Dragon DRW50156 German Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-7 Fighter - Heinz Bar, II/Jagdgeschwader 1, Stornede, April 1944 (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 Focke-Wulf FW 190A-7 was flown by Major Heinz Bar, Gruppenkommandeur of II/JG 1, based at Stornede, Germany during April 1944. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 5.25 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: November 2005
Historical Account: "'Til the Bitter End" - When War erupted in Europe, Heinz Bär held the rank of Unteroffizer (or Corporal) with the 1. Staffel, I Gruppe of Jagdgeschwader 51, which flew the Messerschmitt Bf 109E fighter. Feldwebel (or Technical Sergeant) Bär downed his first enemy aircraft -- an American-made French Armee de L' Air Curtiss Hawk 75A fighter -- over Weissenberg, Germany on September 25th, 1939. During the Battle of Britain, he was the Luftwaffe's top scoring NCO pilot with a total of 17 kills. He attained 27 aerial victories by July 2nd, 1941, whereby he was commissioned a Leutnant (or 2nd Lieutenant) and awarded the Ritterkreuz (or Knight's Cross).
Leutnant Bär became the Gruppenkommandeur of IV/JG 51 when the unit was transferred to the East on July 27th, 1941, where it was attached to JG 53 "Pik As", participating the invasion of the Soviet Union. Oberleutant (1st Lieutenant) Bär was awarded the Eichenlaub (or Oak Leaves) to his Ritterkreuz following his 56th victory on August 14th, 1941. On November 24th, 1941, after the death of Kommodore Werner Mölders, JG 51 became the "Mölders" Geschwader. On February 16th, 1942, Bär was awarded the Schwertern (or Swords) to his Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub plus he was promoted to Hauptmann (Captain) after his 90th aerial victory.
Hauptmann Bär transferred to the Mediterranean Front to become the Gruppenkommandeur of I/JG 77 "Herzas" on May 1st, 1942. Here he flew the Bf 109F and later the Bf 109G models. The strain of constant battle and the inevitable defeat of the Axis within the Mediterranean Theatre eventually took its toll on Bär, so he was eventually relieved of command.
Following his recuperation, Hauptmann Bär was soon assigned to Reich's Defense duties with II/JG 1 "Oesau" to fly the heavily armed Focke-Wulf Fw 190A fighter as the Allied bombing campaign gathered momentum. He was eventually promoted to the rank of Major and the position of Gruppenkommandeur of II/JG 1. Bär gained his 200th aerial victory on April 22nd, 1944. Bär would be credited with 21 heavy bombers downed while defending the Reich.