Easy Model EM36361 German Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8 Fighter - Uffz. Willi Maximowitz, IV/Jagdgeschwader 3, June 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 German Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8 fighter was piloted by Uffz. Willi Maximowitz who was attached to IV/JG3, during June 1944. Now in stock!
Wingspan: 5.25 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: March 2010
Historical Account: 'Willi" - Willi Maximowitz was born on January 29th, 1920, at Wuppertal-Barnen. At the end of 1943, when Major von Kornatzski (6 victories) was looking for volunteers for Sturmstaffel 1, Maximowitz, by this time an Unteroffizier with JG 1, was one of those who enlisted. He had already achieved his first success when he shot down a USAAF B-24 four-engine bomber on 30 January 1944. On March 23rd, 1944, he shot down his third four-engine bomber, a USAAF B-17, but his Focke-Wulf 190 A-6 (W.Nr. 551 099) White 10 was hit by return fire from the bombers and a wounded Maximowitz had to bale out near Wuppertal.
Following recovery from his wounds he returned to Sturmstaffel 1 and added another B-17, shot down over Helmstedt on April 29th, 1944, to his tally. On May 8th, 1944, Sturmstaffel 1 was integrated into IV./JG 3 as its 11. Staffel. In June , Maximowitz undertook combat flights in support of the German army in Normandy. These missions were flown with IV.Gruppe from Dreux airfield in France. Maximowitz shot down a B-17 near Leipzig for his 10th victory on July 20th. On July 28th, IV./JG 3 scrambled against USAAF four-engine bombers. Maximowitz was shot down by the fighter escort and was slightly wounded. On July 30th, he was promoted to the rank of Feldwebel, but was wounded in a landing accident in Fw 190 A-8/R2 (W.Nr. 680 756). After recuperating from his injuries, he returned to his unit (renamed XIV./JG 3 on August 10th).