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Fw 190F-9/R11

by Lynn Ritger


Focke Wulf Fw190A-9/R11
W.Nr. 206085 (Cottbus production), 5./JG301
Uffz. Siegfried Baer - Sunday, 26 November, 1944


Tamiya's 1/48 scale Fw 190F-8 is available online at Squadron




The model is the Tamiya 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw190F-8 modified to A-9 standard and otherwise detailed as follows:

  • DML propeller, fan, and spinner modified to fit Tamiya kit

  • Interior detailed with Reheat belts, some Tekniks photoetch parts, and other scratchbuilt items

  • Gear legs and doors attached as the real item, via eight “bolts” per gear leg (leg and cover drilled and pinned together with .028 copper wire)

  • Brass wire used for brake line

  • Tail surfaces separated, controls deflected appropriately

  • Markings compiled from several different sheets in the spares box

  • Outboard 20mm cannons and dump chutes scratchbuilt



The Fate of Uffz. Baer


Not every Luftwaffe pilot who took to the skies was an Experten.

Uffz. Siegfried Baer had completed a total of one operational mission when an attack in the vicinity of Hannover was reported on 26 November 1944.

Taking off with much of the Geschwader in his “weiße 2”, Baer and Staffelkapitän Alfred Vollert in “weiße 1” made a diving attack on the Liberators of the 491st BG. Their attacks may have been successful; six out of ten of the 491st’s Liberators were downed by JG301’s attack. Immediately after passing through the bomber stream, JG301 was set upon by the escorting P-51s. Vollert was pursued and downed, most likely by Lt. Bert Stiles in P-51D 6N*X “Tar Heel”, but Stiles was struck by target fixation and impacted the ground not far from his victim, instantly killing the young author of “Serenade To The Big Bird”.

Baer was himself shot down and killed southeast of Hannover near Peine, downed either by the fierce defensive fire of the bombers or 339th FG Mustangs. His grave marker is seen to the left. Many years later, a friend of mine learned that Baer was his third cousin, which launched an effort to learn more of his life and demise…his last day is covered in detail on Neil Page’s Sturmgruppe site at:


It is important to remember the machines we replicate in scale were flown by men who often lost their lives in them.



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Text, Images and Model Copyright © 2002 by Lynn Ritger
Page Created 27 February, 2002
Last Updated 27 February, 2002

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