The Werk Nummer & Losses Database
AN OPEN LETTER FROM MR. O'CONNELL
Messerschmitt 262 enthusiasts,
It is my pleasure to be able to share with you the results of over 20 years of compiling werknummern and actual losses of the Messerschmitt 262 during its brief history in World War II.
is also a great pleasure for me to be able to see this on-going work
presented on such a professionally designed web site, as has been crafted
by the Stormbirds webmaster, Chuck Petrie. My most sincere
thanks are all that I can offer to him for his countless hours of
pursuing this idea and molding it into the finely crafted work you
see before you today. I am sure that the international community of
Luftwaffe enthusiasts, as well as myself, would like to thank him for this
extremely generous effort so that all may benefit from this listing.
work initially was started through my interest in modeling Luftwaffe
aircraft, but I eventually found myself pursuing more researching than
building, and the scraps of notes became pages, then simple data bases on
the early computers, and finally, after a succession of computers and data
base formats, to its present form.
the way, it became a nagging question to me that many printed works
persistently described that only a relative few of the Me 262's had been
involved in combat, as the data I had collected seemed to indicate
otherwise. It became my goal to attempt to discover just how many
actually had been built and lost, both due to accidents and to combat
losses. It has been reported that perhaps only 3% of the actual Luftwaffe
records may still exist, and it soon became obvious to me that a record of
werknummern alone would not be sufficient in order to
arrive at any reliable conclusion about the numbers built and used,
therefore a combination of both werknummern AND losses would be
necessary, in the eventual hope that the losses would one day be able to
be accounted for by an actual werknummer.
is my hope, that aside from an initial reference for those inquiring into
the history of the Me 262, that those who have far more extensive research
facilities than my own will feel free to contribute to this on-going work
(of course being suitably noted as the reference), and that collectively,
we can all obtain a much better understanding of the actual number of
these aircraft that were built and the individual histories of the
aircraft, than has yet been available.
is not intended to be a replacement for the printed work, as what you see
here is almost entirely a compilation of printed works, and your support
of these dedicated authors is greatly encouraged, by purchasing their hard
won data as presented in their books. Without the individual effort of
the authors referenced, this work would not be possible.
collection was originally intended for my own personal use, and as such,
frankly I did not bother referencing the aircraft extensively, as a
particular aircraft may have been noted in many published works.
However, with the decision to present the list here, I have attempted to
note those references that may most likely be found in an individual's
personal library, and I heartily suggest you add the volumes listed to
your personal reference selection, for far greater in-depth coverage than
can be presented here. With time, the reference section will be
conflicting information was discovered, all data has been presented, most
notably in brackets, i.e. (xxx). Further individual research is
encouraged, in order to eventually smooth over or remove any disparity in
the information presented.
user of this list may be initially greatly surprised to note that there
are over 1,500 individual entries. Although the greatest care has
been taken in an attempt to offer only what is believed to be individual
aircraft, with a work of this size, and the extremely large number of
unidentified aircraft presented, it would frankly be impossible to state
with certainty that they are all unique airframes. In time, with the
collective help of the international community, this list will grow, and
at the same time, become far more definitive than currently offered.
Your personal input is greatly valued, and will collectively add to a
further better understanding of this historic aircraft.
I offer my very best regards to my fellow enthusiasts, and I sincerely look forward to your contributions.
Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA
would be quite impossible to assemble a list of this size without help,
and in fact this list would not have been possible without the constant
encouragement of Dave Brown, of Experten Decals, Nova Scotia,
Canada. His enduring patience to my endless questions and his
seemingly bottomless source of knowledge on all aspects of the Luftwaffe
allowed me to keep going after I thought I had exhausted all the sources,
only to offer even more data than I thought existed. Dave, my never
more recent acquaintance, and I am the more fortunate for it, and a
seemingly endless source of
impeccably researched information, is Richard Eger, of Delaware,
USA. I am continually astonished at Richard's 45 years of research
and his ability to bring out new and important information. His
groundbreaking Me 262 Production Block research, also presented here on
Stormbirds, should be viewed as unrivaled in the werknummer assignment,
and manufacture of the Me 262.
in alphabetical order by country, my most sincere thanks to:
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