Luftwaffe Over Ohio!
By Paul F. Straney and Robert Sacchi
FE-500 Me-163B WNr. 191190 Markings, unit unknown. This aircraft went to Park Ridge in 1946, and subsequently to Silver Hill. It is presently on display at the Paul E. Garber Facility.
FE-50l, -502, -503 Me-163B's, purportedly part of the ATSC inventory. No record has been found of these aircraft.
The He-162 went from the drawing board to delivery in 6 months. Hardly an easy aircraft to fly, plans to field hundreds of hastily-trained novice pilots in these aircraft proved wildly optimistic. (NASM)
FE-504 He-162A WNr. 120230, White "23", 1/JG 1. Fitted with the tail of Wnr. 120222, this aircraft had its wings sawed off and reattached with barn hinges to facilitate transportation, and participated in many displays. This aircraft went to Park Ridge in 1946, and subsequently to Silver Hill. It is presently on display at the Paul E. Garber Facility.
FE-505 Bv-155B 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 fall 1945. It was probably shipped to the US in early 1946, going to Park Ridge that summer, and subsequently to Silver Hill. It is presently in storage at the Paul E. Garber Facility.
FE-610 Me-262B-la/U1 WNr 110306, Red "6", 10/NJG 11. Sent over on the Reaper, this aircraft was stripped of its radar gear, and subsequently took part in several aircraft displays. Supposedly this aircraft was declared surplus and went to Cornell University around 1950, but Calspan, Inc. , which took over Cornell's aeronautical department, has no record of the aircraft ever having been there. For the record, the authors are satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the Me-262B at Willow Grove NAS is not FE-610, but a two seat trainer the Navy took on charge in 1945 from the Reaper shipment.
FE-611 Ju-88G Sent over on the Reaper, there is the possibility this was W7+IH of 1/NJG 100. History and fate unknown.
FE-612 He-219A-2 Markings, unit unknown. Sent over on the Reaper, this aircraft was much-photographed at Freeman Field, subsequent history and fate unknown.
FE-613 He-219A7 WNr. 290060, Markings, unit unknown. Sent over on the Reaper, the fate of this aircraft is unknown.
FE-614 He-219A Markings, unit unknown . Sent over on the Reaper, this aircraft went to Park Ridge in 1946, and subsequently to Silver Hill. It is presently in storage at the Paul E. Garber Facility.
This aircraft was actually captured before the end of the war. Test pilot Hans Fey defected on 30 March 1945 in this aircraft, giving the Allies their first flyable Me-262.[NASM]
FE-711 Me-262A WNr. 111711 Unmarked. This was the aircraft flown by Hans Fay when he defected on 30 March, 1945. This aircraft was dismantled and airlifted to Wright Field, arriving just as the war ended in Europe. The first Me262 to fall intact into Allied hands, it was extensively test-flown at Wright Field. There is some question if this aircraft was assigned the FE number 107 or 711 , the latter referring to the last three digits of its Werke Nummer. This aircraft took part in trials with a P-80. The Me-262 proved the better aircraft, so much so that the report was suppressed, only being issued after careful "editing." This aircraft flew a total of ten hours and 40 minutes before it crashed on 20 August 1946, at the hands of Lt. W.J. McAuley, after suffering an engine failure. McAuley bailed out, escaping uninjured.
Paul F. Straney and Robert Sacchi © 1990