Captured Luftwaffe Warplanes…Image No.3: A Messerschmitt Me-109 (I assume it is a F or G model) captured and with Canadian/American markings
Captured Luftwaffe Warplanes…Image No.2: A Junkers Ju-188 captured by the British and painted with RAF markings
Captured Luftwaffe Warplanes…Image No.1: A Dornier Do-335 Pfeil in American markings. Note the remnants of a destroyed He-162 Volksjäger in the foreground
The Dornier Do-17 Fliegender Bleistift…Image No.3: A formation of Do-17Z bombers
It has been reported that the sole surviving example of a Do-17 known to exist is going to be raised from its resting place in the English Channel.
The Dornier Do-17 Fliegender Bleistift…Image No.2: A Do-17Z in service with the Luftwaffe during World War II.
The ‘Z’ variant of the Flying Pencil, powered by two Bramo radials formed the bulk of subtype Do-17s produced. Over 450 Do-17Zs entered Luftwaffe service and was the last version built specifically as a bomber, with some adapted into the night fighter role
The Dornier Do-17 Fliegender Bleistift…Image No.1: A Do-17E variant in Spanish Nationalist livery around the period of the Spanish Civil War
The Do-17 Flying Pencil was alongside the He-111 and Junkers Ju-86 the key twin-engined bombers in service with the German Luftwaffe in the period from 1936 to the outbreak of World War II. The Do-17’s earliest designation was as a fast mail aircraft for the German state rail and latterly Lufthansa, however it was readily adapted to the bomber role with the advent of the Nazi regime and Goering’s rearmament program.
German Warplanes of the Hungarian Air Force…Image #3: The Junkers Ju-86
The Ju-86 was flown by the MKHL in it’s minor war with the Slovaks during March 1939, and then saw more service with the Hungarian Air Force during the first year of the Axis campaign against the USSR. Effectively obsolete by mid 1942 it was reduced to a training type.
German Warplanes of the Hungarian Air Force…Image #2: The Junkers Ju-87
The MKHL used a mix of Ju-87B and Ju-87D models during the Second World War, and their service was limited to both numbers and significant casualties.
German Warplanes of the Hungarian Air Force…Image #1: The Heinkel He-112
The He-112 was an early candidate for the Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierő’s (MKHL or Royal Hungarian Air Force) requirements for a monoplane fighter in the late 30s, early 40s. However due to problems associated with the licenced production of the type no more than 3 imported He-112Us saw active service with the MKHL.
More Wings of War at the Movies…Image #1: A Junkers Ju-52 in the livery of Hitler’s personal plane from the 2008 movie ‘Valkyrie’
The Messerschmitt Me-262…the Luftwaffe jet voted most likely to have won the Second World War for Germany
January’s Wings of War poll has shown that the overwhelming nominee for the Luftwaffe jet that could have won WWII was the Me-262 Schwalbe/Sturmvogel. With 70% of the final vote the most numerically and operationally important Luftwaffe jet fighter was an easy poll winner.
Joint second was the Arado Ar-234 Blitz bomber and the Gotha Go-229/Horten Ho-229 tail-less fighter. Surprisingly the He-280 only garnered one vote, whilst various lesser known types or those that were truly desperate initiatives (e.g. the Ba-349 Natter and Fi-103 Reichenberg) didn’t get a single vote.
Thanks for voting.