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Bombing the Bombers – Me 262s take desperate measures against the Allies

EADS/Messerschmitt Foundation replica Me 262A-1c under flight test at the EADS Deutschland Manching-Ingelstadt facility. Certification tests were conducted to verify original Messerschmitt performance data and operating limits. (Photo by Brian Silcox)
Late into the night of February 27, 1943, Oblt. Heinz Knocke and Lt. Dieter Gerhard of 5./JG 1 sat up discussing how best to combat the B-17 bomber formations that were beginning to increasingly menace the German homeland. Gerhard eventually came up with a brilliant suggestion: “Why don’t we try using our own aircraft to drop bombs on the American formations?” The concept works and is revived After taking time to try out their idea...

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Bombing the Bombers – Me 262s take desperate measures against the Allies

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