View Full Version : KG 76 Arado Ar234B Sorties over Remagen

09-16-2006, 10:24 AM
Thought this might be interesting for mission builders in the near future regarding the Ar234B.

March 9th 1945
III./KG76 flew three sorties against the Remagen bridge. Ofw Bruchlos of 8./KG76 was reported missing in WNr.140589 following an attack on the bridge.

March 11th 1945
Two Ar234s from III./KG76 attack the bridge.

March 12th 1945
Two Ar234s from the Stab and two from 6./KG76 bomb the bridge around noon. This was the first operational sortie flown by 6./KG76 with the Ar234. During the afternoon 14 Arado's from III./KG76 bomb the same target using Egon procedure. One aircraft WNr.140351 was damaged on landing.

March 13th 1945
Seven Ar234s from 6./KG76 and 12 from III./KG76 bomb the bridge without success. Uffz Zwiener from III./KG76 bailed out near Wesendorf.

March 14th 1945
During the afternoon 11 Arados from 6./KG76 attacked the newly constructed pontoon bridge south of the main Ludendorff bridge at Remagen. Heavy flak and fighter defenses were encoountered. Ofw Johne was shot down by a Spitfire and killed north of Limburg, Ofw Baumler and Fw Schulte were attacked by Lightnings but both bailed out safely and Hptm Morich's aircraft was damaged by flak and attacked by RAF Tempests. Hptm Hirschberger was shot down and killed by Mustangs.

March 17th 1945
Hptm Morich led an attack by two Arados from 6./KG76 on the Remagen bridgehead during the afternoon. Uffw Pohlmann was killed when his Arado (WNr.140180) was destroyed in a crash-landing at Burg following an engine failure.

From Arado Ar234 Blitz by Smith and Creek. (Monogram 1992).

09-16-2006, 11:14 AM
Look's like a Good book to pick-up and read before the up coming IL-2 addon.

Link: http://www.ares.cz/katalog/obrazy/obrazy.htm

* The Luftwaffe conducted reconnaissance operations with the new Ar-234Bs through the fall, including some reconnaissance missions over England, beginning in October, to determine if the Allies were preparing a follow-up amphibious landing in the Netherlands. Despite the activity, it wasn't until 21 November 1944 that Allied pilots reported spotting an Ar-234B, when P-51s escorting bombers over Holland observed one of the jets overflying their formation. Detected, the German pilot immediately applied power and disappeared.*

*An inventory of Ar-234s at that time indicated 17 of them in service, with 12 configured as bombers and 5 as photo-reconnaissance machines. This quantity was surprisingly small, since 148 had been delivered to the Luftwaffe by the end of 1944. The small number of the aircraft in service was almost certainly due to the disruptions caused by Allied air attacks on German industrial and military infrastructure.

The continuous, harrassing presence of Allied airpower made operations increasingly risky. When 18 Ar-234s were relocated to a new airfield in early January 1945 and came in to land, they were bounced by Spitfires who shot down three of them and damaged two others, killing two German pilots.*

*On 24 February, an Ar-234B suffered a flameout in one of its engines and was forced down to a hard landing by an American P-47 Thunderbolt fighter near the village of Segelsdorf. The jet was captured by the advancing Allies the next day. It was the first example of the type to fall into Allied hands largely intact.*

*The last Ar-234s were delivered early in March. At the end of the month, demolition teams destroyed the main Arado plant to deny it to the advancing Soviets.

A total of 210 Ar-234Bs and 14 Ar-234Cs were delivered to the Luftwaffe, but with Germany in chaos, only a handful ever got into combat. A final inventory taken on 10 April 1945 listed 38 in service, including 12 bombers, 24 reconnaissance aircraft, and 2 night fighters.*


09-16-2006, 11:24 AM
It is a good book woolfie. So is the one they have on the Do335.

Appendix 4 lists KG76 operations.
Appendix 3 is the Pilot Notes.
Appendix 2 list the Werk Nummern and some history of the a/c.

09-16-2006, 11:46 AM
Thank's for the info... I'll be checking out both of these soon.

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In the book "Wings of the Luftwaffe", written by the famous English test pilot Eric Brown, the story is told of the ferry-flights of several captured Arado Ar 234 B-2 jet bombers from Sola airfield (Stavanger) in Norway to the United Kingdom. The Arado€s were first flown to Schleswig in Germany and from there flown to Farnborough with a possible stop at Melsbroek in Belgium, if the weather dictated this. As there were not enough qualified Allied pilots available for these flights Captain Brown had recruited a German Hauptmann, who had served as a maintenance test pilot at Sola, to help fly the Ar 234's on these ferry-flights. One of these ferry flights ended not as it was planned.
In the late afternoon of the 3rd October 1945 two Ar 234€s were ready for the ferry flight in formation from Schleswig to Melsbroek. After the take-off for a one-hour flight both aircraft ran into sea fog over the Zuiderzee (IJsselmeer) in the Netherlands and the two aircraft became separated. Captain Brown searched for the other Ar 234 but was not able to find it and calculated that owing to the fuel-situation returning to Schleswig was impossible. Even after shutting down one engine to improve the range it was doubtful if Schleswig could be reached. Captain Brown decided to cut one engine and try to reach Nordholz airfield near Cuxhaven. This solution brought another problem because flying on one engine reduced the cruise speed so much that dusk would fall before Nordholz could be reached. Nordholz was badly damaged and no landing lights were operational. A British naval unit spotted the lone Ar 234 and lighted two searchlights and pointed them in de direction of Nordholz. At Nordholz the USAAF unit stationed there was informed by the British Naval unit about the situation and used the headlights of some jeeps to lighten the landing strip. After re-lighting the dead engine Captain Brown was able to pull of a textbook landing on a sparsely lighted airfield.

The question is what happened to the German Hauptmann?

Not until the next day Captain Brown was informed that the German pilot had made an emergency landing at an airfield called Eelde in the northern part of the Netherlands. After travelling to Eelde and releasing the German pilot from his captors it transpired that the German pilot had made an astonishing landing on a small and badly cratered airfield and that it was impossible to fly the aircraft out of the airfield. According to Captain Brown he presumed the Ar 234 was left to the Dutch authorities.
I was very intrigued by this statement because I could not understand what a war-stricken country, like Holland was in 1945, could possibly do with an operational example of one of the most modern German jet aircraft. I wondered if this Ar 234 was indeed handed over or remained in Allied hands.

Link: http://home.planet.nl/~otten100/Ar234.html (http://home.planet.nl/%7Eotten100/Ar234.html)

09-16-2006, 11:53 AM
Perfect missions for the Arado since we aren't likely to get the complicated level bombing gear on this item, and, anyway, a h-ll for leather, on the deck bridge busting mission is the best. Me 262s also had a shot at this bridge---I wonder which one knocked it down, Me or Ar?

09-16-2006, 12:25 PM
I used to play that level in MOHAA

09-16-2006, 12:35 PM
Er, wha-?

09-16-2006, 12:36 PM
I wonder which one knocked it down, Me or Ar? Niether as the bridge collapsed. Did the bombing aid in the collapse of the damaged bridge, most likely.

09-16-2006, 12:51 PM
Well, in that case, it is up to the bold virtual Me and Ar pilots to blow the Ludendorff Bridge to blazes!

09-16-2006, 12:57 PM
Originally posted by LStarosta:
I used to play that level in MOHAA

I STILL play that level from time to time, impressive that the comunity haven't died