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Ju-88C6 NJG2 1 by WS-Clave Ju-88C6 NJG2 1 by WS-Clave
The Junkers Ju-88 was a multi-role aircraft which entered service with the Luftwaffe in 1939. It was used as a bomber, night fighter, heavy fighter, dive bomber, torpedo bomber and reconnaissance aircraft with over 15,000 being built during the war.

The early versions of the Ju-88 first saw action in Poland and Norway to a limited degree, but much greater numbers were available for the Battle of France and Battle of Britain. There were various modifications and improvements during the war with over 30 versions and sub-versions made.

The Ju-88 A-4 was armed with up to 6 x 7.92mm machine guns, and carried up to 3,000Kg of bombs internally. The G-1 carried 4 x 20mm cannon and 2 or 4 x 7.92mm machine guns.

This example is a Ju-88 C-6 of 8/NJG2 Luftwaffe, circa 1944.
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adlertag Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Ah yes, and you don't miss the fearsome "Schräge Musik" cannon, that small leaning rod just above the wing. Very fine detail, man.
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Thanks - I was reading about the success and dangers of that system... scary stuff...

Oh, and: [link]
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EAMR262 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
This is the night figther version, right?
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Yep, an early night-fighter - there were C, G, and R versions, I think that the G was the last one...
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EAMR262 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Yep, those anthenas always means "night plane".

Anyway, what was different in those version (in the night figther capabilities)?
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Comparing this one to the bomber version:

They replaced the front nose and bomb-sight with a solid nose containing 2 x 20mm and 3 x 7.92mm guns, added radar.

In the G version:

They got rid of the lower gondola and crew member, fitted a pack below the nose/fuselage with 4 x 20mm guns, replaced the tail and rudder, added radar, replaced the engines with more powerful ones.

(The earlier nose guns worked OK, but blinded the pilot, so placing them out of sight was the logical move)
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EAMR262 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Wow, at the end it was a very powerful aircraft!

This is yet another example of how creative the germans were in the final stages of the war.
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Indeed... half creation, half desperation I think.
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EAMR262 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Very true.
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