The Me 262 was not only the first operational jet-powered fighter but also the world's first jet fighter to be produced in series. Serial production began in 1944 followed by introduction into service by Erprobungskommando 262 test unit. After its disestablishment, the unit was redesignated Kommando Nowotny. It drew its name from Major Walter Nowotny, German Luftwaffe Ace.
Kommando Nowotny was formed for establishing proper tactics for Messerschmitt Me 262. Based at Achmer and Hesepe, the unit attained operational status in October 1944. Nowotny realized that the use of dedicated protection-squadron of prop-driven conventional fighters as cover against the roaming Allied fighters was a necessity for the jets during take- off and landing because of maneuver difficulties and slow acceleration of the Me 262.
On 8 November 1944, during Adolf Galland's inspection visit at Achmer, the unit took-off as a flight of bombers was reported. Four of its jets were shot down. The fourth aircraft to be lost on that day was Nowotny's - this particular Me 262 A-1a, SN 110400. White 8 crashed at Epe, 2.5 kilometers east of Hesepe.