lt was a large aircraft for its intended role, and had a crew of two. (Pilot + Tail gunner) The most terifying feature of the Stuka was its siren. As the Stuka dived towards its target, it made a high pitched screaming noise, that often stunned people to the point where they just stood there and watched. However, by the Battle of Britain, most Stuka units had the sirens removed from the aircraft to reduce drag.
The Nazis made extensive use of the Ju 87 during the early "Blitzkrieg" campaigns. While the Ju 87 Stukas (the nickname was abbreviated from Sturzkampfflugzeug, meaning "dive bomber in German) attacked from the air, men marched alongside Panzers, smashing the vastly inferior Polish forces.
In addition to dive bombing, Ju-87's were also employed as anti-tank aircraft, utilising a pair of 37mm cannon.
Towards the end of the war, the type's vulnerability led to it being replaced by specialised examples of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190.
Details (Ju-87 B-2)Edit
- Length: 36 FT 1.07 In
- Wingspan: 45 FT 3.30 In
- Maximum Speed: 242 MPH
- Range: 311 Miles
- Armament: Two 7.92 mm MG-17 facing forwards, and one 7.92mm MG-15 facing rearwards in the back of the cockpit.
- ↑ Price, Alfred. The Hardest Day - The Battle of Britain 18 August 1940 Page 7.