1/48 Tamiya Bf109 G-6, Flown by Oblt. Wilhelm Schilling, CO of 9./JG 54, Ludwigslust Air Base, February , 1944.
The very first enemy aircraft destroyed by Wilhelm Schilling was a Hurricane on May 12, 1940 over Brussels. Afterwards, as a member of JG 54, he added 50 confirmed and 13 probable kills, most of them over the Eastern Front. Schilling made an emergency landing with the aircraft depicted on February 20, 1944. He was shot down trying to oppose the Allied bombing campaign known as The Big Week. Ludwigslust Air Base was situated in the north of Germany and was JG 54´s home at that time. Schillling was awarded the Rittekreuz on October 10, 1942 for his then 46 victories. Schilling´s aircraft sports a wide range of various markings. The green heart under the canopy was a JG 54 badge, the III. Gruppe badge is painted inside the heart. The devil´s head on the engine cowling identifies a 9. Staffel aircraft. The blue tail band was painted on JG 54 aircraft that took part in the Third Reich defense.