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Date: September 1942
Place: Jesau, Ostpreußen, Germany
Picture taken at Jesau/East Prussia in September 1942 where the I.Gruppe / Jagdgeschwader 51 (JG 51) switched from Messerschmitt Bf 109 to Focke-Wulf 190 A-3 within a couple of days. The Gruppe was pulled back from the Eastern Front early September for retraining on the Fw 190. After a few days they returned to the front with their new aircraft and were operational again on September 6th. Note the yellow under cowling and the emblems of JG 51 and I./JG 51, which have already been applied. The Fw 190 A-3 has no ETC yet. The Fw 190 A-3/U3 was the first of the Jabo (Jagdbomber), using an ETC-501 centre-line bomb rack able to carry up to 500 kg (1,100 lb) of bombs or, with horizontal stabilising bars, one 300 L (80 US gal) drop tank. The U3 retained the fuselage-mounted 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 17s and the wing-mounted 20 mm MG 151 cannon, with the outer MG FF being removed.
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