Focke-Wulf Ta 152 -0. 'Stab/Jagdgeschwader 301 "Wilde Sau" April 24-30, 1945
By: Dennis Davison Signed by: Artist and Walter Loos
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Availability date: 07/22/2014
The Focke-Wulf Ta 152 was a World War II German high-altitude fighter-interceptor designed by Kurt Tank and produced by Focke-Wulf. The Ta 152 was a development of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 aircraft. It was intended to be made in at least three versions—the Ta 152H Höhenjäger ("high-altitude fighter"), the Ta 152C designed for medium-altitude operations and ground-attack using a different engine and smaller wing, and the Ta 152E fighter-reconnaissance aircraft with the engine of the H model and the wing of the C model.
The first Ta 152H entered service with the Luftwaffe in January 1945. While total production—including prototypes and pre-production aircraft—has been incorrectly estimated in one source at approximately 220 units,only some 43 production aircraft were ever delivered before the end of the European conflict.Twenty-six "H" models were produced. These were too few to allow the Ta 152 to make a significant impact on the air war.
Walter Loos began flying combat in January 1944 at age 20. He flew the FW 190 as an enlisted pilot in III/JG (Jagdgeschwader) 3 and also in IV/JG 3, a group specializing in downing four-engine bombers. His first victory came on 6 March 1944 when he downed a B-17. In March 1945, he was sent to JG 301 and began to fly the Ta 152H. In a total of 66 missions, he had 38 confirmed victories, including 22 bombers. He was awarded the Knight’s Cross on 20 April 1945.
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