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An Erprobungskommando (EKdo) ("Testing-command") was a Luftwaffe unit tasked with the testing of new aircraft and weaponry under operational conditions.


Erprobungskommando 16[]

Erprobungskommando 16 was formed March 1943 in Peenemünde-West, as a test unit for the new Messerschmitt Me 163 rocket fighter. The unit was disbanded on 14 February 1945.

Commanding officers[]

  • Major Wolfgang Späte, February 1943 - May 1944
  • Hauptmann Toni Thaler, May 1944 - February 1945

Erprobungskommando 154[]

Erprobungskommando 154 was formed in November 1943 in Langenhagen, to test the new Focke-Wulf Ta 154 night fighter.

Erprobungskommando 162[]

Erprobungskommando 162 was formed in January 1945 in Rechlin-Roggenthin, to test the new Heinkel He 162 jet fighter.

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Erprobungskommando 262[]

Erprobungskommando 262 was formed in April 1944 in Lechfeld to test the new Messerschmitt Me 262. The unit was disbanded on 26 September 1944 and used to form Kommando Nowotny.

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Kommando Welter[]

Kommando Welter was initially formed in November 1944 in Burg bei Magdeburg as Kommando Stamp, flying the Me 262A-1a, as an experimental nightfighter unit, but was soon renamed Kommando Welter. The unit was redesignated 10./NJG 11 on 28 January 1945.

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  • "Messerschmitt Me 262 Arrow to the Future". Smithsonian Institution. 1980. ISBN 0-87474-275-7. .

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