Warbirds over Usedom
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