Dragon DRW50054 German Focke-Wulf Fw 190A Fighter - "Black 1", Uffz. Kurt Wendler, Staffelkapitan 14. (Jabo)/Jagdgeschwader 5, Petsamo, Northern Finland, June 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 Focke-Wulf FW 190 fighter bears the markings of "Black 1", Staffelkapitan 14. (Jabo)/JG 5, who was based at Petsamo, Northern Finland in June 1943. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 5.25 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: November 2004
Historical Account: "Jabos" - In 1943, the Luftwaffe established a Jabo (JagdBomber - Fighterbomber) unit within JG 5. Designated 14.(J)/JG 5, it was formed at Petsamo, Finland in mid-February 1943, using elements from 11./JG 5. The unit was equipped exclusively with the Fw 190A-2 and A-3 which was modified for the Jabo-role. Its unit commander, Hauptman Friedrich-Wilhelm Strakeljahn, was popularly known as "Straks," and the pilot of this particular aircraft, marked as "Black 1," was Uffz. Kurt Wendler.
The task of this Jabo unit was straighforward. They were to attack enemy ships with bombs and do as much damage as they could. In light of their small numbers they did remarkably well.
Uffz. Kurt Wendler was born on September 22nd, 1920, in Rohrsdorf. He was shot down by Soviet anti-aircraft northeast of Petsamo on April 13th, 1943, and did not survive the barrage.