The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 "Würger” '(Shrike)' was a German single-seat, single radial engine fighter aircraft designed by Kurt Tank in the late 1930s. It was used by the Luftwaffe during the Second World War in a variety of roles. Like the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the Fw 190 was employed as a "workhorse", and proved suitable for a wide variety of roles, including day fighter, fighter-bomber, ground-attack aircraft, and also operated to a lesser degree as a night fighter.
While launching a raid on the city of Zaporozhye, General Fedor Tolbukhin saw a squadron FW 190s flying toward his position from the west. Thankfully, they didn't drop flares or bombs, but continued on their path.
By mid 1942, the FW-190 began to appear on the front line, quickly earning a reputation as a real work-horse, proving that it was more than capable of handling new British and French fighters, and even over shadowing the fame of the 109.