Fw 190D-9, W. Nr. 500093, flown by Ogefr. Dieter Kragelöh, 3./JG 26, Fürstenau, Germany, January 1st, 1945
The target of the I. Gruppe JG 26 was Grimbergen
airport. During the flight to the target, over the
Scheldt estuary, the aircraft of the 3. Staffel commander Oblt. Alfred Heckmann was hit by the
ship-born anti-aircraft guns as well as his wingman’s aircraft, at that time 21-years old Ogefr. Dieter Kragelöh. Heckmann managed to return to
the base, Kragelöh was not that lucky. The engine
damage forced him to perform emergency landing
nearby Heidekapel and he was captured.
The aircraft, manufactured in Mimetall factory in
Erfurt, was camouflaged RLM 82/83 on the wing
and fuselage upper surfaces, RLM 83 wrapped
around the wing’s leading edge reaching the middle of the lower wing chord. The rest of the lower wing surface was left unpainted in the natural
metal finish. The ailerons and landing flaps were
spray-painted in RLM 76 as well as the engine
cowling lower part and the rudder. The fuselage sides and bottom, including the vertical tail surface,
were sprayed in green-blue color.