Me-110H or Go-110H? Me-410 or Hs-410?

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  1. davebender

    davebender Well-Known Member

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    It appears to me RLM plucked Messerschmitt like a dead chicken during 1943.


    August 1943.
    RLM transfers control of Me-155 program to Blohm Voss.

    1 September 1944.
    Bv-155 V1 prototype first flight.
    The aircraft lost its Messerschmitt designation and now had a “Bv” prefix.

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    Autumn 1943.
    RLM transfers control of Me-110 program to Gotha.

    Development of the Me-110H conducted at Gotha. This aircraft would have been powered by the DB605E, a variant of the powerful DB605D engine.

    24 February 1944.
    Me-110H prototype and test facilities destroyed by a USAAF bombing raid on Gotha works.

    September 1944.
    Me-110H program cancelled. Most (but not all) sources suggest this happened before Gotha was able to build a new prototype.

    Point of Departure. 24 February 1944.
    USAAF bombing raid on Gotha works miss the Me-110H prototype and test facilities.

    Summer 1944. Me-110H prototype(s) flying.
    Would the aircraft have a designation change as happened to the Me-155? The new aircraft could be “Go-110H” rather then “Me-110H”.

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    1939.
    Henschel established as largest Ju-88 production facility with a goal of 80 aircraft per month.
    …..Heinkel (Oranienburg) second largest. Monthly goal of 70.
    …..Junkers third largest. Monthly goal of 65.

    Mid 1943.
    RLM orders Henschel to cease production of Ju-88 and retool for production of Me-410.

    Sometime in 1944.
    Henschel getting ready to begin Me-410 production.
    RLM orders Henschel to cancel Me-410 program. Instead they are to resume production of Ju-88s (after more tooling changes).

    If RLM hadn’t cancelled the Me-410 then Henschel would have been the primary (perhaps only) firm to mass produce the aircraft, giving Henschel control of the program. I’ve got to assume Henschel production of the Me-410 would have been at least 100 aircraft per month during 1944.

    Would the “Me-410” become a “Hs-410”?
     
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    Me 155 program got transferred to BV because Mtt did not have te ressources for another (then-)important fighter program. The designation changed because BV completely revamped the design.
    The Bf 110H would have never been a Gotha Go 110 as it was to be just an evolution of the Bf 110 but not a revolutionary new design. Program cancelled as the Bf 110 was not able to get speed/ranges/crew comfort of the Ju 88G &Co (probably also for lack of sufficient DB 605D engines).

    The Me 410 had their main development and production at Mtt-A and that was not to change. Dornier and Henschel would just become license producers (Dornier was in fact producing Me 410).
     
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    How many Me-410s were produced at Augsburg each month?

    The Me-410 was produced for about 18 months. Only about 1,200 total production and several hundred were conversions (from Me-210). New construction of Me-410s couldn't have been much more then 50 per month.

    Henschel was tasked with producing 80 Ju-88s per month during 1939. I've got to assume production increased during the war so it would be at least 100 per month during 1943 when they were ordered to retool for the Me-410. If they produce an equal number of Me-410s after conversion that would make Henschel the largest Me-410 manufacturer. Which doesn't guarantee Henschel would take over Me-410 development but I wouldn't bet against it.
     
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