Corgi AA34312 German Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Fighter - Josef "Pips" Priller, III/Jagdgeschwader 26 'Schlageter', Lille, France, 1943 (1:72 Scale)
"Guns before butter. Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat."
- Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, Head of the German Luftwaffe
Nicknamed the "Butcher Bird", the Fw 190 was Germany's best air-to-ground fighter. Faster and more agile than the British Spitfire, it dominated the skies over Europe as a fighter and was the Luftwaffe's most important ground-attack aircraft. Controlled by the skilled hands of aces like Oberleutnant Otto Kittel, the FW-190 gained the reputation of being one of the greatest fighters of all time. This fighter-bomber and anti-tank aircraft was almost impossible to defeat until the introduction of the long-range P-51 Mustang.
This particular 1:72 scale replica of a German Focke-Wulf FW 190 fighter bears the markings of Luftwaffe Hauptman Josef Priller of Jagdgeschwader 26 ("The Abbeville Boys"). Sold Out!
Wingspan: 5.25 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: February 2009
Historical Account: "Dynamic Duo" - Josef "Pips" Priller (July 27th, 1915 - May 20th, 1961) was a German World War II fighter ace. He has become famous because of the publicity regarding his Fw 190A-8's single strafing pass attack on Sword Beach on June 6th, 1944 (D-Day), accompanied by his wingman Heinz Wodarczyk. This act was first brought to the world's attention by the book, and then the film, The Longest Day. Contrary to popular belief, Priller and his wingman were not the only Luftwaffe forces to attack the beachhead on June 6th, 1944. A Luftwaffe bomber unit Kampfgeschwader 54 made several attacks on the British beachheads on D-Day.