So we have an award winning diorama from modelling friend Ricardo Rivas and Jorge Porto Del Corral of Oberleutnant Willhelm Schilling and his famous Yellow 1 Bf-109G-6 of 9. /JG54 and his forced landing.
Willhelm Schilling was born on the 30th January 1915 in Kamenz, Lower Silesia, Germany (now Poland)
Upon finishing flight training, Wilhelm Schilling joined 3. /JG 21 as an Unteroffizier. He gained his first victory during the Battle of France, shooting down a Hawker Hurricane fighter on 12th May 1940 over Brussels. In the ensuing Battle of Britain (by which time his unit had been renamed 9. /JG 54) he added three more victories: a Spitfire on 12th August 1940, another on 5 September near Ashford, and a Bristol Blenheim bomber over the North Sea on 8 November.
On 20th February 1944, the 8th Air Force started its Big Week against the Reich's industry. By now Schilling had added a further four victories, including three, four- engine bombers. During the week, III. 9. /JG 54 was heavily engaged, suffering considerable losses but inflicting only light damage on the bomber formations. On the first day, February 20th, he was seriously injured over Dehnsen/Alfeld while flying Bf 109 G-6 "Yellow 1" (Werknummer 440141— factory number) but made a successful forced-landing.
After his recovery, he was transferred back to the Eastern Front, as Staffelkapitän of 9. /JG 54, on 4th May 1944. With the siege of Leningrad finally lifted, they were now based in Estonia.
Wilhelm Schilling was credited with 50 victories (plus 13 more unconfirmed) in 538missions, 41 of them on the Eastern Front.
Wilhelm Schilling died 14th March 2000 was a Luftwaffe fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II.