Focke-Wulf Fw 189 1.(H)/32 (V71C) Finland 1942 01

Photo 01: This airborne photograph shows a Focke-Wulf Fw 189A-2 Uhu (Owl), coded V7+1C of the 1.(H)/32. Interestingly, AufklGr. 32 used a unique unit code system for its aircraft with the third figure of the code being a number identifying the Staffel and the fourth, a letter, being the individual aircraft letter. Thus V7+1C identifies this aircraft as being aircraft 'C' of the 1.(H)/32.

Focke-Wulf Fw 189 1.(H)/32 (V71D) Finland 1942 00

Profile 00: This profile shows a Focke-Wulf Fw 189A-2 Uhu (Owl), coded V7+1D of the 1.(H)/32. This aircraft served as a reconnaissance platform in the Arctic, and was based at Petsamo in northern Finland in 1942. The disruptive 'meander' camouflage was applied directly onto the standard green summer paint scheme.  Interestingly, AufklGr. 32 used a unique unit code system for its aircraft with the third figure of the code being a number identifying the Staffel and the fourth, a letter, being the individual aircraft letter. Thus V7+1D identifies this aircraft as being aircraft 'D' of the 1.(H)/32.

Focke-Wulf Fw 189 1.(H)/32 (V71E) Kemi 1942 00

Profile 00: This profile shows a Focke-Wulf Fw 189A-2 Uhu (Owl) operated by 1.Aufklärungsstaffel (Heeres)/32 and used a brown and green splinter camouflage more common over the forested terrain of the northern sector of the Eastern Front, this particular operated out of a base at Kemi in Finland.

Focke-Wulf Fw 189 1.(H)/32 (V71E) Finland 1942 01

Focke-Wulf Fw 189 1.(H)/32 (V71E) Finland 1942-43 01

Photo 01: This airborne photograph is of a Luftwaffe Aufklarer Focke-Wulf Fw 189A Uhu (Owl) coded (V7+JE) operated by 1.(H)/32 Recon Group, Finland winter 1942-1943.

Photo 01: This airborne photograph taken near Petsamo in early 1943 shows a Focke-Wulf Fw 189A-2 Uhu (Owl), coded V7+1E of the 1.(H)/32, displays a consistently applied pale grey or white scribble pattern over its normal 70/71 segmented upper camouflage. In the case of Fw 189s finished in this scheme, the pattern was originally thought to have been applied at unit level, but according to surviving Czech records from the Aero factory in Prague, it 'was factory applied. Interestingly, AufklGr. 32 used a unique unit code system for its aircraft with the third figure of the code being a number identifying the Staffel and the fourth, a letter, being the individual aircraft letter. Thus V7+1E identifies this aircraft as being aircraft 'E' of the 1.(H)/32.

Focke-Wulf Fw 189 1.(H)/32 (V71F) Finland 1943 01

Photo 01: This airborne photograph shows a Focke-Wulf Fw 189A-2 Uhu (Owl), coded V7+1F of the 1.(H)/32 celebrating the fact it had flown 2000 sorties at Petsamo in autumn 1943

Focke-Wulf Fw 189 1.(H)/32 (V71J) Finland 1942 00

Profile 00: This IL2 skin profile is of a Luftwaffe Aufklarer Focke-Wulf Fw 189A Uhu (Owl) operated by 1.(H)/32 Recon Group, coded V7+1J Finland 1942.

Focke-Wulf Fw 189 1.(H)/32 (V71K) Finland 1943 01

Photo 01: This airborne photograph shows a Focke-Wulf Fw 189A-2 Uhu (Owl), coded V7+1K of the 1.(H)/32 (since November 1942), W.Nr. 125243, coded V7+1K at Petsamo, Finland in March 1943.

Focke-Wulf Fw 189 1.(H)/32 (V71K) Finland 1942-43 01

Photo 01: This airborne photograph is of a Luftwaffe Aufklarer Focke-Wulf Fw 189A Uhu (Owl) operated by 1.(H)/32 Recon Group, Finland winter 1942-1943.

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Focke-Wulf Fw 189A-2 Uhu (Owl) operated by 1.(H)/32 Recon Group, Finland winter 1942-1943.

    Bibliography: +

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  •     Magazine References: +

    • Airfix Magazines (English) - http://www.airfix.com/
    • Avions (French) - http://www.aerostories.org/~aerobiblio/rubrique10.html
    • FlyPast (English) - http://www.flypast.com/
    • Flugzeug Publikations GmbH (German) - http://vdmedien.com/flugzeug-publikations-gmbh-hersteller_verlag-vdm-heinz-nickel-33.html
    • Flugzeug Classic (German) - http://www.flugzeugclassic.de/
    • Klassiker (German) - http://shop.flugrevue.de/abo/klassiker-der-luftfahrt
    • Le Fana de L'Aviation (French) - http://boutique.editions-lariviere.fr/site/abonnement-le-fana-de-l-aviation-626-4-6.html
    • Le Fana de L'Aviation (French) - http://www.pdfmagazines.org/tags/Le+Fana+De+L+Aviation/
    • Osprey (English) - http://www.ospreypublishing.com/
    • Revi Magazines (Czech) - http://www.revi.cz/

        Web References: +

    • Hecklafette 15A & B (manual). Scribd. for the Fw 189's rear gun turret.
    • Wikipedia.org - Wikimedia Commons has media related to Focke-Wulf Fw 189

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