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§ British formerly top-secret plans to capture the Focke Wulf
§ Tactical trial reports
§ Letter from Air Chief Marshal to the Under Secretary of State
§ Authentic hand-written German flight test reports
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Wings of Power Focke Wulf 190 “Butcher Bird”
It’s the winter of 1940. You are a member of the British Royal Air Force (RAF), and your country just stopped a massive German assault in the most decisive air battle in history, the Battle of Britain. It’s now the summer of 1941, and Germany’s offensive in now directed far away towards Russia on the Eastern Front.
Troubling reports begin circulating that the Germans are about to introduce a new super fighter and station it just across the English Channel where British fighters are now patrolling with confidence. One report indicates the new fighter to have a top speed of 390mph, which if is true, would make it 20mph faster than the Spitfire.
The RAF’s worst fears began to unfold when the first batch of Focke Wulf 190’s began leaving the factory at Marienburg to the 6th Staffel at Jagdgeshwader 26 in Belgium.
RAF pilot’s began to encounter this new fighter and described it as being fast and maneuvered unlike anything they’ve ever seen before. The first contacts misreported it as being a German captured P36 with a radial engine, but top RAF officials knew this was nothing they produced; it was the mysterious new super fighter they have been hearing so much about. What they didn’t know was just how much of a shock the FW190 had in store for them.
Encounters over the coming months proved that this new German fighter could not only penetrate British airspace at will, but could cut their fighters down with a brutal efficiency. This reputation gave the Focke-Wulf the title, “Butcher Bird.” This isn’t to say the British were unable to defend or fight back, but things changed for even the Spitfire as it went from the role of hunter patrolling the Channel to the hunted. The FW190, with it’s faster speed, climb, and maneuverability could dictate when and where to fight and to disengage at will. Needless to say, this had British high command gravely concerned.
For almost a full year the Focke Wulf enjoyed this decisive edge. The Spring of 1942 was still a tough time for the RAF pilots as more Focke Wulf’s were being deployed each week. The British high command was concerned to the point of orchestrating an elaborate commando operation to hijack a Focke Wulf.
Below is the full, top-secret report from Captain Philip Pinckey to capture an example of the Focke Wulf.
Please note how fortunate we are today to be able to look back into real history and peak into what was once invaluable information of the highest secrecy.
Luck of the Draw
However, luck would have it when a lost Focke Wulf pilot mistakenly landed his aircraft (FW190A3) in perfect condition at Pembrey, England thinking it was his home base. A single British soldier at gunpoint greeted him.
The RAF spared no time, tore the aircraft apart piece by piece, analyzed and recorded every component, re-assembled it, and then setup mock combat trials to follow. A secret telepriter message from headquarters Fighter Command to all air defence units on June 29, 1942:
“Captured Focke Wulf 190 will be flying in Green Area from 29/6 onwards from RAF. Farnhorough with or without Spitfire escort. All aircrews and gunners arc to he warned that attacks should not, repeat, not, he made on Fw 190 aircraft in this area. Fw 190 will carry British markings.”
The idea was to uncover and exploit any weaknesses in the aircraft, then teach their pilots to use these weaknesses to their advantage. While some vices were found, the overall report mostly confirmed their worst fears about the Focke-wulf. Excerpts from the actual report are below
(The reader should bear in mind that these are the words of an enemy forced to give an opponent grudging admiration in time of war.)
After the trials ended and the results were analyzed, the following letter was written by Air Chief Marshal Sir William Sholto Douglas to the Under Secretary of State for Air, Lord Sherwood.
Aging with Grace
As the war progressed, both the British and the American’s developed improvements to their fighters, and would eventually surpass the long advantage the FW190 had over the English Channel. As the Allies conducted their strategic, heavy-bomber campaign against German industry, the Focke Wulf190 played a duel role as a heavy interceptor and an escort. The enormous firepower from a Focke Wulf interceptor was capable of bringing a heavy bomber down in just a ½ second burst, when flown by an experienced hand.
On the Eastern Front towards Russia, the Focke Wulf 190 took on the roll of tank buster. It was fitted with even heavier armor protection that the interceptors, and pilots used bomb-skipping tactics in the open fields to take out Russian heavy armor. The tactic was to fly low at 50ft above the ground and drop their bomb to land just before the armored target. The bomb would either slam into the side, or skip and hit the side. With a slightly delayed fuse, the aircraft would be clear of the tank when the bomb detonated. History would show, while the Focke Wulf performed remarkably well in the tank buster roll, just like the interceptor variants, it wasn’t enough to stop the superior numbers and determination of the allies on their way to take Berlin.
The Focke Wulf was not an aircraft for the inexperienced. Hard maneuvering could, without warning, result in an incipient spin if the pilot did not have his wits about him. The spin and snap was so violent and abrupt, some pilots actually learned to use this vice to their advantage. If an enemy was on their tail, they would pull back hard on the stick, flipping the aircraft on its back and into a downward spin. Provided there was over 3,000 ft to recover, this became an almost guaranteed way to evade an enemy.
Now with Wings of Power you can experience what it was like to fly the legendary Focke Wulf, with all of its historical characteristics in all major variants. Like with any Wings of Power aircraft build with Absolute Realism, we consult with pilots, flight test reports, and as much first hand information as possible.
Aircraft Source Data
Shockwave has been fortunate enough to acquire some of the rarest flight test data, captured by the Allies during the invasion of Europe. Below is an example of one of many documents used to re-create this aircraft with a high level of accuracy. Our best sources were actual hand-plotted reports from German test pilots, which are likely the truest measure of how this aircraft actually performed (not the typical inflated, published performance figures made to sell the aircraft to the military). You will notice these documents were created under the supervision of lead test pilot / test program director Hans Sander (see picture below), so their legitimacy is unparalleled.
Wings of Power Focke-Wulf 190A-3
The Focke-Wulf 190 A-3 was the first definitive production model of the series. It featured the potent BMw 801 D-2 of 1,700 horsepower along with four 20mm cannon in the wings and a pair of 13mm machine guns in the cowling. The outboard cannon were MG/FF, with the faster-firing MG 151s in the wing roots. The aircraft could also carry a 300-liter drop tank and, with factory conversion kits, various combinations of bombs on an underfuselage rack. This allowed the aircraft to function in both the role of interceptor/dogfighter and fighter/bomber.
Wings of Power Focke-Wulf 190A-4
The Focke-Wulf 190 A-4, introduced during the summer of 1942,was essentially the same as the A-3, with the exception of uprated radio equipment and the addition of the MW50 methanol-water injection system, which increased the power to 2,100 HP for brief periods of time. This increased the top speed to some 416 mph, but this could only be maintained for a short while. Like the A-3, the A-4 could be equipped with factory conversions that made it suitable to carry additional fuel and various combinations of armaments for a wide variety of missions.
Wings of Power Focke-Wulf 190 A-5
The Focke-Wulf 190 A-5 was similar to the A-4, but had a revised engine mounting that repositioned the engine 5.9 inches farther forward. This restored the center of gravity that had been disrupted by the addition of the new radio equipment to the A-4 version. Maximum takeoff weight was increased to 9,480 pounds, and a broader array of factory conversion kits were made available to expand the aircraft's role capabilities. The weapons selection now included underwing 30mm cannon, torpedoes, rockets, and bombs. Some versions carried heavy armor plating and were used as ground attack and close support aircraft.
Wings of Power Focke-Wulf 190 A-6
The Focke-Wulf 190 A-6 was a production version of the A-5/U10 with a lightened wing structure. It carried the standard armament of four 20mm MG151 cannon and a pair of 13mm machine guns in the cowling. A very light aircraft, it was highly maneuverable and had a good rate of climb as compared to others in the series.
Wings of Power Focke-Wulf 190 A-8
The Fw 190 A-8 was the final production version of the A-series fighter, with production reaching a total of 1,334 airframes. It featured the BMW 801 D-2 engine, this time with the GM-1 nitrous oxide boost system which raised the horsepower to 2,100 for brief periods. It also had a small auxiliary tank behind the pilot which carried 30 gallons of additional fuel. The aircraft's maximum gross weight was raised to 10,724 pounds as a result of structural modifications. However, the aircraft was not as fast as the previous A-4 because of the increased weight and drag of the modified airframe, despite having the same power rating. It was equipped in a wide variety of conversions for all types of roles.
Wings of Power Focke-Wulf 190 A-8/R8
The Fw 190 A-8 was the final production version of the A-series fighter, with production reaching a total of 1,334 airframes. It featured the BMW 801 D-2 engine, this time with the GM-1 nitrous oxide boost system which raised the horsepower to 2,100 for brief periods. It also had a small auxiliary tank behind the pilot which carried 30 gallons of additional fuel. The aircraft's maximum gross weight was raised to 10,724 pounds as a result of structural modifications. However, the aircraft was not as fast as the previous A-4 because of the increased weight and drag of the modified airframe, despite having the same power rating. It was equipped in a wide variety of conversions for all types of roles. The Fw 190 A-8/R8 was a ground support aircraft and was equipped with some 792 lbs. of additional armor, making it highly unsuitable for high-altitude dogfighting. The armor was helpful in protecting the pilot from ground fire, however, but the extra weight reduced top speed and rates of climb.
Wings of Power Focke-Wulf 190 A-9
The Fw 190 A-9 was similar to the A-8, but was fitted with an improved version of the BMW engine that produced 2,000 HP without chemical injection, as a result of improved supercharger gear ratios. This meant the extra power was always on tap, rather than limited as with the chemical boost systems. This aircraft had perhaps the highest top speed of all the BMW-powered versions except the A-4, reaching 416 mph at altitude. Cruise, takeoff, and climb were also enhanced by the extra power of the BMW 801 F engine, as reflected in the excellent 7.5 minute time to 6,000 meters and higher cruising speeds.
Wings of Power Focke-Wulf 190 F-8
The Fw 190 F series was dedicated to ground attack. They were heavily armed and heavily armored, with the same powerful, 2,100 HP BMW 801 D-2 as the A-8. The armor was helpful in protecting the pilot from ground fire, but the extra weight reduced top speed and rates of climb. The armament for all F-series aircraft was reduced to just two cannon and two machine guns, but other armaments such as the Mk 108 30mm cannon could be mounted under the wings as part of various conversion kits. Some variants of the F-series were set up as torpedo bombers, and all could carry a wide range of munitions. The Fw 190 F-8 was a ground support aircraft and was equipped with nearly 800 lbs. of additional armor, making it highly unsuitable for high-altitude dogfighting.
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