- Bombers of World War II Collection
- Realistic Collectible Model
- Diecast & Plastic parts
- Highly detailed
- Stand included
- Measures 4” L x 6” Wingspan
- Display model, recommended for adult hobbyists and collectors
The Junkers Ju 188 was a German Luftwaffe high-performance medium bomber built during World War II, the planned follow-up to the Ju 88 with better performance and payload. It was produced only in limited numbers, due both to the presence of improved versions of the Ju 88, as well as the increasingly effective Allied strategic bombing campaign against German industry and the resulting focus on fighter production.
The first three production Ju 188 E-1 machines were delivered with BMW engines in February 1943, another seven in March and eight in April. A conversion testing unit was formed up in May and after testing were attached to an operational unit, with the first mission, an attack by three Ju 188E-1s on a factory in Lincoln, Lincolnshire taking place on 18 August 1943. By the end of the year, 283 Ju 188s had been delivered (including Ju 188Fs) and two new factories were added to the production effort. Most operational machines differed from the prototypes only in having a 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon in the nose and dorsal turrets in place of the 13 mm (.51 in) MG 131. The MG 131 I was intended to be used in the Ju 188 E-1 or the G-2 but the heavy armament in the A and E series was the MG 151/20. The Ju 188 E-2 was built as a torpedo-bomber but was identical to the Ju 188 A-3.
This model represents a Ju 188 E-1 is from 3 Squadron of Kampfgeschwader 2 " Holzhammer " (KG 2) (Battle Wing 2) which was a Luftwaffe bomber unit during the Second World War. KG 2 was formed in May 1939. The unit operated the Dornier Do 17 light bomber, Dornier Do 217 and Junkers Ju 188 heavy bombers. During the course of the Second World War KG 2 lost 767 aircraft destroyed and 158 damaged
This Ju 188 E-1 is an excellent addition to your model aircraft collection.