The Lashenden Air Warfare Museum’s extremely rare Fieseler Fi 103R-IV Reichenberg, which was essentially a piloted version of the V-1 flying bomb, recently completed a five year restoration by Auktionshaus fur historic Technik in Geisenhausen, Germany.
This Reichenberg was captured by US soldiers on April 23, 1945 at the Danneburg V-1 factory, and was dispatched to the UK later that year for display at the German Aircraft Exhibition at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough in the fall of 1945.
The Fi 103R-IV then passed through a number of Royal Army bomb disposal units until it was discovered by the museum in 1970. Having been stored outside for years the Reichenberg was in very poor condition and was due to be scrapped. The bottom of the cockpit had rusted through and the back of the craft was damaged. After being acquired by the museum, temporary repairs and a cosmetic paint job were effected to slow the deterioration of the craft until such time as the funds & expertise were available to carry out a proper restoration.
The Fi 103R-4 was moved to Geisenhausen near Munich in November 2007, where the restoration was carried out by Auktionshaus fur historic Technik, the only restoration shop specialising in restoring the V-1 and its derivatives anywhere in the world. Now returned to its Previous Farnborough display condition, it will be sent to Lashenden and stored until later this year when the museum’s new display hall is ready. The museum reportedly still needs to raise approximately $ 60,000.00 to cover the costs of construction of the new hall, which will double the museum’s square footage. Donatlons are welcome. www.lashendenairwarfaremuseum.co.uk