Allied Jet Killers 1944-45

Mike's Research

In mid 1944, the Germans introduced jet and rocket propelled aircraft against the Allied bomber forces flying over the Germany. The allies first operational jet fighter, the British Gloster Meteor saw limited action but never encountered the German jets in aerial combat. The Allies propeller driven fighters escorting the bombers began encountering these fast bogies and soon developed tactics to combat the new threat. Like all the German wonder weapons of WWII, their jet and rocket aircraft were “Too little, too late”.

Film: US 8th Air Force engages German ME 163 Rocket Planes and ME 262 Jet Fighters


Me 262

The first production jet fighter, the Me 262A-1a, entered service in July 1944. This variant, nicknamed the Schwalbe (“Swallow”) for the fighter versions, or Sturmvogel (“Storm Bird”) for the fighter-bomber versions, was powered by two 8.8 kN (1,980 lbf) Junkers Jumo 004 axial-flow 004B-1 jet engines and was armed with…

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