W. Nr. 1501, Oblt. Walter Nowotny, CO of 1./ JG 54, Orel, Soviet Union, Summer 1943
A German fighter pilot of Austrian decent and a native of Gmünd situated near the border with Czechoslovakia,
Walter ‚Nowi‘ Nowotny was a holder of the Knight‘s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, and shot down
258 enemy aircraft over the course of 442 combat sorties. He was killed in an Me 262 Schwalbe in combat with
American escort fighters near an airfield at Hesepe on November 8th, 1944.
”Nowi’s“ aircraft got a non-standard camouflage consisting of two shades of dark green, most likely RLM 70
and its combination with another colour. The yellow wingtips of the undersides and yellow band round the fuselage
identified the aircraft flying in the Eastern Front. The JG 54 aircraft bore yellow band on the fuselage, underneath
the fuselage crosses, and bottom part of the rudder was painted yellow as well. The front part of the propeller
spinner bore, most likely, yellow spiral. Underneath the cockpit there was a private symbol of the pilot.
INFO Eduard - March 2018
Cat. No. 82143