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Allocated to 1./JG 301 (Epinoy), 412951 was used by it's unit's Staffelkapitan, Leutnant Horst Prenzel, for a two and a half hour Wilde Sau sortie on 21 July 1944. Landing at what he thought was an airfield in Belgium, Prenzel discovered he was actually at RAF Manston in Kent,[3] and was now a POW.

Allocated UK serial TP814, the aircraft was flown by Captain E. M. Brown at Farnborough on 25 August 1944,[4] before being used for tactical trials by the Air Fighting Development Unit against a Spitfire LF.IX, a Spitfire XIV and a Mustang III (P-51C).[5]

TP814 was written off in a take off accident at Wittering on 23 November 1944.[N 2]

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NotesEdit

  1. This suffix indicated the aircraft was fitted with a GM-1 engine boost system.[2]
  2. It had been scheduled to fly against examples of the Tempest V at the time of it's demise

SourcesEdit

  1. Wings Palette
  2. World Aircraft Information Files Aviation Partwork. Midsummer Books Ltd. File 199 Sheet 7: Messerschmitt Bf 109 - Developing the 'Gustav'
  3. Weal, John. Osprey Aircraft of the Aces 29: Bf 109F/G/K Aces of the Western Front. Osprey Publishing Ltd. 1999. ISBN 1 85532 605 0 Page 75
  4. Brown, Eric Melrose. Wings of the Luftwaffe. The Crowood Press Ltd - New edition (14 Feb 1998). ISBN 1853104132. Page 150
  5. Brown, Eric Melrose. Page 155