“Papagei” Staffel

Watching what other modelers have done is one reason I have slowed down a bit with building another model kit. Some nice tips here especially about mixing your own paint and using Windex as a thinner.


JV44 formed in late February 1945 with Me262s when Galland finally persuaded Hitler that the jet fighter would be an effective weapon against the USAAF 8th AF daylight bombing raids. After initial training, the unit moved to its base in Munchen-Reim in late March 1945 and began operations. Soon though, the vulnerability of the jets when taking off and landing due to their slow throttle response at slow speed required that they be protected or else be sitting ducks for marauding USAAF fighters.

In mid-April the Papageia Staffel was formed and tasked with clearing the skies of allied fighters above their airfield prior to the jets’ departure. They were then to land and await the jets’ return. Interestingly though, there was no specific operational requirement for them to protect the jets upon their return.

In turn, the five (possibly six) Papageia Fw190D’s wore their colourful red and white markings (and…

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9 thoughts on ““Papagei” Staffel

  1. Jeff Groves August 22, 2020 / 9:07 am

    They are interesting aircraft, Pierre. I have built four of the five.


    • Pierre Lagacé August 22, 2020 / 9:36 am

      Very interesting subject. It is somehow related to a story I wrote about a pilot who flew with JV 44 on Me 262.

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  2. Mark Beckwith August 22, 2020 / 7:48 pm

    Thanks Pierre, appreciate the support.

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