Dragon DRW50256 German Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8/R2 Fighter - Oberfeldwebel Willi Unger, "Yellow 17", 12.(Sturm)/Jagdgeschwader 3, May 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-8 was flown by Oberfeldwebel Willi Unger, of 12.(Sturm)/JG3, in May 1944.
Wingspan: 5.25 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: November 2006
Historical Account: "Willi" - Willi Unger was born on March 27th, 1920, at Warstein in the Sauerland region of Westfalen. He became an accomplished glider pilot. He trained as an engineer and passed his Facharbeiterprufung on September 1st, 1939. He joined the Luftwaffe at the start of World War II where he served as a Flugzeugmechaniker despite his flying qualifications. He was finally accepted for pilot training in December 1941, commencing flying training with Flugzeugfahrerschule A/B 10 at Warnemunde.
At the end of May 1943, he transferred to I./JG 104, based at Herzogenaurach, to undergo fighter pilot training. In December 1943, he was promoted to Unteroffizier and completed his fighter pilot's training with the Erganzungsgruppe, based at Laleu in France. Unger was posted to JG3 on March 10th, 1944. Unteroffizier Unger was assigned to 11./JG 3, based at Salzwedel. His first victory was achieved during his seventh mission on April 11th, when he shot down a USAAF B-17 four-engined bomber, from a formation that had attacked Rostock, near Warnemunde.
In April, he was to down a total of eight four-engine bombers. On April 29th, 1944, IV./JG 3 and Sturmstaffel 1 were amalgamated and redesignated IV.(Sturm)/JG 3 under the command of Hauptmann Wilhelm Moritz (44 victories, RK). Unger was assigned to 12.(Sturm)/JG 3. On May 8th, after claiming a B-24 shot down, he was himself shot down but carried out a successful belly landing. In aerial combat over Oschersleben on July 7th, Feldwebel Unger shot down two USAAF B-24 four-engine bombers, his 10th and 11th victories. He was shot down again on July 18th, after shooting down a B-17 for his 12th victory, while coming into land at Memmingen by USAAF fighters. He managed to bale out, landing in a tree!
On August 3rd, Unger shot down two B-24s, but was himself shot down by defensive fire from the bombers over the Lechtal Alps, baling out safely from his damaged Fw 190A-8 'Yellow 7'. In August, he received the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold and promotion to the rank of Oberfeldwebel. By September 1944, Unger had transferred to 15.(Sturm)/JG 3. Fahnenjunker-Feldwebel Unger was awarded the Ritterkreuz on October 23rd for 19 victories. In December, he was promoted to the rank of Leutnant and attended a formation leaders course at Gatersloh. In February 1945, IV./JG 3 moved to the Eastern Front. Unger was appointed Staffelfuhrer of 14.(Sturm)/JG 3 and led the Staffel on freie-Jagd and ground attack missions over the Oder front, He recorded his last three victories there. At the beginning of April 1945, Unger joined JG 7, based at Brandenburg, flying Me 262 jet fighters. Within two weeks he had completed his conversion training, however he achieved no further victories before being captured by American troops and taken to Regensburg for imprisonment.
Willi Unger was credited with 24 confirmed victories in 59 missions. He recorded at least 21 victories over the Western Front, all four-engine bombers.