Dragon DRW50323 German Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-4 Fighter - Leutnant Josef Jennewein, 3./Jagdgeschwader 5, Orel, Russia, 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-190A-4 was flown by Leutnant Josef Jennewein of 3./JG.5, during the Battle of Orel in 1943. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 5.25 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: June 2008
Historical Account: "Pepi" - Josef "Pepi" Jennewein was born on November 21st, 1919m at St Anton in the Tyrolean Alps, Austria. He was one of the best skiers in the international circuit, having won the world combined championship in 1939 and the world combined and downhill championships in 1941. Jennewein began his flight training in 1940 and upon its completion he was transferred to 4.(Eins)/JFS 5 based on the Channel Front in summer 1941. On his fourth combat mission, on September 20th, 1941, he claimed his first victories over three Spitfire fighters. After claiming two further Spitfires on 15 October, Jennewein was transferred to 2./JG 51 on the Eastern Front.
By the end of July 1942, when he was posted to serve as a flight instructor, he had added 12 Russian aircraft to his tally. He returned to 2./JG 51 before the end of the year. In a surprising sequence of multiple victories, Jennewein downed four Russian aircraft on 18 January (22-26), five on 23 February (32-36) and seven on 24 February (37-43) for which he was awarded the Ehrenpokal on 1 March 1943. He claimed his 45th victory on 10 March and received the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold on 12 April 1943. On 6 May he recorded five Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack aircraft shot down (49-53). He claimed 23 victories in July 1943, including five on 21 July (77-81). On 27 July, after aerial combat east of Orel, Oberfeldwebel Jennewein force-landed his Fw 190 A-6 Black 7 (W.Nr. 550 181) behind Russian lines, never being seen again. He was promoted in absentia to Leutnant and awarded the Ritterkreuz posthumously on 5 December 1943.
Josef Pepi Jennewein flew 271 missions in claiming 86 victories, of which five were on the Western Front and 81 on the Eastern Front, including 29 Il-2 Sturmoviks.