Messerschmitt Bf109E-4 – Geschwader kommodore1/JG 2, Helmut Wick Battle of Britain 1940
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA32102: Messerschmitt Bf109E-4 of Geschwader kommodore1/JG 2, as flown by ace pilot Helmut Wick while he was Geschwader-kommodore of the unit during the Battle of Britain. Highly sought after 1/72 scale limited edition of only 3,600, has to be seen to be appreciated. Now hard to find.
Length 5 inches Wingspan 5.25 inches
Helmut Wick achieved an unparalleled rise through the Luftwaffe ranks and had emerged as Germany’s then highest scoring fighter ace. Wick shot down his 55th victory during an early sortie on November 28th 1940 to become the leading fighter ace in the world. Later in the day, on a “Freie Jagd” over the English Channel, Wick scored his 56th victory, a Spitfire. In turn his aircraft was shot down by Battle of Britain ace Flt. Lt. John Dundas of 609 Squadron, RAF. Wick was seen to bale out over the Channel, but despite intensive air and sea searches Wick was never found.
Helmut Wick carried his famous personal “Horrido!” emblem of a Gold or Yellow broad sword on a Blue field pennant. This was originally the emblem of 3. Staffel/JG 2 and represented the Swedish ancestry of the Staffelkapitan Hennig Stumpel.
The Messerschmitt Bf 109, often called Me 109, was a German World War II fighter aircraft designed by Willy Messerschmitt and Robert Lusser during the early to mid 1930s. It was one of the first true modern fighters of the era, including such features as all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, a retractable landing gear, and was powered by a liquid-cooled, inverted-V12 aero engine.
The Bf 109 first saw operational service during the Spanish Civil War and was still in service at the dawn of the jet age at the end of World War II, during which time it was the backbone of the Luftwaffe’s fighter force. From the end of 1941 the Bf 109 was supplemented by the Focke-Wulf Fw 190.
Originally conceived as an interceptor, later models were developed to fulfill multiple tasks, serving as bomber escort, fighter-bomber, day-fighter, night-fighter, all-weather fighter, ground-attack aircraft, and as reconnaissance aircraft. It was supplied to and operated by several states during World War II, and served with several countries for many years after the war. The Bf 109 was the most produced fighter aircraft in history, with a total of 33,984 units produced from 1936 up to April 1945.
The Bf 109 was flown by the three top-scoring German fighter aces of World War II, who claimed 928 victories among them while flying with Jagdgeschwader 52, mainly on the Eastern Front, as well as by Hans-Joachim Marseille, the highest scoring German ace in the North African Campaign. It was also flown by several other successful aces from Germany’s allies, notably Finland, including the highest scoring non-German ace Ilmari Juutilainen, and pilots from Romania, Croatia and Hungary. Through constant development, the Bf 109 remained competitive with the latest Allied fighter aircraft until the end of the war.