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Introduction

Welcome to Bookie's Focke-Wulf 190 and Ta 152 page. This page is the result of a number of years of research into the aircraft featured, Kurt Tank's Focke-Wulf 190 / Ta 152. This aircraft was one of the outstanding fighters and fighter-bombers of World War II, and it served in large numbers with the Luftwaffe, and also in a handful of smaller nation's air forces. It performed almost every role possible for a single-engined aircraft, and proved to be successful as a fighter, fighter-bomber, reconnaissance aircraft, trainer and night-fighter. Its primary role was as a fighter, and in this role it excelled, dominating the European skies for more than a year after its introduction into service in August 1941. Continual development resulted in new variants, eventually seeing a radical change in shape with a new inline engine fitted to the FW 190 D (Dora), and in the final months of the war, the Ta 152 (designated Ta to honour designer Kurt Tank). By the end of the war more than 20,000 had been produced, and the FW 190 had become one of the world's great warplanes. This page is a tribute to the aircraft and its pilots.


Another twelve months have gone by, but this website has received another little update. I've added several new data plates to that page, including a couple that are very interesting (a Ta 152 component plate, and plates for an FW 190 F-8 and FW 190 F-9). Thanks to Steve Polyak and Herbert Müller for their contributions.

In the last couple of years my focus has been book- and article-writing, so the website has been badly neglected. Another reason for the lack of new material is that twice in the last few years original research from this site has been used without acknowledgement in books about the Focke-Wulf 190. For that reason, I doubt I'll publish much else here in the future: I don't want to provide lazy authors with material for their books!

In September 2010 Morten Jessen and I launched our own little aviation history publishing company, Air War Publications. The company's first book, The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 in the Battle for Sicily, was launched at the same time. We are now hard at work on several other book titles. The most advanced titles include:

- Air War Courland, September 1944 - May 1945
- The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Defending Southern Italy, 3 September 1943 - 21 January 1944

The Focke-Wulf 190 features prominently in the Air War Courland book, because it served with Jagdgeschwader 54, and various ground-attack units based in the region (most notably the III. Gruppe of Schlachtgeschwader 3).

Andrew Arthy, 26 September 2013

ARTICLES ON FW 190 UNITS

A HISTORY OF 14.(JABO)/J.G. 5
This article deals with a small but interesting FW 190 fighter-bomber unit operating in the far north of Finland (Word Document)

THE FOCKE-WULF 190 WITH 5./B.F.Gr. 196, 1./S.A.Gr. 128 AND 10./Z.G. 1
An article about a little-known FW 190 unit serving on the Channel Front (Word Document)

GESCHWADER BONGART
An article about an anti-partisan unit operating in central France in the summer of 1944. (Word Document)

THE FOCKE-WULF 190 WITH III./KAMPFGESCHWADER 101
Some information about the service of the FW 190 with III./K.G. 101 in France in May and June 1943


ARTICLES ON FW 190 PILOTS

ALFRED GRISLAWSKI
Grislawski achieved many victories in the Bf 109, but was also successful in the FW 190 with Jagdgeschwader 1

OTTO KITTEL
By Christer Bergström, this article looks at the career and death of the greatest FW 190 ace, Otto Kittel

HUBERT STRASSL
The story of Hubert Strassl who achieved great success in an FW 190 A-4 during the Battle of Kursk


OTHER ARTICLES

FOCKE-WULF 190 A-8 380 ... BLOCK
A page dealing with a single block of FW 190 A-8s, includes photos and profiles

FOCKE-WULF 190 AND TA 152 MANUFACTURER'S PLATES
A page with images of FW 190 and Ta 152 manufacturer's plates

CAPTURED FW 190s
A list of FW 190s captured by the Allies during the Second World War. (Word Document)

FOCKE-WULF 190s FOUND AT BERLIN-TEMPELHOF IN 1945
A brief article on the FW 190s found at Berlin-Tempelhof airfield in 1945

FOCKE-WULF 190 AND TA 152 CAMOUFLAGE AND MARKINGS
A page that looks at some of the markings and camouflage schemes of the FW 190 and Ta 152 family

KITZINGEN: THE SURRENDER OF OBERST HANS-ULRICH RUDEL
The Surrender of S.G. 2's Oberst Hans-Ulrich Rudel at Kitzingen, 8 May 1945

SCHLACHTGESCHWADER 77 MASSACRE AT KAMENZ - 17 APRIL 1945
An article dealing with the Allied low-level attack on Kamenz airfield in which many FW 190s were destroyed

THE USE OF ELEMENTS OF THE STRATEGIC LUFTWAFFE IN SUPPORT OF THE ARMY
A translated German document from the Australian War Memorial (AWM), dated 24 December 1943

FOCKE-WULF 190 / TA 152 KITS IN 1/72 SCALE
An article by Brian Baker which lists all FW 190 kits ever made in 1/72 scale

FOCKE-WULF 190 OVER DIEPPE
An article examining the role of the FW 190 over Dieppe on 19 August 1942

THE FOCKE-WULF 190 IN NORTH AFRICA
Details on the FW 190 in North Africa book project by Andrew Arthy and Morten Jessen

THE FW 190 V18
An article on the FW 190 V18, prototype of the FW 190 C

NON-LUFTWAFFE FOCKE-WULFS 190S
A summary of non-Luftwaffe FW 190 operators

FOCKE-WULF 190 LANDINGS IN SWEDEN DURING WORLD WAR II
Information about the FW 190s that landed in Sweden in 1945


PHOTOGRAPHS

FOCKE-WULF 190 F-9 WNR. 440 382 'YELLOW 10 + '
A feature on this late-war fighter-bomber with flame dampers, including photographs and a colour profile

FOCKE-WULF 190 F-9 WNR. 440 340
Photos of an FW 190 that landed in Italy in the final days of the war

EARLY-WAR FOCKE-WULF 190 PHOTO GALLERY
Photos of early-war Luftwaffe FW 190s

LATE-WAR FOCKE-WULF 190 PHOTO GALLERY
Photos of late-war Luftwaffe FW 190s

FOCKE-WULF 190 D-9 PHOTO GALLERY
Photos of FW 190 D-9s

FOCKE-WULF 190 CONTROL STICK PHOTOS
Photos of FW 190 control sticks courtesy of Steve Polyak

THE FOCKE-WULF 190 IN DETAIL
Colour photographs of five preserved FW 190s, photos kindly provided by Dave McDonald, Piet van Wyk de Vries, and Lynn Ritger

FLUGWERK FW 190 A-8/N PAINT SCHEMES
A preview of what the new Flugwerk FW 190 A-8/Ns will look like


FOCKE-WULF 190 / TA 152 ARTWORK

COLOUR PROFILES
FW 190 / Ta 152 Profiles by Neil Page, Thierry Dekker, Kjetil Aakra, Claes Sundin and Dan Taylor

DOWNLOADABLE FW 190 A-8 WALLPAPER
Wallpaper by Thierry Dekker


FOCKE-WULF 190 LISTINGS AND PRODUCTION DETAILS

THE FW 190 WERK NUMMER PROJECT
A Listing of FW 190 Werk Nummern and Production Details (Word Document)

THE FOCKE-WULF FW 190 A-0 LISTING
A listing of all FW 190 A-0s (Word Document)

THE FOCKE-WULF FW 190 A-1 LISTING
A listing of all FW 190 A-1s (Word Document)

THE FOCKE-WULF FW 190 A-2 LISTING
A listing of all FW 190 A-2s

THE FOCKE-WULF FW 190 A-3 LISTING
A listing of all FW 190 A-3s

THE FOCKE-WULF FW 190 A-4 LISTING
A listing of all FW 190 A-4s

THE FOCKE-WULF FW 190 A-5 LISTING
A listing of all FW 190 A-5s

THE FOCKE-WULF FW 190 A-6 LISTING
A listing of all FW 190 A-6s

THE FOCKE-WULF FW 190 A-7 LISTING
A listing of all FW 190 A-7s

THE FOCKE-WULF FW 190 A-8 LISTING
A listing of all FW 190 A-8s

THE FOCKE-WULF FW 190 A-9 LISTING
A listing of all FW 190 A-9s

VARIANTS PAGE
A list of all versions and variants of the FW 190 / Ta 152

FOCKE-WULF 190 ORDERS OF BATTLE
Numerous FW 190 OOBs from various dates


MISCELLANEOUS

JACK'S PHOTOS
Some of my grandfather's photos of Australian, Japanese and American aircraft, taken during his service in the Pacific.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
A list of Focke-Wulf 190 and Luftwaffe books (Word Document)

LINKS
Luftwaffe and Focke-Wulf 190 / Ta 152 Internet sites

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