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Partly completed Heinkel He-162 Volksjäger jet fighters in a salt mine at Tarthun (now Bördeaue), Germany, April 1945.

Caption   Partly completed Heinkel He-162 Volksjäger jet fighters in a salt mine at Tarthun (now Bördeaue), Germany, April 1945. ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Army
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He 162 Volksjäger   Main article  Photos  
Photos at Same Place Tarthun, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 1 Jan 2006

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
3 Dec 2015 05:05:39 PM


Another source lists this photograph taken at the Hinterbruhl underground factory in Austria. This factory It was a satellite camp of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, were prisoners built sub assemblies for the BMW 003 turbo-jet engine and other parts, the He-162 was built from wood
and other non-strategic materials.


Production plans ranged from 2,000 per month, to 4,000 per month this was never met due to end of the war. About 800 He 162's were captured in various stages of construction, the Luftwaffe received 120 He 162s before wars end many were grounded due to lack of fuel, spare parts and experienced combat pilots.
The few units that received the He 162 were I./JGI, II./JGI. However, III./JG1 never received any aircraft due to the wars ending.


Thousands of slave labor prisoners died building
the He 162, Me 262, V-1 and V-2s along with all the other wartime weapons. More human beings died in their development and production then how the weapons were used in combat...

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