The Luftwaffe P-38 Lightning & Other STUNNING Pics of Allied Planes Pressed Into Nazi Service

Ever wondered what happened with the airplanes that made an emergency landing in occupied territory? When captured (relatively) intact they were tested by the Germans and sometimes put into service!

Enjoy these amazing pictures of familiar Allied airplanes in very unfamiliar colors and markings!

Captured British Fighters

Hawker Typhoon [Via]

Hawker Typhoon 1a…ex SA-1 486 (NZ) Sqn given call-sign T9+GK. [Via]

Supermarine  Spitfire could be ex-MK 698 given call-sign T9+EK or ex-MB 945 given call sign T9+BB [Via]

Spitfire [Via]

Captured Spitfire V at Kolberg Flying School. [Via]

Hurricane [Via]

Hurricane [Via]


Captured American Fighters

Lockheed P38 -L 44-23725 given call-sign T9+MK [Via]

T9+CK, a P-51B which was restored to flying status by the Germans and evaluated at Rechlin. [Via]

The presence of a Mustang bearing German crosses and swastikas seems to intrigue some of the men in this photograph. [Via]

T9+CK parked on a German airbase. The Olive Drab and Yellow paint scheme is evident in this shot. [Via]

The Germans captured several dozen of Armée de l’Air Curtiss H-75 Hawks during the French campaign in the summer of 1940. Many of those were subsequently donated (or sold) to Finland, later joined by Norwegian examples up to a total of 44.  [Via]

This Lockheed P38-G was given call-sign T9+XB this call-sign was also given to a De Havilland Mosquito 1V -B. [Via]

P47 D2-42-22490 The pilot confused a French airfield with one in southern England and landed at Caen in Nov 1943. The aircraft was captured and flown to Rechlin after receiving a thorough overhaul it was given the code T9+FK and used by KG 200 unit ( Wanderzirkus Rosarius ) [Via]

P-47  [Via]

Not a fighter but still captured:

Luftwaffe Piper Cub [Via]


Next page: Captured British & American Bombers

Captured British Bombers

Short Stirling [Via]

Vickers WELLINGTON Mk IC [Via]

Captured Lancaster

On the morning of 16 august 1942, a Stirling of 7 Squadron, Serial N3705 & coded MG-F went on a mission to mine German coastal waters. It would appear that the aircraft engines started to run rough soon after the mine laying had been accomplished.

Rather than risk a lengthy sea crossing, its pilot Sgt S.C. Orrel, decided to land his aircraft in Holland. At 06:58 the crew took up their crash stations and the pilot put the aircraft down close to the castle at Loevestein near the small town of Gorkum.

Locally based German troops captured the crew and the Luftwaffe were quickly advised that a practically undamaged Stirling was available for their inspection. [Via]

Lancaster [Via]

Captured American Bombers

B-24 Liberator [Via]

B-26B Marauder 41-17790 (Thomas E. Willis). [Via]

Captured B-17s

The first Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber operated by German forces, in KG 200 markings. This B-17F-27-BO (41-24585; PU-B) was crash-landed near Melun, France by a crew from the 303d Bombardment Group on December 12, 1942 and repaired by Luftwaffe ground staff. [Via]

Wolfe Hound[Via]

Wolfe Hound [Via]

B17f-42-30336 landed in a field at Norholm Estate near Varde Denmark on 9.10.1943 after developing engine trouble; the crew baled out and the pilot landed the plane.

The Germans captured the plane and later test pilot Hans-Werner Lerche flew the plane out of the field to Esbjerg Airfield. It was then flown on to Rechlin for evaluation, it was given the code 7+8 and is known to have been flown until Dec 1944. [Via]


B-17F-85-BO “Flak Dancer” (42-30048) from 544BS 384BG [Via]


Joris Nieuwint

Joris Nieuwint is a battlefield guide for the Operation Market Garden area. His primary focus is on the Allied operations from September 17th, 1944 onwards. Having lived in the Market Garden area for 25 years, he has been studying the events for nearly as long. He has a deep understanding of the history and a passion for sharing the stories of the men who are no longer with us.