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'Trench Art' Junkers JU87 ‘Stuka’ bomber

(Top) A highly unusual, but skilfully crafted ‘trench art’ polished metal model of a German Junkers JU87 ‘Stuka’ (or Sturzkampfflugzeug) dive bomber, created by resting servicemen or mechanics in their downtime from whatever materials they could find or that was available to them. Well observed with the instantly recognisable low-wing, the model has a rotating propeller and wheeled undercarriage, with a highly polished finish. The tops of the wings are hand engraved with the words SICILY 1944.

Wingspan: 13 inches (33 cm).

Used by the German Luftwaffe from 1937 to 1945, the Stuka was designed to utilise the dive-bombing technique earlier developed by the US Navy of swooping in at a very steep angle and delivering the bombs at very low altitude for maximum accuracy, before breaking away. The distinctive ‘Banshee Wail’ of its sirens as it dived added another terrifying dimension.

The pair to this piece has been sold.

Price Code: ££

Reference: 5972

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