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the Luftwaffe shot down a nice bunch of high ranking officers -the so called “invasion of the fighter colonels”- over Fortress Europe. Hardly pressed by the Allied juggernaut they were quite desesperate for their obvious knowledge. It was with that in mind that the famous Luftwaffe Hanns Scharff arranged for Col. Malmstrom a visit to the III./JG 27 based at Eschborn . Incredibly, there he was allowed to take a brief flight on a Gustav 6; not more than a circuit – escorted by the commander of the unit. About this exploit Malmstrom joked with their hosts: “very light and maneuverable with only 5 min of gasoline and no ammo, but a damn good fighter!, May I fly it bact to England?.
The petite 109 was quite a contrast to his defeated Thunderbolt, no doubt.
Info source: “The Interrogator” by Raymond F. Toliver.