Wednesday, 21 May 2014

"wilde Sau und Moskito Jagd" - The Luftwaffe's single-engine night fighters - Mike Grant's Eduard Bf 110

Part 1 of my two-part feature on single-engine Luftwaffe night fighters is published in the June issue of "Model Aircraft" magazine in the UK (SAM Publications). Entitled "wilde Sau und Moskito Jagd" my 6,000 word article features the recollections of JG 302, NJGr.10 and NJG 11 pilots Fritz Gniffke and Walter Schermutzki, some 25 rare photos from the collection of Jean-Yves Lorant and exclusive profile artwork created especially for the piece by Anders Hjortsberg.  You may recall that I had started to translate the Gniffke memoir elsewhere on this blog, a number of Jean-Yves' photos are unpublished anywhere and Anders' artwork is simply exceptional!

  " ..Welter had downed two Lancasters during the night of 2-3 December 1943, bringing his total to 11, all returned on wilde Sau sorties. On the night of 21-22 January he had run into a Mosquito north of Magdeburg, but the English pilot had managed to get away..Welter was our role model - we certainly didn't have any others.."

Also not to be missed on UK news stands this month, a full build article of the 1/72 Eduard Bf 110 E by Mike Grant which appears in the June 2014 issue of Tamiya Model Magazine. Fabulous!