Armour-plated Hun 'plane, mounting seven machine guns, used to mow down our lads in the trenches

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Image Id: 417 Contributor: The Jordan/Ference Collection Theatre: Western Front Subject: Aircraft Location: Unknown Regiment: Unknown Service Arm: Air Force Battle: Unknown Date: Unknown Combatants: German Publisher: Realistic Travels Source: British Directory: Set of 600 101-200

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Paul B

Sun, 25/07/2021 13:46

This is the remains of a Junkers J-1, it looks a bit odd because both the engine and propeller are missing and the armour plating engine cover is hinged back. This was the world’s first production ‘all metal’ aeroplane and just one complete example remains (currently housed in the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum). The nose amour was 5mm thick, remarkable at the time, but interestingly only three machine guns are recorded in the specification and the two downward firing ones were apparently hardly used. Its primary role was indeed ground attack.