Mitsubishi A6M2 Model 21 Zero

One of the most famous captured aircraft of the War.

Let’s look at the story of a Zero that changed hands early in the Aleutians Campaign.

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Consolidated B-24D Liberator

Tidal Wave

By mid-1943 the US Army Air Force strategic bombing mission was gaining in size and mass. Most often this means the great bomber formations of the 8th Air Force out of England.

But this time, let’s take a look at an early major operation out of North Africa.

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Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat

Another example of the far flung World at War, let’s take a look at the Wildcat in North Africa.

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Dewoitine D.520

Easily the best of the French built fighters at the start of the War, with that country’s rapid collapse in Summer 1940 the D.520 fell into enemy hands in large numbers.

Let’s take a look at one that flew with the Luftwaffe.

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Nakajima Ki-27 Nate

A good pre-War design, the Ki-27 continued in wide service later than most other fighters of its generation.

Let’s look at a fighter that was a part of Japan’s conquest of the Philippines.

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Messershmitt Bf 109E-3

Somewhere in Ohio, 1942.

Actually that’s Wright Field near Dayton.
Let’s take a look at a well travelled Messerschmitt.

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Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Another group is another excuse to revisit this favorite type.

Let’s take a quick look at a 9th Air Force ground pounder.

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Theme Build 4

Captured!

What happens when an aircraft is captured by an opposing combatant? No surprise the best answer may be “it depends”. The vast majority of captured aircraft will be wreckage. Either brought down in combat or captured in a damaged or disabled state. So often in these cases the wreck is simply parted out and melted down.

But occasionally an aircraft in flyable, or at least repairable condition is captured. At the most obvious level such aircraft are thoroughly examined by air intelligence people. Especially if the type is new or rarely seen, a captured (mostly) intact aircraft will be treated as a major source of valuable information. Everything from how does the aircraft perform, what are its strengths and weaknesses, what does the enemy’s technological and industrial ability look like and a whole host of similar findings.
Most major combatants had whole departments that specialized in gathering as much of this sort of information as they could. Smaller militaries might consider re-using the aircraft for themselves, especially if they acquire a type in enough quantity to equip a squadron (Finland comes to mind as doing a lot of this against the Soviets).

The Germans, uniquely as far as I know, captured hardware in such quantities they even reconditioned and resold much of it. They ultimately re-tasked whole captured industries.

For this theme build we’ll look at four examples of aircraft flown by “the other side”. These are all fairly simple kits and the theme could go quickly, but with the caveat I brought up a few weeks back: I am still busy with some family business and a lot of travel is involved, so some simple three week builds may get drawn out over several months. We’ll see!
Our four subjects will be a Messerschmitt Bf 109, a Dewoitine D.520, a Mitsubishi A6M, and a Dornier Do 335.

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Nashorn – Sd.Kfz 164

Another of Germany’s fearsome tank destroyers, the Nashorn served from mid-1943 to the end of the War.

We’ll take a quick look at this well known hunter.

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Programming Note

Just a quick FYI for everyone, due to a family health crisis my time for modeling has been impacted. My wife and I are fine, but traveling a lot and dealing with some family business stuff (not the fun sort!). I’m not sure how long this will continue, but for the time being don’t expect the 3-4 completed models a month like I’d been doing. I will still post when I can, and seriously I look forward to moments at the model table or writing posts here. But they won’t be as frequent as they were for a while.

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