''In 1945, as our forces advanced into
we often came across abandoned airfields,
plenty of which had operable enemy aircraft still lined-up and ready to fly, others left in
varying states of decay whether through being simply unrepairable, damaged beyond repair by our a ground-strafing aircraft, or vandalised by their own ground crews to stop them falling into our hands - these machines were the perfect war trophies to be dissected by both our military technical experts and the ever-present souvenir hunters alike................''
''It’s late November, 1945,
: Leck, Germany
The war in
Europe ended almost 7 months ago, and abandoned in the corner of a large,
shattered hangar sits a futuristic, if somewhat peculiar-looking fighter aircraft with a BMW jet engine sitting atop its slender fuselage. She appears harmless now, her 20 mm machine guns long-since removed; she's covered in dust and grime from months of dereliction, her unpainted fuselage dulled, and the grey putty that covers some of her panel lines discoloured.''
''Just before the war ended, I clearly remember the ‘on-the-ball’ sergeant that discovered this particular machine was booby-trapped……We never expected her to still be here all these months later - the lieutenant reckons she was 'made safe' back in May and that the stark danger warnings, crudely painted on wood, were left in place by someone with a dark sense of humour or to dissuade would-be souvenir hunters like us.''
''Either way, none of us want to have survived the war just to be killed rummaging around this old piece of junk..............''
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