War­birds over Use­dom

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS - Re­port & pho­tos: Nigel Hitch­man

Her­ings­dorf Air­field, a for­mer Luft­waffe base on Ger­many’s sec­ond-largest Baltic is­land, Use­dom, is home to the Air Fighter Academy’s Han­gar 10. The site has built up a fine col­lec­tion of WWII air­craft, some of which were fea­tured in its FlyIn on 27-28 Septem­ber.

Although most of Han­gar 10’s pre-war air­craft, in­clud­ing Po­likar­pov Po-2 D-EEPO, Bü 131 Jung­mann D-EJTR, Bü 133 Jung­meis­ter D-EPAX and Fi 156 Storch D-EVAS, stayed on the ground, Messer­schmitt Bf 108 Tai­fun D-ERTT did get air­borne. Other fliers over the week­end in­cluded TF-51D 463473/D-EFUN Lit­tle Ite and Spit­fire XVIIIE TP280/D-FSPT but the real at­ten­tion was on the res­i­dent Messer­schmitt Bf 109G pair and two-seat Buchón, which were dis­played in­di­vid­u­ally and at least once to­gether.

Luft­waffe Bf 109G-6 D-FMGS ‘Black 8’ crashed close to Melk, Aus­tria in 1944. Re­cov­ered in 2013, it was restored to air­wor­thi­ness with a mix­ture of orig­i­nal and new-build parts by Meier­mo­tors at Brem­garten. The work was com­pleted at Her­ings­dorf where test-flights be­gan on 28 April 2018. Bf 109G14 D-FMGV ‘Black 2’ has a sim­i­lar back­ground. Hav­ing crashed near Han­nover in No­vem­ber 1944, it was sal­vaged in 1997 and be­came part of the Air Fighter Academy in De­cem­ber 2015. Restored to fly­ing con­di­tion by Aus­tria’s Rare Bird Avi­a­tion, ‘Black 2’ ar­rived at Her­ings­dorf last Fe­bru­ary and was flown again on 14 July 2018.

Two-seat HA1112-M4L D-FMGZ ‘Yel­low 27’ is an ex-span­ish AF Buchón that was among the ‘Messer­ch­mitts’ ac­quired by T G ‘Hamish’ Ma­had­die for the Bat­tle

of Bri­tain film, for which it was regis­tered to Spit­fire Pro­duc­tions Ltd as G-AWHT in May 1968. Film­ing con­cluded, it went to the USA where, from 1968-87, it was with the Con­fed­er­ate Air Force in Texas be­fore mov­ing to Cal­i­for­nia for a decade-long restora­tion. The Buchón was flown again in Oc­to­ber 2000. Sold to Ger­many, it joined the Air Fighter Academy in Jan­uary 2010. Af­ter a taxy­ing mishap three years later, it went to Meier­mo­tors for re­pairs, dur­ing which it was con­verted into a two-seater, able to ac­cept ei­ther a R-R Mer­lin en­gine−as is cur­rently fit­ted−or a DB605, as was in­stalled for its post-restora­tion flight in Au­gust 2016. Des­ig­nated by the own­ers as a ‘Bf 109G-12’, its orig­i­nal con­struc­tion, two-seat con­fig­u­ra­tion and pow­er­plant make ‘Yel­low 27’ a re­verseengi­neered HA1112-M4L, an orig­i­nal ex­am­ple of which is Air Leas­ing’s ‘Red 11’, based at Sy­well.

The Air Fighter Academy's two-seat Buchón was an event high­light

BELOW: Well-pre­sented Me Bf108 D-ERTT – the only Use­dom-based pre-war air­craft seen fly­ing

BF 109G-6 D-FMGS, re­cently restored at Brem­garten and Her­ings­dorf, rolls over the air­field

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