Discussions on the fortifications, artillery, & rockets used by the Axis forces.
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I just saw today in a magazine an unindentified me-262 with a 50mm gun right in front nose of the jet.Was it a prototype or did it see action? (the
gun barrel is about 8 feet long) Thanks!
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The Me-262 A Werknummer 130083 was renamed Me-262 V 83 and test-flown the 5 cm BK5 gun. I think that are only trials, no one shot in anger.
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My reply was in an older thread but here goes......Major Wilhelm Herget transferred out of the Nachtjagd arm into the Galland Circus/JV 44 and Willi was the only one to fly this misfit Me 262 with the long rod on two occassions. One of these being the 25 of April 1944 flying the Me 262A-1a/U-4 with the Mk 214 kanon. Willi and three other standarized Me 262's flew against a B-26 formation and attacked from the front. The jets flying through the formation without a shot fired. The Mk 214 had jammed up again for the second time !.
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When Reich Marshal Hermann Goering was captured and questioned on May 10, 1945, he mentioned the BK-5 experiments translated as follows:
"You might find around Germany some jet airplanes equipped with anti-tank guns. Don't blame me for such monstrostities. This was done on the explicit orders of the Fuehrer. Hitler knew nothing about the air. He may have known about the Army or Navy, but absolutely nothing about the air. He even considered the Me-262 to be a bomber and he insisted it should be called a bomber."