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Focke Wulf Fw 190 A-8/R-2, flown by Wilhelm Moritz

Luftwaffe Aviation Art - Color profiles by Simon Schatz

Focke Wulf Fw 190 A-8/R-8, flown by Wilhelm Moritz

"Black Double Chevron", W.Nr. 681382, flown by Hauptmann Wilhelm Moritz, Kommandeur
IV.(Sturm)/JG 3, Schongau, August 1944

References / profiles

They flew the Fw 190, the Military Operations of a Famous Fighter, by Alfred Price
Motorbuch Verlag, pps 124-125

Fw190 A, FW 190 D (Dora) and Ta 152, by Peter Rodeike, p.345

German fighters 1939-45, Color Profiles, by Claes Sundin, Christer Bergström
Bernard & Graefe Verlag, pps. 86-87
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This machine was built by Fieseler in Kassel; it is an A-8/R-2 with the W.Nr. 681382. It has been modified as a Sturmjäger with 30mm armored glass added to the windshield as well as to the panels on the sides of the cockpit. Armor also surrounded the side of the fuselage near the cockpit. The MG 131 was removed from the fuselage; an MG 151/20 was added as wing root armament as well as two MK 108 in the outer part of the wings. An auxiliary fuel tank is carried on the ETC 501 rack. The aircraft is painted in the standard RLM 74/75/76 scheme. The wooden propeller blades are RLM 70 black green. The black spinner carries a white spiral. The small yellow ring on the rear part of the MG access cover indicates a BMW 801 D-2 engine. This engine provided increased emergency power to the pilot.

Captain Wilhelm Moritz

was born on Jun 29, 1919 in Hamburg-Altona. His military career started as early as 1933 when he decided to become a professional soldier. Wilhelm Moritz gained his initial experience with II./ZG 1 during the Polish campaign. He was transferred to Norway and Western France during the summer of 1940 when he joined II./JG 77. He commanded the fighter training school 4 in January of 1941. He commanded the 11. Staffel of JG 1, beginning on Mar 4, 1942. After a serving a year with JG 51 he transferred to 6./JG3 in the defense of the Reich. He led the famous Sturmgruppe IV./JG 3 beginning on Mar 24, 1944. After heavy combat against the bomber formations and 41 victories, he received the Knights Cross on Jul 18, 1944. After a nervous breakdown he was transferred to IV./EJG 1. He took over II./JG 4 from Apr 18 to May 1, 1945.

Wilhelm Moritz ended the war with 500 missions. The numbers of his victories is not exactly known. The sources mention between 44 and 54. His bomber kills also are not exactly established since they vary between 12 and 25.
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Simon Schatz

  1978 I was born in Vienna and I am working as technical employee in an architect's office. I am building plastic models since I am 12. It started with a F-16 Fighting Falcon in 1/32, which was followed by a few cars and trucks. A Heinkel He111 H-6 in 1/72 brood my interest for the German Luftwaffe. Since 2001 I am creating color profiles also.

Some of them have been already published in relevant magazines and books. The motto for building models and drawing profiles is the same: Learning by Doing. To practise my passion it is required to collect the necessary documentation, an expensive, but interesting hobby, especially when I can obtain rare second hand aviation antiquars.
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