German Luftwaffe Warplane survivors, 1939-1945: Gotha, Henschel, Horten

Axis Warplane Survivors, German Aircraft: Gotha, Henschel, Horten

Axis Warplane Survivors, deutsche Flugzeuge: Gotha, Henschel, Horten

The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document Warplanes from the Second World War that have been preserved.  Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these aircraft to provide and update the data on this website.  Photos are as credited.  Any errors found here are by the author, and any additions, corrections or amendments to this list of Warplane Survivors of the Second World War would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at

Ziel dieser Website ist es, erhaltene Kampfflugzeuge aus dem Zweiten Weltkrieg zu lokalisieren, zu identifizieren und zu dokumentieren. Viele Mitwirkende haben bei der Suche nach diesen Flugzeugen mitgewirkt, um die Daten auf dieser Website.bereitzustellen und zu aktualisieren. Fotos gelten als gutgeschrieben. Alle hier gefundenen Fehler sind vom Autor und Ergänzungen, Korrekturen oder Ergänzungen zu dieser Liste der Überlebenden des Zweiten Weltkriegs sind sehr willkommen und können per E-Mail an den Autor unter gesendet werden.

Gotha Go 145 biplane, RP+NR.  (Edgar Diegan Photo)

(Luftwaffe Photo)

Gotha Go 145B, (Wk. Nr. 1115), trainer, SM+NQ from Stab/JG27.  Originally assigned to Stab/JG 27 as SM+NQ, this aircraft was being flown by Uffz. Leonhard Buckle when it force-landed, after getting lost and running out of fuel, during a mail delivery flight from Cherbourg-Ouest to Strasbourg on 28 August 1940.

(RAF Photo)

Gotha Go 145B, (Wk. Nr. 1115), trainer, SM+NQ from Stab/JG27.  Three days after its landing in France, Wk. Nr. 1115 was flown to the Royal Aircraft Establishment, where it was painted in RAF markings, including it's new serial, RAF (Serial No. BV207).  Flown to Ashton Down in January 1941, the aircraft ended it's career as maintenance airframe 2682M with 20 MU.  RAF BV207 was struck off charge (SoC) in April 1942, and was presumably scrapped.

(Luftwaffe Photos)

Gotha Go 242 transport glider in Luftwaffe service.

Gotha Go 242, (Wk. Nr. unknown), designated RAF SL538 was brought to the UK but not flown and was scrapped.

(USAAF Photos)

Gotha Go 242B-4, (Wk. Nr. unknown), troop-carrying transport glider rebuilt from the remains of a badly damaged example captured in Italy with parts of other Go 242s.  Shipped to the USA, it was reassembled at Clinton County Army Air Field near Wright Field, Ohio.  Named "The Fabric Fortress", it was rebuilt in Texas and then returned to Wright Field where it was flight tested in July 1946 as USA FE-2700, later T2-2700.  It was likely scrapped at Park Ridge.

(Luftwaffe Photos)

Gotha Go 244, transport glider in Luftwaffe service.

Gotha Go 345, assault glider (prototype).

(USAAF Photo)

(Luftwaffe Photo)

Gotha Ka 430, transport glider (prototype).

Henschel Hs 126B-1 OK, reconaissance aircraft.  (Luftwaffe Photos)

(RAAF Photo)

(Lou Kemp Photo)

Henschel Hs 126B-1 OK, reconaissance aircraft captured by the RAAF and flown by No. 450 Squadron, Libya, ca.1942.  (Mike Mirkovic Photo)

Henschel Hs 129B-1 ground attack aircraft in Luftwaffe service.  (Luftwaffe Photos)

Henschel Hs 129B-1 ground attack aircraft, 5PzSG1, captured at Tunis, being examined by USAAF personnel, May 1943.  (USAAF Photo)

Henschel Hs 129B-1, (Wk. Nr. 0297), captured in North Africa where it had served with I./SG2.  Designated RAF NF756, this aircraft was flown at RAF Collyweston on 13 May 1944.  It was struck off charged and was scrapped in August 1947.  (RAF Photos)

(USAAF Photos)

Henschel Hs 129B-1/R2, (Wk. Nr. 0385), 8.(Pz)1Sch.G2, captured at El Aouina, Tunisia, in May 1943.  This aircraft was brought to the USA where it was designated EB-105, then USA FE-103, later FE-4600 and then T2-4600, at Freeman Field, Indiana in 1945.  The aircraft was cut up for scrap in 1946, but the cockpit was purchased and is on display in Der Adler Luftwaffe Museum, Sidney, Australia.  Another Hs 129, was reported to have been at Freeman Field, fate unknown.

Henschel Hs 132, jet dive bomber (prototype).  (Luftwaffe Illustration/Photos)

Horton Ho V, propeller powered flying wing (project).  (Luftwaffe Photo)

Horten Ho 229V-3, (aka Go 299V-3) advanced flying wing twin-jet fighter (project) captured in Germany.  This aircraft was shipped to the USA where it was designated USA FE-490, later T2-490.  It is stored with the NASM.  (USAAF Photo)

Horten Ho 229 (Horten H. IX V3), (aka Go 229V-3) experimental flying wing twin-jet fighter (project).  Because of the limited resources of the Horten organization, this aircraft was being produced by the Gothaer Waggonfabrik organization where it was captured at Freidrichsroda, Germany.   Brought to the USA, it was designated USA FE-490, later T2-490.  This aircraft is preserved with the NASM.  (Michael Katzmann Photos)

Horten Flying-wing-gliders, Ho II, Ho III, and Ho IV.  Ho II, USA FE-5042 is with the NASM.  (Luftwaffe Photo)

Horten Ho IIIh, this aircraft was shipped to America where it was designated USA FE-7, later T2-7 and then either FE-5039 or FE-5041. This aircraft may be in storage with the NASM.  (Michael Katzmann Photo)

Horten H.IIIh flying wing sailplane, (Wk. Nr. 31) built at Göttingen in 1944, USA FE-5041, center section, on display at the National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia.  This glider was built with a prone-position cockpit and modified control systems. Three were built including this one which was captured by the British Combined Intelligence Objectives Subcommittee in 1945 at Rottweil, moved to Freeman Field, Indiana in the USA.  By 1946 it had been transferred to Northrop Corporation at Hawthorne, California along with a Horten H.IIIf and the Horten Ho VI V2 in 1947.  (Elliott Wolf Photo)

Horten Ho IIIf all wing sailplane, (Wk. Nr. 32), prone pilot version built in 1944.  This aircraft was captured in damaged condition at Rottweil, Germany in 1945.  It was shipped to American and given the designation USA FE-5039, later T2-5039.  This aircraft is on display in the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Centre.  (Mike Peel Photo)

Horten Ho IV, (Wk. Nr. unknown), on display in the Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany.  (John McCullagh Photo)

Horten Ho IV, LA-AC, (Wk. Nr. unknown).  This aircraft was displayed at Farnborough in Nov 1945.  Sold in the USA it is on display in the Planes of Fame Museum, Chino, California.  (Alan Wilson Photo)

Horten Ho VI, (Wk. Nr. 34), all wing sailplane.  USA FE-5040, later T2-5040 is on display in the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Centre.  (Luftwaffe Photos)