Sunday, 4 August 2013
The stereotype of super-efficient Germans is prevalent in popular culture, but WWII era Germany was anything but efficient.
CAMD RF 15-977444-124
"In 1943, after several years of manufacturing Ju-88 and He-129 airplanes, the factory was suggested to switch over to Ju-188 airplanes instead of Ju-88. When the company was ready to for mass production, the ministry of aviation cancelled the Ju-188.
It was suggested that the Henschel factory concentrate all efforts on producing the Me-410 airplane. After an 8-month preparation process, when the company was ready for large scale production, all prepared tools were scrapped.
The ministry of aviation suggested that the company produce equipment for Ju-388 type airplanes, but whe 50-60% of the equipment was ready, the program was annulled. As a result, Henschel produced Ju-88s with wings from Ju-188s."