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Movie (2008)

Tom Cruise (Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg)
Kenneth Branagh (Major-General Henning von Tresckow)
Bill Nighy (General Friedrich Olbricht)
Tom Wilkinson (General Friedrich Fromm)
Carice Van Houten (Nina von Stauffenberg)

A german Colonel, war hero of old military Prussian lineage, leads an attempt to assassinate Hitler and overthrow the Third Reich regime by using a contingency plan (named Valkyrie, after a nordic war goddess), devised by Hitler himself to maintain control of the country in case of leadership decapitation. Based on a true story. It is one of the last movies that was filmed at Tempelhof Airport including planes. The Airport was closed in 2008 and is now called Tempelhofer Feld, a recreational area in city centre.

Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk Mk.I

Registration N94466, c/n 15404 of Kittyhawk LCC. A genuine Kittyhawk of the RCAF (AK933) during WWII.
Same aircraft seen in Pearl Harbor.

The german troops are attacked by two P-40s.
The P-40s strafe the ground troops.
One P-40 returns for more.
The P-40 firing.

Historical accuracy : On 7 April 1943, Stauffenberg was part of a column strafed by P-40 Kittyhawk fighter bombers and he received multiple severe wounds.

Junkers Ju 52/3m g4e

Registration HB-HOT, c/n 6595 of Ju-Air from Dübendorf-Switzerland. This aircraft crashed into a mountain on 4 August 2018.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Military Fixed-Wing).
Painted as one of the genuine Hitler's Ju 52 of the Deutsche Luft Hansa with registration D-2600 (the first one with D-2600 (Wk. Nr. / factory serial number : 4021) was christened Immelmann and was lost in 1941 (as D-AHUT); the second one (Wk. Nr. 4053) was Immelmann II and was shot down in 1942 as DD+MF.
So if chasing/escort fighters of Messerschmitt Bf 109 Gs is accurate (the type reach the front line in late 1942), D-2600 is a mistake.

Hitler and his suite arrive to Smolensk in two Junkers Ju 52, escorted by two Messerschmitt Bf 109 and two other unidentifiable aircraft far behind.
The two Junkers Ju 52 about to land.
The foremost Ju 52 with its flaps down, in final approach, preceded by the two Messerschmitt Bf 109s.
Landing with the two Messerschmitt Bf 109s now behind it (or are these the two unidentified aircraft that were far behind ?), and the second Junker Ju 52 in final approach.
On the ground.
The two Junkers Ju 52s taxiing on the ground.
The Junkers Ju 52 with the identification D-2600 (that was really used by Hitler's plane ... before 1935 ! ... and the name Immelmann (II) is missing).

Junkers Ju 52/3mg4e

Registration HB-HOP, c/n 6610 also provided by Ju-Air from Dübendorf-Switzerland. Displayed in Luftwaffe livery as BT+AY.
Same aircraft in other works at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Military Fixed-Wing).

von Stauffenberg boards a Junkers Ju 52 en route to Rastenburg to attend Hitler's meeting (in fact, he used a Heinkel He 111). Filmed at Tempelhof Airport.
The radial central motor of the Junkers.
After landing in "Rastenburg" (in fact, at the same airfield used for the "Smolensk" landing, ie Löpten).
Taking off.
The beautiful Junkers Ju 52 in flight.
Arriving at Flughafen Berlin-Tempelhof. This airport located minutes from Berlin city center was operational till october 2008, and has since been converted into a huge recreation park.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6

Registration D-FMBB of EADS Messerschmitt Stiftung, an ex-Hispano Aviacion H.A. 1112 M1L Buchon transformed as Bf 109 G in 1986.

A Messerschmitt Bf 109 flying in front of Hitler's plane.
The two Messerschmitt Bf 109s flying over the airfield.
The two Messerschmitt Bf 109s flying over the airfield.

Hispano HA-1112-M1L

Registration G-BWUE, c/n 172, of the Spitfire Ltd association.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Military Fixed-Wing).

Hispano HA-1112-M1L in a hangar at Flughafen Berlin-Tempelhof, with a Junkers Ju 52 in the background.

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