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Moskito-Jager by Iain Wyllie.


Moskito-Jager by Iain Wyllie.

An Me262B-1a of 10/NJG.11 Kommando Welter climbs to operational altitude to begin an anti-Mosquito patrol in March 1945. The Royal Navy's best test pilot, Captain Eric Brown, chief naval test pilot and commanding officer of the Captured Enemy Aircraft Flight Royal Aircraft Establishment, who tested the Me 262 noted: This was a Blitzkrieg aircraft. You whack in at your bomber. It was never meant to be a dogfighter, it was meant to be a destroyer of bombers... The great problem with it was it did not have dive brakes. For example, if you want to fight and destroy a B-17, you come in on a dive. The 30mm cannon were not so accurate beyond 600 metres. So you normally came in at 600 yards and would open fire on your B-17. And your closing speed was still high and since you had to break away at 200 meters to avoid a collision, you only had two seconds firing time. Now, in two seconds, you can't sight. You can fire randomly and hope for the best. If you want to sight and fire, you need to double that time to four seconds. And with dive brakes, you could have done that.
Item Code : IW0005Moskito-Jager by Iain Wyllie. - 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!
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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 : 22nd May
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
22May1919Nick Carter, a WW1 Ace with 31.00 victories, died on this day
22May1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O K. C. Gundry of 257 Squadron, was Killed.
22May1942Hans Strelow, a WW2 Ace with 68.00 victories, died on this day
22May1942Oberfeldwebel Horst Henning of 1./Kampfgeschwader 77 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22May1942Oberleutnant Armin Paffendorf of 1. (H)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 13 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22May1942Oberleutnant Erwin Sy of 4.(K)/Lehrgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22May1943Feldwebel Franz Lehner of 6./Kampfgeschwader 53 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22May1943Feldwebel Fritz Will of 6./Kampfgeschwader 53 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22May1943Oberfeldwebel Gustav Schubert of 8./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22May1943Oberleutnant August Geiger of 7./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22May1944Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O H. H. Percy of 264 Squadron, was Killed.
22May1988E Johnston, a WW1 Ace with 20.00 victories, died on this day
22May2009Robert Thomas, a WW2 Ace with 5.25 victories, died on this day

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