RF-104G EA+235 AG 51 "Immelmann" at 1 Wing RCAF Marville, France 1966 zapped with Canadian Flag (squadron exchange marks)

RF-104G, construction number 683D-8146, company model 683-04-10, built by Fokker
manufactured by North Group (ARGE-Nord) at Fokker-Schiphol; first flight August 29, 1963 coded KG+246 at Schiphol
to Fokker-Weserflug in August 1963 for RF-104G photoreconnaissance version modifications according project "Bacchus" (for AG 51)
camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196"; acceptance date November 19, 1963
EA+235 AG 51 "Immelmann" at Ingolstadt-Manching AB delivery date on November 22, 1963
24+07 JG 74 on November 24, 1970; modified to Fighterbomber version F-104G on December 16, 1970 at Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB)
JaboG 33 on May 11, 1971; Werft 11 at Erding AB on November 10, 1977 as attrition reserve aircraft; operational with JaboG 32 at Lechfeld AB on August 21, 1978
withdrawn from use and stored at LwSchleuse 11 on August 3, 1982 with 3.280 flight hours; struck off charge order (AVA) July 19, 1983
MAP (Military Assistance Program) on August 4, 1983 delivered to the Turkish Air Force with TuAF serial 63-8146 as "Verteidigungshilfe" (Defense aid)
flew coded "6-146" with 6.AJU at Bandirma AFB; crashed May 8, 1984 still operated by the 161 Filo of 6.AJU at or near Diyarbakir AB hitting the ground during a base attack (CFIT); written off.

July 1966: German Air Force AG 51 exchanged with the Marville Canadian Starfighters from both Squadrons (439 and 441 Squadron).
A number of AG 51 aircraft (at least four) were seen in France wearing Canadian zaps (including the Canadian Flag on the tail covering the German ones).

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