This is one of two items I bought at our local War in the Vale (of Evesham) show last weekend from a Kent based dealer who attends the show. This item is a good sized chunk of either mainwheel or tailwheel tyre from Focke Wolf FW190 Werke Number 789 of JG26. The pilot was Unteroffizier H.Krieg and he was shot down by French RAF Ace Pierre Closterman of 341 Sqn Biggin Hill. I believe the mission was to escort B.17 bombers to bomb a V-2 facility and Closterman was flying a cannon armed Spitfire. The action took place near or over the Pas de Calais area of France and it was reported that there were 200 Luftwaffe fighters and just 24 RAF fighters involved in the air battle. Pierre Closterman recorded the events in his memoirs and recalled the shooting down of this FW190. It was not pleasant as the 190 pilot kept looking over his shoulder through his cockpit as Closterman moved in to fire both aircraft were diving towards the ground at speed in excess of 420mph-Closterman fired and observed flashes in the forward engine and cockpit of the Fw190. It hit the ground in a sliding fashion showering sparks everywhere before running into the bank of a road where it more or less disintergrated. This framed and glazed piece was found during an archaeological dig on the site where the diggers noted an extensive debri trail but no large pieces of wreckage and everything just in small bits. Does anyone have any information on the Luftwaffe pilot such as any photo or his full name etc? I know its a long shot but you never know. Regards Tim.