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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA36703: Junkers Ju 88A-4 of 4./KG 30, Luftwaffe based at Lister, Norway, March 1943. Limited Edition of 2,190 Pieces.
Length 7.75 inches Wingspan 11 inches
It was not until the Battle of Britain that the Ju88A played a major role in German operations. Ju88s took part in a number of daylight actions against British radar stations, airfields and ports in the opening phases of the Battle of Britain. The Ju88A-1 was the main variant used and possessed a good performance, was reasonably maneuverable for its size and could take a great deal of punishment. However, its lack of armored protection and insufficient defensive armament meant that it was relatively easy prey for RAF fighters.At the time of the Battle of Britain the Ju 88 was at tyhe start of its ervice career and its remarkable adaptability, particularly as a night fighter, had still to be explored by the Luftwaffe. The JU 88A saw considerable action in the Balkans and the Eastern Front. Some of the most outstanding service however was in the Arctic, where aircraft from units KG 26 and KG 30, based in Northern Norway, carried out devastating attacks on the Allied convoys supplying weapons to Russia.
Designed to meet a German requirement for a heavy dive bomber, the Ju 88 was first flown on December 21, 1936. Affectionately called “The Maid of all Work,” the Ju 88 was one of the most versatile aircraft to serve in WWII. It was used as a bomber, dive bomber, heavy fighter, night fighter, torpedo bomber and reconnaissance aircraft, and was produced in more variants than any other WWII twin-engined German aircraft. The Ju 88 was so successful, in fact, that production continued almost uninterrupted between 1936 and 1945, with more than 16,000 Ju 88s rolling off the line by the end of the war.