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Initially operated as ‘Yellow 5’ of 3/KG(J)6 (though evidence suggests that this plane may have seen later operational service with the Luftwaffe as ‘White 5’ of JG 54), 501232 was passed to USAAF as Watson’s Whizzers ‘111’ and named “Beverly Ann”, later “Screamin Meemie”. Shipped to the USA aboard HMS Reaper as aircraft #20, it was transferred to the US Navy, and it may have possibly been serialed FE-20. It was transferred to the US Navy Armament Test Division, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in December 1945 and allocated BuAer.No.121442. It was there flown until January 1946 and following one or two transfers to various Naval Aviation Supply Depot activities, was ultimately stricken from Navy records on the 31st of January 1947, and abandoned in the Patuxent River NAS landfill.
The plane was salvaged in 1957 and taken to Wright Field. After a brief period on static display, the jet went into storage. Last reported as being on static display at the USAAF Museum, Wright-Patterson.