Junkers Ju 87 facts for kids

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Ju 87
Ju 87Ds in October 1943
Role Dive bomber
Manufacturer Junkers
Designer Hermann Pohlmann
First flight 17 September 1935
Introduction 1936
Retired 1945 (Luftwaffe)
Primary users Luftwaffe
Regia Aeronautica
Royal Romanian Air Force
Bulgarian Air Force
Number built Estimated 6,500

The Junkers Ju 87 or Ju 87 was a German light bomber of World War II. It was used like a dive bomber. Its crew was a pilot with a navigator behind him. He also handled the mobile machine gun. The Ju 87 could drop 500 kg of bombs. Some Ju-87 were modified for attack against tanks. It was built at more than 6 500 ex.

It's universally known as Stuka, an abbreviation of Sturzkampfflugzeug, German for dive bomber.

History

Junkers Ju 87 Stuka
Ju 87 with ground crew, Eastern Front

The plane was designed by Hermann Pohlmann. It has first flight 17 September 1935. The first time it was used in battle was 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. Junkers Ju 87 attacked Guernica.

In World War II, Ju-87 were used for bombing against Poland, and after against Belgium, Netherlands, France, and Greece. By the Battle of Britain Junkers Ju87 were used to attack Dover, Folkestone and other harbours of the English Channel. This aircraft was very famous for its siren whose whistling panicked people. Many Ju-87 were used in the Soviet Union against Soviet troops. In the Battle of Stalingrad, they were used to bomb the town.

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