Fw 190A-8/R2, W. Nr. 682204, Oblt. Klaus Bretschneider, 5. (Sturm)/ JG 300, Löbnitz, Germany, December 1944
Holder of the Knight‘s Cross and fighter ace Klaus Bretschneider was one of the founding pilots of II. Gruppe JG 300. He achieved fourteen
kills before being trained in the Sturm tactics of attacking and would claim another twenty afterwards, the majority of which were four-engined heavy bombers. He fell as CO of 5./ JG 300 on December 24th, 1944 after an attack on a group of B-17s. He was the victim of escort
fighters, likely from the 357th Fighter Group. His aircraft went down not far from Oberaul in Hesse.
Bretschneider‘s Sturmbock, christened ‚Rauhbautz VII‘, had the side armoured glass units removed on the sliding portion of the canopy.
Markings of the aircraft of JG 300 within the Defence of the Reich, a red fuselage band ahead of the tail surfaces, was further complemented by a red horizontal bar for aircraft of the 5th Staffel. According to new sources, the inscription below the cockpit was yellow with red
shadowing, the spinner carries a white spiral on a red background. This kit includes the newer interpretations as well as the more usual red
with black shadowed inscription and black spinner and white spiral.
INFO Eduard - November 2018