A captured He 177 A-5 with British markings in flight, circa Sep 1944 or later

Caption   A captured He 177 A-5 with British markings in flight, circa Sep 1944 or later ww2dbase
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Added Date 3 Jun 2007

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1. Commenter identity confirmed BILL says:
8 Mar 2009 10:11:30 AM

Info above photo: He 177A-5 was captured by British forces and given the serial TS439. Painted with large black and white stripes, it returned to England for evaluation.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
24 Feb 2010 06:09:17 PM

He 177 ex-6./KG 40 handed over to the British at war's end and evaluated at
Farnborough.
Another He 177 was captured by the French
ex-2./KG 4 (5J+QK) flew in french markings
was sent to England for testing aircraft
was scrapped in 1946.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
13 Jan 2011 08:31:31 AM

MISTEL-GESPANN:

Project was developed for a Heinkel He 177 to
carry piggy-back a Dornier Do-217 bomber.
The Do-217 was to be powered by a additional Lorin-Ramjet engine.
Carried as far as possible over the Atlantic and released by the Mother He-177 the Do-217 was a one-way mission, to bomb the USA.

DITCH IN THE OCEAN:

After its attack the Do-217 would ditch in the ocean, and the crew picked up by U-boats.
Lack of fuel and loss of bases at Bordeaux, France prevented a test flight, later the project was abandoned.

Another project was planned using Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor 4-engine aircraft to bomb the USA, it was also a one-way mission the planes would ditch in the ocean, and crews picked up by U-boats However, the plan was
never carried out.
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
3 Jun 2011 09:13:33 PM

PAYING THE PRICE:

In the days after D-Day, II./KG 40 lost half its 26 Heinkel He 177s within ten days in a desperate attempt to attack the Allied invasion fleet.
Photograph shown Heinkel He 177 ex 6./GK40 Luftwaffe code (F8+AP) under going testing by the British. Did you know that the He 177
dimensions and empty weight were close to the
American Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.

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