Secret Projects of the Luftwaffe: Blohm & Voss BV 155

Dan Sharp

Design and development of an extreme high-altitude fighter for the Luftwaffe during WW2.
Date Published :
February 2020
Publisher :
Mortons Books
Series :
Secret Projects of the Luftwaffe Close Up
Illustration :
80 drawings and photos, 15 color illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781911658320
Pages : 90
Dimensions : 9.7 X 7.2 inches
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Overview
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The story of the Messerschmitt Me 109’s ultimate development, the Blohm & Voss BV 155, begins in 1942 with plans to split the Me 109 family into three branches – a standard fighter, a high-altitude fighter and a carrier-based fighter. Initially these were known as the Me 409 but later became the Me 155 A, B and C. The project was given to the French to develop, where it stalled. But when Germany got its first taste of what the USAAF’s bomber force was capable of – suffering huge damage to its war-critical industries as a result of massed raids on its factories and cities – work on the Me 155 B was recommenced as a matter of urgency. With the Me 262 consuming most of Messerschmitt’s design capacity, the project was then passed on to a sub-contractor: Blohm & Voss. Richard Vogt, B&V’s chief designer, quickly realised that Messerschmitt had made very little progress on the design and was forced to begin again almost from scratch. In just over a year, a prototype was built and flown – but the war ended before production could begin.

About The Author
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Dan Sharp studied history at the University of Liverpool before beginning a career in journalism. Having spent several years as the news editor of a regional daily newspaper, he switched to motorcycle magazines. His previously published works on aviation have covered subjects ranging from German Second World War projects to Concorde. He lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children.