Fw 190A-8/R2, W. Nr. 681420, Lt. Alfred Lausch, 8.(Sturm)/ JG 4, Welzow, Germany, September 1944
Alfred Lausch came from a Czech family in the Javorice Highlands, located in the eastern Sudetenland. After the outbreak of
the war, he was enlisted into the Luftwaffe as a German national where he flew Fw 189 reconnaissance aircraft over the Eastern
Front. Here he flew more than 300 missions. On July 26th, 1943, he was awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold. After undergoing fighter training, he was assigned to the 8.(Sturm)/ JG 4 in the summer of 1944 and flew its inaugural missions on September
11th, 1944. On that day, his unit entered combat with bombers of the 13th Combat Wing. 8th USAAF that were headed for the
refineries in Ruhland. During the intercept, which today we call the Battle Over the Ore Mountains, Lt. Lausch managed to bring
down a B-17G of the 95th Bomb Group north of Chomutov. He himself was hit by an escorting P-51 and his aircraft hit the
ground near Reitzenhain on the Czech side of the Ore Mountains. The pilot did not survive. The remains of the aircraft are now
in the possession of the Museum of the Battle Over the Ore Mountains.
Lausch‘s standard camouflaged Sturmbock carried the 900 mm Defence of the Reich JG 4 black-white-black fuselage band
and on the nose the JG 4 unit marking. To aid in pilot protection, 5 mm thick armoured panels were added below the cockpit
and the windscreen was complemented by 30 mm thick glass plating. This aircraft had the armoured glass on the sides of the
sliding portion of the canopy.
INFO Eduard - September 2018