Airforce-Art .com Home Page
Order Helpline (UK) : 01436 820269

You currently have no items in your basket

Join us on Facebook!

Payment Options Display
Buy with confidence and security!
Publishing historical art since 1985

Follow us on Twitter!
Don't Miss Any Special Deals - Sign Up To Our Newsletter!
Aircraft
Search
Squadron
Search
Artist
Search
Signature
Search
Air Force
Search
SPECIAL OFFERS

Product Search         
Defence of the Reich by Keith Woodcock. - Airforce-Art.com

Massive savings on this month's big offers including our BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE offer on many prints and many others at HALF PRICE or with FREE PRINTS!
Many of our offers end in 4 hours, 59 minutes!
View our Special Offers
THIS ITEM IS INCLUDED IN OUR BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE OFFER !
Choose any two prints in this special offer and the lower priced item is half price. (Any free bonus prints already supplied with an item are separate and will also be included !)
Hundreds of items across our websites are included in this offer!

Defence of the Reich by Keith Woodcock.


Defence of the Reich by Keith Woodcock.

The Me 262 was so fast that German pilots needed new tactics to attack Allied bombers. In the head-on attack, the closing speed of about 320 metres per second was too high for accurate shooting. Even from astern, the closing speed was too great to use the short-ranged 30 mm cannon to maximum effect. Therefore, a roller-coaster attack was devised. The 262s approached from astern and about 1,800 m higher (5,900 ft) than the bombers. From about 5 km behind (3.1 mi), they went into a shallow dive that took them through the escort fighters with little risk of interception. When they were about 1.5 km astern (0.93 mi) and 450 metres (1,480 ft) below the bombers, they pulled up sharply to reduce their excess speed. On levelling off, they were 1,000 m astern (1,100 yd) and overtaking the bombers at about 150 km/h (93 mph), well placed to attack them. Since the 30mm MK 108 cannon's short barrels and low muzzle velocity of 540 m/s (1,800 ft/s) rendered it inaccurate beyond 600 metres, coupled with the jet's velocity which required breaking off at 200 metres to avoid colliding with the target, Me262 pilots normally commenced firing at 500 metres. Turret gunners of Allied bomber aircraft found that their manned electrically powered gun turrets had problems tracking the jets. Target acquisition was difficult because the jets closed into firing range quickly and remained in firing position only briefly, using their standard attack profile, which proved more effective. In February 1944, the USAAF introduced the P-51 Mustang, a fighter capable of escorting the USAAF bombers to and from their targets. With new fighter tactics, the Eighth Air Force gained air supremacy over Nazi Germany by the spring of 1944 against the Luftwaffe. By the summer of 1944, the Luftwaffe was also suffering from chronic fuel shortages and a lack of trained pilots and it ceased to be an effective fighting force by 1945. By the end of the campaign, American forces claimed to have destroyed 35,783 enemy aircraft and the RAF claimed 21,622, for a total of 57,405 German aircraft claimed destroyed. The USAAF dropped 1.46 million tons of bombs on Axis-occupied Europe while the RAF dropped 1.31 million tons, for a total of 2.77 million tons, of which 51.1 percent was dropped on Germany.
Item Code : KW0004Defence of the Reich by Keith Woodcock. - This EditionAdd any two items on this offer to your basket, and the lower priced item will be half price in the checkout! Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price!
TYPEDESCRIPTIONSIZESIGNATURESOFFERSPRICEPURCHASING
PRINTOpen edition print.

Image size 14.5 inches x 9.5 inches (37cm x 24cm)none£20.00

Quantity:
SAVE MONEY WITH OUR DISCOUNT DOUBLE PRINT PACKS!

Buy With :
Moskito-Jager by Iain Wyllie.
for £36 -
Save £4

Buy With :
Too Little Too Late by Stan Stokes.
for £37 -
Save £20

Buy With :
Looking for Trouble by Keith Woodcock.
for £28 -
Save £12
SAVE MONEY WITH OUR TRADE DISCOUNT MULTI-PRINT PACKS - AVAILABLE DIRECT TO OUR CUSTOMERS AT THESE PRICES!
Me262 Aviation Print Pack.

Pack price : £420 - Save £535

        
Buy With :
3 other prints in this pack :
CLICK HERE TO VIEW OR PURCHASE

Pack price : £420 - Save £535

Titles in this pack :
In Defense of the Reich by Nicolas Trudgian. (C)  (View This Item)
Messerschmitt Me262B-1a/U1 by Ivan Berryman.  (View This Item)
Defenders of the Reich by Graeme Lothian. (B)  (View This Item)
Defence of the Reich by Keith Woodcock.  (View This Item)

All prices on our website are displayed in British Pounds Sterling


Extra Details : Defence of the Reich by Keith Woodcock.
About all editions :

A photo of an edition of the print :

The Aircraft :
NameInfo
Me262The Messerschmitt Me-262 Swallow, a masterpiece of engineering, was the first operational mass-produced jet to see service. Prototype testing of the airframe commenced in 1941 utilizing a piston engine. General Adolf Galland, who was in charge of the German Fighter Forces at that time, pressured both Goring and Hitler to accelerate the Me-262, and stress its use as a fighter to defend Germany from Allied bombers. Hitler, however, envisioned the 262 as the aircraft which might allow him to inflict punishment on Britain. About 1400 Swallows were produced, but fortunately for the Allies, only about 300 saw combat duty. While the original plans for the 262 presumed the use of BMW jet engines, production Swallows were ultimately equipped with Jumo 004B turbojet engines. The wing design of the 262 necessitated the unique triangular hull section of the fuselage, giving the aircraft a shark-like appearance. With an 18 degree swept wing, the 262 was capable of Mach .86. The 262 was totally ineffective in a turning duel with Allied fighters, and was also vulnerable to attack during take off and landings. The landing gear was also suspect, and many 262s were destroyed or damaged due to landing gear failure. Despite its sleek jet-age appearance, the 262 was roughly manufactured, because Germany had lost access to its normal aircraft assembly plants. In spite of these drawbacks the 262 was effective. For example, on April 7, 1945 a force of sixty 262s took on a large force of Allied bombers with escort fighters. Armed with their four nose-mounted cannons, and underwing rockets the Swallows succeeded in downing or damaging 25 Allied B-17s on that single mission. While it is unlikely that the outcome of the War could have been altered by an earlier introduction or greater production totals for this aircraft, it is clear to many historians that the duration of the War might have been drastically lengthened if the Me-262 had not been too little too late.

Aviation History Timeline : 21st October
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
21October1940Flight Lieutenant Charles Palliser of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Do17
21October1940Hauptmann Dietrich Hrabak of II./Jagdgeschwader 54 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1940Hauptmann Heinz Bretntz of II./Jagdgeschwader 53 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1940Hauptmann Walter Storp of II./Kampfgeschwader 76 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1940Major Edgar Petersen of I./Kampfgeschwader 40 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1940Major Joachim Hahn of Kampfgruppe 606 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1940New Zealand Battle of Britain pilot, P/O W. S. Williams of 266 Squadron, was Killed.
21October1941Former Belgian Battle of Britain pilot, P/O V. M. M. Ortmans of 229 Squadron, was Taken prisoner.
21October1942Oberleutnant Hans Heindorff of Fern-Aufklrungs-Gruppe des OBdL was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1942Oberleutnant Iro Ilk of 1. (K)/Lehrgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1942Oberleutnant Josef Peteani of 7./Lehrgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1942Oberleutnant Josef Prentl of 1./Flak-Regiment 29 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1942Oberstleutnant i.G. Torsten Christ of Chef des Generalstab VIII. Fliegerkorps was awarded the Knight's Cross
21October1958J Trollope, a WW1 Ace with 18.00 victories, died on this day
21October2000Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. D. Bisdee of 609 Squadron, Passed away.
21October2000Group Captain John Bisdee OBE DFC, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
21October2000John Bisdee, a WW2 Ace with 8.00 victories, died on this day

Contact Details
Shipping Info
Terms and Conditions
Classified Ads
Valuations

Join us on Facebook!

Sign Up To Our Newsletter!

Stay up to date with all our latest offers, deals and events as well as new releases and exclusive subscriber content!

This website is owned by Cranston Fine Arts.  Torwood House, Torwoodhill Road, Rhu, Helensburgh, Scotland, G848LE

Contact: Tel: (+44) (0) 1436 820269.  Fax: (+44) (0) 1436 820473. Email:

Follow us on Twitter!

Return to Home Page

Return to Home Page