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FE-0123/T2-123
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Courtesy of Richard Eger
On display at Osborne - adjacent to Patterson Field portion of Wright Patterson AFB, which used to be the entryway to the old Air Force Museum.
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Believed to have been surrendered at an airfield near Munich (possibly Neubiberg).  They were test flown and then sent by road to Cherbourg because they were considered to be only marginally serviceable.
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08/01/1945 at Newark to be crated and sent to Freeman Field
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At Freeman Field on 17 May 1946
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19 June 1946, FE-122 had been transferred to Wright Field for display use.
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Restoration to static display condition during July 1946
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bailed (loaned or leased) to the University of Kansas at Lawrence on 11 September 1946.  (NOTE: This record may actually refer to T2-122.)

T2-123 Black 7, Werk Nr. Unknown.

A close up photo of the aircraft's data plates identify the airframe as a Bf-109 G-10, produced by the Weiner-Neustadt works. Possibly a U-4 with the factory installed 30mm cannon firing through the spinner. The two data plates are an indication that the aircraft was remanufactured by converting a reclaimed fuselage of an older model.

We can narrow down the Werk number range a bit and safely say that it lies between the 610 000 to 611 000 range.

Black 7 may or may not be the aircraft's original number but the C 3 fuel (100 octane) and Methanol-Water triangles at the filler points are original.

Flown by II Gruppe, JG 52 it was surrendered to Allied forces at Neubiburg Airfield in the Group's attempt to avoid capture by the Soviets at the end of the war.

T2-123 is one of three G-10 aircraft that were collected by a unit of Watson's Whizzers and brought to the U.S. aboard the HMS Reaper. TSEAL documents show that the airframe was in storage at Newark AAF (Also known as Ford Field) and crated up for shipment to Freeman in Sept. 1945.

Some where along the line the aircraft was restored with a rather inaccurate paint scheme and used for display purposes. It is known to have been at Freeman and photos show that it was also displayed at Wright-Patterson.

What happened after that, along with T2-123's eventual fate remain a mystery, as no records of this aircraft have been found. Most likely, the airframe was scrapped. 

Richard Corey

This improved photo was obtained from an 8" x 10" transparency owned by Richard Egar.  Previously the transparency had only been photographed and lacked good details.  With his kind permission, I scanned the transparency at 600 dpi.  This enabled the blow-up of the section shown above.  And allowed the two data tags to be seen for the first time.

Thanks to Mr. Richard Egar for trusting me with the precious image and to Mr. Richard Corey for his eye and meticulous research.

Jim West

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