Heinkel He 219 A-O Uhu Nightfighter – I./NJG 1, Manfred Meurer, Luftwaffe 1944
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IXO Models 1/72 scale PIXJ017: Heinkel He 219 A-O Uhu of I./NJG 1, Manfred Meurer, Luftwaffe 1944
Length 8.5 inches Wingspan 10.25 inches
Manfred Meurer was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of I./NJG 1 on 28 September 1943, succeeding Hauptmann Hans-Dieter Frank (55 victories, RK) lost on the night of 27-28 September. The unit was equipped with the latest German night-fighter, the He 219, and Meurer was to gain five victories flying the type. On the night of 12/13 December he shot down a RAF Mosquito to bring up his 60th victory. He recorded his 61st and 62nd victories on 16/17 December. On the night of 21-22 January 1944 he collided with a RAF Lancaster raiding Berlin. His He 219 A-0 (W.Nr. 190070) “G9+BB” crashed at speed into the bomber and both aircraft carried their crews to their deaths. Manfred Meurer flew 130 combat missions achieving 65 victories. Included in his score are 40 four-engined bombers and two Mosquitos. All his victories were scored at night.
PLEASE NOTE: This model is made to be displayed on the stand with undercarriage fitted, and there are no U/C closed doors supplied. Because of the weight of the model, If you wish to display on the undercarriage on the ground, you would need to attach the undercarriage with BLUE TAK or similar. The tail of the model would also need to be supported, or weights inserted in the nose as the model is tail heavy.
The Heinkel He 219 Uhu (“Eagle-Owl”) was a night fighter that served with the German Luftwaffe in the later stages of World War II. A relatively sophisticated design, the He 219 possessed a variety of innovations, including an advanced VHF-band intercept radar. It was also the first operational military aircraft in the world to be equipped with ejection seats, and the first operational German World War II-era aircraft with tricycle (nose wheel) landing gear. Had the Uhu been available in quantity, it might have had a significant effect upon the strategic bomber offensive of the Royal Air Force; but only 294 of all models were built by the end of the war and these saw only limited service.
The He 219 was a capable fighter aircraft, allowing the pilots a large degree of autonomy. Ground control simply sent the aircraft into the right area and then the pilots took over and hunted down the bombers on their own; the SN-2 radar’s 4 km (3 mi) range was greater than the distance between the bombers. While the performance of the A-2 was not extraordinary — approximately 580 km/h (360 mph) speed — it was enough of an advance over the Messerschmitt Bf 110Gs and Dornier Do 217Ns to allow the aircraft to chase several bombers in one sortie.
The He219A-7 was the last major production version, with improved DB 603E engines. The A-7 was typically outfitted with two 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon in the wing roots (inboard of the propeller arcs), two 20 mm MG 151/20 in the ventral weapons bay, and two 30 mm (1.18 in) MK 108s as Schräge Musik, slanted at 65 degrees behind the cockpit. Production began in November/December 1944 with 210 aircraft ordered (but not completed).