Aeroplane Monthly 1985-11
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Personal album
A Battered JG 71 Messerschmitt Bf 109E.
Pictures were taken on July 14, 1941 on the occasion Priller’s 40th victory - a Spitfire V of No 72 Squadron (the pilot, Sgt W. M. Lamberton, baled out). The photographs were taken on an airfield near the Channel coast. The aircraft is a Bf 109F-2 and at the time Priller was Staffelkapitan of I./JG 26. The photograph’s original caption reads: “Oberleutnant Priller has just achieved his 40th victory. He drinks a glass of champagne with his faithful groundcrew".
Photograph shows Priller with his Fw 190A-3. In all, Priller flew 307 combat flights. All of his victories were gained on the Western Front.
Josef Priller standing on the wing of his Fw 190A-3, possibly at Wevelghem in Belgium in June 1942. The air­craft bears the Ace of Hearts emblem with Priller’s wife's name Jutta beneath the red heart. At this time Oberstleutnant Priller was Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 26.