Luftwaffe Over Ohio!
By Paul F. Straney and Robert Sacchi
FE-1010 Ar-234B WNr. 140312 Markings, unknown, KG 76. Sent over on the Reaper, this aircraft was rebuilt and test flown at Wright Field in 1946. This aircraft was recently restored by the Paul E. Garber Facility and is currently on display downtown at the NASM.
FE-1011 Bachem 349B Expendable aircraft were forbidden to carry markings. This aircraft had its wings sawed off. One is re-attached with barn hinges, the other missing - a replacement was fabricated and fitted to the aircraft with hinges at some point in its history. It is presently in storage at the Paul E. Garber Facility.
FE-1012 Do-335 This aircraft is a mystery. Two Do-335s came to the US on the Reaper, one going to the Navy, the other to the ATSC. Per NASM records, their aircraft came from a Navy surplus yard in Norfolk, Virginia, but their records also state FE-1012 was painted on the aircraft. Photos clearly show the NASM aircraft, WNr. 240102, in the Navy yard at Norfolk, with no sign of an FE number. As per Navy practice, Luftwaffe markings were not reapplied to this aircraft. It is possible that FE-1012 was the elusive second Do-335 shipped over on the Reaper and it simply vanished, as so many other aircraft did . The authors favor this explanation, but who knows? For the record, this aircraft spent some time in Germany after being restored by Dornier. The NASM Do-335 is now back, presently in storage at the Paul E. Garber Facility.
FE-1597 Ju-188 This is possibly WNr.150245, assigned Air Ministry 35 by the RAF, and on display in England after the war. It was later shipped to the US, fate unknown.
FE-1598 Ju-88D-1/Trop WNr. 430650, Markings unknown, No. 2 Long Range Reconnaissance Squadron, Rumanian Air Force. This aircraft arrived at Wright Field during October 1943, having originally been flown to Cyprus by a defecting Rumanian pilot. Captured initially by the British, it bore the serial HK959, before it was turned over to the USAAF. Test flown at Wright Field for a total of 36 hours, it was put in storage at Davis Monthan Field, Arizona, in 1946. It was retrieved by the US Air Force Museum in 1960 and is currently on display there. It was recently repainted in Rumanian markings.
FE-1599 Ju-88A Markings, unit unknown. This may have possibly been the Ju-88A captured in Foggia, Italy, in 1943 and ferried to the US in October 1943. The aircraft was nicknamed Comanche for the 86th Fighter Squadron insignia, which appeared under the cockpit. It appeared in war bond drives, and was finally returned to Wright Field in summer 1945 after being superficially damaged in Los Angeles. It finally went to Freeman Field, where its subsequent fate is unknown. There are several pictures of this aircraft at Freeman Field, and it is often mistaken in photographs for FE-1598.
FE-1600 He-111H-16 WNr. 8433. +DC, unit unknown. Reportedly only pieces of this aircraft remain in storage at the Paul E. Garber Facility, including a wing spar, wing flap and cowling pieces.
FE-2000 Do-217 Markings, unit unknown. History and fate unknown. No record of this aircraft exists, except occasional references in books.
FE-2100 He-177A-7 Markings unknown, KG 40. Flown to the US before VE-day, it was captured in France. An engine and cowling remain at the Paul E. Garber Facility.
FE-2600 Schneider Grunau Baby LZ+NC History unknown, presently at Paul E. Garber Facility.
FE-2700 Gotha 242B-1 Markings, unit unknown. Evaluated at Clinton Field in 1946, fate unknown,
FE-3400 Ju-29OA-7 WNr. 196, PJ+PS, unit unknown. This aircraft was flown across the Atlantic by Col. Watson during July 1945. This aircraft bore the appellation "Alles Kaput" on its nose. Test-flown extensively, it appeared at the open house at Wright Field in October 1945. It was broken up in 1947.
Paul F. Straney and Robert Sacchi © 1990