Oxford AC005 German Focke-Wulf Fw 190A Fighter - Oberleutnant Otto "Stotto" Stammberger, 4./Jagdgeschwader 26, 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.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a German Focke-Wulf Fw 190A fighter that was piloted by Oberleutnant Otto "Stotto" Stammberger, who was attached to 4./JG 26, during 1943. Now in stock!
Wingspan: 5.25 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: June 2011
Historical Account: 'Stotto' - Otto 'Stotto' Stammberger was born on February 20th, 1920, at Michelau in Oberfranken. He joined the Luftwaffe on 1 September 1939. Stammberger undertook his initial flying training at Breslau before attending Jagdfliegerschule 5, based at Vienna, in September 1940. Stammberger joined JG 26, based on the Channel front, following operational training in the Ergänzungsstaffel/JG 26, on February 28th, 1941. Leutnant Stammberger was assigned to 9./JG 26. He recorded his first victory on August 19th, 1942, almost 18 months after joining JG 26, when he shot down a RAF Spitfire fighter over the Allied operation at Dieppe. On February 28th, 1943, Oberleutnant Stammberger was appointed Staffelkapitan of 4./JG 26. On May 13th, Spitfires shot him down near St Omer. He baled out of Fw 190 A-4 (WNr 739) 'White 9', but his parachute only partially opened. He was knocked unconscious on contact with the ground. He recovered consciousness 10 days later in St Omer Hospital. In addition to a concussion, he had suffered burns.
Stammberger returned to JG 26 in October, but was not permitted to fly in combat. Stammberger was transferred to 2./JGr West based at Biaritz in France. On December 31st, 1943, Stammberger was credited with a USAAF B-17 four-engine bomber shot down near Bergerac. However, he was shot down, baling out with minor injuries. This was Stammberger's seventh, and last, victory. On January 24th, 1944, he was scrambled from his airfield at Bergerac to intercept a reported bombing raid. However, immediately after take-off, his engine failed and he crash-landed suffering further injuries. He was withdrawn from combat duty and spent the remainder of the war serving in staff roles with JG 26. Post war, Stammberger became the manager of a large department store. He passed away on July 11th, 2001, aged 81.
'Stotto' Stammberger recorded seven victories in 104 missions. In addition, he claimed three victories for which confirmation was not forthcoming. All his victories were recorded over the Western front and included five four-engine bombers. He claimed an additional four-engine bomber unconfirmed.