A Russian course by Alexander Lipson

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It was filled with 1200 kg of explosive and destroyed everything within 100 m of impact. 48 LUFTWAFFE AT WAR; G E W BOMBERS OVER RUSSIA Left: S u e r 1943. This Ju 88A-14 is being prepared for a night mission. Note that nearly all the undersurfaces have been painted black. Flame dampers (shrouds covering the exhaust stubs) were later introduced to aid concealment. The aircraft shown here belongs to II Gruppe of KG 6 which was commanded by Hauptmann Hans Mader who was later promoted to Major. He took command of I Gruppe in 1943.

Opposite page, bottom: Having flown their 300th mission rbis crew of Kampfgeschwader 'Edelweiss'pose in front of their Ju 88A-14 with its 20 mm MG FF in the gondola under the nose. The weapon has a flash suppresser to avoid giving away the aircraft's position when attacking a target. In June and July 1943 the I/KG 51 used between two and five Ju 88A-14 bombers; its other bombers were the standard A-4 version, equipped with a bombsight in the gondola. Above: The aircraft in the background is a Ju 88A-4, coded V4+, and belongs to KG 1 'Hindenburg'.

It was later transported to an evaluation site. Above: After an attack by a Soviet single-seat fighter this Ju 88A-5 of I/KG 51 was forced down and was damaged during the emergency landing in September 1941. The crew survived without serious injury. Although I Gruppe flew Ju 88A-5s (the A-5 preceded the A-4 model into operational use), these were equipped with A-4 type rear cockpit sections, which were bulged and had space for two rearward-firing machine-guns instead of just one. Despite this improvement they still suffered losses.

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