Original German WWII POW Made Model Aluminum Junkers Ju 87 Stuka - Dated 1944
Original Item. One-of-a-kind. Purchased from a an american WWII officer veteran’s family, this is an incredible handmade, from aluminum scrap off a downed aircraft, model of a Junkers Ju 87 Stuka Dive Bomber measuring 9" tall by 13" wide and 10" long. It is mounted on a crudely cut steel 6" Swastika which is anchored to a polished wood base plate.
One wing is punched engraved Italy 1944 the other is punched engraved with the Nazi spread wing eagle holding a circled swastika. The triple blade aluminum propeller spins with a light touch. Produced by a skilled German Luftwaffe Prisoner of War who was held in Italy at the end of the war and made this to pass the time and commemorate his time in the war effort. Unfortunately for him it was confiscated by an American officer and brought back to the USA as a trophy of war. Very compelling, just what everyone WWII buff needs on their desk.
The Junkers Ju 87 was easily recognizable by its inverted gull wings and fixed spatted undercarriage. Upon the leading edges of its faired main gear legs were mounted the Jericho-Trompete ("Jericho trumpet") wailing sirens, becoming the propaganda symbol of German air power and the blitzkrieg victories of 19391942. The Stuka's design included several innovative features, including automatic pull-up dive brakes under both wings to ensure that the aircraft recovered from its attack dive even if the pilot blacked out from the high g-forces.
The Ju 87 operated with considerable success in the close air support and anti-shipping at the outbreak of World War II. It spearheaded the air assaults in the Invasion of Poland in September 1939 and the Norwegian Campaign in the following year. In May 1940, the Ju 87s were crucial in the rapid conquest of the Netherlands, Belgium and France against all targets. Although sturdy, accurate, and very effective against ground targets, the Ju 87, like many other dive bombers of the war, was vulnerable to modern fighter aircraft. During the Battle of Britain a lack of maneuverability, speed and defensive armament meant that the Stuka required a heavy fighter escort to operate effectively.
The Stuka operated with further success after the Battle of Britain, and its potency as a precision ground-attack aircraft became valuable to German forces in the Balkans Campaign, the African and Mediterranean theaters and the early stages of the Eastern Front where it was used for general ground support, but also in the anti-shipping role and as an effective specialized anti-tank aircraft.
Once the Luftwaffe lost air superiority, on all fronts, the Ju 87 again became an easy target for enemy fighter aircraft. Despite these developments, because there was no better replacement, the type continued to be produced until 1944. By the end of the conflict, the Stuka had been largely replaced by ground-attack versions of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, but was still in use until the last days of the war. An estimated 6,500 Ju 87s of all versions were built between 1936 and August 1944.
Some notable airmen flew the Ju 87. Oberst Hans-Ulrich Rudel was the most successful Stuka ace and the most highly decorated German serviceman of the Second World War. The vast majority of German ground attack aces flew this aircraft at some point in their careers.
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