Junkers Ju 88, by Jerry Scutts

Junkers Ju 88, by Jerry Scutts
Junkers Ju 88, by Jerry Scutts

Booklet published by Warpaint Books as No.7 in the Warpaint Series, 28 pages. A4 size booklet (N5845)

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This booklet is a fascinating and detailed history of the Luftwaffe multi-role Junkers Ju 88 aircraft, which was one of the most versatile combat aircraft the Germans produced, and which served during the Second World War in a variety of roles, including bomber, night fighter, torpedo bomber, reconnaissance aircraft, heavy fighter, and more!

From the first page: As the most modern of the trio of twin­ engined aircraft which flew the bulk of the Luftwaffe's conventional bombing sorties in World War 2, the Junkers Ju 88 was the only one designed from the outset for a purely military role. Without any pretentions to being a commercial airliner or transport for Deutsch Lufthansa, as were the Heinkel He I 11 and Dornier Do 17, the 88 was des­tined to serve in a far wider variety of com­bat roles than either of its contemporaries. It excelled particularly as a dive bomber, night fighter and anti-shipping aircraft.

But against determined fighter opposition the Ju 88 was found to be, in common with all German bombers, weak in defensive armament. Protected primarily by rifle-cali­bre machine guns, such aircraft were extremely vulnerable to fighter attack, a situation only partially remedied by the instal­lation of heavier weapons. In its favour the Ju 88 had a good performance, it was stable and highly manoeuvrable and able to with­stand considerable combat damage.

The Ju 88 also had the advantage of being a 'one man' aircraft. As a bomber, it had provision for a crew of four - pilot, navigator bomb aimer, wireless operator and gun­ner - and the cockpit layout was such that engine controls, fuel cross-feeding, hydraulics and radio navigation could be safely handled by the pilot without assis­tance from other crew members, should they be incapacitated. Also, built-in adaptability was almost a design feature of the aircraft. So diverse a range of armament and equipment combina­tions was developed for the Ju 88 that it retained dominant in its class, a master of numerous combat roles...

The book is illustrated throughout with lots of black and white photographs, as well as 4 pages of colour drawings showing individual profiles of aircraft with different designs and camoflauge.
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