Messerschmitt Bf 109 K-4 of 11. / JG 77, Neuruppin Germany, November 1944, pilot Heinrich Hackler, Fine Molds kit.
Leutnant Heinrich Hackler was one of the stalwarts of JG 77 and had fought with the unit from the beginning of the Russian campaign. While he never enjoyed a spectacular series of victories, he was a steady scorer and had amassed a total of 56 victories (some sources say 67) by the end of 1944. He was killed on 01JAN45 during Operation Baddenplatte, the Luftwaffe’s New Years Day strike against Allied airfields, shot down by ground fire.