Sunday, 22 January 2017

Bf 110 Pulkzerstörer 'bomber destroyers' -daily ebay photo find #205

A well-known image currently on offer here that dates from the Defence of the Reich period of autumn 1943 to spring 1944. While a heavily tinted view of the same shot featured on the jacket of Don Caldwell's superlative 'Day fighters in Defence of the Reich' the image was not captioned and does not appear inside the book. Bf 110 Pulkzerstörer 'bomber destroyers' in action over a snow-covered landscape. These are Bf 110 G-2/R1 sub-types. The aircraft appear to be toting the imposing 37 mm Bordkanone Flak 18 cannon under the fuselage. This large-calibre weapon was trialed and briefly employed against USAAF bomber formations, first equipping ZG 76 in early 1944, so these machines may be on the strength of that unit. However the close-up view on the Caldwell book jacket appears to show an aircraft coded "2N + BP" - presumably of ZG 1. (ZG 76 used the M8 code through 1944-45). Bf 110 G-2 sub-types could mount various armament kits -the M 1 conversion kit (2 x MG 151/20) under the fuselage, the M 5 kit comprising two BR 21 double pipe 21 cm Raketenwerfer grenade launchers (as here) and the M 3 armament kit of two MK 108 30 mm cannon. Aircraft such as these were heavily armed for the bomber destroyer role but particularly ill suited for combat with enemy fighters.

Pilot Flugzeugführer Uffz. Herbert Weiner of 1./ ZG 26 seen wearing his EK I in Wunstorf in late 1943 in front of his Me 110 G-2 toting the BK 37mm Flak 18 cannon.

A line-up of Me 110 G-2 37mm Flak 18 cannon toting Zerstörer of 1./ZG 1 in Wunstorf in August 1943.

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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Special Hobby Ju 88 C-4 1:48 scale - Ofw Hermann Sommer NJG 2 ace

New from Special Hobby is this Ju 88 C-4 using the ICM A-5 kit, featuring detailed cockpit, separate control surfaces, full engines and resin parts specific for the C-4 version. Decals by Cartograf feature 3 different marking options including those of 16-victory ace Ofw. Hermann Sommer of 2./NJG 2.

 "..The original ICM sprues are accompanied by a new sprue with grey styrene nose section parts and additional armament. We have also tooled a new set of clear parts, detailed resin items and a large decal sheet that brings the modeller a choice of three rather attractive machines. The sheet is printed in superb quality by Italian company Cartograf, and has marking options for two all-black aircraft and one wearing a camouflage scheme. The model will be released as a limited edition only..."  More on the Special Hobby site here

Having carried out intruder attacks over Britain with some success for almost a year, the Ju 88 Cs of I./ NJG 2 were transferred to the Mediterranean and the western desert of North Africa in late 1941. Above; Ju 88 C-4 " R4+EK" (2./ NJG 2) came to grief during the transfer flight to Sicily and made an emergency landing near Naples. The aircraft retained the overall black finish applied in Europe. Ofw. Hermann Sommer claimed the unit's first night kill in this theatre on 13 December 1941, a Beaufighter downed over Crete.

Spring/summer 1942, a Ju 88 C of 2./ NJG 2 at Benghazi-Berka. Note the open Bola, the Nachtjagd emblem on the nose and the white fuselage band. The drums in the makeshift fuel depot are marked B4 (87 octane avgas). The inscription on the reverse of the lower pic simply reads "Benghasi"..

Junkers Ju 52 Wasserflugzeug on the Aegean island of Samos - daily ebay find #204

Ankunft eines Junkers Ju 52 See Wasserflugzeug (als Postflugzeug) im Hafen Vathy, Insel Samos, Griechenland - arrival on the Greek island of Samos of a Ju 52 floatplane serving as a mail carrier - see this Luftwaffe Research Group thread for more information on this machine. Fabulous images!

Tim de Craene's current Ebay sales are here

II./JG 54 Friedrich snakeskin Tarn finish - daily ebay find #203

'Yellow 3' with 39 Abschussbalken possibly assigned to Oblt. Franz Eckerle- click on the image to view large


More on this machine and more photos at the Luftwaffe Research Group

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Reinhard Seiler on offer here

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Friday, 20 January 2017

Ju 290 A-5 "9V+DH" Ex "KR+LA" der 1./FAGr.5 in Mont de Marsan - daily Ebay photo find #202

Ju 290 A-5 "9V+DH" Ex "KR+LA" der 1./FAGr.5 in Mont de Marsan 1943

Ju 290 A-3 "9V+DK" WNr.161 Ex "PI+PO" of 2./FAGr.5 1943. Lost on 26 December 1943 when colliding with high ground in the Pyrenees with Oblt. Nedela at the controls. Below; Ju 290 A of an unidentified unit in Russia.

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2./JG 2 'RICHTHOFEN' - Oblt. Karl Haberland, Fw 190 'schwarze 5' -#daily ebay find #201

2./JG 2 Richthofen seated on 'black 5' decorated with the Adlerkopf Staffelabzeichen during the spring of 1943. Oblt. Karl Haberland (with stick) had just been appointed as StaKa. Haberland flew in the Westfeldzug with JG 3, claiming four Luftsiege (LS) including three Blenheims on 17 May 1940 before he was shot down on the same date. His injuries resulted in a leg amputation. Via Manuel Rauh's ebay sales here 

STAFFELKAPITÄN Oblt. Karl Haberland

Pilots of 2./ JG 2 in front of Fw 190 A-5 "schwarze 5" decorated with the Staffel Adlerkopf during early 1943 probably at Triqueville. From the left; Lt. Heinz Eichhoff, Lt. Joachim Bialucha (1. LS on 10 Feb 1943), Uffz. Werner Edelmann (3 claims on 16 Feb 43 and 4 more on 29 May 1943), Staffelführer Oblt. Karl Haberland (WIA on 15 September 1943 following a forced landing at Chartres during a bombing raid), Uffz. Herbert Treff, Uffz. Jürgen van Beuningen (+23.10.43), Fw. Walter Haase (+29.6.43) und Lt. Johannes Wiethoff. (caption information 'Dans le Ciel de France' Volume 4 -1943 by Erik Mombeeck)

Sunday, 15 January 2017

ICM/Italeri Henschel HS 126 in 1:48th - Recon for Rommel - 2.(H)/14 in Africa

Laurent Freidine has just finished this very neat model of the ICM Henschel HS 126 (Italeri re-box), as an aircraft flying with 2.(H)/AufklGr14 in North Africa. Inspired by the colour photos in and the jacket illustration of the recommended book " Recon for Rommel" by Stefan Ommert, Laurent's model was built with the Eduard etch set, using Quickboost exhausts and Montex masks.

Laurent comments that because the instruction sheet is so 'vague' the Mushroom Hs 126 volume is essential as reference - for example note the absence of generator on the 'B' variant, although there is no mention of this on the sheet and a number of parts are 'mis-numbered'. The hard plastic makes the small parts difficult to remove from the sprues without breaking them and there is little or no surface engraving on the parts. Laurent describes this as 'short-run Italeri'. While the decal sheet is good, the painting instructions are vague and studying the pictures in Ommert's book, Laurent elected to paint his model in the Italian desert colours, nocciala chiaro, verde olivia scuro and grigo azzuro which appear to be better matches than the more typical RLM 78/79/80.

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