INTRODUCTION
 
The most common of the FW 190 fighters, the A8 variant entered production in early 1944. Over 6,500 FW 190A-8s flew into service during WWII --- featuring thicker cowling armour, an emergency boost system, paddle-bladed props, powerful 30 mm wing cannons and a bubble canopy design that provided more visibility to their pilots. Flown by highly decorated German Luftwaffe Ace Josef ‘Pips’ Priller, this FW 190A-8 infamously strafed Allied forces coming ashore on Normandy’s ‘Sword Beach’ on D-Day.