Arado Ar 234 Blitz
As the first jet reconnaissance bomber, the Arado Ar 234 Blitz (Lightning) spearheaded Germany's remarkable bold introduction of high-performance turbojet aircraft in 1944. Service over the British Isles with the Ar 234B-1 began in September 1944, followed by a growing force of B-2s which supported the Battle of the Bulge in the winter 1944-45. In March 1945, their repeated attacks on the vital Remagen bridge, caused it to collapse. Though handicapped by fuel shortage, these uninterceptable aircraft played a significant role on all European fronts in the closing months of the war. Source: Profile: German Warplanes of World War II Published by Temple Press/Aerospace. Info: Fighting Aircraft of World War II Published by Salamander Books.