WOW023 Me262 by T. Gunn
WOW023 ME262 Pulkerstorer variant with 50mm Cannon Our last aircraft for
this month is a unique variant of the Messerschmitt Me-262, an A-1a/U4
Pulkzerstörer, designed to carry a 50mm Mauser Mk 214 cannon. This was
intended to be the ultimate bomber-killer because of the pilot’s ability to
fire outside the defensive gun range of the American bombers and the
devastating impact of the 50mm cannon shells, should they hit the target.
The gun had a weight of 490 kilos, a rate of fire of 45 rounds/minute and
each aircraft was designed to carry 22 projectiles, with each projectile
weighing 1.54 kilos. The size of the gun meant that the nose wheel mechanism
had to be reconstructed and the nose wheel swivelled 90 degrees, to then lay
horizontally in the bay beneath the gun when fully retracted. The cannon was
accessed by removing a large hatch along the upper nose and the otherwise
sleek outlines of the 262 were slightly marred by a hump covering the
foremost parts of the gun.