Me109 G6/R1/, W.Nr. 160706 (White 7) was a Messerschmitt-built aircraft. Belonging to 1./JG53, she was lost on March 12, 1943 over the Sangro Valley in Italy. Shot down by an RAF Spitfire, pilot FW Emil Wagner survived, and was taken prisoner.
Made of aluminum and steel, this is a VERY RARE section of tail skin was found at the wreck site. Recovered from an Me109 G6, it features a SUPERBLY painted 1./JG52 emblem, which is incorrect for this relic (also painted upside down, in relation to the panel). As it was painted decades ago, I suspect the previous owner who painted the panel did not know the unit at the time, and simply painted his favorite unit. The only original paint that remains is the grey paint on the access hatch. The SUPERB and VERY RARE feature is that is still retains the ORIGINAL steel crash tag! The crash tag is the later type that is made of steel, and CLEARLY indicates the last 3 digits of the werk number, “706”. What is very interesting, is that it is riveted to the INSIDE of the skin (not the outside, as they normally are). This is the ONLY Me109 crash tag I have owned, as they were no longer installed after mid-1943, and VERY RARE! Overall, there is some obvious corrosion and bends, but it is CLEARLY identifiable! I have shown its location in YELLOW in the last photo, along with the placement of the tag (early G-2). A VERY RARE item, it would make a SUPERB addition to any collection, display, or restoration project!
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