Airwar over Austria…1/48 Messerschmitt Bf109G-6, 1./JG300
This is the “faulty” first edition Eduard kit, built in 2015. Lifelike decals were used.
On August 24th 1944, Unteroffizier Hermann Berdelmann, serving with 1. Staffel JG300, took off to engage a bunch of 15th AF Liberators, coming from Italy and heading for Vienna but then turning to Hungary. He flew in formation with three 190ies from his Gruppe. they attacked a bunch of Liberators. One of his best friends, Unteroffizier Kurt Weigand, was shot down with his 190 by enemy defensive fire. Berdelmann could damage a B-24 which went down later. After seeing his friend die, and assuming that the crippled bomber wouldn´t get far, Berdelmann dove down and headed for a home base. Then he saw a single engined aircraft in front of him. At first he thought it was a comrade, looking for an airfield too. To his surprise it was a P-51 and a dogfight started. Due to engine problems Berdelmann lost the Mustang but a second one showed up at his tail and damaged his 109 so he had to bail out. He came down near Stribrec(Silberlos)/Czechoslovakia and was hurt lightly.
This was Berdelmann´s third aerial combat experience and second parachute jump.
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