22 - Fw 190 A-8 Sturmböcke

Focke Wulf Fw 190 A-8 "Sturmböcke"

by Bjørn Jacobsen

Imagine a hundred B-17 Flying Fortresses in close formation which meant one thousand 12.7 mm machine guns pointing in all directions.

In addition, the formation was probably surrounded and protected by at least a hundred Mustangs. How can any aircraft survive an attack on such a formidable foe?

One of Luftwaffe’s answers was the

"Sturmböcke", an Fw 190A-8/R2 with 5mm

armoured plates, 60mm armoured glass windows

and 4x20mm and 2x30mm cannons.

This gave the aircraft a formidable punch and

relatively high security to the pilot.

With its fearful firepower, the Fw190 A-8 was

tasked with the protection of the Reich from the

ominous clouds of allied four-engined bombers.

The downside was that the aircraft was 454kg

heavier and 50km slower than de normal Fw190A

and therefore performed poorly in a dogfight.

The solution was that the far more manoeuvrable Bf109s should keep the Mustangs at bay so the Sturmböcks could do their job.

Like so many of the Luftwaffe's new designs, the Fw 190A-8 came too late to pose a severe threat to the heavy bombers. But by all means, they caused a lot of losses to the B-17 and B-24 formations from August 1944 to the end of the war.

The model is a Fw190A-8/R2 from 6./JG300 (October 1944)

from Eduard (1:48)