- Realistic Collectible Model
- Diecast & Plastic parts
- Highly detailed
- Stand included
- Measures 6.85” L x 5.71” Wingspan x 4.41” H
- Display model, recommended for adult hobbyists and collectors.
The Messerschmitt Me 262, nicknamed Schwalbe (German: "Swallow") in fighter versions, or Sturmvogel (German: "Storm Bird") in fighter-bomber versions, is a fighter aircraft and fighter-bomber that was designed and produced by the German aircraft manufacturer Messerschmitt. It was the world's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft.
Operation Bodenplatte ([ˈboːdn̩ˌplatə]; "Baseplate"), launched on 1 January 1945, was an attempt by the Luftwaffe to cripple Allied air forces in the Low Countries during the Second World War. The goal of Bodenplatte was to gain air superiority during the stagnant stage of the Battle of the Bulge so that the German Army and Waffen-SS forces could resume their advance. The operation was planned for 16 December 1944 but was delayed repeatedly due to bad weather until New Year's Day, the first day that happened to be suitable.
The operation achieved some surprise and tactical success but was ultimately a failure. A great many Allied aircraft were destroyed on the ground but replaced within a week. Allied aircrew casualties were quite small, since most Allied losses were grounded aircraft. The Germans, however, lost many pilots who could not be readily replaced.
This Oxford Diecast replica is of an ME262A-1 from Kampfgeschwader 51 "Edelweiss" (KG 51) (Battle Wing 51) that participated in Operation Bodenplatte January 1945.