The only version of this Ju 188 development to enter production before the end of the war was the Ju 388L reconnaissance aircraft, a small number of which were built. Power was provided by two 1,349kW BMW 801TJ engines.
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Had this plane been available two years earlier the Germans would have been able to bomb Britain with immunity.
Fun fact: Ju 388 was involved in the highest-altitude intercept and shoot-down of the war. Flying reconnaissance over Britain, at over 44,291 feet, a Spitfire pilot flying far above his own operational altitude managed to fire on the 388 from below and bring it down.
Unfortunately, by the time the decision had been made to go ahead with production of the Ju-388, it was already too late.
Junkers Ju 388
Developed as an alternative to the disastrous Ju-288, upon which vast amounts of time, effort and money had been wasted. Unfortunately, by the time the decision had been made to go ahead with production of the Ju-388, it was already too late.
|Ben Beekman, 07.02.2011|
According to David Mondey's book "Axis Aircraft of World war II" (Smithmark Publishers, 1996), here are the specs for the Ju 388L high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft:
Engines: Two 1,890 hp BMW801TJ 14-cylinder radials
Performance: Max. speed: 382 mph at 40,305 ft; 407 mph at 29,790 ft with water-methanol boost
Service ceiling: 44,095 ft
Max. range with external tanks: 2,159 miles
Weight: empty: 22,601 lb; max. takeoff: 32,353 lb
Dimensions: Span: 72 ft 2 inches; length: 49 ft 10 1/2 inches; Height: 14 ft 3 1/4 inches
Armament: Tail barbette with two 13-mm MG 131 mg's (remotely controlled)
Construction of the Ju 388L was halted in Dec. 1944 after only 47 were built as photo-reconnaissance was no longer a top priority. Other models halted were the Ju 388J fighter (three prototypes built) and the Ju 388K bomber version (fifteen completed).
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