Warn of Bigger Robots With Greater Range
While recent Allied measures against the Nazis' V-1 robot bombs appeared to be having some success, official sources in England warned that reports of much larger flying bombs should be taken seriously. Word has it that German V-2 missiles caused considerable devastation when tried out in Poland.
German propaganda insists the Reich is readying not only 10-ton robots with a range to cover all England but also a special reaction-driven bomb which could reach the US.
While the last piece of news is taken with a grain of salt, there is no discounting the long experience of the Germans in catapulting planes from ships in the Atlantic. From such vessels, the Nazis conceivably could fire robots into American East Coast war centers.
Other developments by the Germans include use of a larger model V-1 bomb containing some 4,000 lb of high explosives, also employment of missiles fitted with incendiaries is noted.
A French Hispano Suiza multiple-engine drive was recently adapted to the Heinkel He-177 and its commercial counterpart, the He-274. With two 1,200-hp engines at a small angle, gear box incorporating free-wheeling device drives two four-bladed constant speed contra-rotating propellers.
Germany's new rocket firing interceptor is designated the Me-210R..
Reports state Germany is now using a. reversible pitch prop of Swiss make on the Me-109F.
American flyers recently reported sighting first operational models of Messerschmitt Swallow jet-propelled fighters. [Me-262 Schwalbe JLM]
Latest novelty of Nazis is a Mayo-composite-type combination craft consisting of a Ju-88 with a Me-109 riding piggy-back. Me-109 is stated to have control for both planes, with Ju-88 underneath employed as enormous flying torpedo. Combination is said to be slow, and hence a "sitting duck" for Allied tighter pilots.
German Heinkel 177, four-engined twin-propeller bomber, is said to carry 12,300 lb of bombs and to scale 68,000 lb in gross weight. Top speed is put at 285 mph at 20,000 ft.
These news clips were originally published in the "Aviation Abroad" column in the September, 1944, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 43, no 9, p 219.