG 10 was transferred to Schlachtgeschwader 10. Afterwards the wing was disbanded but the original squadrons still served together in areas such as in Normandy

References

  1. http://www.asisbiz.com/Luftwaffe/skg10.html
  2. http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gliederungen/Schnellkampfgeschwader/SKG10-R.htm

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