Dragon DRW50258 German Junkers Ju 87-G Stuka Dive-Bomber - 10.(Pz)/Sturzkampfgeschwader 1, Dubno, Ukraine, 1944 (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
During the early to mid-stages of the Second World War, the Stuka (short for "sturzkampfflugzeug" or dive-bomber) struck terror in the hearts and minds of soldiers and civilians alike. The Stuka was a rugged machine, designed to swoop down and destroy its target using 500-lb bombs or tear into them using 37mm flak guns mounted underneath the wings.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a German Junkers Ju 87G Stuka dive-bomber assigned to 10.(Pz)/Sturzkampfgeschwader 1, then deployed to Dubno, Ukraine in 1944. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 7.5 inches
Length: 7 inches
Release Date: September 2006
Historical Account: "Pinpoint Accuracy" - Schlachtgeschwader 1 (SchlG 1) was a Luftwaffe ground- attack wing of World War II. The early two Schlachtgeschwader 1 and 2 were abbreviated SchlG, the reformed Stukageschwader in 1943 were abbreviated SG.
The Soviet counter-offensive at Stalingrad erupted on 19 November causing surprise and mayhem. On 22 November I./SchlG 1 was forced to blow up several its unserviceable Bf 109E-7s, just days after the start of the Soviet counter-offensive that eventually encircled the German 6th Army. The unit was forced to abandon its base at Oblivskaya on 26 November and withdraw to the west. II. Gruppe also began a maximum effort around Stalingrad at the cost of at least 8 Hs 129Bs, Hs 123As and Bf 109Es lost in ground attack missions or blown up to prevent capture by the on-coming Russians.
Four Bf 109E-7s of I gruppe were lost in December, two to Soviet fighters, as I./SchlG 1 was forced back to Millerovo. On 31 December the 3. Staffel lost Staffelkapitn Oblt. Josef Graf von und zu Hnsbrck, killed by ground fire. By 22 December what was left of II./SG 1 had also been pulled back, to Voroshilovgrad.
In 1942 II. Gruppe had flown 3,128 Hs 129 sorties, 1,532 Hs 123 sorties, and 1,938 Bf 109 sorties, claimed 107 aircraft shot down or destroyed, and losing 20 Hs 129s, 16 Bf 109s, and 5 Hs 123s to enemy action.
During early 1943 the Stab operated in the Donets Basin area, two Bf 109E-7s from 2. Staffel being lost to enemy fire on 10 February. On 16 February, the Soviets recaptured Kharkov and the Germans counter-attacked to retake the city two weeks later. SG 1 supported, and as soon as the city was under German control moved to Kharkov-North on 14 March.
SG 1's two Gruppen continued operations during the spring and summer while converting to the Focke Wulf Fw 190. I. gruppe's conversion was completed by the end of April, though several Bf 109s remained on strength. II. gruppe converted to the Fw 190A-5 which was completed by early March, transferring to central Ukraine for a month of training before moving back to the front in April.
The ground attack missions in support of the cut-off 17th Army in the Kuban bridgehead were intense and costly, as the Soviet Air Force out-numbered the Luftwaffe four to one and had large numbers of AA guns in the area. 7 Fw 190A-5s of II gruppe were shot down in May, most falling to AA fire. June also saw the arrival of the first of the new heavily armoured Fw 190F-3s.