Americans captured German fighter Focke-Wulf 190A-8 at the airport of Saint-Trond in Belgium. January 1945.
January 1, 1945 Base 404 Fighter Group Squadron 508 at the airport of Saint-Trond was attacked in Operation Bodenplatte to destroy Allied aircraft on the ground.
“Focke-Wulf” Fw-190A-8 fighter Gefreiter Walter Wagner, 5. II/JG4 was slightly damaged by anti-aircraft artillery allies and was forced to land at the airport of Saint-Trond. In fact Gefreiter Walter Wagner made a mistake in the choice of targets and attacked Saint-Trond, thinking it LeCulot. Wagner Group suffered heavy losses in the day – 17 pilots were killed, disappeared or were injured, six were captured.
“Focke-Wulf” Fw-190A-8 fighter Gefreiter Walter Wagner has been restored and to distinguish it from the German aircraft was completely painted in bright red-orange color. Also it had suffered a false code 1.1.45 (capture date) and the designation OO(star)L.
The new colors of the aircraft did not fly and was left at the airport of Saint-Trond after the departure of 404 Fighter Group.
Time taken: January 1945