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Maritime Raider

Vue Aviation posted on Feb 07, 2016
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I've just finished reading a novel about a British WWII destroyer that had been severely damaged by a U boat torpedo and was struggling to remain afloat long enough to return to England. They were repeatedly attacked by German FW200s based in France. I was not familiar with this aircraft and it raised my interest. The Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor was a German all-metal four-engined monoplane originally developed by Focke-Wulf as a long-range airliner. A Japanese request for a long-range maritime patrol aircraft led to military versions that saw service with the Luftwaffe as long-range reconnaissance and anti-shipping/maritime patrol bomber aircraft. The Luftwaffe also made extensive use of the Fw 200 as a transport. It achieved success as a commerce raider before the advent of long-range RAF Coastal Command aircraft and CAM ships eliminated its threat. The Luftwaffe initially used the aircraft to support the Kriegsmarine, making great loops out across the North Sea and, following the fall of France, the Atlantic Ocean. The aircraft was used for maritime patrols and reconnaissance, searching for Allied convoys and warships that could be reported for targeting by U-boats. The Fw 200 could also carry a 900-kilogram (2,000 lb) bomb load or naval mines to use against shipping, and it was claimed that from June 1940 to February 1941, they sank 331,122 tonnes (365,000 tons) of shipping despite a rather crude bombsight. The attacks were carried out at extremely low altitude in order to "bracket" the target ship with three bombs; this almost guaranteed a hit. Winston Churchill called the Fw 200 the "Scourge of the Atlantic" during the Battle of the Atlantic due to its contribution to the heavy Allied shipping losses. At the suggestion of his personal pilot Hans Baur, Adolf Hitler specified a modified and unarmed prototype Condor, the Fw 200 V3, as his personal transport, as a replacement for his Junkers Ju 52. Originally configured as a 26-passenger Lufthansa transport, it was reconfigured as a plush two-cabin airliner. Hitler's seat in the cabin was equipped with a wooden table, seat-back armour plating, and an automatic parachute with downward throws. According to Baur, it was never armed. In line with Hitler's aircraft preferences, it carried the markings "D-2600" and named "Immelmann III" in honor of World War I flying ace Max Immelmann. As the war progressed it changed designation to "WL+2600" and finally "26+00"; it was destroyed at Berlin Tempelhof Airport in an Allied bombing raid on 18 July 1944. Credits: Excellent FW200 model by Pedro Caparros is free at ShareCG Ship is from Cornucopia 3D Poser 2014 Vue 2014

Comments (14)



5:31PM | Sun, 07 February 2016

fabulous work on the image and wonderful history lesson! Never learned this in school!



5:38PM | Sun, 07 February 2016

Marvelous image and very great composition !!!



8:45PM | Sun, 07 February 2016

I can hear the roar of it's powerful engines. very realistic



12:24AM | Mon, 08 February 2016

Wonderful realistic and dynamic scene !!!



1:54AM | Mon, 08 February 2016

Fantastic picture.



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7:51AM | Mon, 08 February 2016

Thanks for refreshing my memory. As for the image, great job! Good water job, nice clouds and view of the plane and ship. Keep up the good work! :-)


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9:40AM | Mon, 08 February 2016

Those clouds are magnificent.



10:50AM | Mon, 08 February 2016

Cool render. I l;like it Song?



3:06PM | Mon, 08 February 2016

Very realistic and interesting story!


4:40PM | Mon, 08 February 2016

Interesting history and wonderful render!



3:48AM | Tue, 09 February 2016

good job, i like this ! :)



5:06AM | Tue, 09 February 2016

Good render. Thank you very much for your kind mention.



10:25AM | Tue, 09 February 2016

Excellent render, you've done a terrific job!

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