Hasegawa Yakovlev Yak-3 of LCOL Anton Yakimenko in 1/72

Anton Yakimenko was credited with 3 personal and 4 shared victories against the Japanese in 1939 in Khalkin Gol.  His total eventually reached 15 victories and he was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union.  The model represents his personal aircraft as commander of the 150 GIAR in Slovakia at the end of the war.

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Brengun Yakolev YAK-1 of Senior Lieutenant Lydia Litvyak in 1/72 Scale

Lydia “Lilya” Litvyak was the first female pilot to make ace.  She is generally credited with twelve individual and three shared victories, plus an observation balloon.  She was wounded twice.  She was shot down and killed during the Battle of Kursk, her body was not recovered.  Due to fears that she might have been captured alive by the Germans, she was not awarded Hero of the Soviet Union until 1990.  Despite reports that a body was exhumed and verified to be Litvyak, her fate remains controversial.

Yellow 44 was Litvyak’s assigned aircraft during the spring of 1943 when she flew with the 296 IAP and 73 GIAP.

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Hasegawa Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8/R2 of Oberfeldwebel Willi Maximowitz in 1/72 Scale

Willi Maximowitz had one American B-24 Liberator to his credit when he volunteered to join Sturmstaffel 1.  This unit flew up-armored Fw 190’s and was tasked with flying en masse through American heavy bomber formations, closing to point-blank range before destroying their targets.  Pilots were urged to ram their targets if they were not destroyed by gunfire.  Using these tactics, he was credited with ramming a B-17 on 23MAR44, and shot down another over Helmstedt on 29APR44, but was himself wounded by the bomber’s defensive fire and had to bail out.  During his convalescence Sturmstaffel 1 became 11./JG 3 and was operating against the Allied forces pouring into France when Maximowitz rejoined the unit.  His score continued to mount, eventually reaching 15, all heavy bombers.  In February IV./JG 3 shifted to oppose the Soviets on the Eastern Front, where he added 12 additional victories to his score.  Willi Maximowitz failed to return from a mission on 20APR45, just a few weeks before the end of the war.

This model depicts Willi Maximowitz’ Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8/R2 as it appeared while with 11.(Sturm)/JG 3 at Dreux, France, June 1944.

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