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BP20 or Ba 349 Natter rocket interceptor at rest, circa late 1944; seen in bulletin 'Guided Missiles-The Weapon of the Future' published by US War Department in Apr 1946

Caption   BP20 or Ba 349 Natter rocket interceptor at rest, circa late 1944; seen in bulletin 'Guided Missiles-The Weapon of the Future' published by US War Department in Apr 1946 ww2dbase
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 25 May 2008

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1. Commenter identity confirmed BILL says:
20 Mar 2009 05:28:22 PM

A total of (20) or (36) Ba 349's were produced, none saw combat. The Natter was built, as a simple way of getting a pilot within range of high-flying bombers and launching an array of 24 Henschel Hs 217 7.3cm or R4M 5.5cm unguided rockets in the nose were its only armament. After the attack, the pilot would bale out to land by parachute, the aircraft from the cockpit back also descended by parachute recovering the rocket motor for re-use.
2. Commenter identity confirmed BILL says:
2 Apr 2009 05:34:38 PM

Bachem Werke GmbH was founded in Feb.10, 1942, by Dipl.-Ing. Erich Bachem the company manufactured spare parts for piston engine fighters, and other aircraft equipment before the Natter project was created. Photo could be one of four Ba.349's, that were captured near St. Leonhard, Austria.
3. Commenter identity confirmed BILL says:
2 May 2009 07:28:43 PM

Plans for the Ba 349 were sold to the Japanese, but they managed to partially build a few examples, before the end of WWII. One example survives today at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

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