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Fw 200 Condor Units of World War 2
Author: Chris Goss

ISBN: 9781472812674
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 24 August 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.9 x 17.9 x 0.8
Description:
Initially designed as an airliner, the Fw 200 Condor gained the moniker 'Scourge of the Atlantic' because of its audacious attacks on Allied shipping and the direction of U-boats against convoys. Although eventually outclassed by the Allied introduction of escort carriers and their fighters and longer-range maritime patrol aircraft, the Fw 200 served from 1940 through to 1944.

The Fw 200 Condor first made an appearance over Norway in April 1940, flying with the unit that eventually become synonymous with it - Kampfgeschwader 40. As the war in the west progressed, and German forces advanced, French airfields opened up, allowing the Condor to fly around the UK and out into the Atlantic, where it rapidly established itself as one of the key menaces to Allied shipping. Able to attack shipping directly, or able to guide U-Boats to their prey the Condor scored its first major success when it crippled the liner Empress of Great Britain.

But the tables were to turn on the 'Scourge of the Atlantic' as mechanical failures induced by their harsh operating environment and changes in Allied tactics began to take a toll. Vulnerable to aerial attack, ...

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