Armour Collection B11B586 German Focke-Wulf Fw 190G-3 Fighter - Fritz Losigkeit, I/Jagdgeschwader 1 (1:48 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 1:48 scale replica of a Focke-Wulf FW 190 was flown by the commander of Jagdgeschwader 1, Captain Fritz Losigkeit. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 8 inches
Length: 7 inches
Historical Account: "Pioneer Wing" - Jagdgeschwader 1 (JG 1) was a German World War II fighter plane unit or "wing" which used primarily the Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 and Focke-Wulf Fw 190 aircraft, between 1940–1944. The name of the unit derives from Jagd, meaning "hunt" and Geschwader, meaning "wing". First formed in May 1939 in eastern Prussia, I./JG 1 was one of the original groups created by the Luftwaffe as part of its expansion plans. Similar to many other Luftwaffe fighter units, JG 1 was reorganized several times and served as a donor unit during the war to form and enlarge other fighter wings. I./JG 1 was disbanded in 1940 and reformed seven months later as an entire fighter wing in Jever. Due to Luftwaffe policy of forming new units out of existing ones and transfers, the history of JG 1 is inextricably linked with that of other fighter units.
From 1940 until 1942, JG 1 operated primarily over the Western Front and northern occupied Europe. During the initial days of the war, JG 1 faced little resistance, apart from occasional Royal Air Force (RAF) excursions. The unit was rarely engaged in large-scale confrontations during this time. From 1942 onwards it was tasked with defense of the Reich duties, which took a heavy toll of both pilots and planes. After D-Day, elements of JG 1 were moved to France and were tasked with providing air support to the army Wehrmacht, along with their normal air defense role against Allied bombers. Towards the end of the war, JG 1 was tasked with Defense of the Reich. Operation Bodenplatte severely sapped the strength of JG 1 like most other wings (Geschwader) of the Luftwaffe. Towards the end of the war, the unit was disbanded and its remaining pilots and aircraft were re-organized into two new groups. What remained of these groups surrendered to Allied forces at the end of the war.