Werk Nr 145843 was a Focke-Wulf 190A-4/U8
Built by Arado at Warnemünde, 145843 was allocated to Ufz. Heinz Ehrhardt, who mistakenly landed at Manston on May 20th, 1943. [N 1] Piloted by J. A. Storrar (?). Farnborough, on 15 July 1943, this aircraft was soon sporting an 'A' scheme finish of Dark Earth/Dark Green/Yellow, and had the serial PM679 applied.[N 2]
On 7th February 1944, the aircraft was used by AFDU pilot Leonard Thorne for a 30 minute comparative flight against Mustang III FZ107, followed by similar flights with a Tempest on the 10th, and a Spitfire on the 29th.
- On arrival at Manston, this aircraft had a heavy black distemper coat obscuring all insignia on the fuselage, fin and undersides except for a red 9. This appears to have been applied by brush, not sprayed on.
- At some point the spinner appears to have been repainted a light colour.