Messerschmitt Me 262A – Red 13, III/JG 2 Richthofen, Heinz Bar, Luftwaffe, Lechfeld, Germany, 1945
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA35703: Messerschmitt Me 262A Red 13, Heinz Bar, III/JG 2 Richthofen Luftwaffe based at Lechfeld, Germany, 1945. Limited Edition of 2,960 Pieces.
Length 5.75 inches Wingspan 6.75 inches
Heinz Bar is the 8th ranking air “Ace” of all time. He fought on every German front throughout the entire duration of World War II in Europe and Africa. His 16 aerial victories acquired while he flew the Me 262A place him as the 2nd ranking jet ace of WWII (behind only the legendary Kurt Welter). While fighting on every front and flying just about every type of German fighter, Heinz Bar was shot down 18 times and wounded on many occasions. Almost all of Heinz Bar’s assigned combat aircraft were numbered “Lucky 13”, as his own preference regardless of his position within a respective unit. This aircraft was one of the last of a long line of these “Lucky 13’s” during this distinguished and incident-packed wartime career. This aircraft was wearing an upper surface camouflage combination of dark brown and bright medium green over pale blue undersides. He first claimed a French Curtiss-Hawk H-75A on the 25th September 1939 and went onto amass an incredible 204 piston-engined aerial victories before moving onto the Me-262. I January 1945, Bar became the Kommandeur of Erganzungs-Jagdeschwader II, an advanced training unit for the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet pilots at Lechfeld, Germany. III/EJG 2 was soon transformed into an operational fighter unit. Bar downed 13 enemy bombers and fighters while he served with III/EJG 2.
Designed to meet Adolph Hitler’s vision of a high-speed, light-payload ground attack bomber, the Me 262 was first flown on April 18, 1941. As the world’s first operational jet aircraft, development of the 262 was dominated by confusion, with Hitler envisioning a bomber and designers envisioning a jet fighter. Capable of outpacing the P-51 Mustang by 120 miles per hour, the 262 was clearly the best fighter plane to serve in WWII but was too late to help the Luftwaffe. Its specialized maintenance requirements and fuel shortages, coupled with aggressive Allied ground attacks prevented it from having any serious impact on the outcome of the war.