View Full Version : German Fighter 60 years on!

Viper SS
03-01-2009, 12:53 AM
If this as already been place on this forum,please feel free to merge it.

A German fighter plane found in Polish woods recently, 60 years after ww2.


03-01-2009, 07:05 AM
Interesting. I take it from the comments the plane was recovered in 1988 and that the pilot made it out and lived until the year after that.

I think it was also stated that the engine seized due to dirt plugging the oil lines...

03-01-2009, 07:09 AM
Not the greatest quality video, but did the plane still have it's camoflage paint scheme? I was surprised it still had its decals also.... being out in the elements and all.

03-01-2009, 07:12 AM
Here's a nice comment that sums it all up...

(5 months ago)

Found 1989 east of St. Petersburg, now in US being restored. On July 1943 mission the engine quit, pilot Sgt. Paul Ratz bellied in, spent time as POW. He passed on around time his plane was found. During restoration dirt was found in a oil line causing reduced flow & overheating. As forced labor was used at some repair plants speculation is an unhappy worker did it. Also found were field repairs due to combat exposure. A spectacular find!e

Apparently, the forest grew up around the Focke Wulf completely concealing it...

03-03-2009, 08:10 AM
This plane is undergoing 'restoration' in the Uk at present but all the original paintwork has been removed...

03-05-2009, 02:20 PM
i have already seen the clip and found it very interesting and to the people who are restoring it good luck