Fw190A-8, White Ten of 9. /JG. 5 (Eduard, 1/72)
Kit: Eduard Royal Class
Colours: Humbrol 241, 245, 246, 247.
Fw190A-8, white ten flown by Staffelführer Rudolf “Rudi” Artner, of 9. / JG 5, “Eismeer”, Herdla, Norway. Like my previous Fw190, this warbird also took part in the battle named “Black Friday” on 9 February 1945. Artner claimed two victories that day. In all Artner claimed a total of 20 victories.
From Weltwebel Rudolf Artner’s battle report:
“About 50 km north of Sogne-Fjord, we saw the enemy formation which consisted of approximately 30 Beaufighters and 10 Mustang escort fighters.
During a combined attack with my Staffel, I managed to gain hits on a Beaufighter which I attacked from behind and above. The Beaufighter crashed burning in a flat
angle. The crash was noted at 16.10 about 10 km north-west of Førde. The crew did not leave the plane.”
“As the battle developed I managed to hit another Beaufighter twice during a low-level tailchase. The plane finally turned and crashed straight into the ground after yet another salvo.”
I have just bought a book on JG5, and hope to give a bit more information later on. I have three of four more builds planned, which will all be from JG5 and the staffels stationed in Norway during WW2.
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