Junkers Ju 87B-2 (Hasegawa 1:48)
Representing a Stuka of 2./St.G 77 based in Caen, France during August 1940
I have always been fascinated by the Stuka, especially those of the Battle of Britain period, and have wanted to build one for a long time but was never really sure what to represent, until I discovered this one. Shot down by Sgt. Basil Whall of 602Sqn 18th August 1940.
History of S2 + UN:
This aircraft force-landed on Ham Manor Golf Course (to the West of Angmering village), Littlehampton, Sussex. According to the information in 'The Battle of Britain, Then and Now', edited by Winston G Ramsey, After The Battle Publications (pg.589) the pilot Oberfw Geiger was killed and Oberfw Schweinhardt were captured and S2+UN was written off.
Two other versions of the story came to light recently regarding the fate of the crew. One from the Angmering History website claiming it was Stuka of 5 Staffel and it was the pilot Kurt Schweinhardt who was taken prisoner, but the radio operator Oberfeldwebel Willi Geiger died of his wounds which happened as a result of being shot by the Home Guard when he started to fire his pistol at them! The other is relayed by Alfred Price in The Hardest Day and covers the heavy fighting of 18 th August across theSouth Coast of England. The Stuka was attached to a large raid on Poling radar station and after being attacked by Sgt. Basil Whall, it made a gentle landing on the Golf course. The owner of the house on the course rushed out with a revolver to capture the crew. The two Germans eased themselves painfully out of the Stuka – the pilot bleeding from the leg and the radio operator with a neckwound, both crew were patched up but the radio operator later died of his wounds.The Stuka was pretty much intact but the landing ruined the 16th fairway! Well, whatever the truth, this is still just one of 17 Ju87's lost to the RAF on that fateful day!
Construction details and aftermarket additions:
Aires cockpit andengine set with scratch built wiring/detailing
Eduard photoetch set
Verlinden & Hasegawa Luftwaffe airfield sets
True Details weighted wheels
Handmade Luftwaffe hardstand using coffee stirrers, the groundwork is earth and pigments
Gunze/Aircraft Colors/Tamiya acrylics
10 additional images. Click to enlarge.