The 10145 was built in Leipzig, Germany in 1942, serving as a Norwegian patrol aircraft which flew the Murmansk sector of Russia. The aircraft was shot down in aerial combat with multiple Soviet fighters during an escort mission for Ju 88 bomber aircraft on July 19th, 1942. The aircraft was flown by FW. Leopold Knier, who bailed out at an altitude of about 3000 meters after it was crippled by the Soviet P-40. The aircraft remained in Northern Russia until it was rescued by Warbird Recovery in the winter of 1994, and is currently under restoration for the Spirit of Flight Foundation.
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