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Luftwaffe Aircraft Illustrations

Some Fighters of the Luftwaffe:

Here are some of a handful of German fighter prints which I began doing because of requests for Luftwaffe planes to display alongside Allied fighters, and they do offer some context, in showing what the Allies were up against in the air over Europe and North Africa. There are no Japanese planes in the collection because I wouldn’t know how to properly proofread the markings.

First, here is a side view of an early Messerschmitt Bf-109E. This is the plane flown by 56-victory German ace Oberleutnant Helmut Wick, who was shot down over France after fighting RAF defenders through much of the Battle of Britain.  Note the squared-off appearance of this Bf-109E, and the beefed-up armored glass added to the windscreen area.

The Focke-Wulf Fw-190 shown below mounted a BMW radial engine, and was used over the Western Front. This plane is shown mounting a centerline fuel tank, to extend its range. A study of the ergonomic layout of this plane, its modular construction, allowing quick replacement of entire sub-assemblies on damaged aircraft, makes you realize that the Luftwaffe was not swept from European skies one moment too soon.

This Me-109 is shown in one of the 24″ x 36″ two-vew prints, depicting a G model or “Gustav,” intended for use against American bomber formations, and thus, equipped with two additional 20mm cannon, one under each wing, which, while creating additional firepower, also created more drag, and made the plane more vulnerable to Allied fighters.

The plane in the 24″ x 36″ two-view below is the FW-190 D-9, with an inline Junkers Jumo Inverted V-12 engine, and an elongated airframe, to balance-out the longer nose.  This plane was considered to be the best German piston engine fighter anywhere under 20,000 feet, and perhaps the best fighter in-theater, period. Note the blown canopy mounted on this “Dora,” Blue 15, which defended the indefensible in the skies over Munich.

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