Weekend edition kit of German WWII fighter aircraft
Fw 190A-8/R2 in 1/72 scale. The kit offers Sturmbocks
which served in JG 3, JG 4 and JG 300. Bonus decals are
for captured Sturmbock (ex 5./JG 4) from 404th FG, 9th AF.
plastic parts: Eduard
marking options: 4+1
PE parts: no
painting mask: no
resin parts: no
extra: sprue H
WNr. 681497, Lt. Col. Leo C. Moon, 404th FG, 9th AF, Sint-Truiden, Belgium, January 1945
Operation Bodenplatte of January 1, 1945 was the
last hard blow to the collapsing Luftwaffe. A group of
Sturmbocks from II.(Sturm)/JG 4 attacked St. Trond
airfield after failing to reach their own target. After
sustaining flak damage, the Fw 190A-8/R2 "White 11"
flown by Gefr. Walter Wagner crashlanded close to
the St. Trond airfield. Subsequently, USAAF technicians attempted to bring the aircraft back into flying
condition using available spare parts.
Under the care of the 404th Fighter Group ground
crews, the weapons and some other unimportant
components were removed. The original camouflage was oversprayed by the all-red paint. Only the
emblem of JG 4 was retained on the left side of the
engine cowling. The aircraft was given the US insignia and code OO-L. The paint was a fulfillment of
the unit CO, Lt. Col. Leo C. Moon wishes "to have his
own red aircraft". His first name also appeared in the
aircraft individual letter. The numbers painted on the
vertical stabilizer reflect the date when this a/c en-
tered the U.S. "inventory." The propeller and prop hub
were painted black (with yellow prop blades tips).
The same applies for the upper wing root walkways and the stripes behind the exhausts, reminiscing
the Adlerflügel. The fan blades at the engine mouth
were painted yellow. Apart from the missing position
lights at the wing tips, the aircraft showed no serious
signs of damage after the American modifications.
Although successful engine and taxi tests were demonstrated, it never got into the air again.