Reconstruction of Messerschmitt Bf109G-5
Close-up of Messerschmitt Bf109G-5 c/n 15343 being reconstructed in the Flying museum at Seppe airport in The Netherlands (EHSE). On Saturday 4 december 1943 this "Gustav", as the Bf109s were nicknamed, was shot down north of Rotterdam, after it took off from its home base Schiphol airport near Amsterdam. The pilot, sergeant Kurt Sorßdorf, bailed out and survived. The aircraft belonged to 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). The aircraft is reconstructed with original parts, newly manufactured parts and parts from other salvaged Bf109s. 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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