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RNZAF F4U Corsair.  Scale 1:48
RNZAF Antarctic Flight de Havilland Beaver.  Scale 1:72
RAF de Havilland Mosquito.  Scale 1:48
Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 110.  Scale 1:48
Luftwaffe Focke-Wulf Fw 190.  Scale 1:48
Messerschmitt Bf 109E. Scale 1:48. Model depicts aircraft from Luftwaffe JG 26 Schlagetr as flown by Adolf galland during the Battle of Britain 1940.  Adolf Galland was possibly the most famous German ace of the Second World War. He enlisted  in 1933 and, assigned to JG 27, Galland began scoring victories on 12 May 1940 during the German invasion of Belgium. Twelve victories in the Battle of France led to his promotion to Major and leadership of III/JG 26 "Schlageter" and Galland became the second-ranking German ace behind his friend and rival, Werner Moelders. On 1st August Galland had 17 victories, and General­feldmarschall Kesselring awarded him the Ritterkreuz, or Knight's Cross, previously awarded only to Moelders among fighter pilots. In the thick of the Battle of Britain, Galland shot down three British aircraft on three occasions - 15 August, 31 August and 18 September. On 17th August Galland was summoned to a meeting with Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering at Goering's estate in Germany. Goering promted Galland to Geschwaderkommodore, or Wing Commander, of JG 26. The short range of the Bf 109's, which had been designed as interceptors, limited their combat time over southeast Britain to 10-20 minutes, and on one occasion Galland crossed the Channel on fumes, gliding to a crash-landing on the beach at Cap Gris Nez. Galland's most famous moment came in September 1940 when Goering visited the fighter unit commanders in France. First Goering angrily criticized them for allowing British Spitfires and Hurricanes to shoot down so many German bombers, and then he asked Galland what he needed to defeat the Royal Air Force. Galland replied, "I'd like Spitfires for my Geschwader." Goering wasn't impressed! But Galland remained in favor, because by 23rd September he had reached 40 victories. Hitler honored him by spending Christmas Day of 1940 in company with Galland and JG 26. Following the death of Werner Moelders, on 28 November 1941, Galland was forced to abandon combat flying to become Inspekteur der Jagdfleiger, or Commander of Fighters, with the rank of Generalmajor. In January 1945 his volatile relationship with Goering soured, and Galland returned to combat with a special unit of Messerschmitt 262 jet fighters. With the publication of his autobiography, The First and the Last, he became celebrated around the aviation world. He died in 1996 .



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