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Offline Greebo

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Zemsky's Stuka
« on: June 20, 2024, 02:56:38 AM »
This skin is one of a few requested by Devil for next month's FSO.

This was the Stuka flown by Hauptmann Johann Zemsky who commanded II Gruppe of StG 1 during operation Barbarossa in 1941. It had the yellow ID markings common to all Axis aircraft operating on the Eastern Front.

Zemsky joined the Austrian military in 1928 and tried to leave the country when the Nazis annexed the country in 1938, but as a serving officer he was denied a passport. For a time he trained new pilots at a ground attack school in Prussia where his lack of formality made him popular with his students but much less so with the Nazi hierarchy. In 1940 he was transferred to StG 1 and served in the Battle of France and Britain earning both Iron Crosses and a promotion to command officer II/St.G 1. He led the Gruppe during Operation Barbarossa and was awarded the Knight's Cross in February 1942 after his 300th Mission. On his 601st mission his plane was hit by flak over Stalingrad, Zemsky stayed at the controls long enough to give his gunner time to bail out of the burning aircraft before jumping himself. He'd left it too late though and hit the ground hard, dying of his injuries shortly after German troops reached him. Posthumously he was promoted to Major and awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross.

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Re: Zemsky's Stuka
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2024, 03:34:44 AM »

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Re: Zemsky's Stuka
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2024, 07:25:03 AM »
Beautiful job. Thanks Greebo.
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Re: Zemsky's Stuka
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2024, 08:14:20 AM »
Very nice Greebo!  :aok
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