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Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 (WNr.10144)

 

History: This aircraft was built in 1942 in Leipzig, Germany. Records show that this aircraft was a Norwegian patrol aircraft which flew the Murmansk sector of Russia and was shot down in World War II by Russian forces. It was last flown by Fw. Albert Brunner, a 53 victory Ritterkrueztrager of 6./JG 5. It was marked Yellow 7 and lost on 05 September, 1942 reportedly after an airbattle. Brunner walked away from the crash and returned after 4 days.

The aircraft remained where it came to rest in Northern Russia until it was recovered by Warbird Recovery in the winter of 1994. It took a Jet engine on the back of a truck to melt the remains out of the ice of the frozen lake where the aircraft was found. All remaining pieces were shipped to the Warbird Recovery facility in Broomfield, Colorado.