Drawings revealing Nazi plans to bomb Britain with Kamikaze plane up for grabsDecember 11th, 2008 - 1:45 pm ICT by ANI
London, December 11 (ANI): Carefully drawn plans to bomb Britain using a Nazi aerial weapon that worked like a Kamikaze plane, but did not kill the pilot, have been discovered and are to be sold at auction.
The plans for the so-called Silent Dart involved a glider shaped like a pub dart, a bomb, a balloon, and a brave Luftwaffe pilot at the controls.
A perusal of the plans suggests that the glider would have been released from a larger aircraft before diving at its target at speeds of up to 700mph.
As per the plans, the pilot would have released a 1,000-kilo bomb and inflated a big balloon attached to the craft at the last second.
While the bomb proceeded towards its target, the balloon would have lifted t heglider to an altitude from where it would have travelled to safety.
Allies in the Reich Chancellery in Berlin discovered the rarely seen drawings in July 1945.
“The glider would have used the tungsten cored flying principle of a pub dart. It would be released from a mother ship and then directed by a pilot, which is not a job I would want. Then as the pilot released the bomb a balloon would simultaneously inflate and this would add stability and elevation to the glider. This enabled the pilot to get away from the blast so he could make safety and then have another go, unlike a Kamikaze pilot,” the Telegraph quoted Richard Davie, from the auctioneers who are selling the pencil drawings, as saying.
“There is no date on the plans so we don”t know whether they were not acted upon because there was no time, or whether there was another reason,” he added.
The drawings were found when Richard Rex was sent to Berlin in 1945 to help establish a medical dispensary.
“They belonged to Richard Rex and then his family until they were sold to a private collector who is now selling them,” Davie said.
A retired air commodore, and aviation historian, Graham Pitchfork, said: “Towards the end of the war a lot of highly unusual projects were developed by the Nazis.
“However implausible this might appear to us, German scientists were renowned for their resourcefulness and invention.
“While this sounds an implausible way of getting a bomb on target the Germans were increasingly desperate by the end of the war.
“They were desperate to find a terror weapon which is why they developed the V1, V2 and the V3 that never really got going.”
The plans will be sold by International Autograph Auctions on December 13 at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow, London.
They are expected to fetch between 2,000 and 3,000 pounds. (ANI)
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