Tamiya Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 of Oberstleutnant Gerhard Michalski in 1/72 Scale

Gerhard Michalski opened his account by downing a French MS 406 on 31MAR40 with 6./JG 53.  His Gruppe briefly participated in the invasion of the Soviet Union, but was withdrawn to the Netherlands and later to Sicily.  He was very active over Malta and achieved 26 victories there before being shot down into the sea by Spitfires of No. 126 Squadron RAF on 15OCT42.  He was rescued and returned to duty, only to be shot down again over the sea by a Spitfire of No. 72 Squadron RCAF, this time he was rescued with injuries.  After his recovery he rejoined II./JG 53, by now stationed in Austria on Reichsverteidigung (Defense of the Reich) duties.   He was again shot down and wounded on 01MAY44.  He finished the war as Geschwaderkommodore of JG 4 with 73 victories, only to be killed in an automobile accident in February 1946. The model depicts Michalski’s Fw 190D-9 when he was serving as the Geschwaderkommodore of JG 4 at Neukirchen, German, in April 1945.