Friday, 18 December 2009

Me 262



Me 262 A-2a WNr. 500079. (text from Dan o'Connell's 'Me 262 Production Log'

Ferried by Fw. Gerhard Ertelt from Obertraubling to Riem at 13:45-14:10 on 21 January 1945. Test flown by Ofw. Helmut Eberlein at Riem on five occasions during February 1945. The first flight was 13 February 1945 at 14:05, 27 minutes, followed by another on 24 February at 10:02, for 36 minutes. A 28 minute test was made on 26 February at 09:26, and again the next day for 23 minutes starting at 17:20. His last flight with this jet was 28 February at 15:12 for 25 minutes. It is next known to be with Stab/KG 76, and coded F1+DA. It was found damaged by the USA 12 Armored Division, 7th Army and extensively photographed by the 798th Signal Corps at Giebelstadt on 4 April 1945. According to notes made by the photographers, it appeared that the right landing gear had been damaged by flak, but the left gear had broken off during landing, and had skidded to a stop. This aircraft was not 9K+DA as has been often reported.

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