Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Axis Warplane Survivors, German Aircraft, Introduction

Axis Warplane Survivors, German Aircraft, 


Axis Warplane Survivors, deutsche Flugzeuge, Einleitung

Data current to 5 Feb 2021.

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.

Data current to 16 Dec 2020.


During the Second World the Royal Canadian Air Force faced a number of well-equipped enemy opponents, often paying the highest price in the engagements that took place in the air war.  Canadian casualty statistics for the war amounted to 46,998 dead, including 17,974 who served with our Air Forces.  Canadian Museums have done stellar work in preserving much of our military history, and for the aviation enthusiast, examples of most (but not all) of the aircraft flown by the RCAF and CF have been well taken care of for the public to see.  I wanted to see more of the RCAF aircraft that fought in the Second World War but also examples of the opponents they faced in hostile skies.  Where were the Focke-Wulf Fw 190s and the Messerschmitt Bf 109s?  What about the Messerschmitt Me 262 Sturmvogel jets and Me 163 Komet rocket fighters, the Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger and the Mitsubishi A6M Zero-Sen?  I began reading up on them.  Two Me 262s did come to Canada in 1945.  They were destroyed.  So were many other types.  A small handful of captured War Prizes survived, and we do have a Komet and a Volksjäger preserved in the Canada Air and Space Museum, but where did the rest go?  Other countries must have lots of them, or so I thought, and so I began to hunt for them in earnest, and unfortunately discovered the same story elsewhere – most of them have been destroyed.  The handfuls that exist make for a very short list of the survivors.  A few are being recovered from crash sites and being put back together for display.  You will need to carve a very long and exaggerated travel itinerary for yourself if you want to see the few that still exist.  I must mention that in most cases a number of gifted restorers have done a wonderful service in preserving the handful of rare and historic warplanes described here.  Dedicated museum staffs, researchers and technicians have provided a wonderful chance for the aviation enthusiast to see what those airplanes in the history book photographs actually looked like.  You just need to know where to look.  Many of the Axis aircraft listed here are or were located in Canada.  Good hunting to you.

Two captured Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Me 262A-2a "Sturmvogel" jet fighters were shipped to Canada after the war ended.  Unfortunately, they were later destroyed:

 (RCAF Photo)

Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a "Schwalbe" (Wk. Nr. 111690), coded "White 5", 1./JG 7, repainted in RAF markings and designated AM80, shown after its arrival in Canada, alongside an RCAF de Havilland Mosquito.

 (Leslie Corness, CANAV Books Collection Photo)

Messerschmitt Me 262A-2a "Sturmvogel" (Wk. Nr. 500210), coded "Red 1", painted "Yellow 17", 1./JG 7, captured at Schleswig.  Designated RAF AM52, later VH509, shown here disassembled and stored at RCAF Station Downsview, Ontario after 1 Sep 1945.  AM 52 was sold to Cameron Logan of New Scotland, Ontario, ca 1947, with 300 other war-surplus RCAF aircraft, and was eventually scrapped by him at New Scotland.

Photos are as credited.

Harold A. Skaarup

German, Italian and Japanese Warplane Survivors of the Second World War

During and after the end of the Second World War a number of Axis aircraft were captured and evaluated by the Allied forces.  Most of these aircraft were scrapped or destroyed, and therefore only a handful have survived.  This is a partial list of the Luftwaffe aircraft that were know to have been collected, with a few photos of the German aircraft in RAF and USAAF markings and additional photos of the survivors in their current livery in various museums.  Hopefully there will be a few more to follow.  Those of us who live in the free world need to remember how well equipped and often determined the adversaries our aircrews faced were, and how difficult and remarkable an achievement it was to have succeeded in the face of tremendous casualties.

The collection of Axis warplane survivor photos has grown too large for this one web page.  For additional details and photos on captured Axis Warplanes visit the webpages on this site covering "RCAF War Prize Flights",  "Canadian Warplane Trophies of the Second World War", "German Warplanes of the Second World War preserved", "Italian Warplanes of the Second World War preserved", and "Japanese Warplane Survivors" on this website. 

Luftwaffe aircraft found on airfields in the British and American sectors post war:

 (USAAF Photo)

Messerschmitt Bf 109 wreck examined by Americans in Bavaria at war's end.

 (USAAF Photo)

Messerschmitt Bf 109 (Wk. Nr. TBC), 5F+12, on a captured airfield in Germany with a USAAF North American P-51D Mustang in the background.

Axis Warplane Survivors

A guidebook to the preserved Military Aircraft of the Second World War Tripartite Pact of Germany, Italy, and Japan, joined by Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Yugoslavia; the co-belligerent states of Thailand, Finland, San Marino and Iraq; and the occupied states of Albania, Belarus, Croatia, Vichy France, Greece, Ljubljana, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Manchukuo, Mengjiang, the Philippines and Vietnam.

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