Diary July 18, 1942

Me 262 V3 lands after its first flight

The Me 262 V3 lands after its first flight at Leipheim. The smoke was caused by unburned fuel igniting in the jet pipes as it dripped out onto the runway. This was the first flight of the Me 262 using turbojet power alone, the first prototypes having also had a nose-mounted piston engine.

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, July 18, 1942:

Home Fronts

Germany: First flight of Me 262 V3, prototype jet fighter, at Leipheim, near Ulm.

Air War

Germany: Lancaster bombers fly daylight mission to the Ruhr and bomb Duisburg.

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