Profile Publications No. 148 The Junkers Ju 88 Night Fighters

The end o f the Nachtjagd row upon row o f Ju 88's, night fighters and bombers together, stand abandoned on a North European airfield in the spring o f 1945. Note the great variation o f camouflage and marking styles. (Photo: Imp. War Mus. CL3303) Units with Ju 88 night fighters on strength, 9th April 1945 Stab, I,II and lll/N.J.G. 2. Stab, I, 7 and 10/N.J.G. 3. Stab. I. 4 and 7/N./.G. 4. Stab, I, 4,7 and lO/N.j.G. 5. Stab, I, 4 and 10/N.j.G. 6. IIN.j.G. 100. Another Ju 88G-7I) with FuG 218 Neptun radar but fitted with the more streamlined Morgenstern aerial system. The aerial elements protruded through the plywood covering o f the pointed nosecone. Note on German night fighter colour scheme From 1943 the standard Luftwaffe night fighter colour scheme was light blue, with a grey mottle on the upper surfaces. Such light colours might seem incongruous for aircraft engaged on night operations, but in fact this scheme was arrived at after considerable thought. Even on the darkest night there is some light. When aircraft were seen they appeared as dark shapes, silhouetted against the lighter background of the sky. Hence the light colours, designed to reduce to a minimum the colour contrast between the aircraft and its background. A similar light colour scheme was considered for R.A.F. night bombers, but the idea was rejected because aircraft illuminated in the beams of searchlights would have become even more con­spicuous. <Alfred Price, 1967. PRINTED IN ENGLAND (Profile Publications Ltd., P.O. Box 26, 1a North Street, Leatherhead, Surrey, England by George Falkner &Sons Ltd., for McCorquodale City Printing Division, London. U.S. 2nd Class Mailing Rates applied for. Profile Publications Ltd. is a member of the Norprint Division of the Norcros Group with world distribution network, retaining all rights in all languages. North American Import Agency rights delegated to J.W .C. Aeronautica, 7506 Clybourn Avanue, Sun Valley, California 91352 North American Distributive Agency rights invested the National Aerospace Education Council, 616 Shoreham Building, 806 15th Street N.W., Washington D.C. 20005. Reproduction of, or any part of, this publication is expressly forbidden under the terms of International Copyright Law except as subject to written permission by the Managing Director, Profile Publications Ltd.
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