(38) Fw 190s over Europe, part II.

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-4/U7; W.Nr. 0147092, flown by Hptm. Wilhelm-Ferdinand Galland, Kommandeur of II./JG 26, Vitry-en-Artois, France, spring 1943. This is an example of one of only a few Fw 190 As fitted with large supercharger air intakes. It was camouflaged in RLM 74 and 75 on the uppersurfaces with RLM 76 underside. It had a yellow engine under-cowling and rudder. The spinner was painted RLM 70. Hptm. “Wutz” Galland, one of Adolf Galland’s younger brothers, took command of II./JG 26 on the 3rd January 1943 and led the Gruppe until his death on the 17th August 1943. He scored 54 victories in 186 missions over the Western Front and became one of the most successful Spitfire-killers with a final tally of 37 downed planes of the type.

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-7; W.Nr. 430170, ‚“Yellow 5”, flown by Lt. Hans Ehlers, Kapitän of 3./JG 1, Dortmund-Brakel, Germany, late December 1943. Camouflaged in an RLM 74/75/76 scheme, “Yellow 5” is shown marked with 33 black victory bars, as it appeared following Lt. Ehlers’ victory over a B-17 on the 20th December 1943. The under-cowl panel and under-wingtips were yellow. A red identification band of the Geschwader was painted around the rear fuselage. Please note the JG 1 emblem on the port side of the engine cowling and small patches of protective paint on the port side landing gear leg cover. On the 27th December 1944, Hans Ehlers, then Hauptmann and Kommandeur of I./JG 1, was killed in action near Bereborn, Germany. He is credited with at least 47 victories over enemy aircraft, about half of which were heavy bombers.