CLEARANCE: Top Secret
- Jun 11, 2014
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Secret Projects of the Luftwaffe: Blohm & Voss BV 155
by Dan Sharp
Cover art: Gino Marcomini
Profile artworks: Thierry Vallet
Price: £12.99 / $19.99
Format: Softback 248 x 184mm
Availability: December 2019
The story of the Messerschmitt Bf 109’s most radical development, the Blohm & Voss BV 155, began in early 1942 as German planners considered the likelihood of America operating high-altitude bombers over occupied Europe. It was decided that a re-engined Bf 109 with extended wings, a wide-track undercarriage and a pressure cabin could meet this threat and the type was designated Me 155. A complex and challenging period of development followed, with Messerschmitt’s high-altitude fighter going through numerous iterations before manpower shortages and the urgent need to prepare the Me 262 for series production compelled the company to seek outside help.
Hamburg-based Blohm & Voss stepped in and the project became the BV 155. Despite a steep technological learning curve, official indifference and a fraught relationship with Messerschmitt, Blohm & Voss succeeded in building and flying a prototype just over a year after taking on the project. Using original wartime documents, author Dan Sharp explains and explores the history of this fascinating and unusual branch of the Bf 109 fighter family.