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"Late war" Krieghoffs

Absolut

Senior Member
Ryan,
I roughly cleaned it today in a way that it won't get any worse, unless someone is going to dump it again in water. Attached are new pictures I did of it. They show basically all markings that I could find. Note the huge amount of acceptance stamps anywhere to be found. Even the ejector has a small serial atop on it, also safety flag and as I had already mentioned, the takedown lever. The toggle (I think that is the correct English term?) even is serialized on the inside as well as on the very rear, so twice.
 

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Absolut

Senior Member
Last few pictures. I hope they help, while I know these currently confuse you more than help you establish your theory. But maybe the outcome will profit once you find something that makes sense, including this one.
 

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RyanE

Baby Face
Staff member
Appreciate the photos!

Just as an aside, the British Imperial War Museum seems to have MG15 4057-39 and 4058-39 which are apparently HK. They have no pics, but mention one having the HK trademark on it. Assuming that is the case, it seems HK reset their serial numbers to 1 in 1939 when the Luftwaffe introduced the date to the SNs on all MG15s.
 

Absolut

Senior Member
I still know a MG15 from an aircraft that is Krieghoff made. Never bothered on MGs, but if you let me know on what I should pay attention to I might somewhen have another chance to..
 

RyanE

Baby Face
Staff member
I still know a MG15 from an aircraft that is Krieghoff made. Never bothered on MGs, but if you let me know on what I should pay attention to I might somewhen have another chance to..
Basically the SN and the acceptance on the right side.

But I have proof I think of the SN change I talked about. Two L.O. Dietrich guns, 21513 from January 1940 and 9280-40 dated June 1940. Seems Dietrich dragged their feet on implementing the Luftwaffe directive, but they definitely reset their SNs sometime during 1940.
 

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