Luftwaffe Over Ohio!
By Paul F. Straney and Robert Sacchi
FE-119 Fw-19OD-9 WNr. 210010, White "14," 5/JG 26. Sent on the Reaper, history unknown, fate unknown.
FE-120 Fw-19OD-9 Coded 1+-, WNr. .601088, of IV/JG 3. Sent on the Reaper, FE-120 went to Park Ridge in 1946, and subsequently to Silver Hill. It was taken out of storage in the 1960s and loaned to the Air Force Museum (AFM) at Wright-Patterson AFB. Ohio. It was restored by the USAF and is presently on display at the AFM.
FE-121, a "long nose" Focke-Wulf fighter, was restored to flying status and flown in demonstration flights. With demilitarization at the end of the war, the collection of aircraft at Wright and Freeman fields were largely reduced to carnival attractions. (NASM)
FE-121 Fw-19OD-9 WNr. 401392, White 5-+-, JG 26. Sent on the Reaper, this aircraft was test-flown extensively, and subsequently took part in several aircraft displays. Fate unknown.
FE-122 on outdoor display. This aircraft is now at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California. (NASM)
FE-122 Me-109G-10/U4 WNr. 611943, Yellow "13," unit unknown. Sent on the Reaper, the history of this aircraft is unknown. but it became surplus in the late 1940s and went to a Midwestern university. It was acquired by the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California, in 1959. It is presently on display there.
FE-123 Me-109G-10 "7," unit unknown. Sent on the Reaper, this aircraft was on static display with a Me-262 and He-162 White "7" in the late 1940s, The fate of this aircraft is unknown.
FE-124 Me-109G-10/U4 Markings, unit unknown. Sent on the Reaper, the history of this aircraft is unknown, but it went to the Georgia Institute of Technology as surplus in the late 1940s. It was left derelict, along with FE-118. It has had several owners since, and spent the last few years in England. It was recently purchased by Evergreen Air Center in Arizona and is presently undergoing restoration to flying condition.
FE-489 during a flight at Muroc Field. This aircraft is now at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California. (NASM)
FE-489 He-162A WNr. 120077, Red "1", 2/JG 1. This aircraft was flight-tested (by Bob Hoover) at Muroc Dry Lake in 1946 and presently resides at the Planes of Fame Museum.
The Air Force was particularly interested in the latest German technology, bringing several partially-assembled prototypes of new aircraft types to Freeman Field for study, including this Gotha/Horton 229 "flying wing". The only flying prototype of the jet-powered Ho-229 crashed several months before the end of the war. (NASM)
FE-490 Horton Ho-229 V3 This prototype was captured before it was completed and came to the US by way of the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough , England, where it was on display in the fall of 1945. It was probably shipped to the US in early 1946, and went to Park Ridge that summer, and subsequently to Silver Hill. It is presently in storage at the Paul E. Garber Facility.
FE-494 He-162A WNr. 12@17, Yellow "6", 3/JG 1. Reportedly this aircraft was cut up for study in 1946.
FE-495 Me-163B Markings, unit unknown. Either shipped or possibly airlifted to the US, this aircraft appeared at several static displays. Fate unknown.
FE-496, a Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6, circa 1945. Captured in Italy in 1944, it was brought to the US in the same year. The airframe was stripped of all paint and spurious German markings were applied. Though some limited flight testing was done, this aircraft was mainly displayed for bond drives. (NASM)
FE-496 Me-109G-6 Markings, unit unknown. This aircraft was shipped to the US in 1944, and after flight testing at Wright Field, made several tours stripped down to bare metal, both during and after the war. The appellation FE-496 appears never to have been applied to the airframe. This aircraft went to Park Ridge in 1946, and subsequently to Silver Hill. It was restored by the Paul E. Garber Facility in 1974, and is now on display at the NASM.
FE-499, a Messerschmitt Me-410, was captured in Itlay before the end of the war, and flight-tested at Wright Field. (NASM)
FE-499 Me410A-3 WNr. 018, F6+WK, 2.(F)/FAG 122. Shipped to the US in 1944, it was assigned the number EB-103, and test-flown at Wright Field . It later went to Freeman Field, where it remained until shipped to Park Ridge in 1946, and subsequently to Silver Hill. Presently in storage at the Paul E. Garber Facility.
Paul F. Straney and Robert Sacchi © 1990