6 May 2016, Germany's Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter
The Me 262 was the first operational jet fighter. Though a very good fighter, there weren't enough trained pilots nor fuel to make a difference.
1 May 2016, Germany's Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet jet fighter
The Messerschmitt Me 163 was a short endurance high speed jet fighter. It could achieve speeds close to 600 mph in the 8 - 12 minutes of flight that it was capable of. Even with that only nine confirmed Allied aircraft were shot down.
1 May 2016, Germany's Messerschmitt Bf 110 fighter, Zerstörer (destroyer)
The Messerschmitt Bf 110 started out to be a heavy fighter, but the concept was flawed. It eventually had some success as a night fighter.
1 May 2016, Germany's Messerschmitt Me 109 fighter
The most numerous fighter ever the Messerschmitt Me 109 was prolific in the skies over Europe and Africa, when there was enough pilots and fuel.
29 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 90, Junkers Ju 290, and Junkers Ju 390 reconnaissance
The Junkers Ju 90, Ju 290, and Ju 390 series were to be the newer, larger transports and long range reconnaissance aircraft. However, very few were built.
29 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 388 night fighter, reconnaissance, and bomber
The Junkers Ju 388s were used at high altitudes and Allied fighters had difficulty in reaching them.
24 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 288 bomber
Though resembling the Ju 88 and Ju 188 to some extent the Junkers Ju 288 bomber was its own design. Though good performance, few were built.
24 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 287 jet bomber
The Junkers Ju 287 was a unique bomber for World War II, not only the first heavy jet bomber, but also one that had wings that swept forward instead of backwards. Only three prototypes were built.
23 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 252 and Ju 352 transports
The Junkers Ju 252 and Ju 352 were improved Ju 52s but built in very limited numbers.
22 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 188 medium bomber
The Junkers Ju 188 was almost as versatile as its predecessor the Ju 88.
17 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 88 medium bomber, ground attack, reconnaissance, night fighter
The Junkers Ju 88 series was probably the most versatile aircraft in the German Luftwaffe. It could be used as a bomber, ground attack, reconnaissance, and night fighter.
8 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 87 "Stuka", Stürzkampfflugzeug, dive bomber
The Junkers Ju 87 Stuka got a fierce reputation early in the war as it met little opposition. But if there were enemy fighters about they were very vulnerable.
2 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 86 medium bomber
Almost 500 of the Junkers Ju 86s were manufactured. They were an early bomber design that didn't perform very well.
2 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 52 transport
The Junkers Ju 52 was the main air transport for the German military. They saw widespread use on all fronts.
1 April 2016, Germany's Henschel Hs 129 close support
The Henschel Hs 129 was a very good close support aircraft that destroyed many Allied tanks.
27 March 2016, Germany's Heinkel He 178 jet fighter
The Heinkel He 178 was the first jet aircraft to be designed as a fighter. Only one was built.
27 March 2016, Germany's Heinkel He 280 jet fighter
An early fighter, the Heinkel He 280 wasn't as successful as the other German jets and only prototypes were made.
27 March 2016, Germany's Heinkel He 219 night fighter Uhu ("Owl")
The Heinkel He 219 was originally designed to be an all purpose aircraft but in 1941 it was designated to only be a night fighter.
26 March 2016, Germany's Heinkel He 177 Greif bomber ("Griffon")
The Heinkel He 177 Grief was Germany's only mass produced strategic bomber. It was hampered by the dual engine setup and by the insistence by German leadership in making it capable of dive bombing.
19 March 2016, Germany's Heinkel He 162 jet fighter,
Salamander, Volksjäger (People's Fighter)
The Heinkel He 162 was intended to be a simple to construct and simple to fly fighter. It came much too late in World War II to make any sort of difference in the outcome.
19 March 2016, Germany's Heinkel He 111 bomber, Spaten (Spade)
The Heinkel He 111 started out as a fake airliner with the intention of turning it into a bomber. Used throughout World War II it did have early successes but the bomb load and protection were just not good enough.