The Wartime Memories Project - Erprobungskommando 16

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Erprobungskommando 16 or EK 16, an operational training unit, was formed during July 1943 at Pennemünde West. The unit moved to Bad Zwischenahn before the first group of pilot trainees arrived as the result of allied bombing at Pennemünde. The first group of 30 pilots arrived in the autumn and began training to fly the Messerschmitt Me 163, also known as The Komet.

The Me 163 was a significant technological accomplishment, being a small rocket powered fighter-intercepter. Flying the new aircraft was very hazardous, the fuel, C-Stoff, was highly volatile and it incorportated an unusal undercarriage, a wheeled trolley that was jettisoned after takeoff and an extendable skid for an unpowered glider style landing. The skid system was unreliable and many pilots were injured on landing.

Bad Zwischenahn was bombed on 15 August 1944 resulting in another move for EK16, to Brandis.

List of those who served in Erprobungskommando 16.

  • Lt. August Hachtel. armaments test pilot.
  • Rudolf Opitz. pilot.

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