John Van Kooten
Wonderful idea!! And another large format diorama! Awesome!
I'm very much looking forward to your progress on this one!
I have some more background information on this incident, for those interested:
On September 17th, 1944, this particular Dakota (Skytrain 42-108874 (code 7H-U) of the 306th Squadron, 442nd Troop Carrier Group (TCG), home base Chibolton, UK) was on route back from having dropped paratroopers of the 3rd Btn., 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 101st Airborne Division over Son, near Eindhoven, in the Netherlands. One of the LZ's as part of operation Market Garden. It was hit by German FlaK and it crashed on an open field North-East of Geel, near Larum in Belgium. As impossible as it sounds, it hit the Jagdpanther... the one and only object on that field.
The Jagdpanther was already disabled during earlier engagements. It wasn't disabled by the crashing Dakota. The Jagdpanther belonged to 1. Kompanie of the schwere Panzer-Jäger Abteilung 559 and was disabled sometime between September 10th - 12th, 1944, during the fighting in and around Geel.
All crew members survived the crash, which was also nothing short of a miracle. Of the five crew members the co-pilot and crew-chief managed to jump out of the airplane using their parachute, while the pilot, navigator and radio-operator survived the actual crash.
Here are two additional images from that scene, from right after the incident:
9. December 2014, 21:15