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Ingo Ritz

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  1. Pacific Coast Models does a Fw 190 A-4 in 1/32. The kit appears (to me) to be closely related to the Hasegawa kit and several major parts appear to be almost identical, so the Eagle Editions parts should be a drop fit. Although similar to the Hasegawa offering the kit has all the necessary changes for an A-4.
  2. AK739 was the subject in the Canadian Aces decals released by IPMS Canada back in 2001. This machine was shot down 26 March 1942 with the loss of Sergeant Laurence as noted above. At some point this aircraft had the red/white checkerboard applied to the rudder.
  3. Here are two similar photos showing the aircraft after the Kommodore markings were applied.
  4. For purposes of discussion here is an interpretation of Wick's aircraft in the Warpaint Special No.2. All three depict the same aircraft from August 1940 to November 1940. These illustrations do not show the hummingbird figure which some claim is on the port fuselage forward of the yellow 2. The depiction of the camouflage pattern on the port tail plane is inconsistent with the photograph above.
  5. Those photos are exceptional and probably very valuable if they have not been previously published. I suggest you consult with a publisher who specializes in Luftwaffe history before you post the rest.
  6. Here is a shot of W. Nr. 5344. I think that this machine was subsequently remarked with the fuselage winkel. Upper wings appear to to standard pattern, most likely RLM 71/02.
  7. Here is a shot of GO-L. Flight Sergeant Edwards claimed a Bf 109 while flying this machine on 23 March 1942 . ORB shows Edwards assigned AK 858 that date. Did the letter identifying the aircraft stay the same after the squadron code changed? In other words would this aircraft have been marked FZ-L before the squadron code changed?
  8. Eagle Editions had them in 1/32 Scale... Available here: Ultracast Parts are designed for Hasegawa kit, but should work with Revell.
  9. I have to wonder if the British intent was to attack at sunset/twilight to put the Germans at a tactical disadvantage? My understanding that the raid on the airfield was a failure, perhaps the amount of light was a contributing factor. Is there is a surviving account by Otto Schulz?
  10. Thanks again Geoffrey, your insights are extremely helpful! The German tank officer who was a witness to the 15 February event saw a group of British fighters overfly his position westbound. He subsequently observed them returning eastbound individually. The witness stated that he observed a Bf 109 engage and shoot down two fighters that crashed in flames, followed by a third which cartwheeled into the desert but did not burn, and a forth which also crashed in flames. The Bf 109 pilot, Otto Schulz, stated the Kittyhawks took no evasive action and concluded that the British pilots were novices. S/L Mason was no novice and had made a reputation as a skilled and aggressive fighter pilot. I would speculate that S/L Mason would likely be the last to leave Martuba which would suggest that he would have been the first one attacked by the Schulz. So if Mason's Kittyhawk was the first shot down it would be one of the aircraft that crashed in flames, according to the witness. I also recall reading that 10 days later British troops found Mason and his Kittyhawk and buried him nearby.
  11. In regard to the fuselage code change, the picture below is apparently a 94 Squadron Kittyhawk, perhaps a hack or maybe the code was changed before the switch to Hurricanes?
  12. I found another causality report for AK 807 dated one month after the Martuba raid... Sergeant M D Rochfort (RCAF): killed; Kittyhawk AK807, 94 Squadron; aircraft accident near Landing Ground 115, Egypt, 15 March 1942 Again AK 807 could not have been destroyed in the Martuba Mission and later be involved in a landing accident. Something is amiss.
  13. Using the link provided by Geoffrey I found this... This is 94 Squadron's Operations Record Book Entry for February 2, 1942. The entries at the far left are aircraft serial numbers. The remaining columns are Crew, Duty, Time Up, Time Down, and Details. According to the ORB nine Kittyhawks departed at 1645. S/L Mason was flying AK 807 and is listed as missing. Also missing were Sgt. Belcher (AK 601), Sgt. Weightman (AK 733), and P/O Marshall (AK 858). The Air Ministry Casualty report entry provides conflicting information regarding Mason's assigned aircraft... Squadron Leader E M Mason: killed; Kittyhawk AK767, 94 Squadron; aerial combat over Martuba, Libya, 15 February 1942 But there is another casualty report for AK 767 in late May... Pilot Officer T Hindle: missing believed killed; Kittyhawk AK767, 260 Squadron, aircraft failed to return from an operational flight, 31 May 1942. Mason's aircraft was destroyed on the mission so it can't be involved in both incidents. At this point I believe the best evidence is that Mason was assigned AK 807.
  14. Here are two shots of another 94 Squadron Kittyhawk, marked FZ B, being examined by German soldiers. Fabric has been removed from the rudder where the checkerboard marking would have been applied, apparently for a souvenir. I have no information on the serial or history of this aircraft, but I wonder if it was one of the aircraft lost on the disastrous first combat mission.
  15. Thanks Ed, some sources identify this aircraft as AK759 others as AK739. I can't read the serials on either of the two photos I've seen of this aircraft.
  16. I am researching 94 Squadron Western Desert Air Force markings from February to May 1942. During this brief period the unit was equipped with Curtiss Kittyhawks, with squadron codes FZ (later changed to GO). Apparently the Squadron also employed a red and white checker board pattern on the rudder of some aircraft. The unit lost its Squadron Leader, "Imshi" Morgan, and three other pilots on its first operational sortie with the Kittyhawks on February 15, 1942. Here is a photo purported to be 94 Squadron with their Kittyhawks in early February 1942. The aircraft lack their squadron codes and appear fairly pristine. Here is a later photo show an aircraft (AK739) with the squadron codes applied. And a third image showing the same machine with the checkerboard tail marking. It is likely the aircraft were marked with the red and white checkerboard rudders on their first operation sortie because the Germans speculated that the unit was possibly Polish. I think, but can't confirm, that the aircraft would have also had the squadron codes applied for this mission. Can anyone provide any confirmation on these details and the individual aircraft codes or serials?
  17. You are the master of brush painting! I am always glad to see your work, thanks for posting!
  18. The right quarter windscreen panel change occurred during the F-2 production. The F-1 and some early F-2 retained the glazed panel. The metal panel was typical on the F-4, and incorporated an opening to accommodate signal flares. The opening could be seen with and without a barrel extension. When not equipped with the barrel the port was sometimes covered with a fabric patch. 8693 10137
  19. 10059 showing the possible segmented spinner...
  20. The first two photos posted are W. Nr. 10059, the last photo is 10137. The panel on the starboard windscreen of 10059 is metal with a flare port, typical of most F series machines. The low demarcation of the yellow on the lower cowling is unusual, but clearly evident in photos. Some claim the spinner was segmented white and yellow. There is a short film of the aircraft which shows two tones to the spinner. The second photo posted above reveals this on close examination. It could be paint or grime or insufficient white paint applied over a black and white spinner.
  21. On the Bf 109 G the fuel filler access was on the port fuselage spine, and was usually marked with a yellow triangle edged in white indicating the fuel grade. The area circled in the blue on the diagram above is the access for the primer filler port. It would be marked with the same yellow triangle as main fuel filler. Some G-6s and almost all G-14 were equipped with MW 50, a 50/50 mixture of methanol and water. The filler point for the MW 50 was on the starboard fuselage spine immediately opposite of the main fuel access. The MW 50 was also marked with a triangle indicating MW rather than fuel grade.
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