Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a/U4

 


WrkNr.170083

170083 "Wilma Jeanne"

WrkNr.111899

Side view of V083

 

One of the strangest variants was the Me 262A-1a/U4 "Pulkzerstörer" which carried an awesome 50mm cannon. This was intended to be the ultimate bomber-killer.

Initially, two Me 262`s (Wk/nr 111899 & 170083) were modified to carry this new weapon, being flown and tested from Lager-Lechfeld during March and April of 1945.

After the war, Wk/nr170083 was the subject of an abortive attempt by Messerschmitt`s Test Pilot Ludwig Hoffman (on the orders of Watson's Whizzers Col. Watson) to move her to the US for trials and valuation. The Me 262 crashed in Jersey during the flight, Hoffman having to bail out. To read more about the `Watson's Whizzers` squadron and the pilots who flew the captured Me 262`s, please visit Stormbirds.com`s Watsons Whizzers page here. For a complete overview of the Me 262 Werknummers, including the 2 Pulkzerstörer machines, visit the Werknummers Resource Center.