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Bf-109G-2/Trop 'Black 6'                       ... in happier days, Duxford

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The 'G' or Gustav was a derivative of the Bf-109E and F models.  The 'E' or Emil was used during the Blitzkreig, Battle of Britain, Africa and Russia, though suffered from a lack of range.  The 'F', though lightly armed, was probably the best version.  The heavy Gustav was the most numerically produced variant.  Most aces, including Hartmann and Barkhorn flew the Gustav.  The DB 605A engine and narrow undercarriage can be seen here.  Was only genuine airworthy Luftwaffe combat aircraft around, until an landing accident in 1997.

 

                                           

Ju-87G-2, Hendon                                            He-111H-23, Hendon

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The famed Stuka, which spearheaded the Blitzkreig from Poland to Dunkirk.  Was severely mauled during the Battle of Britain, but served with distinction elsewhere.  The Stuka established the close air support concept.  'G' model used as tank-killers. Germany's mainstay medium bomber, used successfully in the night 'Blitz' over London.  The He-111 was used on all fronts in many roles, including mine-laying, cable- cutting, torpedo bombing, as a glider tug, and incredibly, to launch V-1s on England!

 

                       

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Storch, Duxford

Probably the world's first purpose-built STOL aircraft, the Storch was capable of taking off and landing within 100 feet.   It had an incredible stalling speed of less than 25 mph!  Widely used as a utility aircraft, the Storch's claim to fame was when it was used to rescue Mussolini by landing and flying off a mountain strip.  Also used to fly in Göring's successor to the Luftwaffe, by landing on a Berlin street while the city was being shelled.

 

                                   

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Ju-88R-1, Hendon

Derived from the versatile Ju-88 bomber, this type of aircraft became one of the three most widely used Luftwaffe nightfighters, along with the Bf-110G and Do-217.  The glasshouse nose of the bomber variant has been replaced with a solid one, housing the antenna and guns.  This aircraft wears the badge of IV/NJG3.  Further nightfighter variants include the Ju-88G and Ju-188.

 

He-162A-2, Hendon

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A contemporary of the Gloster Meteor and Me-262, the He-162 Salamander was a last ditch Luftwaffe effort to intercept B-17s.  First flight in Dec. 1944.  Had a jet mounted on plywood wings!   Was designed to be produced quickly and flown by Hitler Youth.