I beg to differ. Look up Heinkel project notes from any source you want. NASM has the originals on file, obtained from Wright Field. Heinkel first responded to a 1940 RLM requirement for a high speed, high altitude bomber with their P.1055 proposal. When there was no interest, they adapted it to compete for a RLM night fighter request as their proposal P.1056.corretion the Uhu was never placed to be a bomber. NF only
Errrmmm. Don't think so...... Both Brits and US used A-20/P-70 Havoc/Bostons as their first radar equipped night fighters.
Thank you. I'm delighted to be corrected, although what I should have said was "among the first" for the RAF. I didn't intend for my statement to be so literal and absolute.Errrmmm. Don't think so.
The RAF had been using AI equipped Blenheims since Aug 1939 and seen its first successful AI radar interception in July 1940 (Blenheim If from the Fighter Interception Unit with the then latest AI Mk.IV). The first radar equipped Beaufighters arrived with the squadrons at the beginning of Sept 1940 and carried out its first operational sortie on 4 Sept 1940. The first Beaufighter radar assisted night fighter kill was achieved on the night of 19/20 Nov 1940.
The first DB-7 aircraft from ex-French contracts started to arrive in Britain in Aug 1940. Then they needed to be converted for use at night, which occurred over the autumn / winter of 1940/41. There were 3 types:-
1. Havoc I (Pandora). 20 aircraft for 93 squadron for use with the Long Aerial Mine (codename Pandora) from Dec 1940. No radar equipment fitted
2. Havoc I Intruder without radar first which went to 23 squadron in March 1941.
3. Havoc I radar equipped night fighter which first went to 85 squadron in Feb 1941.