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145843 in RAF colour scheme.[1]

Werk Nr 145843 was a Focke-Wulf 190A-4/U8

History

Built by Arado at Warnemünde,[2] 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.[3]

Notes

  1. 145843 in original colour scheme.[1]

    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.
  2. At some point the spinner appears to have been repainted a light colour.[1]

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wing Palette
  2. Fw 190 Production list
  3. A Very Unusual Air War: From Dunkirk to the AFDU - The Diary and Log Book of Test Pilot Leonard Thorne, 1940-45. Editors: Gill Griffin, Barry Griffin. The History Press, 2013. ISBN 0752497286
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