Ju 52 "Manfred von Richthofen"

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Ju 52 "Manfred von Richthofen"

Post by richsabre » 03 Oct 2013 10:12

though not technically Luftwaffe i hope that this question is in the right place.
I am looking for reliable info, and even better, images on the Ju52 Manfred von Richthofen. I am planning on building a scale model and finishing the Ju 52 for this plane in its existance during the third reich

Here is the image that the box art gives

Obviously the swastika goes where the tail is blank (usually left out of scale model box art), but i have seen this specific plane in various finishes.

I have also heard it was the personal plane of Hermann Göring, is this correct?
UPDATE: i found a source here http://mediterraneanwar.com/node/960, stating

"A wartime Russian print from a German film showing the Junkers Ju 52 with name Manfred von Richthofen. This aircraft carried registration D-ABIK and operated with Lufthansa during 1935 and 1936. It became the aircraft designated to Hermann Göring for his travel requirements. This aircraft was one of the Ju 52 to receive a red coat of paint in the style of the aerobatic aircraft of the period instead of the more common silver and black scheme."

this would explain why i have seen it in both red and silver

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Re: Ju 52 Manfred von Richthofen

Post by Snautzer05 » 04 Oct 2013 11:40

Information taken from LEMB http://www.luftwaffe-experten.org/forum ... &hl=d-abik

Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring had a total of 3 red painted and named "Manfred von Richthofen", which he used a personal V.I.P. liason plane. The color red was chosen as a hommage to M. v. Richthofen, who was his fellow in WW1. The planes were owned by Lufthansa and operated by RLM-Flugbereitschaft
The three a/c are:
Ju 52/3m fe, WNr. 4022: D-2527, later D-AGUK name was "Manfred von Richthofen. Initial flight was 26.07.1933, put in service same month and year. In September 1935 returned to Lufthansa with LH-standard colors as "Kurt Wolff".
Ju 52/3m ge, WNr. 4066: D-ABAQ. Service start was 22.02.1935. from 1937 it was named "Manfred v. Richthofen II". In 1939 it received StKz GC+AE of RLM-Flugbereitschaft. Plane crashed 09.01.1943 at Pitomnik AF near Stalingrad assigned to K.Gr.z.b.V. 50.
Ju 52/3m ge, WNr. 4069: D-ABIK. Put in service in April 1935, she carried the name "Manfred v. Richthofen I" from 1937

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Re: Ju 52 Manfred von Richthofen

Post by richsabre » 04 Oct 2013 14:36

great - thanks for that info :D

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Re: Ju 52 Manfred von Richthofen

Post by Pete L » 04 Apr 2017 08:16

Just found this old discussion. I am also building a scalemodel of Ju 52 "Manfred von Richthofen" marked D-2527 and planning to use that "circus-type" colorscheme (aluminium, red and black).

About the wings: are those stripes on ailerons black or red? And about the landinggear, is it black or red and black?

There is some photos in the net but some of those seem to be generated for some fligt simulator or for a game and imagination might have been used with making them.

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