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Mission: Wilde Sau Operation.

Date: 21
st July 1944

Time: 02.40 hours.

Unit: 1 Staffel./Jagdgeschwader 301

Type: Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6/U-2


Coded: + 16 (In white)

Location: Manston aerodrome, Kent, England.

Pilot: Leutnant. Horst Prenzel – Captured P.O.W.


After an uneventful Wilde Sau Operation over Northern France, made a wheels down landing after pilot thought he was landing at a German airfield and was surprised to find he was in England.

Markings: 16 in white followed by a 2 ft. wide brown band. Call sign NS+FE. Maker mcu. The aircraft was painted grey all over with khaki and blue mottling on the upper surfaces. The spinner was painted alternate black and white spirals.

Engine: DB 605 A-1, works no. 007/07111, maker hsq.

Armament: one MG 151/20 firing through propeller hub, two MG 151/20 in under wing gondolas, two MG 131 over engine.

Equipment. Revi 16 B gunsight. FuG 16Z and FuG 25A wireless fitted. For the first time in a fighter ultra-violet cockpit lighting installation was found. A 66 gallon jettisonable fuel tank was carried on the fuselage bomb rack.

This airman had twenty-five War Flights to his credit.

Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6U2 W.Nr. 412951 White 16 which landed in error at Manston
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 (White 16) pictured at Manston, England (IWM)

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless with thanks to Nigel Parker and Imperial War Museum, November 2013.