W.Nr. 18807, Ofw. Alfred Surau, 9./JG 3, Bad Wörishofen, September, 1943
This aircraft was flown by Ofw. Alfred Surau, a fighter ace
credited with 45 victories (some sources claim 46). Surau´s first
victim hit the ground in Russia on February 28, 1943.
He served on the Eastern Front till the end of August, 1943.
The first kills in the West were two B-17s in September, 1943.
Two more were added to Surau´s tally on October 1. His last
combat sortie came on October 14, 1943. Surau took part in
an aerial battle with US bombers over Schweinfurt, but B-17
gunners hit his G-6. Surau was seriously wounded and died the
same day in a Wertheim hospital.
The excess paint on the gun cowling identified 9./JG 3 aircraft,
and the JG 3 badge is painted on the engine cowling. The
rudder could be painted in yellow. The RLM 02 splotches were
sprayed on fuselage sides.
INFO Eduard - January 2021