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Blood Red Skies: Me 262 Ace Walter Nowotny

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Blood Red Skies: Me 262 Ace Walter Nowotny

Walter Nowotny (7 December 1920 – 8 November 1944) was an Austrian-bornfighter ace of the Luftwaffe. Credited with 258 aerial victories over442 combat missions. He achieved 255 of these victories over the Eastern Frontwhilst flying predominantly the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 but also the MesserschmittBF109. He scored an “ace in a day” on several occasions – five enemyaircraft shot down in a single day. There were even two occurrences of“double-ace in a day” – 10 kills in a day. His final three kills were inthe Messerschmitt Me 262.

Nowotny joined the Luftwaffe in 1939, completing his fighter pilot trainingin 1941. He was posted to Jagdgeschwader 54 “Grünherz” (JG 54) on theEastern Front. Here, Nowotny was the first pilot to achieve 250 victories –194 of them over 1943 earning several decorations. He was then prevented fromflying for several months for propaganda reasons but was reinstated tofront-line service in September 1944.

Nowotny tested and developed the 262 jet fighter as commander of aspecialist unit named Kommando Nowotny. The unit had to grapple with thecontinuing development of the aircraft as well as creating new aerial tacticssuitable for a jet aircraft. Nowotny's first kill in the 262 was aB-24 Liberator bomber on 7 October 1944.

On the 8th November, Nowotny engaged a large enemy bomber forcesinglehandedly, after a problem with his turbines prevented him from taking offwith other aircraft. He reported over radio downing a B-24 Liberator and aP-51 Mustang before radioing with his final words – either “I'm on fire”or “it's on fire”. It is not known whether he was shot down or sufferedengine failure. In the wake of his death, the first operational jet fighter wingwas named in his honour.

Contains 1 Warlord Resin aircraft with advantage base & cards

Models supplied unassembled and unpainted.

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Product Code: 33173391
Barcode: 5060572503304
Brand: Blood Red Skies


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