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Documentary reveals Luftwaffe did not inform Franco of raid to test its Stuka bombers
On April 26, 1937, at the height of the Spanish Civil War, the German Luftwaffe bombed the Basque town of Gernika, killing 126 people. Gernika was not a military target and of no strategic use, but the attack allowed the Nazi regime to test the efficacy of its aircraft. In response to the outcry over Gernika, General Francisco Franco reportedly asked the German authorities to avoid bombing civilian targets. But a year later, in May 1938, German bombers once again attacked civilians, killing 38 people in four tiny communities in Castellón province. Few people know about the air raid, but a new documentary, Experimento Stuka uncovers the mystery of why the Luftwaffe bombed the tiny village of Benassal in the arid Maestrat region.
Stukas Over the Mediterranean 1940-45 By Robin Buckland
This is a new edition from Pen and Sword from a book series which covers the history and the aircraft of the Luftwaffe during WW2, and one of a number in the series to tackle the Stuka. This one has a few pages of introductory text which outlines the history of the period and gives the background to the use of the Stuka in the Mediterranean area of operations. The Stuka had much success at the outbreak of war in Europe but was found to be vulnerable once it came up against the RAF during the Battle of Britain. Nevertheless, the Stuka did go on to prove a valuable asset to the Luftwaffe through to the end of the war. With a few pages of archive colour photos, the bulk of this photo collection are in black and white.
German Stuka Dive bomber Spruced up before 3D scan at MSI
A big part of World War II history landed at the Museum of Science and Industry. The German Stuka dive bomber, one of only two in the world still intact, has been at the museum of science and industry since the late 1940s. Every so often the museum brings the plane in for a little R & R. "We are lowering our World War II German Stuka plane to the museum floor where we can assess the condition and clean it as part of collection stewardship," Kathleen McCarthy, curator, said. The Germans made 6,500 of these dive bombers. But this one, like so many others, was shot down. The bullet holes in the 75-year-old plane tell the story of how the war, for this plane, ended in Libya in 1941. The British captured it and then ultimately sent it to Chicago.
Remains of WWII dive-bomber Stuka found off the coast of Croatia
The remains of a well-preserved Stuka dive bomber, an aircraft that struck terror into Allied forces during the Second World War, has been discovered lying on the seabed of the Adriatic. The lichen-encrusted wreckage of the Stuka, a ground attack plane known as the Junkers Ju 87, was discovered by divers more than 70 years after it was shot down. The two-man aircraft was found at a depth of around 90ft off the coast of Croatia, close to the island of Zirje. Although German-made, it is believed that it was being flown by the Italian air force and that it may have been shot down by a Yugoslav warship in April 1941 when the country was invaded by the Axis powers.
German WWII bomber wreck not single-engined Stuka, but twin-engine JU88
It looked like a Stuka, partly buried in the muck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, but the wreck is a different WWII aircraft. German Military Historical Museum spokesman Captain Sebastian Bangert said that enough of the plane has now been recovered to make clear it is not a single-engined JU87 Stuka divebomber, but a twin-engine JU88 aircraft. The two Junkers planes shared several parts - including the engines on many models - and from the way it sat in the seabed it appeared to have been a JU87 but now that a wing section is up it`s clearly the larger Junkers 88. It will eventually be displayed at the German Historical Museum`s Air Force Museum at the former Gatow airport in Berlin.
Nazi dive bomber Junkers JU87 hoisted to the surface after 70 years at the bottom of the Baltic sea
Its sirens would have been heard moments before it dropped the bombs over Poland that set WWII in motion. But very few German Stuka dive bombers survive to this day. There are currently only two complete planes still around, and neither on display in Germany. But now German military divers are working to hoist the wreck of one of the single-engine monoplanes from the floor of the Baltic Sea. Initial reports are that it is in good condition. The divers have been working to prepare the bomber to be hoisted to the surface, using fire hoses to free it from the sand. They have already brought up smaller pieces and also hauled up its motor over the weekend.
German Army to lift WWII Junkers 87 Stuka divebomber from the Baltic Sea floor
The German army is lifting a Junkers 87 `Stuka` divebomber from the seabed off the island of Rügen, located in the Baltic Sea. Berlin`s military museum is eager to exhibit the feared plane, known for its ear-piercing siren designed to spread panic. There are virtually no original German aircraft left from either of the two world wars. The Junkers Ju 87 "Sturzkampfbomber," was a feared weapon in Nazi Germany`s arsenal, especially at the start of the war when it became a symbol of German aggression with its trademark siren, known as "Jericho trumpets," blaring as the aircraft hurtled down to its target.
Historic German Junkers Ju-52/3 plane offers nostalgic tourist flights in German cities
In the 1930s the Junkers Ju-52/3 was the star of Lufthansa`s fleet then, even operating long-range service to Beijing. Now Lufthansa`s rebuilt Junkers offers flights to nostalgic aviation enthusiasts, and other passengers looking for a flight back into history. Tickets for the junkets on the 73-year old plane called "Auntie Ju" - which alternate between various German cities - are for sale on Lufthansa`s Junkers website. Fares range from 67-299 euros and flights run 10-110 minutes. Some of the Luftwaffe`s most daring World War II feats (the glider raid on the Belgian fortress of Eben Emael, the parachute assault on the Crete) were accomplished using Ju-52/3s.
Air Commodore Paul Webb - Shooting down the first Junkers 88
Air Commodore Paul Webb was one of the 3 Spitfire pilots who took part in the shooting down of the first German aircraft attacking a target on British soil. Webb was scrambled just after 2 pm on October 16 1939 from Drem as a force of 9 Junkers 88s approached the Firth of Forth. The enemy aircraft were led by Helmut Pohle - commander of the first unit to be equipped with the "wonder bombers". The Spitfires of No 602 Squadron intercepted the enemy aircraft as they attacked the two cruisers in Rosyth dockyard. 3 fighter pilots chased one of the bombers as it pulled out of its attack and headed out to sea at low level...
Group says German Junker Ju 52 with swastikas is no Nazi tribute
The Junker Ju 52 with swastikas on its tail, at the Gary/Chicago International Airport, won`t land a home at Lansing Municipal Airport anytime soon. Rumors have been unfounded, said John Kowal. The Junker Ju 52 is used for historical re-enactments. Kowal is concerned after receiving a letter saying: "Nazi tribute airplane" was offensive... The Great Lakes Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, founded by WWII veterans, has "absolutely no politics other than U.S. patriotism." The Commemorative Air Force has a WWII-era American Douglas C-47 in addition to the Junker Ju 52. The Junker Ju 52 is one of 7 such planes still flying and the only one still flying in the US.
Fisherman catches WWII Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 88 aircraft in nets (Article no longer available from the original source)
A fisherman from Thessaloniki came away from a fishing trip with a larger catch than he expected as he netted a Luftwaffe bomber. Constantinos Damoultzis`s nets became entangled in the relic of the Junkers Ju 88 aircraft at a depth of more than 100 meters off Agiokambos beach. When he pulled up the nets, he found a piece of the twin-engine aircraft. The air force said the Nazi airplane had probably crashed in April 1941 during a bombing raid. Although some 15,000 Ju 88s were built during WW2, only 34 of them, 13 of which were in pieces, have been recovered around the world.
Ex-Luftwaffe Junkers 88 bomber pilot Wolfgang Kaupisch to be U.S. citizen
64 years ago, Wolfgang Kaupisch was a lieutenant in the German Luftwaffe, dropping bombs on Americans in England. Two years later, he was involved in an assassination attempt on his führer, Adolf Hitler. In 1940, Nazi Germany unleashed attacks against Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland and France - and Kaupisch`s anti-aircraft unit was with them. During the fighting, he was granted an Iron Cross Second Class when his artillery pieces helped sink a British destroyer, and an Iron Cross First Class when the artillery silenced a French machine gun. In Oct 1941, he flew his first combat mission, as a co-pilot and navigator on a Junkers 88 bomber.
Divers raise wreckage of German WWII Junkers-87 Stuka bomber
Greek military divers raised the wreckage of a German World War II Stuka bomber from the sea. The Junkers-87 dive-bomber was shot down in 1943 and will be displayed at the air force museum. Air force experts believe the plane was part of a Luftwaffe squadron operating from Rhodes that lost several Stukas to allied ships on Oct. 9, 1943. Fitted with a screaming siren for maximum shock effect, the gull-winged, single-engine Stuka was a feared symbol of Nazi military power. Out of some 6,000 aircraft produced 1936-1944, only two are intact in museums, while the wrecks of 3 more Stukas have been salvaged.