Me 262 Units in Combat cover
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An illustrated account of the first jet-powered combat aircraft, the Messerschmitt Me 262, and its short but action-packed career during World War 2.

Powered by the Jumo 004 jet engine, the Me 262 outclassed anything the Allies had in terms of speed and firepower, offering, as an interceptor, a formidable punch with four 30 mm MK 108 nose-mounted cannon. Such a blend of armament and speed allowed the Me 262A-1a not just to inflict carnage on the Allied heavy bomber formations, but also to evade their fighter escorts – even the later marks of Spitfire and the formidable American P-51 Mustang.

In this new study, Luftwaffe historian Robert Forsyth utilises first-hand accounts from Me 262 pilots to chronicle actions against Allied bombers and their escorts, as well as detailing hit-and-run bomber attacks on road junctions, Allied airfields, vehicle columns, troop assemblies and supply dumps. All of these aspects of the Me 262 are enhanced by vivid illustrations, including archival photographs and specially commissioned profile artworks.

Table of Contents

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1. Design and Development
2. 1944 – Year of Defiance
3. Performance, Projects and Possibilities
4. Weaponry – the Quest for Victory (air-to-air bombing, R4M, MK 214)
5. Night Defender
6. 1945 – Year of Attrition

Product details

Published Dec 17 2024
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472860774
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Colour artwork plates and maps; black & white and colour photographs and illustrations.
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Combat Aircraft
Short code COM 155
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Robert Forsyth

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Gareth Hector

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Jim Laurier

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