The history of Black 3 is interesting. I'm quoting from this site, regarding the aircraft and principal pilot, Oberfeldwebel Hermann Förster, with one exception discussed below the quote.
Black 3 started her career with I./JG3 in Europe, one of the Luftwaffe's premier fighter units and taking part in the Battle of Britain. In late 1940, the Geschwader transferred back to Germany and was re-equipped with the new Bf109F in preparation for Operation Barbarossa. Many of JG3's old Bf.109E's were re-fitted for tropical operations and sent to North Africa. Once in Africa Black 3 was delivered to 2./JG27 in Ali-el-Gazala in Libya.
Almost all German fighters in North Africa were painted RLM 79 "Sandgelb" a yellow/brown color, often with patches with dark green patches, to imitate the desert colors found across North Africa. This was not to be that case with Black 3, for whatever reason the ground crew kept its unique camouflage from its days with JG3 mostly intact, changing what was "necessary" for the North African theater of operations. The planes yellow nose was painted over with RLM 71 "Dunkelgrun" and patches of RLM 72 Grun leaving only the bottom of the nose its previous yellow color. Likewise the its former codes and unit markings were similarly over-painted with RLM 71 and new codes were applied as was JG.27's unit crest to both sides of the nose. The plane's yellow-painted rudder was untouched creating a very unique appearance for a plane operating in North Africa.
Not much is known about Hermann Förster, other then he was born on May 30th 1914. Over the course of his career he participated in the invasions of Norway and the Netherlands serving with 11/(N)/JG2 and NJG 1 before joining JG 27 in North Africa. During his combat career he flew three different versions of Bf 109: the D(ora), E(mil) and F(riedrich). He scored his first confirmed kill on February 2nd 1940 On April 26th 1940 he shot down a Wellington bomber from 38 Sqn RAF, and on April 4th 1940 he scored the second night kill recorded by the Luftwaffe in WWII when Hampden bomber.
There are no details about Förster´s whereabouts or career between July 1940 and June 1941 or how and when he transferred to day fighters and JG 27. The next record occurs on June 17th 1941. On that day he shot down a Brewster Buffalo flown by Lt(A) Kenneth Lloyd Keith RN, north-west of Sidi Barrani. This encounter appears to be the only time a Brewster Buffalo was shot down by the Luftwaffe and occurred just a few days before the Brewster planes were successfully employed by Finland, an ally of Germany against Russia for the first time.
On December 14th 1941, during his 287th sortie, he was shot down by RAF Kittyhawks. He baled-out near Tmimi, Libya, [but] he fell to his death when his parachute failed.
The bit about this pilot and aircraft shooting down a FAA Buffalo is remarkable. I didn't know that! This, and other details of Förster's life and career are discussed here.
This site and others point out that Förster´s death was not the accident the main article claims. There is strong evidence that he was machine-gunned in his parachute by Australia's leading ace, Clive "Killer" Caldwell,
who flew Curtiss Tomahawks with RAF 250 Squadron and later commanded 112 Squadron.
Ah, I find that disgusting, but what do I know? "War is hell."
In the next section, I'll finally get to the model.
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