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Old 26th February 2008, 20:40
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Unknown Aircraft.

Here's one for all aircraft spotters, this is the latest piece of research I'm undertaking.
I have two photo-reconnaissance prints flown by 7th Photo Group USAAF, dated 6th March 1944, they cover part of an unknown airfield which looks totally empty, however I noticed these two aircraft sitting on their own.
This imagery has been greatly enlarged and I cannot sharpen the images anymore without losing what detail is there in the first place.

Any comments on what they are would be grateful.

Thanks for your time.

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Old 26th February 2008, 23:03
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Re: Unknown Aircraft.

Could they actually be twin-engined types and their shadows? Certainly looks like this could be what I see the bottom right image anyway...

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Old 26th February 2008, 23:10
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Re: Unknown Aircraft.

I aggree, a low sun casting long shadows on a couple of two-engined aircraft. As the engines seems to end about in line with the fuselage I'd say Ju88 or possibly He111

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Re: Unknown Aircraft.

The one that is "nosing ahead" of the other looks to me like a Me 410 from the wing shape/engine configuration.
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Old 27th February 2008, 08:47
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Re: Unknown Aircraft.

Thanks for your comments, here are two basic scans of the airfield. Still the location is unknown at this time, it looks like it is next to a large river or the coast, that could put it anywhere.
One comment that was put to me is that the left-hand image could be an Me 262.



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Old 27th February 2008, 09:33
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Re: Unknown Aircraft.

Matzos,

It could be Lechfeld airbase. See http://virtualglobetrotting.com/view...&mid=39092 for example, and the river profile together with proximity of airfield.
I believe the left-hand image is a Me 262 too.

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Old 27th February 2008, 09:23
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Re: Unknown Aircraft.

I agree with the 410: the wing planform of the other looks like Junkers, so a 188 is my guess, but it is difficult.
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Re: Unknown Aircraft.

Good night to all!
Quite interesting photographs indeed. Do you know the name of the pilots that took them? It would be very interesting to know.
I looked carefully and I noticed what seems to be a twin vertical tail. My humble guess is that it COULD BE a Heinkel He 280. We would have to check, if one member put correctly if this airfield is indeed Lechfeld and what kind of aircraft were there by the time the pictures were taken. ( I remember seing a good book by Schiffer Publishing about LW Experimental Airbase or anything similar. The actual tittle I do not remember, but what I do remember was the name of famous experimental pilots and engineers being co-authors. Perhaps there is more about Lechfeld and the kind of aircraft that were there by 6th March 1944. )
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PS: By the way, where you managed to get those aerial pictures?
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Old 27th February 2008, 18:31
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Re: Unknown Aircraft.

Hi,

It looks to me that the LH plane is not a 262 as it is only the shadow that has a swept back wing appearance. It looks more like a 188 and the other a 111. Are there photo times on the edge of the pictures. They would appear to be early am or late pm.

Just my photo int two pennies worth!

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Old 27th February 2008, 18:32
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Re: Unknown Aircraft.

Hi again,

Yes Adriano, looking at pic again it does indeed appear to have a twin fin tail.

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