Dragon DRW50200 German Junkers Ju 87-G2 Stuka Dive-Bomber - Hans-Ulrich Rudel, III Gruppe Kommandeur, SG 2, Eastern Front, 1944-45 (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 that was flown by Oberstleutnant Hans-Ulrich Rudel, III Gruppe Kommandeur of SG 2, operating on the Eastern Front during 1944-45. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 7.5 inches
Length: 7 inches
Release Date: November 2006
Historical Account: "Shadows in the Night" - The most highly decorated German of WWII was the Luftwaffe pilot, Hauptmann Hans-Ulrich Rudel (1916-1982). Rudel was admitted to dive-bomber training in May 1940 and was subsequently assigned to a Stuka wing in France. His first combat missions coincided with the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.
By March 1944, Rudel was Gruppenkommandeur (commander) of III./StG 2 and had reached 1,800 operations and destroyed 202 tanks. In November 1944 he was wounded in the thigh and flew subsequent missions with his leg in a plaster cast.
On February 8th, 1945, his aircraft was hit by a 40mm shell and Rudel was badly wounded in the right foot, crash landing behind German lines. His life was saved by his observer who stemmed the bleeding but Rudel's leg was amputated below the knee. Amazingly, he returned to operations on March 25th, destroying 26 more tanks before the end of the war. Determined not to fall into Soviet hands, Rudel led three Ju 87s and four FW 190s westwards from Bohemia in a 2-hour flight and surrendered to US forces on May 8th, 1945 after landing at Kitzingen airfield, home to the 405th FG.