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, and was now a POW.
Allocated UK serial TP814, the aircraft was flown by Captain E. M. Brown at Farnborough on 25 August 1944, 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).
TP814 was written off in a take off accident at Wittering on 23 November 1944.[N 2]
- ↑ This suffix indicated the aircraft was fitted with a GM-1 engine boost system.
- ↑ It had been scheduled to fly against examples of the Tempest V at the time of it's demise
- ↑ Wings Palette
- ↑ World Aircraft Information Files Aviation Partwork. Midsummer Books Ltd. File 199 Sheet 7: Messerschmitt Bf 109 - Developing the 'Gustav'
- ↑ 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
- ↑ Brown, Eric Melrose. Wings of the Luftwaffe. The Crowood Press Ltd - New edition (14 Feb 1998). ISBN 1853104132. Page 150
- ↑ Brown, Eric Melrose. Page 155