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Marseille's Heinkel He 100D-4/Z Trop 'Afrika'

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This is Hans-Joachim Marseille's Heinkel He 100D-4/Z Trop, WNr 10137 'Yellow 14' as it appeared in June of 1942. Hans-Joachim Marseille was a Luftwaffe fighter pilot and flying ace during World War II. He is noted for his aerial battles during the North African Campaign and his Bohemian lifestyle. One of the most successful fighter pilots, he was nicknamed the "Star of Africa". Marseille claimed all but seven of his "official" 158 victories against the British Commonwealth's Desert Air Force over North Africa, flying the Heinkel He 100 fighter for his entire combat career in North Africa. No other pilot claimed as many Western Allied aircraft as Marseille.

The D-4/Z Trop variant featured more changes tailored to combat in the desert than the earlier D-2 Trop. In addition to the tropical intake filters found on the D-2, it had fittings for a cockpit umbrella on the side of the fuselage and a fairing that went around the radiator. The retractable radiator, although unnecessarily complex, functioned just fine in Northern Europe, but would oftentimes overheat if not fixed down at all times in North Africa. Additionally, the sand and grit in the desert interfered with the sliding retraction mechanism. The /Z variant indicated that the aircraft was fitted with a DB 601 that used nitrous oxide. GM-1 (Göring Mischung 1), colloquially known as Haha-Gerät (Ha-Ha Device) was a system for injecting nitrous oxide (laughing gas) into aircraft engines that was used by the Luftwaffe in World War II. This increased the amount of oxygen in the fuel mixture, and thereby improved high-altitude performance.
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CUTANGUSProfessional Digital Artist
Excellent, as usual.
What would have been the evolution of the Heinkel with the technical advances of 1942-1945?
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comradeloganovHobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave and compliment.  We'll be exploring its evolution eventually, so stay tuned!  You may want to watch my profile since I'll be doing another aircraft type shortly (likely within the week).