Fw 190D-11, WNr. 2200XX, Ltn. Karl-Heinz Hofmann, Platzschutzschwarm of JV 44, München – Riem,
Germany, May 1945
The most famous unit which flew the Fw 190D is JV 44. Up to this time, five Focke-Wulf Fw 190Ds are known to have been used
by JV 44, part of the so-called 'Sachsenberg Schwarm'. Fancy, red lower surfaces with white stripes were used as a recognition
feature to prevent friendly AA fire. These Doras protected Me 262 Schwalbe jets from JV 44 during their most vulnerable phase
of flight – take-off and landing. 'Red 4', with the 'Der nächste Herr – die selbe Dame' inscription is documented as being flown by
Lt. Karl-Heinz Hofmann. The inscription can be translated as 'different man, same woman'. This Dora ended her life at München-Riem airfield.
Fw 190D-11, WNr. 2200XX, VFS des G. d. J., Bad Wörishofen, Germany, March - April 1945
Based on the post-war pictures, it is clear that Fw 190D-11 'Red 4' from the famous 'Sachsenberg Schwarm' was previously used
by Verbandsführerschule des G. d. J. under the designation '< 58' at Bad Wörishofen. This school unit offered specialized training
for fighter unit leaders. As this unit was a pilot school, the white spinner spiral, typical for frontline fighters, was not present.
Fw 190D-11, WNr. 220014, VFS des G. d. J., Bad Wörishofen, Germany, April 1945
Verbandsführerschule des General der Jagdflieger was founded in September 1944, by Adolf Galland in Königsberg in der
Neumark (located in western Poland nowadays), where it was based until February 1945. The beginning of February 1945, saw
the unit at Bad Wörishofen, and the VFS des G. d. J. had operated from this airfield till April 27, 1945, when it was disbanded. This
Dora, WNr. 220014, was found at this airfield along with other D-11s used by VFS des G. d. J. The gun covers and upper part of
engine cowling are unusually camouflaged with RLM 82.
INFO Eduard - September 2021