My name is Simon Schatz. I'm a hobby aviation illustrator and historian. In 2002 my first aircraft profile, a Focke Wulf Fw 190 A-8, was published in an aviation book. Since then many more of my color profiles were published around the globe. Here I want to show you a small selection of these color profiles. Hope you enjoy the visit. I would appreciate getting comments and critiques regarding my artwork. Please use the comments buttons below the posts, or just write me an email: simon_der_flieger (at) yahoo (dot) de

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This website is dedicated to show planes flown by the German Luftwaffe during the Second World War. It's a source for historians, modellers and aviation enthusiasts. The planes at that time had swastikas on their tails. I just use them because of historical correctness. It's not my intention to glorify the Luftwaffe nor the Nazi regime it represented. I want to make clear that I strictly reject all Nazi ideals.

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September 12, 2012

Messerschmitt Bf 109 K-4 flown by II./JG 52, May 1945

Click on the profile to get a larger version. Base drawing made by Otterkins2


Messerschmitt Bf 109 K-4, Yellow 5, Ainring Airfield and Salzburg-Maxglan, May 1945

References / profiles:

Captured Eagles Vol. I, Roger Gaemperle, Vintage Eagle Publishing
Wings of the Black Cross No. 4, Mark Proulx, Eagle Editions Ltd.

Additional informations:

"Yellow 5" was captured in May 1945 at Ainring Airfield in South Germany. Later the plane got U.S. markings and was transfered to Salzburg-Maxglan. There the plane ended on a scrapyard.
The plane was camouflaged in RLM 75/83/76. The spinner was overall black or maybe RLM 70. The plane had typical Luftflotte 4 markings as the yellow band around the engine cowling and the yellow rudder. Interesting is the fact that the "Yellow 5" was just painted on the port side of the fuselage. Below the horizontal tail "mdj 24.4.45" was painted on with white paint. This was the manufacture code for FMW Flugzeug- und Metallbauwerke Wels, were the plane was repaired.

The U.S. version of this colour profile was published in the book:

Captured Eagles Volume I
German WWII Aircraft captured by the Allies
Roger Gaemperle
Vintage Eagle Publishing
ISBN 978-3-033-03007-7

Censored versions of the profiles with German markings were published in the book:

Die Deutsche Luftwaffe in Österreich
Stationierungen und Fliegerbodenorganisation 1938-1945 - Verluste September 1943 bis Mai 1945
Hans and Martin Handig
ISBN 978-3-200-02675-9

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