56 - Luftwaffe Graveyard

Luftwaffe Graveyard

a diorama by Bjørn Jacobsen

The Diorama

 

First of all, this was a fine way to get rid of some of my old models. The choice was the trashcan or a diorama. I chose the diorama.

 

For once, building the diorama was very simple.

 

For the base, I used a base I had used before, so no extra was needed.

 

The scraped aircraft was already built, just some damages was needed, like removing the canopies, some dents here and a broken wing there – and all kind of broken parts and rubbish, which I found in my spare part box.

 

The only model I had to build was the bulldozer (which unfortunately was of Japanese origin, but who cares, a bulldozer is a bulldozer and besides it was the only one available in 1/48).

 

I also threw in a Jeep and some US soldiers looking for souvenirs in the wrecked aircraft.

 

Then it was just to put everything on the base, and I had one of the many post war Luftwaffe graveyards on my work bench!

 

When the WW2 ended in Europe, what

remained of the Luftwaffe in Germany were

mostly scattered wrecks and aircraft with

empty tanks, unable to take off for the

last flight.

 

When practically all air bases on German

soil had been taken by the allied troops,

a very large part of what was left of the

Luftwaffe had fled to Denmark and Norway.

Here they were more or less stranded due

to lack of fuel. Denmark was filled with

hundreds of Luftwaffe planes.

 

All types were here, trainers, fighters, night

fighters, attack planes, bombers and

transports.

Only the Me163 rocket plane was missing.

 

Almost all the jet bomber Ar 234 fled to

Norway

 

Not one single Luftwaffe plane survived

summer 1945 on Danish soil. In Norway,

the US took some of the innovative Ar 234.

The rest of the Luftwaffe planes were

destroyed.

 

The Germans had made some aircraft

which were far ahead of anything that the

Allies possessed. These German aircraft

were sorted out, placed on aircraft carriers

and shipped to the US and thoroughly

examined and flight tested.

 

The British simply flew them over to UK as

they weren't such a long way off.

 

In 1945, the raw material

situation in Europe was critical

 

Steel and aluminium in war equipment as

aircraft, tanks, ships, helmets, rifles, etc.

were valuable source for production of

peaceful products as tractors

and kitchen appliances.

 

The German aircraft were bulldozed in

large piles, crushed by tanks, melted and

turned into pots and pans or just buried in

the ground.

 

At that time, nobody

wanted to see these aircraft in the air again – ever!

 

But, wrecking of aircraft was not only done

to German planes.

 

US and UK had produced 170.000 aircraft

in 1944/45.

 

Almost all of these were now obsolete, and

most of them were scraped.

 

For example almost all the US B-26

Marauders in Europe were simple

destroyed in place rather than bother to

bring them home.

 

The last 200 or so Typhoon fighters

delivered by Hawker never even flew.

They came off the assembly line fully

combat ready, were towed across the

field and scrapped.

 

The British was so eager to destroy the

war machines that they totally obliterated

some of their aircraft models - not a single

sample survived (example: Westland

Whirlwind).

 

The US did very similar things at home.

Hundreds of P-40 and P-39s stacked like

cord wood waiting to be cut up.

The US destroyed virtually all their P-47s

and P-38 and thousands of bombers were

flown to US desert waiting to be destroyed.

 

Only a very few propell driven fighters

(Spitfires and Mustang) was kept for some

time after the war.

 

But soon, a whole new type of

war-planes took to the sky:

The Jets.

 

And then the race was on again

The diorama is 70 x 55 cm (27 x 21 in). The background is a painted cardboard

I hope you enjoyed this website!

 

Thank you for visiting!

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or comments

(bjorn@dioramas-and-models.com)

Bjørn Jacobsen

November 2016