Corgi Aviation Archive Series Diecast Model
Junkers Ju 88 A-5 – F1+AS, 8./KG 76, German Luftwaffe, Orscha-Süd, Russia, 1941, "Operation Barbarossa", World War II
1:72 Scale. Length: 7.9”. Wingspan: 11”
As arguably the most versatile German aircraft of World War II, Ju 88 units were probably the most capable strike assets the Luftwaffe had available at the start of Operation Barbarossa and they would be used extensively throughout the campaign. During the opening attack in the early hours of June 22, 1941, hand-picked, experienced Ju 88 crews were sent as pathfinders to light up’ the Soviet airfields closest to the western edge of the invasion, illuminating targets for the main attack force which followed just minutes later. Immediately returning to their bases, Ju 88s were refueled and loaded with standard bombs, so they could head back to the target airfields and participate in the rout of the Soviet Air Force. In other sectors, the Ju-88s of KGs 76 and 77 reported the tragic loss of several experienced crews, losses that have since been attributed to friendly fire incidents during the melee of the initial attacks.Detailed crew figures
Realistic panel lines and antenna
Historically accurate printed markings (no decals)
Optional extended landing gear
Numbered collector card
Box with Junkers Ju 88 artwork
As the German invasion gathered momentum, the Ju 88 units would be constantly employed in attacking Soviet airfields ahead of ground units, but would also become extremely proficient at targeting Soviet troop and armor concentrations which were threatening the flanks of advancing German columns. This 8./KG.76 Ju-88 came down behind German lines during the early winter of 1941, probably due to engine trouble, as it was later recovered and returned to operational condition. It features the distinctive wasp emblem of the unit on its front fuselage.
The Junkers Ju 88 was a twin-engine multi-role aircraft operated by the German Luftwaffe during World War II. Designed in the mid-1930s, it became one of the most versatile combat aircraft of the war and proved to be suited for almost any role. First flown on December 21 1936, the Ju 88 entered operational service in 1939. It was used successfully as a fighter-bomber, dive bomber torpedo bomber, heavy fighter, night fighter, reconnaissance aircraft, and even as a flying bomb during the closing stages of the war. The Ju 88 was produced until 1945 with more than 16,000 built in dozens of variants, more than any other twin-engine German aircraft of the time.
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Category: Corgi 1:72 Non-U.S. Military Aircraft Models
Not suitable for children under the age of 14 years