FIGHTING THE KOMET

CHRIS GOSS DESCRIBES ALLIED ENCOUNTERS WITH THE UNORTHODOX AND TROUBLESOME ROCKET-PROPELLED ME 163

A Komet on display at White Waltham, Berkshire, on September 29, 1945 along with other captured German aircraft. KEY COLLECTION

MESSERSCHMITT Me 163 KOMET

A formation of B-17 Flying

Fortresses encountered Messerschmitt’s new rocket- Komet interceptor for the first time on August 16, 1944. The American crews were concerned that the little aircraft were so fast they could not be tracked by the turrets and waist guns.

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