Luftwaffe Over Ohio!
By Paul F. Straney and Robert Sacchi
FE-4010 Ju-388L-1 WNr. 560049, Markings, unit unknown . Sent over on the Reaper, it was flight tested, then displayed several times before going to Park Ridge in 1946, and subsequently to Silver Hill. It is currently in storage at the Paul E. Garber Facility.
Originally a reconaissance version of the 262, FE-4012 had its recon nose swapped for the fighter nose of FE-111. Here it is pictured after a complete rebuild. [NASM]
FE-4012 Me-262A-la/U3 White "25", unit unknown. Sent on the Reaper, some time in early 1946 the nose of this aircraft was switched with that of FE-111, and it was shipped to Hughes Aircraft Corp. for a complete rebuild. It was rolled out at Culver City, California, in February 1948, and indications are it undertook limited flight testing. It ended up as surplus at Glendale Aeronautical School and was later purchased by Planes of Fame Museum, where it is now on display.
Captured before the end of the war, this Henschel Hs-129B had its upper surfaces repainted and fanciful markings added. [NASM]
FE-4600 Henschel 129B Markings, unit unknown. Shipped to the US in 1944, it was assigned the number EB-105. It was reportedly test-flown at Wright Field and then sent to Freeman Field. This aircraft went to Park Ridge in 1946, but never made it to Silver Hill. This aircraft was scrapped at O'Hare Field in 1953. The forward section of the fuselage reportedly still exists in Illinois, though it may have been shipped to Australia in recent years.
The Messerschmitt Bf-108 was an extremely pleasant aircraft to fly. The base commander adopted at Freeman Field adopted this example. While his taste in aircraft was excellent, evidently his taste in color schemes was somewhat more questionable. (NASM]
FE-4610 Me-108B WNr. 8378, Markings, unit unknown. Sent on the Reaper, this aircraft was test-flown, and was reportedly the favorite mount of the base commander at Freeman Field. This aircraft is presently in storage at the Planes of Fame Museum.
FE-4611 Bu-181 Markings, unit unknown. History unknown. This aircraft went to Park Ridge in 1946, and subsequently to Silver Hill. It is presently on display at Paul E. Garber Facility.
FE-4612 Bu-131 Markings, unit unknown. History and fate unknown.
The Flettner 282 was introduced into limited service with the Luftwaffe. While some of the original markings have been painted over, this airframe retains most of its original colors. (NASM)
FE-4613 Fl-282 V23 coded CI +TW. Unit, if any, unknown . Sent over on the Reaper. Photographed at Wright or Freeman Field , its fate is a mystery. Several sources claim the AFM at Wright-Patterson has either this aircraft or FE-4614, but the Air Force Museum denies this.
FE-4614 Fl-282 WNr. 28368. Sent over on the Reaper. This aircraft, in the company of FE-117, FE-496, and others, went on a "Victory Tour" after the war. Reportedly this aircraft was tested by Grand Central Aircraft, sold in 1955 and disappeared.
FE-4615 Doblhoff/WNF-342 V4. Sent over on the Reaper. Photographed at Wright Field, history and fate unknown.
FE-4617 Fa-330 Markings, unit unknown . Presently on display at the AFM .
FE-4618 Fa-330 Markings, unit unknown. Presently at NASM.
FE-? He-162A WNr. 120067, White "1", 1/JG 1. This aircraft appeared at Wright-Patterson open house in October 1945, and later on static display with FE-123 and an unidentified Me-262A. Left on outside display, by the early 1960s it was in a dilapidated condition and was reportedly scrapped.
FE-? Me-163B WNr. 191301 No markings. Was present at Wright Airfield display in October 1945. Perhaps this is one of the other Me-163s which we have no information on?
FE-? Me P1101 V1 No markings, This prototype was captured before it was completed , and was evaluated at Wright Field. In 1947, this aircraft was shipped to Bell Aircraft, and was damaged in transit. The Bell X-5 was a development of this aircraft.
This experimental test bed was not yet complete when the war ended. It was completed under the watchful eyes of the Allies, and underwent test flights before coming to the U.S. (NASM)
FE-? Lippisch DM-1 No markings. This was an experimental glider of delta configuration. Captured before it was completed, work was finished in Germany under the watchful eye of the Army Air Force, and this aircraft was subsequently flight tested. Presently in storage at the Paul E. Garber Facility.
Paul F. Straney and Robert Sacchi © 1990