Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 – Günther Rall, 8./JG52 Luftwaffe 1942. Certificate Number 4
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA27106: Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 “Black 13”, as flown by ace pilot Oberleutnant Günther Rall, Staffelkapitan 8./JG52, Gostanovka, Russia, August 1942. Limited edition Certificate Number 4 of 1,000 pieces.
Length 5 inches Wingspan 5.5 inches
Flying the Bf 109 throughout his service career, Luftwaffe fighter ace, Günther Rall, ended the war with 275 aerial victories (of which 241 were against Soviet fighters), making him the third most successful fighter ace of all time. Serving through the battles of France and Britain, it was not until his involvement in Operation Barbarossa that his victory tally began to increase in spectacular fashion. He flew a total of 621 combat missions, was shot down eight times and was wounded three times. He fought 1940 in the Battle of France, the Battle of Britain, 1941 in the Balkan Campaign and over Crete. He began the conflict as a young Second Lieutenant, and was a Major and Geschwaderkommodore of JG 300 at the surrender. After the war, Rall offered his services to the RAF in evaluating the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter, where he became firm friends with RAF ace Robert Stanford Tuck. He was also the star of many WWII documentaries on the subject of Luftwaffe operations and air combat in general. Rall died at his home in Bad Reichenhall on 4 October 2009, aged 91, after suffering a heart attack two days earlier.
The absolute epitome of WWII fighter design, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 series of fighters have to be regarded as amongst the finest aircraft of all time. Serving throughout the Second World War, the Bf 109 was the most heavily produced fighter in history and was the mount of some of the most prolific fighter aces of WWII. The basic airframe was flexible enough to allow constant upgrades throughout its service career and in tandem with the Focke Wulf Fw 190, provided the backbone of Luftwaffe offensive and defensive fighter support throughout the war. Small, light and powerful, with both cannon and machine gun armament, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 always posed a significant threat for Allied pilots and in the hands of an Experten, you were in real trouble!