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Did Goering Field a combat operational nazi youth corp He - 162 fighter squadron?

Discussion in 'Air War in Western Europe 1939 - 1945' started by royalflyingcorp, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. royalflyingcorp

    royalflyingcorp New Member

    Oct 31, 2016
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    In September 1944, with the Nazi empire under extreme pressure on all fronts, the German Air Ministry ("ReichsLuftsfahrtMinisterium" or "RLM") acknowledged Germany's desperate circumstances by issuing a requirement for a new jet fighter that would be simple, cheap, and easy to build in large quantity. The aircraft would be built in such quantities that little maintenance would be required, as a defective aircraft could simply be discarded and replaced with a new one. The Air Ministry called this aircraft the "Volksjaeger (People's Fighter)".

    Such a measure made some sense under the circumstances, but there were those in the Nazi leadership, including Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering, head of the Luftwaffe, who went further, believing that the new fighter would be piloted by Hitler Youth. These adolescents would be given elementary pilot training by flying gliders based on the Volksjaeger, and then would immediately be put behind the controls of the fighter itself, to sink or swim in flight operations and air combat. The idea of putting barely trained kids into the cockpit of a high performance fighter, particularly one designed in haste and manufactured as cheaply as possible, was of course lunacy, and Goering, a fighter ace himself, should have known better.

    The He-162 finally began to see combat in mid-April. On 19 April, the pilot of a British Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter who had been captured by the Germans informed his interrogators that he had been shot down by a jet fighter whose description was clearly that of a He-162. The Heinkel and its pilot were lost as well, shot down by an RAF Tempest fighter while returning to base.

    Did any of the NYFC pilots trained on gliders at Wasserkuppe fly with the initial "Erprobungskommando 162", formed at the Luftwaffe test center at Rechlin under the command of Oberstleutnant Heinz Baer, or "Ist Gruppe / Jagdgeschwader 1 (I/JG-1)", or end up getting assigned to them, or to the last gasp "Einsatzgruppen (Special Action Group)"?

    Was there ever an operational NYFC He-162 squadron? I have to admit I am extremely curious about this, and from my own personal research I have to conclude that at least one NYFC pilot made it into combat in a He-162, and was shot down or crashed or his airfield was overrun and he was captured by the Allies. I have heard that at least one operational hitler youth He - 162 squadron was operational just before the war ended. But all records have been lost so we dont know how or if they were ever successful...
  2. Skipper

    Skipper Kommodore

    Jun 6, 2006
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    From what I know, G√ľnther Kirchner was the only claim which was confirmed by the RAFin mid April 1945. . The fact that most He-162 had been destroyed during test flights or even operationnal flights, left very few aircraft available to face the enemy. Add to this the fact that in March-April JG1 moved from Parchim to Ludwigslust, Marienhehe, then Leck within days, left very moments for successfull scores. The surviving aircraft were moved from one point to another until the final surrender and the destruction of most of them (those assigned to Galland / JV44 for example) source: Mombeek p 297.
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