Focke-Wulf Fw 190

Are fifty Focke-Wulf Fw 190 World War II fighters buried in Turkey?

By Dario Leone
Oct 18 2016
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Fw 190 World War II fighters buried in Turkey?

Around fifty examples of Focke-Wulf Fw 190, one of the best fighters flown by the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) during World War II, could have been buried in Turkey almost seventy years ago.

The news was recently reported by which states that over fifty Fw 190A-3 warbirds have been buried under the former airport of the Kayseri Province, located in the Central Anatolia region, since 1947.

Actually 72 Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-3s were delivered by Germany to Turkey as a result of a barter deal whereby Germany would provide these fighters to modernize the Turkish Air Force in exchange for chromium and high-grade iron badly needed by the German arms industry.

The export order of the Fw 190A-3s was completed between July 1942 and March 1943. The aircraft remained in service until 1949 when they were retired because of lack of spare parts.

Instead newly disclosed documents revealed that the fighters were retired because the U.S. wanted the German Focke-Wulf Fw 190s destroyed as a condition for selling its used warplanes to Turkey. Thus, to avoid their destruction, fifty of them were flown to Kayseri airfield to be buried and struck off from the inventory in 1947.

Turkish historian has investigated the issue for nearly 25 years

A claim confirmed also by Uluhan Hasdal, a Turkish historian that has investigated the issue for nearly 25 years who told to “The U.S. wanted to give its planes without charge. However, they had only one condition; the destruction of the German planes. Nearly fifty warplanes were brought to Kayseri Airport and were left outside the inventory. According to the documents, the planes were buried while wrapped in oily canvases.”

Noteworthy if the fifty Fw 190A-3s were found, this would be a good news for every aviation geek since all the aircraft could still be in airworthy conditions, as explained by Hasdal: “[German authorities] told me that the planes were resistant to corrosion and could fly if they are unearthed.”

Fw 190

Photo credit: U.S. Air Force

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.
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