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As the war in the west progressed, and German forces advanced, French airfields opened up, allowing the Condor to fly around the UK and out into the Atlantic, where it rapidly established itself as one of the key menaces to Allied shipping.

Able to attack shipping directly, or able to guide U-Boats to their prey the Condor scored its first major success when it crippled the liner Empress of Great Britain. But the tables were to turn on the 'Scourge of the Atlantic' as mechanical failures induced by their harsh operating environment and changes in Allied tactics began to take a toll. Vulnerable to aerial attack, the deployment of Allied carriers and their associated fighters combined with the introduction of more loing range maritime patrol aircraft exposed the Condor's deficiencies.

Packed with rare first-hand accounts, profile artwork and photographs, this is the history of one of the unsung types to take to the skies during World War 2. Enter your email address below to sign up to our General newsletter for updates from Osprey Publishing, Osprey Games and our parent company Bloomsbury. Fw Condor Units of World War 2. Add to Basket.

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By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. The Fw Condor first made an appearance over Norway in April , flying with the unit that eventually become synonymous with it - Kampfgeschwader As the war in the west progressed, and German forces advanced, French airfields opened up, allowing the Condor to fly around the UK and out into the Atlantic, where it rapidly established itself as one of the key menaces to Allied shipping.

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Able to attack shipping directly, or able to guide U-Boats to their prey the Condor scored its first major success when it crippled the liner Empress of Great Britain. But the tables were to turn on the 'Scourge of the Atlantic' as mechanical failures induced by their harsh operating environment and changes in Allied tactics began to take a toll.

Vulnerable to aerial attack, the deployment of Allied carriers and their associated fighters combined with the introduction of more loing range maritime patrol aircraft exposed the Condor's deficiencies. Packed with rare first-hand accounts, profile artwork and photographs, this is the history of one of the unsung types to take to the skies during World War 2.

Enter your email address below to sign up to our General newsletter for updates from Osprey Publishing, Osprey Games and our parent company Bloomsbury. The aircraft was used for maritime patrols and reconnaissance, searching for Allied convoys and warships that could be reported for targeting by U-boats.

The attacks were carried out at extremely low altitude in order to "bracket" the target ship with three bombs; this almost guaranteed a hit. Winston Churchill called the Fw the "Scourge of the Atlantic" during the Battle of the Atlantic due to its contribution to the heavy Allied shipping losses. From mid, Condor crews were instructed to stop attacking shipping and avoid all combat in order to preserve numbers.

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The Fw was also used as a transport aircraft, notably flying supplies into Stalingrad in After late, the Fw came to be used solely for transport. As France was liberated, maritime reconnaissance by the Luftwaffe became impossible as the Atlantic coast bases were captured.

Production ended in with a total of aircraft produced. Several damaged Fw s landed in Spain during the war. In the beginning, they were repaired and returned to their bases in France. After Operation Torch the Allied invasion of Africa , the Spanish government interned four aircraft that arrived although their crews were still allowed to return to Germany.

Since the aircraft could not be used, they were sold by Germany to Spain.

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One of the three flyable aircraft was then operated by the Spanish Air Force and the others used for spares. Because of damage and lack of spares, and for political reasons, they were grounded and scrapped in around Some Condors also crashed in Portugal. Their crews were allowed to return to Germany while the British authorities were allowed to inspect the aircraft and accompanying documentation.

Some crew members died in these crashes and are buried in the civilian cemetery of Moura in Alentejo Province , Portugal. The aircraft that crashed in Spain and Portugal had been based in Bordeaux-Merignac , France since Before then, the operational base of the Fw squadrons had been in Denmark. At the suggestion of his personal pilot Hans Baur , Adolf Hitler specified a modified and unarmed prototype Condor, the Fw V3, as his personal transport, as a replacement for his Junkers Ju Originally configured as a passenger Lufthansa transport Works No.

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Hitler's seat in the cabin was equipped with a wooden table, seat-back armour plating, and an automatic parachute with downward throws. According to Baur, it was never armed.

The radar-equipped Fw C-4, showing the twin-wheel main gear used for all production Fw Cs. There were three variants of the aircraft: the Fw A, B, and C. The Fw B and Fw C models were used as long-range bombers, reconnaissance, troop and transport aircraft. Only one relatively complete Fw exists today. This aircraft was raised from the Trondheimsfjorden in Norway in A request from the museum for a set of separate wings to be recovered from the Kvitanosi mountain near Voss in Norway to complete the rebuild was at first denied, because the local population wanted the wings to be left in situ as a war memorial.

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