The Museum has recently taken proud ownership of a partially restored forward cockpit section of a Junkers Ju88A-1 ‘Schnellbomber’ (High-speed bomber).
This wonderful exhibit will form the centrepiece of the new Museum wing due to open at Easter 2009. The aim of this long-term project is to restore the cockpit section to the rearward facing gunner’s position.
The operational history of this particular German bomber is being researched and it is known to have been constructed in 1940 and to have served with a Luftwaffe bomber unit during the Battle of Britain, prior to further service on the Eastern Front.
The unit markings applied to the aircraft are those belonging to Kampfgeschwader 54 ‘Totenkopf’.
Apart from the complete Junkers Ju88 on display at the RAF Museum, Hendon, the Ju88 cockpit section now on show at the Shoreham Aircraft Museum is believed to be the only other substantially intact example of this aircraft type in Great Britain.