1/48 Eduard Luftwaffe German Fighter Fw-190 D9 Hans Dortenmann

On March 29, 1945 Hans Dortenmann was appointed Staffelkapitän of 3./JG 26. In accordance to this, the marking of his Dora W.Nr. 210003 was changed from ‘Black 1’ to ‘Yellow 1’. Also, the IV. Gruppe wave diappeared as I. Gruppe didn´t use any special marking of this type. This is a reconstruction based on Dortenmann´s memoirs. On the other hand, various sources say this Dora was used by JG 26 for a short period of time only at the end of WWII. There are doubts concerning the camouflage scheme changes also, as it is possible that this Dora W.Nr. 210003 wore the original RLM 75/83 pattern throughout its whole life. The camouflage changes as described by Dortenmann were done during major repairs only. In such a case, the original colours would have been completely stripped down and replaced with new ones.

Oblt. Hans Dortenmann, a 38 kill fighter ace and Knight’s Cross holder, noted in his memoirs that he used Dora W.Nr. 210003 as a personal mount from September 1944 to the end of hostilities. He personally destroyed her at the end of hostilities to avoid falling into enemy hands. At first, during Dortenmann´s service with III./JG 54, the airplane was marked ‘Red 1’.
In late February, III./JG 54 was redesignated IV./JG 26, and Dortenmann was appointed Staffelkapitän of 12./JG 26. His Dora became ‘Black 1’. The WhiteBlack band appeared on the tail as well as IV. Gruppe‘s wave.According to Dortenmann´s memoirs, the original RLM 75/83 camouflage scheme was changed to RLM 82/83, but the reason for re-painting remains unknown. A new-style blown canopy was installed instead of the original flat one. The vertical part of the tail unit was painted yellow from JG 54 days.


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