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This aircraft was one of two captured by ground crews of the 85th Fighter Squadron, 79th Fighter Group, at Gerbini Airfield on the Island of Sicily, in September 1943. Painted in a striking white scheme with red spinner, cowling, fuselage band and USN striped tail, it was shipped to the United States in January 1944, where repairs were made. Later, in 1945 while in the USA, this aircraft was repainted in a standard USN 3-tone non-specular, intermediate blue and insignia white scheme. It was test flown by the Technical Air Intelligence Unit (TAIU) at NAS Anacostia, then moved to NAS Patuxent River in February 1945.
The aircraft was presumably scrapped after the war, as it is not listed among surviving Focke-Wulf Fw 190s.