SECURING THE SKIES

Junkers Ju88

Overview

The Junkers Ju88 first flew in December 1936 and was designed in response to a Luftwaffe requirement for a fast bomber. It entered service during 1939, and a number of these aircraft carried out an attack against the Royal Navy aircraft carrier Ark Royal in September 1939.

The Ju88 was employed by no less than 5 Gruppen during the Battle of Britain as well as elements of several other German units. One of the most versatile and long-lived of German designs, the Ju88 saw service as a dive-bomber, orthodox bomber, torpedo bomber, mine layer, day and night fighter, reconnaissance aircraft, close-support aircraft, and, ultimately, flying bomb. The aircraft was flown by several of the Luftwaffe's most famous bomber pilots during the Battle of Britain, including Hajo Herrman and Werner Baumbach.

Recognition

Long, thin fuselage with triangular fin and glazed nose. Straight wings mounted well forward on the fuselage with mainwheels retracting into engine cowlings

Power and specifications
PowerplantTwo 1,200 hp Junkers Jumo 211B-1 twelve-cylinder liquid-cooled engine.
Span59ft 10¾in (18.25m)
Length47ft 1in (14.35m)
Max Speed286 mph (461km/h) at 16,000 ft (4,876m)
ArmamentThree 7.9mm machine guns in front and rear cockpit mountings and ventral gondola
BombloadNormal load of 3,968lb (1,801kg) carried on gour underwing pylons, plus small internal capacity.
AccommodationPilot and three gunners/navigators/bomb-aimers.