Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 of Hauptmann Wilhelm Lemke, 9. / JG 3 Bad Wörishofen Germany, August 1943. Hasegawa kit.
Wilhelm Lemke scored steadily against the Soviets for the first two years after Operation Barbarossa, amassing 125 victories. Increasing pressure from American heavy bombers then forced the transfer of JG 3 back to Germany to defend the Reich. He flew this unusually marked Messerschmitt as Staffelkapitän of 9./JG 3 on 17AUG43 when he claimed two USAAF P-47 Thunderbolts for his first victories in the West. The Eighth Air Force was a much different opponent than the VVS, Lemke was only able to bring his tally to 131 before he was shot down and killed by P-47s of the 352nd Fighter Group on 04DEC43.