Messerschmitt Bf109G-5 at EHSE
In the Flying museum at Seppe airport in The Netherlands (EHSE) this Messerschmitt Bf109G-5 c/n 15343 is being reconstructed under the enthousiastic leadership of Jan Huuksloot. It is supposed to be the only existing Bf-109G-5, a variant of which 430 were built. In 1943 the aircraft was based at Schiphol airport near Amsterdam with Luftwaffe Jagdgeschwader (squadron) nr. 3 "Udet". As it was the 11th aircraft of the 5th Staffel (flight), which was designated the Black Flight, it was known as Schwarzer 11 (Black 11). Schwarzer 11 was shot down on Saturday 4 december 1943 over the Dutch municipality of Moerkapelle, north of Rotterdam, probably by a P-47 Thunderbolt of the 352 US Fighter Group, based at Bodney, Norfolk. It crashed near a farm. The pilot, sergeant Kurt Sorßdorf, bailed out and survived. The aircraft is reconstructed with original parts, newly manufactured parts and parts from other salvaged Bf109s. The cockpit hood for instance was obtained from a group of divers in Norway, who salvaged the wreck of a Bf109 from a lake. This photo was taken on 26 October 2011. When I visited the museum again a couple of weeks ago, the reconstruction was still ongoing, with the wings removed to enable work on the fuselage.
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