FE-0124
Bf 109G-14
W Nr 610937 or W Nr 610824
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TSEAL 6D
09/01/1945
08/01/1945 at Newark to be crated and sent to Freeman Field
   

The second plate has the numbers 109143 and the designation G-14/U4. Under that is a werk number 127914. Keep in mind that "werk" number actually means construction number. I had wrongly thought that this was the second fuselage data plate and that 610937 was rebuilt from a G-14 model with the werk number 127914.

From a number of sources I found out that this second plate may have been located on the firewall of the a/c and that 127914 is not a werk number for the G-14, or any other model of the Bf-109 for that matter. It is a "construction" number for the fuselage. All the various sub-components had their own data plates to identify the component and place of manufacture. With the top number 109143, the 109 of course stands for the Bf-109. The 914 is part of a numbered code and stands for the finished fuselage assembly. 610937 was most likely remanufactured from a reclaimed G-14 fuselage, but the G-14 a/c that it came from didn't have 127914 painted on it's rudder.
Richard Cory crich111@adelphia.net


This data plate is This data plate is one of the two data plates carried in this position.(the other was missing) It shows the type; 8-109 G-10/U4.  Under that is the werk number 610937 and letters that stand for Jabo-Rei. I forget the full German word, but it translates to; "long range fighter-bomber".

One of the reasons I believe that 610937 is the ex-Yugo AF fighter is because this a/c still had one of its two data plates. T2-124's data plates went missing when Bud Weaver owned the a/c back in the 1950s. Photos in Yellow 10, by Jerry Crandall show the remains of T2-124 with the data plates missing. I have also seen photos of T2-124 when John Caler owned it. (he purchased it from Weaver) There are no data plates to be seen here either.
Richard Cory  crich111@adelphia.net


Plate was found on 610824.
The number, 109582-0030 is the only part that's readable. 
I'm told that 582 stands for the cooler cover and flap on the right wing
Richard Cory crich111@adelphia.net


Messerschmitt Bf-109 G-10 Werk Nr. 610824
W.Nr. 610824 as it appears today at the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio
USAF Museum Photo

History

Originally known as; "Black 2" of II Gruppe JG 52. The werk number 610824 suggests that this aircraft was produced by Wiener Neustadter Flugzeugwerke. Unfortunately, no werk number block in the 610800 range has turned up in any known listings or in Quartermaster’s loss records. As the original data plates of this machine have been missing for some time, It is this writers opinion that this werk number is unconfirmed. However, plates were found in the fuselage’s interior that suggest that this aircraft was manufactured from a reclaimed G-6 fuselage and upgraded to G-10 standards.

Black 2 was surrendered to American forces at Neubiberg Airfield near Munich, when the remnants of II/JG52 retreated en masse to escape the advancing Russians at the end of the war.

This machine was one of three Bf-109 G-10 aircraft that were taken over by Capt. Fred Macintosh. Capt. Macintosh was in charge of collecting examples of piston engined aircraft for Watson’s Wizzers, during Operation Lusty.

As to whether or not this aircraft was test flown during this time can not be verified, but it is known that the airframe was transported to the port of Cherbourg by truck. It was then loaded aboard the aircraft carrier; HMS Reaper and left port on July 19, 1945, arriving at pier 14 in New York Harbor 12 days later.

The aircraft was then off loaded onto a barge and taken to Newark AAF, where it was stored and eventually crated for shipment in Sept. 1945. Black 2 was shipped by rail to Freeman Field, where it arrived in May 1946. At some point the aircraft was given a spurious coat of paint and the code; FE-124. This was later changed to T2-124 when reorganization of the Air Material Command’s Technical Data Laboratory, became part of T-2 Air Intelligence.

T2-124 was stored at Freeman Field, but was reported loaned to Dobbins AAF near Marietta Georgia, to be in a display along with a Focke-Wulf FW-109D-13, coded T2-118.

When it was time to return the aircraft, Freeman Field did not want them back. Officials stated that they would only be scrapped.

The scrap yard would have been the eventual fate for these two machines had it not been for Professor Donnell Dutton, director of the Guggenheim School of Aeronautics at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Professor Dutton was a member of the institute’s flying club and thought that the two aircraft would be interesting additions to the club’s collection of airplane relics. The two airframes were never officially part of any university program, but were placed in storage by the school’s flying club who planned to use them for display.

Around the mid 1950s, the flying club traded T2-124 and T2-118 to Mr. Bud Weaver, an FAA Inspector in Atlanta, for a working aero engine. They were then stored out in the open at various rental properties owned by Mr. Weaver and soon became derelict due to vandals and exposure to the elements. It was at this time that T2-124 lost it’s original wings. Someone had the aircraft hauled away to the local dump! Mr. Weaver arrived in time to save the fuselage, but not the wings. If anything good can be said about this time, at least the elements had worn off the spurious paint scheme and revealed the original markings on what was left of the airframe.

In the mid 1960s ill health had forced Mr. Weaver to sell his Luftwaffe aircraft. T2-124 was sold to publisher John Caler of Sun Valley, CA. By this time the remains of T2-124 consisted of the fuselage and engine, minus the spinner and tail group. According to Mr. Caler’s 1972 newsletter, some of the missing components were supposed to have been stored in a disused old church in the Atlanta area. The missing components were never located.

Mr. Caler had brought the plane to his garage in Encino CA and planned to restore the aircraft to flying condition. For this, he had purchased wings from an Avia S-199 in Czechoslovakia and set about trying to restore the airframe with the help of friends and volunteers. They had managed to collect some parts, including some of the missing instruments and a propeller hub. The cockpit was restored along with some fuselage re-skinning.

After years of work the restoration of T2-124 was still unfinished and Mr. Caler had run out of funds. The aircraft was then sold to an unknown private collector who held it in storage for some time.

In the mid 1980s the airframe was sold to Doug Arnold’s Warbird’s of Great Britain Collection and stored at his Biggin Hill facility along with an ex-Yugoslavian Air Force Bf-109 G-10, W.Nr. 610937. Some restoration work may have been carried out but can not be confirmed.

In 1989, both G-10 airframes were sold to Evergreen Ventures of McMinnville, Oregon. Evergreen had contracted Vintage Aircraft Restorations Ltd. of Ft. Collins Co. to restore both aircraft. The restoration of T2-124 to static display condition was completed in the mid 1990s and then traded to the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio. Since April 1, 1999 it has been on display there as "Blue 4" of JG 300.

An interesting side note here; Since Freeman Field was a subsidiary of what was then known as Wright Field, it would seem that T2-124 has traveled full circle since its arrival at Freeman in 1946.

Sources:
Eagle Files #2, Yellow 10, by Jerry Crandall
War Prizes, by Phil Butler
German Aircraft Interiors vol.1, by Kenneth A. Merrick
The 109 Gruppe Newsletter, by John Caler
Correspondence with: Peter Cohausz, Richard P. Lutz, Ed Maloney and Jerry Crandall.
Indiana Military Org's web site at www.indianamilitary.org/FreemanAAF/index.htm

At Freeman Field on 17 May 1946.  After analysis at Freeman Field, FE-124 was allotted for transfer to the Georgia Institute of Technology at Atlanta, Georgia.  It was still in Atlanta in August 1955, some time after which the '109' was bought by John W. Caler of Sun Valley, California, with the intention of it being restored to air worthy condition.  Eventually this project was abandoned and in 1984 ownership was transferred to Doug Arnold in the UK. It was later shipped to Doug Arnold's premises at Bitteswell and moved to Biggin Hill with the remainder of the Arnold aircraft collection at a later date.  Finally it was returned to the USA in the ownership of Evergreen Ventures Inc. and at the time of writing is under restoration at Fort Collins, California.

 The Bf 109s taken to the US by Col Watson are 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.  The batch of three Bf 109 aircraft (FE-122 to 124 inclusive) therefore also made the journey to Freeman Field by truck.  They were not restored to airworthiness but were used instead for static display purposes.  By 19 June 1946, FE-122 had been transferred to Wright Field for display use.  By 1947 this aircraft had been disposed of to the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Kansas.  In 1948 it was bought by Mr. Eddie Fisher and taken to Kansas City, Kansas.  In 1959 it was acquired by Ed Maloney for his museum, inaugurated at Claremont, California, in the nineteen-fifties.  It is now in the Planes of Fame Museum at Chino airfield, California, the present location of Ed Maloney's museum.

source: "war Prizes" by Phil Butler, pg 212

FE-124 Me-109G-10/U4 Markings, unit unknown. Sent on the Reaper, the history of this aircraft is unknown, but it went to the Georgia Institute of Technology as surplus in the late 1940s. It was left derelict, along with FE-118. It has had several owners since, and spent the last few years in England. It was recently purchased by Evergreen Air Center in Arizona and is presently undergoing restoration to flying condition.

Luftwaffe Over Ohio!By Paul F. Straney and Robert Sacchi
http://www.norwich.net/~pstrany/ocw/loo/loo06.htm

THE FATE OF T2-124 & T2-118 AIRPLANES WW II

With the end of World War Two, non-critical facilities like Freeman Field, which was being used to store surplus Axis equipment were being closed down and aircraft that weren’t earmarked for museums were to be scrapped. This probably would have been the fate of T2-124 and T2-118 had it not been for the interest of Professor Donnell W. Dutton at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. In 1947, T2-124 and T2-118 were donated to Georgia Tech. The two airframes were not used officially by Georgia Tech. For research or evaluation, but were placed in storage for later display by the school’s nine member flying club.  (From an 4/1/2005 Ebay Auction for items from the estate of Donnell W. Dutton, Professor of Aerospace Engineering)

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