Monday, 18 December 2017

Dornier Do 335, Neubiberg aerodrome - ebay photo find #233

Via Historical Media;

  " ..a series of original photos taken by LT. COLONEL Alan D. CATTERALL in and around Neubiberg aerodrome. He served in the 32nd Service Group and later commanded the 492nd Air Service Group. This unit was responsible for decommissioning and destroyed captured Luftwaffe aircraft. This is a super rare original photo - NOT a reprint!..."

On offer here

Neubiberg Fliegerhorst was located in Bavaria 8 km SE of Munich and 2.8 km WSW of the suburban town of Neubiberg. Constructed 1933-35 and began operations as a Luftwaffe Fliegerhorstkommandantur by the autumn of 1935. Used mainly as a recruit and replacement training base and flight training centre to mid-1943, then as an aircraft park and transit depot, primarily for refitting and re-equipping fighter units. During 1944 Neubiberg became a primary air defense base for the Munich area and home to both day and night fighter combat units. Via

Above;  Luftwaffe aircraft wrecks at Neubiberg during September 1945. The airfield at Neubiberg was dubbed 'Camp Rattle' following its capture in April 1945.

Below; Dornier Do 335 A-12 (240112) at Neubiberg shortly after the war ended. This aircraft was transferred to RAE Farnborough in the UK for evaluation and crashed there, killing the pilot. According to the 'Skylighters' site this aircraft was flown by the Americans at Camp Rattle. In a few short weeks, German civilians would be paid to help American GIs to burn both German and American aircraft

...On February 1945  the Stab and 1. and 2. Staffeln of Fernaufklärungsgruppe 5, equipped with Junkers Ju 290 and Ju 88 flew into the airfield. At the beginning of April the airfield received three Staffeln of III./NJG 6, each comprising 12 aircraft, from Leipheim (Swabia) as a result of US Army attacks over Ulm (Baden-Württemberg). The Gruppe moved on 28 April to Bad Aibling (Bavaria). The airfield was subjected to Allied air attacks having as target mainly the parked aircraft in view of the possible re-use of its structures after the war. Up to mid-April 1945 V. Gruppe NJG 2 continued its training and night missions against targets in flight and on the ground. From 19th April the V. Group continued its missions from a wooded area near Brunnthal (Bavaria), where aircrafts box areas under the trees and a grassland glade as airstrip were prepared. On 23rd April the Hitler’s personal physician transited on the airfield directed to Munich for accomplishing a special mission ordered directly by Hitler. On 24th April, an attack on the airfield conducted by four American P51 Mustang set alight numerous German aircraft parked on the airfield. The last mission of V. Gruppe took place on 28-29 April. At the end of April the airfield received some aircraft of the Nahaufklärungsgruppe (Close Reconnaissance Group) 14 and 11 Ju 87 D of the NSG 1 (Solltau, 2005). On 30 April 1945 at about 23:00 a mixed combat group of the US Army formed by a column of the 27th Tank Battalion reinforced by infantrymen of the 2nd Battalion of the Infantry Regiment 242 arrived on the airfield. They destroyed 88 mm air defense guns, captured about hundred intact barracks and about hundred aircraft including some new Me 262 jets. The action terminated on 1 May at about 6:00 with the surrender of 71 German officers, 955 commissioned officers and soldiers and 500 assistants (Solltau, 2005)...

 Giancarlo T. Tomezzoli (2016) The “Fliegerhorst” of Neubiberg (Munich-Germany) in Archaeological Discovery 04, pages 69-86.

Soltau, G. (2005). Die Fliegerhorst Neubiberg Im Spiegel der deutschen Luftfahrgeschichte. Oberhaching: AVIATIC VERLAG GmbH.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Fokker T.VIII seaplane in Luftwaffe service - ebay photo find #232

via Manuel Rauh

three excellent views of the rare Fokker T. VIII in Luftwaffe service, here coded 'D1' of the Seeaufklärungsgruppe 126


The Fokker T.VIII-W was a twin-float twin-engined torpedo bomber and reconnaissance sea plane   designed in 1937 for the Dutch Naval Air Service (Marine Luchtvaardienst, or MLD) which saw service in small numbers in both the Luftwaffe and the RAF during 1940. By the time of the German invasion of the Low Countries in May 1940 eleven had been delivered to the MLD and others were still on the production line. The Luftwaffe ended up with twenty-five T.VIIIs, which they used on anti-shipping and reconnaissance patrols and for air-sea rescue over the North Sea and Mediterranean. A number of serviceable T.VIIIs escaped to France on the German invasion before eventually crossing the Channel where they equipped No.320 (Dutch) Squadron of Coastal Command.

Bombing up a KG 30 Ju 88, crash-landed Ju 88C of NJG 2 - ebay photo find #231

on offer via Manuel Rauh



Me 262 9K+DK KG 51 - ebay photo find #230

According to the seller this is an original photograph taken in February 1945 (25.2.1945) by Luftwaffe personnel during the recovery of Me 262 A-2a W.Nr. 110613 of 2./KG 51 (and previously published in LiF). While returning to Hopsten airfield after a bombing sortie on the Allied bridgehead in the area east of Linnich, W.Nr. 110613 coded 9K+DK and piloted by Ofw. Wieczorec, was hit by Allied anti-aircraft fire, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing near the village of Nottuln, west of Muenster. The other pilot flying the sortie, Lt. Heid, was able to return to base without damage. Photographs taken by Luftwaffe personnel during the last months of the war are of course very rare, due to the lack of laboratories that could print photos and for all the reasons we know well!

On offer here

Friday, 15 December 2017

abgestürzter Fw 190 in der Reichsverteidigung - ebay photo find #229

interesting views of a crash-landed Reich's defence (note the rear fuselage band) Fw 190 later variant (bulged cowl). Presumably the pilot's girlfriend and/or sisters in and on the aircraft! Note the stencil details..

In the view above and close-up below note the small 'red cross' first aid kit hatch in the Balkenkreuz. Just to the right of that (dark/red circle) is the 24V external power supply socket. The hatch just visible on the lower edge of the 'white 2' is for Sauerstoff (oxygen) und Pressluft (compressed air). Note the capacity of the rear internal fuel tank as per the inscription under the triangle  - 292 litres (approx 66 gallons). The forward fuel tank held slightly less than this - total internal fuel capacity was some 520 litres..

on offer here

ZG 76 Bf 110 on offer here

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Eduard Focke Wulf Fw 190 A-5 'heavy fighter' in 72nd scale - new Dual combo for January, Jagdgeschwader 54 Grünherz.

"....anticpation, achievement, art and creative..

Starting a new model kit is a great thing. Not only does it mean that you have completed another build to get here, it means that a whole new adventure is beginning. A new world that you control to the very end. How do you want your paint? Camouflage please. It's all about what you want your kit to become. It's a platform for the precious imagination to be employed. Freedom in a cardboard box....."

Great sentiments expressed by the author of the 'Amateur Airplanes' blog. I've been looking forward to building an Eduard Fw 190 in 72nd scale..and have just completed my first  - the A-5 'heavy fighter' boxing above. I have found one or two tricky, the cockpit etch in the Profi-Pack edition doesn't fit too well and the gear bay is a little difficult although some have made it easily.

But - first of all, the model looks wonderfully accurate - I'm not the sort of person that measures model kits or checks them against drawings etc, suffice to say that it looks and sits just how you'd like a model Fw 190 to do, so that will do for me.

 Next point is the detailing, it's easily the best 1/72 Fw 190 in terms of detailing. It's the only Fw 190 A out there with the front of the engine modelled (not that you can really see it!) and the exhausts are separately molded too and insert prior to the fuselage halves/gear bay going together (so easy to forget them!) It's also got the best molded wheel bay of any Fw 190 A kit too.

  A very nice and lovely looking kit, but not easy to build- the lack of a positive location for the gear legs in the well may be a deal-breaker for some too!

A word too about the quality of the decals - they are exceptionally good. They settled down over the engine louvres with no problems at all, probably the best I've ever encountered in a model kit. Now to try the new 48th Eduard Fw 190 A-4..

...the Brassin cockpit set for the Eduard 72nd build - I used some of the contents on an old Airfix A-8 being converted to an A-6 with some Aeroclub parts - also recently finished as a 2./JG 2 night fighter in overall RLM 76. Of course with the various Eduard Boxes available there is no longer any need to do this to get an early Fw 190 variant.

More on III./JG 2 Fw 190s on this blog;

III./JG 2 convert onto the Fw 190

Due in January 2018 from Eduard is a limited edition Fw 190 boxing in 1/72 scale (Dual combo) containing decals for 6 colour schemes, three of which can be seen below. The kit is focused on aircraft flown by Jagdgeschwader 54 Grünherz. The Fw 190A-5 and A-8 versions can be built. Each version is offered with two optional wings. Thanks to Adam as ever at the unmissable  72nd scale blog for the heads-up!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Fw 190 JG 1 sharksmouth - ebay photo find #228

FW 190 A flown by the Staffelkapitän of 7./JG 1 Oblt. Harry Koch with 'sharksmouth' (Haifischmaul) in Aalborg-Ost im Mai 1942.


Dornier Do 18 mit Wappen der 2. / Küstenfliegergruppe 106 und Heckwaffenstand