Focke Wulf Fw 190 A-4


Yellow 14, W.Nr. 2247, Fown by Unteroffizier Walter Lühs of 9./JG 26, late 1942-early 1943, probably from Maldegem/Belgium


Born on March 27, 1920 in Schwerin/Meckl, Walter Lühs was a 23-year old III./JG 26 Fw 190 pilot. According to his service record (reproduced below) he started training during the summer of 1939 and arrived at his first combat unit, III./JG 26 on the Channel coast, three years later in September 1942. he downed a four-engine bomber early in his career as a fighter pilot..."..durch seine fliegerisches Können und seine Einsatzfreudigkeit gelang es ihm schon bei den ersten Einsätzen ein viermotoriges Kampfflugzeug abzuschießen.." He flew 21 combat sorties in total.

Flying from an airfield in Belgium, he failed to return along with his Rottenführer from a combat sortie against four-engine bombers over the North Sea on June 25, 1943. flying his Bf 109 G-6 "Gelb 13".

In a letter to his father the Staffeklapitän wrote the folowing letter:

".. as unit leader ...[Einheitsführer] is my sad duty to inform you that you son failed to return from a combat sortie on 25 June. On this date we flew a mission to intercept four-engine bombers. In the course of the air battle our Staffel was forced to disperse and therefore I am unable to give any further details as to the exact fate of your son although through radio communication it has been established that he was with his Rotte leader up to the last moments. Both failed to return from the mission. As combat took place out over the sea the air-sea rescue services were immediately notified on our return to base, although their efforts did not meet with success. These events have hit us all very hard. Be assured of our Staffel's deepest sympathies...Your son was a much-loved comrade..[..] and an enthusiastic pilot. In the time he was a member of the Staffel his grit and fighting spirit earned him the admiration and appreciation of all the unit's pilots......"

Please note that this text is taken from my dear friend and colleague, Neil Page "Falkeeins" hompage. Here you will also find the photos used for making this profile, thanks a lot Neil!

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