Two-seat Trailblazer

The two-seat derivative of the Me 262 jet fighter was important both as a trainer and improvised night fighter. Malcolm V Lowe tells the story

It is believed this strikingly marked Me 262B-1a trainer, WNr 170075, was delivered to KG(J) 54 at Giebelstadt during November 1944. It wore the unit codes B3+SH on its fuselage sides. (All Malcolm V Lowe Collection unless stated)

The Messerschmitt Me 262 entered operational service with Nazi Germany’s Luftwaffe in the latter half of 1944. It was one of just a small number of jet-powered warplanes that genuinely served on the frontline during World War Two, and was a contemporary of Britain’s Gloster Meteor – although it was involved in far more combat than the latter.

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