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He 219 «Uhu»

Night fighter

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G9+FB was an early He-219A-0 model operated by I/NJG 1 from Venlo in Holland in June 1943.

G9+FB was an early He-219A-0 model operated by I/NJG 1 from Venlo in Holland in June 1943.
On 11/12 June, flown by Major Werner Streib, the aircraft destroyed five Lancasters-and this on the He 219`s first operational sortie. Ironically, the aircraft crashed due to inoperative flaps when returning to base.

Models: He 219A-0 to A-7, B and C series. First Flight: He 219V-1 November 15, 1942. Service Delivery: Prototypes: November 15, 1942. He 219A-1: November 1943. Total Production: 268.

Powerplant: He 219V-1: Daimler-Benz DB 603AS Type: Inverted-vee-12 liquid-cooled; 1,750 hp

Typical: Daimler-Benz DB 603G Type: Inverted-vee-12 liquid-cooled; 1,900 hp

He 219A-6: Daimler-Benz DB 603L Type: Inverted-vee-12 liquid-cooled; 1,750 hp

He 219A-7/R1 Specification
Crew 2
Dimensions
Wing span, m 18.5m (60 ft 8 in)
Wing Area 44.5 m2 (480 ft2)
Length,(With Aerials) m 15.55m (50 ft 11¾ in)
Height, m 4.1m (13 ft 5½ in)
Powerplant
2x Daimler-Benz DB 603G; Power at take-off, hp 1,900
at altitude 7,400m (24,278 ft) 1,560
Weight, kg:
Empty weight 11,210 (24,714 lb)
Loaded weight 15,300 (33,730 lb)
Performance
Maximum speed at altitude 7000m (22,966ft) 665km/h (413 mph)
Time to level 6000m (19,685ft), min 11,5
Time to level 10000m (32,808ft), min 18,8
Service ceiling 12,700m (41,666 ft)
Service range at speed 625 km/h (388 mph) 1,540km (957 mls)
Service range at speed 535 km/h (332 mph) 2,000km (1,243 mls)
Armament
6 х MK-108; rounds per gun: 100
2 х MG-151; rounds per gun: 300

Armament:

  • He 219V-1 Two 20mm MG 151/20 Cannon in wing roots. One 13mm MG 131 in rear cockpit.
  • He 219A-2/R1 Two 20mm MG 151/20 Cannon in wing roots. Two or Four 20mm MG 151/20 Cannon in belly tray. Two 30mm Mk 108 cannon in Shrage Musik mount.
  • He 219A-7/R1 Two 30mm Mk 108 Cannon in wing roots. Two 20mm MG 151/20 Cannon in belly tray. Two 30mm Mk 103 Cannon in belly tray. Two 30mm Mk 108 cannon in Shrage Musik mount. Ammunition: 100 rounds per gun
  • He 219A-7/R2 Two 30mm Mk 108 Cannon in wing roots. Two 20mm MG 151/20 Cannon in belly tray. Two 30mm Mk 108 Cannon in belly tray. Two 30mm Mk 108 cannon in Shrage Musik mount. Ammunition: 100 rounds per gun

References

  • "Encyclopedia of military engineering" /Aerospace Publising/
  • "Warplanes of the Luftwaffe. Combat aircraft of Hitler`s Luftwaffe." /under cor. David Donald/

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2020 09 21

Hi guys - my name is Richard, I own an aviation publishing company in the UK
www.chandospublications.co.uk
I have a team of writers who are working on a book on the Heinkel He 219. I have heard from a couple of authors (Yefim Gordon, Dimitry Sobolev) that one example was taken to the Soviet Union in 1945, possibly from the Czech Republic. We would REALLY like to find out any further information, especially original Russian documents that specifically mention the He 219. Yefim Gordon says:
'‘Among the new German aircraft…sent to the Soviet Union, there was a single example of the Heinkel He 219…as related by the Russian aviation historian Dimitry A. Sobolev, this fact was mentioned in a letter sent by People’s Commissar of the Aircraft Industry Aleksey I. Shakhoorin to the Communist Party Central Committee in the Summer of 1945…it is known that BNT TsAGI (The Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute) prepared a special report…based on the above-mentioned studies, as well as on captured documents…’'
do you know of any copies of the special report mentioned, or the 1945 letter sent by Shakhoorin?
Any help you can give us would be greatly appreciated. We have very little information on the Soviet He 219, or if it even existed, and to prove it would be a major discovery for us.
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Many thanks
Richard Carrick

2020 09 21

After the end of the war, several samples of the He-219 aircraft in different technical conditions entered the USSR as war trophies, were flown around and comprehensively tested. There was nothing outstanding in the design. Of much greater value were airborne navigation, sighting equipment, airborne radar and equipment for detection and selection of air targets located at ground command posts.
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Viacheslav

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