Hauptmann Ludwig-Wilhelm “Lutz” Burkhardt flew this Messerschmitt while in command of 7. / JG 1, at Paderborn Germany, April 1944. Burkhardt opened his account on 09MAY42 against the Soviets, downing an I-153 fighter. He managed to score a total of 53 victories against the Soviets with II./JG 77, but was forced down himself on several occasions, each time making it back to his own lines without serious injury. He was transferred to the West where he continued to score, downing 16 American and British aircraft, all fighters. He suffered from recurring bouts of malaria which sidelined him for much of the last year of the war. He survived with a total of 69 victories.