Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8/R2 Sturmböcke “Black 8”, Unteroffizier Willi Maximowitz, 11 Staffel (Sturm), IV/JG.3, Luftwaffe 1/72 Scale Diecast Model Corgi AA34317
Corgi AA34317 – 1/72 Scale diecast model Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8/R2 Sturmböcke, “Black 8”, Unteroffizier Willi Maximowitz, 11 Staffel (Sturm) IV/JG.3, Luftwaffe, Dreux Airfield, France, 1944
Corgi AA34317 – 1/72 Scale Fw 190A-8/R2 Diecast Model
Corgi AA34317 is a 1/72 scale diecast model of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8/R2 Sturmböcke. In the colour scheme and markings of “Black 8” flown by Unteroffizier Willi Maximowitz of 11 Staffel (Sturm), IV/JG 3 “Udet”. While based at Dreux Airfield, Northern France during June 1944. The A-8/R2 was the most numerous Sturmböcke aircraft built.
Corgi 1/72 scale Fw 190A-8/R2 diecast model detail
Diecast Model Dimensions:
- Wingspan 14.5 cm 5.71 in Approx
- Length 12.5 cm 4.90 in Approx.
Diecast Model Features Include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Display stand included.
To counter the USAAF heavy bombers, Major von Kornatzki proposed the formation of specialised units staffed by volunteers, flying heavily armed and armoured aircraft to attack the enemy, in tight formation to amass gunfire, at the closest possible range and if necessary ram the bombers. The units designated Sturmstaffel operated the Sturmböcke (Battering Ram), modified Focke-Wulf Fw 190A with increased armour and a redesigned wing structure to accommodate larger calibre armament. A formidable bomber-killer, loss of maneuverability made them vulnerable to Allied fighters and had to be escorted by Bf 109s.
Willi Maximowitz (1920–1945) was born in Wuppertal-Barmen, Germany, and served on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. As an Unteroffizier (Corporal) with JG 1 transferred to Sturmstaffel 1 in late 1943. Sturmstaffel 1 became 11 Staffel of IV./JG 3 on May 8, 1944, and in August renamed 14./JG 3. On 30 July promoted to the rank of Feldwebel (Sergeant). In February 1945, moved to the Russian Front and on April 20, 1945, Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant) Maximowitz failed to return from a combat mission. Willi Maximowitz achieved 27 aerial victories, twelve over the Eastern front and fifteen on the Western front. All the aerial victories on the Western Front were four-engine bombers, two by ramming. Maximowitz was posthumously awarded the German Cross in Gold on January 1, 1945.
Focke-Wulf Fw 19
The Focke-Wulf 190 Würger (Shrike) is a German single-engine, single-seat fighter. Designed by Kurt Tank, it first flew on June 1, 1939, and entered service in August 1941. Developed for use in multiple roles including day fighter, fighter-bomber, ground-attack and night fighter. Features of the Fw 190 included bubble canopy. A wide tracked landing gear able to withstand high sink rates, giving excellent ground handling characteristics and enabling operation off substandard runways. Flight controls used rigid pushrods and bearings instead of the usual cables and pulleys. The design made extensive use of electrically powered equipment. Electric motors operated the undercarriage.
When the first Fw 190, the radial powered -A series, entered service it was found to be superior to the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.V in use with the RAF at that time. It maintained superiority until the introduction of the Spitfire Mk IX in July 1942. An excellent fighter and ground attack platform, but performance suffered at altitudes above 6,000 m (20,000 ft).
The Fw 190 D “Dora” with the high-altitude performance needed to attack American heavy bombers, entered service in September 1944. The improved performance came from the installation of the inline Jumo 213 piston engine. The fuselage required lengthening both in front and behind the wing to accommodate the new power plant and maintain balance, adding nearly 1.52 m (4.99 ft) to the length.
The new variant lacked the higher rate of roll but was faster, climbed, dived and turned more rapidly than the Fw 190A. When flown by competent pilots, it could equal Allied types. Most aircraft had the outer wing cannon deleted.
In May 1942, Focke-Wulf began testing an attack version which became the Fw 190F series and extended range Fw 190G series. These variants had increased armour under the fuselage, protecting fuel tanks, pilot, engine and landing gear mechanism. Additions to armament included centre-line and underwing bomb racks.
The Fw 190A series and ground attack Fw 190 F/Gs, used the BMW 801 twin row air cooled 14 cylinder radial engine. The radial engine was selected to avoid competition with the Bf 109 for inline engines that at the time were in short supply. The Fw 190D “Doras” high altitude variants used the Junkers Jumo 213 inverted V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine.
Armament and combination depended on the variant. Guns included two 13mm MG 131 machine guns in engine cowling and two 20mm MG 151 cannons in wing roots, all firing through the propeller arc. Two machine guns or 20mm cannons in outer wing positions. Two cannons in underwing gun pods, one 30mm cannon firing through the propeller hub. An external payload of up to 1,102lbs (500kg) consisting of one 500 kg (1,102 lb) bomb under the fuselage, up to four underwing bombs and rockets.
Performance (Fw 190A-8)
- Maximum speed: 656 km/h (408 mph)
- Range: 805 km (500 mi)
- Service ceiling: 11,408 m (37,430 ft).