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Junkers Ju 88A-5 Diecast Model
Luftwaffe 1./Kgr 806, Battle of Britain, August 1940
The Junkers Ju 88 was probably the most versatile Luftwaffe aircraft of the Second World War. The basic airframe was solid and reliable and proved to be an excellent platform for almost constant upgrade and development â as a consequence, the Ju 88 saw service throughout the war. Although the early Ju 88 showed great promise, it needed both more power and more defensive armament. For these reasons, the aircraft could find itself in severe trouble, when faced with a determined enemy fighter attack. During the Battle of Britain, the RAF cruelly exposed these deficiencies and many a Ju 88 was to fall to the guns of RAF Spitfires and Hurricanes. This particular aircraft was badly shot up by RAF Fighters over Southern England, during the Battle of Britain. Having entered production in the spring of 1940, the Junkers Ju 88 served with the Luftwaffe throughout the Second World War, proving itself to be a capable and versatile aircraft, used in all manner of roles from bomber to night fighter. Powered by a pair of 1,200hp Jumo 211 engines, it had an extra ETC 250 bomb rack outboard of the engines, each capable of carrying a 550lb bomb. The Ju 88 went on to prove itself to be extremely effective as an anti-shipping aircraft both in the North Sea and the Mediterranean. The Battle of Britain however proved to be very costly. The Ju 88âs faster speed and the fact it was deployed in smaller numbers than its stable mates did not prevent its losses exceeding those of the Dornier Do 17 and Heinkel He111. By October 1940, 313 of the aircraft had been lost over Britain.