Saturday, May 28, 2011
Here is my composite of Revell's/Hasegawa's 1/32 scale Junkers JU 87 d "Stuka" Dive Bomber against an evening grey sky.
Despite its technological obsolescence by early on in the war to me nothing defines symbolically more the evil that was Nazi Germany than the Stuka. That horrifying scream they made when going into a dive. The ungainly shape of the Stuka caused
the screaming noise when in a dive. To create an even louder scream, a
siren, powered by a small propeller was place under each landing strut. It was referred to as the horn of Jerico. Its main purpose was to terrorize.
I have heard that the Russians hated this aircraft so much that whenever a Stuka, its pilot and gunner were captured they were immediately executed and the aircraft destroyed.
Images of the model can be seen here.