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Ju88

Manufacturer : Junkers
Number Built : 15000
Production Began : 0
Retired : 0
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The German Junkers JU 88 twin engined Bomber of World war two. The first prototype first flew in December 1936 with a civilian registration of D-AQEN it managed a top speed of 360 mph. This would give the German air force the Luftwaffe a fast multi role bomber. The Junkers JU 88 was used as a night fighter, reconnaissance and Torpedo Bomber. In total there were 15,000 JU 88's built during the war JU88 losses unknown serial numbers at this stage 11/12.07.40: Target Avonmouth & Portishead: Ju 88A of I/KG 51 4 NCO's missing Failed to return and probably crashed into the sea. 11/12.07.40: Target Avonmouth & Portishead: Ju 88A of 3/KG 51 Ofw. Josef Rattel (F) killed 1 NCO injured 2 others uninjured This aircraft was unable to precisely identify the target because of intense flak. It suffered engine failure on the return flight and crashed and burnt out at Varnevil while on approach to landing. 22.08.40: Reconnaissance over Filton: Ju 88A-1, 7A+AL, of 3(F)/121 Ogefr. W.Kuhweide ( ) killed Ltn. R.Pfundtner ( ) POW injured Oblt. Baudler ( ) POW injured Flg. A.Leber ( ) POW injured Crashed at 16.00 hrs at Upcott Farm, Beaford, nr. Okehampton, Devon. Shot down by Spitfires of Green Section, 152 Sq. (Warmwell) following an attack by P/O. W.Beaumont. 11/12.04.41: Target Bristol area: Ju 88A-5, B3+GN of 5/KG 54 Uffz. Karl Funke (F) missing Fw. Josef Höhnhorst (Bf) missing Gefr. Heinz Bretschneider (Bs) missing Gefr. Horst Heller (B) missing Failed to return, probably crashed into the sea

Ju88


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 Spitfire QJ-K of No.92 Squadron intercepts a marauding pair of Ju88s over southern England.

92 Squadron Intercept by Jason Askew. (P)
The Luftwaffe had done everything in its power to pummel London into submission but they failed. By the end of September 1940 their losses were mounting. For weeks since the early days of September, London had been the main target for the Luftwaffe and during that time Luftwaffe High Command had grown increasingly despondent as their losses steadily mounted. Far from being on the brink of collapse RAF Fighter Command, though vastly outnumbered, had shown an incredible resilience. The fighting had reached a dramatic climax on Sunday 15th September when, bloodied and bruised, the Luftwaffe had lost the upper hand on a day of intense combat that had culminated with a humiliating retreat. Almost every day that had passed since then had seen the Luftwaffe do everything in its power to pummel London and regain the initiative, but the daylight raids were becoming increasingly costly. On Friday 27th September, 80 days after the Battle of Britain had officially begun, the Luftwaffe came once more, this time concentrating on the fastest bombers they had - Ju88s and Bf110s. And they came in force, principally targeting London and Bristol. Anthony Saunders' superb painting depicts one of these raids, this time by bombers from KG77 as they head over the Medway Estuary, east of the City of London, in an attempt to attack the capital's warehouses and docks. Among the many units defending the capital that day was 92 Squadron from Biggin Hill and Anthony portrays the Spitfire of Pilot Officer Geoffrey Wellum in his dramatic piece. With a deft flick of the rudder Wellum banks his fighter away to port seconds after sharing in the destruction of a Ju88. It was just one of more than 50 German aircraft destroyed by the RAF during the day.
Decisive Blow by Anthony Saunders.
 One of the most widely used aircraft of the Luftwaffe, the Ju88 was employed in a variety of roles, including night-fighter, bomber, dive-bomber and reconnaissance.   The aircraft fought in numerous theatres, including the Battle of France, Battle of Britain, and the Eastern Front.

Ju88s by Jason Askew. (P)
 On the night of 7th-8th June 1944, a Lancaster of No.207 Sqn piloted by Wing Commander John Grey was part of a force of 112 bombers and 10 Mosquitoes sent to attack a tank storage park near Cerisy-la-Foret. With the D-Day landings just 48 hours old, it was considered too risky to leave the tank park intact, should the Germans try to launch a counter thrust from this position, just 20 miles from the French coast near Bayeux.  Shortly after crossing the coast, Greys aircraft was attacked by a JU.88 and both the mid upper gunner Sutherland and tail gunner McIntosh opened fire on their pursuer and sent it down in flames. No sooner had they recovered from this fright when a second JU.88 closed in on them. Again, both gunners combined their fire and destroyed the enemy aircraft in mid air.  Grey pressed on to the target where their bombs fell on the enemy tank depot, also destroying some fuel dumps and an important road junction.  Returning to the French coast to begin their journey home, they were attacked yet again, this time by a Messerschmitt  Bf 110. With machine-like precision, McIntosh and Sutherland opened fire together, claiming their third victim in a single night. For this extraordinary feat, both gunners were awarded the DFC.

Gunners Moon by Ivan Berryman.

Ju88 Artwork Collection



Kampfegruppe 806 (KGr 806) Ident Codes M7. by M A Kinnear.


Ju88A-4 and Crew by Ivan Berryman.


Ju88A-4 of KG.30 by Ivan Berryman.


Gunners Moon by Ivan Berryman.


Ju88s by Jason Askew. (P)


92 Squadron Intercept by Jason Askew. (P)


Combat Over Domremy by Graeme Lothian.

Sea Wolves by Nicolas Trudgian. (GS)

First Combat by Robert Taylor


Assault on the Capital by Robert Taylor


Hurricane Country by Nicolas Trudgian.

Decisive Blow by Anthony Saunders.


Sicilian Vespers by Iain Wyllie.


Early Morning by Iain Wyllie.


Moonlight Hunter by Nicolas Trudgian.

Lightning Strikes 7 Times by Stan Stokes.


Double Trouble by Stan Stokes.

Top Aces for : Ju88
A list of all Aces from our database who are known to have flown this aircraft. A profile page is available by clicking the pilots name.
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Heinz Rokker64.00The signature of Heinz Rokker features on some of our artwork - click here to see what is available.
Paul Zorner59.00The signature of Paul Zorner features on some of our artwork - click here to see what is available.
Werner Hoffmann52.00The signature of Werner Hoffmann features on some of our artwork - click here to see what is available.
Alfred Ambs7.00The signature of Alfred Ambs features on some of our artwork - click here to see what is available.
Helmut Thomas7.00The signature of Helmut Thomas features on some of our artwork - click here to see what is available.
Squadrons for : Ju88
A list of all squadrons from known to have used this aircraft. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
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KG3

Country : Germany

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KG3

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KG30

Country : Germany

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KG30

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KG51

Country : Germany

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NJG2

Country : Germany

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NJG5

Country : Germany

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Signatures for : Ju88
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Leutnant Alfred Ambs
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30 / 3 / 2010Died : 30 / 3 / 2010
30 / 3 / 2010Ace : 7.00 Victories
Leutnant Alfred Ambs

Born in Gladbeck on the 23rd January 1923, Alfred Ambs joined the Luftwaffe on the 10th July 1942. Initiqally attached to a training unit, he flew Ju88s, Me110s, Me109 and Fw190 aircraft. He was in the following units : Flg.Rgt. 53, Luftkriegsschule 3, Flugzeugführerschule C14 in Prague. Flugzeugführerschule B33 (Prague-Rusin), and Zerstörergeschwader 101. As the war situation worsened, Ambs was transferred to train on the new Messerschmitt 262 fighter with JG7 in Lechfeld. Flying with this unit, Ambs shot down 6 Allied aircraft to finish the war an Me 262 jet Ace. He flew his last mission on 23rd March 1945, and had flown a total of nearly 75 missions on the Me262. Sadly, Alfred Ambs passed away on 30th March 2010.



Hans-Wilhelm Bender
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Hans-Wilhelm Bender

Flew Ju88s with KG3 and was awarded the Knights Cross on 8th September 1941.




Hauptmann Georg Csurusky
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Hauptmann Georg Csurusky

After completing his pilot training, Georg was posted in January, 1943, to 1.KG51 on the eastern front, flying the JU-88 all-weather medium bomber. In August, 1943, he converted to fly the ME-410 Hornet. On October 3rd 1943 Hauptmann Georg Csurusky was awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (The German Cross in Gold). In 1944, 1 Gruppe KG51 converted to train on the ME-262 jet fighter-bomber for the Western Front. Georg flew the 262 on the attack on the Ludendorff Bridge. At the war's end he had flown 209 combat missions on both fronts, 68 of which were in the ME-262.



Oberleutnant Karl-Horst Meyer zum Felde
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Oberleutnant Karl-Horst Meyer zum Felde

With a passion for flying Karl-Horst joined the Luftwafte in October 1938, and following the outbreak of war he flew night operations as a pilot with KG55 over France before taking part in the great Blitz raids over England. After the invasion of Russia he transferred to the Eastern Front and fought at Stalingrad, making several emergency landings including one major incident when, having lost an engine to enemy action, he made a forced landing on one engine in the countryside of south Russia, where he had to join German ground units. He flew both He111s and Ju88s during the war, and was awarded the German Cross in Gold.




Major Werner Hoffmann
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8 / 7 / 2011Died : 8 / 7 / 2011
8 / 7 / 2011Ace : 52.00 Victories
Major Werner Hoffmann

Born in 1918, Werner Hoffman began flying gliders in 1932 before joining the Luftwaffe in 1936, being awarded his pilots bagde in June 1938. A month later, he was with 7./JG234 which, at the beginning of May 1939, became one of the first Destroyer units, I./ZG52. He was assigned to 4./ZG2 and took part in the Battle of France, scoring his first victory, a Spitfire, over Dunkirk. After being wounded, he served as a Staffelkapitan with Erganzungs Zerstorer Gruppe in Denmark, before retraining as a night fighter. Becoming Staffelkpitan of 5./NJG3, he took part in the Channel Dash operations. Hoffmann claimed two twin engine RAF bombers during the 1,000 bomber raid on the night of 25th - 26th June 1942, his first victories at night. In July 1943 he was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of I./NJG5. By the end of 1943, his victory total had increased to 18, but on 20th January 1944 his aircraft was damaged by a Lancaster bomber and he was forced to bale out. At the end of January 1944, he shot down three Halifaxes one night, followed by two Lancasters the following night. With further victories over four-engined bombers at night, his tally grew until the night of 16th - 17th March 1945, when his Ju88 was shot down by a Mosquito night fighter, thought to have been the 239 Sqn Mosquito of British Ace Dennis Hughes. He flew almost 200 missions, scoring 51 night and 1 day victories. Awarded the Knight's Cross in 1943, he was nominated for the Oak Leaves. Werner Hoffman passed away on 8th July 2011.




Unteroffizier Kurt Kesten
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Unteroffizier Kurt Kesten

Kurt Kesten was born in 1922 and entered the Luftwaffe in 1941. He flew many types of training aircraft, and later flew the He-111, Do-17, and ju-88. Kesten served with SG 3, KG 30, and KG (j) 30 where he flew the FW190 F Mistel combination. His last assignment prior to the end of the War was at Rostcock-Marienehe, a former Heinkel factory airfield, where he flew the Mistel combination. After Mistel operations had ended Kesten flew a number of fighter-bomber missions in the FW-190 F. Kesten was awarded the Iron Cross Class 2. He currently resides in Hannoversch-Munden, Germany.




Oberfeldwebel Rony Lauer
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Oberfeldwebel Rony Lauer

Rony Lauer joined the Luftwaffe in 1937 but was still in pilot training at the start of the war. In 1942 he was posted to join KG30, flying the JU-88 on operations over England and later in the Mediteranean theater. In June, 1944, he transferred to 1./KG51 for training on the ME-262 and flew in in combat a few months later. Rony flew one of the lead aircraft in the attack on the Bridge at Remagen, and flew the 262 until the end of the war. Rony Lauer was witness to the first recorded Allied destruction of a Me262, belonging to the unit known as Kommando Schenk, on 28th August 1944, claimed as destroyed by 78th FG pilots Major Joseph Myers and Second Lieutenant Manford O. Croy flying P-47 Thunderbolts. Oberfeldwebel Hieronymus Ronny Lauer of I KG(J) 51, on a landing pattern crash landed his 262 to get away from the Allied fighters, which then destroyed the Me262 in strafing attacks.



Dietrich Peltz
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20 / 8 / 2001Died : 20 / 8 / 2001
Dietrich Peltz

Dietrich Peltz, born June 1914, joined the army in 1934, attending pilot training from late 1935. After training, he flew 320 missions on the Ju-87 Stuka before converting to Ju-88s in the summer of 1940. Awarded the Knights Cross in Octobr 1940, he attained the rank of Generalmajor, being awarded the Oak Leaves and Swords to his Knights Cross in December 1941 and July 1943 respectively. In January 1944, Dietrich Peltz took part in Operation Steinbock, the retaliatory bombing of England, referred to as the Baby Blitz, which ended in heavy losses for German bombers. Dietrich Peltz died 20th August 2001.



Capt Heinz Rökker
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20 / 8 / 2001Ace : 64.00 Victories
Capt Heinz Rökker

Oberleutnant Heinz Rökker was born in Oldenburg, Germany on 20th October 1920. In October 1939 Rokker joined the Luftwaffe and began his training in July 1940 with Flieger Ausbildungs Regiment 22 at Gustrow. Heinz Rokker attended Blindflugschule 5 in Belgrade before completing his training in September 1941 at Nachjagdschule 1. In May 1942 Rökker was then posted to 1 Staffel, Nachtjagdgeschwader 2. The squadorn was operating in the Mediterranean theatre and on the 20th of June 1942 Rokker shot down a Royal Air Force Bristol Beaufort over the Mediterranean Sea whilst transiting from his base at Catania to Kalamaki in Greece. His aircraft received 25 hits from return fire during the action but he landed safely at Kalamaki. From bases in Libya, he undertook intruder missions over Egypt claiming four RAF Wellington twin-engined bombers shot down. He claimed an RAF Wellington twin-engined bomber shot down near Marsalla on the night of 19/20 April to record his sixth victory. On 4th August 1942, 1./NJG 2 was relocated to Belgium. Rökker was appointed Staffelkapitän of 1./NJG 2 on 15 December 1942. In April 1944 he was awarded the Ritter Kreuz (Knights Cross) and Oak Leaves. On the night of 6/7 June, he then claimed 5 RAF bombers and recorded his 40th kill on 7/8 August. On 4/5 November he claimed 4 more enemy aircraft and recorded three more victories on the night of 3/4 February to take his score to 52. He claimed six enemy aircraft on the night of 21/22 February. Heinz Rokker shot down Thomas Harvell on the night of 28/29th July 1944 over Domremy, the birthplace of Joan of Arc. The Lancaster No.LM206 crashed into a farm and the River Meuse. One of the engines can be seen in the museum near Neuf Chateau. His final total was a staggering 64 kills (63 at night ). Hauptmann Rökker was awarded the Eichenlaub in March for 60 victories. On the night of 15/16 March, Rökker recorded 4 enemy aircraft shot down as his last victories of the war, including a Mosquito shot down over his airfield at St Trond. Heinz Rokker mainly flew the Junkers JU 88 G-1 and was credited with 64 victories in 161 missions. Oberleutnant Heinz Rökker recorded 63 of his victories at night, including 55 four-engined bombers.




Feldwebel Karl Rubmeyer
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Feldwebel Karl Rubmeyer

Karl Rubmeyer was born in 1918 at Roche near UeIzen, Germany. He entered the Luftwaffe in 1940. He flew the standard types of training aircraft and the He-111, ju~86, Ju-88, captured French Saiman 202, Caudron 405, and the Mistel combination. He served with Uberfuhrunggsgeschader West and KG 30 and KG 200 where he flew the Mistel. His last assignment was at the former Heinkel factory airfield at Rostock-Marienehe. Rubmeyer attained the rank of Feldwebel and received the Iron Cross Class 2. Following the War Rubmeyer served as the Secretary in a printing business. He currently resides in Germany.



Obergefreiter Ernst Specht
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Obergefreiter Ernst Specht

Called up in 1942, he trained as a radio operator on Ju88s and subsequently joined KG 54 8th Stafel. He flew over 50 missions including attacks Britain’s south coast before taking part in the concentrated efforts to defend occupied Europe with many missions over Normandy. On 31st July 1944 his aircraft was shot down by US anti-aircraft fire near St Lo and he was the only member of is crew to survive. Taken PoW he then spent time in the USA and UK having been awarded the Iron Cross First Class



Oberleutnant Herbert Thomas
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20 / 8 / 2001Ace : 7.00 Victories
Oberleutnant Herbert Thomas

Flying the Ju88, Herbert Thomas fought as a night fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain with I./NJG2. On 8th May 1942 he was shot down and badly wounded over Yorkshire, England. He had 7 victories and was awarded the Iron Cross I and II.




Oberfeldwebel Hermann Wieczorek
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Oberfeldwebel Hermann Wieczorek

Hermann Wieczorek joined the Luftwaffe in 1935 and served as a flight mechanic before training as a pilot. Upon qualifying, he served initially as a flying instructor before joining Oberfehlshaber Sud, under General Kesselring, flying photoreconnaissance missions in the ME-110 and JU-88 over Italy and North Africa. In June, 1944, he was transferred to 1./KG51, flying the ME-262 on the Western Front. Hermann flew the 262 in the action against the Bridge at Remagen and afterword until the end of the war.




Major Paul Zorner
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20 / 8 / 2001Ace : 59.00 Victories
Major Paul Zorner

Originally a transport pilot, Paul Zorner flew in North Africa, the Mediterranean and southern Russia before retraining as a nightfighter pilot, joining II./NJG2 in 1942 flying the Ju88. In December he took command of 2./NJG3 operating first the Do217 and then the Me110. At the beginning of 1943 he was squadron commander of 3./NJG3 and then 8./NJG3, which he led until April 1944, when he took command of III./NJG5, re-equipping with the Ju88G-6. In October 1944 he was promoted to become Kommander of II./NJG100. Paul Zorner was credited with 59 victories and was awarded the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves.


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