Me.410B-2/U4. W.Nr.130379 tested by the NII VVS (Research Institute of the Soviet Air Force) between 1945 and 1946. After ZG 26 was reorganized and became JG 6 in October 1944, some of the unit's surplus Me.410s were left behind at Posen airfield (Poznan) where they were captured by the advancing Red Army. This particular example was tested by a well-known Soviet test pilot Maj. (Later promoted to Lt.Col) Ivan Pavlovitch Piskunov, the Hero of the Soviet Union. It wears a standard camouflage of RLM 74/75/76. Luftwaffe marking on the fuselage was painted over with Medium Grey. A swastika is covered by a Red star, which is remarkably asymmetrical. It seems that overlapping tips of the swastika were touched up additionally. A Medium Grey engine cowling had probably belonged to another machine.
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