Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8, Werk # 739137
Escape from death
- Text by Nicklas Östergren -
At 9.50 pm on the 8th of May 1945, Uffz Ludwig Nitsch made a belly landing with his Fw 190 on a farmer's field in Lockarp, just outside Malmö, Sweden. The plane he flew wasn't his ordinary aircraft because he crashed his personal Fw 190 a couple of days earlier, miraculously without getting wounded.
Nitsch was captured by Swedish military personnel after his belly landing and the interrogation made by Fänrik N. Ekström from the Swedish Air force F 10 wing, gave the following information:
The plan was to transport Nitsch by car through Denmark to Germany, but something went wrong and Nitsch was arrested by the Danish police.
On July 30, 1946 Nitsch was granted an alien's passport and a permit to stay in Sweden. A couple of years later he applied for Swedish citizenship got married and stayed in Sweden until his death in February 2006.
Photo via Bo Ekberger/Leif Hellström
At Bulltofta boneyard. Next to the Bf 110 that landed in Hammerlöv 1945-05-01. Photo via Bo Widfeldt
Aircraft clock saved as a memento by Ludwig Nitsch. In 1996 Nicklas Östergren received it as a gift, and today it is part of the FLC. Photo Nicklas Östergren
The spinner from Nitsch machine was recovered by Göran Winge at a scrap yard in the early 80's. It is now part of FLC. Photo Nicklas Östergren
In addition - the manufacturing plate has "25" engraved. Possibly an earlier code of the aircraft, or perhaps the spinner is taken from another aircraft as a spare. Very common at the end of the war. Photo Nicklas Östergren
Tailwheel preserved in the FLC collections. Photo Nicklas Östergren
Id-plate on the tailwheel. Photo Nicklas Östergren