On 1 May 1945, according
to his logbook, Jan Schild flew this machine the same day as
he was appointed as the new Staffelkapitän of 5./JG 26.
In fact, during the first five days in May he flew in four different
Doras participating in a total of 11 missions. These including,
escort, air-combat with Spitfires, ground-attack, fighter sweeps,
and transferring aircraft. This machine was found belly-landed
at Løgumkloster in Denmark on 5 May. On that day, an II.
Gruppe pilot on route to Lister in Norway crash landed "
White 3" due to unknown causes, perhaps the pilot decided
to abort and be captured. Oblt. Jan Schild however on the same
day flying in another Dora-9, "White 1", probably the
machine of the former Staffelkapitän, Oblt. Peter Crump
however, continued his course as ordered towards Norway. He landed
at Lister air base at 09:00 after a 45 minutes and rather hazardous
flight. In Schilds own words: "The approximate flying
time in our Fw 190 D-9s was 35 minutes. Because of the bad weather,
clouds down to 150-200 meters, rain visibility between three
and five kilometers, the transfer flight proved to be very dramatic.
We flew in bad-weather formation: that is, the aircraft were
about 10-15 meters apart, with the lead aircraft (myself) doing
the navigation. After about thirty minutes, I should have had
the Norwegian coast in sight. Even after another two or three
minutes, which seemed like an eternity, I could not see land.
After informing the formation behind me by radio, I changed the
course by about 30 to 35 degrees, shortly after changing the
course, I sighted land, and just where it should be, an airfield
at the tip of a peninsula. Lister was a hazardous airfield, surfaced
with wooden planks, steel mats, and rubble. All of the aircraft
landed safely with the exception of one". Thereafter
followed a lengthy and dreadful time as POW in Norway, whereas
their comrades in northern Germany were soon released by the
British and could return to their homes. Note that this Dora-9
had the whole tail section replaced at some point, perhaps due
to battle damage, with the machines Werk Number painted on by
this profile and caption is from my new book Luftwaffe Fighters,
Profile book No 10