Luftwaffe Focke-Wulf FW-190 Starboard Tail Fin Panel
Understood to have been recovered in WW11 from a FW-190 that was shot down near Caen, France on 21 July, 1944. We have just imported this panel direct from Normandy and while we don't have specific information on the actual aircraft it was from, we have researched it fully and the rivet pattern and the orientation match exactly with the 190. In addition, the remaining evidence of the internal framing aligns to where the structure was fitted on the FW-190. The swastika has the correct dimensions and the panel has evidence of red paint where the rudder stop was fitted. The paintwork is clearly original and shows signs of heat and crash damage where it has been torn from the aircraft on impact rather than being cut from the airframe. These panels were perhaps the ultimate souvenir for victorious allied pilots on the squadron back in WWII and they remain so for the serious collector and museum today. This is an area, however, where the fakers practise their art, so care needs to be taken in investing in such an item and we are happy to give an unconditional guarantee on the originality of this example. The panel is single sided with a small section of the original framing remaining to the inside. While the alloy is slightly distorted, it makes a fine display being an impressive size at approximately 32" x30" (82cm x76cm).