From Schnellbomber to Multi-Mission Warplane
This book is the first in a two-part comprehensive study of the development and operational history of the Junkers Ju 88, exploring the many variants of this famous and long-serving Luftwaffe multirole aircraft. The text is supported by several hundred rare photographs, manufacturer’s handbook data, scale line drawings, and specially commissioned color artwork.
The work represents the most comprehensive study of the Ju 88 in many years. The first volume gives a detailed examination of its construction program and development from its beginnings in the mid-1930s through all the variants produced during the war.
Amongst its many roles, the Ju 88 was known widely as a feared night fighter, representing the pinnacle of German aeronautical design technology. It also served in numbers with the air forces of Finland, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Spain, and France. Its appeal as a combat aircraft—especially to modelers—was due to its widely dispersed service and as such, its variants, including the Ju 188 and Ju 288 are also covered.
The Ju88 was probably the finest bomber to serve in the Luftwaffe bomber force, but its design, construction and speed meant that it was highly adaptable and it also distinguished itself as a multi-role aircraft throughout the war. It was used as a nightfighter, heavy fighter, torpedo-bomber and even a reconnaissance aircraft, representing the pinnacle of German aeronautical design technology.
This exciting new book is the first in a comprehensive two-part study of the development and operational history of the Junkers Ju88, exploring the many facets of this famous and long-serving aircraft. Its variants, including the Ju188 and Ju288 are also covered, along with the wide array of armament and equipment with which it was fitted, and its variousmarkings and camouflage schemes. The text is fabulously supported by several hundred rare photographs, manufacturer’s handbook data, scale line drawings and specially commissioned colour artwork.
‘For the aviation enthusiast and historian this must rank as the definitive work on this superb German bomber of WWII. I cannot wait for Volume Two.’ Aviation Modeller International