“Yellow 10“, W.Nr. 5587, Ofw. Fritz Beeck, 6./JG 51, Wissant, France – 24 August 1940.
Simple but effective camouflage adorned this aircraft that shortly after noon on August 28, 1940, was shot down with Ofw. Fritz Beeck at the controls in the vicinity of East Langdon. It was during the second escort mission of the day that culminated in combat with RAF fighters in which the engine of Yellow ‘10’ was hit. After an unavoidable forced landing, the aircraft, in relatively good shape, was made otherwise by civilian vandals and allied soldiers before it could be inspected by RAF experts. Light blue sides of the 02/71/65 fuselage scheme were sprayed with the upper surface colors. The aircraft in question belonged to 6. Staffel, tactical numbering and the background II./JG 51 ‘Gott strafe England’ emblem were yellow. Three victory tabs on the left side were in white. It is not out of the question that these also appeared on the right side, but documentation is lacking. The propeller hub, as was typical for the period, is in black (or RLM 71) and white, in this case split down the middle.