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German Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6/U2 Fighter - "White 16", 1./Jagdgeschwader 301, July 1944 [75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion] (1:72 Scale)
German Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6/U2 Fighter - "White 16", 1./Jagdgeschwader 301, July 1944 [75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion]

Corgi German Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6/U2 Fighter - "White 16", 1./Jagdgeschwader 301, July 1944 [75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion]




 
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Corgi AA27108 German Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6/U2 Fighter - "White 16", 1./Jagdgeschwader 301, July 1944 [75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion] (1:72 Scale) "We did not think about the personal nature of killing in the air. We were proud of every victory in the air, and particularly happy that we had not been hit ourselves. Of course, I tell myself in quiet moments today: 'You've killed. In order to protect others and not be killed yourself.' But in the end: for what? The Third Reich trained 30,000 pilots. Ten thousand survived the war. One-third. This is the highest loss rate along with the U-boat sailors."
- Oberleutnant Gunther Rall

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 replica of a German Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6/U2 fighter that was attached to 1./Jagdgeschwader 301 during July 1944. Sold Out!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 5-1/2-inches
Length: 5-inches

Release Date: May 2019

Historical Account: "Captive Audience" - The opportunity to capture and evaluate the latest versions of your enemy's aircraft was of great interest to both Allied and Axis military planners throughout WWII, not only in order to asses the technology itself, but also to develop tactics which would be useful to squadron pilots when meeting the aircraft in combat. Most of these aircraft would come into the possession of their new owners following combat and usually after suffering varying degrees of damage, however, there were rare occasions when Luftwaffe aircraft were unwittingly delivered in tact to a grateful Royal Air Force.

Such an occurrence took place on July 21st, 1944, when a pair of bomber hunting Messerschmitt Bf109G-6/U2 fighter pilots became disorientated and landed at Manston airfield in Kent. One of the pilots appeared to be distracted whilst approaching the unfamiliar airfield and fearing he was running out of runway, retracted his undercarriage and made a belly landing. The other machine, "White 16" flown by Horst Prenzel made a perfect landing and therefore presented the RAF with a pristine example of this latest variant of the Luftwaffe fighter. Later evaluated by famous test pilot Captain Eric Brown, it was destroyed only a few months later in a take off accident whilst serving with the Air Fighting Development Unit at RAF Wittering.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Spinning propeller
  • Opening canopy
  • Interchangeable landing gear
  • Comes with display stand

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