Captured Nazi Planes Yield Secrets
This pictorial article was originally published in the June, 1944, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 43, no 6, p 229.
The article consists of a page of 5 captioned photos.
Photos credited to British Combine.
- The "inside story" of enemy's newest aircraft types is uncovered as RAF puts captured craft in condition for thorough flight testing. Here, left to right, are shown Junkers Ju-88, Messerschmitt Me-110, Messerschmitt Me-109G, Focke-Wulf Fw-190A3, and Henschel Hs-129, latter still undergoing repairs and retaining German markings.
- RAF mechanics give "once-over" to 1,200-hp Junkers Jumo engine of captured Ju-88, one of Luftwaffe's workhorse planes. Originally designed as a medium bomber, the type has been pressed into service as dive bomber, night fighter, and even as day fighter in desperate though futile attempt to stop AAF's 8th Air Force daylight attacks on Germany. Photo clearly shows "bathtub" arrangement, on lower right side of fuselage, used to house battery of machine guns and cannon.
- Closeup shows details of Messerschmitt Me-109G, latest in long line of type first combat-flown back in Spanish Civil War. Craft still retains comparatively narrow landing gear typical of this type, but spinner size has been greatly increased. Rounded air scoop set in side of cowling just above exhaust stacks was originally installed for desert operations of African campaign, but apparently it is now standard for all theaters. Power has been boosted from 650 in prototype to 1,600 in model shown.
- Stripped Henschel Hs-129 reveals construction details of this ground-attack craft. Note Junkers-type "floating" ailerons, similar to those used on Ju-52 transports, also fact that outer wing panel has but three ribs between tip and center-section attaching point. Craft is powered by two 650-hp Gnome-Rhone radials. Armament includes two 20-mm cannon in nose and one 30-mm cannon in belly.
- Photo shows how craft [Hs-129] appears "unstripped" and in flight.