Corgi AA27102A German Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 Fighter - "Yellow 1", Oberleutnant Hermann Graf, Staffelkapitan 9./Jagdgeschwader 52, Pitomnik, Russia, September 1942 (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 replica of a German Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 fighter that was flown by Oberleutnant Hermann Graf, who was attached to Staffelkapitan 9./Jagdgeschwader 52, then deployed to Pitomnik during September 1942. Now in stock!
Wingspan: 5.5 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: August 2013
Historical Account: "Wounded Knee" - The Bf 109G-2 was the first of the unpressurized variants of the most common of all the Bf 109 variants, the G. Lacking the G-6s prominent machine gun bulges on the engine cowling, the G-2 was armed with a pair of 7.92mm MG17 machine guns, rather than the bigger 13mm weapons of the G-6.
This particular G-2 was the mount of Oberleutnant Hermann Graf, the first pilot ever to accumulate over 200 kills. Graf flew both on the Western and Eastern fronts. He scored his first victory on 4th August 1941 and by January 1942 his score had gone up to 45, increasing to 172 by early September. His 200th victory, commemorated on this machine, came on September 26th, 1942. This meteoric rise however signaled the end of intensive combat operations for Graf. Being a national hero he was moved, first to training units and then to operations against Allied bombers.
Wounded in one of these, he returned to JG 52 and surrendered to the Allies. He died in 1988.