Fw 190A-2, W. Nr. 120206, Fw. W. Grünlinger, Stab III./JG 26, Wevelgem, Belgium, September 1942
On the acceptance by III. Gruppe JG 26 CO Josef Priller of a new Fw 190, he passed on his current aircraft
to Fw. Walter Grunlinger, who often flew as his wingman. Priller kept this twelve kill ace as his wing even after being elevated to CO of the entire JG 26. Fw. Grunlinger was shot down and killed in the cockpit of an
Fw 190A-5 over northern France on September 4th, 1943. This was in combat with W/Cdr Johnnie Johnson,
CO of No.127 Wing, RCAF, who was flying a Spitfire Mk.IX.
After reassigning the aircraft to Fw. Grunlinger, Priller‘s personal marking of a red ace and the name of his wife
‚Jutta‘, was modified to a red seven and the inscription ‚Rata‘. The staff marking was also modified by spraying
out the inside wedge with RLM 76, thus changing the CO marking to that of Adjutant.
Cat. No. R0016
INFO Eduard - December 2017