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He 280 A fortunate navigation error (for the RAF) November 1942

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SleeperService:
For the British Commonwealth WW2 had been a series of highs and lows after an initial period of inactivity. The low point at Dunkirk was followed by the RAF maintaining air superiority in summer 1940. 1941 started badly with shipping losses at a crippling level, Germany attacking the USSR seemed better but the rapid Soviet defeats had brought the Germans close to Moscow and things were looking bad. October 1941 saw it get worse when Hitler and his entourage died after their Fw Kondor exploded in the air after a visit to Army Group Centre HQ. Hitler had survived the blast and ejection but had been drowned after landing. Goering had become Fuhrer, London watched, Himmler became Deputy Fuhrer and the SS under Heydrich rapidly cleared out the dead wood and the attempted coup members. By the time winter stopped operations Moscow was taken, the Far East Forces under Zukhov had been destroyed trying to retake it and rumours of a new German fighter of exceptional performance reached London. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had brought the US into war against the Japanese and the Windsor Conference in Ontario had seen the US take responsibility for the Pacific and CBI upto the Indian border. In addition military supplies for the UK were assured.

1942 was another dark year with the Germans closing up to their declared objectives in the north and centre of the USSR. In the Mediterranean the UK Commonwealth finally destroyed the Italian forces and their German support units and started their campaign west. Then the German jets had appeared in the West and proved to be more than a match for anything the RAF had in service. The Battle of Britain was being refought and it looked as if the German's may win. As numbers of jets increased Gloster's adapted the 'Squirt' to take it's originally planned armament and engine production was addressed. Finally came two stokes of luck. In August the British Embassy in Ankara received a message offering 'a very valuable equipment of intelligence' for an undisclosed sum. This turned out to be the German enigma machine already being attacked in the UK and a set of code books. The money was gladly paid to the Swiss pending confirmation of authenticity which soon arrived. The second in late November was more immediate and tactical. Following a bombing raid on Luton a He280 pilot lost contact with his squadron and ended up approaching RAF Manston where he soon landed. A very quick thinking Groundcrew member remembered some German and was able to overpower the pilot before he realised his mistake. It was only much later that the fact that British spoofers had jammed the normal frequencies, established contact on an alternative and convinced the pilot he was over Belgium was revealed. Rapidly evaluated the captured aircraft was taken around units who were shown it's weaknesses while Hawker's Typhoon was rapidly brought up to service standard.

I'll be starting with this

and making it my quick (relatively) 2020 close out build.     

 

NARSES2:
Interesting idea  :thumbsup:

Rheged:
A totally believable idea. I wait with eager anticipation to see how the He280 turns out.

The Rat:
The most valuable part of that grab would obviously be the developed axial flow engine. The metallurgy and such was not advanced enough at the time to make them tough and reliable, but perhaps the British had better materials. So instead of a lifetime of a few hours, raise it to the triple digits fairly quickly, and even higher as more research was done.

joncarrfarrelly:

--- Quote from: The Rat on December 14, 2020, 08:12:04 pm ---The most valuable part of that grab would obviously be the developed axial flow engine. The metallurgy and such was not advanced enough at the time to make them tough and reliable, but perhaps the British had better materials. So instead of a lifetime of a few hours, raise it to the triple digits fairly quickly, and even higher as more research was done.

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An He-280 in service by late-1942 would most probably have a production HeS-8 engine with its
problems worked out. The HeS-8 was a von Ohain centrifugal flow design, the BMW 003 and the
Jumo 004 most likely wouldn't be available at that time and the Jumo was already earmarked for
the Me-262.

At any rate there would be little to learn from the 003 or 004 as British axial-flow development was
already quite advanced at Metropolitan-Vickers using RAE research that started back in the '30s. The
F.2 engine was the first UK turbojet to fly.

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