Airman 1st Class
- Jul 21, 2022
Were any Super Electras captured by the Germans and used? Maybe a KLM aircraft?
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Thanks, I think this photo was posted to this forum and have seen a reference to a German test pilot‘s evaluation, but don’t know if it was used by Lufthansa or a unit like KG 200. The test pilot evaluation was a little strange because it used the English phrase “hot ship” which is a phrase that I really hope has a German equivalent, and not just a English phrase picked up by the Germans.I can look in my books at home when I get back from NYC tomorrow. That is if I remember.
It would wild if both the British and the Germans were using Hudsons for special duties, but have not heard of Germans doing the same kind of landing operations anywhere but in North Africa In 1944.According to a few websites about KG 200, the Germans did capture one or more Hudsons so a Lodestar would not surprise me. Of course these sites gave no hard references.
The Polish airline LOT got at least 4, They may have had 9-10 on order, I don't know if the got them all. P & W Hornet engines.
KLM got 11 (?) but only 3 went to Europe. The others went to the Dutch West indies and the Dutch East indies. Wright Cyclones.
Romania got 4, but the cowls may have been different? Cyclones but with adjustable exist flaps on the cowl. The rest of this order went to Japan.
It was bound for Moscow from Riga, crashed on take-off and not salvageable.German accounts have wreck of SP-BPN still on the airfield when they invaded in the Summer of 1941.