New T-shirt…German Luftwaffe Stuka Ju-87 Junkers dive bomber

Well this is the old Stuka dive bomber tee that I had started with back in 07, except for the font all else is the same. I have listed it on my ebay store Achtung T Shirt and my online store Achtung T Shirt.  It should be showing at the time of this entry. I really like the look of the Stuka. This was my second favorite model plane that I built as a kid. The Messerschmitt Bf-109 was my favorite of the Luftwaffe and I probably built 3 or 4 different 1/32 scale models of the Messerschmitt. I think I only built 1 Stuka, but I kept it for a while. Check it out: STUKA TEE

Stuka Cross Ju 87 Dive Bomber Blitzkrieg Ww2 German Luftwaffe red

 

Here’s some info on the Stuka:

The Junkers Ju 87 or Stuka (from Sturzkampfflugzeug, “dive bomber”) was a two-seat (airplane pilot and rear machine gunner) German ground-attack aircraft from World War 2. Designed by Hermann Pohlmann, the Stuka first took flight in 1935 and made its combat debut in 1936 as part of the Luftwaffe’s Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War.

The Stuka was well recognizable by its inverted gull wings, fixed spatted undercarriage and its infamous Jericho-Trompete (“Jericho Trumpet”) wailing siren, becoming the propaganda symbol of German air power and the Blitzkrieg victories of 1939-1942. The Stuka’s design included several innovative features, including automatic pull-up dive brakes under both wings to ensure that the plane recovered from its attack dive even if the pilot blacked out from the high acceleration. Although sturdy, accurate, and very effective, the Ju 87 was vulnerable to modern fighter aircraft, like many other dive-bombers of the war. Its flaws became apparent during the Battle of Britain—poor maneuverability, lack of speed and defensive armament meant that the Stuka required a heavy fighter escort to operate effectively.

Stuka Ju 87 luftwaffe dive bomber

STUKA SIDE DIVE BOMBER GERMAN WW2 JU87 TEE SHIRT

WW2 German Luftwaffe Stuka Ju-87

WW2 German Luftwaffe Stuka Ju-87 Dive Bomber Black Tee Shirt PIC

The Stuka operated with further success after the Battle of Britain, and its potency as a precision ground attack aircraft became valuable to the German war effort in the Balkans Campaign, the African and Mediterranean Theaters and the early stages of the Eastern Front campaigns where Allied fighter resistance was disorganized and in short supply. However, once the Luftwaffe had lost air superiority on all battlefronts, the Ju 87 once more became an rich target for opposition attack aircraft. Despite this, and absent a successor, the type continued to be produced until 1944. By the end of the conflict, the Stuka was largely replaced by ground attack versions of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, but some units, like Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 “Immelmann” operated the Ju 87 to the last day of the war. An estimated 6,500 Ju 87s of all versions were built between 1936 and August 1944. Hans-Ulrich Rudel was the most notable Stuka ace and was the most highly decorated German serviceman of the Second World War. He received the highest German military award, the Ritterkreuz mit Goldenem Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillianten, or the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds in Gold, on 29 December, 1944.

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One Response to “New T-shirt…German Luftwaffe Stuka Ju-87 Junkers dive bomber”

  1. Luftwaffe T Shirts « Achtung T Shirt’s Weblog Says:

    […] officials thought the war could easily be won with conventional aircraft. Among those was Hermann Göring, head of the Luftwaffe, who cut back the engine development program to just 35 engineers in […]

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