Dragon DRW50074 German Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 Fighter - Major Gerhard Barkhorn, Geschwaderkommodore Jagdgeschwader 6, Lower Silesia, January 1945 (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.
First appearing in August 1944 as a result of a special Air Ministry requirement, the Fw 190D-9 was an attempt to produce a high-altitude fighter based heavily on an existing fighter, the Fw 190A-8. The nose was reshaped and lengthened to accommodate a new engine. The Fw 190D-9 proved to be a superb fighter.
This 1:72 scale fighter was flown by Major Gerhard Barkhorn who had 301 air victories, the second highest of the German Luftwaffe. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 5 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: September 2004
Historical Account: "Barkhorn" - Hauptmann Barkhorn became Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 52 on September 1st, 1943, and led it until January 15th, 1945. He claimed 24 victories in August, including his 150th on August 8th. He claimed 15 victories in September, 23 in November, including his 200th victory on November 30th, 1943, and 28 in December, including seven on the 28th. On January 23rd, 1944, Barkhorn became the first fighter pilot to have completed 1,000 combat missions. He achieved his 250th victory on February 13th, the second to do so. He was awarded the Schwertern on March 2nd, 1944, for 251 victories, and subsequently scored his 300th victory in January 1945.
His success, however, did not come without cost. He was shot down nine times in his combat career, bailed out once, and was wounded twice. On May 31st, 1944, Barkhorn was flying his sixth mission of the day and, suffering from fatigue, was not his usual vigilant self when he was bounced by a Russian Airacobra and shot down in a Bf 109 G-6 (WNr 163195) “Black 5”. He received severe wounds to his right arm and leg which put him out of action for four months, returning to combat duty at the end of October. He claimed his 275th victim on November 14th, and his 301st victory, which proved to be his last, on January 5th, 1945. On January 16th, 1945, Major Barkhorn was transferred to take command of Jagdgeschwader 6 serving on Reichsverteidigung duties based at Posen. He led the unit until April 10th, 1945 when the effects of his wounds forces him to eventually relinquish command for another stay in hospital.