A heavily armed FW-190 destroys a British Landcaster Bomber over Germany during a night mission.
This FW190 is armed with 2 × 13 mm (.51 in) MG 131 machine guns and 2 × 20 mm MG 151 cannons. The MG 151 cannon has been loaded with Minengeschoss ('mine-shell') ammunition originally developed in Germany and used in the Luftwaffe's larger caliber aircraft armament during World War II. This new type of high-explosive shell differed from conventional H.E. ammunition in that it had much thinner walls. The shell was drawn from high-quality steel, instead of having the explosives cavity drilled into a solid shot, which allowed thinner-wall construction and therefore a far greater amount of explosive filler.
Many fuel tanks were vulnerable on the Lancaster and between #2 and # 3 engines and the fuselage were located large tanks and they were the easiest ones to get to explode. “Lancs” used up fuel in the outboard tanks first; thus the center tanks always had fuel in them toward the end of the bombing mission.
So he did one of the bravest things he could. He escorted the bomber to the coast. The B17 crew were shocked when they looked over and saw this BF109 flying in formation with them. Initially he attempted to get them to turn and fly toward neutral Sweden but the boys wanted to make it back home to their air base. This was a very risky thing to do because if his aircraft had been spotted escorting the enemy home he would have been executed for treason. Also this was during a time when bombers were especially hated by the Germans because of how effectively they were knocking out resources.
What's great about this story is that both the German and American pilots survived the war and were brought together and became very very close friends.
Actual Meeting circa 1990:
It is based on a German pilot's perspective of him attacking a B-17's fuel tanks similar to the Lancaster I presented. See web site reference:Lt Franz Stigler, a 500mission veteran describes a 1944 attack against American bombers in the excerpt below: :
Note the reference photo of the ME109 attacking from the rear starboard side. In less than 2 seconds he has to shoot and move up to avoid collision. The flight path that I propose is based on this photo. Very Dangerous work.
"The position looks weird" because the heavy bomber's wing has been shot off and now has no lift, and has two 1,250 hp Merlin engines pulling an unbalance fuselage into a twisting (torque) downward spin, which I would expect based several laws of physics.
Thanks for the feedback and kind works its always good for discussion amongst our fellow artists and aviation enthusiasts.
And poor guys. That's how I feel about all the victims, on whichever side.