Messerschmitt Me109G-10 ‘Yellow 5’ of Feldwebel Horst Petzschler, 10./JG 51, East Prussia, May 1945.
On May 4 1945 Horst Patzschler flew this aircraft from a temporary airfield near Danzig in East Prussia to neutral Sweden to escape advancing Soviet forces.
This drawing includes the matted original signature of Feldwebel Horst Petzschler
In March 1943 Horst Petzschler completed his training and was assigned to JG51 on the Eastern Front where he undertook a mix of aerial combat and tank busting ground attack missions. In April 1944 he was transferred to 2./JG 3, based at Burg in Germany as part of the homeland defences. His unit was mainly tasked with the interception of USAAF bomber streams and their escorting fighters. In June 1944 he returned to JG51 and completed the war fighting against the advancing Russians on the Eastern Front.
By the end of the war Horst Petzschler had 26 victories and had been shot down 13 times, mostly by flak, he crash landed 11 times and bailed out twice.