Historic Images

This page features some of the rare historic photos of the Ju 388. As the number of pictures is increasing, I chose to give small preview photos. The images you get when clicking on them are 800 pixel wide images, so the resolution was enlarged in comparison with the old page...

Left: This photo shows a Ju 388 L-0, DW+ZG. In contrast to the Ju 388 L-1, the L-0 had neither bomb bay nor tail gun turret. For defense, there was a so-called "weapon-drop" below the fuselage. The base of the telescope gunsight needed to aim it is visible atop the cockpit as little tip. In contrast to the Ju 388 L-0, DW+YY, which is often erroneously designated as V1, this aircraft has series BMW 801 TJ-0 engines with four-blade airscrews and outside air intake.

Right: The same aircraft as seen from the opposite side. In the background t the left, a Ju 52 tri-motor is visible. To the right, there is another Ju 388, apparently without airscrews and most likely also a L-0. Among the single-engined fighters in the background are two Me 109.


Left: These four Ju 388 L-1 reconnaissance aircraft were manufactured by ATG in Leipzig-Mockau, as their c/n starts with 340.

Right: Parked in the sun: 340105 (to the right) and 340116. Because of  the woods in the background, it's probably the same airfield.


Left: The 340095 and 340281 on an - as yet - unknown airfield. Note that the cabin glass is damaged on both aircraft and that 

Right: This aircraft, the 340384, served as background for many souvenir photos. The disposable part of the cabin is on the ground in front of the aircraft.

I am very grateful that Mr. Crow sent these photos.


The Ju 388 L-1 V5 (PE+IE, WNr. 500 005) was damaged on August 1, 1944 during takeoff after heavy rainfall, when the left landing gear suddenly started to retract at a speed of 150 to 170 km/h - this malfunction was most likely caused by a short-circuit. After repair, the aircraft was assigned to EKdo 388 at  Rechlin, where it was at least until December 1944. The photos here are of somewhat poor quality, as they were scanned from NASM-Microfilm R 2016. If you happen to have reproductions of the original photos, please send a mail to Vernaleken@Ju388.de!

Left: This photo from Bjørn Hafsten's collection allegedly shows the Werknummer (c/n) 560047, also built by Weserflug/Liegnitz. The camouflage scheme on the rudder suggests that this aircraft belongs to the 560 series, as it resembles the 560049. The plane shows several damages. Most prominently, the right wing fuel tank seems burned out. In addition to this, the cockpit glassing is damaged, and the cover for the boat in the rear fuselage is missing.

Right: A photo showing a Ju 388 during construction, probably at Merseburg. The cockpit is being attached to the fuselage.


By courtesy of Peter Petrick and Mr. R. Brasack from Mönchengladbach, I'm able to show you this photo of the 560049 while it was test-flown in the USA. The airfield might be the Wright AFB in Ohio. Most likely, this photo was taken during a flight display - why else should people sit on the roof of the hangar in the background?

I got this photo from Mr. Brasack as well as from Mr. Petrick. It also shows the 560049 and was taken during flight testing when the plane still bore the markings FE-4010. In the area of the iron cross, the plane has been visibly repainted. Probably, the plane bore US markings immediately after capture, which were then replaced by German - or what the Americans believed to be German - markings. Originally, the iron cross was only intimated by four right angles. The swastika was not massive, but only painted in contour.

You will find more photos of the Weknummer 560049 on the following pages:

The photos on the first two pages are recent colour photographs (1993 and 1999), more historic photos are found on the third page


Note:  As it's illegal to show swastikas and other Nazi insignia in Germany and in order to make clear this site is in no way support of any political ideology, the swastikas in the photos have been removed.

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© 29.04.2017 by Christoph Vernaleken. This article may not be published - as whole or in excerpts - in any form without written permission of the author