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Germany's Junkers Ju 88S medium bomber

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Design

The Ju 88S was based on the basic Ju 88 design but with improvements in speed, range, and high altitude performance.1

The nose of the Ju 88S was smooth glazed.1

Prototypes

The prototype of the Ju 88S was first flown in late 1943.1

Variants

  • Junkers Ju 88S-1: There was no ventral gondola.1
  • Junkers Ju 88S-2: Used BMW 801TJ, turbo charged, engines (1,810 HP).1 Defensive armament was revised.1 The bomb bay bulged out.1
  • Junkers Ju 88S-3: Had Junkers Jumo 213A-12 engines with a GM1 nitrous oxide boost (2,125 HP).1

Usage

Ju 88Ss were often used as a pathfinder.1 They also conducted attacks on Britain in 1944.1

Specifications

  Junkers Ju 88S1
Type Medium bomber1
Crew  
Engine (Type) 2: BMW 8011
OR 2: Junkers Jumo 2131
Cylinders BMW: Radial 141
Junkers: V 121
Cooling  
HP BMW: 1,700 - 1,810 each1
Junkers: 1,730 - 2,125 each1
Propeller blades 3 each1
Fuel capacity  
Dimensions  
Span  
Length  
Height  
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded  
Maximum load  
Performance  
Speed  
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling  
Range  
Armament  
  Junkers Ju 88S-11
Type Medium bomber1
Crew  
Engine (Type) 2: BMW 801G1
Cylinders Radial1
Cooling  
HP  
Propeller blades  
Fuel capacity  
Dimensions  
Span 65' 7.5"1
20 m1
Length 48' 8.5"1
14.85 m1
Height 15' 8.5"1
4.79 m1
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 18,250 lb1
8,278 kg1
Loaded 30,400 lb1
13,790 kg1
Maximum load  
Performance  
Speed @ 26,250' /
8,000 m
379 mph1
610 kph1
Cruising speed 289 mph1
465 kph1
Climb 1,804'/minute1
550 m/minute1
Service ceiling 36,090'1
11,000 m1
Range 1,243 miles1
2,000 km1
Armament 1: 13 mm MG1
Bombs 4,410 lb1
2,000 kg1

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site