Thursday, July 30, 2015

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 of Joachim Müncheberg

Two photos of Focke-Wulf 190 A-2 (Werknummer 20209) of Hauptmann Joachim Müncheberg, at that time Kommandeur of II.Gruppe / Jagdgeschwader 26 (JG 26) "Schlageter". The photos must have been taken between April 4th and April 10th 1942 at Abbeville-Drucat, as the last victory bars (66th and 67th) date from April 4th. The next was on April 10th. Until his death on March 23rd 1943, Hauptmann Müncheberg achieved a total of 153 victories, 101 of those in the West. In the morning March 23rd he collided with the remains of a Spitfire, his last victory, and was killed in the crash near Gafsa/Tunisia. At that time he held the rank of Major and was Kommodore of Jagdgeschwader 77 (JG 77). This Fw 190 A-2 was definitely flown by Müncheberg between December 1941 and early May 1942, maybe even until his posting to Jagdgeschwader 51 (JG 51) "Mölders" in mid July 1942. Pictures of the tails with the Werknummer (factory number) split in two rows shows the same aircraft. It is more than likely that the Werknummer was painted in one row after repair of the tail (note darker color). On November 13th, 1944 this aircraft was lost when Fähnrich Armin Rössel of 2.Staffel / I.Gruppe / Jagdgeschwader 110 (JG 110) crashed near Laufenhein. Camouflage: RLM 74/75/76

Source :
"Luftwaffe im Focus" magazine, edition Nr.1 - 2002

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