The slippery link of World War II was a pilot’s nightmare – the “destroyer” killed more of his own than his enemies

By far the weakest safety statistic among the first generation jet fighters is the “destroyer” on the Heinkel He-162. It is said to have killed more German pilots than enemies.

A partial explanation for the miserable result was that the production of the fighter had to be launched in the chaotic final stages of the war before prototype tests could be completed. Poorly trained young German pilots were allowed to serve as test pilots.

Of the 65 pilots trained at the factory, only five survived to the end of the war. None of the dead died in combat, but on transfer flights or training.

Initially, the plane was supposed to end up in the hands of Hitler Jugend youths, but the task proved superior to them. The machine was too difficult to handle.

Museumed. Pictured Heinkel He-162 at the Technology Museum in Berlin in September 2011. This aircraft dates from 1945. Soeren Stache / DPA / Zuma press

The He-162 had a top speed of 900 km / h, making it the fastest fighter in World War II. Speed ​​just didn’t help much. The plane apparently achieved only one air victory.

More than a hundred aircraft were completed before the end of the war, 800 remained unfinished. Seven planes were left intact in the hands of the winning states.

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