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Germany's U-2 - WW2s Highest Air Combat

Feb 08, 2022
The Yonkers Ju 86 is not an aircraft most people are familiar with, but it played a very interesting role in WWII. It was part of the

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altitude air battle in the history of warfare. It was over eight miles. above ground originally developed as a Lufthansa aircraft in 1934 entered service as a bomber with poor performance in the Spanish Civil War a low-wing twin-engined monoplane shared wings similar to the yonkers ju 52 and had a crew of four the ju 86 was one of too few German types to also serve in the South African Commonwealth Airways of classified 17 of the older models and on the outbreak of war became part of the South African Air Force operated as coastal patrol aircraft and later served with the SAF as bombers in the East African campaign against the Italians until they were finally withdrawn from service in September 1942.
germany s u 2   ww2s highest air combat
The German Luftwaffe used them from the first day of World War II. Used in action again in Poland in 1939. Some Ju 86s were later converted to the P variant with a longer wingspan, a pressurized cabin for only two crew members, and Yonkers Uomo 207 a one-of-a-kind turbocharged diesel engines. Opposed piston two-stroke The Ju 86 P was designed to fly comfortably at altitudes of thirty-nine thousand feet or twelve thousand meters and could go higher and was used for photo reconnaissance missions at altitudes where Allied fighters could not catch them. There were two versions with about 40 ju 86s converted into the p1 high altitude bomber or p2 photo reconnaissance aircraft alongside The Luftwaffe developed the Junkers Ju 86 r1 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft capable of flying at 50,000 feet or 15,000 meters above the ground, with a height of more than nine and a half miles, considerably higher than most commercial aircraft sailing today, for all intents and purposes.
germany s u 2   ww2s highest air combat

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Ju 86 was the U-2 spy plane of its day The aircraft's diesel engines had excellent fuel economy and were supercharged to cope with the thinner air at high altitudes. No nation had used aircraft regularly at such altitudes before and many technical problems had to be resolved related to instrument failure due to extreme cold and even contact with the jet stream that blew towards the aircraft as they entered British airspace the reconnaissance version was unarmed and would sail at 186 miles per hour had an altitude dependent altitude to avoid interception by fighters UK reckoning on the flights ceased for a time when Hitler concentrated on the invasion of the Soviet Union, but the ju 86 r2, the bomber version, was sent aloft – High-altitude nuisance raids against Britain in mid-1942 dropping single high-explosive bombs of 250 kilograms on August 24, 1942.
germany s u 2   ww2s highest air combat
A pair of Artoo flew high over southern Britain. Two bombs were dropped, one on Camberley and one on Southampton, a Polish Royal Air. The force squadron scrambled to intercept the intruders, but their Spitfire Mark 5s were unable to reach the altitude of the Germans, meaning th Least annoying, the German aircraft were effectively immune to attacks over the UK and could bomb at will and the Ju Eighty Sixers kept coming ten sorties over the next three weeks so far the individual bombs being dropped had been relatively harmless but on 28th August a Ju 86 landed a bomb in central Bristol from the hour morning peak killing 48 civilians injuring 56 something had to be done and fast the Spitfire Mark 5 lacked the legs to catch up with the Ju 86 a--'s but the new version that entered service at the time the Mark 9 it promised to have a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine with a two-stage supercharger.
germany s u 2   ww2s highest air combat
A special intercept flight was set up at RAF Croydon, near London, commanded by Flight Lieutenant Jimmy Nelson of the RAF Seagull Squadron made up of Americans serving in the RAF, one of the other pilots being the Pilot Officer, the Prince Emmanuel Galitsin, a refugee, Russian prince, a great-great-grandson of Catherine the Great of Russia, the pilots were put through rigorous training and training, including stints in an altitude chamber to prepare for a fight, had a crowd over land where no aircraft had crashed before two Spitfires were carefully modified for the mission, it was important to reduce the weight of the aircraft as much as possible to increase its chances of reaching altitude and each aircraft was reduced by 450 pounds per replace the metal propeller with a wooden one and remove the four 303 Browning machine guns leaving only 20mm cannons Prince Gan nett saw banished an altitude of 43,000 feet during a training flight the

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ever achieved by a Spitfire remarkably during high altitude flight the princess cabin was not pressurized she relied on an electrically heated flight suit and her mask of Primitive oxygen and supplied to survive 12th September 1942 British radar detected an incoming Raider flying at a very high altitude here it was a Ju 86 flown by Master Sergeant Horst Gertz and his observer left 2nd Lieutenant Arish Zama of Field Command Horned or High Altitude Bombardment Squadron based at Beauvais in northern France heading for Portsmouth on the south coast of England. he saw the huge German bomber above him and in the distance, 1st Sergeant Gertz was unfazed, a Spitfire couldn't reach him, but as Gaillard Singh's plane passed at 42,000 feet, Gertz became concerned that the Spitfire was still climbing rapidly.
Gertz dropped his bomb and injected nitrous oxide into their diesel engines to increase their power trying to climb higher Gertz also immediately depressurized the cabin of the aircraft has a single shot from a Spitfire would make the entire cabin explode the scene Galit could see what what was happening she dumped her thirty gallon external fuel tank also climbing climbing slightly higher than the ju 86 Galaxie impressed her attack from 200 yards behind the Ger man managed a short burst before her left barrel jammed this upset the balance of his plane and Garrett appeared to fly into the trail of ice from the Ju 86 forming in the canopy of the Spitfires Galantine temporarily lost control of the spitfire and maneuvered for another shot at forty-four thousand feet three times fired a burst three times the frozen Cantrell bombers fogged their gallate canopy seen now running out of fuel they broke up the fight after After 45 minutes the Ju 86 disappeared over the English Channel it was the highest

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of WWII Sergeant Gertz landed safely in France with a British 20mm gun shell hole in her port wing but with their Bluff named Ju Eighty Sixers never returned to British airspace now that the British had a fighter capable of catching up with them and blowing them out of the sky on The British finally bagged 2 Ju 86s over North Africa later in 1942 using a pair of modified Spitfire Mark Fives that they could climb higher over the desert due to the density of a Compared to Europe, Horst Gertz would return to Britain, but in a better plane at the end of the war, Gertz was at the controls of an Arado AR 234 jet sent in Photographic reconnaissance flights over the UK, once again flying very high and out of range British piston-engined fighters, both Gertz and Prince Golitsyn, survived the war and they met 30 years later and became good friends, as Gertz told reporters in 1975.
Emanuel and I have discussed our battle in great detail and now understand each other's problems. Once we fly against each other we can do things better. box below and

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