Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2/R6 of Leutnant Walter Krupinski, 6. /JG52 Russia, OCT 1942. Kit is from Fine Molds.
This model depicts the Bf 109G-2/R6 of “Graf Punski” early in his career, at the that time he had amassed fifty victories. Subsequently he was brought down by a Taran (ramming) attack by a Soviet pilot in an I-16. He was promoted to Staffelkapitän of 7. Staffel, where Erich Hartmann, who was to become the world’s highest scoring ace, flew as his wingman. Krupinski was promoted to Hauptmann and took over command of II./JG 11 in the West. The Gruppe was active over the invasion front in France, where Krupinski scored ten victories before he was wounded for the fifth time in August. After recovering, he commanded III./JG 26 until that Gruppe was disbanded in March. Krupinski finished the war flying Me 262 jets with JV 44, where his final two victories brought his total to 197. Walter Krupinski survived the war.
The USS Choctaw was built at New Albany, Indiana in 1856, originally as a merchant steamer for trade along the Mississippi River. She was purchased by the U.S. Army in 1862 and converted into an ironclad ram. In 1863 she entered service with the U.S. Navy for action against the Confederacy along the Mississippi and its tributaries. A very fine photograph given the era, note the crew’s laundry drying on the lines forward.
This is the Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 of Unteroffizier Günther Josten of 1. /JG51 at Bobruisk, Belarus, Spring 1944. Kit is from Fine Molds.
Günther Josten got a late start for being one of the highest-scoring Luftwaffe Experten, opening his account on 23FEB43. The next month his Staffel converted to the Focke Wulf Fw 190, the type upon which he was to score most of his victories. He was credited with 178 victories, all on the Eastern Front. One of his more unusual victories for an Eastern Front pilot was a USAAF B-17 sent to bomb Warsaw in support for the Warsaw Uprising. Josten’s most successful day was on 25APR45 when he downed nine Russian aircraft. At the end of the war he was the Gruppenkommandeur of IV. Gruppe of JG 51. Josten survived the war.
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A, S, F, G
Series: Kagero Monographs Special Edition Book 12
By Krzysztof Janowicz, translated by Neil Page, drawings by Maciej Noszczak, profiles by Janusz Światłoń and Arkadiusz Wróbel
Hardcover, 272 pages, heavily illustrated, 26 color profiles, line drawings
Published by Kagero, February 2020
Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.0 x 11.75 inches
Dozens of books on the Focke Wulf Fw 190 have been written. Most modelers with even a passing interest in the Luftwaffe will likely have a few on their shelves. In my case more than a few, and a new volume is published almost every year. So the question arises, do we need another book on the Fw 190? Need is probably not the best word, but there are a number of things to recommend this book.
The text begins with the technical history of the type, beginning with the evolution of the “A” series fighter variants. “F” and “G” fighter-bombers follow and the differences between the mission optimization is addressed well as these were not all intended to have the same roles, the “F” series being what we might call close support while the “G” were optimized for longer-range strike missions.
The narrative then shifts to descriptions of the Fw 190 in service. This is arranged by theater rather by unit and includes detailed descriptions of individual actions along with first-hand anecdotes from the participants. These flow logically and are easy to follow.
The text is augmented by a huge number of photographs. There are literally pictures on every page. These are reproduced well and are nicely captioned. Many of these are factory photographs of details and sub-assemblies which will be of particular interest to modelers. The bulk are of the Fw 190 in service at the fronts, some of which are familiar, others not.
The major strength of this volume lies in the drawings. This section opens with a selection of Focke Wulf technical illustrations showing the various internal systems. This is followed by several pages of 1/48 scale line drawings of all the developments of the series, with supplementary details in 1/24 scale where useful. Next is a series of 1/72 scale drawings, but this time attention is drawn to the changes between variants by shading the modified areas. As if all this weren’t enough, these are three additional sheets of drawings included as loose inserts, one set in 1/48 scale and two in 1/32. Rounding out the artwork are twenty-six full color side profiles, several of which are supplemented with color plan views.
All in all this makes a vey nice package for the Luftwaffe enthusiast. The narrative is nicely written and there is a lot of visual interest in the selection of the photographs. The drawings are very useful for identifying the plethora of modifications and will certainly help sort out the confusion in identifying sup-types. The pricing of this book makes it very attractive and I can recommend it without reservation.
Photographs taken at the Air Zoo, Kalamazoo Michigan.
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Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 of Obstlt Herbert Rollwage of 5./JG 53 in Sicily, Italy, July 1943. Fine Molds kit.
Herbert Rollwage opened his account on the opening day of Operation Barbarossa. By the time the Pik As Geschwader transferred to the Mediterranean Theater in December 1941 his score stood at 11. He was shot down and wounded on 10JUL43 over Sicily. He rejoined 5./JG 51 on Reich Defense duties in Austria in December 1943. He survived the war. Some sources credit him with 102 victories including 44 four-engined bombers, but other sources put his final score in the eighties.