Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6/AS 'Black 14' Wrk Nr 412179 2./JG
Unteroffizier Horst Petzschler, Burg bei Magdeburg, May 1944.
This pressurised version of the Bf
109G-6 was developed to combat the increasingly high altitude operations
of the allies in the later part of the war With the Daimler-Benz DB 605
AS engine, giving nearly two hundred additional horsepower over the earlier
DB 601, Black 14, like many later Gs, had a larger vertical tail and an
improved cockpit canopy with less framework for better visibility, the Erla-Haube.
The all light blue finish for high-altitude operations was similar to that
used by the Spitfire
Horst Petzschler joined the Luftwaffe in April 1941, and after completing
his fighter training on the Fw
190 at Toulouse was posted to the Eastern front, assigned to the Geschwaderstab
of JG 51 at Smolensk. His primary role was ground attack, particularly tank-busting,
but he had claimed three kills before being posted to 2./JG 3 in April 1944.
In May he claimed two B-17s and two Mustangs but was himself shot down twice,
the first time by P-38s when he force-landed; the second time he successfully
baled out. He returned to Stab./JG 51 in June at Minsk, and then spent five
months as an instructor at the Fighter Pilot School at Liegnitz before joining
JG 51 for the third time in February 1945. He took his score to 26 by the
end of hostilities; on 4 May the unit was ordered to Schleswig-Holstein,
but a combination of navigation error and a damaged fuel tank meant that
Petzschler had to make a dead-stick landing in neutral Sweden, where he
was interned. In January 1946 he was handed over to the Russians, and was
eventually released from prison in September 1949. He worked as a mechanic
for BEA in Germany before emigrating with his family to Canada in 1953,
and then moving to the USA where he worked for Boeing, Lear, Northrop and
Beechcraft before retiring in 1988.
Scale 1:72 Wingspan 5.41" (137.5 mm)
Base size 6.37" (162 mm) square (No. 4)
Weight not including base 5.5 ozs (153 grams) Limited edition of 25 only
Price £86.00 plus delivery.