War plane recovery: the pilot has got a name, he was an ace of the Luftwaffe





Udine, Italy - Shot down by American fighters on January 30th, 1944

After the rescue of the Messerschmitt BF-109, occured the last October 20th, in the city of Concordia Saggitaria (Venice), also the remains of the German pilot shot down by US fighters on January 30th, 1944, have been identified.

After a first and difficult reading of the pilot's ID, which made think to a different name and grade, now finally there are no doubts anymore. After the necessary cleaning and restauration of the document, since Monday the deadly remains discovered after 63 years have got a name again.

It is the Obfdw (Major Marshal) Kurt Niederhagen, ace of the Luftwaffe with 17 shooting-downs to his credit and officially declared missing, deceased at the age of 28, born in the town of Mettmann, in the nearings of Düsseldorf, and holder of the Iron Cross decoration.

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