The reorganization of the Luftwaffe’s Fighter Gruppen in the fall of 1944 resulted in 4./JG 52 transferring to JG 3 thus 7./JG 52 replaced 4th Staffel into the II Gruppe and used the 4th Staffel’s small with numbering system. During October 1944, Erich Hartmann was given command of the 7th Staffel and was utilized as part time Gruppenkommandeur. At this time they were based in Hungary.
Of all the known aircraft flown by Erich Hartmann, this Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 was the most colorful. The standard camouflage of the three Grays, 74,75,76 appear to hve been modified by oversptray possibly of 76 Gray. Note the Black scallop design is different than the 109 G-6 flown by Hartmann in February 1945 when with JG 54. Also note the absence of the D-F loop antenna from the machine. Contrary to other renderings of this aircraft, it is strongly believed that it had the Yellow under cowling as did most 109s at this time.