403 Squadron’s Captured BMW Sports Car – Identified?

Final answer…

A comment from Paul

The car on the left is a 327/28 80hp that came with “knockoff” wheels from the factory. I have a 1939. The Priller vehicle pictured is a BMW 327 55hp model with spun metal hubcaps. It also has the single blade bumper. The 327/28 has what is left of a less elegant bumper. The 327/28 also has fender mounted signal lights and semaphores, while Priller’s has the semaphores that are recessed in the body panel before the doors.

RCAF No. 403 Squadron

Guest post from Mark White

403 Squadron’s Captured BMW Sports Car – Identified?

I posted this article and a picture of 403 Wolf Squadron’s “Captured Jerry Car” a few months ago.

https://rcaf403squadron.wordpress.com/2012/12/29/403-squadrons-captured-bmw-sports-car/

Pips Priller 1

After doing some research, I think I may have identified this particular BMW.

It’s just a hunch – what do your readers think?

 Pips Priller 2

Oberstleutnant Josef “Pips” Priller with his Fw190A-8 ‘Black 13’.

His car is a red BMW 327/55 Sport-Cabriolet.

 Pips Priller


Josef “Pips” Priller(27 July 1915 – 20 May 1961) was a flamboyant World War II Luftwaffe fighter ace.

Priller flew 1307 combat missions to claim 101 victories. All his victories were recorded over the Western Front, and consisted of 11 USAAF heavy bombers, 68 Spitfires, 11 Hurricanes, 5 medium bombers, and 5 USAAF fighters.

Priller was the most successful Luftwaffe pilot in battles with Spitfires – claiming at least 68 kills – the highest Luftwaffe ace’s tally…

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5 thoughts on “403 Squadron’s Captured BMW Sports Car – Identified?

  1. I’m afraid I don’t believe it is the same car, perhaps a different year of the same model. In front of the driver’s door is a lock-down rod, whereas the red has 2 stripes holding the hood down. Besides the fog lamp missing, the bumper is different, a vertical piece is missing too.

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