Dragon DRW50072 German Messerschmitt Me 109E-1 Fighter - Feldwebel Artur Beese, 9./Jagdgeschwader 26, Battle of Britain, August 1940 (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
Numerically the most abundant fighter produced by either side during WWII, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 formed the backbone of the Jagdwaffe on both the eastern and western fronts, as well as in the Mediterranean and North Africa. Of the eight distinct sub-types within the huge Bf 109 family, the most populous was the G-model, of which over 30,000 were built between 1941-45. Despite its production run, only a handful of genuine German Bf 109s have survived into the 1990s, and with the serious damaging of the RAFs G-2 at Duxford in October 1997, only the German-based MBB G-6 and Hans Ditte's G-10 (both composites) are currently airworthy.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale German Messerschmitt Bf-109E-1 fighter that was flown by Artur Beese in August 1940. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 5.25 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: June 2006
Historical Account: Artur Beese was born on March 11th, 1916, at Hörselgau, Germany. Unteroffizier Beese joined JG 26 in late 1939 and was assigned to the Stabstaffel of III./JG 26. He was shot down in aerial combat by a French Morane 406 fighter near Lille in France and taken prisoner on June 1st, 1940, but later released when France fell.
Beese participated in the Battle of Britain. Feldwebel Beese was shot down over the Channel on August 24th, 1940, but was rescued unharmed by the German rescue service. Later, Leutnant Beese claimed his first kill, a RAF Spitfire fighter, which was shot down on July 24th, 1941.
At the end of January 1943, I./JG 26 was transferred to Russia in an exchange with III./JG 54, which replaced them on the Channel Front. By the time the Gruppe returned to the Channel front in June, Oberleutnant Beese had 13 victories to his credit. On June 20th, 1943, Beese was appointed Staffelkapitän of 1./JG 26. He recorded his first victories over the increasing number of Allied four-engine bombers raiding German occupied territory on August 17th, 1943, when he shot down two USAAF B-17s, thus recording his 16th and 17th victories. On September 8th, he was shot down by RAF Spitfire fighters, and baled out of his Fw 190A-5 (W.Nr. 550 474) "White 2" just west of Cambrai, and suffered only minor injuries. Oberleutnant Beese was shot down again in aerial combat with P-47 fighters near Melun, France on February 6th, 1944. He was killed while attempting to bale out of his Fw 190A-6 (W.Nr. 531 060) "White 7" and posthumously awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold on March 29th, 1944.
Artur Beese is credited with 22 victories in 285 missions. He recorded seven victories over the Eastern front, including three Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack aircraft. Of his 15 Western front victories, six were four-engine bombers.