(35) Fw 190s over Europe, part I.

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-5Y; flown by Maj. Hans Philipp, Kommodore of JG 1, Jever, Germany, summer 1943. This aircraft was finished in a RLM 74/75/76 scheme with dark mottles sprayed along the sides of the fuselage. The undercowl was probably yellow. The unusual marking “Minke Pinke”, which was painted white with some black trims and enhancements, pertained to Philipp’s two beloved dachshunde. Please note the Morane-Mast of the FuG 16 ZE under the port wing and open undercarriage doors. Maj. Philipp was one of the leading aces of Luftwaffe. He claimed 206 victories until his death on 8 October 1943. [Drawings by Janusz Światłoń]

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-7; flown by Hptm. Rolf Hermichen, Kommandeur of I./JG 11, Rotenburg, Germany, March 1944. The fuselage of this plane, including the national insignias, was nearly completely oversprayed with RLM 76, which is also present on the undersurfaces. Wing upper surfaces remained in a RLM 74/75 pattern. The yellow panel under the nose was a standard recognition feature, but the yellow band on the rear fuselage was the identification band of JG 11. Front half of the spinner was black with white spiral. Please note the freshly applied double chevron marking, painted black with thin white outline. Hptm. Hermichen was one of the top bomber-killers with 26 Viermots shot down. He survived the war with a final tally of 64 victories. [Drawings by Janusz Światłoń]

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8/R2; W.Nr. 682 181, “Yellow 2”, flown by Fw. Hubert Engst of 6./JG 300, Löbnitz, Germany, November 1944. Camouflage and markings of this aircraft show many features distinctive for Fw 190 A-8/R2s built by GFW Kassel: a standard RLM 74/75/76 scheme with heavy mottling of numerous and small patches in RLM 74 and 75 covering both sides of the fuselage, white fuselage crosses filled with RLM 74, the portside one carrying Andrehkurbel stencil painted white inside, and black and white underwing crosses with black outline. Rust-red JG 300 band had been painted aft of the fuselage crosses and yellow Gruppe bars were applied on it. The spinner was black with white spiral. “Yellow 2” was fitted with lateral fuselage steel plates, armored glass quarter and frontal panels of the windscreen, MK 108 cannons, and gyroscopic EZ 40 gunsight. The MG 131s were dismounted and their gun troughs faired over. Fw. Engst was shot down while flying this aircraft in combat over Schwarzenborn on 24 December 1944, but he did survive the war. [Drawings by Janusz Światłoń]

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-9; “Blue 7”, Stab II.(Sturm)/JG 300, Löbnitz, Germany, March 1945. This machine received temporary white finish over the standard camouflage. It carried blue-white-blue identification band on the rear fuselage, which was worn by aircraft of JG 300 since second half of December 1944. The spinner was black with wide white spiral. Please note the “blown” canopy, a propeller with external weights, and a new late war-type auxiliary tank. [Drawings by Janusz Światłoń]

 Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-3; “White 12”, flown by Fw. Ernst Mayer of 9./JG 5, Herdla, Norway, late March 1945. The mount of Fw. Mayer was one of a few Fw 190 A-3s still remaining in service with 9./JG 5 in 1945. These aircraft were equipped with ETC 501 racks and had their outer wing MG FF cannons removed. “White 12” carried RLM 74/75/76 camouflage. White front engine cowl ring and spiral on the spinner were the markings of 9. Staffel. The emblem of III. Gruppe was applied on the port side of the engine cowling only. Like many other machines of 9. and 12./JG 5, this Fw 190 also sported the name of pilot’s girlfriend or wife under the windscreen on the port side of the fuselage. Please also note the individual number of the plane repeated in black on the wheel doors, which was another common feature of Fw 190s from Herdla. [Drawings by Janusz Światłoń]

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8; W.Nr. 960 542 of Stab/JG 4, Germany, late spring 1945. The quality of the photos and date of production of this machine were the reasons of depicting it in a RLM 74/75/76 scheme, but the use of late-war colours cannot be excluded. The aircraft sported a similar set of Stab markings like the well-known Fw 190 D-9 W.Nr. 600 150. The photos show our plane without the power egg, however it may be assumed that the unit emblem was applied on the port side of the engine cowl and the spinner was black with white spiral similarly to the W.Nr. 600 150 and other JG 4 machines. The black-white-black identification band of JG 4 on the rear fuselage had additional thin white trims. [Drawings by Janusz Światłoń]


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