Messserschmitt - BF 109 TAIL W.NR. 610937

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This PlaneTag has been carved and engraved from historic and iconic MESSERSCHMITT BF 109. 

Our Bf 109G-10 / U4 Messerschmitt, Werk Nummer 610937 was built at the Erla Werke in Leipzig, Germany in 1944. Abandoned at Zeltweg airfield in Austria at the end of World War II, this plane went on to serve in the Bulgarian and Yugoslavian Air Forces into the 1950s.

These aircrafts serving as a Norwegian patrol aircraft that flew the Murmansk sector of Russia. The aircraft was shot down in aerial combat with multiple Soviet fighters during an escort mission for Ju 88 bomber aircraft on July 19th, 1942. The aircraft was flown by FW. Leopold Knier, who bailed out at an altitude of about 3000 meters after it was crippled by the Soviet P-40. The aircraft remained in Northern Russia until it was rescued by Warbird Recovery in the winter of 1994, and is currently under restoration for the Spirit of Flight Foundation.