With the unconditional surrender of the Wehrmacht on May 8th, 1945, the war in Europe comes to an end. British forces will take over the airfield at Schleswig-Land and will claim a total of 8 Messerschmitt Me 262 – 6 of which belonging to 10./NJG 11:
- the Messerschmitt Me 262 B-1a/U1 interim night fighters “Rote 6”, “Rote 8”, “Rote 10”, and “Rote 12” are well documented on photos.
- furthermore, we know from Karl-Heinz Becker’s flight log that he has taken “Rote 2”, a Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1a, to Schleswig-Land.
In addition, a Messerschmitt Me 262 B-1a (regular twin-seat trainer) and a second Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1a with the Werknummer 112 372 are found at the airfield. Also a third Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1a, Werknummer 500 443, frequently said to have been flown by Major Erich Rudorffer of JG 7. Which would bring the total to the 8 aircraft mentioned in a British report.
Currently, the exact list of Werknummern and/or tactical markings of the 10./NJG 11 aircraft found in Schleswig are open to discussion. It should have been six aircraft, which leaves 2 aircraft to come from other units. Four were Me 262 B-1a/U1 interim night fighters, one was “Rote 2” – the last one is a mystery…